Depp: Disney Hated His ‘Gay’ Jack Sparrow

By | Tuesday November 30, 2010 @ 11:09pm PST

Johnny Depp was interviewed by Vanity Fair on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and had one interesting revelation: “They couldn’t stand him. They just couldn’t stand him,” Depp says of Disney’s reaction to his controversial interpretation of Sparrow. … Read More »

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Sony’s Columbia Pictures Ups Biz President

Culver City, CA – November 30, 2010 – Andrew Gumpert has been promoted to President, Worldwide Business Affairs and Operations for Columbia Pictures, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy

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Indie Spirit Nominations Could Predict Oscar

Pete Hammond

Analyzing today’s 26th Annual Independent Spirit Award nominations, I would say Winter’s Bone, the film that led with the most nods, is also the one to beat, particularly after its triumphs at Monday night’s Gotham Awards where it took the Best Ensemble and Best Feature awards. Read More »

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UTA Hires Social Media Agent For Hollywood

By | Tuesday November 30, 2010 @ 6:07pm PST

UPDATE: I can confirm that 23-year-old Eric Kuhn is joining UTA’s digital media department where I’m told he will specialize in social media strategies for the agency’s talent and corporate clients. This is one of the agency … Read More »

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ABC Developing 2 Musical Series, Including A Bob Kushell Drama Starring Idina Menzel

By | Tuesday November 30, 2010 @ 2:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Primetime musical series are red-hot courtesy of Fox’s Glee, and ABC, whose sibling Disney Channel started the genre’s resurgence with High School Musical and Hannah Montana, is developing a couple of music-themed series for next fall. Leading the pack … Read More »

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USA’s ‘Burn Notice’ Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell Is A Go; Jeffrey Donovan To Direct

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: USA has given a formal green light to the Burn Notice movie prequel starring Bruce Campbell, which will be directed by Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan. The two will also executive produce with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, who … Read More »

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ABC Gives ‘Body Of Proof’ Tuesday Slot

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s hourlong procedural Body of Proof starring Dana Delany will succeed Detroit 1-8-7 in the Tuesday 10 PM slot. In preparation for the move, the network last month gave the modestly rated freshman cop drama Detroit 1-8-7 a short, … Read More »

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FX ‘Lights Out’, ‘Archer’ Get Premiere Dates

By | Tuesday November 30, 2010 @ 11:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

FX has set premiere dates for new drama series Lights Out and returning animated comedy Archer. Lights Out, starring Holt McCallany as an aging former heavyweight boxing champion, will debut on Tuesday, January 11 at 10 PM. The second season of spy spoof Archer will launch on Thursday, January 27 … Read More »

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Anchor Shakeup On CBS’ ‘The Early Show’

Nellie Andreeva

Erica Hill’s star is rising fast at CBS. In an overhaul of the anchor team at The Early Show, which has been trailing the morning program competition, co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez and weather anchor Dave Price are out. … Read More »

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J.J. Abrams’ Fox Pilot ‘Alcatraz’ Casts Lead

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy) has landed the lead in the J.J. Abrams-produced Fox pilot Alcatraz. The drama project, from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot, centers on a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Tops Monday With Reruns; NBC, Fox & CW Series Gain

Nellie Andreeva

This is a throwback to the dog days of summer: CBS’ all-rerun Monday lineup dominated the original competition last night. The network’s comedy reruns – Two And A Half Men (3.0/8), How I Met Your Mother (2.7/8), … Read More »

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2011 Indie Spirit Awards Nominations

Pete Hammond: Indie Spirit Nominations Could Predict Oscar

LOS ANGELES (November 30, 2010) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced

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NBC Developing Sitcom With Peter Murrieta

Nellie Andreeva

NBC, which has 8 comedies on tap for this season – all single-camera – is mulling a return to the multi-camera genre. In one of the last comedy buys this season, the network went for a multi-camera project from sitcom … Read More »

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TV TEASER: NBC’s Drama Series ‘The Cape’

By | Tuesday November 30, 2010 @ 6:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Here is a new trailer for NBC’s midseason superhero drama The Cape, which will premiere January 9 and air in The Event’s Monday 9 PM time slot. The series, from BermanBraun, stars David Lyons as cop Vince Faraday who, after being framed by the villain Chess for crimes he … Read More »

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‘Winter’s Bone’ Wins Big At Gotham Awards

The winners for the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced tonight. The awards organized by the Independent Feature Project already announced the recipients of their honorary awards handed out this evening, including filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, actors Hilary Swank and Robert Duvall, and Focus Features CEO James Schamus. Tonight’s marquee … Read More »

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Kevin Williamson Developing Potential ‘Vampire Diaries’ Companion Series

By | Monday November 29, 2010 @ 6:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Vampire Diaries co-creator/ executive producer Kevin Williamson is working on a new supernatural drama project, envisioned as a potential companion for the CW’s flagship vampire drama. The untitled project, which is in early stages of development at Warner Bros. TV … Read More »

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CBS To Renew Daytime Drama ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’ For Two More Years

By | Monday November 29, 2010 @ 6:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is sticking with both of its daytime dramas for the foreseeable future. The network just gave top-rated The Young and the Restless a three-year renewal. Now I hear that it is also close to a deal for a … Read More »

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Terry Wood To Depart CBS TV Distribution

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3 Hollywood Marketing/PR Firms Join Up

By | Monday November 29, 2010 @ 4:53pm PST



Three Hollywood boutique marketing and PR agencies that include showbiz among their clients announced today they’ve formed a joint venture: Evolutionary Media Group (Jennifer Gross), Period Media (Matt Walker), and Platform Media Group (Henry Eshelman) have formed a joint venture, The Communications … Read More »

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