SAG-AFTRA Unveils Merger Documents

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 9:59pm PST

DEADLINE’s Exclusive SAG-AFTRA Post-Merger Details

January 31, 2012 – 8:08pm
Dear SAG and AFTRA Members:

As you know, merger referendum ballots are scheduled to be mailed on or about February 27 – but members of both unions

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Paramount Locking Down Katy Perry 3D Film

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 9:42pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Paramount will make a deal for an untitled 3D feature focusing on pop sensation Katy Perry. I’m told the film has already been shot by director Nanette Burstein. Imagine Entertainment and AEG filmed Perry as she performed late last … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: HBO’s ‘Game Change’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 9:14pm PST

HBO has released a full-length trailer for director Jay Roach’s Game Change with Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt. Screenplay by Danny Strong, based on the book by John Heilman and Mark Halperin. It debuts March 10th.

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Les Moonves Willing To Pay $30M For Golden Globes TV Rights: Trial – Day 5

Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is covering the trial for Deadline.

The most interesting testimony today in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lawsuit against Dick Clark Productions over rights to the Golden Globes broadcast didn’t take place in court. Instead transcripts from CBS … Read More »

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ESPN President Says He Won’t Use Digital Platforms To Undermine Pay TV

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 7:26pm PST

Freelancer Cari Lynn is contributing to Deadline’s coverage.

ESPN execs must grow tired of defending the value of pay TV’s most expensive basic channel. But President John Skipper did so again today at a conference sponsored by All Things D. The … Read More »

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Chase Carey: Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Message Was “Twisted”

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 7:01pm PST

Freelancer Cari Lynn is contributing to Deadline’s coverage.

Add the News Corp COO to the list of Big Media execs who believe that they were simply misunderstood in the debate that led Congress to put aside the Hollywood supported anti-piracy bills. “Clearly this got turned upside down, the whole issue,” he said at a conference sponsored by All Things D. Despite the claims of opponents, including those in the tech industry, the proposals empowering the government to block overseas Web pirates “isn’t about censorship…If they did it in the U.S., they’d be shut down. So they moved it offshore. You should still be able to shut them down.” He seemed to take a subtle dig at the MPAA for not making the industry’s case more effectively as opponents turned the issue into a populist crusade. ”If you look at what went on, you’d say that was not a process to replicate,” Carey says. The creative community didn’t ”anticipate the viral aspect and message getting twisted.” Read More »

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Weinstein Company Sued By Author, Publishers Of ‘The Reader’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 7:00pm PST

The author and publishers of the novel on which The Reader is based have sued The Weinstein Company in a dispute over profit participation on the Academy Award-nominated movie. Plaintiffs Diogenes Verlag, Selb Limited and author Bernard Schlink contend that they are contractually entitled to 2.5%-5% of gross receipts, but claim they have received only one profit participation statement from TWC that says no monies are due.

Plaintiffs allege the compensation report contains misstatements of facts regarding production and distribution of The Reader. Allegations include under-reporting of U.S. theatrical and foreign receipts, U.S. home video receipts and television distribution. The suit also alleges overstatement of production costs of which $10 million were subsidized by the German government, overstatement of distribution fees as well as overstatement of costs of advertising, marketing, publicity, promotion and of the negative cost of the film. Additionally the suit claims that the overstatements include amounts for costs the The Weinstein Company did not incur including interest and overstatement of gross participations paid. Read More »

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Ridley Scott In Talks For Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 5:55pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott is in talks to direct the Cormac McCarthy-scripted drama The Counselor. Scott has several films he’s considering, but there is a strong possibility this could be his next film and his followup to Prometheus, the 3D space … Read More »

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Justin Timberlake Lands ‘Trouble With The Curve’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 4:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Justin Timberlake has landed a starring role in Trouble With The Curve, the Robert Lorenz-directed Warner Bros film that will star Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. Eastwood plays a veteran scout who goes on a scouting trip with his … Read More »

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UPDATE: ABC Picks Up 4 Drama Pilots From Marc Cherry, Melissa Rosenberg, Michael Green & Paul Scheuring

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 4:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: ABC has handed 4 more hourlong pilot orders to Marc Cherry’s soap Devious Maids, Michael Green’s magical cop drama Gotham, Paul Scheuring’s Zero Hour and Melissa Rosenberg’s Penoza. Those are likely ABC’s last drama pilot orders this season.

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Cameron Mackintosh Annoints Samantha Barks As Eponine In ‘Les Miserables’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 3:56pm PST
Mike Fleming

The coveted role of Eponine in the Tom Hooper-directed film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables has gone to Samantha Barks. While she’s a newcomer to the screen, Barks starred as Eponine in the London production of Les Miserables in … Read More »

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Rupert Murdoch Hires New Chief Of Staff

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 3:54pm PST

News Corp chairman/CEO Rupert Murdoch has hired New York City public schools communications director Natalie Ravitz to be his new chief of staff. Ravitz joined the NYC Department of Education in June 2010 under then-chancellor Joel Klein, … Read More »

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Disney Makes Deal To Acquire Controlling Interest In India’s UTV

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 3:51pm PST

Disney already owned a large stake in UTV, and already is the leading TV producer in India. This deal, the terms of which weren’t disclosed, will make it the biggest film studio in the country as well.

Burbank, Calif. and Mumbai, India (January 31/February 1, 2012) – The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced today it will acquire, through a subsidiary, a controlling interest in UTV, one of India’s premier media and entertainment companies. The acquisition will be completed through a successful delisting offer and will enable Disney to integrate UTV’s current operations. In addition, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala has been named Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company India reporting to Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International.

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Piper Perabo Cast Opposite Thomas Jane, Billy Bob Thornton In ‘Red Machine’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 3:40pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Piper Perabo will star opposite Billy Bob Thorton, James Marsden and Thomas Jane in director David Hackl’s thriller Red Machine. She will play a deaf photographer who is engaged to Beckett (Jane), whom she met during the … Read More »

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Amazon Down In After-Hours Trading Following Downbeat 1Q Profit Forecast

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 2:49pm PST

Shares are -8.7% after the e-retailer presented a mixed report about its 4Q results, and projected a decline in its 1Q operating profit. Amazon generated net income of $177M in the last three months of 2011, down 57.5% from the same … Read More »

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Fox News’ Winning Streak Hits 10 Years

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 2:45pm PST

Fox News made it 10 years in a row as the top-rated cable news network, a streak that began after Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes’ operation first overtook CNN in total viewership in January 2002. Said Ailes: “We … Read More »

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‘Mob Wives’ Producer Left/Right Adds Execs To Boost Production & Development

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 2:04pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Left/Right, the production company behind nonfiction series Mob Wives and Showtime’s This American Life among other fare, has hired two execs and promoted aonther. Nina Diaz, an executive producer on Mob Wives, has come aboard as SVP Current Production, while … Read More »

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Viacom CEO Blames “Misinformation” For Shelving Of Anti-Piracy Bills

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 1:51pm PST

Freelancer Cari Lynn is contributing to Deadline’s coverage.

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman acknowledges that it will take time before Congress revisits the anti-piracy bills that Hollywood supported: the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). But the one-time lawyer says that studios and their representatives at the MPAA didn’t lose the recent lobby push on the merits of their case. There was “a lot of misinformation” from Silicon Valley, he said today at a conference sponsored by All Things D. Opponents including the tech industry said that the bills giving the government the power to block overseas sites that traffic in pirated content could be misused to stifle innovation and free speech. “It became almost religious dogma,” Dauman says. He still considers the proposals to be ”very reasonable”, adding that piracy “makes the standards more difficult in greenlighting a film.” Read More »

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Joanne Woodward Presses On With Paul Newman’s Final Film Project ‘Lucky Them’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 1:20pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Joanne Woodward has become executive producer on Lucky Them, a film that was begun by her late husband, movie immortal Paul Newman, before he passed away in 2008. Woodward has Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church and Allison Janney attached to star. Scripted by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel and to be directed by Botko (he co-wrote The Last Exorcism and co-directed The Virginity Hit), the film is about a fortysomething rock journalist who gets an assignment to find her ex-boyfriend. It’s a late bloomers coming-of-age quirky romantic comedy, and a semi-autobiographical tale about the writer’s life in NYC, dating musicians and finding herself when most of her friends have settled down. Read More »

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