Universal Reuniting Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass For Another Jason Bourne Film
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Bourne is coming back. Universal Pictures has begun making deals with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to reunite for their third film in The Bourne Identity series, sources tell me. This is an absolute stunner -- and Universal would not comment nor would the reps -- because Greengrass told Deadline as recently as last year that once Bourne regained his memory, there was no place else for the character to go creatively. His search formed the spine… Read
Machinima Names Daniel Tibbets Chief Content Officer
Machinima has named former Bunim-Murray Productions executive Daniel Tibbets as Chief Content Officer, a new role in the gamer-oriented online-video network. The move is one of several in a change-filled few months at Machinima, which this year has laid off much of its sales staff, seen several executives go and come and received an $18 million round of investment led by Warner Bros.
In the new role, Tibbets will be responsible for both programming strategy and building… Read
Los Angeles Mayor Courts Chinese Film And TV Production To Come To City
Ahead of the signing this week of a much-enlarged California production tax-incentive package, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told a conference of U.S. and Chinese film and TV executives that “Hollywood is open for business and we will roll out the red carpet” for projects that bolster the city's entertainment industry. It was mostly a feel-good speech before about 400 attendees at the U.S. China Film & Television Industry Expo, but a Garcetti spokesperson said afterward… Read
Jon Turteltaub Producing CBS Family Comedy
After taking a comedic turn in features with sleeper hit Last Vegas for CBS Films, Jon Turteltaub is doing the same on the TV side for the film studio's sibling CBS. Turteltaub, executive producer of CBS drama series Harper's Island and Jericho, is executive producing Letters To My Daughter's Future Therapist, a multi-camera/hybrid comedy, which has received a scripted commitment from the network.
Written/executive produced by Jordan Roter and produced by CBS TV Studios… Read
Hot Trailer: Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss In ‘Listen Up Philip’
Writer-director Alex Ross Perry's dark comedy premiered at Sundance, and Tribeca Film picked it up in June. Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Dree Hemingway and Jess Weixler star in the film about an author (Schwartzman) awaiting the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. Not all goes smoothly, however, as he his idol (Pryce) offers the writer his isolated summer home as a refuge. The pic from Washington… Read
Gerald McRaney Joins D.J. Caruso-Helmed ‘The Disappointments Room’
EXCLUSIVE: Gerald McRaney has joined the cast of Relativity's The Disappointments Room. Kate Beckinsale stars in the psychological thriller as a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room within the attic where unimaginable horrors are accidentally unlocked. I Am Number Four and Eagle Eye helmer D.J. Caruso rewrote and is directing from an original script by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who penned last year's gothic… Read
Net Neutrality Debate Generates Record 3M+ Comments, And Counting, At FCC
Comments will continue to flood into the FCC up to midnight ET, the deadline for public input on its controversial open Internet proposal. But at 3M this afternoon, the number of responses has more than doubled since late last week. And that lower number beat the record for FCC comments set after Janet Jackson's famous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show “wardrobe malfunction.” The FCC will continue to hear different views about its net neutrality policies at a series of… Read
Chiké Okonkwo Set For ‘Banshee’ Arc; Scott Glenn Joins ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’
Chiké Okonkwo has signed for a multiepisode arc on Cinemax's Banshee. He will play Lennox, a mysterious business associate of crime kingpin Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen). Anthony Starr and Ivana Milicevic also star in the series, which returns for Season 3 in 2015. Okonkwo co-starred in the BBC miniseries Paradox and recently wrapped a run in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Julius Caesar. He next appears in Stephen Frears' untitled Lance Armstrong biopic. The English actor… Read
UPDATE: FCC Weighs In On Local Broadcaster’s Rescue Of Dodgers For Stretch Run
UPDATE, 3:55 PM: "I'm pleased that now all Dodger fans will be able to join the excitement of watching the final regular season games in advance of the playoff race,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said this afternoon about Time Warner Cable's agreement wtih KDOC to broadcast Dodger games. ” The leadership of Representative Cárdenas and Mayor Garcetti kept this issue in the forefront and the FCC will continue to go to bat for consumers in resolving programming disputes. We… Read
Bonnie Hammer Re-Teams With Mentor Barry Diller On IAC Board
Should a corporate board, which is supposed to hold management accountable, include someone who considers the CEO to be her mentor? Governance experts can debate that after Barry Diller's e-commerce power, IAC, said today that directors elected NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer to the board. Her relationship with Diller goes back to 1997 when she was at USA — one of the many networks she now oversees — and he bought the company from Seagram's Edgar… Read
Box Office Final: ‘No Good Deed’ $24.2M; ‘Dolphin Tale 2′ $15.8M As ‘Guardians’ Passes $300M
5TH UPDATE, Monday, 3:18 PM: Screen Gems' thriller No Good Deed fell right in line with other distribs' estimates over the weekend to end the three-day at $24.2M, while Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment's Dolphin Tale 2 just fell short of $16M to gross a total cume of $15.8M; it was a softer-than-hoped-for opening for the sequel to the 2011 family film, which bowed to $19M on its way for a $95M worldwide haul). Chernin Entertainment's crime drama The Drop ended the weekend… Read
‘Bill Maher: Live From DC’ HBO’s Most Watched Comedy Special In 5 Years
Bill Maher: Live From DC became HBO's most watched comedy special in nearly five years, when 1.1 million people watched at 10 PM and a second played cumed it out at 1.6 million Friday night.
That makes it HBO's most-watched comedy special premiere since Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction logged 1.9 million viewers on December 6, 2009.
Maher kicked off the night with the return of his HBO series, Real Time with Bill Maher; live from Washington. That 9 PM… Read