Diane Keaton To Accept Woody Allen’s Cecil B. DeMille Award At Golden Globes

Nellie Andreeva

woody-allen-diane-keatonEXCLUSIVE: Last week, we scooped that  Woody Allen would not attend the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards on  January 12 where he will be the recipient of the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Now … Read More »

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UPDATE: Haim Saban Praises Obama’s Middle East Policy At Fundraiser

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 10:37pm PST

Power Rangers billionaire and staunch Israel supporter Haim Saban tonight offered strong support to President Obama for his efforts to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and his recent initiative in negotiations with Iran. “We’re out of Iraq, we’re out of Afghanistan and the military and intelligence cooperation with Israel — our staunchest ally in the Middle East, arguably in the world, has never been deeper and the president’s commitment to Israel’s security has never been stronger,” Saban said in his introduction to Obama’s remarks tonight at his Beverly Hills home, according to White House pool reports. “And “If Iran is at the negotiating table today, make no mistake about it, it is only because of President Obama’s resolve in striking them with the most crippling sanctions ever.” The event was the second fundraiser of the night for Obama and the first Saban has hosted for the President directly. (He’d hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton last month.) About 120 people attended tonight’s dinner — including Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Warner Bros’ Barry Meyer and wife Wendy, and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos — with tickets going for $16,200 each. (Read an edited and condensed version of the White House Pool report and official WH Press Office remarks from both of tonight’s fundraisers below.)

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Earlier in the evening, Obama was the headliner at a fundraiser at Magic Johnson’s Beverly Hills house. About 160 people including Samuel L. Jackson and Diane Keaton paid $2,500-$15,000 a ticket hear the commander-in-chief speak at the reception. Tomorrow morning the president will be attending a $32,400-per-guest breakfast event at the home of Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman (take a look at the original invite here). After that, he will visit and give a speech on the economy and the entertainment industry at big donor Jeffrey Katzenberg‘s DreamWorks Animation HQ, as well as meeting with studio bosses. Obama’s Southland visit, his first since August, is partially a makeup for a planned swing in September that was scrapped because of the Syria crisis.

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Cannes: Morgan Freeman And Diane Keaton To Star In Comedy ‘Life Itself’

Myriad Pictures has tapped Richard Loncraine to direct Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton in Life Itself, a comedy based on the Jill Ciment novel Heroic Measures. Charlie Peters wrote the screenplay, about a long-married NY couple who find themselves swept into an emotional and comical real estate bidding war when they put their beloved downtown apartment on the market — and must come to terms with the possibility of moving from the home where they have spent most of their adult lives. Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment will produce with Latitude Productions. McCreary, Curtis Burch, Peters and Tracy Mercer are producing, and Freeman will executive produce. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico and David Ducar negotiated international sales rights to the film and the company is introducing the project at Cannes. Its slate here includes Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes starring Kaya Scodelario and Jessica Biel; The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him And Her with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy; Life Partners with Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, and Gillian Jacobs; and the Derek Martini-directed The Curse Of Downers Grove with Bella Heathcote, Lucas Till and Kevin Zegers. CAA and WME Global co-rep North American rights to Life Itself. Read More »

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AFM: Michael Douglas And Diane Keaton Aligned With ‘And So It Goes…’

By | Thursday October 18, 2012 @ 10:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton are attached to star in And So It Goes…, a comedy scripted by As Good As It Gets writer Mark Andrus and … Read More »

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Lawrence Kasdan’s Directing Return: “Hollywood Has Turned Their Back On This Kind Of Movie”

By | Friday April 20, 2012 @ 12:24pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Lawrence Kasdan has done something he never dreamed of: He’s gone indie and he doesn’t think he’s going back. The four-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter of such blockbusters as The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Bodyguard and Raiders Of The Lost Ark and writer-director of such acclaimed films as Body Heat, The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist, Silverado and Grand Canyon among others is back with Darling Companion. It’s his first new film in nine years (since 2003′s ill-fated Dreamcatcher) and the first time in a 30-plus-year career that he has worked without a net. A studio-bred filmmaker from the beginning, Kasdan says no studio would go near his latest project, co-written with wife of 40 years Meg Kasdan, and he totally gets it. That’s why at age 62 he decided he had to go it alone because Companion, aimed at older audiences the same age as its director, has got to be a true gem (considering the multi-Oscared cast) and rich, if rare, entertainment for that largely forgotten sector of the audience the industry routinely dismisses — and who can’t find anything to see starring people their own age. This kind of smart (by design), sophisticated adult comedy rarely comes along these days unless it’s got Woody Allen’s name on it, and even those are mostly populated with younger actors.

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Robert Redford, Diane Keaton Eyeing ‘The Most Wonderful Time’ At Relativity Media

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 11:31am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media is acquiring The Most Wonderful Time, a holiday comedy package built around a Steven Rogers script that has Robert Redford and Diane Keaton circling to star, and … Read More »

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HAMMOND: Will A PBS Documentary Help Put Woody Allen In The Forefront Of The Oscar Race Again?

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 1:50pm PST
Pete Hammond

Can a PBS documentary actually have a major impact on this year’s Oscar race?

That’s the question I asked writer-director-producer Robert Weide, whose two-part American Masters portrait of Woody Allen begins airing on PBS stations November 20-21. Of course this is perfect timingRead More »

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Ayelet Zurer Replacing Julia Ormond As Superman’s Krypton Mom

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Superman is getting a new mom. Ayelet Zurer, the Israeli actress who starred in Angels & Demons and who played the wife of Avner (Eric Bana) in Munich, has been set to play the role of Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s … Read More »

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HBO Back In Business With Diane Keaton With New Talent Deal

By | Wednesday August 24, 2011 @ 5:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO is high on getting a show with Diane Keaton on the air. Following the pay cable network’s decision not to go forward with the dark comedy pilot Tilda, which starred the Oscar winner, HBO has quietly … Read More »

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Lionsgate Acquires U.S. And UK Distribution For ‘The Big Wedding’

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. and UK rights to the ensemble comedy The Big Wedding, and has set an Oct. 19, 2012 release for the Nu Image/Millennium Films pic that stars Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton as a long-divorced couple … Read More »

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Topher Grace Heads ‘Gently Down The Stream’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace will star in Gently Down The Stream, which Justin Zackham is directing from his script for Millennium Films/Nu Image. He joins Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried. Grace will play Jared, the … Read More »

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HBO Not Going Ahead With ‘Tilda’ Comedy

Nellie Andreeva

HBO has passed on the comedy pilot Tilda, which starred Diane Keaton as a powerful and reclusive Hollywood blogger (not unlike Deadline’s Nikki Finke). The hot pilot had a great pedigree – co-written by Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort, directed … Read More »

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Ed Harris, Diane Keaton Share ‘Look Of Love’

By | Tuesday February 8, 2011 @ 6:50pm PST
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA (February 8, 2011) – Guy East (Chairman) and Alex Walton (President) of Exclusive Films International (“EFI”), the International sales and marketing arm of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”), announced today that they have acquired all international sales rights to Arie Posin’s THE LOOK OF LOVE, which will

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Three Join HBO’s ‘Tilda’ As Exec Producers

Nellie Andreeva

HBO has yet to make a decision whether it will pick up comedy pilot Tilda to series but it has put in place a team in case it does. Six Feet Under alum Alan Poul has come on board … Read More »

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Kasdan Starts Pic, Gutierrez Finishes Pic

By | Wednesday September 22, 2010 @ 8:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

Nice to see Larry Kasdan will be back behind the camera directing Darling Companion, an indie that stars Diane Keaton as a wife who loves her dog more than her husband, and Kasdan regular Kevin Kline as the husband who … Read More »

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