UPDATE: CNN Fires Back At GOP Over Hillary Clinton Docu & Debate Threat

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT

UPDATED, 1 PM: CNN says that the Republican National Committee are making “premature decisions” about CNN Films upcoming Hillary Clinton documentary. The cable news network says the GOP body are also performing “the ultimate disservice to voters” in threatening to pull out of debates that the network either sponsors or partners on. The news network’s statement today came after the RNC said that it would take a vote next week to pull out of any 2016 primary debates including CNN and NBC over their respective projects about the assumed Presidential candidate. RNC chief Reince Priebus said that the networks were acting as “Hillary Clinton campaign operatives” in producing the projects. In his letter Monday to CNN’s Jeff Zucker, Priebus wrote that “your credibility as a supposedly unbiased news network will most certainly be jeopardized by the decision to show political favoritism and a produce an extended commercial for Secretary Clinton’s nascent campaign.” CNN’s doc is scheduled to come out theatrically and then on the network in 2014. NBC Entertainment boss Bob Greenblatt said on July 27 that the Peacock would be making a four-hour miniseries with Diane Lane starring as Clinton. Check out CNN’s full statement on the matter after the jump:

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TCA: NBC Developing Hillary Clinton Miniseries Starring Diane Lane, ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ & Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

At the top of NBC‘s TCA presentation, entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that it has put in development four event series/miniseres as part of … Read More »

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Toronto: ‘West Of Memphis’ Helmer Amy Berg Gets Diane Lane And Elizabeth Banks For ‘Every Secret Thing’

By | Sunday September 9, 2012 @ 4:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Amy Berg, who had Johnny Depp and Natalie Maines on hand here to launch her latest documentary West Of Memphis, will next helm Every Secret Thing, a Nicole Holofcener-scripted drama that will star Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks.

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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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First Look At Henry Cavill As ‘Man Of Steel’

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros today released a first photo of British actor Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel, the franchise reboot that’s being directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan. Cavill stars with Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Julia Ormond, Russell Crowe, Chris Meloni, … Read More »

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Superman Won’t Soar Again Until Summer 2013

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros has pulled The Man of Steel from a planned late 2012 release date and has slotted it to open wide on June 14, 2013 release. The Zack Snyder-directed reboot of the Superman franchise feels like a summer film … Read More »

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Julia Ormond In Talks To Play Superman’s Mom

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Zack Snyder are in talks with Julia Ormond to play Superman’s Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van, in Man of Steel. I expect the deal to make shortly. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of  Jor-El, the … Read More »

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Superman Takes Villain Focus: Michael Shannon Contender

Mike Fleming

After setting Henry Cavill for the lead role, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner for Ma and Pa Kent, Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and director Zack Snyder are working on a villain for Superman: Man of Steel. I’m … Read More »

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Kevin Costner Set For ‘Superman: Man Of Steel’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: It’s all over but the press release! Almost a month after Deadline revealed that Kevin Costner was in early talks for a lead role in Superman: Man of Steel, I hear that he has closed a deal to … Read More »

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Warner Bros Sets Diane Lane For Superman’s Adopted Mother, Martha Kent

By | Wednesday March 2, 2011 @ 7:22pm PST
Mike Fleming

BURBANK, CA, March 2, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Oscar®-nominated actress Diane Lane will play Martha Kent, the only mother Clark Kent has ever known, in the new Superman movie to be directed

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Can ‘Secretariat’ Blindside Oscar Favorites?

Pete Hammond

This same time last year, no one was seriously considering the awards prospects of a little Deep South sports-themed movie called The Blind Side. Not even after I saw the film at a small screening on the Warner Bros lot and wrote in early November 2009 that I thought Sandra Bullock  would, against all expectations at the time, become a major Oscar contender. Instead, commenters and bloggers vilified my prediction. Of course, she not only went on to win, the film received a Best Picture nomination. Now everyone in Oscar punditry is looking for the “next Blind Side” with many eyes focused on the feel-good Disney sports drama, Secretariat that was sneaked last weekend to pump up word of mouth and tracking before its Friday opening. In many ways, the comparisons are apt. Both are true stories about one woman’s singular cause: taking an athlete  from rags to riches. In this case, though, that athlete is a horse and the woman is owner Penny Chenery played by Diane Lane who, unlike Bullock at this point, has already made several  potential Best Actress nominee short lists. And, with 10 nominees to pick for Best Picture,  the “Blind Side slot” for an old-fashioned feel-good movie the Academy falls for as much as the general public, even if critics don’t, is not out of the question for a crowd pleaser like Secretariat. Providing it is first able to achieve hit status at the box office. Its Rotten Tomatoes rating currently stands at 63% fresh and Roger Ebert has called it “a great movie” although the basic critical consensus is mixed, just as it was for Blind Side. Hip factor and critics aside though, the Academy has already shown a predilection for this particular type of “stand up and cheer” movie by nominating Universal’s Seabiscuit for 7 Oscars including Best Pic in 2003 and that was when there were just a measly 5 nominees.

Secretariat director Randall Wallace has previous Oscar experience: he was a screenwriting nominee for the 1995 Best Picture winner Braveheart and is not drawing comparisons. “The Academy has a mind of its own. It’s interesting the whole notion of what makes something Oscar-worthy,” he told me in a phone conversation yesterday. “I’m in the Academy and my criteria has to do with how it affects my heart and whether something is authentic. I don’t know whether Braveheart was thought to be a frontrunner or a dark horse, but you don’t make these movies with the idea of winning awards. You win awards for making a powerful movie.” Read More »

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Frances McDormand Playing Producer Role

By | Tuesday August 10, 2010 @ 4:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Appearing in a new role–producer–Frances McDormand has set at HBO a potential series adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout novel Olive Kitteridge. Separately, she has attached Diane Lane to star in a Nicole Holofcener-scripted feature adaptation of Laura … Read More »

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