Best Buy, Founder End Investment Talks

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 10:42pm PST

Best Buy and founder Richard Schulze have ended talks whereby he and private equity investors were seeking three board seats in exchange for acquiring a minority stake in the consumer electronics giant, Bloomberg reported. Schulze wasn’t able to … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BFI Film Fund For Docs, Film London For Artists, RealD In Hospitals, Endemol’s ‘Big Boss’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 10:19pm PST

Documentary Makers To Pitch BFI For Funding
The BFI Film Fund will dish out funding to documentaries via twice-yearly public pitch sessions, in London and at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Documentarians will pitch ideas to a panel of senior execs “from within the BFI Film Fund and wider documentary funding community”, with selected candidates benefitting from a day of expert-led development to help them focus pitches and strengthen ideas. Documentary filmmaking in Britain is on a high after a string of high-profile successes like Man On Wire and Senna, as well as this year’s Oscar- and BAFTA-winning Brit-produced Searching For Sugarman and the BAFTA-winning The Imposter. “Documentary is the punk of the film industry,” said the BFI’s Lizzie Francke. “We’re absolutely committed to supporting the UK’s visionary documentary filmmakers and we’re pleased to be working with Sheffield Doc/Fest on this new way to deliver support directly to the sector.” – Joe Utichi  Read More »

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Layoffs In Hasbro Studios’ Game Show & Reality Department

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 10:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hasbro Studios today laid off the three staffers in its Game & Reality Show Production & Development department under VP Kevin Belinkoff. Belinkoff will continue to oversee the studio’s game show efforts, including current series Family Game Read More »

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Specialty Preview: ‘Stoker’, ‘War Witch’, ‘A Place At The Table’, ‘Genius On Hold’, ‘The End Of Love’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 9:06pm PST

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

The first weekend after Oscars brings a variety of specialty films making their U.S. theatrical debuts. South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook‘s first English-language thriller Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, hopes to lure Park fans and new converts, while Tribeca Film hopes to draw audiences for its award winning and Oscar-nominated film War Witch. Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and Jeff Bridges are just two of the marquee names behind hunger documentary A Place At The Table, which Magnolia Pictures rolls out Friday. Fellow doc Genius On Hold looks at a troubled father-son relationship (one a telecommunications genius, the other a jewel thief) in what may be a precursor to a bigger narrative feature down the road. Variance Films also taps the father-son relationship in the drama The End Of Love.

Director: Park Chan-wook
Writers: Wentworth Miller, Erin Cressida Wilson
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Wentworth Miller penned the screenplay for Stoker under a pseudonym, which eventually made its way to producer Michael Costigan and his colleagues. The story centers on India, whose mysterious Uncle Charlie comes to live with her and her unstable mother following the death of her father. India suspects that her charming uncle has ulterior motives although she also becomes increasingly infatuated with him. “We wondered whether [Park Chan-wook] would read Hollywood scripts as did Searchlight,” Costigan said of the Korean-based filmmaker. “So we thought, ‘let’s give it a shot’. Fortunately his group in the U.S. liked it and he wanted to talk about it. And not only did he want to talk, he started pitching ideas.” Read More »

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Will Sasso To Star In ‘Middle Age Rage’, ‘The Hundred’ Adds Actress

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 7:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Will Sasso is set as the co-lead opposite Annie Mumolo in ABC‘s comedy pilot Middle Age Rage, which chronicles what happens when Carol (Mumolo), a middle-aged wife and mother, is fed up with feeling invisible and begins … Read More »

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Rebecca De Mornay To Lead ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, ‘Venice’ & ‘Killer Women’ Add Cast

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 7:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rebecca De Mornay and Nick Westrate have been cast as leads in NBC’s hourlong pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a take on the infamous feud set in present-day Pittsburgh. The startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between the two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment. De Mornay will play the central character of Mary Hatfield, the Mayor of Pittsburgh and matriarch of the powerful Hatfields, who basically run the city through their development company and political connections. Westrate will play Randall Hatfield, Mary’s smug son. Read More »

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Sophia Bush To Star In NBC Pilot ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, ‘The Selection’ Finds Celeste

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 6:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Sophia Bush is returning to drama series with a lead role in NBC’s hourlong pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a modern-day take on the infamous feud executive produced by Charlize Theron. Written by John Glenn and directed by Michael … Read More »

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Sinclair Stations To Stay On DirecTV While They Work Out Retransmission Deal

Here’s another 11th hour retransmission consent agreement — not a moment too soon for Sinclair, which has its hands full with its new station acquisition deals. The broadcaster recently told DirecTV customers that “… Read More »

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‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Release Date Nov. 15

Paramount has just set the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer The Wolf Of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese for wide release November 15, 2013. The film about the real-life rise and fall of Wall Street hotshot Jordan Belfort also … Read More »

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John Benjamin Hickey To Star In CW Pilot ‘Blink’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) is set as a lead in the CW’s pilot Blink. Written by Vera Herbert and exec produced by David Marshall Grant, Blink is a quirky, humorous family drama narrated … Read More »

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‘The Hobbit 3′ Release Date Delayed To December 17, 2014

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 5:16pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has pushed the release date for The Hobbit: There And Back Again to December 17, 2014 from its original date of July 18, 2014. This is the final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy adaptation … Read More »

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Australian Actress Eliza Taylor Tapped As The Lead Of CW Pilot ‘The Hundred’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 5:02pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Eliza Taylor has been cast as the lead in the CW drama pilot The Hundred. Written/executive produced by Jason Rothenberg based on the books by Kass Morgan, directed by Bharat Nalluri and exec produced … Read More »

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Telluride Film Festival Sets 40th Anniversary Dates

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 5:01pm PST

Telluride Film Festival 2013To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Telluride Film Festival will extend its usual four-day run to five days, it was announced today. The 2013 edition will run August 29 to September … Read More »

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Universal To Release ‘R.I.P.D.’ In 3D, Moves ’2 Guns’, ‘Kick-Ass 2′ Dates

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 5:00pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Universal‘s supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. will now be released in 3-D, the studio announced today as it made a flurry of updates to its summer schedule. However, the Dark Horse comic adaptation starring … Read More »

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Sarah Snook Set To Star Opposite Ethan Hawke In ‘Predestination’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 4:59pm PST

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.

Aussie actress Sarah Snook has just landed the lead female role opposite Ethan Hawke in Predestination, a time-travelling sci-fi thriller that reteams Hawke with his Daybreakers writer-directors PeterRead More »

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Disney Sued Over Profit-Sharing By ‘Home Improvement’ Creators

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 4:46pm PST

Creators of the 1991-99 ABC comedy series Home Improvement are suing Walt Disney Television in a dispute over syndication revenues and calculations of the creators’ profit-sharing in the show. Writer-producers Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean and their respective production companies accuse Disney of syndicating Home Improvement for significantly less than its fair value in certain markets and of failing to properly account for their share of profits on the series. Plaintiffs Williams, Finestra and McFadzean were executive producers and showrunners on Home Improvement for eight seasons, overseeing all aspects of production. While the series was in production, they received writing and exec producing fees under various agreements.

Plaintiffs say in their suit (read it here) that Disney sold Home Improvement in New York City, the nation’s largest TV market, for no monetary consideration under a barter-only agreement. In Dallas, however, Disney licensed the series to the local CBS affiliate for $3.75 million plus barter. In the No. 3 market Chicago, the deal was for $12.18 million plus barter. In Los Angeles, the No. 3 market, it was $5.2 million plus barter. Additionally, plaintiffs say Disney improperly charged expenses and distribution fees to the series, failed to report merchandising and music publishing revenue plus failed to report licensing fees for format rights in foreign territories. These and other studio actions reduced the creators’ share of the series profits despite Home Improvement‘s more than $1.5 billion in revenue to date. The creators and their production companies are entitled to 75% of net profits for the series and the studio is entitled to 25%, according to the suit. Read More »

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Focus Features, Playtone Acquire Neil Gaiman’s New Novel For Joe Wright To Helm

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 4:39pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are closing a deal to acquire the new Neil Gaiman novel The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Joe Wright is being attached to direct, and his Shoebox Films partner Paul Webster is coming aboard to produce with Hanks and Goetzman. The film will be a co-production between Playtone and Shoebox.

The Ocean At The End of the Lane will be published in June by William Morrow. According to jacket copy, it’s about about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. The narrator describes a tale that begins when he was seven and a lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang. Read More »

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‘Anchorman 2′ Adds Meagan Good And Dylan Baker

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 4:39pm PST

Meagan Good Anchorman 2EXCLUSIVE: With filming set to begin soon in Atlanta, Paramount’s Anchorman: The Legend Continues is still quietly adding thesps to its growing roster. Deception‘s Meagan Good is the latest to … Read More »

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Daniel Radcliffe Goes Igor In ‘Frankenstein’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 4:38pm PST
Mike Fleming

Daniel Radcliffe, having graduated from Hogwarts and the Harry Potter films, is in talks to play Igor in Frankenstein, 20th Century Fox‘s revamp of the Mary Shelley classic novel. Max Landis wrote it and John Davis is … Read More »

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