Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Railway Man’, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, ‘Joe’, ‘Hateship Loveship,’ ‘Cuban Fury’, ‘Dancing In Jaffa’, ‘A Fragile Trust’

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)The likes of Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Tilda Swinton, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce and more have films joining the Specialties in theaters this weekend in what could possibly be a big draw at the box office — hopefully. TWC will bow The Railway Mana period drama set against WWII, while SPC will open Jim Jarmusch’s vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive. David Gordon Green returns to theaters with Joe from Roadside and Lionsgate, while IFC Films will bow Hateship Loveship. The distributor will also open doc Dancing In Jaffa. Also joining the pack in a fairly packed weekend is Entertainment One’s Cuban Fury, starring Nick Frost. Also opening is A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, And Jayson Blair At The New York Times, an ITVS backed doc that will have a self-distributed theatrical run ahead of its broadcast on PBS.

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Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson, Eric Lomax
Cast: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine, Michael MacKenzie, Jeffrey Daunton
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

With a high-profile cast, bio-drama The Railway Man centers on a former British Army officer who was tormented as a young prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Later he discovers the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. “We’re big fans of … Read More »

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Hot Teaser: Fox’s ‘Peanuts’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 8:45am PDT

Paul Feig is producing Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios’ attempt at the first big-screen CGI version of Charles Schulz’s iconic comic (UPDATE: Readers were correct to point out there have been other Peanuts features). From this first look that dropped today it’s clear this take won’t offer many of those hard-R moments like the ones found in some of Feig’s recent fare like Bridesmaids or The Heat. But he’s a big fan of the comic — saying Peanuts was “my Star Wars” and that Charlie Brown and Snoopy helped inform his cult TV hit Freaks And Geeks. Steve Martino is directing the pic from a script by Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano. A November 6, 2015 release date has been set. Is this what you expected?

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ABC Family Orders 3 Drama Pilots, Renews Comedy Series ‘Baby Daddy’ For Season 4

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

abcfamily1UPDATED: In one of ABC Family‘s first major greenlight/renewal decisions under new president Tom Ascheim, the network has picked up three drama pilots: Alice In Arabia, about an American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them; Recovery Road, based on Blake Nelson’s novel about a teenage girl dealing with addiction; and Unstrung, about a brother-sister duo of tennis players. Additionally, the network has ordered a fourth season of comedy Baby Daddy and announced today a fourth-season renewal of fellow comedy Melissa & Joey, though that 20-episode pickup was originally unveiled in May.

Related: 2014 ABC Family Pilots

Alice In Arabia comes from a novice TV writer, Brooke Eikmeier, brookewho wrote the script while serving as cryptologic linguist in the Arabic language to the US Army stationed at Fort Carson, CO, where she supported NSA missions in the Middle East. ABC Family also has bought a second script from Eikmeier, who left service in September with a rank E-4 Specialist. It is about female cultural specialists embedded with Special Forces teams to help them navigate cultural issues with the local population. “These three powerful new dramas are a great fit with ABC Family’s brand of original programming,” said Ascheim. Added Kate Juergens, Chief Creative Officer and EVP Original Content at ABC Family. “Innovative and authentic is the promise we make to our audience. These new projects deliver on that promise with emotional and entertaining storylines, intriguing, multi-faceted characters and complex relationships.” Last season ABC Family also ordered three drama pilots, The Fosters, Twisted and Chasing Live, all of which went to series. Here are detailed descriptions and credits for ABC Family’s newly picked up drama pilots: Read More »

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Costume Designers Guild Awards: Patricia Norris Wins For ’12 Years A Slave’, Suzy Benzinger For ‘Blue Jasmine’, Trish Summerville For ‘Catching Fire’, TV Winners ‘Downton Abbey’; ‘House Of Cards’, ‘Behind The Candelabra’

AwardsLine Deputy Editor Anna Lisa Raya provided on-scene coverage tonight.

costume-designers-guild__130220000932UPDATED WITH ALL WINNERS AND SPEECHES: 12 Years A Slave’s Patricia Norris and Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Trish malinaSummerville nabbed top film awards tonight at the 16th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. Norris won the Outstanding Period Film Award while Summerville scored the Outstanding Fantasy Film Award. The win clearly vaults Oscar-nominated Norris into frontrunner status. She was not present but her son Patrick accepted on her behalf. “She guaranteed me this wouldn’t happen. I’m kind of a little nervous but she gave me a few things to say in case it did happen. She’s honored that the Costume Designers Guild has recognized her. She thanks you and I appreciate you. I can’t wait to give this to her,” he said. Blue Jasmine’s Suzy Benzinger took the third film award of the night for Outstanding Contemporary Film.

On the TV side, Caroline McCall took the Outstanding Period/Fantasy category for Downton Abbey. This was her second straight win in the same category. Ellen Mirojnick won Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries for Behind The Candelabra and Tom Broecker took the Outstanding Contemporary Television Series honor for House Of Cards.

In other awards, writer/director/producer Judd Apatow received the Distinguished Collaborator 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards With Presenting Sponsor Lacoste - Backstage And AudienceAward for his support of costume design in such work as Freaks And Geeks, Girls, Bridesmaids and the Anchorman films. Jonah Hill made a surprise appearance to present the award to Apatow. “I wouldn’t necessarily think of Judd for the costume design in his films, it’s not the first thing to come to mind,” Hill said, before adding that Apatow’s work resonates because it’s about real people wearing real clothes. “That’s an artform. That’s real life. That’s what Judd does.” Apatow gave shout-outs to the many costume designers with whom he’s worked. “So many amazing people throughout our careers. Thank you so much and thank you for making us look good and making these characters come alive.” Veteran costume designer April Ferry (Maverick, Elysium) received the Career Achievement Award. “I absolutely love what I do and for me there’s no other way. Over the last 30 years I’ve traveled to ancient Rome all the way to the future and beyond. If you’re lucky, like I’ve been, you work at the seat of your pants with wonderful people,” Ferry said in accepting her award. The Distinguished Service Award went to Sharon Day, a guild delegate and former executive board member. Amy Adams was honored with the Lacoste Spotlight Award, which recognizes an actor whose roles have been intrinsically tied to costume design. Adams most recently stunned in a sexy, glamorous 1970s-era wardrobe in American Hustle, for which she’s nominated for a best lead actress Oscar. “I’m just really, really lucky to have had relationships with costume designers thorughout the years. You’ve been magicians, you’ve been my therapists, you’ve been my friends. Thank you for allowing me to turn your visions into art,” Adams said.

Host Joshua Malina kicked off the evening. “I’m Joshua Malina, and I’m a 42 Reg. I have a 32 inch waist and a 30 inch inseam. Yes, I said 30 inches. Don’t judge, we’re all God’s creatures,” he joked. “We’re here to celebrate the collaboration of costume designers and directors and actors. There’s also the talented cutters, and seamstresses, the dye-ers, the shoemakers. We’re all here together tonight and so far, getting along nicely,” he said.

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Universal Signs Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson For ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

Mike Fleming

pitchpUniversal Pictures and Gold Circle, which just set Elizabeth Banks to helm Pitch Perfect 2, has signed the two core performers in the original sleeper, making deals with Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson to reprise.  The film will be released May 15, 2015. The original spawned  ”Cups”, a single that made Kendrick a triple platinum Universal Pictures logo 2013recording artist with combined sales of a little less than 3 million units. Kendrick just wrapped Into The Woods for Disney. Wilson has been on fire since the breakout turn in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. She stars in her ABC series creation Super Fun Night, Night At The Museum 3, She’s F***ing Perfect and Kung Fu Panda 3 and hosted the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Kay Cannon is back writing the sequel and Paul Brooks is producing with Banks and Max Handelman. Universal’s Peter Cramer is overseeing.

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‘American Hustle’s David O Russell, Jennifer Lawrence Circle Joy Mangano Story At Fox 2000

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 6:47pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: American Hustle helmer David O. Russell is in early talks to rewrite and direct an untitled Fox 2000 film about the remarkable life story jof Joy Mangano, a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs with her self-wringing Miracle Mop invention. He wants Jennifer Lawrence to play Mangano. Lawrence, after winning the Best Actress Oscar for the Russell-directed Silver Linings Playbook, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle. The project has a script by Annie Mumolo, who with Kristen Wiig got Oscar nominations for scripting Bridesmaids. This is a rags-to-riches story of a woman who worked three jobs to support her kids and who overcame long odds to finally get her due with an invention that became an HSN sensation and allowed Mangano to clean up. It is a strong empowerment tale.

Related: OSCARS: David O. Russell On Nomination Hot Streak: “I Don’t Know If You Could Force It To Ever Happen Again”

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘12 O’Clock Boys’, ‘Peter Brook: The Tightrope’, ‘At Middleton’, ‘Best Night Ever’

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)Oscilloscope may have the weekend’s biggest Specialty newcomer with 12 O’Clock Boys. The SXSW competition feature was a hit with audiences at the Austin, TX festival and played well there. It will have a fairly sizable opening for a documentary Friday. Anchor Bay’s At Middleton will play over a dozen runs. The Seattle International Film Festival premiere stars Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga in the romantic comedy. Other roll outs will be much more niche with First Run’s Peter Brook: The Tightrope targeting a New York theater/actor audience. Magnet’s Best Night Ever is an Ultra-VOD release that will have only one run outside the major markets before adding some playdates in the coming weeks.

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Director-writer: Lotfy Nathan
Subjects: Coco, Pug, Steven
Distributor: Oscilloscope

Documentary 12 O’Clock Boys was an in-demand choice at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival where it premiered in competition. The feature is a stylish look at the 12 O’Clock Boys, a group of teens from West Baltimore who illegally ride their bikes en masse through the streets. The film follows story of impressionable young Pug, who aspires to join them. “I hired [director] Lotfy Nathan based on a short film he did,” said producer Eric Blair of Mission Film. “The short film did not have the same characters. I asked him to continue shooting footage and see about turning it into a feature.” Blair also grew up in the neighborhoods where he saw the 12 O’Clock Boys ride. Blair was aware of their mantra “living free by riding free” and used that as inspiration to inject lush slow-motion scenes into Nathan’s feature. Read More »

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TCA: PBS Orders More ‘Women Who Make America’, Interviews Lena Dunham, Sarah Silverman, Shonda Rhimes

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 8:27am PST

PBS is partnering with AOL for six new one-hourTCA Deadline documentaries as part of its Makers: Women Who Make America franchise. Scheduled to premiere in June and August 2014, the docus build on the multi-platform initiative founded by filmmaker Dyllan McGee, which launched in 2012. The new series expands on the three-hour PBS documentary  of same name, which premiered in February 2013 and told the story of the American Makers: Women Who Make Americawomen’s movement over the last half-century. Kathy Griffin, former CIA agent Valerie Plame, former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and the producers of Makers are scheduled to discuss the project at the press tour tomorrow. Among those profiled in the docu-series are Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler, Shonda Rhimes, and Sarah Silverman. Each of the new documentaries tackles a different sphere of influence, including business, war, space, Hollywood, politics and comedy. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘The Following’ Up In Return Following Big NFC Championship

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 12:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

thefollowing_season2UPDATE, 12:50 PM: The numbers for the NFC Championship Game are in, and the competitive matchup that came down to the game’s final drive drew 55.9 million viewers and a 28.5 household rating. That marks Fox’s most-watched non-overtime NFC Championship Game since 1995 and the highest-rated since 1997.

PREVIOUS: The NFL‘s penultimate game of the season — the NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers — was the only game in town last night, delivering blockbuster ratings from 6:41-9:54 PM. It also powered Fox drama The Following to series highs. The dark thriller opened its second season to a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49 last night, airing at 10:18 PM following the postgame show. That was up 38% vs. Following‘s series premiere last January. It also outperformed significantly the Hawaii Five-0 episode (3.4), which aired on the same night last year following CBS’ coverage of the AFC Championship Game. Read More »

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Kristen Wiig & Alexander Skarsgard Join Indie Drama ‘The Diary Of A Teenage Girl’

Alexander Skarsgardkristenwiig__130430002702-275x395__140110230334Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard and Bel Powley have joined the cast of the pic from first-time writer-director Marielle Heller. Caviar and Cold Iron Pictures have come aboard to finance and produce The Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel. The 1970s-set film, which is filming in San Francisco, follows a brutally honest teenage artist (Powley, in her U.S. feature debut) as she attempts to navigate her way through an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. Bert Hamelinck and Madeline Samit of Caviar (Nymphomaniac) will produce along with Miranda Bailey of Cold Iron and Anne Carey of Archer Gray. Amanda Marshall and Michael Sagol are executive producers along with Jorma Taccone. Read More »

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Universal Dates Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer Comedy ‘Trainwreck’ For July 2015

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 11:15am PST

Amy SchumerThe Judd Apatow-helmed comedy starring comedian Amy Schumer has been set for release on July 24, 2015. That’s a major summer date for Schumer’s feature film debut following her 2013 breakout on her eponymous Comedy Central sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer, which returns for a second season in April. In August, Deadline’s Mike Fleming broke news of the then-untitled project and Universal/Apatow’s bet on Schumer as the next female comedy star to follow in the footsteps of Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Lena Dunham (Girls). Schumer scripted Trainwreck for Universal and developed it with Apatow, who is also producing with Barry Mendel through his Apatow Productions.

Related: Universal, Judd Apatow Make Movie Bet On Comedian Amy Schumer

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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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OSCARS: From Comedy To Drama – The Challenge For The Crossover Artist

By | Wednesday December 25, 2013 @ 1:00pm PST

Anthony D’Alessandro is an AwardsLine contributor.

In the 1970s, Columbia Pictures then-president Peter Guber was given a script for a film starring AwardsLine.LogoBWWoody Allen. “I called my boss David Begelman and said, ‘There has to be a mistake,’ ” Guber recalls. “There’s not a laugh in it!” The film was The Front (1977), and it was a stark departure from Allen’s comedy writing and standup days, preceding Annie Hall by a year. In the film, directed by Martin Ritt, Allen stars as a New York deli clerk who ghost writes for blacklisted scribes. The poster featured Allen throwing up his hands in a “What me, worry?” pose with the tag line, “America’s Most Unlikely Hero.”

the-front-movie-poster-1976-1020220464“After seven minutes, the preview audience wasn’t laughing anymore,” Guber recalls. “The film didn’t associate with Woody Allen’s brand of comedy. The audience had an expectation going into the theater.” Critics were divided over The Front, and the film’s box office didn’t hit the $20 million to $30 million take of Allen’s other films, considered big by ’70s standards.

Fast-forward several years, when Bill Murray followed up his role in the 1984 blockbuster Ghostbusters with a dramatic turn in The Razor’s Edge, based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel about a World War I vet who goes off the grid to India. The film was slaughtered at the box office and also by critics, such as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert, who blamed Murray for the movie’s dullness. Read More »

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Annie Mumolo Joins NBC’s ‘About A Boy’; Diane Neal Boards Starz’s ‘Power’

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 2:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

mumoloActress/writer Annie Mumolo, who co-wrote the 2011 blockbuster comedy Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, has joined NBC‘s midseason comedy series About A Boy in a major recurring role. The single-camera comedy, written by Jason Katims based on the Nick Hornby book, follows the relationship between Will (David Walton), a bachelor man-child, and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother, Fiona (Minnie Driver). Mumolo will play Laurie, the wife of Will’s best friend Andy (Al Madrigal). The role was played in the pilot by Anjelah Johnson. Mumolo toplined ABC’s comedy pilot Middle Age Rage last season. Read More »

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Peter O’Toole’s Long And Frustrating Half-Century Dance With Oscar: “Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride”

Pete Hammond

There is no doubt Peter O’Toole was one of the greatest actors the movies have ever seen.  Since coming intoacademy-awards-oscar-snubs-overlookedjpg-3f9c1ffb7a28120a_large major international stardom with his dazzling turn in Lawrence Of Arabia, O’Toole compiled a group of brilliant performances over the past half century that are second to none. But he also holds another distinction.

Related: ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’s Peter O’Toole Dead At 81

Peter O’Toole, who died this weekend at age 81, was Oscar’s biggest acting loser. Beginning with Lawrence in 1962 through Venus in 2006 he was nominated 8 times, all in the leading actor category, coming up heartbreakingly short every single time.  After going 0-for-7 with 1982′s My Favorite Year, the nominations stopped (even though O’Toole didn’t), and in 2003 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science‘s  Board of Governors finally decided to right a wrong and award an Honorary Oscar to the then-70-year-old O’Toole ”whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters”.  To the Board’s surprise, particularly for a man who knew the agony of defeat seven times, he became the first person in memory to turn it down by writing a letter to the Academy that said in part, “I am still in the game and might win the lovely bugger outright. Would the Academy please defer the honor until I am 80?” Then-Academy President Frank Pierson replied that the award was not for retirement but to celebrate a remarkable career and he pointed out stars like … Read More »

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Fox Buys Melissa Stack Pitch; Paul Feig Eyeing To Direct Untitled Female Comedy

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 3:26pm PST
Mike Fleming

feigpEXCLUSIVE: Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig is attached to produce and possibly direct an untitled pitch that Melissa Stack will write for Fox. She wrote The Other Woman, the Nick Cassavetes-directed pic that is in post at Fox, with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann starring. They are keeping the logline to themselves, but it’s an original idea hatched by Feig and a vehicle for a group of ethnically diverse comic actresses. Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing under the Feigco banner that formed at Fox to make R-rated comedies.

“I’m always looking for an excuse to gather a bunch of funny women together, and Melissa’s amazing take on this idea really made me laugh,” said Feig. “I’m thrilled to be working with her and excited to really nail our Paso Doble on Dancing With The Stars.” Feig next reunites with Melissa McCarthy in Susan Cooper, a secret agent comedy that also stars Jason Statham and Rose Byrne. Feig’s repped by CAA, Stack by Paradigm and Kaplan/Perrone.

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Marketing Wiz Eddie Egan Exiting Universal After 19 Years

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 5:26pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Egan, who in May 2011 moved from his post as domestic marketing president to take a senior post at Chris Meledandri’s Universal-based Illumination Entertainment, is leaving the studio where he has worked for nearly the past two decades. I’m told it was a mutual decision to move on. Egan made the move after overseeing the marketing of such Universal hits as Fast Five and Bridesmaids; after moving over, the Illumination films he worked on included Despicable Me 2, which is the bridesmaid behind Jurassic Park in the title of the studio’s biggest-grossing film ever with a worldwide tally of more than $916 million. Egan also worked closely on such Illumination product as Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Ron Meyer just sent out an internal note confirming the exit. While it usually takes awhile to get the full story of what happened when any exec departs, you don’t usually get this kind of send off if you aren’t well liked and respected. Here’s Meyer’s note:

Dear Coworkers:

After 19 years together, I am saddened to share that Eddie Egan is leaving Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment. Eddie has been an instrumental part of our success for almost two decades and he is one of the most uniformly respected and admired executives in our company. His passion and dedication have played a critical role in building Universal’s marketing organization, which is one of the best in the business. He’s also been a huge leader in the effort to grow and expand our family entertainment brand, Illumination Entertainment.

Eddie’s credits with Universal are almost too lengthy to list, but one of his biggest and most recent contributions has been in establishing Despicable Me as a global tent pole franchise with Despicable Me 2 currently boasting worldwide grosses of more than $916 million. He has helped make Illumination Entertainment an animation powerhouse with the success of Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and the smash hit, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

Below is a note from Chris Meledandri about Eddie and another from Eddie to all of you:

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NBC Picks Up Comedy Series From ‘30 Rock’s Tina Fey & Robert Carlock Starring Ellie Kemper With 13-Episode Order

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

30 Rock executive producers/showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock will be back on NBC next fall with a new New York-based single-camera series starring another familiar NBC face, The Office alumna Ellie Kemper. The network has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order to the untitled project, written by Fey and Carlock. It will center on a woman (Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. Universal TV and Fey’s studio-based Little Stranger are producing, with Fey, Carlock and 3 Arts’ David Miner executive producing.

“Tina and Robert, who cemented their partnership on 30 Rock, have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional, and clever,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. Added Entertainment President Jennifer Salke, “Original voices like Tina and Robert don’t come along very often, and we wanted them back on the air as soon as possible. And to have them working with Ellie Kemper — who we watched grow up on The Office from supporting player to leading actress — puts the whole package together.”

Related: How ’30 Rock’ Changed The Game For Female Comedy Creators
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Fox Ties Down Wedding Website ‘The Knot’

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 2:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired rights to make feature films from the websites The Knot, The Bump, and The Nest. The first of those sites are popular with couples making wedding plans, the second is for expecting couples, and the third is for settling in as parents. The hope is to turn this into three ensemble films about progressing from the first to the third experience. Set to write is Natalie Krinsky, whose credits include Gossip Girl. She’s repped by CAA and Gotham Group.

The film will be produced by Nicky Weinstock through his Fox-based Invention Films banner, along with Carley Roney, CEO of the XO Group and co-founder of The Knot, and Danielle von Zernick. The Knot has opened divisions in Australia and China. In the U.S., the company claims to reach the vast majority of bridesmaids, so there will certainly be brand recognition and cross-promotional opportunities. WME brokered the rights deal.

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