March 2010 Archive

Box Office

Ashley Tisdale Broadway-Bound As Sharpay In 'High School Musical' Spinoff

I'm surprised that Ashley Tisdale is coming back to The Disney Channel in a High School Musical spinoff when all the news reports about her kept saying she was done playing Sharpay Evans and looking to go edgy as a pop star. But here she is, starring in the Disney Channel original movie slated for a 2011 premiere, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, according to today's announcement. Granted, Ashley will exec produce as well as star in the bound-for-Broadway tale (who arrived… Read

Assoc Of Media Composers & Lyricists Exit

I just received official notification that, on April 1st, Alan Elliott is resigning from the Organizing Committee of the Association of Media Composers and Lyricists “after four years of dedicated service in advancing our unionization efforts” with Teamsters Local 399. “The Organizing Committee, in recognition of his many contributions in helping to bring composers and lyricists together with the Teamsters, thanks Alan for his devoted service. Signed, Bruce Broughton, Ray… Read

Stone, DiCaprio on 'Deep Blue Goodbye'?

While Leonardo DiCaprio is likely to next star in the Clint Eastwood'-directed Hoover, he's also eyeing another A-list filmmaker for a different screen vehicle. DiCaprio's having early talks with Oliver Stone to direct The Deep Blue Good-By, an adaptation of the John D. MacDonald mystery novel series. DiCaprio and his Appian Way' cohort  Jennifer Davisson-Killoran are producing with Amy Robinson and Peter Chernin. Dana Stevens and Kario Salem wrote the script. The project… Read

Miramax Bids Deadline Delayed To April 5; But Who's Out, Still In, And Why…

UPDATED: The deadline had been March 31st and then April 1st and now April 5th. So here's the latest: Disney just a few months ago may have hoped for $700+ million, but it's not going to happen after the past few weeks of due diligence by potential bidders. Fact is that sources tell me the Miramax auction process is turning into a bust.  People who initially looked at the asset (among them Lionsgate, Summit, Qualia, and Media Rights Capital) came to the conclusion that… Read

ABC/CBS/Fox Affiliates Demand Meeting With Comcast About NBCU Deal; Letter Worries About “Competitive Disadvantage”

CNBC's Julia Boorstin, whose media outlet is privy to private info surrounding the deal, breaks the news today that independent affiliates of ABC, CBS, and Fox “are raising concerns” about Comcast's acquisition of rival network NBC Universal. They're looking to ensure that the Comcast buy won't hurt their negotiating power with the largest U.S. cable carrier on retransmission consent, advertising and promotions, even the placement of affiliates. The three networks'… Read

Brillstein Adds Stern In Gotham Expansion

Brillstein Entertainment Partners has hired former New York-based William Morris agent Brian Stern to become a manager in the company's Gotham headquarters in Tribeca. BEP opened its New York outpost last fall, setting veteran manager Stacy O'Neil to head it. Stern's clients include The Daily Show's Samantha Bee, Saturday Night Live writer Bryan Tucker, playwright Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), Amy Landecker (A Serious Man) and Dan Milano, creator of the MTV series War… Read

MPAA Organizes Entertainment Community Opposition To Movie Futures Exchange

UPDATES Is Betting On Box Office Good For Films? WORST IDEA EVER? Wall Street Plans Futures Exchange Tied To Box Office Washington, DC (March 31, 2010) - A growing coalition of entertainment industry workers, creators, independent producers and distributors, business organizations and theater owners today announced opposition to two proposals to establish online wagering services based on speculation over box office receipts for motion pictures. In a letter to the… Read

Leonardo DiCaprio Eyes J. Edgar Hoover Role In Biopic For Eastwood and Grazer

EXCLUSIVE: Leonardo DiCaprio is in early talks to play FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in Hoover, an epic drama that Clint Eastwood will direct and that he and Brian Grazer will produce with Rob Lorenz through Imagine and Malpaso. Talks with Leo are just getting underway, but I'm told that DiCaprio will play the lead role in the film written by Dustin Lance Black, with production to begin later this year. The project began at Universal, where Imagine is based, but is… Read

R.I.P. David Mills

The Treme staff writer and co-executive producer died of a brain aneurism yesterday. He was only 48. HBO just issued this statement: “HBO is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and colleague David Mills. He was a gracious and humble man, and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, as well as those who were aware of his immense talent. David has left us too soon but his brilliant work will live on.” A former newspaper feature writer, Mills… Read

Film

Hot Trailer: Tom Cruise In 'Knight And Day'

Before Tom Cruise chose Knight and Day as his follow-up to Valkyrie, he had every studio custom-tailoring as Cruise vehicles films that included the DreamWorks action film Motorcade, The Tourist (which rebounded as a Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie vehicle), a teaming with Denzel Washington in the Robert Ludlum novel adaptation The Matarese Circle, the Suzanne Bier-directed romantic comedy Lost for Words, and the Warner Bros action film The 28th Amendment. Before Cruise and… Read

No Sex Please, I'm Neal McDonough…

Neal McDonough is a marvelous actor who elevates every role he plays, whether it's in Band of Brothers or Desperate Housewives. So when he was suddenly replaced with David James Elliott 3 days into the filming on ABC's new series Scoundrels earlier this week, there had to be a story behind the story. The move was officially explained as a casting change. But, in fact, McDonough was sacked because of his refusal to do some heated love scenes with babelicious star (and… Read

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