Stephen Amell Is Green Arrow: Lands Title Role In CW Drama Pilot ‘Arrow’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:58pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CW Picks Up 3 More Drama Pilots, Including J.J. Abrams & Mark Schwahn’s ‘Shelter’

EXCLUSIVE: One of the highest-profile young lead roles this pilot season has gone to Stephen Amell. In a … Read More »

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Myriad Takes International Rights To ‘Nobody Walks’: Sundance

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:37pm PST

Nobody Walks, the Ry Russo-Young film that stars John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie DeWitt and sold to Magnolia Pictures for the U.S. during its Sundance premiere, now has an international rights deal. Myriad Pictures acquired the … Read More »

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Endgame Funds Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Bitter Pill’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

James Stern’s Endgame Entertainment will co-finance with Private Defense Contractors the Steven Soderbergh-directed ‘Bitter Pill.’ The film stars Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures had originally been expected to finance, but that became shaky in the past few weeks. That gives the … Read More »

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NBC Picks Up John Wells-Produced Drama Pilot ‘Bad Girls’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ER, Third Watch and Southland executive producer John Wells is back at NBC with a new drama. The network has handed out a pilot pickup to Bad Girls, written by Nancy Pimental and executive produced by Wells. The project, based … Read More »

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Hasbro’s ‘Candy Land’ Lands With Adam Sandler

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

CULVER CITY, Calif., January 31, 2012 – Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison and Hasbro, Inc. are in final talks to develop Candy Land, a live action movie based on the bestselling Hasbro board game with Adam Sandler attached to star, it was jointly announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, Hannah Minghella, President of Production for Columbia Pictures, and Brian Goldner, Hasbro President and CEO. Kevin Lima (Enchanted) is attached to direct the project for the studio with Sandler and Robert Smigel are in talks to write the screenplay.

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CW Picks Up 3 More Drama Pilots, Including J.J. Abrams & Mark Schwahn’s ‘Shelter’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW today gave the green light to three more drama pilots: J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn’s Shelter; Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain’s The Selection; and Bert Royal’s Joey Dakota, which has Mark Harmon executive producing. That brings the total number of hourlong pilots picked up at the CW this year to … Read More »

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UPDATE: Paula Abdul, Fox And Simon Cowell React To ‘X Factor’ Shakeup

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:42am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Paula Abdul Won’t Return To ‘The X Factor’ In Season 2
Scherzinger & Jones Both Out Of ‘The X Factor’

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OSCARS: Tom Hanks Named Presenter

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:41am PST

Beverly Hills, CA – Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor Tom Hanks will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. Hanks, who is a governor of the Academy, won consecutive Oscars® in

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ABC Picks Up Judy Greer Comedy Pilot

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:29am PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has started giving pilot orders to its starring comedy vehicles. First off is single-camera comedy American Judy toplined by Judy Greer and written by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont. It centers on a cosmopolitan woman (Greer) who gets married … Read More »

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Matt Brown Upped To EVP Worldwide Commercial At Sony Home Entertainment

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:27am PST

Culver City, Ca. (1/31/12) – Matt Brown has been named Executive Vice President of Worldwide Commercial for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, announced SPHE Worldwide President David Bishop, to whom Brown will report.

Brown, who was previously Executive Vice President – North America and International, now adds oversight for all commercial initiatives in Europe to his current portfolio of responsibilities, which had included North America and international excluding Europe.

Brown will work closely with Aodan Coburn, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Licensing, in managing the regions encompassing Latin America, Asia Pacific and the Emerging Markets. Coburn’s expanded responsibilities will be in addition to his current focus on global licensing and supply chain. He will report to Brown on all commercial matters, and he will continue reporting to Bishop for operations and supply chain.

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WME Signs ‘The Artist’ Star Jean Dujardin

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:06am PST
Mike Fleming

WME has signed Jean Dujardin, who won Best Actor in Sunday’s SAG Awards, as well as Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globes.

The Oscar-nominated French actor has Les Infideles (aka The Players), which opens in France … Read More »

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Showtime’s Sunday Series Rise, ‘Shameless’ Tops HBO’s ‘Luck’; ‘Real Housewives’ Hot

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:05am PST
Nellie Andreeva

HBO’s ‘Luck’ Renewed For Second Season

Showtime’s Sunday lineup rebounded after facing the NFC Championship Game the previous week. Both Shameless (1.37 million) and House Of Lies (1.02 million) drew their largest audiences since the season premieres. Shameless was up 7% from the previous week, House Of Lies 41%. At 9 PM, Shameless, which was originally set up at HBO, outdelivered the official premiere of HBO’s Luck (1.1 million) by 29%. (This was not the first airing of Luck‘s pilot episode, which was previewed after the Boardwalk Empire season finale last month.) At 10:30 PM, Californication (748,000) was up 17% from the previous week. Read More »

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Patric Verrone To Receive WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:05am PST

Los Angeles – Former Writers Guild of America, West President and Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writer Patric M. Verrone is set to receive the WGAW’s 2012 Morgan Cox Award in recognition of his exemplary service to the Guild. Verrone

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Ben Kingsley Joins Cast Of ‘Ender’s Game’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 11:02am PST

Ben Kingsley and Brandon Soo Hoo (G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra) are set to join Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Stanfield and Abigail Breslin in the film version of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling novel Ender’s Game. The … Read More »

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Mel Gibson Action Film ‘Get The Gringo’ Bypasses Theaters With VOD Deals At Fox And DirecTV

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 9:48am PST
Mike Fleming

Mel Gibson Get The GringoEXCLUSIVE: The acquisitions market at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival was all about deals that combined small theatrical releases with major day-and-date VOD and DVD. But no major star has dared to bypass theaters to gamble on ancillary distribution with a project that is right in his wheelhouse. Until now. Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions has made an innovative deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for a domestic direct-to-consumer release of Get The Gringo, a south-of-the-border gritty action film that Gibson stars in and financed. The film has been set for an exclusive premiere window May 1 on DirecTV, which will charge $10.99 per home viewing. A wider release on Blu-ray, VOD, and digital download will follow later in the year. DirecTV, which has almost 20 million subscribers, has the exclusive on the film for more than a month, and it moves to other VOD menus by early summer. Read More »

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Global Produce Finds Scribes To Adapt ‘Spacesuit’ Book For Screen

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 9:47am PST

Kat Likkel and John Hoberg will make their feature film writing debuts by adapting Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, the Nicholas de Monchaux book recently optioned by Marc Shmuger’s Global Produce. The book recounts the true story of how a team of bra … Read More »

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It’s Official: Les Moonves Won’t Testify In Person At Golden Globes Trial

Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is covering the trial for Deadline.

Judge A. Howard Matz this morning accepted a recommendation from lawyers on both sides that means CBS Corp chief Les Moonves will not have to testify in person in the ongoing Golden Globes TV rights trial. Instead, the court will hear testimony from Moonves’ August 2011 taped deposition in the case, which was brought by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association against Dick Clark Prods over who controls rights to the HFPA-run Golden Globe Awards telecast. The ruling means the court will see a videotape of Moonves’ deposition either later today or tomorrow, depending on how quickly HFPA lawyers can churn through their witness list. A deal, which was expected, was hammered out over the weekend by both parties, who prepared the recommendation to Matz arguing that anything Moonves would say live he already said in the deposition. Moonves’ testimony is of interest to the HFPA to determine whether CBS was interested in bidding against current rightsholder NBC for rights to air the awards show. Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Luck’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 9:31am PST
Nellie Andreeva

On the heels of Luck‘s official premiere on Sunday, HBO has renewed the horse racing drama from Michael Mann and David Milch for a 10-episode second season. The series starring Dustin Hoffman had already been working on scripts for Season 2, and production will begin at the end of February. The network had started prep work early because of the small window it has to film at the Santa Anita racetrack where a significant portion of the show is shot. Luck‘s second season will premiere in January 2013. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the critical response to this beautiful piece of work, and we are very excited about where David and Michael plan to take these incredible characters,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo. Luck‘s first episode, originally previewed after the Boardwalk Empire season finale in December to 1.1 million viewers, drew another 1.1 million in its regular premiere at 9 PM on Sunday. If that were a true series debut, it would be in line with the launches of such softly rated HBO series as Treme (1.125 million) and the now-defunct Bored To Death (1.034 million). Luck was rebroadcast again at 10 PM (711,000) and 11 PM (420,000) for a total of 3.3 million sampling the pilot in the December preview and on Sunday. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Alcatraz’ Slips, ‘Rock Center’ Drops, ‘Gossip Girl’ & ‘Dixie’ Rise

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 9:11am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It was another case of “when the cat’s away…” last night as Fox and ABC battled it out last night while CBS’ formidable Monday lineup was once again in repeats. But CBS wasn’t completely out — a repeat of Two Read More »

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