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Comic-Con 2014: Complete TV Schedule

Comic-Con 2014: Complete TV ScheduleWednesday, July 23 — Preview Night
6-10 PM, Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. TV Pilot Screening: Constantine, The Flash, iZombie, Teen Titans Go!

Thursday, July 24
10-11 AM, Ballroom 20
Fox’s 24: Kiefer Sutherland, EP Jon Cassar returns to Comic-Con to show off highlights from 24: Live Another Day.

10:30-11:30 AM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Legends Of TV Land: Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and other TV celebs will answer questions about their work and making history on television. Sneak peek of animated episode of Hot in Cleveland, airing July 30th.

Related: ‘Star Wars – Episode VII’ Not Presenting at Comic-Con 2014

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Oscar Watching: The First Sure-Fire Best Picture Nominee Has Just Arrived And It’s Only July – Let The Race Begin

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 3:15pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Oscar Watching: The First Sure-Fire Best Picture Nominee Has Just Arrived And It’s Only July – Let The Race BeginEmmy nominations may only have been released yesterday, and I know it’s still just July, but with the opening of Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood today I am declaring July 11th the new official start of the Oscar season (at least for this year) with a film that I predict will occupy one of those prized Best Picture slots when Academy Award nominations are announced six months from now. It’s a bold statement considering last year’s first of nine eventual Best Picture nominees, Gravity, wasn’t released until October 4th, and generally with few exceptions of late , most of the nominees still come in the Fall season (although 2009′s Best Pic winner The Hurt Locker actually debuted in late June of that year and rallied later in the game to take it all). Boyhood’s  distributor IFC Films also has not been a major player in the Best Picture races, but Boyhood producer John Sloss told me they have made a complete commitment to this film like no other.

boyhood__140507074117A top awards veteran consultant Cynthia Swartz and her Strategy P.R. have been on the movie for months, slowly positioning it for a run. Just last week IFC President Jonathan Sehring, who greenlit it and supported it for a dozen years, told our indie box office reporter Brian Brooks that the film is his favorite project of his entire professional career. “It’s not like anything I have ever been involved with and is my crowning professional achievement no matter how it performs,” he told Brooks. … Read More »

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Primetime Emmys: Full List Of Nominees

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:53am PDT

Primetime Emmys: Full List Of NomineesThe 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

Here’s the full list of noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Louie
FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions

Modern Family
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

Veep
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal

Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Detective
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger Read More »

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Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Wins 3 Awards At Seattle

Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 11.29.00 AMRichard Linklater‘s 12-year filmmaking experiment Boyhood won the Golden Space Needle Best Picture award along with Best Director and Best Actress at the Seattle International Film Festival. Keep on Keepin’ On, directed by Alan Hicks, won the Golden Space Needle for best documentary. Other notable winners from the sprawling 25-day festival include Dawid Ogrodnik for best actor in Life Feels Good; Fool’s Day for best short film; and other competition awards for 10,000 KM, Marmato and Red Knot. The Golden Space Needle Awards are chosen by festival audiences.

Linklater’s film, which is set for a July 11 release, continued to build momentum for Oscar season, after grabbing the Silver Bear and two other awards at the Berlin International Film Festival and another at South By Southwest. Linklater began shooting Boyhood when its protagonist, played by Ellar Coltrane, was 5 and continued to film off and on for the next dozen years as Coltrane and his character eventually grew into an adult. Patricia Arquette won the Seattle festival’s Golden Space Needle award as best actress, and Linklater won for best director. One other note of minor disclosure: Brian Brooks, who writes Deadline’s weekly coverage on specialty film box office, was on the festival’s documentary jury. Read More »

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CANNES UPDATE: Weinstein Co To Unspool Footage From Host Of Fall Films On Friday

the-weinstein-company-logo-1__140502172505-275x153UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: I’ve just gotten word that added to the below will be a new promo for Macbeth. Justin Kurzel’s version of the Shakespeare tale stars Michael Fassbender as the iconic eponymous antihero and Marion Cotillard as his scheming Lady.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: In what’s become a highly anticipated annual event, The Weinstein Co is gearing up for tomorrow’s screening of first-look footage from its upcoming films. Two years ago, TWC first rented a plush room in the Majestic Hotel to show about 20 Cannes2014_badgeminutes of three of its 2012 awards contenders: Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook and The Master. It was a prescient move that got the awards conversation started. Last year, the reel was bumped up to 40 minutes and included clips from such pics as The Butler, The Grandmaster, One Chance, Fruitvale Station, August: Osage County and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Harvey Weinstein has increasingly used this invite-only Cannes reception as a platform to tout the company’s slate and whet the appetite for releases later in the year. He’s also trotted out talent from the movies. This year’s event, co-hosted by Worldview Entertainment, goes down tomorrow at the Majestic replete with cocktails and a special press conference.

Related: Cannes: Matthew McConaughey Talks First Movie Since Oscar Win

begin againAmong those set for the preview reel are Toronto sensation Begin Again, the John Carney-directed pic starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine. Ivanhoe Pictures and Beijing Galloping Horse just acquired the Chinese theatrical and all platform rights. It opens in North America and Europe this summer. Also due is a new trailer from The Giver, the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian young-adult novel that stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, the disappearance of eleanor rigbyKatie Holmes and Taylor Swift. It releases in August. Also with an August release, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is getting a teaser trailer, and animated soccer movie Underdogs is screening a new trailer. Un Certain Regard title The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby is unspooling a new trailer. The movie screens in UCR on Saturday in the third version to appear at a festival after two versions played Toronto, one titled Him and the other Her. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star as a married couple whose relationship disintegrates.

Related: How New Version Of  ‘Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’ Found Its Way To Cannes

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Cannes 2014: A Look At Hot Titles; Was It Over Before We Got Here And Paramount Made Record Deal?

Cannes2014_badgeIf there is a recurring theme among buyers and sellers we’ve spoken to in the early moments of the Cannes Film Festival, it is that none can remember the last time there was such a sellers’ market here on the Croisette. The trouble is, nobody seems to really have anything all that compelling to sell, and that is driving the sellers crazy.

amy adamsThe market opened in the grandest possible way, with a record-setting $20M deal as Paramount paid for North America and China rights to the Denis Villeneuve-directed science fiction film Story Of Your Life. Well, the weather has also been grand so far — the deals, not so much. In fact, the next one came as The Weinstein Company finally closed its long-expected deal for Grace Of Monaco, slashing its original $5M commitment almost in half for a film where director Olivier Dahan shot a version that didn’t reflect the original script, before unveiling it as the Cannes opening-night film to terrible reviews.

Related: Cannes: ‘Grace Of Monaco’ Opens Fest As Critics & Royals Take Aim

Since then, nobody has seemed in much of a hurry to gobble up much of anything. No one was saying Paramount spent drunkenly in setting the record with Story Of Your Life. The rationale: $20M for a movie with commercial potential budgeted around $50M, an actress who routinely garners Oscar nominations for her work in Amy Adams, and a director who is fast emerging, is something major Hollywood studios would pay any day. With a major U.S. wide release in place, Glen Basner’s FilmNation’s effort to finish sales around the world has been the equivalent of selling ice cream in the desert. Territories are paying generously, in a textbook example of how the deal-making here is supposed to work.

cannes opening nightIf only there were more of those films. A package could still fall into place that creates another feeding frenzy, but most sellers are resigned to kicking themselves for not having enough killer product and missing out on an opportunity. Buyers and sellers are moving warily, particularly those who are coming here with other projects that haven’t begun production, or are selling on the basis of a sizzle reel. Some of these movies might just as easily surface as Toronto business as walk away with a big Cannes deal. Then again, there are those that believe the lack of films that have come together with sought-after talent is not a momentary anomaly, but part of a larger trend. Read More »

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Cannes Briefs: K5 Thrills To Armie Hammer’s ‘Mine’; Studiocanal Adds Idris Elba & Tilda Swinton To Slate, More

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Cannes2014_badgeIn an eve of the market deal, Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 International has acquired international rights to psychological thriller Mine starring and exec produced by Armie Hammer. Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, the team behind awardArmieHammer_20110326174342-e1301161456715-260x300-winning short Afterville, are co-directing Mine from their own script. Hammer plays a soldier who finds himself stranded in the desert after a failed assassination mission. There, he has to survive the many dangers while also battling the psychological toll of his situation. Peter Safran is producing through the Safran Company, which is also financing. Joan Mao is co-producer. Production is set to start September in the Canary Islands. Hammer, who is next up in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is repped by WME which is handling Mine in the U.S. along with Safran.

Related: Cannes: Emma Thompson & Daniel Bruhl ‘Alone In Berlin’, More

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Fox 2014 Schedule: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Mulaney’ Join Sunday Animated Block, ‘Glee’ Held For Midseason

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox Fall Schedule 2014Animation domination no more. Fox is abandoning its all-animated Sunday comedy block and reverting to a mix of live-action and animated comedies on the night, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and newbie Mulaney joining The Simpsons and Family Guy. Meanwhile, for the first time since its launch, Glee is not on in the fall schedule for its final season. Here is Fox’s fall schedule, followed by analysis and description of the network’s new series.

FOX FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
9:30-10 PM – MULANEY Read More »

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NBC 2014 Schedule: ‘Blacklist’ & ‘Biggest Loser’ Move To Thursday To End Comedy Block, ‘State Of Affairs’ & ‘Marry Me’ Get Post-’Voice’ Slots, ‘Parks’ To Midseason

By | Sunday May 11, 2014 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC-The-BlacklistNBC, which is projected to win the season among adults 18-49 for the first time in 10 years, is betting big on The Blacklist with a post-Super Bowl berth and a high profile new time slot. The network has made the bold Thursday move we’d been expecting, shifting the flagship drama starring James Spader to the 9 PM tentpole slot on February 5, after a big showcase behind the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. Without further ado, here is NBC’s fall schedule, followed by analysis:

Related: Jeff Bader’s First Big Test: Fixing NBC’s Thursday Night

NBC FALL 2014-2015 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 p.m. — “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. — “The Blacklist” / “STATE OF AFFAIRS” (beginning Nov. 17)

TUESDAYFall Schedule 2014
8-9 p.m. — “The Voice”
9-9:30 p.m. — “MARRY ME”
9:30-10 p.m. — “About a Boy”
10-11 p.m. — “Chicago Fire”

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. — “THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA”
9-10 p.m. — “Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. — “Chicago P.D.”

THURSDAY
8-9 p.m. — “The Biggest Loser”
9-9:30 p.m. — “BAD JUDGE” (“The Blacklist” beginning Feb. 5)
9:30-10 p.m. — “A TO Z”
10-11 p.m. — “Parenthood”/”Allegiance”

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. — “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. — “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. — “CONSTANTINE” Read More »

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OSCARS: Can Summer’s Awards Curse Be Reversed To Generate ANY Heat For Contenders In 2014 Race?

Pete Hammond

The Cannes Film Festival is getting underway next week and represents the Oscar_badge__140302212232first important stop of the year for what we hope will be Oscar-worthy movies. Of course most of those movies will not open until the fall when the usual glut of contenders descends on Hollywood. So far the 2014 pickings have been slim, but that is usually the case. There could be scattered nominations here and there for the likes of Noah, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lego Movie and last weekend’s art house opener Belle among the precious few movies so far in 2014 that have a chance of turning up somewhere on Oscar’s list. Mainly what we have seen so far is just preparation for the race and anticipation. The National Board of Review was the latest group to announce their dates this week and will vote early on December 2nd. The major guilds, Golden Globes and Oscars have already staked out their key dates.

normalheart5But before we get to fall (the earliest 2013 Best Picture nominee, Gravity, didn’t open until early October), we have a long hot summer to get through after the highs (and hopefully not too many lows) of Cannes are over. But Oscar pickings seem even more slim than usual from a survey of the summer months leading up to the fall festival trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto. I remain hopeful, but what can you say about a season where the strongest Best Picture prospect — in terms of gravitas and quality —  is going to debut on HBO?

That pay network’s The Normal Heart from director Ryan Murphy has all the earmarks of a true Oscar player except for one thing: It’s not eligible since it’s not a theatrical release. Small detail, but I have a feeling that if HBO had decided to try for theatres first it could have figured strongly at the Academy Awards. Instead, this story set in the early days of the AIDS crisis and  penned first as a play by Larry Kramer, who wrote this adaptation, promises to sweep the Emmys in August in many categories including for actors Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer (the latter heartbreakingly standing out among a uniformly fine supporting actor cast). Emmy voters have already received the screener of the movie which doesn’t debut on HBO until May 25th. US-OSCARS-PRESS ROOMIt’s no wonder so many A-list actors are flocking to the small screen when a net like HBO offers a home for projects like this that have been so consistently rejected by movie distributors that it takes an iron will just to get them made. You could easily have imagined last season’s Oscar juggernaut, Dallas Buyers Club, going the same TV route as Normal Heart had its producers given up — particularly Robbie Brenner (with Rachel Winter) along with Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey persevering and virtually willing it into theatres leading to that Oscar triumph March 2nd.

Related: Hot TV Trailer: HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’

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2014-15 NBC Schedule

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:21pm PDT

2014-15 NBC Schedule
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 PM – The Voice
10-11 PM - The Blacklist / STATE OF AFFAIRS (beginning Nov. 17)

TUESDAY
8-9 PM - The Voice
9-9:30 PM - MARRY ME
9:30-10 PM - About a Boy
10-11 PM - Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM - THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA
9-10 PM - Law & Order: SVU
10-11 PM - Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY
8-9 PM - The Biggest Loser
9-9:30 PM - BAD JUDGE (The Blacklist beginning Feb. 5)
9:30-10 PM - A TO Z
10-11 PM - Parenthood / Allegiance

FRIDAY
8-9 PM - Dateline NBC
9-10 PM - Grimm
10-11 PM - CONSTANTINE

SATURDAY
8-11 PM - Encore programming

SUNDAY
7-8:20 PM - Football Night in America
8:20-11:30 PM – NBC Sunday Night Football

Related: NBC New Series First Looks: Video

2014-2015 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

NEW COMEDIES

A TO Z – This is the A-to-Z story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, “How I Met Your Mother”) — a pair that almost wasn’t — and all that happened from the day they met. Andrew has always been a secret romantic … not above crooning to Celine Dion while driving to work, with dreams of finding “the one.” He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted that night in that silver dress at that concert two years ago. Zelda, having grown up with a hippie mom who believed the universe would provide for everything, rebelled into a no-nonsense practical lawyer who prefers the control of online dating. But when a computer glitch … Read More »

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2014-15 NBC New Series

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:19pm PDT

2014-15 NBC New Series
Dramas

ALLEGIANCE (formerly COERCION)
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: Universal TV, Keshet Media, Yes!
TEAM: George Nolfi (w, d, ep), Avi Nir (ep), Ron Leshem (ep), Amit Cohen (ep), Yona Wisenthal (ep) and Giyora Yahalom (ep)
LOGLINE: Alex O’Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark and Katya are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. Years ago, Russian-born Katya was tasked by the KGB to recruit American businessman Mark O’Connor as a spy — and the two fell in love. A deal was struck: As long as Katya remained an asset for Russia, and it was agreed that her services could be called on in the future, she would be allowed to marry Mark and move to America. After years in America building a happy life and without word from Moscow, they thought they had escaped. Now it seems that the new Mother Russia has one more mission — turning Alex into a spy. For these anguished parents, the choice is clear: Betray their country or risk their family.
CAST: Gavin Stenhouse, Hope Davis, Scott Cohen, Margarita Levieva, Morgan Spector, Annie Ilonzeh, Alexandra Peters, Kenneth Choi

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2014-15 Fox Schedule

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

2014-15 Fox Schedule
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
9:30-10 PM – MULANEY

Related: Fox New Series First Looks: Video

2014-2015 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

New Dramas – Fall

GOTHAM – Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise … Read More »

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Daytime Emmy Nominations: ‘Young And The Restless’ Leads With 26 Nominations

By | Thursday May 1, 2014 @ 6:08am PDT

Daytime Emmy Nominations 2014CBS‘ The Young And The Restless led the pack in nominations for the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards, announced this morning. The Bold And The Beautiful was a distant second, with 18. CBS topped the list with most nominations (50), followed by PBS (44), Nickelodeon (37) and ABC (30). Katie Couric, heading her departing syndicated talk show Katie, will contend with Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray and the chatterers on The Talk and The View for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Scoring a best drama nom was now defunct online series One Life To Live.

The nominations were announced this morning by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There is still no TV network for the ceremony, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, June 22.

Here is the complete list of nominees:
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Samuel Goldwyn Acquires U.S. Rights To ‘The Last Of Robin Hood’

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT

The Last Of Robin HoodLifetime Films has made a sale on its first pic, with Samuel Goldwyn Films acquiring U.S. rights to the Kevin Kline-starrer The Last Of Robin Hood. A fall theatrical bow is planned for the biopic, which bowed at Toronto last fall.  Co-written and co-directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, the biopic focuses on the final years of Errol Flynn (Kline) and his May-December romance with starlet Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), and the role of Aadland’s mother (Susan Sarandon) samgoldwynin encouraging the relationship. Bryan Batt, Max Casella, Jason Davis, Matt Kane, Patrick St. Esprit, Ric Reitz, and Justina Machado co-star. “The Last Of Robin Hood captures a very unique aspect of Hollywood and celebrity,” Samuel Goldwyn Films SVP Peter Goldwyn said in announcing the pickup.

“The film takes place in 1959, but it might as well be 2014. You have an aging superstar struggling to maintain his fame, a starlet chasing her big break, a manipulative ‘stage’ mother, and the public’s timeless curiosity, almost obsession with, ‘celebrity.’ The non-stop, sensational tabloid coverage of Errol Flynn’s life and relationship mirrors exactly the kind of coverage this story would receive in Hollywood 55 years later.”

Lifetime network-affiliated Lifetime Films was launched as a division of A+E Studios in June 2013 and develops, produces and acquires female-focused indie movies. Robin Hood was its first project. It since has partnered with Viola Davis, Julius Tennon’s JuVee Prods. and Sara Risher’s ChickFlicks to produce Lila And Eve, starring Davis and Jennifer Lopez. Read More »

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VES Awards: ‘Gravity’ Wins 6 Including Top Prize; ‘Frozen’ Goes 4-For-4; 3 Nods For ‘Game Of Thrones’

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 7:45pm PST

Gravity DGAThe much talked-about visual effects in Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller dazzled even the pros, as Gravity floated away with six wins at the VES Awards tonight. The pic won in all but one of its categories, including the big prize of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture. Cuaron capped off his film’s big night with the Visual Effects Society’s Visionary Award. Cuaron accepting his honor said briefly, “Finally, visual effects are merging into the whole process of the cinematic experience,” the filmmaker said in his acceptance speech. “It’s about the integration of lights, sets and even actors.” Gravity continued its awards-season momentum, following up on big wins at the Art Directors Guild Awards, the American Society of Cinematographers Awards and DGA Awards.

Related: What Does DGA Win Mean For ‘Gravity’s Best Picture Chances?

VES_Logo__140114230649Meanwhile, Frozen further cemented its Oscar front-runner status with wins in all four of its categories. Pacific Rim, which entered the 12th annual VES Awards with six nominations, second only to Gravity, went home empty-handed. And, just like last year, HBO’s Game Of Thrones was the big winner on the TV side with three VES Awards, also missing out in just one of its nommed categories. The evening also featured a tribute to VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen, who died in May, and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar and Emmy winner John Dykstra, whose credits range from the original Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to Spider-Man and Django Unchained. As the 186-minute show ending, host Patton Oswalt quipped, “”Omigod! Who’s president now!?”

Here is the complete list of winners, followed by our live blog, with Anthony D’Alessandro on the scene: Read More »

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Love & Air Sex’, ‘Kids For Cash’, ‘Afternoon Of A Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq’, ‘Cavemen’, ‘The Attorney’, ‘The Pretty One’

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 5:59pm PST

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)The weekend is offering a bounty of Specialty newcomers, though most will likely see out their releases in a niche capacity. Tribeca Film is bowing Bryan Poyser’s Love & Air Sex, combining a contest with a not quite real simulation to accompany its roll out. SenArt and Paladin are teaming for a unique release for Kids For Cash in Pennsylvania, while fellow doc Afternoon Of A Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq will go a more traditional route. Well Go USA is doubling up with Cavemen and The Attorney, though there should be very little audience overlap, while Dada will open The Pretty One in limited release. Also opening this weekend is Drafthouse Films’ Field In England. The specialty distributor will open the film in select cities theatrically as well as on VOD/digital platforms.

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Director-writer: Bryan Poyser
Writers: David DeGrow Shotwell, Steven Walters
Cast: Ashley Bell, Zach Cregger, Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David, Addison Timlin, Marshall Allman, Justin Arnold
Distributor: Tribeca Film

Director-co-writer Bryan Poyser debuted his latest film in his hometown, Austin, at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. The comedy centers on Stan who attempts to alleviate his broken heart by flying to Austin for the weekend, hoping to “accidentally” run into his ex-girlfriend Cathy. When he arrives, he finds his best friends Jeff and Kara in the middle of their own vicious breakup. “It’s a script that came to me through Preferred Content and optioned through a couple of writers,” said Poyser. Read More »

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‘Gravity’ Leads With 8 VES Awards Nominations; ‘Pacific Rim’ Nabs 6

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 3:09pm PST

Los Angeles (January 14, 2014) – Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional honorary society, announced the nominees for the 12th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual VES_Logoeffects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life. Nominees were selected by VES members via concurrent events in Los Angeles and within the eight Global VES Sections – New York, Bay Area, New Zealand, Sydney, United Kingdom, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The VES Awards will be held on February 12th at the Beverly Hilton.

“The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to tell the most amazing stories imaginable,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, VES Chair. “This year, more than ever, we have seen the fantastic become normal, the unimaginable become reality and the artistry of VFX drive box office. The VES Awards is the only place where this amazing work is showcased and honored. We are extremely proud of our nominees!”

The 12th Annual VES Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The nominees for the 12th Annual VES Awards are as follows:

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NAACP Image Awards Noms Announced

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 1:09pm PST

naacp-image-awardThe NAACP’s 45th annual Image Awards are set for February 22 and will air live on the East Coast On TVOne and tape-delayed in the West from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The Weinstein Company leads the film noms unveiled today with 17 thanks to three films on the Best Picture list (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Fruitvale Station), followed by 12 Years A Slave distributor Fox Searchlight with seven. Rounding out the best film noms is Universal’s sequel The Best Man Holiday. BET and CBS lead the nominees in the TV categories with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC with 15 and HBO with 13. Here’s the full list of noms — they span TV, film, books and music — which were announced during TVOne’s presentation at the TCA winter press tour in Pasadena:

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