Production Locations: Top 10 U.S. & Beyond

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 1:56pm PST

The “Top 10: United States of Production” summarizes steps taken by various states to lure or retain production. The “Top 10 Locations In The Universe“ looks at the situation globally. Note the overlaps or lack thereof. California rates tops in the Universe but only fifth in the USL

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Jessica Chastain, Howard Shore To Be Feted By Palm Springs Film Festival

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 12:47pm PST

Jessica Chastain will be honored with the Spotlight Award and composer Howard Shore will receive the Frederick Loewe Music Award at the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Chastain will be recognized for her roles in The Help, Read More »

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HBO Leads ASC Society’s TV Nominations

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 11:19am PST

LOS ANGELES, December 28, 2011 – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced nominees in three television categories for the 26th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The awards ceremony will be held here on February 12 at the

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R.I.P. Cheetah

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 10:35am PST

Cheetah, the impish chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan films of the 1930s alongside Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, died on Christmas Eve of kidney failure at the Florida primate sanctuary where he had been living since his retirement from showbiz. … Read More »

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Univision Ratings Shine Over Rival Reruns

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 10:30am PST

For the second time this week Univision on Tuesday moved to the top of primetime ratings, tying with CBS for No. 1 in adults 18-49 for the night and outranking all other networks in adults 18-34. Univision’s Una Familia Con Read More »

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Peter Pan Visits ‘Jake And The Never Land Pirates’ On Disney Channel

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 9:38am PST

Peter Pan himself will make his first appearance in Disney Channel’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates in a primetime special Monday, February 13. In the episode Peter Pan Returns the character comes back to Pirate Island in search of … Read More »

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Academy Unveils 2012 Oscar One-Sheet

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 8:08am PST
Mike Fleming

Here’s the official poster of the Academy Awards, unveiled this morning. The theme is “Celebrate the Movies.” Designed by Anthony Goldschmidt, and Mark and Karen Crawford of Blood&Chocolate, one-sheet features eight images of Oscar-winning movies spanning eight decades. The movies represented are Gone with the Wind(1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), … Read More »

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‘Bambi’, ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘The Iron Horse’, ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Make Film Registry

By | Tuesday December 27, 2011 @ 8:06pm PST

Walt Disney’s Bambi, Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi, John Cassavetes Faces and Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump, are just a few of the 25 movies the Library of Congress selected for the 2011 additions to the National Film Registry of films for preservation “because of their enduring significance to American Culture.” Also selected from the list of more than 2,200 titles nominated this year were John Ford’s The Iron Horse and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid, Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend, Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, Ramón Menéndez’s Stand and Deliver and George Pal’s War of the Worlds. An extraordinary group of personal movies of the famed dancing siblings Fayard and Harold Nicholas — Selected Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies also mad the list. Likewise a another slice of African American history, Porgy and Bess, made this year’s cut.

As usual, as you go through the list you’ll wonder why some are just now making the list, and why on earth some others made it all. And you thought awards season was complicated. Academy voters only have to contend with 265 features this year. From the announcement scheduled to be released Wednesday:

Complete List of Films:

Allures (1961) — Called the master of “cosmic cinema,” Jordan Belson excelled in creating abstract imagery with a spiritual dimension that featured dazzling displays of color, light, and ever-moving patterns and objects. Trained as a painter and profoundly influenced by the artist and theorist Wassily Kandinsky, Belson collaborated in the late 1950s with electronic music composer Henry Jacobs to create elaborate sound and light shows in the San Francisco Morrison Planetarium, an experience that informed his subsequent films. “Allures,” Belson has stated, “was probably the space-iest film that had been done until then. It creates a feeling of moving into the void.” Inspired by Eastern spiritual thought, the five-minute film (which took a year and a half to make), is, Belson suggests, a “mathematically precise” work intended to express the process of becoming that the philosopher Teilhard de Chardin has named “cosmogenesis.”

Bambi (1942) — One of Walt Disney’s timeless classics (and his own personal favorite), this animated coming-of-age tale of a wide-eyed doe’s life in the forest has enchanted generations since its debut nearly 70 years ago. Filled with iconic characters and moments, the film’s beautiful images, the result of extensive nature studies by Disney’s animators, and its realistic characters that merged human and animal qualities in the time-honored tradition of folklore and fable have enhanced the movie’s resonating, emotional power. Treasured as one of film’s most heart-rending stories of parental love, “Bambi” also has come to be recognized for its eloquent message of nature conservation.

The Big Heat (1953) — One of the great post-war noir films, “The Big Heat” stars Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin and Gloria Grahame. Set in a fictional American town, “The Big Heat” tells the story of a tough cop (Ford) who takes on a local crime syndicate, exposing tensions within his own corrupt police department as well as insecurities and hypocrisies of domestic life in the 1950s. Filled with atmosphere, fascinating female characters, and a jolting-yet not gratuitous-degree of violence, “The Big Heat,” through its subtly expressive technique and resistance to formulaic denouement, manages to be both stylized and brutally realistic, a signature of its director Fritz Lang.

A Computer Animated Hand (1972) Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, renowned for its CGI (computer generated image) animated films, created a program for digitally animating a human hand in 1972 as a graduate student project, one of the earliest examples of 3D computer animation. The one-minute film displays the hand turning, opening and closing, pointing at the viewer, and flexing its fingers, ending with a shot that seemingly travels up inside the hand. In creating the film, which was incorporated into the 1976 film “Futureworld,” Catmull worked out concepts that have become foundational for computer graphics that followed.

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Venice Festival Names New Director

By | Tuesday December 27, 2011 @ 6:54pm PST

Alberto Barbera has been selected to replace Marco Mueller as director of the Venice International Film Festival. The news marks a return to the world’s oldest film festival for Barbera, who headed the Venice affair from 1998 to 2002. His contract runs four years. Barbera has been director of the … Read More »

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Viacom Rejects $383M Payment To Former Rock Band Game Owners

By | Tuesday December 27, 2011 @ 4:43pm PST

Following a decision by dispute resolution accountants BDO USA that Viacom owes former shareholders of the gaming company Harmonix an additional $383 million, Viacom filed suit in Delaware seeking to compel the accountants to “consider arguments and evidence that … Read More »

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OSCARS: Nomination Ballots Mailed Today

By | Tuesday December 27, 2011 @ 10:02am PST

UPDATE: Just a reminder that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences officially mailed out its nominations ballots today to the 5,783 voting members for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Those ballots have to be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers when the … Read More »

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It’s Official: AMC Renews ‘Hell On Wheels’

By | Tuesday December 27, 2011 @ 9:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

AMC Renews ‘Hell On Wheels’ For Season 2

December 27, 2011 – AMC has announced the renewal of Hell on Wheels for a second season. The original series reigns as the second highest rated series on AMC, averaging 3.2 million viewers and 1.5 million Adults 25-54.* Season one’s finale is Sunday, January 15th at 10pm EST. Hell on Wheels is created and written by Joe and Tony Gayton, who also serve as executive producers. John Shiban, Jeremy Gold, Endemol’s SVP of scripted programming and David Von Ancken, who also directed the pilot, serve as executive producers. The series is executive produced by Endemol USA with Entertainment One serving as the studio. eOne’s Television CEO John Morayniss and EVP series television Michael Rosenberg oversee production in partnership with co-producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes at Nomadic Pictures.

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What To Expect From NBC Sports Network (Formerly Versus): Bob Costas, Olympics

By | Tuesday December 27, 2011 @ 8:04am PST

The NBC Sports Group launches the NBC Sports Network at 4 PM ET on January 2nd to replace Versus, which had been Comcast’s bullriding and gunshooting and cycling channel pre-NBC Universal merger. The new strategy is to bring all four tiers of … Read More »

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Christmas Cheer! Better Numbers For New Movies; ‘Mission: Impossible’ Still #1; Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ Exceeds Predictions

B.O. Brawl: Warner Bros Demands Recount From Paramount & Sony

TUESDAY AM: 8TH UPDATE: Full weekend wrapup coming… Refresh for latest…

Christmas Day box office numbers for North America are up +60% compared to New Years Eve for the new holiday releases and as much as +86% for the weekend frontrunner Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and +104% for Warner Bros’ Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows in second place. As for the No. 1 movie, director Brad Bird’s Tom Cruise-Jeremy Renner starrer is definitely going to outgross the M:I franchise’s last actioner which did $135M domestic and $270M overseas. My sources say M:I4 is heading to $175M domestic and $400M overseas — with a budget estimated at $145M. Also, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-buzzed War Horse for DreamWorks/Disney opened in 2,376 theaters today and is overperforming with nearly $7.5M jumping into 3rd place. And that’s despite its 2-hour, 26-minute running time which means fewer screenings. Also opening today is New Regency/Summit Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour which debuted today in 2,324 theaters with $2.5M. Fox’s Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked falls to 6th place, while the studio’s We Bought A Zoo moves up a notch to 5th, and Paramount’s The Adventures Of Tintin drops to 7th. More later.

As predicted, Christmas Eve grosses were very soft. (And many international theaters particularly in Europe close early on Christmas Eve and on Christmas.) Paramount’s Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol is still having the holiday season’s strongest start for #1. Either Tom Cruise’s career is back from the brink or else moviegoers are in the mood for a full-frills actionfest with heartstopping stunts — or both. The fourquel is showing that this franchise has freshened successfully. Warner Bros’ Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows is holding in 2nd place, but it was supposed to win the weekend. Guy Ritchie’s thriller just wasn’t thrilling enough for audiences. And its disappointing start shows how fickle fans can be when it comes to movie stars like Robert Downey Jr. Another big surprise is the underperformance of Twentieth Century Fox’s family fare threequel Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked which may show more life over the next week. Sony Pictures’ The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the only major studio wide release that’s R-rated this holiday period. So its lackluster grosses are such a surprise (especially because adults are flocking to specialty box office hits like Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants and The Weinstein Co’s The Artist). Maybe fans of the Steig Larsson novel were satisfied by last year’s Swedish film and weren’t feeling David Fincher’s Hollywood version. But business could pick up next week. Paramount/Sony’s The Adventure Of Tintin is already a hit overseas. But these domestic grosses underwhelm for a Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson collaboration. Then again, Americans don’t have a clue who the Belgian boy hero is.  Twentieth Century Fox suffered yet another disappointing debut when its holiday heartwarmer We Bought A Zoo opened really weak despite stars Matt Damon-Scarlett Johansson and director Cameron Crowe and heavy TV advertising and two rounds of national sneaks to build word of mouth. You’d think all those animals would have put more people in seats, like the studio’s previous hit Marley & Me, especially with an ‘A’ CinemaScore. Speaking of animals, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-buzzed War Horse from DreamWorks/Disney opens Sunday in 2,376 theaters and is projected to make $4.5M on Sunday and $8M Monday. Its 2-hour, 26-minute running time means fewer screenings. Question is whether this is family or adult fare.

But just when the Grinch stole Hollywood’s moviegoers comes the stat that overall box office this 3-day weekend is -22% compared to last year. But the 4-day wholiday looks to be up 3% vs last year which also included Christmas Eve. Monday is a U.S. national holiday so look for better box office. That’s when we’ll see clarity on whether the entire holiday period will bring out moviegoers for what is now the very important New Year’s weekend which may lead to much better multiples and totals than usual. Latest Top 10 (order determined by weekend gross):

1. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount) Week 2 [3,448 Runs]
Debuted Friday December 16 in limited release; Expanded Tuesday night December 20; Officially went wide Wednesday December 21
Tuesday $1.7M, Wednesday $8.9M (including $2M midnights), Thursday $6.2M, Friday $9.7M, Saturday $6.1M
3-Day Weekend $26.5M, 4-day Holiday $40.2M
Domestic Cume $72.6M, International Cume $130M (from 50 markets)

2. Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,703 Runs]
Opened wide Friday December 16
Wednesday $4.2M, Thursday $4.8M, Friday $6.7M, Saturday $5M
3-Day Weekend $17.8M (-55%), 4-Day Holiday $25M
Domestic Cume $83.8M, International Cume $46.1M (from 25 markets)

3. Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Fox) Week 2 [3,726 Runs]
Opened wide Friday December 16
Wednesday $3.5M, Thursday $3.9M, Friday $5.4M, Saturday $2.8M
3-Day Weekend $13.3M (-43%), 4-Day Holiday $21.1M
Domestic Cume $58.1M, International Cume $42.1M (from 52 markets)

4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Sony) NEW [2,914 Runs]
Debuted Tuesday night December 20; Opened Wednesday December 21
Tuesday $1.6M, Wednesday $5M, Thursday $3.1M, Friday $4.6M, Saturday $2.5M
3-Day Weekend $13M, 4-Day Holiday $20M
Domestic Cume $28.5M, International Cume $950K

5. The Adventures Of Tintin 3D (Paramount) NEW [3,087 Runs]
Opened Wednesday December 21
Wednesday $2.3M, Thursday $2.4M, Friday $3.5M, Saturday $2.4M
3-Day Weekend $9.1M, 4-Day Holiday $14.3M
Domestic Cume $22.3M, International Cume (Sony) $240M

6. We Bought A Zoo (Fox) NEW [3,117 Runs]
Friday $3M, Saturday $1.9M
3-Day Weekend $7.8M, 4-Day Holiday $11.7M
International Cume $1.1M (from 6 markets)

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Sony Sells Stake In LCD Joint Venture To Samsung For $939M

By | Monday December 26, 2011 @ 1:53pm PST

Sony Corp. is pulling out of its LCD manufacturing partnership with Samsung, the company announced today. Samsung will pay $939 million for Sony’s share. The S-LCD joint venture was set up in 2004. The move is expected to save … Read More »

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Gerard Depardieu May Star As IMF Chief As Abel Ferrara Preps Sex Scandal Movie

By | Monday December 26, 2011 @ 12:48pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Abel Ferrara and screenwriter Christ Zois are indeed working on a feature script partly inspired by this summer’s sex scandal surrounding former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval has confirmed it. Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle … Read More »

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Hot Video: Latest ‘The Hobbit’ Production Diary Looks At Cast, Crew Logistics

By | Monday December 26, 2011 @ 12:29pm PST

Peter Jackson and others describe the massive undertaking of transporting equipment, sets, cast and crew as well as providing shelter, food and water to remote locations in New Zealand.

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NBA Season Starts Mostly Higher In Ratings

By | Monday December 26, 2011 @ 10:50am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After a long labor dispute-triggered delay, the NBA season got under way on Christmas Day with 4 televised games on ABC and ESPN and another one on TNT.

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Deadline Hires New Los Angeles Film Editor Brian Brooks, Formerly Top IndieWire Editor

By | Sunday December 25, 2011 @ 1:32am PST

Deadline Hollywood continues expanding staff to further position us as the primary 24/7 breaking news entertainment business website. Today we are announcing another important addition: new Los Angeles Film Editor Brian Brooks ( He will work closely with New York Editor & … Read More »

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