Obama To Eastwood: ‘This Seat’s Taken’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 11:11pm PDT

Here’s an image from Twitter of President Obama’s tweeted response to Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention. During his speech Eastwood carried on a mock dialogue with an empty chair that represented the Democratic incumbent.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Great Expectations’, HBO Goes Nordic, ‘Touch Of The Light’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 10:45pm PDT

‘Great Expectations’ To Close London Fest
In addition to screening next month in Toronto, director Mike Newell’s version of Great Expections has been selected as the closing night presentation of the 56th BFI London Film Festival. The Dickens classic adapted by David Nicholls will screen October 21 at the Odeon Leicester Square. It stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine as Pip, the orphan who’s given a chance to rise from humble beginnings owing to a mysterious benefactor. It also stars Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins, David Walliams and Tamzin Outhwaite. Great Expectations is produced by Number 9 Films partners Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley. Producers for Unison Films are Emanuel Michael and David Faigenblum. The movie was financed by BBC Films, the BFI Film Fund, Lipsync Productions, Unison Films and Hart/Lunsford Pictures.

HBO Launches Web-Only Service In Nordic Markets
HBO will launch a streaming service in Nordic countries that won’t require customers to be signed up with a cable or satellite pay TV. HBO Nordic, a joint venture between Time Warner’s HBO and Parsifal International, will roll out both a premium TV service and the Web service in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland from mid-October. HBONordic.com compete with with Netflix which is expected to launche its own Nordic streaming service soon. All of HBO’s shows including Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire will be available on the HBO Nordic streaming service for less than 10 euros (about $12.50) a month. In the U.S. HBO has resisted consumer calls to offer HBO Go online without requiring subscriptions to cable or satellite packages. Meanwhile the company is roling out HBO Go on-demand movies to subscribers in nine European countries.
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EMMYS: Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Acting Handicap

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 10:00pm PDT
Pete Hammond

After this year’s one last hurrah, say goodbye to the longform supporting actor categories at the Emmys. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voted to do away with the categories and “merge” Read More »

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‘The Ambassador’, ‘For A Good Time, Call…’ ‘Little Birds’: Specialty Box Office Preview

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

The dog days of summer are coming to a close as Venice, Telluride and Toronto gear up with dozens of titles that will eventually make their way to U.S. screens — at least those that receive a theatrical release. For Labor Day weekend audiences, a string of past festival pics are headed for their box office run. Sundance titles The Ambassador, For A Good Time, Call and Little Birds make their bows this holiday. Austrian filmmaker Karl Markovics’ Breathing debuts in the U.S. after screening last year at Cannes. China Lion’s The Bullet Vanishes heads to North America, targeting Chinese audiences.

The Ambassador
Director: Mads Brügger
Writers: Maja Jul Larsen, Mads Brügger
Cast: Mads Brügger
Distributor: Drafthouse Films

Documentary filmmaker Mads Brügger made a splash Stateside back in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival where his The Red Chapel won the World Cinema documentary prize. His latest, The Ambassador, features the Danish filmmaker-journalist posing as a European diplomat as he goes under cover to investigate the blood diamond trade in Africa. “[We] were big fans of Mads because of Red Chapel, and The Ambassador was one of our big targets for Sundance this year,” Drafthouse Films exec James Shapiro said. “Corruption in Africa isn’t a revelation but he really throws himself in the thick of it and risks everything including his life to show an account of modern day colonialism. It hit us right in the gut and … next thing we know, we’re making an offer to Trust Nordic,” the sales company. Read More »

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UPDATE: Clint Eastwood Tells Republican Convention Hollywood Has Lots of Conservatives

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 7:21pm PDT

UPDATE, 7:21 PM:  “Save a little for Mitt,” joked Clint Eastwood to Republicans’ enthusiastic cheers to his primetime appearance onstage in Tampa, Florida before the Presidential nominee. Right off the bat, Eastwood tackled the notion that … Read More »

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Reagan Hologram Developer Didn’t Want To Distract From Mitt Romney: Report

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 7:20pm PDT

That holographic projection of former President Ronald Reagan we’ve been hearing about really is in the works, according to Yahoo News, which reports it was intended to debut outside the halls of the Republican National Convention this … Read More »

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ABC Buys Megan Holley-Penned Adaptation Of Book ‘My Life, Deleted’ & Medical Drama

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 6:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has bought two more hourlong projects.

My Life, Deleted, from ABC Studios and Matthew Gross’ studio-based Gross Entertainment, is based on Scott Bolzan’s bestselling memoir about navigating life after suffering a severe case of permanent retrograde amnesia. Without any memory of his family, his past, or even the relationship between a husband and wife, 46-year-old Bolzan had to completely rebuild his life. Megan Holley, writer of indie Sunshine Cleaning starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, will pen the adaptation. It will use Bolzan’s life story as a jumping point, centering on a successful business man who suffers a head injury that wipes away all of his memories. Read More »

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Venice: Terrence Malick To Remain Filmdom’s Most Famous Recluse?

It’s been confirmed to me by a knowledgeable source that Terrence Malick will not be in Venice OR Toronto for screenings of his latest film, To The Wonder, which debuts Sunday on the Lido. While that’s … Read More »

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UPDATE: Is Sarah Palin’s Public Stance A Negotiating Tactic With Fox? – Report

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 5:17pm PDT

UPDATE, 5:17 PM Thursday:  Sarah Palin’s comments on Facebook about her Republican Convention speech being canceled may be part of an elaborate negotiating tactic, according to New York magazine. Palin’s contract is supposedly up in … Read More »

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UPDATE: CNN Camera-Woman Says Convention Incident Should Be Wake-Up Call: Report

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 4:55pm PDT

UPDATE THURSDAY 4:55 PM: The CNN camerawoman who was pelted with peanuts by attendees at the GOP Convention in Tampa yesterday has told Journal-isms that she was not surprised by the incident and that it should serve as a wake-up call to black people. “This is Florida, … Read More »

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CBS News Declines To Identify Author Of Book About Osama Bin Laden Raid

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 4:40pm PDT

CBS News says it won’t reveal the identity of a retired Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, even though other media outlets have done so. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager … Read More »

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OSCARS: Short Subject Documentary Entries Due September 4

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 4:32pm PDT

The Academy has announced that Tuesday, September 4, 5 PM PDT is the deadline for short subject documentary entries and all required paperwork to be submitted for consideration for the 85th Academy Awards. You can read the details … Read More »

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CBS Eyes David E. Kelley Workplace Comedy Starring Robin Williams

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Thirty years after the end of Mork & Mindy, Oscar and Emmy winner Robin Williams is plotting a return to series television with a comedy written by Emmy winner David … Read More »

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Julia Ormond To Star In Lifetime Pilot ‘Witches Of East End’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 3:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In her first series regular role, Emmy winner Julia Ormond is set to star in the hourlong Lifetime pilot Witches Of East End. Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches Of East End centers … Read More »

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R.I.P. Steve Franken

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 3:15pm PDT

Steve Franken, who played the snobby, rich kid Chatsworth on the 1960s TV show The Many Lives Of Dobie Gillis, has died after battling cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 80. His wife says Franken … Read More »

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OSCARS: Ron Yerxa, Bruce Davis Named Co-Chairs Of Foreign-Language Committee

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 2:34pm PDT

Bruce Davis, former executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and producer Ron Yerxa are the new co-chairs of the Oscar foreign-language committee. The Academy confirmed that Davis and Yerxa are replacing producer Mark … Read More »

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OSCARS: Academy Approves New Music Rules For 85th Awards

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 1:58pm PDT

At least partly in response to criticism of Academy rules that resulted in the exclusion of potential nominees in music or song categories, the Motion Picture Academy today announced the following changes:

Beverly Hills, CA –The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved additional rules for the 85th Academy Awards. The most significant changes affect the Original Song category, in which there will now be five nominees.

During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

Additionally, upon the recommendation from the Designers Branch (formerly the Art Directors Branch), the Art Direction award will be known as the Production Design award.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Sapphires’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 1:57pm PDT

Here’s the Toronto International Film Festival trailer for The Weinstein Company’s Cannes pickup The Sapphires. The movie about an Aboriginal girl group stars Chris O’Dowd as an unlikely talent scout, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell. Screenplay is by playwright Tony Briggs, whose mother and family … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Iceman’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 12:59pm PDT

Here’s the trailer for The Iceman, which is screening at Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Directed by Ariel Vromen, the movie about mob hit man Richard Kuklinski features Michael Shannon as the title character, plus Winona Ryder, James Franco, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Scwimmer, Robert Davi and Danny Abeckaser:

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