After some encouraging early signs out of ABC following CBS’ cancellation of Ghost Whisperer last week, I hear the financial aspect of ABC picking up the veteran drama starring Jennifer Love Hewitt ultimately could not be worked out. (The show is owned 50/50 by ABC Studios and CBS Studios.) Ghost Whisperer … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Several surprise hires in the Marvel universe today. First, Fox taps James McAvoy to play the young Professor Xavier in the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class. Now, Marvel Studios has picked a writer to draft Runaways, the live action film … Read More »
Alex Graves is in early negotiations to direct the pilot episode for Fox’s midseason series Terra Nova, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. The direct-to-series project, which was well received at the network’s upfront presentation, features a … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon have brought Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form on to produce Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the live-action film that reboots the film series launched by New Line in 1990. Bay, … Read More »
2ND UPDATE WRITE-THRU 1:30 PM: The indictment of financial advisor and accountant Kenneth Starr has the potential to be every bit as serious as the one that gripped Hollywood when Cassanda Group’s Dana Giacchetto fell from grace after defrauding some of Hollywood’s biggest names in the 1990s.
Starr was arrested along … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Feature writer/ producer/ directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien are making a push in television with a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox TV, the duo’s first formal TV deal. Koppelman and Levien, whose latest feature Solitary Man opened last … Read More »
Disney has slightly shuffled its summer release schedule, moving the Nic Cage-starrer The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Wednesday July 14. It had been set for Friday, July 16. The Jon Turteltaub-directed film also stars Jay Baruchel, Monica Bellucci … Read More »
WME has signed Sam Taylor-Wood, the British photographer/conceptual artist who made her feature directing debut on Nowhere Boy, the BAFTA-nominated film about the childhood of Beatles frontman John Lennon. The Weinstein Co will release the film October 8 in the U.S. … Read More »
UPDATED WRITE-THRU: The indictment of financial advisor and accountant Kenneth Starr has the potential to be every bit as serious as the one that gripped Hollywood when Cassanda Group’s Dana Giacchetto fell from grace after defrauding some of Hollywood’s biggest names in the 1990s.
Starr was arrested … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Justin Long, the actor who was in play since leaving UTA last week.
Long continues to be managed by Principato-Young. He’ll next be seen onscreen starring with Drew Barrymore in the Warner Bros/New Line pic Going the Distance, … Read More »
Summit Entertainment is in early talks with Bruce Willis to star in the prison escape drama The Tomb, with Antoine Fuqua circling to direct. Willis is in talks to play Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Off The Map creator Jenna Bans has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, Bans will serve as head writer on Off The Map, which she is executive producing with Shonda Rhimes … Read More »
Disney has come through the rabbit hole and pronounced that the Tim Burton-directed 3D conversion Alice in Wonderland surpassed the $1 billion mark in global box office. For non-sequels, that puts the picture behind only Titanic and Avatar.
Given that happy ending, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Media Rights Capital and Universal Pictures closed a deal that will put up to 20 MRC-generated films through the studio distribution pipeline over a five-year period. The pact begins in 2011.
While MRC partners Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu have done … Read More »
Former ER star Maura Tierney is in negotiations for the lead in ABC’s new legal drama The Whole Truth, a role left vacant after the recent departure of Joely Richardson. Tierney, who had to pull out of … Read More »