Warner Bros/Legendary Land Jonathan Liebesman For 3D ‘Clash’ Sequel

Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE: Warner Bros closed a deal late last night for Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman to direct Clash of the Titans 2. Production begins February 1 in the UK and possibly Iceland at a budget comparable to the $130 million spent on the original. I’d written yesterday about the ongoing talks that were stuck on money. Later in the day, they found a common ground–the studio came up with more dough. The sequel is a natural considering that the protagonists played by Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton survived, and the original grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. But Clash benefited by being one of the first major live action films to get a 3D retrofit. Read More »

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Shed Media Profits +22% Before TW Deal

Shed Media, the UK producer which Time Warner wants for £100 million, has announced a 22% rise in first-half profits to £6.2 million ($4 million). Turnover was also up 27% in the first six months to £59 million. This broke … Read More »

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Cast Includes ‘Dirty Dancing’ Baby, ‘Baywatch’ Retiree, Mrs. Brady, The Situation, Bristol Palin



This may be a new record for stunt casting: the 12 celebrities for Season 11, as announced tonight by Dancing with the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during Bachelor Pad, are: singers Michael … Read More »

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Eddie Izzard Joins ‘United States Of Tara’

By | Monday August 30, 2010 @ 5:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In his first US series gig since his starring role on FX’s The Riches, Eddie Izzard is joining the third season of the Showtime comedy United States of Tara in a major recurring role. United States of Tara stars … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘How Do You Know’

Mike Fleming

James L. Brooks is back with How Do You Know, a relationship comedy from Sony Pictures that reunites Brooks with Jack Nicholson. Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson also star. The film opens December 17.

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Three Networks In Pursuit Of Darren Star/ Robert Harling ‘Christian Bitches’ Dramedy

By | Monday August 30, 2010 @ 4:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A Darren Star-produced dramedy has become a hot property with three networks vying for it. I hear ABC, NBC and CBS are all after Good Christian Bitches, which will be written by Steel Magnolias and The First Wives Club Read More »

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Michael Riley Named ABC Family President

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Disney/ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney once again looked within the company to replace outgoing ABC Family president Paul Lee. A month after tapping Lee to take over ABC and ABC Studios as president of ABC Entertainment Group, she has picked Radio Disney GM Michael Riley as the new president of ABC Family. In addition to Lee’s promotion, Sweeney previously recruited a veteran Disney TV executive, Carolina Lightcap, to succeed Rich Ross as head of Disney Channels Worldwide. Just like Lightcap, Riley does not have domestic cable TV experience but he worked in Turner Broadcasting’s international divisions. I hear Riley impressed Disney/ABC brass with his accomplishments at Turner. Considered a future star executive, he was brought into the company fold and given the job that was available at the moment, heading Disney Radio, with the idea that he would eventually be moved to another position. Sweeney reportedly interviewed both internal and external candidates for the top ABC Family job but Riley’s background and his successful run at Disney radio ultimately sealed the deal for him.”He has good business and creative sense, and he is good at building and shepherding brands,” one insider said. Here is the official announcement: Read More »

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Stuart Beattie’s ‘War’ Pic Screens At Toronto

By | Monday August 30, 2010 @ 1:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

This is looking like a good year for acquisition titles available at the Toronto International Film Festival, even beyond the films that are being screened in the festival program. Inferno Entertainment announced this morning they will screen Tomorrow, When The Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Emmy Numbers In Line With Last Year

Nellie Andreeva

Airing live coat-to-coast for the first time, the Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC drew a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.5 million viewers overall, according to time-adjusted early numbers. That was down 2% in the demo and from last year’s telecast on CBS and pretty much flat in total … Read More »

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3D ‘Nutcracker’ Gets Distribution

By | Monday August 30, 2010 @ 11:10am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Andrei Konchalevsky-directed The Nutcracker in 3D has been acquired by Freestyle Releasing and Cinemarket Films. They bought US rights and will release the film November 24. It stars Elle Fanning as young Mary, Nathan Lane as Uncle Albert and John Turturro as the Rat King. Mary’s boring Viennese Christmas … Read More »

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MONDAY UPDATE: Sony’s ‘Takers’ Wins Nailbiter Weekend Vs Lionsgate’s ‘Last Exorcism’

MONDAY 2ND UPDATE: Here are the actuals for this weekend. Sony/Screen Gems’ Takers won despite a 668 locations advantage in The Last Exorcism‘s favor. I hear Joe Drake at Lionsgate phoned Jeff Blake this morning to congratulate him.

#1 Takers (Screen Gems/Sony) -32% Sunday for $20.5M
#2 The Last Exorcism (Lionsgate) -45% Sunday for $20.3M
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Ex-Agent Mike Eisner Joins Hasbro Studios

By | Monday August 30, 2010 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Former WME agent Mike Eisner has joined Hasbro Studios as SVP legal and business affairs. Eisner left WME in December after a nine-year stint as VP and literary agent at the agency and WMA before that. He oversaw a number of film and TV deals and helped negotiate client Hasbro … Read More »

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John Woo Makes IMAX Debut With ‘Flying Tigers’

Mike Fleming

IMAX Corporation announced that John Woo and his producing partner Terence Chang will have their next film, Flying Tigers, digitally remastered for The IMAX Experience. The film–a Hollywood-China joint production with China Film Group as lead Chinese financier–tells the story … Read More »

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FT: Google Chases Pay-Per-View Dollars

By | Monday August 30, 2010 @ 8:28am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Financial Times is reporting that Google’s YouTube site is negotiating with the Hollywood studios to participate in a pay-per-view site that will be online by year’s end. That puts it in competition with Apple, Hulu and Netflix in trying … Read More »

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EMMY WINNERS ANALYSIS: ‘Modern Family’ Comedy King, ‘Mad Men’ Still Drama King, Big Night For First-Timers, 20th TV, HBO

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: ABC’s freshman Modern Family was the big series winner at the 62nd Emmy Awards, scoring 3 awards for a total of 6 Emmys, including best comedy series, while AMC’s Mad Men was once again named top drama. In the … Read More »

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EMMYS BACKSTAGE: ‘Temple Grandin’

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s Emmy coverage.

Temple Grandin herself was on hand, along with her mother, to witness the near sweep of the HBO movie that bears her name, along with awards for Claire Danes’ lead performance, for directing, and for the supporting performances of Julia Ormand and … Read More »

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EMMYS BACKSTAGE: ‘Modern Family’

By | Sunday August 29, 2010 @ 9:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan looked like a single dad tonight, accepting alone the show’s awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Writing for a Comedy Series. Where was fellow co-creator Christopher Lloyd, the executive producer who co-wrote the pilot that won the writing award? ”He has an aversion to crowds … Read More »

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EMMYS BACKSTAGE: Tom Hanks & ‘Pacific’

Tom Hanks was beaming backstage after having picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries for his work producing the HBO 10-parter The Pacific, the $200 million-plus project that was the most expensive in TV history. Hanks, who with Playtone partner Gary Goetzman exec produced the mini with Steven Spielberg, began … Read More »

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EMMYS BACKSTAGE: Eric Stonestreet

Modern Family‘s comedy supporting actor Eric Stonestreet said that it wasn’t going to be uncomfortable going back to the set as the only actor to have won. After all, the show also won several other awards, including top comedy series. “We’d all joked before the show that if one of us won, the … Read More »

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