A24 Films will release two of its brood this weekend including Harmony Korine’s anticipated Selena Gomez/Vanessa Hudgens/James Franco starrer Spring Breakers, which had its U.S. debut this past week at the SXSW Film Festival. The new distribution company will also roll out Ginger & Rosa, although it sees the titles as appealing to different audiences. Also in this weekend’s specialty slate is Millennium Films’ Kirsten Dunst starrer Upside Down, which may had the largest number of opening cities among the limited release debuts, though it will still be under a dozen runs. And Oscilloscope’s Reality has a unique story of its own, with a convicted prisoner as a star — filmmaker Matteo Garone made an arrangement with Italy’s prison system.
Director-writer: Harmony Korine
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, James Franco, Rachel Korine
Distributor: A24 Films
Spring Breakers had a lively U.S. debut at the SXSW Film Festival ahead of its theatrical run which begins this week. Described as the “most accessible” of veteran indie director Harmony Korine’s career to date by some festival-goers, the title debuted in Venice and Toronto last Fall. Newcomer distributor A24 Films became involved with the feature in November. “Spring Breakers is, initially, for a younger audience and, frankly, anyone looking for something a little different,” noted A24′s David Fenkel. The crime-comedy centers on four college girls who end up in jail after robbing a restaurant to finance their spring break vacation, but find themselves bailed out by a drug-and-weapons heavy who wants them to do some more dirty work. Read More »
When looking over this year’s nominees for the reality-competition Emmy, the saying “Been there, done that” might come to mind, were it not for one glaring omission and one shining inclusion. For the first time since the category was created in 2003, Fox’s American Idol did not make the cut, and, in its place, NBC’s The Voice did.
Still, when the statuette is handed out–considering that CBS’ The Amazing Race has lost only once in the last nine years–another saying might seem apropos: The more things change, the more they stay the same. While you draw your own conclusions, here’s our assessment of the nominees and their chances:
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Matteo Garrone’s Cannes competition film Reality, his first feature since 2008’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Gomorrah. Oscilloscope will take the film to additional festivals this fall with a theatrical, DVD, and digital release … Read More »
On the third day of the Cannes Film Festival it was a day for familiar names taking the spotlight on the famed Palais steps. First up tonight was the return of DreamWorks Animation. One way or another DreamWorks Animation honcho … Read More »
Fox’s reality guru Mike Darnell is closing in on a 20-year anniversary at the network. Darnell has inked a new three-year contract to continue as president of alternative programming. That will bring his tenure at Fox to a whooping 19 years. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Reality powerhouse A&E has teamed with Ryan Seacrest and top British self-help guru Paul McKenna for a new reality project, tentatively titled The Incurables. I hear the cable network, home of such docu series about afflictions as Intervention,Obsessed and Hoarders, has ordered a pilot for The Incurables, which … Read More »
Jason Hervey and Eric Bischoff’s reality production company Bischoff Hervey Entertainment TV has signed an overall international distribution deal with Shine International, which will handle distribution for BHE TV’s formats. Shine International already distributes BHE TV’s CMT series Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which as been sold in more than 20 … Read More »
Bravo’s new series “Bethenny Getting Married?” last night scored the highest-rated series premiere on the network ever, averaging 2.1 million total viewers, 1.35 million of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. Meanwhile, the Bravo series that spun off Bethenny, The Real Housewives of New York City, averaged 2.24 million viewers, … Read More »
Reality producer Louis Boyd has joined CBS as VP alternative programming. He will be involved in developing new alternative programs, including reality and game shows, and in overseeing CBS’ current slate of reality series, reporting to EVP alternative programming … Read More »
Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of the TV company which makes The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent over here, is leaving after five years in the job. Heggessey, who was controller of BBC1 before becoming CEO of Talkback Thames in … Read More »
LOS ANGELES – June 8, 2010 – 3 Ball Prods./Eyeworks USA CEOs JD Roth and Todd Nelson today announced the promotions of two key executives: COO Ross Weintraub has been named Managing Director, Eyeworks Distribution, adding to his day-to-day finance and operations responsibilities the oversight of worldwide distribution for
Simon Cowell says he is “excited” about creating a worldwide talent show pitting winners of his Got Talent franchise against each other. Such a show would draw on the winners and runners-up from some of the 36 countries that televise the format. It would be broadcast to an international audience … Read More »
VH1 has renewed freshman reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, Basketball Wives and What Chilli Wants for a second season. All fall under VH1’s core celebreality genre. A Family Business stars singers and siblings Brandy and Ray J Norwood, What Chilli Wants stars former TLC member Rozonda … Read More »
BBC America is venturing into original entertainment programming with a 10-episode order to a U.S. version of Come Dine With Me, a reality competition cooking show from ITV Studios. The show, about amateur chefs competing for the title of the ultimate dinner party, will also be broadcast internationally on BBC … Read More »
The upcoming 12th season of Big Brother will premiere July 8 and will once again be hosted by Julie Chen and broadcast three times a week. There is one small difference: this year, the three editions will run Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8 PM. The Wednesday show represents a … Read More »
Paula Abdul is off the market, at least for now. The former American Idol judge has signed on as executive producer, lead judge and “creative partner” for CBS’ new dancing reality-competition Got To Dance. She had been courted for numerous gigs since quitting Idol last summer, including to topline a … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I hear Lifetime’s new president and general manager Nancy Dubuc is close to greenlighting One Born Every Minute, a documentary-style reality series from Reveille, which is executive produced by Elisabeth Murdoch, CEO of Reveille’s parent company Shine.
UPDATE 8PM:Reality producer and murder suspect Bruce Beresford-Redman has no involvement in Shedding to the Wedding. He, along with former producing partner at Mindcrime Rick Hurvitz, pitched the idea to CW months ago when Biggest Loser producer David Broome was brought in to execute it. After … Read More »