April 2010 Archive

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Oliver Stone In 4th Place Pay Channel Deal

UPDATE: Epix is probably the 4th place pay channel right now, behind HBO, Showtowm, and Starz. But Oliver Stone just signed a development deal to turn Bruce Wagner's novel Still Holding into a series pilot with Epix which is furiously trying to sign up carriers. Stone had a previous relationship with HBO, which aired his controversial documentaries. Now he's doing this project as a favor to Wagner at Epix, which is a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM… Read

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'ALL THE POPE'S PRIESTS'? Deal To Develop Catholic Church Scandal Film From POV Of Boston Globe Journalism Team

The producers intend to frame the movie in the vein of All The President's Men. One of the planned film's hooks is that some of the journalists are themselves Catholic and were conflicted as they researched and wrote their stories. This journalism angle seems a fascinating way to approach the topic. And, interestingly, the Boston Globe investigative team was headed by Ben Bradlee, Jr., son of the legendary Washington Post editor who stood behind Bob Woodward and Carl… Read

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ITV Studios Names Kevin Lygo To Top Job

As predicted, Channel 4 television director Kevin Lygo has been appointed managing director of ITV Studios. Current ITV Studios boss Lee Bartlett will continue to oversee its overseas business. There is no word yet on when Lygo will start. But his departure from Channel 4 was seen as inevitable when he was passed over for the top job. Newly-appointed Channel 4 CEO David Abraham is about to start shortly. I wonder how Lygo will find the move from potentate to supplicant… Read

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Online Movie Stores Go Out of Business

Forty two online movie stores went out of business last year, according to research firm Screen Digest. Online movie stores that have disappeared over the past few years include Movielink, Lycos, Guba, AOL and BitTorrent. So much for that online movie pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow. Here in the UK, iTunes commands a 60% share of the digital movie market. Microsoft, which has been selling movies through Xbox Live since December 2007, is in second place… Read

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'NCIS' Cast Update: McCallum Set To Return

NCIS co-star David McCallum earlier tonight closed a deal to continue on the hit CBS crime drama. He plays medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard. McCallum was one of four original cast members whose future on the show became uncertain over a salary dispute with producer CBS TV Studios. Still not signed for Season 8 are Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray who are yet to reach an agreement with the studio. Quartet Of 'NCIS' Co-Stars In CBS Limbo… Read

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Todd McCarthy Lands At IndieWire

Hollywood will be pleased to know that longtime Variety lead film critic Todd McCarthy, who was laid off by the trade two months ago, has found an outlet for his reviews at IndieWire. He “will not be silenced,” the venue just announced. “At Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus, we will work with Todd to build an even larger audience for his work: reviews and dispatches on film from his home in Los Angeles and at festivals around the world.” Meanwhile, Variety head Neil Stiles told… Read

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12th Annual Young Hollywood Awards

Hollywood Life presents The 12th Annual Young Hollywood Awards (Disclosure: These awards owned by my parent company MMC) When: Thursday, May 13th, 2010 Where: Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 741 South Lucerne Blvd, Los Angeles Timeline: 5:30 PM – Press Check-in 6:00-7:30 PM – Red Carpet Arrivals and Cocktail Reception 7:45-9:00 PM – Awards Ceremony and Guest Music Performances 9:00-11:30 PM – After-party By invitation only Young Hollywood Awards categories and recipients (so far) Read

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Tribeca Film Festival Deals 2010 Awards

The Tribeca Film Festival dished awards and over $150,000 in prize money to a slew of competition films tonight. In the World Competition, the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature went to When We Leave (Die Fremde), the German film written and directed by Feo Aladag. The Best New Narrative Filmmaker prize went to Kim Chapiron for Dog Pound, the French film written by Chapiron and Jeremie Delon. Best Actor in a Narrative Feature went to Eric Elmosnino for Gainsbourg, J… Read

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Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' Set For Film Trilogy, TV Series By 'Beautiful Mind' Trio

EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal coming together quickly, Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to make a screen trilogy and TV series out of King's epic novel series The Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman will write the script, Ron Howard will direct it, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King. Universal is in talks to acquire a package that included the books, and the attachment of the team behind the… Read

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Outed CIA Op Valerie Plame Comes In From The Cold As Summit Seals 'Fair Game' Deal

As Deadline told you last night, Summit Entertainment has closed a deal for North American distribution rights to Fair Game, the politically charged film about Valerie Plame, whose CIA status was leaked to journalists by Bush Administration insiders. Naomi Watts plays Plame and Sean Penn plays husband Joseph Wilson, who wrote op-ed pieces charging that intelligence on weapons of mass destruction was manipulated to enable the invasion of Iraq. The Doug Liman-directed drama… Read

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Universal Greenlights Whale Tale With John Krasinski And Drew Barrymore

Universal Pictures has given the green light to Whales, setting  John Krasinski to join Drew Barrymore in the Ken Kwapis-directed fact-based film about the 1988 rescue of a trio of California gray whales that got trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. Krasinski will play a small town newspaper reporter who breaks the story. Barrymore plays a Greenpeace activist, and they turn the potential tragedy into an international story. The incident created a temporary Cold War… Read

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