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Surf Docu ‘Strange Rumblings In Shangri-La’ Steps Into Premiere, Global Release

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 12:44pm PDT

Surf Docu ‘Strange Rumblings In Shangri-La’ Steps Into Premiere, Global ReleaseEXCLUSIVE: LA- and Aussie-based surfing co. Globe and Whyte House Entertainment have teamed on new globe-trotting, psychedelic surfing docufilm Strange Rumblings In Shangri-La, which will world-premiere simultaneously in London and Long Beach at the U.S. Open of Surfing on July 31. Surf cinema veteran Joe G directed the film on Kodak Super 16mm, capturing a previously uncharted surfing expedition across waters off of Iceland, Mozambique, Indonesia, and Brazil with pro surfers from the Globe Surf Team including Dion Agius, Nate Tyler, Taj Burrow, Yadin Nicol, Damien Hobgood, Creed Mctaggart, CJ Hobgood, Alex Smith, Noa Deane, and Brendon Gibbens. Read More »

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Do They Really Need The Help? Dave Franco, Conan Join Tinder (Video)

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 9:22pm PDT

Do They Really Need The Help? Dave Franco, Conan Join Tinder (Video)OK, maybe Conan O’Brien could use a little help on the hookup from time to time, given that Nike-worthy swoosh of red hair atop his 6’5″ frame, but really, does any member of the Franco clan, especially young Dave Franco, need to worry about whipping out the Tinder mobile app to connect with comely cyber-denizens interested in more-than-virtual meetings? They have a lot of fun filling out their fake profiles as “Chip Whitley” and “Jengis Roundstone,” but remember folks, don’t try this at home. It could be a Tinder trap. Check out the video here:

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Hot Mashup: ‘Boyhood’ Meets ‘Planet Of The Apes’ In ‘Apehood’

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 6:29pm PDT

Hot Mashup: ‘Boyhood’ Meets ‘Planet Of The Apes’ In ‘Apehood’Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes and Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood dominated box office headlines over the weekend. Now the $103M simian blockbuster and the 12-year-spanning indie drama meet again in video essayist Nelson Carvajal’s viral mashup Apehood, the tender story of a baby chimp named Caesar who grows into a horse-riding savior of apekind before our very eyes: Read More »

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UPDATE: Sherri Shepherd Says The Bible Showed Her It Was Time To Exit ‘The View’, Thanks Producers, Cast — And Name-Drops Oprah (Video)

UPDATE: Sherri Shepherd Says The Bible Showed Her It Was Time To Exit ‘The View’, Thanks Producers, Cast — And Name-Drops Oprah (Video)UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “Seven in the Bible is the number of God’s completion. And I’ve been here seven years and my time at The View is complete,” Sherri Shepherd said modestly at the top of The View broadcast this morning — the show’s first original episode since Shepherd announced she was leaving, and Jenny McCarthy said “Me too!” — or words to that effect. She continued to hang on to Shepherd’s storyline this morning — literally — at one point clutching Shepherd’s hands and appearing to think Shepherd was referring to her as her mentor, putting Shepherd in the awkward position of having to clarify that she was addressing co-host Whoopi Goldberg.

“I’ve been blessed to interview Barack Obama; Bill Clinton is a a big fan of mine –h e loved that I played a hooker in One for the Money,” Shepherd tearily told viewers. Possibly hinting at where she’s landing next, Shepherd continued, “I get the chance to call Oprah Winfrey a friend, and that’s a long way from being a legal secretary who wanted to tell jokes.”

The Giant Neon Pink Gorilla — the show’s sole lisademoraescolumn__140603223319surviving co-host Goldberg called it, was addressed at the beginning of the show. McCarthy jumped in with word that the reports of the two exits was rumor only and not true. Roars from the studio audience. “Actually, it’s true – but I love the support!” McCarthy simpered, then added, “After much consideration, … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’

Hot Trailer: ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’Ned Benson‘s directorial debut The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby received a 10-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere in May. The version that played was Them, the film that Benson cut to tell a straight narrative story after two versions, Him and Her, debuted in Toronto last fall. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain play a married couple whose relationship disintegrates when tragedy intervenes. The Weinstein Co is releasing the combined version Stateside on September 26. Six weeks later, it will put out the two earlier takes. All told, there is expected to be a big awards-season push by TWC, and in particular for the performances of Chastain and McAvoy. Viola Davis, Bill Hader and William Hurt also star. Here’s the trailer:

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Aereo Suspends Service Following Supreme Court Ruling

By and | Saturday June 28, 2014 @ 6:50am PDT

Aereo Suspends Service Following Supreme Court RulingAereo CEO Chet Kanojia tells subscribers in a note this morning that he has decided to “pause” the service beginning at 11:30 AM ET — even though “our journey is far from done.” The Barry Diller-backed company plans to consult with the U.S. District Court in New York hearing broadcasters’ complaint against it to “map out our next steps” after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision, that the service violates station owners” copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without permission.  Users will receive a refund for their last paid month.

Aereo-badge__140414141457The CEO maintains that the airwaves belong to the public and “you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud.” Following a “staggering” show of support, he urges supporters to “Keep your voices loud and sign up for updates at ProtectMyAntenna.org .”

Here’s the note:

A Letter to Our Consumers: Standing Together for Innovation, Progress and Technology – An Update on Aereo

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” –Charles Kettering, inventor, entrepreneur, innovator & philanthropist

A little over three years ago, our team embarked on a journey to improve the consumer television experience, using technology to create a smart, cloud-based television antenna consumers could use to access live over the air broadcast television.

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision

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Joaquin Phoenix Throws Support Behind Youth Leadership Docu ‘Camp’

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 7:06pm PDT

Joaquin Phoenix Throws Support Behind Youth Leadership Docu ‘Camp’Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix has added a new credit to his résumé: Associate Producer. He’s come aboard youth leadership project CAMP: The Documentary, which will track a diverse group of 20 teens from across the country who gather in Big Bear, CA, to participate in a transformative weeklong art and leadership project called Camp M.O.R.E. Phoenix, the Be More Heroic org, and The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding are currently stumping for an Indiegogo campaign to raise a $40K budget with aims to begin filming with DP Bobby Bukowski (Arlington Road, Saved!) in mid-July. Here’s Phoenix’s video appeal in support of the project, which has seven days of crowdfunding to go:

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‘Middle Of Nowhere’s Emayatzy Corinealdi To Join Don Cheadle’s Jazz Biopic ‘Miles Ahead’

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 5:14pm PDT

‘Middle Of Nowhere’s Emayatzy Corinealdi To Join Don Cheadle’s Jazz Biopic ‘Miles Ahead’EXCLUSIVE: Don Cheadle‘s Miles Davis biopic is moving along with Emayatzy Corinealdi. The Middle of Nowhere star is in negotiations for the female lead in Miles Ahead following Star Trek actress Zoe Saldana‘s exit due to a scheduling conflict. She’ll play Davis’ wife Frances Taylor opposite Cheadle as the iconic jazzman and Ewan McGregor as Dave Brill, with Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Stuhlbarg also in talks to join the cast. The script, by Steve Baigelman and Cheadle, tracks a few dangerous days in Davis’ life as he emerged from a silent period to conspire with a Rolling Stone writer to steal back his music. Earlier this month Cheadle turned to crowdfunder Indiegogo to raise $325K to fund the indie production. It has reached nearly half of its goal with a little more than two weeks left to go. Read More »

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Brian Williams’ NBC Newscast Leads Pack With 8.4 Million Tuned In

Brian Williams’ NBC Newscast Leads Pack With 8.4 Million Tuned InNBC Nightly News With Brian Williams clocked its biggest overall audience in six weeks and its biggest advantage over ABC World News With Diane Sawyer in more than three months. Williams’ newscast (8.44 million) topped Sawyer’s (7.27 million) and CBS’ Scott Pelley-anchored newscast (6.05 million) last week.  In the demo, Williams (2.005 million) also outperformed Sawyer (1.902 million) and CBS (1.371 million).

That said,  all three newscasts were up in overall audience, but only ABC’s was up in the news demo, compared to same week last year.  Both NBC and ABC are based on 3-day averages. NBC was retitled on Thursday and Friday due to afternoon sports impact to lead-in. ABC was retitled on Tuesday  and Thursday due to NBA Finals Games 3 & 4. CBS’ average is based on five days.

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Hillary Clinton’s “Book” Tour Begins In Earnest: Video

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 4:41pm PDT

The first video from Hillary Clinton‘s interview with Diane Sawyer aired tonight on World News With Diane Sawyer. The one-hour ABC News primetime special Hillary Clinton: Public And Private – One On One With Diane Sawyer airs Monday at 9 PM ET.

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Universal Inks First-Look Deal With Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 11:40am PDT

universal-logo-colorUNIVERSAL CITY, CA, June 5, 2014—Universal Pictures today announced that the studio has signed a two-year first-look production agreement with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire banner. The announcement was made by Co-Presidents of Production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum.

Schwartz and Savage are currently writing and will produce the studio’s live-action feature Monster High, based on the hugely successful Mattel franchise of the same name, with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Most recently for Universal, they produced Endless Love, alongside Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy. On the television side, Fake Empire is behind such hits as CW’s Gossip Girl (2007-2013), NBC’s Chuck (2007-2012) and Fox’s The O.C. (2003-2007). They are currently in production on The Astronaut Wives Club, which ABC picked up for a 10-episode straight-to-series order earlier this year and CW’s Hart of Dixie, which was recently renewed for a fourth season.

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MSNBC Pulls ‘Disrupt’

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 8:35am PDT

msnbc_logo_20110630160351__121213191013MSNBC has canceled Disrupt With Karen Finney, just shy of its first anniversary. Finney, a political commentator at the network since 2009 who previously served as deputy press secretary to Hillary Clinton during the Clinton presidency, will remain at the network as a contributor. Lousy ratings did in the 4 PM weekend show, which regularly ranked No. 4 in its time slot among cable networks. The cancellation was first reported by TV Newser, citing the network.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Helicopter Mom’

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 1:47pm PDT

HelicopterMomEXCLUSIVE: Nia Vardalos and Disney Channel alum Jason Dolley star in Helicopter Mom, the indie comedy that just completed this trailer before the pic world premieres tonight at the Seattle International Film Festival. It also just finalized a spot in the 2014 Outfest lineup unveiled today in the U.S. Dramatic Features category; that fest runs July 10-20 in LA. Helicopter Mom, directed by Salome Breziner from Duke Tran’s script, centers on a way overzealous mom who thinks her high school son might be gay and supports him by setting up dates with boys, and submitting an application for a gay student college scholarship. The only thing he’s sure about though is his mom is going way overboard. Sons Of Anarchy‘s Mark Boone Junior and Skyler Samuels co-star. Check it out:

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Don Cheadle Jazzes Up His Miles Davis Film With Crowdfunding Play

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 7:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

Add Don Cheadle to the ranks of filmmakers turning to crowdfunding Miles Davis Movie Don Cheadleto empower passion projects. Cheadle has aligned with Indiegogo to raise $325,000 in funds by July 6 to enable him to make Miles Ahead, a movie about jazz legend Miles Davis. As he has intended to do for years, Cheadle will star, produce and make his directing debut, and he’s got Ewan McGregor ready to star with him. The story they’ll tell is about a few dangerous days in the life of Davis, as he emerged from a silent period to conspire with a Rolling Stone writer to steal back his music. The intention is to shoot this summer.

cheadsNow, the knee-jerk temptation will be to sound a sour note about a famous star of screen (Iron Man 3) and TV (House Of Lies) for going the crowdfunding route, as was done when Spike Lee and especially Zach Braff did it. I don’t expect much blowback here. It’s not a lot of money he’s chasing, and Cheadle says that he in fact has put a lot of his own money at stake on a project he’s been trying to get made for years (I first wrote about it back in 2007). He’s also got the jazz man’s estate behind him. And frankly, there should be a movie made about Miles Davis, one of the pioneers of an inherently American art form. It would be hard to find someone more passionate about that than Cheadle. Read More »

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UPDATE: CBS Gets June 15 Date With Hillary Clinton; CNN’s Clinton Town Hall To Bookend FNC Interview

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 3:50pm PDT

Hillary-Clinton__130930213209UPDATED: Jane Pauley is taking the last spot on Hillary Clinton’s dance card, on June 15; she’ll interview Clinton on CBS Sunday Morning — about her new book, Hard Choices, the network said this afternoon.

Previous, 8;02 AM: Hillary Clinton‘s “book-promo” dance card is rapidly filling up, as the media is noticing. CNN reported this morning Clinton will participate in a “town hall” meeting, on June 17, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, during which Clinton will take questions from the public. Yes, it’s the same day Clinton’s scheduled to undergo a joint interview with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, spanning the two anchors’ respective programs, starting on Special Report at about 6:45 PM ET and wrapping with On The Record at about 7:15 PM. CNN’s Newseum event will bookend that FNC appearance — telecast at 5 PM and repeated at 9 PM.

Clinton will warm up for that very big day on a couple broadcast networks. NBC News this morning told TV Newser its Cynthia McFadden will interview Clinton on June 10. And ABC already had announced Diane Sawyer has snagged Clinton’s “first” interview, on June 9, followed the next morning by a sit-down with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts. In theory, Clinton’s out promoting her new book, Hard Choices.

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Fox Adds SVP Drama And VP Comedy

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

welch copymiyaresFox is beefing up its drama and comedy teams with the hire of Beth Miyares as SVP Drama Development & Programming, and Conor Welch as VP Comedy Development & Programming. As part of a restructuring implemented in March, the network combined development and current both on the drama and comedy side. Miyares, who has background in both drama development and current programming, will report to Terence Carter, EVP Drama Development & Programming. “Beth is a gifted creative executive with years of experience shaping and growing hits, from both a network and studio perspective, which makes her the perfect fit to round out our drama leadership team,” Carter said. Miyares, who joins fellow SVPs James Oh and Charlie Andrews, comes from CBS Television Studios, where she served as VP Drama Development and oversaw pilot development and production as well as series transition for Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Beauty And The Beast and Reign. This marks her return to Fox, where she previously served as VP Current Programming, working on Fringe, Prison Break, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The O.C. Welch, who will report to Suzanna Makkos, EVP Comedy Development & Programming, most recently was Head of Feature Film for comedy video website Funny or Die. Prior to that, he served as VP Development and Production at Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films. “With a pedigree from Funny or Die … Read More »

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‘Strangers’ Scribe Bryan Bertino To Adapt Serial Killer Tale ‘Abe’ For MGM

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT
Mike Fleming

bertinoEXCLUSIVE: MGM has set The Strangers writer-director Bryan Bertino to script Abe, the feature based on the chilling short film by British writer/director/VFX artist Rob McLellan. McLellan will make his feature directing debut based on the short about a robot serial killer, and Kevin Misher and Steve Tzirlin will produce it. McLellan wrote the first draft, but the intention always was to bring in a genre heavyweight, and now they’ve got one in Bertino.

When I originally broke the story about MGM acquiring the project, I noted that it is a short that sets your teeth on edge but makes you curious about where McLellan will take it from there. (Watch the film below.) Jonathan Glickman and Cassidy Lange will oversee for MGM, and Andy Berman and Kevin Chang will oversee for Misher Films, which produced Carrie for MGM and Screen Gems and is prepping a reboot of The Crow for Relativity. Bertino, who made his feature debut on the hit The Strangers, most recently wrapped writing/directing Mockingbird for Universal and Blumhouse. The scribe is repped by UTA and Jason Sloane. Here’s a refresher on that Abe short: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Environmentalists Are On The Menu in Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 10:02am PDT

Open Road Films released a full-length trailer to Eli Roth‘s highly anticipated The Green Inferno, opening on Sept. 5.  The first teaser last month showed us images of a girl, lost in the Amazon, being prepared for dinner by a local tribesman.  Here we see the story in full: A group of privileged New York City college students embarking on a trip to the Amazon in order to save the rain forest, only to realize a little too late (much like those in Roth’s 2007 slasher Hostel 2), they just shoulda stayed home. Based on Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 pulp cinema Cannibal HolocaustGreen Inferno kicks off the fall moviegoing season on September 5 — a hotbed month where horror faves such as the Jeepers Creepers franchise, Insidious Chapter 2 and The Last Exorcism reaped bloody riches.

Related: Teaser trailer to Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno

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Wind Dancer Films Developing Series About Secret Good Samaritan Giving Out Cash

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 4:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

goodsamThis is timely — Wind Dancer, the company of Home Improvement co-creators Matt Williams and David McFadzean, has put in development a TV series, in which an anonymous Good Samaritan leaves cash for strangers throughout Los Angeles. The project is not inspired by the current Hidden Cash frenzy, in which an anonymous millionaire hides money-filled envelopes in LA, posting clues about their location on Twitter to amass 355,000 meservefollowers since launching the social experiment in San Francisco about a week ago. Instead, Wind Dancer is adapting Good Sam, the debut novel of the company’s president Dete Meserve, which is being published next Tuesday, June 3. In it, a female TV news reporter in Los Angeles is looking for the Good Samaritan (aka Good Sam) who is anonymously leaving $100,000 cash on strangers’ front porches throughout the city (trailer below). Williams and McFadzean executive produce with Meserve and Wind Dancer head of production Judd Payne. The company is producing FX’s comedy Saint George.

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