Hot Trailer: Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo In ‘Begin Again’

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 5:36pm PDT

Here’s the official trailer for the film that until last week was known as Can A Song Save Your Life? The Weinstein Company picked up the comedy after an epic bidding war following its Toronto premiere, and now it’s set to close the Tribeca Film Festival. The … Read More »

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NBC Makes It Official: Usher And Shakira Back For Spring Season Of ‘The Voice’ On February 24

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 1:55pm PST

Shakira and Usher will  reprise their roles as Season 4 judge/mentors, reuniting with show voice2regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the NBC singing competition’s sixth season. They pair returns in a special two-night premiere: 8-10 PM Monday, February 24, and 8-9 PM Tuesday, February 25.

Related: TV Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Hits Performance Finale Low

The Voice has averaged a 4.9 rating in the demo and 14.7 million viewers overall with its Monday edition, and a 4.5 and 14 viewers overall on Tuesdays, making it the No. 1-rated Monday and Tuesday series on the broadcast networks so far this season in TheVoice__121109194015-200x112__130425000858__130502160756__130516211150the demo. Last spring, Shakira and Usher were cast to fill in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, respectively, on The Voice — the latter two original judge/mentors returning for the fall season. It’s an arrangement the show’s producers appear to have institutionalized. And in so doing, The Voice has become a bastion of judge stability while Fox’s The X Factor is on its third judging panel in three seasons, and we’ve lost count of the various iterations and regroupings on Fox’s American Idol, which in January will feature the return of JLo and Keith Urban and the addition of Harry Connick Jr.

Related: Simon Cowell: “The X Factor’ Will Be Back Next Season”
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Toronto: All Nighter Ends With Weinstein Co In Exclusive Talks For ‘Can A Song Save Your Life’ Rights: $7M + $20M P&A

Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE, 2:25 AM PT: After an all night auction, The Weinstein Company is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to the John Carney-directed Can A Song Read More »

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‘The Voice’s Adam Levine & Writer Gene Hong Sell Autobiographical Comedy To NBC

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Voice coach Adam Levine continues his producing efforts with a single-camera comedy in development at NBC. The project, from Universal TV and Levine’s 222 Prods, is based on the real-life relationship between the Maroon 5 frontman and late-bloomer writer-producer Gene Hong (Community), who have been best friends and roommates since before they found success. Hong will write the pilot and executive produce with Levine, along with Levine’s childhood friend and longtime manager/producing partner Jordan Feldstein of 222 Prods. The project, whose development team includes Josh Gummersall, stems from the first-look deal Levine inked with NBC Entertainment in May. Feldstein is the brother of Jonah Hill, on whose Fox animated series, Allen Gregory, Hong worked before joining Community. Read More »

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TCA: ‘The Voice’ Not A Search For Singing Star, Say Celebrity Judges

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 6:43pm PDT

The point of NBC’s singing competition series The Voice is not to find a recording star, the show’s celebrity judges and host Carson Daly said, by way of dismissing a TV critic’s observation that the hit show had yet to turn one out. Things got tense during The Voice Q&A session at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 when the celebrity judges and Daly seemed to take issue with having to take questions from TV critics in the room. When one critic asked about the show’s practice of bringing in ringers, Adam Levine called that critic a “shit stirrer.” Another critic wondered whether Levine could not be spontaneous on the show after last season saying “I hate this country” on national TV when two of his singers got the hook, and he had to issue a statement saying “I obviously love my country very much.”

“I think people can see through stupid media hype,” he shot back, adding later, “No offense.” Read More »

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Adam Levine Inks First-Look Deal With NBC

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 8:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Voice coach Adam Levine and producing partner Jordan Feldstein have signed an exclusive one-year first-look development deal with NBC Entertainment, the network announced this morning. Under the pact, the duo will develop scripted and alternative Read More »

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‘The Voice’s Adam Levine And Blake Shelton On The Judges’ Chemistry: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 7:23pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

The Voice came at a good time for NBC. One of the few shows keeping the lights on at the network, it replaced coaches Christina Aguilera and Ceelo Green with Usher and … Read More »

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Adam Levine To Host ‘SNL’ On January 26

By | Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 11:41am PST

The Voice judge and rocker will make his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live on January 26, with musical guest rapper Kendrick Lamar. Adam Levine is no stranger to the NBC sketch show, as his band Maroon … Read More »

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‘The Voice’s Adam Levine To Star In ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 4:42pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5 and a judge on The Voice, has landed a lead role in Can A Song Save Your Life. That is the next film by director John Carney, who directed the film … Read More »

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‘The Voice’ Coaches Near New Deals

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 7:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With NBC’s The Voice heading into the homestretch of its second season, it looks like NBC is doing the same on new deals with star coaches Adam Levine, Cee-Lo, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera. I hear the pacts … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Wins Music Competition Series’ Grammy Showdown

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s The Voice earned bragging rights tonight as all 4 of its musician coaches received Grammy nominations: 4 for Cee Lo Green, 2 each for Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera and one for Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5 (it is … Read More »

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NBC Buys Rock ‘N’ Roll Drama From Adam Levine And Lawrence Trilling

By | Friday October 28, 2011 @ 1:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Levine is no accidental TV producer. After a single-camera karaoke comedy project he executive produces sparked a bidding war in July before landing at NBC with penalty, the rocker-turned-reality star has set up a … Read More »

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Verve Ups Zach Carlisle From Assistant To Agent, But Makes Him Work For It

By | Monday August 22, 2011 @ 5:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Zach Carlisle, one of the original five who left WME to form Verve, was promoted Sunday from assistant to agent. These days, dealmaker-minting ceremonies are becoming more and more like Punk’d episodes, and the Verve partners really strung Carlisle … Read More »

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NBC Lands Karaoke Comedy Project; Adam Levine To Produce, Jake Kasdan To Direct

By | Sunday July 31, 2011 @ 6:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC is expanding its relationship with The Voice star Adam Levine to the scripted side. After a bidding, NBC has nabbed a single-camera comedy project, with the Maroon 5 frontman executive producing and Jake Kasdan attached to executive produce and direct. The ensemble comedy set at a karaoke bar, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. I hear at least three networks wanted the project, which is said to organically blend comedy with a musical element, but NBC was very aggressive, largely because of the involvement of its reality star Levine. This marks the first major NBC buy from 20th TV since the studio’s former EVP Jennifer Salke was named NBC entertainment president earlier this month. Read More »

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UPDATE: All Four Judges Returning To NBC’s ‘The Voice’ After Finale Soars In Ratings

UPDATE, 11:35 AM: NBC has just confirmed that all four judges on The Voice — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — will return when the series resumes in midseason Mondays at … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Votes Its Winner (Spoiler)

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 6:33pm PDT

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

It’s the heavily hyped show that rewrote the rules for TV talent contests on the networks this spring. But it also cost a whopping $1.4 million per episode. (… Read More »

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Verve Makes Agency’s First Dealmaker Promotion With Help Of Summit’s Erik Feig

By | Friday April 1, 2011 @ 3:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Verve, the upstart lit agency hatched by Bryan Besser, Bill Weinstein and Adam Levine in January 2010, today made its first agent promotion from within by giving Rob Herting his dealmaker stripes. They made it memorable, with help from Summit production chief Erik Feig. Read More »

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Christina Aguilera Tapped As Coach On NBC’s Reality Series ‘The Voice’

By | Wednesday March 2, 2011 @ 12:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Maybe Charlie Sheen was unavailable? NBC just announced that another celebrity who has been going through personal problems, Christina Aguilera, has been tapped as a musician coach on NBC’s new musical competition series The Voice, which will premiere on  April … Read More »

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NBC Sets Premiere Date For ‘The Voice’, Taps First Coaches

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s new singing competition series The Voice, a rival to Fox’s American Idol, will premiere on Apr. 26 and will air in Idol’s previous signature Tuesday 8 PM slot. The network has signed the first 2 musician coaches for the … Read More »

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