Paramount Delays ‘Dinner For Schmucks’

By | Wednesday June 9, 2010 @ 12:10pm PDT

The buzz has been “it’s not working” on this pic in recent weeks. Now Paramount, DreamWorks, and Spyglass have delayed Dinner For Schmucks originally scheduled for release on July 23 to July 30. UPDATE: An insider just told me the reasoning: “It looks like a much less competitive weekend. … Read More »

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James Franco Adds Summit Comedy ‘Ricky Stanicky’ To Varied Dance Card

By | Thursday May 20, 2010 @ 8:23am PDT
Mike Fleming

james_francoEXCLUSIVE: James Franco, thriving as an actor in mainstream dramas, comedies, micro-budget indies, and soaps, is back on the laugh track.

He is attached to play the title role in the Jeff Bushell-scripted comedy Ricky Stanicky. Summit Entertainment is negotiating to finance … Read More »

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CW Scheduling Rumor: ‘Nikita’ On Thursday

By | Wednesday May 19, 2010 @ 1:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Will Nikita and Elena get together on the fall CW schedule? I hear strong ramblings that CW’s breakout hit of this season, Vampire Diaries, may be used to launch the network’s most buzzed about new series, Nikita on Thursdays.

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Best Quotes Of The Day From The Upfronts

By | Monday May 17, 2010 @ 7:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: People attending the NBC presentation were buzzing about one line in particular from the trailer for new comedy Friends With Benefits. in it, one of the guys complains to a girl about her tongue in his mouth:  ”You kiss like a hobo cleaning out a margarine container.”

Over at Fox’s presentation, Jane Lynch … Read More »

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Last-Minute Fox Scheduling Buzz

By | Sunday May 16, 2010 @ 9:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

We’ll have Fox’s complete schedule tomorrow morning (make sure to check us out at 8:30AM ET/5:30AM PT when I will be posting it) but for the curious minds out there, here are some tidbits I heard today. It looks like the new Mitch Hurwitz/Will Arnett comedy Running Wilde will launch … Read More »

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By | Monday May 10, 2010 @ 3:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With the networks wrapping up their internal screenings, pilots are entering the final stretch when executives factor in testing and testing results as well as scheduling needs to make their picks for next fall. Here is the latest buzz on which pilots are still in contention:… Read More »

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Kristen Chenoweth Jumps To Defense Of ‘Promises, Promises’ Co-Star Sean Hayes After Newsweek’s Moronic Sexuality Slam

By | Monday May 10, 2010 @ 7:05am PDT
Mike Fleming

promises-promisesLast Friday was such a busy day that I didn’t get to a story that has Broadway buzzing, and not in a good way.  carried an “exclusive”  article which discussed the drawbacks of gay actors playing straight characters. The writer, … Read More »

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Andrea Wong Back On The Disney Lot

By | Wednesday April 28, 2010 @ 1:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A change-of-address email sent out Monday by Andrea Wong, the departing CEO and president of Lifetime Networks, got industry people buzzing about her future plans. Wong’s new office is in the Animation Building on the Disney lot, marking the former ABC top reality/late-night executive’s return to her old stomping grounds. … Read More »

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Sony Moves Up Kevin James’ ‘Zookeeper’

By | Tuesday April 27, 2010 @ 4:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

kevin-james-koqThe new date set by Sony’s Columbia Pictures for the comedy is now July 8th, 2011, not October 8, 2010 which MGM had originally slotted for it. The decision was made after a rousing test screening with “some of the highest … Read More »

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Broadway ‘Fences’ With Denzel Washington And Viola Davis Deserves Film Treatment; UPDATE: Denzel May Direct It

By | Tuesday April 27, 2010 @ 10:34am PDT
Mike Fleming

home-leftcopyUPDATE: Now I hear Denzel Washington is considering directing a film version of Fences. (Bravo!) The last time he helmed a pic was The Great Debaters in 2007 and, of course, Antwone Fisher in 2002. The toughest thing when great movie stars head … Read More »

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Paramount Moving ‘Up In The Air’ Wide Break From Xmas Day To December 23

By | Tuesday December 15, 2009 @ 2:07pm PST

paramountlogoEXCLUSIVE: After Up In The Air scored the most Golden Globes nominations (6) including best picture, actor, director, screenplay and two supporting actress mentions, Paramount wants to take advantage of the extraordinary buzz. So it’s moving up the Jason Reitman/George Clooney pic’s … Read More »

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UPDATE: First ‘Avatar’ Reviews Crashing Websites; Great Buzz On Blockbuster

By | Thursday December 10, 2009 @ 3:47pm PST

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BREAKING NEWS! So much for the accuracy of tracking. There’s obviously huge online curioisty about James Cameron’s 3-D latest. The Hollywood Reporter‘s glowing early review of Avatar released just now has crashed the trade paper’s website because of a Drudge Report … Read More »

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First Casualty Of Comcast/GE/NBCU Deal

By | Wednesday December 2, 2009 @ 8:35pm PST

It’s the well-liked Rick Olshansky, head of all business affairs for the NBCU TV studio and network and who reported to Marc Graboff. Not anymore. They let Olshansky go yesterday even though a long time was left on his contract. “He’s a really good guy who basically just got a bullet to the head,” one TV … Read More »

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SHOCKER! Carolina Lightcap Named President Of Disney Channels Worldwide; Heir Apparent Gary Marsh Passed Over

By | Tuesday November 24, 2009 @ 9:15am PST

disney channels logoUPDATE: Hollywood is buzzing this morning as Disney made another unexpected in-house management move. It had been assumed that Disney Channels Worldwide entertainment president Gary Marsh would take over from his boss Rich Ross to head the … Read More »

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‘Wolverine’ Easter Egg Hatches Spinoff

By | Tuesday May 5, 2009 @ 8:28pm PDT

I have to laugh that Variety is trumpeting 20th Century Fox “developing” a Deadpool spinoff starring Ryan Reynolds. Like duh. Everyone who saw one of the two Wolverine Easter eggs knows this. SPOILER ALERT (as I do my best geek impression): Even the critics screening back on April 29th featured a final post-credits … Read More »

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SHIP OF FOOLS: MPAA Uses Oscars To Boast About Runaway Production

By | Friday February 20, 2009 @ 12:09pm PST

The sad truth is that the new tax breaks agreed to by the California Legislature this week will just be used by the Hollywood studios to play one state off another since now lawmakers in 40 states have enacted some kind of filming incentives. This is driven home by today’s incredibly … Read More »

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‘Watchmen’ Getting Big Advance Buzz

By | Wednesday February 4, 2009 @ 6:32pm PST

It was easy to forget during all that legal warring between Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox over Watchman whether the movie would actually perform well at the box office. Now a new poll finds that Watchmen topped the … Read More »

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Sarah Palin Appearing On Saturday ‘SNL’

By | Friday October 17, 2008 @ 3:57pm PDT

It’s definite. More details if I get them. Remember to check here for the video.

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Paramount Delaying 2 Oscar-Buzzed Pics

By | Thursday October 16, 2008 @ 5:15pm PDT

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UPDATED WRITETHRU: There’s fallout today from Paramount’s newly announced decision to release 20 movies a year. Already bigwigs are shuffling the 2008-2009 release schedule — and that has Oscar ramifications for one pic. I can tell you that DreamWorks is … Read More »

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