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 »
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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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 »
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 Point, Operation Pacific, A Face in the Crowd, Breakfast 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.
UPDATED: 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 »
I’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.
Brian 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.
Denzel 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.
Normally, 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.
EXCLUSIVE: 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.
EXCLUSIVE: 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).
Josh 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.
EXCLUSIVE: 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 »
Ashley 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.
EXCLUSIVE: 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.
Lord 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.