Hot Trailer: Paramount’s ‘Rango’

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 8:50pm PDT

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Twilight Saga’s Ashley Greene Joins ‘LOL’

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 7:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Ashley_Greene_664608Ashley Greene reprises her role as vampiress Alice Cullen this weekend in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. But she has found another role to sink her teeth into. She’ll costar alongside Miley Cyrus in LOL, the Lisa Azuelos –directed Mandate Pictures comedy … Read More »

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Two More Actors Board Starz ‘Camelot’

Nellie Andreeva

ClaireForlaniEXCLUSIVE: Claire Forlani and Peter Mooney round out the main cast of Starz’s 10-episode drama series Camelot, joining previously cast Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton. Written by Michael Hurst and Chris Chibnall, the series – to be … Read More »

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GK Films Bolsters Executive Roster By Hiring David Crockett And Elishia Holmes

Mike Fleming

GK_FilmsGraham King’s GK Films continues to bolster its ranks. King and partner Tim Headington have named David Crockett to the post of executive vice president, and set Elishia Holmes to be GK vice president of development. This follows the hiring of … Read More »

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Can Gore Verbinski Crack ‘Walter Mitty’ After So Many Others Tried?

Mike Fleming

mitty-danny-kaye-movie20th Century Fox confirmed today that the studio is taking yet another crack at remaking the 1947 Danny Kaye classic daydreamer comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, with Gore Verbinski at the helm. It’s good to see Verbinski on a big … Read More »

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FX Buys ‘Grown Ups’ & ‘Knight and Day’

Nellie Andreeva

grown_ups_posterEXCLUSIVE: Summer 2010′s films are all ending up at FX — or maybe it just seems that way. The basic cable network has acquired the TV rights to Sony’s Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, the highest-grossing new release last weekend with $40.5 million. Additionally, FX … Read More »

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Larry King Stepping Down From CNN Talk

CNN-logoFrequent showbiz interviewer and newsmaker Larry King announced today he’ll exit CNN “Larry King Live” after 25 years on air. His last show will be in November but he’ll produce quarterly specials afterwards under his new contract. Here is King’s statement:… Read More »

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First Look At Universal’s King Kong 360 3D

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 4:44pm PDT


Deadline freelance journalist Diane Haithman visited Universal Studios Tour for the media unveiling of the new “King King 3D 360″ attraction:

In June, 2008, Universal Studios’ own Magilla Gorilla, the “King Kong” attraction, was destroyed during a fire that also razed part … Read More »

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It’s Official: ‘Breakout Kings’ Lands At A&E

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 3:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Breakout Kings, the Cinderella story of this pilot season, officially got its happy ending today after I reported Breakout Kings’ On The Verge Of A&E DealA&E completed a deal with 20th Century Fox’s Fox21 and Chernin Entertainment to pick up the former Fox pilot to series:

aeLogoNEW YORK, NY – June 29, 2010 – A&E Network has picked up the new original drama series, “Breakout Kings” from Fox 21 and Chernin Entertainment.  The network has ordered 13 one-hour episodes which will go into production this fall in Toronto for a 2011 premiere on A&E. From Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora, executive producers of the hit series “Prison Break,” comes “Breakout Kings,” a new action-packed ensemble drama following an unconventional partnership between the U.S. Marshals’ office and a group of convicts as they work to catch fugitives on the run. “As soon as we screened the ‘Breakout Kings’ pilot, it struck us as the perfect fit for A&E as the network of ‘Real Life. Drama,’” said Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E and BIO Channel.

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Paramount First To Cross $1 Billion At 2010 Domestic Box Office

paramountlogoHOLLYWOOD, CA (June 29, 2010) – Paramount Pictures announced today the studio has crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, making it the first studio to accomplish the milestone this year. This marks the fourth year in

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Elijah Wood To Star In FX Pilot ‘Wilfred’

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

elijahLord of the Rings star Elijah Wood is set to make his series debut with a lead role opposite Jason Gann in the FX comedy pilot Wilfred, which is based on the acclaimed Australian series of the same name, co-created and … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘True Blood’ Steady While ‘Hung’ & ‘Entourage’ Return Lower

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 1:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO’s True Blood held steady with its third episode Sunday, while the season premieres of Hung and Entourage were down from last year. True Blood averaged 4.5 million viewers at 9 PM, up from the 4.3 million who tuned in for episode 2 the week before. However, the total audience … Read More »

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Shine Acquires UK Comedy TV Producer

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 1:04pm PDT

Shine Group logo LargeLiz Murdoch has talked about wanting to beef up comedy at her Shine Group and now she’s done it. Shine has bought UK comedy producer Brown Eyed Boy from Motive Television. This is Shine’s 5th … Read More »

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Hulu Launches “Plus” Subscription Service

Nellie Andreeva

hulu460Hulu’s long-rumored paid service is now a reality as the online content hub has just launched Hulu Plus. A monthly fee of $9.99 allows subscribers to get season passes to more than 40 current series, including Glee, Modern Family, House, Saturday Read More »

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Fox Planning ‘Ice Road Truckers’ As John Moore-Directed Feature

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 11:52am PDT
Mike Fleming

ice-road-truckers-imageEXCLUSIVE: As Max Payne director John Moore finishes the first graphic novel he helped create, he tells me he has set his sights on a 3D big screen transfer of the reality series Ice Road Truckers as his next film. He said … Read More »

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MGM To Morph Into A Pure Production Play?

Mike Fleming

Can ‘The Hobbit’ Wait For MGM Decisions?

MgmlogosmallEXCLUSIVE: Now that Spyglass has emerged as the favorite to steer MGM’s future fortunes — although Summit insists it’s not out of the running yet and Lionsgate is in merger talks — more details are emerging about MGM’s possible future. Insiders tell me that the Spyglass plan would transform MGM into a pure production company and close down its marketing and distribution divisions. That would certainly cut costs in the short run. Coupled with the equity that Spyglass would bring to the table, a streamlined MGM would lower its debt and have a shot at raising new funding to finance its own pictures. That would let Spyglass partners Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum do what they do well, which is to lower risk by making domestic and offshore distribution deals.

SpyglassBut I see the downside of this plan. MGM would have to pay others to distribute and market its films — and those fees could be comparable or higher than the monies saved on overhead. I’m told that rival Summit and Lionsgate proposals would maintain MGM as a studio because both companies have distribution divisions. The Spyglass move would mean yet another morphing of MGM over the recent past. Under Harry Sloan, the revived studio started off as a distribution rental system for films by financiers like Sidney Kimmel and The Weinstein Co, a strategy that didn’t work. Read More »

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Can ‘The Hobbit’ Wait For MGM Decisions?

Mike Fleming

MgmlogosmallEXCLUSIVE: My recent scoop that Peter Jackson is negotiating to direct the two installments of The Hobbit is probably the best news for debt-laden MGM in years. But the development has put extra pressures on the beleaguered studio backers. Because making a 2-picture directing deal with the Lord Of The Rings director is no easy feat. I’m told that 30% of the gross is already committed to various participants, including Jackson (just for writing and producing!). peterjackson-9He and Fran Walsh don’t work cheap, and they once got $20 million against 20% of gross from Universal to direct King Kong (Jackson, who can’t get enough of Kong and just oversaw the renovation of the ape attraction on the Universal backlot). Insiders tell me that gross participants are right now being asked to make adjustments so that MGM and its partner, Warner Bros, can finance the film and make money. Creative deals are becoming routine on sequels like Men in Black, but they aren’t easy. There’s no certainty that MGM creditors will respond to the urgency that Jackson’s reps are ready to make a deal. Read More »

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Amex Signs BFI Sponsorship Deal

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 11:22am PDT

BFI_logo-782327Hurrah. Some good news for the British Film Institute in the wake of its merger with the UK Film Council being cancelled. American Express will be headline sponsor of this year’s BFI London Film Festival this October. The credit card company … Read More »

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BIG SYNDIE DEALS: ‘Glee’ To Oxygen; ‘Modern Family’ To USA

By and | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 10:27am PDT

glee-castUPDATE TUESDAY 10 AM: More details on the blockbuster off-network deals for Glee and Modern Family have emerged. We’ve learned that Modern Family, which marks the first major sitcom acquisition for USA Network, has fetched a license fee close … Read More »

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