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Chris Pine, Lauren Ambrose Out Of ‘Fool For Love’; Sam Rockwell, Nina Arianda Set For Williamstown Revival

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 6:31am PDT

Chris Pine, Lauren Ambrose Out Of ‘Fool For Love’; Sam Rockwell, Nina Arianda Set For Williamstown RevivalEXCLUSIVE: I hear that the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s eagerly anticipated revival of Fool For Love is about to undergo a key casting switch: Out are leads Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit; Cinderella’s Prince in Disney’s upcoming bowdlerization of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under; USA Network’s upcoming Dig); in are Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) playing opposite Tony winner Nina Arianda (a sensation in Venus In Fur whose upcoming films include The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Barry Levinson’s The Humbling).

Image (1) nina-arianda__120730183611-275x195.jpg for post 309834Rockwell and Arianda play former lovers Eddie and May in Sam Shepard’s ferocious 1983 drama, in which the exes rock’n’sock it out in a Mojave Desert motel room. The 1985 Robert Altman film version starred Shepard and Kim Basinger. The Williamstown cast also features Christopher Abbott and Gordon Joseph Weiss. Directing is the extraordinarily gifted Daniel Aukin, who previously staged Shepard’s Heartless at New York’s Signature Theatre as  well as Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles for Lincoln Center Theater and the hit black comedy Bad Jews for the Roundabout Theatre Company.
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Golden Globe Awards Nominations: ‘12 Years A Slave’ & ‘American Hustle’ Lead Pack (Full List)

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 5:18am PST

golden globeUPDATED WITH FULL LIST: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards this morning at the Beverly Hilton. Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde handled the unveiling of names and titles in 25 film and TV categories after being introduced by new HFPA president Theo Kingma. Following today’s announcement, the HFPA will mail out final ballots to members December 23 (since it’s a slow time at the U.S. Postal Service?), with votes due back January 8. Winners will be announced during the Golden Globes ceremony January 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton, aired live on broadcast partner NBC and hosted for a second consecutive year by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The duo’s well-received debut as hosts last year helped the show draw 19.7 million total viewers, a 17% jump over the year before, and a 6.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, a 20% bump — 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominationsthe best in both metrics in six years — that all but assured the pair’s return trip. One who won’t be there next month: Woody Allen, who said he would not attend to receive his 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award. Instead, his longtime co-star Diane Keaton will accept on his behalf. Last year’s ceremony also saw eventual Oscar winner Argo selected Best Motion Picture Drama (though Les Miserables won the most film awards with three), while on the TV side Homeland won Best Drama and Girls took Best Comedy.The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries and is produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA. Here is the full list of nominees:

Related: Golden Globes Nominees: Scorecard

Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Productions and River Road Entertainment; Fox Searchlight Pictures
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
Warner Bros. Pictures / Esperanto Filmoj / Heyday Films; Warner Bros. Pictures
Pathe, BBC Films, BFI, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow/Magnolia Mae; The Weinstein Company
Universal Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Revolution Films; Universal Pictures

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
Warner Bros. Pictures / Annapurna Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
Mike Zoss Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Studio Canal; CBS Films
Paramount Vantage; Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures; Paramount Pictures

Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Francis Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment, A Chris Meledandri Production; Universal Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

Quat’sous Films; IFC Films
Indigo Film, Medusa Film, BABE Films; Janus Films
THE HUNT (Denmark)
Zentropa Entertainment; Magnolia Pictures
Memento Films Production, France 3 Cinema, BIM Distribuzione; Sony Pictures Classics
Studio Ghibli; Touchstone Pictures

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope & Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Eric Warren Singer & David O Russell, American Hustle

Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years A Slave

“Atlas”, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Music by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
Lyrics by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
“Let It Go”, Frozen
Music by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Ordinary Love”, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Music by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Burton
Lyrics by: Bono
“Please Mr Kennedy”, Inside Llewyn Davis
Music by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Lyrics by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
“Sweeter Than Fiction”, One Chance
Music by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff
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Deadline Awards Watch 52: The Where’s The Independent Spirit? Episode

Pete Hammond

Deadline Awards Watch episode 52Listen to (and share) episode 52 of our audio podcast “Deadline Awards Watch, with Pete Hammond.”

Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, which feature plenty of Oscar contenders, and perhaps not enough truly spirited indie films; a Q&A with Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis, which picked up several of those Spirit Award nods; and a splashy first public screening for David O. Russell’s latest awards season entry, American Hustle, featuring top-notch performances — particularly by Jennifer Lawrence.

They also talk about Oscar rules changes that could make a difference for better known films in the foreign-language and animation categories, and a Golden Globes rule decision that leaves one fantastic disembodied voice just plain dissed.

Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s new movies, including old-school crime drama Homefront, with horror film Oldboy. They also discuss Black Nativity, a holiday musical with yet another fine ensemble cast of African-American actors led this time by Oscar winners Forrest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson, part of an unusually large spate of successful, often critically lauded films targeting black audiences over the past few months.

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DVR Owners Don’t Zap TV Ads For Upcoming Movies: Study

TV advertisers become depressed when the conversation turns to DVRs, which give viewers the power to record shows and then speed through the commercials. But movie theaters and studios have less to fear than just about everyone else according to a new online survey of 1,500 moviegoers by Worldwide Motion Picture Group. Read More »

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Doris Day To Receive Career Achievement Honor From L.A. Film Critics

By | Saturday October 29, 2011 @ 1:03pm PDT

Doris Day, the actress whose girl-next-door image helped her to become a  huge Hollywood box office draw in the 1950s and ’60s, has been named to receive this year’s Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Although Day stopped acting in the mid-1970s and became a high-profile animal rights advocate, she cultivated a reputation as Hollywood’s virginal sweetheart in a series of romantic comedies including, from 1959, Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson (for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar) and That Touch of Mink (1962). The versatile Day also starred in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much as well as her own network sitcom (The Doris Day Show, 1968-73) before abruptly leaving the business. Previous recipients of LAFCA’s Career Achievement Award include Paul Mazursky, Jerry Lewis, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Richard Widmark, Robert Mulligan, Arthur Penn, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Ennio Morricone and Conrad L. Hall. Day is the first woman to be honored since Dede Allen in 1999.

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‘The Artist’ & ‘Hard Times: Lost On Long Island’ Take Top Prizes At Hamptons Film Fest

By | Sunday October 16, 2011 @ 4:18pm PDT

The Artist from director Michel Hazanavicius earned the Audience Award (Narrative) while Marc Levin’s Hard Times: Lost on Long Island was honored with the Audience Award (Documentary) to pace winners at the 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival announced tonight. Also taking home an Audience Award was Two’s a Crowd from directors Jim Isler and Tom Isler (for Best Short), while The Fairy – directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon — was selected as winner of the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award. The Golden Starfish for Best Documentary went to Fellipe Barbosa’s Laura. Other winners included: The Strange Ones, from directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein (Short Documentary Jury Winner); Without, from director Mark Jackson (Kodak Award for Best Cinematography and the Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award); and You’ve Been Trumped, from director Anthony Baxter (Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice). The Narrative Jury also awarded a special jury mention to Joshua Marton’s The Forgiveness of Blood. Read More »

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Shirley MacLaine To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award On June 7th

By | Sunday October 9, 2011 @ 12:33pm PDT

Shirley MacLaine has been named the 40th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. The 77-year-old MacLaine will receive the tribute during a gala ceremony next June 7 that will be broadcast later that month on TV Land. In announcing the selection, AFI board of trustees chair Howard Stringer said, “Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades. From ingenue to screen legend, Shirley has entertained a global audience through song, dance, laughter and tears, and her career as writer, director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents.” The 1984 Oscar winner as Best Actress for Terms of Endearment is being honored by AFI four years after her younger brother Warren Beatty was in 2008.

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Summit Adds Pair to 2012 Release Slate

By | Thursday May 5, 2011 @ 1:42pm PDT

Summit Entertainment announced today that said its action thriller The Cold Light of Day, starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, will open wide April 6, 2012. Intrepid principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce, and Steven Zaillian, Kevin Mann, Matthew Perniciaro and Scott Wiper will executive produce. Spanish producer Galavis Film will co-produce, and Galavis principal Jesus Martinez also will exec produce.

The distributor also said its Amanda Seyfried-starring thriller Gone has been slated for wide release on Feb. 24, 2012. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Sidney Kimmel; Chris Salvaterra and Dan Abrams also will produce.

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UPDATE: Hold Off On The Retirement Party! Steven Soderbergh Takes On New Pic Inspired by Channing Tatum’s Stripper Days

By | Friday April 29, 2011 @ 10:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: If Steven Soderbergh really is determined to retire from filmmaking, he’s not doing a very good job of it. He’s been so prolific lately that he’s like the Natalie Portman of directors. Now, he has just committed to direct Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, a story of friendship set in the world of male strippers. Tatum plays the title character, who schools a young dancer in how to hustle on and off the stage. It’s a wild summer of dancing, partying and women. The inspiration for the film is Channing’s own experiences as a stripper when he was 19. Nick Wechsler is producing with Gregory Jacobs, Tatum and Reid Carolin. Carolin is writing the script.

“When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I’d ever heard for a movie,” Soderbergh said in a statement. “I said I wanted in immediately. It’s sexy, funny and shocking. We’re using Saturday Night Fever as our model, so hopefully we’re on the right track.” Read More »

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Hollywood & Religion: More Controversy To Come If New Films Anger The Faithful

Mike Fleming

Easter Sunday seems an appropriate time to focus on Hollywood’s treatment of the subject matter of religion. When it comes to making movies from various Biblical interpretations, conventional wisdom says stick close to scripture and the faithful will flock. Mel Gibson hewed closely to the New Testament with 2004′s The Passion of the Christ and the film grossed over $600 million worldwide to become the largest independent film of its day and the top-grossing non-English language film ever. But veering from that strategy can do more than alienate that audience segment as Universal Pictures found out when Martin Scorsese filmed 1988′s controversial and in some eyes blasphemous The Last Temptation of Christ from Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel and angry protesters were dragging crosses in front of the home of MCA Universal head Lew Wasserman. Have things changed since then?

Several filmmakers hope so because they are making movies that challenge faith tradions. These projects are very different from, say, big projects that include Fox’s stylized retelling of Moses leading the Israelite exodus out of Egypt, or Bedrock Films’ $30 million 3D reimagining of the story of creation as depicted in the Book of Genesis. But all of the following daring projects can take encouragement from The Book Of Mormon, the first Broadway musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker who teamed with Robert Lopez on the skewed look at the Mormon faithful. The result is a smash hit Tony Awards contender playing … Read More »

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Ryan Gosling In The Mix For Disney’s ‘Lone Ranger’

According to sources, Ryan Gosling is one of several actors being eyed for the title role in Disney’s The Lone Ranger, the Gore Verbinski-directed update of the classic Western franchise that already has locked in Johnny Depp for the role of Tonto. The Oscar-nominated Gosling is starring in 2012′s Logan’s Run redo and the just-announced Gangster Squad in 2013, both for Warner Bros.

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Nina Dobrev Goes From ‘Vampire Diaries’ To ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’

EXCLUSIVE: As Deadline told you, Summit Entertainment post-Twilight Saga is continuing to bet heavily on books for its future franchises. Most are conducive to young casts. Now I can report that another young actress to watch is making the transition from TV to movies: CW’s The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev has been cast as Candace in the film based on Stephen Chbosky’s novel The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which the author is adapting for Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson and Logan Lerman as well as Paul Rudd. This was a much sought-after lead role. The 22-year-old Bulgarian-Canadian actress played Mia Jones, the single teenage mother, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show’s 6th to 9th season. She currently plays Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on The Vampire Diaries and won the ”Young Hollywood Making Their Mark” category at the 12th Annual Young Hollywood Awards. (Disclosure: these awards are owned by my parent company PMC).

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Doug Aarniokoski To Helm ‘The Nurse 3D’ For Lionsgate

By | Friday April 15, 2011 @ 7:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has set Doug Aarniokoski to direct The Nurse 3D, a genre film that will shoot this summer. The plot: a smoking hot nurse with emotional baggage tends to the sick by day, but uses her charms to seduce and then murder philandering men. Aarniokoski is in postproduction on The Day, an indie that stars Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan and Ashley Bell. He also signed to helm The Black Phantom for Screen Gems after serving as second unit director on Takers and Resident Evil: Extinction. The director’s repped by WME and Principato Young.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

A second trailer for Universal’s summer tentpole Cowboys & Aliens came out today. The Jon Favreau-directed sci-fi Western, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, opens July 29.

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MGM Re-Ups DVD Deal With Fox Through 2016

Mike Fleming

One day after making a deal to co-finance the next two James Bond films and other feature films over the next five years, MGM chiefs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum solidified another piece of the reawakening studio’s puzzle by renewing its DVD deal with Fox through 2016. Here’s the official announcement:

LOS ANGELES, CA April 14, 2011 – MGM announced today that the company has renewed its worldwide Blu-ray Disc and DVD distribution pact with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment through 2016. As part of the new agreement, Fox will now oversee electronic-sell-through for MGM titles and will continue to handle MGM’s vast and extensive movie and television library, as well as distribute several upcoming new release productions in the home entertainment market, including the next JAMES BOND film, set for global theatrical release on November 9, 2012.”

“Twentieth Century Fox is a valued partner that has taken great care of the MGM library for many years with the highest degree of integrity,” said Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of MGM. “They are a tremendous asset to the studio as we look towards the future.”

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Relativity Acquires ‘House At The End Of The Street’

Mike Fleming

Relativity Media bought U.S. distribution rights to House at the End of the Street, the Mark Tonderai-directed drama that stars Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Theriot. The film’s about a mother and daughter who move into a new community and find themselves next door to a house in which a psychotic young girl murdered her parents. Locals insist the girl vanished, but when the newcomer befriends the surviving son, there’s trouble. FilmNation is handling distribution outside the U.S.

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Lionsgate Acquires U.S. Rights To Barry Levinson Thriller ‘The Bay’

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 12:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Lionsgate picked up U.S. distribution rights to the Barry Levinson-directed eco-horror film The Bay from Alliance Films. Michael Wallach wrote the script, and among the producers is the Paranormal Activity team. The pic chronicles a biological disaster unleashed from the waters in Chesapeake Bay. It’s an isopod parasite that carries an untreatable disease that jumps from fish to human hosts. ICM and CAA packaged the film.

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Scott Free Lands Sharon Maguire To Helm ‘Fly Me To The Moon’

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 12:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Bridget Jones’s Diary helmer Sharon Maguire has signed on with Scott Free to direct her scripted adaptation of Fly Me To The Moon, based on the Alyson Noel novel. The book takes a Bridget Jones-like approach to the misadventures of a young flight attendant looking for sex, love and hopefully the chance to find herself, in the bustling world of international travel. Giannina Facio is producing for Scott Free, and Ridley and Tony Scott are exec producing.

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Cosmopolitan Mag Signs With Mosaic

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 12:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Cosmopolitan Magazine has formed a creative partnership with management/production company Mosaic, designed to expand the womens’ magazine brand into scripted and non-scripted film and television. Part of that will be hatching option deals for articles in the Hearst-owned magazine that has a 3 million monthly circulation. Numerous magazines and book publishers have aligned with managers and agents to participate in movie projects like The New York Times, which has had ICM broker 30 deals in four years. The knee-jerk suspicion would be to wonder if we’ll be seeing movies like 75 Sex Moves Men Crave, which is the lead cover line of the May issue. Actually, Cosmo editor Kate White said the priority is exploiting the brand more than the articles.

“We get asked often to be involved in a variety of different shows,” she told Deadline. “I wanted to avoid a scattershot approach and come up with an umbrella strategy. Mosiac has great connections with actors, writers and producers to help us come up with scripted and unscripted programming opportunities for a brand that is iconic.” Mosaic recently made a deal to create programming with Mark Burnett, who just signed a deal with Hearst. Cosmo will be steered by Mosaic’s Dave Fleming, who is exec producer with Burnett on the new VH1 series Audrina.

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