CinemaCon: Disney’s Alan Horn Says ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Is Highest Testing Movie He’s Ever Had

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 5:16pm PDT
Pete Hammond

CinemaCon2014_badgeAlthough Disney devoted a good chunk of its CinemaCon presentation today to talk of Star Wars and The Avengers and clips of upcoming movies including first looks at the live-action re-telling of Cinderella and Pixar’s Inside Out, theater owners left the near three-hour session really singing the praises of one of the lesser-known films on the slate: the May 16 release Million Dollar Arm. It stars Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, who received the convention’s Excellence In Acting award from studio Chairman Alan Horn just before a full screening of the movie, which Horn told the crowd has scored higher than any movie he has ever tested Jon Hamm Alan Horn handshakeat Disney, or Warner Bros before that. “And that includes the first Harry Potter, which was so highly anticipated,” he said. Judging from the reaction in the Caesars Palace Colosseum theater and comments afterward, those test scores would seem to be justified. This is the kind of increasingly rare non-animated family film that should play across the board. “It’s comical, it’s emotional, it has great music” was what one exhibitor was heard saying as he walked out. That music, by the way, is from two-time Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, who scored Slumdog Millionaire.

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Kim Dickens Lands Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot ‘Red Zone’

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 2:57pm PDT

KimDickensFriday Night Lights alum Kim Dickens has been tapped to star in CBS‘ drama pilot Red Zone opposite Anthony LaPaglia. Also cast in the pilot, written by Nikki Toscano and directed by James Foley, are Kevin Rahm (Mad Men) and Samantha Mathis (Under The Dome). The Universal TV drama centers on Holden Weller (LaPaglia), a retired CIA operative and intense high school football coach/athletic director who is pulled back into action when a terrorist event rocks Washington, DC, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists is being bred. Dickens will play Helen Weller, Holden’s confident and strong wife, a former CIA shrink who teaches psychology at the same high school as her husband. Rahm and Mathis play husband and wife Paul and Olivia Jordan, and the parents of Jake (Graham Rogers), the second-string QB on Holden’s team and a friend of the Wellers’ daughter Laney.

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UPDATE: CNN’s ‘Chicagoland’ Debut Gets Demo Boost In Live + 3

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 4:30pm PDT

Chicagoland-Keyart.jpg_CTBroadsheet_02-23-2014_ALL_SUN_B66DB0LAUPDATE, 4:30 PM:  Unlike entertainment programming, the world of cable news is not one where Live + 3 numbers often have any relevance. You don’t often think of DVRs as how audiences watch CNN, Fox News or MSNBC but with some of the non-breaking news programming that Jeff Zucker has instituted since taking over CNN last year that may be changing. For instance, if its debut is any indication, CNN’s new Chicagoland docu series has a digital afterlife looks almost as far reaching as Lake Michigan on a clear day. In Live + 3 numbers the Robert Redford produced series saw its March 6 debut rise 23% in the adults 25-54 demo to 280,000 viewers. That moves the CNN show up to No. #1 in the news demo for its 10 PM time slot. Previously, Chicagoland had been in second place with 227,000 viewers among the 25-54s behind Fox News’ Hannity (247,000) and ahead of MSNBC’s Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell (207,000) Overall, Chicagoland still stayed in third place among total viewers with 782,000. Up a bit from its Live + Same Day results, FNC’s Hannity easily held on to  the top spot with 1.457 million total viewers and Last Word had 830,000.

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Andrea Savage Joins NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Pro’, Lindsay Price Cast In ‘Lifesaver’

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 9:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

savageAndrea Savage (Dinner for Schmucks) is set to co-star opposite Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Pro, from ABC Studios and Uni TV. Written by  Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory, The Pro centers on former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm (Lowe), whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club. Savage, repped by UTA and Mosaic, will play Paula, the Club manager, who is in way over her head and has a wee little crush on Big Ben. She will next be seen on the Hulu series Hotwives of Orlando.

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lindsay_priceLindsay Price is set to co-star opposite Christian Borle and Jonathan Ryland in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Uni TV and TBD Entertainment. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Price plays Jennifer, Graham’s girlfriend and a doctor at the hospital with him and doesn’t mind Leon in the way that Graham does.

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Colton Dunn Joins NBC Pilot ‘The Pro’; Jonathan Tucker In DirecTV Series ‘Navy St.’

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 9:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

dunnActor-writer Colton Dunn (Key & Peele) has been cast opposite Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Pro. Written by  Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory, The Pro centers on former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm (Lowe), whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club. Dunn will play Lewis, the head engineer and club bookie who fears a change in the status quo when successful and wealthy Bobby Welch (Riggle) arrives as the new tennis pro. Dunn, repped by Paradigm and Prinicpato-Young, has recurred on Parks And Recreation, The League and Burning Love. Read More »

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Rob Riggle To Star In Rob Lowe’s NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Pro’

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 5:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

riggleRob Riggle, hot off the strong buzz for his Ford Fusion Hybrid Super Bowl commercials, has closed a deal to star opposite Rob Lowe in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Pro. Written by  Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory, The Pro centers on former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm (Lowe), whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. Riggle plays Ben’s former tennis doubles partner who comes to the shop as the new head pro — much to the chagrin of Ben who hasn’t spoken to him in years. Riggle, repped by WME, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Warren Dern, recurs on ABC’s Modern Family and just wrapped the Farrelly Brothers/Universal film Dumb & Dumber To opposite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. He will also next be seen in Fox’s Lets Be Cops and Sony’s 22 Jump Street.

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UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Rob Lowe Comedy, Odd Couple Sitcom To Pilot

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 4:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

loweUPDATE: NBC also gave a pilot order to single-camera comedy The Pro, starring and executive produced by Rob Lowe. Comedy veterans Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote write the script and serve as showrunners, with Todd Holland set to direct. The project, which had a production commitment, stems from a development deal NBC inked with Lowe in the summer when he was finalizing his upcoming exit from Parks And Recreation. It is co-produced by ABC Studios, which has a deal with Huyck and Gregory, and Universal TV, with ABC Studios taking lead. The Pro stars Lowe as former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm, whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. Huyck and Gregory are executive producing with Holland and Karey Burke through their Uni TV-based Dark Toy banner, and Brillstein Entertainment’s Marc Gurvitz. Read More »

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AFI Awards Lunch Brings Out Hollywood’s Heavy Hitters And Contenders For Season’s Ultra-Cool Event

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 5:14pm PST
Pete Hammond

AFI Awards 2013“Storytellers, welcome,”  said AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale as he opened the AFI Awards 2013 luncheon today. “We open each AFI gathering with a single word: ‘Relax’. You have won. Each of you, and more importantly, all of you, because here you are one community of artists gathered in this room for what we hope to be a bit of respite from your job, but not from your work. Gone from this moment are the ratings, and red carpets and box office and all that you have to endure to sell art. Our goal is nothing short of epiphany, that you feel proud when you consider the compendium and see your place in it”. Gazzale’s welcome came before what appeared to be all of the heavy hitters currently running Hollywood as well as 20 tables full of artists repping AFI’s choices for the year’s Top Ten movies (12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Fruitvale Station, Gravity, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis,  Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, The Wolf Of Wall Street) and Top Ten TV programs (The Americans, Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, The Good 14th Annual AFI Awards - Cocktail ReceptionWife, House Of Cards,  Mad Men, Masters Of Sex, Orange Is The New Black, Scandal, Veep).

For my money , this is the most relaxing and fun  awards event of the year. There are no losers, no acceptance speeches, only good vibes. And if you want to network, this is the A-list networking opportunity of the season. Where else are you going to find just about every studio head in the same room including Sony’s Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton, Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara, Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, Disney’s Alan Horn, Paramount’s Brad Grey, and Fox Searchlight’s Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula? They were mixing it it up with the TV side including CBS’ Les Moonves (who also was there for CBS Films’ Inside Llewyn Davis), Fox’s Peter Rice and FX’s John Landgraf, and AMC’s Charlie Collier among many others including new kid on the block Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, who had two shows among the Top Ten, House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. It was his first time to this party and he was impressed. Oh, and did I mention both directing icons Martin Scorsese (with Wolf Of Wall Street) and Steven Spielberg (repping FX’s The Americans) were there, but quite14th Annual AFI Awards - Cocktail Reception frankly just about everyone in this room at the Four Seasons Hotel was someone. Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs was also taking it all in and told me how she’s suddenly getting lots of calls after it was announced earlier today she would be delivering news of Oscar nominations next Thursday with Thor aka Chris Hemsworth. She’s excited to say the least. Read More »

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Who’s Who Of NSA And Tech Heavyweights Brought Together At WME Annual Retreat

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 11:56am PST

wmelogo__130130012227-200x113WME is wrapping up its third day of its annual retreat at La Costa Resort & Spa and the roster of speakers the agency has put together is looking more and more each year like a mini-Herb Allen Sun Valley Conference. The mini, however, is major with 450 WME agents gathered to listen to such prominent names as former CIA director and four-star Gen. Michael Hayden who once headed the National Security Administration and returned again this year. He headlines a roster that includes former and current Google and Facebook executives and even more political heavies. Also, one of the highlights, agents say, was Anne Wojciciki, one of the co-founders of 23andMe, a biotech and genomics company which her husband’s company Google invested heavily into (along with Genetech). It produces direct-to-consumer personal genome test kits that can determine inherited traits and genetic risk factors. Another speaker said to have one of the strongest presentations was Regina Dugan, the former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the first first female director to run the intelligence group before leaving for Google. She spoke about ingenuity and how you can be successful if you use the tools presented before you. She has previously done a series of TED talks. “It’s been really quite remarkable this year,” said one agent in attendance. “It like a bunch of really cool TED talks. I have learned so much.”

ari emanuelpatrick-whitesellEach year WME executives Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell gather their agents for three days to listen to talks from some of the most influential people in America. This year’s lineup is said to include Deputy NSA Advisor Thomas Donilon, who stepped down in June 2013 and has worked with the Obama administration in various capacities; and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer for Facebook and author of the book Lean-In about how to motivate women to take their place in the executive ranks. FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit - Day 2She is on the board of the Walt Disney Co. and used to work at Google in sales and helped launch Google’s philanthrophic endeavors. She was also the chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Joining them are Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom (who previously worked at Google where he helped implement Gmail and other offerings); Mixed in with this prestigious group of political and tech speakers will be Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, which owns and operates some of the country’s largest amphitheaters and and concert venues such as the House of Blues, Snoop-Dogg_5Hollywood Palladium, and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Guests also include WME’s rapper-musician-composer-producer Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg. Read More »

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2014 NBC Pilots

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 9:47am PST

COMEDY

A TO Z (single camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM:  Ben Queen (w, ep), Rashida Jones (ep), Will McCormack (ep), Michael Patrick Jann (d)
LOGLINE: Whimsical romantic comedy set in the world of an online dating company that details the “A to Z’s” of a relationship, from meeting to breakup. The ensemble navigates the complicated world of modern dating and poses the question: Is there such a thing as destiny?
CAST: Cristin Milioti, Ben Feldman, Henry Zebrowski, Leonora Crichlow, Christina Kirk

BAD JUDGE (single camera)
STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM:  Kate Walsh (ep), Chad Kultgen (w, ep), Anne Heche (ep), Jill Messick (ep), Will Ferrell (ep), Adam McKay (ep)
LOGLINE: It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance because she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system.
CAST: Kate Walsh, John Ducey, Mather Zickel, Arden Myrin, Tone Bell, Theodore Barnes, Miguel Sandoval

ELLEN MORE OR LESS (single camera)
STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM: JJ Philbin (w, ep), Jason Katims (ep), Michelle Lee (ep)
LOGLINE: An average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love.
CAST: Stacey McGunnigle, Chris Diamantopoulos, Joshua Gomez, Tate Ellington, Jama Williamson, Michael Liu

FEED ME (single camera)
STUDIO: Universal TV
TEAM:  Paul Junger Witt (ep), Tony Thomas (ep), Sally Robinson (w, ep), Marisa Tomei (ep), Michael Trim (d)
LOGLINE: An exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma’s husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect … Read More »

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2014 CBS Pilots

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 9:45am PST

COMEDY

CUZ-BROS (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Sony TV/CBS TV Studios
TEAM: David Caspe (ep), Erik Sommers (ep), Jamie Tarses (ep), Pam Fryman (d)
LOGLINE: A successful, suave ladies man’s perfect life gets turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay.
CAST: Geoff Stults, Parker Scott, Debra Jo Rupp, Andrea Anders

GOOD SESSION (single camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: John Hamburg (w, d, ep), Matt Miller (w, ep)
LOGLINE: A happy couple that goes to a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss.
CAST: James Roday, Mandy Moore, Rich Sommer, Tracey Ullman, Ana Nogueira, Danielle Nicolet

HOW I MET YOUR DAD (multi-camera)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM:  Carter Bays (w, ep), Craig Thomas (w, ep), Emily Spivey (w, ep), Rob Greenberg (d)
LOGLINE: Spinoff from How I Met Your Mother, this time told from a dad’s point of view, features a new group of New York friends who hang out at MacLaren’s Pub.
CAST: Greta Gerwig, Drew Tarver, Tiya Sircar, Nick D’Agosto, Andrew Santino

THE McCARTHYS (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Sony TV
TEAM: Brian Gallivan (w, co-ep), Will Gluck (ep), Richie Schwartz (co-ep), Mike Sikowitz (ep)
LOGLINE: Story about a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family.
CAST: Jack McGee, Joey McIntyre, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn, Kelen Coleman

THE MISTAKE (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Shana Goldberg-Meehan (w, ep), Scott Silveri  (w, ep), David Mandel (w, ep), Andy Ackerman (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A couple who had just “finished” raising their kids … Read More »

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Tom Hanks To Receive Palm Springs Festival’s Chairman’s Award

tom hanksFresh off Golden Globe and SAG nominations for his lead turn in Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks can add the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Chairman’s Award to his cache of kudos this year. Hanks is receiving the honor in recognition of both Captain Phillips and Saving Mr Banks, his other awards season contender in which he plays Walt Disney opposite Emma Thompson. Here’s the release from the festival:

palmsprings__131119151421-200x190Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actor Tom Hanks with the Chairman’s Award for Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and the cast of American Hustle. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.

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OSCARS: Original Score Category To Draw From 114 Movies

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 3:42pm PST

Oscar100__120725193608__120830210159__130208010240BEVERLY HILLS, CA — One hundred fourteen scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

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Rob Lowe- Starring Workplace Comedy Gets NBC Production Commitment

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rob Lowe NBC Pilot ComedyEXCLUSIVE: Departing Parks And Recreation co-star Rob Lowe is on track to return to NBC‘s primetime with another single-camera workplace comedy series. The network has given a production commitment to The Pro, starring and executive produced by Lowe. Comedy veterans Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory (The Larry Sanders Show, Frasier) will write the script and serve as showrunners, with Todd Holland set to direct. The project stems from a development deal NBC inked with Lowe in the summer when he was finalizing his upcoming exit from Parks And Recreation after the first 13 episodes of the current sixth season. It will be co-produced by ABC Studios, which has a deal with Huyck and Gregory, and Universal TV, with ABC Studios taking lead. The Pro stars Lowe as former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm, whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. WME-repped Huyck and Gregory are executive producing with Holland and Karey Burke through their Uni TV-based Dark Toy banner, and Brillstein Entertainment’s Marc Gurvitz. This marks the latest big commitment from an outside network for ABC Studios in its first season actively selling on the open marketplace. It has two put pilot commitments at CBS for comedies from Jonathan Groff and Lee Eisenberg, Read More »

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New York Film Festival Rounds Out Slate With Star-Studded Fare

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 9:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

The 51st New York Film Festival has rounded out its main slate of pictures, and they’ve put together an impressive program. We’ve told you that the opening-night Gala Selection is the Paul Greengrass-helmed Tom Hanks-starrer Captain Phillips, that the Centerpiece Gala Selection is the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, and the closing-night Gala Section is the Spike Jonze-directed Her. So here is everything else:

About Time, Director: Richard Curtis, UK
Richard Curtis adds a touch of time-travel to this hilarious romantic comedy, a perfect vehicle for the comic talents of Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Duncan, and emerging star Domhnall Gleeson. A Universal Pictures release.

Abuse Of Weakness (Abus de Faiblesse), Director: Catherine Breillat, France
Catherine Breillat’s haunting film about her 2004 stroke and subsequent self-destructive relationship with star swindler Christophe Rocancourt, starring Isabelle Huppert.

Alan Patridge, Director: Declan Lowney, UK/France
In the long-awaited big-screen debut of Steve Coogan’s singular comic creation, the vain and obliviously tactless Alan Partridge must serve as an intermediary when North Norfolk Digital is seized at gunpoint by a down-sized DJ. Read More »

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Tom Hanks-Starrer ‘Captain Phillips’ Gets Opening-Night Berth At NY Film Festival

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

The New York Film Festival has begun unveiling films for its 2013 program, and it begins with Captain Phillips, the Sony Pictures film that Paul Greengrass directed and Tom Hanks starred in as the captain who put himself in the hands of Somali pirates instead of his crew after the cargo ship he captained was hijacked in 2009. He was rescued in a dangerous mission by a Navy SEAL team. It seemed a good candidate to grace Gotham’s prestigious festival as the opening-night film. One of the film’s producers, Scott Rudin, is a New Yorker who brought The Social Network to the festival. And the film was conspicuously absent from the Toronto and Venice lineups. Here is the official word:

New York, NY, July 29, 2013 – The Film Society of LincoOoln Center announced today that Paul Greengrass’s CAPTAIN PHILLIPS will make its World Premiere as the Opening Night Gala presentation for the upcoming 51st New York Film Festival (September 27 – October 13). Starring two-time Academy Award® winner and 2009 Film Society Chaplin Award honoree Tom Hanks in the title role, the film is Academy Award®-nominated director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.

NYFF’s Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair, Kent Jones said, “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is a riveting experience. At this point in his working life, Paul Greengrass has become a master of immersive reality-based narratives set along geopolitical fault lines – in this case, the 2009 seizure of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship by four Somali pirates. I’m excited that this tough, tense, real-life thriller, capped by the remarkable performances of Tom Hanks and four brilliant first-time Somali actors (Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat M. Ali), is opening the 51st edition of the festival.”

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Discovery Channel To Debut Docu On White House Chief Of Staff On September 11

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 9:44am PDT

Not surprisingly, Discovery Channel announced this morning it will roll out its documentary from the Naudet brothers, in which they interviewed every living White House Chiefs of Staff, on Sept. 11. The two hour special will air for one hour that night and one hour the next night, at 9 PM ET/PT. Gedeon and Jules Naudet, you’ll recall, are the young documentary filmmakers who happened to be at the right/wrong place at just the right/wrong time when Jules accompanied members of the Engine 7, Ladder 1 firehouse in Lower Manhattan to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 and shot footage of American Airlines Flight 11 hitting the north tower of the center and the complex’s collapse. (He and Gedeon were working on a docu about the firehouse at the time.) That footage became the 2002 documentary 9/11 which was aired to acclaim by CBS. Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Mad Men’ Finale Ratings On Par With Last Season; Did AMC Drama Just Get Good Again?

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 1:40pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:40 PM: Mad Men‘s sixth-season finale posted 2.7 million viewers — on par with last season’s finale. The AMC period drama in its sixth season added an average of 2.1 million viewers within three days and an average of 2.4 million additional viewers within seven days of the live telecast through the first 10 episodes this season, the network said today. Over the season, the Mad Avenue drama averaged 2.5 million viewers and continues to rank as cable’s most upscale drama. Read More »

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Stumping For Emmys, ‘Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner Talks 7th And Final Season

By | Sunday June 9, 2013 @ 10:08pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Tonight’s event honoring AMC’s Mad Men at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences headquarters in North Hollywood – organized by AMC and designed to generate some Emmy season heat for a drama perceived to be past its awards prime – was perhaps most noteworthy for who wasn’t in attendance rather than who was. First, the list of those castmates who couldn’t make it: Jon Hamm (shooting a movie in India), Alison Brie (shooting a film in Toronto), Vincent Kartheiser (rehearsing a play in Minnesota), Christina Hendricks (shooting a movie in Detroit), John Slattery (prepping a film in New York), Aaron Staton (shooting a film “out of town”) and Rich Sommer (featured in a play in New York). While they still have air travel in every area where the seven no-shows were stationed, it’s perhaps understandable that they wouldn’t rush back to stump for more Emmy attention. Read More »

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