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Hot Trailer: Matthew McConaughey Heads To Space In ‘Interstellar’, Leaves Kids Behind

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT

Hot Trailer: Matthew McConaughey Heads To Space In ‘Interstellar’, Leaves Kids BehindJust back from Comic-Con, Paramount has released a trailer for its upcoming November 7 Christopher Nolan sci-fi mystery Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey as a haggard, ex-pilot father of two, who has to leave his kids behind while he heads to outer space. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Cainealso star. It’s no secret that Nolan is making a number of homages to one of his fave films, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The director, who made his first Hall H appearance at the San Diego fanboy confab last week, told the crowd: “I grew up in a time when being an astronaut was the highest ambition of any child. The idea that we’d keep exploring space seemed an inevitability.”

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Lucy Fry Enrolls In Private School Drug-Trafficking Pic ‘The Preppie Connection’

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 11:28am PDT

Lucy Fry Enrolls In Private School Drug-Trafficking Pic ‘The Preppie Connection’Lucy Fry will play Alexis, the most popular girl in school who becomes the apple of a young drug dealer’s eye in Joe Castelo‘s film. The Preppie Connection follows a group of private school students who ran a drug ring during the early 1980s.  The ring is spearheaded by Toby, one of the lower-class scholarship candidates at the school, who uses his street cred and access to drugs to work his way into the popular-kid clique, which includes Alexis. Production began this week on Staten Island. Fry recently wrapped Blumhouse/Universal’s 6 Miranda Drive starring Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell and Matt Walsh.  She most recently was seen in the Weinstein Co.’s Vampire Academy. Fry is repped by ICM and Mollison Keightley Management (Australia), IAM Management and attorney Craig Emmanuel.

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UTA Signs ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ Star Pierre Niney

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 11:20am PDT

UTA Signs ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ Star Pierre NineyPierre Niney, who played the iconic French fashion designer in Yves Saint Laurent, has signed with UTA. The biopic debuted at Cannes and is distributed in the U.S. by The Weinstein Company. Niney was nominated for Cesar awards in 2012 and 2013 as most promising actor for his work in J’aime Regarder les Filles and Comme des Freres, the latter also earning him a Lumiere Award nomination as most promising young actor. Other acting credits include It Boy,  and the TV series Casting(s), which he also directed. Niney, repped in France by Brigitte Descormiers, has been announced to play Philippe Cousteau in the upcoming The Odyssey. 

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Olivia Wilde, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Wilson, Natasha Lyonne Head To ‘Meadowland’

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 11:01am PDT

Olivia Wilde, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Wilson, Natasha Lyonne Head To ‘Meadowland’Olivia Wilde, Luke WilsonElisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne will be headlining the psychological feature drama Meadowland, which marks the directorial debut of DP Reed Morano. Written by Chris Rossi, Meadowland follows a couple, Sarah (Wilde) and New York City cop David (Wilson), who are dealing with the crisis of their son’s disappearance. While David loses his way, Sarah also places herself in dangerous situations following the calamity. Meadowland will go before the cameras in NYC in mid-August.  British Columbia-based Bron Studios is producing the film in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance. Matt Tauber and Wilde also are producing, alongside Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Executive producers are Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth. WME and Gersh are representing domestic rights on Meadowland.

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‘Sea Of Trees’ With Matthew McConaughey Begins Lensing In Massachusetts, Japan

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 10:36am PDT

‘Sea Of Trees’ With Matthew McConaughey Begins Lensing In Massachusetts, JapanGus Van Sant‘s next directorial Sea Of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts is currently in production in rural Massachusetts and will be moving its production to Japan in September.  Financier and producer Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s international sales, production and financing company, BLOOM, launched and introduced Sea Of Trees in Cannes, and by the end of the festival had sold out most of the world.

Van Sant has assembled a top-notch creative team to work on the film including Oscar-winning editor Pietro Scalia, Emmy nominated production designer Alex DiGerlando (HBO’s True Detective), cinematographer Kasper Tuxen (Beginners), Oscar-nominated costume designer Danny Glicker (Milk, Up In The Air) and make up department head Felicity Bowring (The Bourne Legacy, The Social Network). Read More »

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Lionsgate Acquires ‘Down A Dark Hall’ From ‘Twilight’ Producers & Temple Hill

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 10:19am PDT

Lionsgate Acquires ‘Down A Dark Hall’ From ‘Twilight’ Producers & Temple HillLionsgate has acquired rights to Down A Dark Hall based on the 1974 YA bestseller from Lois Duncan (I Know What You Did Last Summer) with Rodrigo Cortés attached to direct. Screenwriter Michael Goldbach wrote the original adaptation for the screen, and Chris Sparling (Sea of Trees, Buried) has come aboard to also write on the film. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett will produce via their Fickle Fish Films along with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Meyer optioned the book last year and brought on Goldbach to write the adaptation.
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Paging Mr. Bill Murray: Toronto Wants To Honor You With ‘St Vincent’ Gala, But Cannot Find You

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 10:13am PDT
Mike Fleming

Paging Mr. Bill Murray: Toronto Wants To Honor You With ‘St Vincent’ Gala, But Cannot Find YouTo a distributor launching a prestige film in the fall, a berth in the first weekend of the Toronto Film Festival is like finding a Golden Ticket in a Wonka Bar. Toronto organizers want to do just that for the Ted Melfi-directed comedy St Vincent before its October 24 bow, and they also want to turn the premiere into a celebration honoring the work of its star, Bill Murray. Here’s the challenge: Nobody has been able to get hold of him. He has no agent, he’s got an attorney who’ll try to reach Murray, but even that is a problem because he apparently doesn’t have a cell phone. If this sounds far fetched, remember that Sony held up its Ghostbusters relaunch plans for about two years, waiting and hoping Murray would read the script and sign on (it’s unclear if he ever read it, but the studio got the message that he wasn’t interested in ghost busting and finally moved on). This St. Vincent is an exceptional project, and it’s a tour de force for Murray.

Related: Weinstein Co. Lands Bill Murray’s Next Film, ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys’

billm__121120012707Melfi wrote it with input from Jack Nicholson, and when that iconic star said he just didn’t want to work anymore, he suggested Melfi chase Murray. I wrote in depth about how elusive Murray was, and then how spectacularly generous and engaged he became when he read Melfi’s script and sparked … Read More »

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Lauren Sanchez & Dan Friedkin Launch Pursuit Productions, First Doc ‘Found’ In The Works

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 10:02am PDT

Lauren Sanchez & Dan Friedkin Launch Pursuit Productions, First Doc ‘Found’ In The WorksEmmy award-winner Lauren Sanchez, who is a frontrunner to join The View as a co-host, has formed Pursuit Productions with Dan Friedkin.  Pursuit will focus on telling compelling real life stories from around the globe. The company already has its first documentary feature in the works, Found, and closed a deal with Mark Monroe (Sound City, The Tillman Story, The Cove) to write. Found follows the search for those pilots whose planes were lost in The Battle of Peleliu during World War II.  Also joining the search for the missing pilots in the doc is former United States Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, whose memoir Lone Survivor was adapted into the 2013 Universal Studios film of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg. Friedkin and Sanchez, in conjunction with Imperative Entertainment, are also filming a pilot, On the Road, which follows the death-defying adventures of The Horsemen, the world’s only vintage P-51 aerobatic flight team.  Sanchez guest-hosted on The View this morning. Pursuit Productions is repped by WME.

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Telemundo & Dick Clark Productions To Produce Billboard Latin Music Awards Through 2020

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

Telemundo & Dick Clark Productions To Produce Billboard Latin Music Awards Through 2020Telemundo and Billboard Magazine, along with dick clark prods have inked a four-year extension of the agreement to produce the Billboard Latin Music Awards show through 2020. In addition, Telemundo and dcp will team up in 2015 to produce a new Spanish-language music awards show modeled on the successful American Music Awards show.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Food Fighters’ Jumps In Week 2, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Finale On Par

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 9:48am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Food Fighters’ Jumps In Week 2, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Finale On ParA promising (and rare) second-week lift for NBC’s new summer series Food Fighters (1.3). The 8 PM reality show hosted by Adam Richman was up 30% from its debut last week. America’s Got Talent (2.4, 10.5 million) was even with last week and once again the highest rated program of the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. With Food Fighters as No.2 in 18-49, NBC easily won the night in both 18-49 (2.0) and viewers (8.6 million). The English-language broadcast networks offered an all-reality menu last night, with ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss (1.1) and the finale of Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0) as the only other originals. Both were up a tenth from last week, with Celebrity Wife Swap down a tenth from last summer’s finale, which aired at 8 PM. Univision finished second to NBC for the night in 18-49 (1.4), followed by ABC (1.0), CBS (0.9) and Fox (0.6).

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Zooey Deschanel Tweets First Photo From ‘Rock The Kasbah’ Set

By and | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 9:46am PDT

Zooey Deschanel just tweeted this photo from the set of Bill Murray-starrer, Barry Levinson-directed Rock The Kasbah. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Scott Caan and Danny McBride also star in the pic about a a down-on-his-luck rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. After finding himself abandoned in Kabul, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young village girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol, the wildly popular Afghan Star. Do you recognize these dudes?

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Production On ‘Big Bang Theory’ Pushed Over Cast Contract Negotiations As Actors Near New Deals

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Production On ‘Big Bang Theory’ Pushed Over Cast Contract Negotiations As Actors Near New DealsThere is no agreement yet in the contract negotiations between the original cast of The Big Bang Theory and Warner Bros TV, leading to the studio’s decision to push the production start date for Season 8, originally slated for today. “Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory — which was originally scheduled to begin today — has been postponed,” WBTV said in a statement. I hear the postponement is for one day, and the situation would be evaluated day by day as the two sides continue to negotiate and are close to deals, something that could happen as early as today.

While Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar worked during the 2010 salary renegotiations that also dragged on over the summer, they were under deals back then. The situation is different this time as the quintet’s contracts all expired at the end of last season. The only Big Bang cast members who have deals and would’ve showed up today are Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, who renegotiated their contracts last fall.

CBS blue logoThere has been progress, with negotiations ramping up over the past week though the gap between what the actors are seeking and have been offered on the episodic fee and back-end side has not been bridged just yet. At TCA last two weeks ago, CBS chairman Nina Tassler did not sound worried. “We’re feeling very confident that … Read More »

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Winning Combo: Miranda Lambert And Trey Fanjoy Plan Feature ‘Something In The Water’

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 8:44am PDT

Winning Combo: Miranda Lambert And Trey Fanjoy Plan Feature ‘Something In The Water’EXCLUSIVE: Country music star Miranda Lambert is collaborating on the female comedy script Something In The Water penned by celebrated country music video director Trey Fanjoy and screenwriter Cindy McCreery. The strong female-led project is a multi-generational ensemble piece set in the heartland; Lambert would take on one of the roles in the romp about five women challenging their men in a bass fishing competition. The project, which Fanjoy also hopes to direct, is said be in the vein of Bridesmaids meets Steel Magnolias.

Lambert and Fanjoy have long collaborated. In fact, for about a decade. Fanjoy directed Lambert’s first music video for the singer’s first single and has, subsequently, helmed the country artist’s videos on her game-changing hits — “Kerosene,” “The House That Built Me,” “Fastest Girl In Town,” “Over You,” “Mama’s Broken Heart” and the singer’s most recent hit video “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood (which has been viewed over 10 million times since bowing last month and has pulled record-breaking view numbers for Viacom and its County Music Television). Together, Lambert and Fanjoy have racked up numerous awards, most recently this past June when Lambert won Female Video of the Year for the song “Automatic,” directed (once again) by Fanjoy.

“With over a dozen award-winning collaborations with Miranda, I’ve no doubt Trey’s transition into features will be equally successful,” said Lambert’s manager Marion Kraft of Shopkeeper Management.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb’

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 8:39am PDT

Hot Trailer: ‘Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb’The first trailer has dropped for Fox’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb in which security guard Larry (Ben Stiller) heads from New York to work at the British museum. Ben Kingsley plays an Egyptian pharaoh on display in the museum who is revived by a magical tablet. Rebel Wilson, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais all return for the third installment of the Shawn Levy-directed and -produced franchise which has topped $1 billion worldwide. Night At The Museum 3 bows on December 19.

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Has The Drop In DreamWorks Animation’s Stock Price Created A Buying Opportunity?

Has The Drop In DreamWorks Animation’s Stock Price Created A Buying Opportunity?That’s what analysts are debating today after last night’s lower-than-expected Q2 earnings report — and disclosure of an SEC investigation —  drove shares -14.9% this morning as they hit 52-week lows. Skeptics say DreamWorks Animation is still too uncertain, especially with the additional news of the government probe into the $13.5M writedown in February for Turbo. “This clearly raises uncertainty in a stock that we think already carries  higher risk (both strategic and operational),” Morgan Stanley’s Ryan Fiftal says.

The performance of How To Train Your Dragon 2 — which has generated $166M in domestic box office sales since July 28 — reinforced the bear case, even though DWA says the film will be profitable. Dragon 2 ”should have done better than it did given its high quality, sequel status, and extraordinarily clear sailing in its release window,” Cowen and Co’s Doug Creutz says. Sterne Agee’s Vasily Karasyov adds that the softer-than-expected performance makes it “harder to argue that future sequels will offset soft results from original releases.” Making matters worse, he says, is DWA’s disclosure that its next two films — The Penguins Of Madagascar and Home — will each cost about $10M more than originally planned: $135M not including what DWA calls “incentive-based compensation.” That raises the possibility of a writedown, Karasyov says.

CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that DWA might reduce its per-film outlays by producing some “on a very different scale altogether, where it’s not incremental changes in the film cost, but the concepts of the movies and the style with which we would make … Read More »

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Power Lifters: Five Brands That Got A Big Social-Media Lift From Comic-Con

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 8:11am PDT

Power Lifters: Five Brands That Got A Big Social-Media Lift From Comic-ConSo which films and TV shows got the biggest bump to their social-media accounts during Comic-Con? The Deadline Team already has delivered its verdict on Comic-Con’s big winners (and yawners) overall. And it’s a challenge to be definitive with social media given the dozens of participating properties and connected stars, behind-the-camera notables, superfans and the like.

That said, social-media consulting firm RelishMIX spotted five entertainment properties that hit social-media home runs over the long weekend, led by massively popular Comic-Con videos for Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Mad Max: Fury Road. The Simpsons and Family Guy jointly scored well too, according to RelishMIX’s compilation of who added the most followers/likes/views across YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to their official and related accounts (see chart below).

HBO’s Thrones, already a social-media monster, commanded a truly royal 8.3 million views of its Comic-Con YouTube videos, led by a Season 4 blooper reel that RelishMIX CEO Marc Karzen called a “super video,” with nearly 7.4 million views since it posted just four days ago. 

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Fox International Taps Michael Andreen As SVP Production

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 8:10am PDT

Fox International Taps Michael Andreen As SVP ProductionMichael Andreen has been named SVP Production at Fox International Prods. and will assume his new role on August 1, Sanford Panitch, FIP’s president said today. FIP has a strong local-language business and Andreen’s hire likely indicates a ramping up in that area. It’s also a homecoming for Andreen at Fox. He previously served in various creative production capacities, working on titles including Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World and The Day After Tomorrow. Read More »

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Allison Williams Cast As Peter Pan In NBC Musical ‘Peter Pan Live!’ (Video)

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 7:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Allison Williams Cast As Peter Pan In NBC Musical ‘Peter Pan Live!’ (Video)Girls co-star Allison Williams has been cast as the title character in NBC’s December 4 live staging of Peter Pan Live!. Williams, who has sung on her HBO show and in various other projects, is a classically trained singer whose online singing videos have logged millions of views. (watch below one of the most popular ones, which she uploaded shortly after graduating from Yale in 2010) She will star opposite Christopher Walken, who had been cast as Captain Hook. “We think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. Williams, daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, said that she’d wanted to play Peter Pan since she was about 3, “so this is a dream come true.” “I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides, what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?” Craig Zadan and Neil Meron executive produce the special.

The casting of the lead proved crucial for the success of NBC’s live staging of The Sound of Music last year as Carrie Underwood’s broad fan base came out in droves, especially in the middle of the country where there were numerous viewing parties. Williams, who landed the role on Girls right out of college, is not yet a household name and doesn’t have a following of the size of Underwood, a country superstar.  The … Read More »

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Jessica Lange Set For Santa Barbara Film Fest Honor

Jessica Lange Set For Santa Barbara Film Fest HonorThe actress who went from reclining in King Kong’s hand to creeping us out on American Horror Story, picking up a pair of Oscars along the way, will be feted this fall by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Organizers said today that Jessica Lange will receive the ninth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film during a black-tie gala on November 16 in Santa Barbara. Presenters will be revealed in the coming months. Here’s the release: Read More »

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