The jockeying by the studios to get the best playdates for their summer 2014 tentpolefare is continuing with 20th Century Fox moving the release date of its 3D offering Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes up a week from July 18 to July 11. By doing so, it gives the picture another week in the marketplace before moviegoers head into Paramount’s Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Warner Bros bows its summer Andy and Lana Wachowski sci-fi pic Jupiter Ascending, both of which are on July 25. Jupiter stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The other film slated for the July 11 date is Universal’s Fast & Furious 7, the production of which has been postponed given the tragic death of its star, Paul Walker. Universal, however, for now is holding stake on that July 11 date for FF7.
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Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report
“Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said this morning, after New York’s top court ruled one of his reporters can’t be forced to reveal sources used to cover the Aurora, Colorado movie theater mass murder. The New York Court of Appeals ruled 4-3 that the state’s shield law protected New York FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter from being compelled to name sources. Winter first reported that law officers told her James Holmes kept a diary depicting violence and gave it to his psychiatrist before 12 movie-goers were gunned down during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in July of ’12. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder; prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Holmes’s lawyers wanted Winter brought to Colorado to name her sources, arguing they had violated a gag order and would not be credible trial witnesses.
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“There is a substantial likelihood that a New York reporter will be compelled to divulge the identity of a confidential source (or face a contempt sanction) if required to appear in the other jurisdiction — a result that would offend the core protections of the shield law, a New York public policy of the highest order,” the court said, overturning a mid-level appeals court’s decision, according to news reports. Read More »
“I always tell people if they think I am this conservative operative, ‘Ask Karl Rove if that’s true’,” Megyn Kelly told Jay Leno in making her first visit to NBC‘s Tonight show. “The way we do it on the Fox News Channel is the straight news anchors—like myself—give a hard time to both sides.”
She singled out Anthony Weiner as a “contentious interview”: “He used to come on the show, and he was so full of hubris and he was so—sort of—in your face… If you were walking around with that kind of secret, and you were going on the national news, wouldn’t you dial it back a little bit,” she asked, turning to Leno’s other guest, Simon Cowell. “I don’t know,” said Cowell, who is in the news these days for getting a pal’s estranged wife pregnant. Kelly reminisced about the time her show put up on the screen a graphic showing congress has a lower approval rating than cockroaches and hemorrhoids. Leno suggested “the internet” has caused the congressional stalemate. Kelly said it would help if the White House would do more outreach to congressional leaders but that it doesn’t help to have the Republican leader in the Senate saying their primary goal is to stop Barack Obama‘s agenda, adding she doesn’t know how to fix it but “I know … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Greg Mooradian is joining Fox 2000 as EVP Production. He reports to Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler. Mooradian joins from Paramount, where he was SVP Production and helped initiate Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters and helped reinvigorate the G.I. Joe franchise with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a sequel reconstructed at a lower price point. Before joining Paramount in 2009, he ran his own production shingle making youth-driven pictures that included the Screen Gems remake Stepfather, the Percy Jackson films for Fox 2000, and the Twilight Saga films for Summit. Mooradian started as a development exec for producer Arnold Kopelson on films like The Fugitive and Falling Down before becoming production president for Wendy Finerman and working on such films as The Fan and Drumline, the latter for Fox 2000. Read More »
The freshman season of Fox comedy Dads will consist of 19 episodes, three fewer than full-season 22. The network gave the live-action sitcom a back order in October, but the exact number was fuzzy. It now has been set at 6. The reduced pickup is understandable given the fact that Dads will air its last original episodes February 4 and 11 before getting off to make room for Glee. The series’ long-term prospects remain undetermined but not bright.
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Fans of Ichabod Crane will get a double dose of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow on January 20. The network said today that the freshman supernatural drama will expand to two hours on the date starting at 8 PM. That means the official Season 2 premiere of The Following will shift out of its previously set slot to 9 PM January 27. The hit Kevin Bacon series will still preview January 19 in the prized slot following the NFC Championship Game as Fox originally designed. The original schedule had Sleepy Hollow moved out of its regular 9 PM slot to an 8 PM finale for The Following to take over the time period. Sleepy Hollow’s last original of the year is December 10 at it was scheduled to come back with originals on January 6. Now return on January 13 to allow for the double-up on January 20.
Going on three months after the ballyhooed launch of Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports has solidified its management team. David Nathanson has been upped to the newly created post of General Manager and COO at Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, and Bill Wanger has added Content Strategy to his title as EVP Programming and Research at Fox Sports. Three others also are moving up. Here’s the release:
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Los Angeles – In a reorganization of FOX Sports’ executive management structure, veteran executives David Nathanson and Bill Wanger have assumed new responsibilities, effective immediately. Nathanson has been appointed General Manager & Chief Operating Officer, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, a newly created position, while Wanger, FOX Sports’ Executive Vice President, Programming & Research is now Executive Vice President, Programming, Research & Content Strategy. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports President, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Producer Eric Shanks, to whom both Nathanson and Wanger report.
Reporting to Nathanson, as the senior management team guiding both national sports channels, are 19-year FOX Sports veterans Scott Ackerson, who becomes Executive Vice President, News; George Greenberg, whose title is now Executive Vice President, Content Integration & Presentation; and Michael Bloom, who remains FOX Sports’ Senior Vice President, Original Programming.
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UPDATED: Fox has assembled the cast of its recently picked up John Mulaney ensemble comedy series, and it is very close to the project’s original cast when it was a pilot at NBC last season. Back in June, producer Universal TV extended the options of creator/star Mulaney and co-star Martin Short who were the only ones attached when the multi-camera project moved to Fox and was subsequently picked up straight to series with a six-episode order. But the producers had made it known that they intended to bring back several other cast members. New deals have now been completed with Elliott Gould, Saturday Night Live‘s Nasim Pedrad and Seaton Smith, who co-starred in the pilot. Gould and Pedrad will reprise their roles, while Smith’s character Motif will now be one of John’s roommates, replacing Seymour, played in the pilot by Griffin Newman. Zack Pearlman has been cast for a newly conceived character that wasn’t in the pilot. Set in New York, and based on the life and stand-up comedy of Mulaney, the series follows aspiring comedian John (Mulaney) coming of age under the influence of his over-the-top boss (Short), who was a major stand-up comedian in the 1980’s and 90’s and now hosts a game show, his roommates and his neighbors. Read More »
Right up there with death and taxes on the inevitability scale is an enormous TV rating for the NFL‘s annual championship game. Advertisers, of course, are hip to that — and Fox announced today that its ad inventory for Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 is completely sold out, nearly two months before the Big Game. Sponsors are shelling out an average of $4M for a 30-second chunk of the prime airtime during the game — one of the few remaining events most TV viewers watch (gasp!) live. Some late spots scooped $4.5M. By contrast, CBS didn’t announce an ad sellout for its 2013 Super Bowl until January 10, when 30 seconds was averaging $3.7M-$3.8M. Fox Sports Media Group EVP Sales Neal Mulcahy wouldn’t divulge exactly who bought which spots for the game, but he noted that there’s still some ad time available during the postgame and endless pregame programming.
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EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Rankin (Breaking Bad) and Virginia Kull (The Following) are set to co-star in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), the lead male investigator on the case of a shocking murder of 11-year-old Danny that puts a small town under scrutiny. Rankin, repped by Abrams and Evolution, will play Paul Coates, Gracepoint’s well-intentioned but inexperienced local minister who becomes the town’s defacto spokesperson in the wake of the tragedy. Kull, repped by Innovative Artists and Sanders Armstrong Caserta, will play Danny’s mother Beth. Anguished by her loss, Beth is hungry to discover the truth behind her son’s untimely death.
McKaley Miller (Hart Of Dixie) and Daniele Watts (Weeds) have been cast as regulars in Braddock & Jackson, FX/Lionsgate’s 10-episode comedy series starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence as Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who develop a partnership after they unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Miller, repped by Management 360 and the Osbrink Agency, will play Grammer’s daughter Lizzie. Watts, repped by Luber Roklin and Abrams Artists, will play Lawrence’s daughter Laura.
Fox Business Network announced today it will debut The Independents, a new primetime program hosted by Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, on Monday, December 9. The program, which will appear Monday through Wednesday and Friday nights at 9 PM ET, will feature a roundtable discussion on the news of the day “with a special emphasis on the protection of economic and civil liberties..”
Kennedy will be joined by co-hosts: Reason magazine’s Matt Welch and America’s Future Foundation’s Kmele Foster, as well as a rotating panel of experts. The new program replaces the rerun showing of The Willis Report (FBN’s Stossel, hosted by John Stossel, will continue to appear at 9 PM ET on Thursdays). With the addition of The Independents, FBN will now be live each weekday from 6 AM to 10 PM.
Kennedy joined FBN as a contributor and special correspondent to Stossel in 2012. She is the author of two books: The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age Of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses (She got her start in television as an MTV VJ in the early 90′s) and Hey Ladies! Tales And Tips For Curious Girls. She is also the host of Music In The Morning w/ Kennedy on 98.7FM Los Angeles Alternative radio and serves as a contributor to Reason.com.
The next phase of Mark Burnett‘s The Bible-will-conquer-the-world plan is 20th Century Fox‘s feature-length film cut of the 10-part History Channel miniseries. The studio acquired rights to Son Of God in September and will release it February 28, 2014. At the Produced By Conference in June, Burnett said: “Just on the scripted side, I could spend the next 10 years just distributing the Bible series and the movie. I believe that in the next 15 years more people on the planet will have seen our Bible series that haven’t seen it.” Fox, which also has home video rights to The Bible, certainly hopes so. Here’s the first trailer — featuring new footage — that dropped this week:
Over six months after the potentially industry game changing June 11 ruling that unpaid interns on the Darren Aronofsky-directed Black Swan were really employees, Fox Searchlight today were handed an opportunity to turn things around. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted the label and the Fox Entertainment Group their request to appeal vital aspects of District Judge William Paley III’s ruling from earlier this summer (read it here). The Appeal court gave Fox Searchlight the right to appeal the class certification of former interns Alex Footman and Eric Glatt’s case. The court also granted the Foxes an appeal on the summary judgment in the former interns’ favor that they were treated as Fox employees in their internship under the definitions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. Needless to say, even with a couple of other legal wins under its belt in this case since June, Fox Searchlight felt Thanksgiving came a little early this year. “We believe the District Court’s rulings are erroneous. We are pleased that the Second Circuit has granted our petitions to review those rulings at this time,” a studio spokesperson told me today. Fox first sought the Second Circuit’s involvement in Judge Paley’s order back in late August. Today’s ruling also links the appeals with an intern case moving through the courts involving the Hearst Corporation. Fox opposed consolidating the Hearst case with their appeal and were granted that too but both appeals will proceed in tandem.
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EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has picked up Zak Olkewicz‘s Elimination, a horror pitch to be produced by Shawn Levy through his 21 Laps banner. This marks the second studio sale this year for Olkewicz, who made a Dimension deal last spring on Ink And Bone, a script which topped the 2013 Blood List which ranks genre scripts. This pitch is described as a high concept horror film involving a cerebral game of cat and mouse. They are keeping the logline under wraps as high concepts are easy to rip off. DanTram Nguyen will oversee for Searchlight and Dan Cohen for 21 Laps, the label which produced The Spectacular Now and wrapped Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day at Disney. Levy as director wrapped This Is Where I Leave You for Warner Bros, and he is prepping Night At The Museum 3 at Fox. Levy’s repped by WME, Olkewicz by WME and Caliber Media.
Marla Tellez will join Good Day LA as co-anchor alongside Steve Edwards, Maria Sansone, Lisa Breckenridge, Julie Chang and Maria Quiban beginning January 7. In addition to news anchor duties, Tellez will participate in interviews and discussions both in studio and from the field. Most recently, Tellez served as an anchor and reporter for KNTV “Bay Area NBC” for the past three years. Prior to that, she was an anchor for KOB-TV in Albuquerque, NM. Earlier in her career, she was a reporter for HDNet World Report, CBS 5 in San Francisco and KION-TV in Salinas, CA. as well as a producer for CBS 5 in San Francisco and KFTY-TV in Santa Rosa, CA.
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Three Added To Cast Of Susanne Bier’s ‘A Second Chance’
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie and Ulrich Thomsen have joined the cast of Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the film, which focuses on how far decent human beings are willing to go when tragedy blurs the line between the just and unjust. Shooting is underway in Denmark. Lie Kaas stars in the current No. 1 film at the Danish box office, The Keeper Of Lost Causes. He’s next up in Child 44. Thomsen, from Cinemax’s Banshee, has previously worked with Bier in Brothers and A Better World. Swedish-Norwegian actress Maria Bonnevie’s recently starred in Belle Du Seigneur with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Marianne Faithful. TrustNordisk kicked off international sales on the Danish-language A Second Chance during the AFM. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran animated comedy writer-producer David Goodman has signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV where he has been for the past decade and a half. Goodman has spent most of that time working with 20th TV-based uber producer Seth MacFarlane — eight years on the animated Family Guy, where Goodman rose to executive producer/showrunner, and currently consulting on live-action freshman Dads. Additionally, Goodman co-created and served as showrunner on 20th TV’s animated comedy Murder Police, which was picked up to series by Fox but will not air; developed/ran the studio’s Fox animated series Allen Gregory; and served as a co-executive producer on 20th/Fox’s Futurama. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: John Krokidas, who made his feature directing debut with the Beat Generation poets mystery Kill Your Darlings at Sundance, has signed a pair of deals that will put him to work on the Fox lot. Krokidas has been set to helm Standard Loneliness Package, which Keith Bunin is scripting based the title short story from the Charles Yu collection Sorry Please Thank You. Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce. Pic is set in the near future, where a recent college graduate gets an entry-level job at a tech company where he’s paid to experience painful events in other people’s lives. He falls desperately in love with his boss, and tries to build a genuine relationship in a society that’s becoming entirely virtual and where he essentially serves as a human pain cushion.
Krokidas has separately made a deal with Fox 2000 to team with his Kill Your Darlings writing partner Austin Bunn to rewrite Highrise, which the studio acquired as a spec script by Peter Dowling (Flight Plan). It is best described as a lush 21st century thriller inspired by the 1960s classic The Collector. Jon Shestak is producing. Krokidas just helmed two episodes of the new ABC series The Black Box, which stars Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave. UTA, Circle of Confusion, and attorney Andrew Hurwitz rep Krokidas.