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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

Top 10: United States Of Production
1. Louisiana
2. Illinois
3. Florida
4. Georgia
5. California
6. Connecticut
7. New York
8. Utah
9. New Mexico
10. Michigan

Top 10 Locations In The Universe
1. California
2. Connecticut
3. Georgia
4. Louisiana
5. Massachusetts
6. New York
7. North Carolina
8. Canada
9. New Zealand
10. United Kingdom

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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, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt and Coriolanus. Shore, a previous recipient of the Loewe Award in 2005 for scoring Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, will be honored for his work on Scorsese’s Hugo. The Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the gala will also recognize previously announced honorees George Clooney, Glenn Close, Stephen Daldry, Michel Hazanavicius, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams, and the film Young Adult. The Festival runs January 5-16.

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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 Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are:
David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”)
Jonathan Freeman, ASC for Boardwalk Empire (“21″)
David Katznelson, DFF, BSC for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot)
John Lindley, ASC for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot)
David Stockton, ASC for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2″)

The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are:
Ed Lachman, ASC for HBO’s Mildred Pierce
Kevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago Overcoat
David Moxness, CSC for ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys (“Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil”)
Martin Ruhe for PBS’ Page Eight
Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ Any Human Heart (“Episode 2″)

The third category, for a half-hour Episodic Series or Pilot, was just added this year. The inaugural nominees are:
James Bagdonas, ASC for ABC’s Modern Family (“Bixby’s Back”)
Michael Balfry, CSC for The Hub’s R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (“Brush with Madness”)
Vanja Cernjul, HFC for HBO’s Bored to Death (“Forget the Herring”)
Levie Isaacks, ASC for ABC’s Man Up (“Acceptance”)
Michael Weaver, ASC for Showtime’s Californication (“Suicide Solution”)

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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. He was 80. ”It is with great sadness that the community has lost a dear friend and family member,” the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor announced on its website. Cheetah had performed in such classic films as Tarzan The Ape Man (1932) and Tarzan And His Mate (1934) and was one of several chimpanzees who appeared in the franchise. Sometime around 1960, Cheetah came to the sanctuary from Weissmuller’s estate in Ocala, the sanctuary said. Cheetah stood out because of his ability to stand up – shoulders tall, back straight – and walk like a person as well as his ability to vocalize on cue. Condolences poured into the sanctuary today like this one from a British fan: “I grew up watching Tarzan and Cheetah from a boy. God bless you Cheetah. Now you and Tarzan are together again.”

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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 Suerte (A Lucky Family) continued as a particularly solid performer in the younger demo and matched or outperformed repeats as with NCIS on CBS, and other weaker programming on competing networks. On Monday night, Univision was the highest rated network in adults 18-49 on the strength of the two-hour finale of the telenovela La Fuerza del Destino (The Strength of Destiny) which averaged 5.4 million viewers overall and and trailed only a rerun of Two and a Half Men on CBS in the 18-to-49 category for that time period.

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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 his lost shadow. Adam Wylie (Picket Fences) voices Peter. The episode features six new songs. Sharon Osbourne, Josh Duhamel, Jane Kaczmarek and Tiffani Thiessen voice recurring roles. Other voice cast members include David Arquette, Tori Spelling, Lisa Loeb, Adam West and Ariel Winter. Season two of Jake and the Never Land Pirates debuts Monday February 20 with new episodes daily at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT as part of Disney Channel’s Disney Junior programming block for kids age 2-7.

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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), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000). All were best picture winners except for Giant for which George Stevens was named best director.

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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 National Museum of Cinema in Turin since 2004. Mueller successfully headed the festival for eight years. The 69th Venice International Film Festival will run from from August 29-September 8, 2012.

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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 were improperly excluded” in its decision. Viacom had paid Harmonix Music Systems shareholders an initial $175 million to acquire the maker of Rock Band in 2006 after the company’s success with Guitar Hero. Viacom made an additional payment of $150 million in 2007 based on projected earnings for Rock Band. Viacom recalculated in 2008 that Rock Band earnings fell short and the former Harmonix shareholders owed Viacom a refund of $131 million. The Harmonix group then claimed it was owed more than $700 million in additional payments under the acquisition contract with Viacom. The dispute resolution accountants decided upon the lower figure of $383 million. Viacom exited its ill-fated foray into the videogame business roughly a year ago when it sold the division to investment firm Columbus Nova.

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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 polls close on January 13th at 5 PM PT. Ballots received after that deadline will not be counted. That’s so the Academy can announce its nominations live on January 24th and then telecast the Oscars live on February 26th. Nomination and final Awards ballots are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are conducted with fairness and accuracy. Prior to mailing, the PricewaterhouseCoopers staff administers a thorough verification process to ensure that there are no duplicate ballots and that none are missing. In addition to being counted and sorted, the ballots are numbered to guarantee that each one is addressed to the appropriate Academy voter. The Oscar nominations will be announced live on January 24th at 5:30 AM PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on February 26th at the Kodak Theatre and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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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 NBC Sports Group’s assets (broadcast network, two national cable networks, 11 regional sports networks and digital) into “a consistent framework of branding”. The better to compete with Disney’s ESPN and Fox Sports. The NBC Sports Network will serve as a 24/7 cable platform, according to Jon Miller, the president of programming for NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network: “We have three tranches of programming that we’re looking to put on NBC Sports Network starting with live events, live games, and big-league relationships. The second tranche is original news, talk and conversation. The third tranche is the original programming we’ve developed with the NHL around shows like NHL 36, with the NFL like NFL Turning Point, and with the Bob Costas show that will be breaking this year, Costas Tonight, as well as the Costas Town Halls. We’ll embrace the brands that are already associated with NBC Sports like the Triple Crown. We’ve added the MLS to our portfolio. We have a strong and robust relationship with the Tour de France. And then we will obviously have an extensive Olympic presence come June, July, and August with the Olympic trials, then actually live Olympic programming throughout the game.”

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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 Sony about $640 million a year and will allow it to buy LCD panels from other makers at competitive prices. Sony originally invested to ensure a steady supply of LCD panels for its TVs during a periond of shortages. Samsung has surpassed Sony to as the No. 1 seller of TVs. LG is No. 2, Sony is No. 3. Sony’s TV manufacturing operation has lost money for seven straight years. Sony’s movie and TV studio business remains in the black, but the company overall has forecast its fourth straight annual loss. Analysts believe shedding the LCD manufacturing stake is a good move that should allow Sony CEO Howard Stringer to concentrate on turning around Sony’s TV manufacturing business. Stringer previously announced $8.4 billion in acquisitions to bolster profits on mobile phones. Sony still faces a steep uphill battle with its tablet computers designed to compete with Apple’s iPad.

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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 Adjani are circling characters based on the scandal-plagued former IMF chief and his wife Anne Sinclair. They’ve met with the director. But Maraval says the project is still a long way from active development.

The idea for a film came about on a lark when Ferrara was making 4:44 Last Day On Earth with Wild Bunch earlier this year. Per Maraval, it was suggested that the DSK sex scandal would be a good fit for Ferrara given the filmmaker’s penchant for themes of addiction. Maraval says Ferrara and sometime collaborator Zois are now writing a script which could include elements inspired by the lives of other politicians like Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi along with Strauss-Kahn. But, despite earlier reports in the French press, he stresses it’s too early to say anything definitively. “One thing we do know is that there’s a real common desire amongst Depardieu, Adjani and Ferrara to work together. But like every day in this business, we have to see if there’s a film there. Today, the only reality is that they are writing something inspired by Strauss-Kahn that will focus on addiction and politicians. It’s more … 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.

The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks on TNT delivered the highest-ever rated Christmas Day NBA game, scoring a 4.1 rating with 5.9 million viewers. Reigning champions the Dallas Mavericks opened the ABC-ESPN quadrupleheader at 2:30 PM ET against the Miami Heat. The game drew a 5.6 overnight rating, up 6% from the comparable 2010 Boston/Orlando game. Despite failed recruitment efforts, the loss of Lamar Odom to Dallas, a new coach and a worrisome Kobe Bryant injury, the LA Lakers proved they are still a marquee viewer draw. The Lakers-Chicago game at 5:30 PM ET posted a 6.5 overnight rating. That was down 11% from last year’s Lakers-Miami face-off but still ranked as the third highest-rated NBA regular season game behind 2 other showdowns featuring the Lakers and the Heat, in 2004 and last year.

The two primetime ESPN games were sharply up from last year. Orlando-Oklahoma City (1.9) at 8 PM was up 36% from last year’s Denver-Oklahoma game. The much improved LA Clippers faced Golden State at 10:30 PM for a 2.3 rating, up a whopping 77% over last year’s Portland-Golden State game.

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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 & Film Editor Mike Fleming to cover both the major studio and indie film business and festival scene. A veteran of indiieWIRE since 1996 and Managing Editor since 2007, Brooks was integral in the execution of daily editorial news and feature content about the movie biz. He was a regular at the Sundance, Toronto, LAFF, SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes, Berlin, Hamptons, Sarajevo, AFI, IDFA, Pusan, Reykjavik festivals and more. He has moderated and produced events and panels in New York, Toronto, and Austin and served on numerous festival juries. A California native and UCLA grad, Brian is relocating from NYC to Los Angeles to join Deadline in mid-January – just in time to cover Sundance with Fleming. “I want to thank all the amazing and brilliant people on indieWIRE’s editorial team with whom I’ve worked over the past 12 years,” Brooks said. ”Now I join a truly fantastic team at Deadline. I’m honored that Nikki Finke and Mike Fleming wanted me to work with them. And I look forward to covering the film business and its talented people from my new base in Los Angeles.”

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