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UPDATE: Editor/Actor Frank Mazzola Found After Being Missing Since Friday

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 10:52am PDT

photo(1)UPDATE, 10:52 AM: Frank Mazzola was found this morning in LA after being missing more than four days and is now being transferred to a local hospital. His wife Catherine Hader confirmed the news just now.

PREVIOUS, MONDAY AM: Frank Mazzola, whose film-editing credits include Demon Seed and Peter Fonda’s The Hired Hand and who played Crunch in Rebel Without a Cause, has been missing since around 10 PM Friday.  He disappeared after being dropped off at his home in the 8700 block of Shoreham Dr. in West Hollywood. The 79-year-old Mazzola suffers from Alzheimer’s. “He will respond to his name,” said his wife of 19 years, Catherine Hader, who has been searching for him with police since the weekend. Read More »

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Lionsgate Grants Netflix Exclusive Movie Streaming Rights For UK And Ireland

This announcement comes one week after Netflix landed a similar deal with MGM to show movies in the pay TV window in the UK and Ireland. Here’s the release for the new agreement with Lionsgate:

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 – Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Lionsgate UK, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: LGF) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for first-run feature films from the studio.

Lionsgate UK titles will be available for Netflix members in the UK and Ireland to watch instantly in the pay TV window on their televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones, for a low monthly price. Netflix announced last month that it would launch its service in the UK and Ireland early in 2012.

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Netflix And MGM Strike Exclusive Streaming Deal For UK And Ireland Pay TV Window

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 - Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for most first-run feature films from MGM.

MGM titles will be available for Netflix members in the UK and Ireland to watch instantly in the pay TV window on their televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones, for a low monthly price. Netflix announced last month that it would launch its service in the UK and Ireland early in 2012.

Appearing exclusively on Netflix within one year of their theatrical release will be such films as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the highly-anticipated prequels to the Academy Award-winning “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, “Zookeeper” starring Kevin James, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and “21 Jump Street,” featuring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube.

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SAG Awards Submissions Open, Thesps Encouraged To Go Online

By | Monday July 18, 2011 @ 12:54pm PDT
Pete Hammond

SAG is trying to go green in a big way and today aggressively began encouraging more than 1500 publicists, managers and actors reps to submit performances online for nominations consideration rather than using the old standard submissions forms still available for download from SAG’s awards website or by calling SAG’s office. The guild is informing everyone that this is the final year paper submission forms will be accepted and next year the process will be exclusively online. They are encouraging technically challenged reps to try out the online process this year for the 18th Annual SAG Awards rather than wait  for next year. SAG began the conversion to online voting  for its final awards voting six years ago (nominations are selected by nominating committees composed of 2000 randomly chosen members each for movies and TV). Last year it informed voters by special postcards they had to make special requests for paper ballots. This caused confusion among some Oscar consultants who felt some of SAG’s near-100,000 voters were being disenfranchised when they inadvertently missed the deadline or didn’t get the message. Nevertheless SAG is determined to keep marching into the 21st century and embracing the online process which the guild says saves heavily on postage and paper costs. In their press release today SAG proudly points to being honored in 2009 and again in 2010  with the Environmental Media Association’s Green Seal which “recognizes a production’s outstanding efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness”. SAG says 12 … Read More »

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VIDEO: The Michael Cera School Of Acting

By | Tuesday September 21, 2010 @ 4:15am PDT

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R.I.P. Patricia Neal

By | Sunday August 8, 2010 @ 11:53pm PDT

The stage and screen and television star who won an Academy Award for 1963′s Hud and received three Emmy nominations died today of lung cancer at her home on Martha’s Vineyard. She was 84. After winning a Tony award for Another Part of the Forest on Broadway in 1946, she made her film debut in 1949′s John Loves Mary. Her movies included The Fountainhead, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Breaking PointOperation Pacific, A Face in the CrowdBreakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Harm’s Way. She suffered a series of strokes in 1965 at age 39, and her inspirational struggle to regain her ability to walk and talk were chronicled in her 1988 autobiography, As I Am. Neal was offered the role of Mrs. Robinson in 1967′s The Graduate but turned it down. Instead, she returned to the big screen in 1968′s The Subject Was Roses. She continued acting all the way through this decade.

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AFTRA Wants “Presidents’ Forum” To Discuss Merger With SAG

AFTRA_LOGO_SLOGOLOS ANGELES (July 21, 2010) – The Administrative Committee of the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) – a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, recording artists and broadcast journalists – met today for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

At today’s meeting, the AFTRA Administrative Committee approved the formal appointment of AFTRA’s members to the AFTRA Exhibit A/SAG TV-Theatrical Joint Wages and Working Conditions National Plenary Committee and Negotiating Committee. AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon will serve as AFTRA’s National Chair for both the Joint W&W Plenary and Negotiating committees. The other members of the committees remain confidential, pursuant to AFTRA policy.

President Reardon also reported to the Administrative Committee that she has proposed to Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard the creation of a “Presidents’ Forum” to facilitate focused and informal discussions between leaders of the two unions to establish a common vision for a single, new national union representing professional performers, recording artists and broadcast journalists working in the entertainment and news media industries.

President Reardon said, “I first became involved in union service at AFTRA because I believe in one new union for all of our members. That new union must address and anticipate the dramatic and accelerating changes in our industries and the needs and concerns of members in all jurisdictions, in all parts of the country. This important discussion must be both careful and thorough and must

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Kitty Kelley’s Oprah Biography To Become Biopic; Who Will Play The Talkshow Queen?

By | Monday July 12, 2010 @ 10:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva


oprah300UPDATED: Kitty Kelley’s controversial unauthorized biography of Oprah Winfrey will be given the biopic treatment. Veteran TV movie producer Larry A. Thompson has acquired the rights to the book, Oprah: A Biography, published in the spring by Crown Publishers, a division of Random House.

Thompson plans to turn the book into a TV movie or a miniseries to air in September 2011, coinciding with Winfrey’s sign-off from her syndicated daytime talk show after 25 years. He is close to signing a writer for the adaptation and is already shopping the project to TV networks.

“I happen to be from Mississippi where she is from, and I know her career very well,” Thompson said. “I think it’s a fabulous story, and it’s certainly a challenge, but Kitty Kelley’s extensively researched book offers us the factual foundation to frame our cinematic portrait of this powerful and beloved icon.”

Asked about possible concerns basing a biopic on a book that has stirred so much controversy Thompson said “Oprah Winfrey is a very powerful woman, and that’s also something that will make our movie great. As for the challenge of casting Winfrey, the plan is to audition both known and unknown actresses Thompson said but after a long debate, he is leaning towards casting an unknown.”Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous faces on the planet, and if you have an actress people know, it may make it more difficult to get into the character as the face may block the icon,” … Read More »

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Kevin Bacon In Talks For ‘X-Men: First Class’ Baddie

Mike Fleming

kevin_baconI’m told that Kevin Bacon has the offer and is negotiating to play the villain role in X-Men: First Class. Not sure of his character, and they have to make his deal, but Bacon would line up nicely alongside James McAvoy (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Alice Eve (Emma Frost), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), and Lucas Till (Havoc). Director Matthew Vaughn is casting up a storm as the picture nears the start line.

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Brian Austin Green Joins ‘Housewives’

Nellie Andreeva

Brian Austin GreenBrian Austin Green is finalizing a deal to join ABC’s veteran dramedy Desperate Housewives for a major recurring role next season. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum will play Keith, a new contractor and charming playboy who turns up the heat on Wisteria Lane. Green, repped by APA and manager Tracy Samuels, is expected to appear in as many as 8 of the show’s first 10 episodes. He landed the role after meeting with creator Marc Cherry last week. Green is the second major new addition to Desperate Housewives‘ next season so far. Vanessa Williams recently joined the cast of the show as a new regular. Green is coming off a sci-fi streak, having co-starred on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and recurred on Smallville.

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Denzel Washington Back In Bad Guy Mode

Mike Fleming

oscars-actor-training-day-05-ssDenzel Washington is looking to join producer Scott Stuber on Safe House, a David Guggenheim-scripted Universal Pictures drama that will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) about a young CIA agent who must transport a dangerous criminal to safety after both are attacked at a safe house. First word of this came from New York Mag’s Vulture website, which puts Washington in the criminal role. That’s something Washington has done with relish in American Gangster and his Oscar-winning turn in Training Day. Washington’s coming off the Tony Scott-directed drama Unstoppable with Chris Pine. Pine also met on the project to play the CIA agent, I’ve heard, but the studio claims there won’t be a re-team. Insiders say Washington’s in discussions.

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Lindsay Lohan To Serve 90 Days In Jail

By | Tuesday July 6, 2010 @ 4:03pm PDT
Mike Fleming

lindsay-lohanNormally, Deadline doesn’t cover the personal lives of Hollywood types, except under circumstances which affect their professional lives. But the Lindsay Lohan saga is worth mentioning because it gets sadder and sadder since she was a once-promising young actress. Lohan was sentenced today by a judge in Beverly Hills to 90 days in jail. (She violated a probation requirement after neglecting to attend alcohol education classes from a 2007 offense.) Lohan seemed headed for such big things after Mean Girls, and once had a quote of $7.5 million for Georgia Rule. Morgan Creek’s James Robinson, after paying her that big salary, had a right to publicly berate her for being unreliable and more interested in partying than showing up for work on  the film, which bombed. Now it’s gotten to the point where Lohan’s ankle alcohol monitor is a fashion accessory. Lohan is only 24, so there’s still time for her to take sobriety and acting seriously.

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Wilmer Valderrama Signs Deal With 20th TV

Nellie Andreeva

WilmerValderramaEXCLUSIVE: Wilmer Valderrama has inked a talent holding/development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, That ‘70s Show alum Valderrama will star and executive produce a series project for the studio. The deal solidifies Valderrama’s ties with 20th TV. Two years ago, he starred in the 20th TV hourlong comedy pilot for Fox The Emancipation of Ernesto, written by Emily Kapnek. Last year, Valderrama reteamed with Kapnek and 20th TV for a comedy project inspired by the work of “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, with Valderrama attached to play the central character based on Millan as well as produce. That project also was set at Fox. Working with Valderrama on the two comedies led to the new deal, said 20th TV chairman Dana Walden. “He’s impressed us tremendously as an actor and producer,” she said. “He’s got talent, great instincts about ideas and material, and terrific comedic chops.”

In addition to the pact at 20th TV, Valderrama also has an exclusive multi-year overall deal at RelativityREAL. He is exclusive to Relativity for developing projects as a producer and to 20th TV for starring in a show, which he would also develop and executive produce. The actor, who voices the title character on Disney Channel’s Handy Manny, recently wrapped Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne and will next be seen in The Dry Land and From Prada To Nada. He is repped by UTA and attorney Michael Gendler.

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FX’s ‘Outlaw Country’ Finds Stars, Director

Nellie Andreeva

haley-bennett-picture-2LukeGrimes1EXCLUSIVE: Luke Grimes and Haley Bennett have landed the younger leads on the FX drama pilot Outlaw Country, joining previously cast Mary Steenburgen. Additionally, Michael Dinner has come on board to direct the pilot, a crime thriller/family drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. Grimes (Brothers & Sistsers) will play twentysomething Eli Larkin, a half-cowboy, half-modern guy who tries to get out of the crime ridden life he has grown accustom to in order to help his siblings, however he finds out that it is much harder than he expected.  Bennett (Marley & Me) will play twentysomething Annabel Lee, a gorgeous country singer who is living in the shadow of her overprotective mother (Steenburgen).
michaeldinner1Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz wrote the Fox TV Studios/FX Prods.-produced Outlaw Country and are executive producing/co-showrunning with David Manson. Art Linson and John Linson also executive produce. Shooter Jennings serves as executive consultant and music supervisor. CAA-repped Dinner, who recently inked a new overall deal with Sony TV, also directed the pilot for the FX’s Justified and serves as an executive producer on the Sony-produced series. Additionally, he co-directed with Allen Coulter the pilot for another FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Grimes is with IFA and Global Creative.

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Cheryl Hines In Talent Deal With ABC

By | Thursday July 1, 2010 @ 12:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CHeryl_Hines-240x300EXCLUSIVE: Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Cheryl Hines has signed a talent holding deal with ABC. Once the norm, such pacts are rare these days, with maybe a handful across all broadcast networks a season. Hines already has a history at ABC. She starred in the network’s short-lived comedy series In the Motherhood last year Read More »

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‘Twilight Saga’ And ‘True Blood’ Vampiresses Sink Teeth Into ‘Catch .44′

By | Thursday July 1, 2010 @ 5:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

nikki-reedtrue_blood-jessica-deborah_ann_wollThe indie Catch .44 has added two actresses transitioning from sultry vampire roles. Twilight Saga’s Nikki Reed and True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll have signed on opposite Bruce Willis, Malin Ackerman and Forest Whitaker in the Aaron Harvey-directed thriller about three gorgeous female assassins sent on a job that might be their last. The film is set for a July 8 start in Louisiana, and Sierra Pictures is aboard to handle international sales. Harvey wrote the script and the pic is co-production between Emmett/Furls Films and Annapurna Productions, with Randall Emmett, Megan Ellison and Michael Benaroya producing and George Furla, Curtis Jackson and Ted Schipper exec producers. Reed plays Rosalie Hale, part of the Cullen vampire clan in Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Woll plays True Blood’s precocious newbie bloodsucker Jessica.

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Twilight Saga’s Ashley Greene Joins ‘LOL’

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 7:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Ashley_Greene_664608Ashley Greene reprises her role as vampiress Alice Cullen this weekend in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. But she has found another role to sink her teeth into. She’ll costar alongside Miley Cyrus in LOL, the Lisa Azuelos –directed Mandate Pictures comedy that also stars Douglas Booth and Demi Moore. Greene will play Cyrus’s nemesis in a coming of age story that takes place in the age of Facebook, iTunes and Youtube. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing. Azuelos wrote the script for the remake of the 2008 French film, which she also wrote and directed. Shooting begins July 20 in Detroit.

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Two More Actors Board Starz ‘Camelot’

Nellie Andreeva

ClaireForlaniEXCLUSIVE: Claire Forlani and Peter Mooney round out the main cast of Starz’s 10-episode drama series Camelot, joining previously cast Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton. Written by Michael Hurst and Chris Chibnall, the series – to be co-produced and distributed worldwide by Graham King’s GK-TV – is a fresh take on the tale of King Arthur (Bower). Paradigm-repped Forlani will play Arthur’s mother, Queen Igraine, while SMS-repped Mooney will play Kay, Arthur’s brother and right-hand man. Filming on Camelot is starting this week in Ireland for an early 2011 premiere on Starz. Forlani also is set to film indies Deauville and Crossmaglen.

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Elijah Wood To Star In FX Pilot ‘Wilfred’

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

elijahLord of the Rings star Elijah Wood is set to make his series debut with a lead role opposite Jason Gann in the FX comedy pilot Wilfred, which is based on the acclaimed Australian series of the same name, co-created and starring Gann. David Zuckerman, who wrote the adapted pilot script and serves as executive producer, describes Wilfred as comedy “about a guy, Ryan (Wood), the girl next door, and mixed-breed dog, Wilfred (Gann), who is part Labrador retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender.” Randall Einhorn is directing the pilot, which will be filmed this summer. Rich Frank, Paul Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz, Joe Connor and Ken Conner also exec produce, with Gann serving as co-exec producer for FX Prods. Wood, who will next be seen this fall in The Romantics and has lent his voice to Happy Feet 2, is repped by WME and Brillstein Partners.

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