Inventive Zombie Spec ‘Maggie’ Acquired By Timur Bekmambetov

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 7:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Timur Bekmambetov has won a spec auction for Maggie, a script that sparked a spirited auction today, with six bidders. Bekmambetov will produce a film that has a script by John Scott 3, and vfx wiz Henry Hobson set … Read More »

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Chuck Lorre: “I’ve Been Going Through A Tough Time Recently”

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 7:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Chuck Lorre took to his favorite outlet, the vanity cards running at the end of his CBS comedies, to reflect on the impact the ongoing war with Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen has had on him. The … Read More »

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Matt Weiner: “These Are The Last Three Seasons Of ‘Mad Men’”

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 6:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

“I’m thrilled,” a happy Matt Weiner said in a phone interview shortly after his new three-year $30 million deal for Mad Men was announced. He is going back to work tomorrow, the writers room will get up-and-running in 4-5 … Read More »

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CBS Orders Nigel Lythgoe-Produced Game Show Pilot

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 6:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s like Deal or No Deal with envelopes instead of briefcases: CBS has ordered game show pilot Secret Fortune, which will be executive produced by American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance guru Nigel Lythgoe.

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Chloe Moretz Joins ‘Dark Shadows’

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 6:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Tim Burton’s cast for Dark Shadows gets better and better. Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz is now in talks to join the Warner Bros drama based on the 60s TV soap. Moretz will play Carolyn. She’s the daughter of Elizabeth Collins … Read More »

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McG Launches Comic Imprint, Plots ‘Haunted City’ As First Project

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 6:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has launched a new comic and graphic novel imprint to create transmedia properties out of original ideas. The first title will be Haunted City, based on an idea by screenwriter Chap Taylor. Taylor and … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Hangover Part II’

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 5:50pm PDT

The Warner Bros sequel comes out May 26.

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In Other Deals …

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 5:49pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Former cop and Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall will script the Logan’s Run remake that director Nicolas Winding Refn will do with Ryan Gosling. … Vulture reports that Diego Gonzalez Boneta has bagged the male lead in Rock of Ages, … Read More »

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DONE: Matt Weiner Closes Deal For ‘Mad Men’, Series Renewed For 2 More Seasons

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 4:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

RELATED: Matt Weiner: “These Are The Last Three Seasons Of ‘Mad Men’”

After some last minute saber-rattling over product placement, episode duration, possible cast cuts and the show’s return date, Mad Men creator Matt Weiner has come to an agreement … Read More »

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Marvel Taps Its ‘Runaways’ Scribe Drew Pearce To Write ‘Iron Man 3′ Script

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 4:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Drew Pearce has been chosen by Marvel Studios to write Iron Man 3. Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his signature Tony Stark role, and Marvel recently locked Downey’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black to direct. Pearce … Read More »

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Post-’Office,’ Steve Carell Ponders Doomsday With Keira Knightley

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 3:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In what shapes up as his first feature project after leaving The Office, Steve Carell will star in Seeking A Friend For The End of The World. The film marks the directorial debut of its screenwriter, Lorene Scafaria. Keira Knightley is in negotiations for the female lead. Mandate Pictures and Indian Paintbrush will co-finance and production begins in May. The film takes place at a time when mankind is forced to absorb the fact that an incoming asteroid will end humanity. Carell plays a man suddenly alone when his wife leaves in a panic. His high school sweetheart writes him saying she wants to be with him when the world stops. His neighbor (Knightley) accompanies him on the road trip as love blooms at the worst possible time. Despite the doomsday climax, the film has a somewhat comic and romantic tone.

Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Joy Gorman will produce with Steven Rales and Mark Roybal from Indian Paintbrush. Mandate’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown will be exec producers. It is the second collaboration between Mandate and Indian Paintbrush: they recently wrapped the Jason Reitman-directed Young Adult, which was scripted by Diablo Cody and stars Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt. Paramount will release the film. Read More »

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Sony Pictures Classics Releasing ‘Restless’ With Gus Van Sant

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 3:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK (March 31, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Gus Van Sant’s new film, RESTLESS, in North America, with Sony Pictures Releasing International distributing the film in the rest of the world. Jason Lew penned the film’s script that stars Henry Hopper, Mia

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Jenny Bicks Signs Overall Deal At Sony TV

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 3:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Sex and the City executive producer Jenny Bicks has signed a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under the pact, Bicks will continue as executive producer/showrunner on the studio’s Showtime series The Big C, now in production on its second season with Hugh Dancy and Parker Posey joining the cast led by Laura Linney for multi-episode arcs and Alan Alda for a guest shot. On the series, created by Darlene Hunt, Bicks focuses the production aspects, working closely with the cast in Connecticut where the dark comedy is being filmed. The series about Cathy (Linney), a high school teacher diagnosed with a cancer, has been a very personal one for Bicks, who is a cancer survivor herself. The Big C earned its first major awards recognition at the Golden Globes with a best comedy series nomination and an acting win for Linney.

In addition to The Big C, Bicks has Modern Love, a one-hour dramedy produced by Sony TV, in contention at Lifetime. The project, loosely based on the New York Times column by the same name, was originally developed at HBO two years ago. Bicks is also expected to help with other projects in development at Sony with other writers. This marks Bicks’ official return to the Sony fold, where she previously had an overall deal. In the past year, she has been working under a show deal for The Big C. Read More »

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Time Warner Cable Drops Big Networks From IPad App

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 3:07pm PDT

The cease-and-desist letters have piled up high enough for Time Warner Cable to pull a bunch of major networks from its recently released iPad app, which allowed subscribers of the nation’s second-largest cable company to stream programming inside their homes. … Read More »

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James Franco Discusses Oscar Hosting Turn With Letterman

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 2:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two panned Oscar hosts, James Franco and David Letterman, commiserate about the experience on Letterman’s CBS show tomorrow night. After a long soul-searching, Franco says he has a theory why people thought he was under the influence onstage. “I love her, but (co-host) Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think … Read More »

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‘The Talk’ Executive Producer Brad Bessey To Exit

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 1:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Talk executive producer Brad Bessey will be leaving CBS’ talk show after the end of its freshman season. Bessey had notified CBS of his plans earlier this month and shared the news with The TalkRead More »

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MTV Picks Up ‘Inbetweeners’ To Series

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MTV has picked up its remake of the award-winning British series The Inbetweeners to series with a 12-episode order. Brad Copeland wrote the adaptation and serves as the showrunner. He is executive producing with Iain Morris and Damon … Read More »

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Movie Theater Owners Livid Over New VOD Plan Between DirecTV & Studios

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 12:41pm PDT

The National Association of Theatre Owners has issued a response to reports today that DirecTV is in talks with the Hollywood studios for a premium VOD service that would offer movies 60 days after their theatrical release as early as next month. The exhibition organization’s “disappointment” is no surprise, but … Read More »

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Lionsgate Extends Tyler Perry Relationship

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 11:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

Tyler Perry’s monogamous relationship with Lionsgate will be interrupted this year when he stars in I, Alex Cross for Summit Entertainment. But Perry and Lionsgate have renewed their vows with a new multi-year deal that will see him continue as … Read More »

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