‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Hunger Games’ Win Big At Golden Trailer Awards

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 11:00pm PDT

The first official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises snared the top prize of Best In Show at the 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards tonight at a mansion in Bel-Air. TDKR‘s trailer also took the trophy for Best Summer 2012 Blockbuster. It was a good year for women, organizers noted, with trailers and print promotions successfully promoting female protagonists in typically male-led genres. Snow White And The Huntsman took the prize for Best Action. The Bridesmaids red-band trailer (R-rated) earned Best Comedy and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo took Best Drama. Those two as well as all the other winning trailers are available to watch here. A print promotion displayed a similar pattern. The Hunger Games nabbed five Golden Trailers: Best Teaser Poster, Action Poster, Animation/Family Poster, Best Standee for Feature Film and Most Innovative Advertising for a Brand/Product.
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EMMYS: Drama Series Overview

By and | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 10:25pm PDT

Since its debut, Mad Men has had a lock on the Emmys marquee drama series category. Last year, it fended off a formidable challenge from another period drama, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which was coming off a best drama series at the Golden Globes. In doing that, Mad Men matched The West Wing and Hill Street Blues’ record four consecutive Emmys in the top drama category.

Mad Men’s quest to become the first drama series ever to win five years in a row is becoming even more difficult this year with several hot series gunning for the prize. Showtime’s acclaimed Homeland has been on a roll, winning for best drama series at the Golden Globes, PBS’ pop culture phenom Downton Abbey is entering the drama series fray after winning the Miniseries or Made for Television Movie category last year, and AMC’s Breaking Bad is back at its best after skipping last year’s Emmys because of a long hiatus between seasons. Add to that a surging Game Of Thrones and still potent Boardwalk Empire, and we get a very competitive best drama series Emmy race this year. Here’s our assessment of the chances for drama series (in alphabetical order) and their stars:

Boardwalk Empire
Although HBO’s Prohibition-era Mob drama was received warmly enough in its first season to earn it a nomination, it really hit its stride in its second season. So, not only is it certain to be given another nod, but so are prior nominees Steve Buscemi (lead actor) and Kelly Macdonald (supporting actress). Furthermore, since it was the dazzling downward spiral (and eventual murder) of Michael Pitt’s Jimmy Darmody that proved to be the shot in the arm that the show needed, maybe this year he won’t be left out of the supporting actor race.

Boss
Kelsey Grammer’s new political drama delivered underwhelming ratings for Starz, which had renewed it before the premiere. However, Boss landed Golden Globe nominations for drama series and lead actor, and won for the latter. Its leading man is such an Emmy mainstay — the erstwhile Frasier Crane has won five statuettes over the course of his small-screen career — that it would be a mistake to count him out.

Breaking Bad
This intense drama is a top contender to steal away the drama series Emmy from Mad Men. After a long hiatus kept AMC’s other prestige drama out of the running in 2011, Breaking Bad returned with its strongest season to date. In its wake, nods are all but guaranteed for co-stars Bryan Cranston (who took home the lead actor prize three years in a row) and Aaron Paul (who won supporting actor the last time he was eligible). Plus, thanks to the year’s most talked-about swan song (and one riveting performance after another before it), Giancarlo Esposito is also looking good for a supporting actor in a drama series nomination.

Damages
Since the legal thriller’s penultimate season, its first on DirecTV, flew so far under the radar that it scarcely generated a blip, it’s a bit of a long shot for a drama series nod. Its stars, however, are another story. Glenn Close has been up for lead actress every year since the show’s debut except the last (and took home the prize in 2008 and 2009). (She also won in 1995 for the NBC movie Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story.) Meanwhile, two-time supporting actress contender Rose Byrne is likely to benefit from the raised profile that she has enjoyed post-Bridesmaids. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Premium Rush’

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 7:43pm PDT

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Harvey Weinstein Guest-Hosting CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan’ With Bill Clinton: Live-Blog

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 6:00pm PDT

Multi-Oscar winning indie studio chief Harvey Weinstein is guest-hosting CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and spending the hour interviewing former President Bill Clinton. The show was pre-taped in New York this afternoon. The appearance by Weinstein, a long time Clinton … Read More »

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Is Fox News Producer Who Made Scathing Obama Video Out Of A Job?

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 5:59pm PDT

Fox and Friends Anti Obama VideoIs Chris White now a producer without a network? CNN isn’t hiring him and Fox News isn’t talking, a day after a scathing Fox & Friends video segment on President Obama ran that … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Hires Trio Of Marketing Execs

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 5:37pm PDT

Following a busy Cannes Film Festival and hires of Christine Birch as president of marketing and Jim Orr as president of distribution, FilmDistrict has brought aboard three additional marketing executives: Tracy Pollard as SVP creative advertising, Brad Goldberg as SVP media and Anna Baxter as SVP digital marketing. Along with those appointments FilmDistrict veteran Adrian Alperovich has been promoted to chief operating officer. Alperovich most recently was president of acquisitions and operations. Pollard’s diverse resume includes campaigns for It’s Complicated, Despicable Me, and more recently Limitless, Haywire and Immortals. Goldberg has worked media on the studio and agency side, most recently SVP media and promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Baxter most recently worked at Universal McCann.
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‘Castle’ EP Laurie Zaks Starts Production Company, Signs Deal With ABC Studios

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 5:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Castle executive producer Laurie Zaks is putting down roots at ABC Studios, which produces the ABC dramedy. Zaks has signed an overall deal with the studio, her first overall pact, and has launched her own production company, Second Season. Under the one-year deal, which has an option for a second year, Zaks will develop new projects. The name she chose for her company is a reference to “what you want to get for your show, a second season,” Zaks said. But also, “the second season is spring which is time for renewal. This is new for me, and I love that spiritual meaning.” Zaks has been at ABC Studios since 2006 when she left the network executive ranks to become president of Armyan Bernstein’s Beacon Television, which had a deal at the studio (then Touchstone TV). At Beacon, she developed Castle and has spent the past four years as an executive producer on the crime procedural starring Nathan Fillion. While she will keep her executive producer title on the show, Zaks will scale back her day-to-day involvement to focus on development this coming season. “I have to find the next Castle,” she quipped. Read More »

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Universal Close To ‘Kick-Ass 2′ Deals With Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Others

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After Deadline revealed that Universal Pictures was stepping in to finance Kick-Ass 2 with Jeff Wadlow directing his script, the big question was whether the original Kick-Ass cast of Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, among … Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘5 Broken Cameras,’ ‘Pink Ribbons, Inc.,’ ‘Wish Me Away’

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 4:29pm PDT

Movies Opening This WeekendA trio of docs are among this weekend’s new specialty offerings. Kino Lorber Films’ 5 Broken Cameras began when a Palestinian farmer decided to record Israeli soldiers in his village over a number of years and recruited an Israeli to pull the footage together into a film. First Run Features’ Pink Ribbons, Inc. takes a critical look at an organization that has been a leader in the fight against breast cancer, but some wonder whether it has lost sight of its primary purpose. And just in time for June’s round of gay pride events in the U.S., Wish Me Away captures the emotional “coming out” of country music star Chely Wright who tapped a pair of documentary filmmakers to chronicle the lead-up to her public acknowledgement on network television.
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Nick Wechsler Acquires Michael Koryta Novel ‘The Prophet’, ‘Magic Mike’ Scribe Reid Carolin To Adapt

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 3:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Nick Wechsler has acquired The Prophet, the upcoming Michael Koryta novel that will be published in August by Little, Brown and Company. Wechsler hasn’t yet set it up for financing, but he has already attached Reid Carolin to adapt it. Carolin wrote the script for Magic Mike, the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed male stripper pic that was hatched by Channing Tatum and Carolin, who are partners in Iron Horse Entertainment. Wechsler produced Magic Mike with Tatum, Carolin and Gregory Jacobs.

The Prophet is a tale of two distant brothers in a small Ohio town whose torment over the murder of their sister in their teens is compounded when another teenaged girl is killed. One of the brothers is determined to avenge that killing, even if it means committing murder himself. “We’ve been fans of Michael’s masterful writing for some time, and know that this powerful new novel is perfect for the screen,” Wechsler said. “We were drawn to its themes of family, faith and fear, all set against the backdrop of a gripping serial killer mystery. This story is a perfect mix of thrills, strong characters, and unbreakable bonds.” Read More »

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Kate Walsh Poised To Depart ABC’s ‘Private Practice’ After 13 More Episodes

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It looks like Dr. Addison Montgomery, who left Seattle Grace five years ago to move to Los Angeles, will be packing again. I’ve learned that Private Practice star Kate Walsh plans to leave the medical drama after 13 episodes of the upcoming sixth season.

There had been speculation that Walsh, who has played the character of Addison for 7 years, starting on Grey’s Anatomy before she segued to spinoff Private Practice, had been looking to move on. Her deal was up at the end of last season and, after intense negotiations, she agreed to return but committed to only 13 episodes. That paved the way to ABC’s sixth-season renewal of the series, which also was for 13 episodes. I hear that Walsh is now ready to move onto other things after she completes her contractual obligation.

It is unclear whether Private Practice, which was built around Walsh’s character, would continue without her. When ABC renewed Private Practice earlier this month, speculation was that the sixth season would be the show’s last, but ABC has stopped short of announcing an end date for the series.

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Nicolas Winding Refn In DreamWorks Talks For ‘Button Man: The Killing Game’

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 3:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn is in talks with DreamWorks to direct Button Man, an adaptation of the graphic novel Button Man: The Killing Game by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson. Wagner created Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog. The action revolves around Harry Exton, a hired gun who’s offered a fortune to take part in a game organized by bored millionaires that sets trained killers against one another in a fight to the death. The fat cats bet on the proceedings, and when Exton gets disgusted and opts out, his only exit strategy might be to off the millionaires funding the competition. The film is produced by Roger Kass, Josh Braun and Michael De Luca. Read More »

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Gregg Mettler Signs Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘How To Live With Your Parents’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy writer-producer Gregg Mettler has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the seven-figure pact, he will join the studio’s new ABC comedy series How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest of Your Read More »

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Disney Shifts ‘Lone Ranger’ and ‘Thor 2′ Release Dates On Heels Of Alan Horn Hiring

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 1:48pm PDT

Disney just said that it is moving Lone Ranger to the Fourth of July holiday in 2013, securing a July 3, 2013 date for the update of the Western hero starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. It originally was scheduled … Read More »

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New Trailer: ‘The Expendables 2′

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 1:41pm PDT

What’s another trailer among old friends and new? The Lionsgate release opens August 17th. Here you go:

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‘American Idol’s’ Randy Jackson Sells Siblings Show To MTV

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 1:40pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Randy Jackson has sold a siblings singing competition show to MTV. Basing itself off groups with siblings like the Jackson 5, the Beach Boys, Hanson and The Jonas Brother, the untitled series will feature groups with siblings in them competing against each other. The Jackson-produced show, which is early stages of development, is getting ready to start casting and looking for family bands and groups, a source said. The American Idol judge’s Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment has partnered on the project with DiGA, the production company of former top MTV executives Tony DiSanto and Liz Gately, which is backed by Ben Silverman’s Electus. The sibling series expands Jackson’s relationship with MTV, where he executive produces America’s Best Dance Crew, currently in its seventh season. Read More »

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RealD Revenue Falls In Fiscal Q4 But Not As Much As Expected

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 1:26pm PDT

Shares are up slightly in after market trading as the 3D technology company served up results that it sees as a win for the quarter that ended in March. It reported net income of $5.5M, up 32% … Read More »

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Lionsgate/WWE Studios Sets Scribe For ‘Leprechaun’ Remake

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 1:03pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and WWE Films are moving forward with their reboot of Leprechaun, the 1993 horror movie infamous for the vulgar green-tinged title character and for launching the screen career of Jennifer Aniston. Lionsgate and WWE Films have hired Harris … Read More »

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Sirius XM Says It’s Talking To Liberty Media About Its Takeover Plans

The discussions, disclosed in a Sirius XM filing today at the SEC, suggest that CEO Mel Karmazin is concerned about Liberty’s renewed effort to control a majority of Sirius’ board seats. There’s no agreement yet, and Sirius XM says … Read More »

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