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Hungry AMC Networks Angling For Major BBC America Stake

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 2:41pm PDT

Hungry AMC Networks Angling For Major BBC America StakeThe cable networks company known for its hits The Walking Dead and Mad Men could use the deal to further establish itself as a leading distributor of premium content — strengthening its ability to sell ads and negotiate high fees from cable and satellite companies. Bankers and executives are working on a cash and stock deal, I’m told — but with no dollar figures yet.

The arrangement would give AMC Networks just short of a majority stake in BBC America, unlike a previous representation arrangement with Discovery, which did not own equity. While BBC Worldwide would still control the channel and brand, AMC would be able to influence programming decisions and handle BBC America’s domestic ad sales and distribution. Talks have been ongoing for several months, but a deal isn’t complete. Bloomberg was first to report the negotiations.

AMC and BBC know each other well. They’re co-producers of The Honorable Woman, which premieres tomorrow on SundanceTV. Last year they partnered on Sundance’s Top Of the Lake, and they have an upcoming production, One Child.
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SundanceTV Serves Up Four-Hour ‘One Child’ On Thanksgiving Weekend

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 5:27pm PDT

SundanceTV Serves Up Four-Hour ‘One Child’ On Thanksgiving WeekendThe original miniseries follows the story of Mei, a young woman born in China and raised by British parents who is called back to Guangzhou by her desperate birth mother after Mei’s brother is wrongly accused of murder. One Child stars Katie leung__140401135354-275x368Leung as the woman who struggles in the face of crisis to determine her family loyalties, true identity and the meaning of family. Elizabeth Perkins, Donald Sumpter play her UK parents. SundanceTV will air the four-hour mini, which it acquired in the spring, on November 28 & 29. One Child is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, co-produced with SundanceTV and distributed by BBC Worldwide North America. Hilary Salmon is the executive producer. It marks the former Sundance Channel’s third consecutive collaboration with BBC Worldwide, following the mini Top Of The Lake, which won a Golden Globe for star Elisabeth Moss, and the upcoming The Honorable Woman, toplined by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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Hot TV Trailer: Maggie Gyllenhaal Is ‘The Honourable Woman’ As U.S. Actresses Infiltrate UK Drama

Hot TV Trailer: Maggie Gyllenhaal Is ‘The Honourable Woman’ As U.S. Actresses Infiltrate UK DramaFrom Hugh Laurie to Idris Elba and Dominic West, there’s a history of British actors heading to America to ply their trade on U.S. TV. Now, with increasingly provocative drama spurred on in part by the UK’s high-end tax credit, a handful of American women have begun a mini-trend on British telly in the past year. After Gillian Anderson in The Fall and Elisabeth Moss in Top Of The Lake, along comes Maggie Gyllenhaal who just debuted as the protagonist of BBC Two’s eight-part miniseries The Honourable Woman. The series was originally commissioned by BBC Two and is a co-production from BBC Worldwide and Sundance Channel in the U.S. The first episode aired late last week in the UK to favorable reviews and solid ratings with an average 2.13M viewers and a 10.6% share. It hits the States on July 31 — sans the “u” in the title. The fast-paced, labyrinthine thriller is set against an international political backdrop and centers on Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), whose father was a Zionist arms procurer. As children, she and her brother were witness to his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, Stein dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Her sudden appointment to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom. … Read More »

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EMMYS: DPs Draw Out Drama In ‘Hannibal’,'True Detective’ & ‘House of Cards’

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 4:53pm PDT

Awardsline logo_use this oneHannibal and True Detective—about serial killers who are the devil personified—as well as House of Cards—about a devilish politician—all embrace lighting and camera work that is cinematic yet subtle, manipulating audiences into the suspense of the moment and helping frame some of the most unforgettable characters on television.  House of Cards director of photography Igor Martinovic, who was enlisted for the second season, used lighting to reflect a marked shift in story surrounding the dastardly Francis Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. “The cynical attitude and a crime story that happened toward the end of season one could be represented through low-key lighting,” Martinovic says. “For season two, we decided to change the lighting completely. We very carefully tried to wrap characters in shadows, into half-lights, turn them into silhouettes, and overall kept them on the edge of darkness.”

Kate MaraThe shift owed much to the influence of the Netflix show’s executive producer, Oscar-nominated director David Fincher. “He’s very constant in all of his work,” Martinovic says of Fincher. “It’s this objective camera work where you don’t come too close to the characters. Your camera is objectively—as much as one could do—capturing the situation . . . It was also very appropriate for this because we were telling a political theater. Part of it is the staging, where we try to stage a kind of elaborate mise en scene, … Read More »

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Cannes: ‘Lion’ To Roar In $12 Million TWC Deal After Quiet Auction

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sarooUPDATE: TWC has confirmed this deal, and I had it right except that Australian rights are excluded. Release is below original scoop.

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal that was done in stealth mode, The Weinstein Company is nearing a $12 million deal for Lion, a Luke Davies-scripted adaptation of the Saroo Bierley book A Long Way Home. The film will be directed by Garth Davis, who helmed Top Of The Lake, and the deal is for world rights, I’ve heard. There have been almost no rumblings about the project at the fest, but the two studios who were battling ferociously for this were TWC and Fox Searchlight. No comment yet from the principals but I expect this one to be done before day’s end.

the-weinstein-company-logo-1__140502172505-275x153It’s easy to see why each party was eager. The project has undeniable sweep and Oscar potential. It is most easily compared to Slumdog Millionaire and Life Of Pi, and it reunites TWC with the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. The producers and attorney Craig Emanuel have been guiding this deal. It is a truly fascinating true story, spanning India and Australia. The protagonist is Saroo Brierly, who was separated from his family in India at age 5. The family lived in desperate poverty after the father deserted them, and Brierly and his older brother one day went to a railway station to scavenge for food and spare change. Saroo wound up separated from his brother, and having no idea where it was going, boarded a train that took him far from his home. Hopelessly lost, he wound up on the streets of Calcutta. After a harrowing survival ordeal, he eventually was rescued, and was adopted and grew up with an affluent family in Australia. He never forgot his origins, though. As an adult, he decided to reunite with his mother. Using scraps of memory and Google Maps, he was able to figure out where home was, and 26 years later was finally reunited with a birth mother who never stopped hoping. Read More »

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BAFTA TV Nominees Include ‘Broadchurch’, ‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘House Of Cards’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:42am PDT

bafta tvChannel 4 drama Southcliffe leads the nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV Awards. The miniseries has four nods including for Leading Actor Sean Harris and Supporting Actor Rory Kinnear. Comedy The IT Crowd also has four nominations, with stars Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd competing with The Wrong Mans’ Mathew Baynton and James Corden in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category. Broadchurch and The Village scored three nods, including for Drama Series where they are joined by My Mad Fat Diary and the BBC’s Top Of The Lake. Other notable mentions include Dominic West for Leading Actor in Burton And Taylor;Helena Bonham Carter is also nommed for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the mini. Among other British shows with nominations are the BBC’s The Fall, Ripper Street and the Doctor Who anniversary movie An Adventure In Space And Time. The International category features Breaking Bad, House Of Cards, Denmark’s Borgen, and France’s The Returned. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London on May 18. A list of the major drama and comedy nominees follows (the full list is here): Read More »

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MIPTV: DirecTV Acquires Australian Thriller ‘The Code’ Starring Lucy Lawless

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 1:52am PDT

the codeHeading into the Mip-TV market next week, the UK’s DCD Rights has sealed deals on six-part thriller The Code with DirecTV in the U.S., Sundance Channel Latin America and Denmark’s DR. Produced by Australia’s Playmaker, the drama premieres Down Under on ABC1 later this year. Set in the Oz outback, The Code centers on two very different brothers — one a journalist, the other a hacker — who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret. Lucy Lawless stars with Adam Garcia (Camp), David Wenham (Top Of The Lake) and Aden Young (I Frankenstein). DirecTV acquired the series for Audience Network. It was created by Shelley Birse and written by Birse, Blake Ayshford and Justin Monjo. Shawn Seet directs and Playmaker’s David Maher, David Taylor and Birse are producers. DCD, which works with high-profile Aussie titles like The Slap, Rake and A Moody Christmas, is launching The Code at Mip next week.

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SundanceTV Picks Up 4-Hour Miniseries ‘One Child’, Will Co-Produce BBC Project

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

leungEXCLUSIVE: SundanceTV (formerly Sundance Channel) has set its next scripted project, signing a deal with BBC Worldwide to board four-hour miniseries One Child as co-producer. Penned by BAFTA-winning writer Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes Of Heaven), One Child, a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, stars Harry Potter franchise alumna Katie Leung as Mei, a first-born Chinese girl adopted by English parents, who gets called back to Guangzhou when her birth mother desperately seeks her assistance in SundanceTV-Logo__140127153739-275x79saving her son. How far will Mei go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she’s never met?  “One Child is a deeply affecting work that delves into the heart of a human struggle,” said SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett. “It tells the story of an ordinary young woman who is plunged into a situation that challenges her to her core.” Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels; ‘Peaky Blinders’ Tops BAFTA TV Craft Award Noms; More

Jesus Perezagua Exiting Fox International Channels
Jesus of FoxFox International Channels President of Europe and Africa Jesus Perezagua has announced his departure. The exec has been at the company since 2003. He joined as managing director of FIC Spain and Portugal and in 2005 took over the company’s expansion plan in Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Greece. Perezagua became President of FIC Europe and Africa in 2011. He will step down from the role on April 30 but will continue to consult FIC. The search is on for a successor. Prior to FIC, Perezagua held posts at Iberian Channels and Online for Fox Kids Entertainment Espana and was Managing Director of Bandai Espana, a Japanese toy company specializing in TV marketing concepts. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: British Film Institute Taps 3 For Governing Board; BBC Two Drama ‘Banished’ Adds 4 To Cast; More

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

British Film Institute Add 3 To Governing Board
The British Film Institute has appointed three new members to its Governing Board: Sony’s Andrea Wong, Blueprint Pictures’ Pete Czernin and UK TV host Jonathan Ross. Wong is President of International BFI-LogoProduction at Sony Pictures Television and President of International for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Among other duties, the London-based exec oversees Sony’s creative teams outside the U.S. as well as the 18 owned and joint venture international production companies around the world. Czernin co-founded London-based film producer Blueprint Pictures, whose titles include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges. Czernin is prepping the release of Lone Sherfig’s Posh and is in production on Marigold Hotel 2, which is shooting in India with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Richard Gere and others. Ross is a veteran of the BBC and now presents The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke and co-chaired by Libby Savill. The other governors include Warner Bros’ Josh Berger and director Tom Hooper. Read More »

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Golden Globes: Wins By Show & Network

By | Sunday January 12, 2014 @ 8:26pm PST

Golden Globes TV Analysis: Rookie ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Surprises, ‘Breaking Bad’ Gets Its Due
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GoldenGlobes_logo__131127005408-275x166__140108194926 (1)WINS BY TV SERIES OR PROGRAM
Behind The Candelabra – 2
Breaking Bad – 2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 2
Dancing On The Edge – 1
House Of Cards – 1
Parks & Recreation – 1
Ray Donovan – 1
Top Of The Lake – 1

AMC – 2
Fox – 2
HBO – 2
NBC – 1
Netflix – 1
Showtime – 1
Starz – 1
Sundance Channel – 1

Related: Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List

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Golden Globes TV: Rookie ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Surprises With Two Wins, Departed ‘Breaking Bad’ Gets Its Due

By | Sunday January 12, 2014 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Brooklyn Nine-NineTelevision has always taken a back seat to film at the Golden Globes. That was quite literally the case tonight. Many TV winners had to walk a long way to the stage from the back of the room as the tables down were reserved mostly for film stars. But, like Christine Lahti did in 1998 when she was in the bathroom while being called to the stage for her best drama series actress award, it was a TV winner, British actress Jacqueline Bisset, who produced probably the most memorable acceptance moment of the night with her rambling, incoherent, expletive-laden speech.

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In selecting the TV winners, HFPA mostly followed its longtime strategy of recognizing new shows, like Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Breaking BadNetflix’s House Of Cards and Showtime’s Ray Donovan, with one big exception. The Golden Globes did something I can’t remember ever seeing — they gave Breaking Bad its first ever awards for its final season. HFPA, which prides itself in first spotting shows that would go on to become a pop culture phenomenon — like they did with HBO’s Sex And The City and The Sopranos — completely missed the boat with Breaking Bad. They rectified the glaring omission tonight when, in its final shot, the acclaimed AMC drama scored two statuettes, for best drama series and best actor, three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston.

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Amy PoehlerHFPA still kept the tradition of recognizing mostly newcomers as Parks & Recreation was the only returning series besides Breaking Bad to earn a Golden Globe for the ceremony’s co-host Amy Poehler. Leading the rookie parade was Fox’s comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The cop show was a surprise double nominee and became an even more surprising double winner tonight, for best comedy series and best comedy actor, Andy Samberg. (Both Brooklyn and Parks & Rec are produced by Universal TV, making it a clean sweep on the comedy side for the studio.) While not very accommodating to freshman broadcast dramas, which have not scored a best series nomination in seven years, HFPA has given warm welcome to new broadcast comedies. Three years ago, the best comedy series Golden Globe went to another freshman Fox series, Glee. Unlike Glee, which was a breakout hit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been ratings-challenged but HFPA loves underdogs — one of its biggest success stories was helping another struggling first-year Fox comedy, Ally McBeal, turn its ratings fortunes around with a surprise double win for best series and its star, Calista Flockhart. It is shaping up to be a great month for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which also is getting a special airing after the Super Bowl.

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Golden Globes: The Deadline Film Team’s Live Blog

By | Sunday January 12, 2014 @ 4:58pm PST


Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report

GoldenGlobes_logo__131127005408-275x166__140108194926 (1)How many Deadline Hollywood staffers does it take to live blog the Golden Globes? Well, it used to be one, but this year it will be two. It won’t be the same razor sharp trademark snark, but hopefully we will have fun just the same with Mike Fleming Jr and Anita Busch providing some color commentary.

Related: Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List

The 71st Golden Globes take place this year on NBC, yet again, under a legal cloud as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and producer Dick Clark Productions are forced to work together while behind the scenes they are fist to cuffs as the lawsuit over who owns the lucrative TV rights for one of broadcast’s biggest nights is still in appeal and the digital and pre-show rights are still unresolved. Last year, the telecast drew 19.7 million viewers, up 17% from a year earlier, thanks, in part to co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who return again this year for the gala inside the Beverly Hilton. They are contracted for 2015′s show as well. This year there are a number of firsts — a new HFPA president, photojournalist Theo Kingma presides; in the motion categories there are 16 contenders who have never been nominated before, including two actors from 12 Years A Slave which (along with American Hustle) led the nominations this year with seven each. One of those never given a nom is, surprisingly, Matthew McConaughey, who is a first-timer for Dallas Buyers Club. This year also sees Meryl Streep — one of the most if not the most Golden Globe nominated actresses, with 28 noms and 8 wins — up against actresses who have never won for a motion picture and Bruce Dern, not nominated for an acting Globe since 1979 (Coming Home). Woody Allen will be given the Cecil B. DeMille Award but will not be on hand. The 79-year-old Allen has only attended one awards show in his career, in 2002 at the Oscars, after 9/11.

Related: Photos From The 71st Golden Globes

Golden Globes candid shotFLEMING: The Golden Globes have largely been relevant primarily because of its proximity to Oscar season. You know the jokes, that this is the day you can’t find a waiter because they are all here to see if their votes lead to winners. The Globes have really become an important pseudo event in the past several years after Ricky Gervais hosted and ripped the proceedings to shreds. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were more politically correct. This year all the hard work has been done for them because there is a level of negativity in the air that gives them plenty to talk about. There has been plenty of debate about The Wolf Of Wall Street, mostly regarding the character or lack of it of Jordan Belfort; there was 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen, getting heckled so badly by one douchebag critic at the New York Film Critics Circle that the group had to apologize; Lena Dunham bristling about a rude reporter questioning why she doesn’t wear clothes much on HBO’s Girls. A New York Post critic hammered Philomena as a Catholic bashing exercise that the real subject of the film was moved to respond. Even Meryl Streep–who sometimes doesn’t even show up for these things–slagging Walt Disney as a woman hater and anti-Semite as she extolled the virtues of the film’s star and her Oscar competitor Emma Thompson. What a perfect backdrop to have a bit of fun during this pseudo-awards show, one that got off to a flying start with a sewage leak on the red carpet.

BUSCH: The Golden Globes, traditionally is the one awards show were nominees can drink heavily and then get up on stage and are bound to say anything. It’s one of the more fun awards show for talent to attend. Studio marketing executives salivate for the awards and then dread tomorrow morning when they are up at the crack of dawn cutting new TV spots and devising new marketing strategies to capitalize on the wins their pics receive. The Golden Globules (as many of us have called them) are voted upon by a small group of ‘journalists” who sometimes moonlight as real estate agents or taxi drivers. (Not kidding about the real estate agents and wouldn’t be surprised about taxi drivers). As far as goes and the character or lack thereof of Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), I think his prison sentence speaks for itself, don’t you, Mike?

Tina Fey Amy Poehler GlobesBUSCH: What’s with the 80′s intro music and the Match Game show back drop? Bobby and Bobby and Bobby and Danny … uh, Uma Oprah … Yeah, “explosion at the wig factory” is right for American Hustle. Good bit between Julia Louise-Dreyfus and Reese Witherspoon. “The tiniest man with the biggest glasses” … “George Clooney would rather float away and die than spending time with a woman his own age” … good bits.

FLEMING: Tina and Amy have already exceeded the good joke quota that it took Seth MacFarlane five hours to achieve in last year’s Oscars. Wait, why are they not hosting the Oscars?

BUSCH: Agreed. They even were able to find a joke with 12 Years a Slave. “I will never think of slavery the same way again.”

FLEMING: Was Sandra Bullock’s dress made by UnderArmour?

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence of Sony’s American Hustle

BUSCH: Jennifer Lawrence just did her best Taylor Swift surprise face. Not a surprise.

Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries/TV movie: Jacqueline Bisset, Starz’s Dancing on the Edge

FLEMING: They gave Jacqueline Bisset the Bob Uecker seats and she is so tired from walking that she is crying.

BUSCH: Catch your breath, Jacqueline. This award means nothing. Really. Thank God, the walk off music.

FLEMING: Bisset is channeling her inner Melissa Leo. Yikes.

DEADLINE TEAM: The censors missed Bisset’s sh*t comment. They bleeped it too early.

FLEMING: Overheard in the booth: Fuck, we missed that shit comment! How much is that going to cost?

Related: OOPS: Expletive Makes It On The Air In NBC’s Golden Globes Telecast

FLEMING: Prediction: Mark Ruffalo will be back next year for Can A Song Save Your Life? Just saying…

Best Miniseries or TV movie: HBO’s Behind The Candelabra

FLEMING: Worth noting that this was originally meant to be a feature film. Steven Soderbergh smartly moved it to the small screen and HBO. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon killed it, and it is another big quality score for TV over film, and Soderbergh is now making a series for Cinemax. Any wonder movies are not that good?

Best Actress – Miniseries/TV movie: Elisabeth Moss, Sundance Channel’s Top Of The Lake

FLEMING: Somebody get those TV nominees Google Maps! Just saw The Edge, or was that Mike “Wool Hat” Nesmith?

BUSCH: It’s become a sh*t show. At least they caught that one. Someone give that woman a blood transfusion. She looks more like a character from Twilight than an ex-member of The West Wing.

FLEMING: We just got a text of Jackie Bisset’s acceptance speech, and the Enigma code was easier to comprehend.

DEADLINE TEAM: The Hollywood Foreign Press Club names … Are those really names of the members? Only Theo knows.

Related: Backstage At The Golden Globes

BUSCH: Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill looked for a moment like they were going to have a Michael Bay moment. Oh no, The Wolf of Wall Street, the most ridiculously over the top movie of the year. Someone should have said no to Scorsese or at least get him into therapy.

FLEMING: Is  Paula Patton channeling Robert Blake and Baretta with a cockatoo on her shoulder, or is that the dress?

BUSCH: Paula Patton takes flight.

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press RoomBest Actor – TV Series Drama: Bryan Cranston, AMC’s Breaking Bad

Best TV Series – Drama: AMC’s Breaking Bad

BUSCH: Cranston barely got off stage before Breaking Bad won another one. Looks like the curse is truly broken. They didn’t even try to censor him on ‘bitch.’ No sh*t. Read More »

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Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List

By | Sunday January 12, 2014 @ 4:56pm PST

Related: Live Blogging The Golden Globes

Golden Globes Winners 2014BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
12 Years A Slave
Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Productions and River Road Entertainment; Fox Searchlight Pictures

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

American Hustle
Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

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Hulu Unveils 2014 Slate: ‘Deadbeat’ Set For April Debut, ‘East Los High’ Renewed For Season 2

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 8:02am PST

huluHulu will premiere its new supernatural comedy Deadbeat on April 9. Directed by Troy Miller, the series is Hulu’s first co-production with Lionsgate TV. Hulu also announced today it is re-upping teen drama East Los High for a second season and will distribute reality TV satire The Hotwives Of Orlando from Paramount Digital Entertainment. Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Danielle Schneider, and Andrea Savage star as six of Orlando, Florida’s hottest housewives who are ready to drink, fight, and cry, sometimes all at the same time. In addition, Hulu will release the original Scandinavian version of the drama series The Bridge, recently adapted for U.S. audiences by FX, as well as the Canadian reality-style dance drama The Next Step, acquired from BBC Worldwide North America. And the second season of Chris O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy Moone Boy will make a return in the spring.

In the second half of 2014, Hulu will release second seasons of Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker’s animated The Awesomes, Josh Greenbaum’s docu-series Behind The Mask and John Lehr and Nancy Hower’s Western comedy Quick Draw. Tom Hollander also returns in season three of Rev. Click over for the full lineup: Read More »

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Jane Campion To Lead Jury At 2014 Cannes Film Festival

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

Jane CampionThe New Zealand director, producer and scriptwriter Jane Campion is to preside the Jury of the next Festival de Cannes, which will take place from 14 to 25 May 2014.

“Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986 – Campion says – I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides and my admiration for this Queen of film festivals has only grown larger. At the Cannes Film Festival they manage to combine and celebrate the glamour of the industry, the stars, the Cannes logo-cparties, the beaches, the business, while rigorously maintaining the festival’s seriousness about the Art and excellence of new world cinema. ”

Steven Spielberg will thus be succeeded by another film legend: Jane Campion is in fact the only female director to have won the Palme d’or, for The Piano in 1993, having already garnered the Short Film Palme d’or back in 1986, (for Peel) – a unique double in the history of the Festival de Cannes.

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Producers Guild Unveils Motion Picture And Long-Form TV Noms For 2014 PGA Awards

By | Thursday January 2, 2014 @ 9:51am PST

pga1__131203181235The Producers Guild of America has selected (in alphabetical order) American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years A Slave, and Wolf Of Wall Street for its top feature film honor, the Darryl F. Zanuck award, in its nominations announced today. The PGA announced its movie and long-form TV noms for its 25th annual PGA Awards, with winners to be announced during a ceremony January 19 at the Beverly Hilton. (The episodic TV and documentary film nominees were announced earlier). Here are the 2014 nominated films and TV programs listed in alphabetical order by category, along with producers in alphabetical order:

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James Cameron To Make ‘Avatar’ Sequels In New Zealand; Government Unveils New Tax Breaks For International Productions

james cameronAfter making Avatar in Wellington, James Cameron’s three sequels are now also lined up to shoot in New Zealand. The Kiwi government says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox to see the director make each of the next Avatar installments locally. The move doesn’t come as much of a surprise given Cameron/Avatar‘s history Down Under, along with the helmer’s 2012 purchase of oodles of land in South Wairarapa, near Wellington. The news coincides with changes to the tax incentive structure in New Zealand which were also unveiled today. Under the new regs, the new Avatars could qualify for a total rebate of 25%.

avatarWhen the first Avatar was made in New Zealand, it delivered more than NZ$307M in spend for the local economy. The memo of understanding on the new movies includes several commitments inlcuding a spend of at least NZ$500M ($413.1M) on local production activity – ie, most of the live action shooting and VFX. There’s also an engagement to hire Kiwis in Head of Department roles with about 90% of the live action crew expected to be local. New Zealand will also get to host “at least one” official red carpet premiere. (The original film world premiered in London.) James Cameron and John Landau have also offered to serve as founding members of a new screen advisory board. And, there is language on marketing and promotion of New Zealand and its film industry alongside the three Avatar films; the transfer of technological know-how to New Zealanders; retaining screen production infrastructure in New Zealand that could be used for industry training; and a commitment by both parties to grow the screen sector in New Zealand and to building a long term and productive relationship between the Crown and Lightstorm/Twentieth Century Fox.

Meanwhile, changes to the tax incentive scheme announced by the local government today will see a hike in the rebate from 15% to 20% for international film and television productions. A further 5% will be available for international productions that deliver significant economic benefits to New Zealand. An as-yet undefined points system will determine eligibility. Read More »

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Golden Globes TV: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘House Of Cards’ & ‘Masters Of Sex’ Lead Pack Of Newcomers As Old Favorites Fall

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 8:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Hollywood Foreign Press are a fickle crowd — one day you may be in and winning by a landslide, the next day you are out. Showtime’s Homeland learned Brooklyn-nine-ninethat this morning. The Golden Globes was the first major awards show to recognize the Showtime drama two years ago when it was tied for most nominations, 3, winning for best drama series and best actress, Claire Danes. The thriller drama did one better last year, leading the TV pack with most noms, 4, and sweeping the top drama categories: best drama, best actress and best actor, Damian Lewis. But there is no trace of Homeland on the list of nominations this year as the dominant winner of the past two Golden Globes has been shut out. Golden Globes 2014 Nominees TVThe same goes for another big drama performer at the Golden Globes, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which won the best drama series trophy before Homeland in 2011. The HBO drama had scored at least two nominations every year, also winning for star Steve Buscemi in 2011, but was left out completely today.

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The Golden Globes again took upon its role of the biggest cheerleader of new broadcast series. No, they didn’t hand a best drama series nomination to a freshman — extending first-year broadcast dramas’ drought in the category to seven years. But they still recognized broadcast’s freshman class, which had been completely ignored by the WGA and the SAG Awards. That includes best comedy series and comedy actor nominations for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and star Andy Samberg; best comedy actor nom for Michael J. Fox, star of his struggling eponymous sitcom on NBC;  and best drama actor for James Spader for hit new NBC drama The Blacklist. But the broadcast networks again fell short of unseating cable from the top of the network rankings. Premium cable and digital were dominant this year. Fueled by longform, HBO was once again No. 1 with 9 noms, followed by the two other pay cable networks, Showtime and Starz, and digital upstart Netflix with six each. But it was a broadcast net, CBS, that landed the only multiple best series nominations — for comedy The Big Bang Theory and drama The Good Wife.

Golden Globes Nominees: Scorecard
Golden Globe Awards Nominations

house_of_cardsAlmost all buzzy cable/digital 2013 newcomers (sans FX’s The Americans)  got a notice by the HFPA, with Netflix’s House Of Cards leading the way with four nominations including best drama series; Showtime’s Masters Of Sex landing nominations for best drama and best actor, Michael Sheen (but no Lizzy Caplan?!); and fellow Showtime newcomer Ray Donovan nominated for star Liev Schreiber and co-star Jon Voight. Two breakout performances by young actresses are getting first major award recognition, Tatiana Maslany of BBC America’s Orphan Black and Taylor Schilling of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. They are part of an overhauled best drama actress field which includes only one returning nominee, 2010 winner Julianna Margulies.  The other first-timers are Kerry Washington for ABC’s Scandal and House Of Cards‘ Robin Wright. Things are mirrored on the male side with only one holdover, Bryan Cranston of AMC’s Breaking Bad, joined by Schreiber, Sheen, Spader and House Of Cards‘ Kevin Spacey. The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels, who landed a Golden Globe nomination last year and followed up with a surprise Emmy win, has been left out, along with Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, who scored the AMC drama’s only nomination last year. The series’ tally went to zero this year. Also left out completely for a second straight year: HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Read More »

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