June 2010 Archive
DC Comics Has Ruined Wonder Woman!
DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Don Kramer’s Wonder Woman DC Comics announced that, starting today, Wonder Woman “will appear like you've never seen her before”. And I wish they’d just left her alone, especially since she’s the only comic book character female I’ve ever admired. Of course, it took a bunch of men to ruin her. Look at the new… Read
Ex-TV Boss Warns Bookstores Are Doomed
Luke Johnson, former chairman of UK broadcaster Channel 4, who tried to rescue the ailing Borders chain, has warned High Street bookshops are finished. Johnson, who tried to turn UK Borders around before admitting defeat, says bookstores will be put out of business through a combination of supermarkets and the internet. Stores such as Asda and Sainsbury's offer heavily discounted bestsellers, while you can get anything you want via Amazon. The UK book market itself has… Read
'Bridget Jones' Musical Gets Underway
Lily Allen is writing some of the songs for the new Bridget Jones stage musical, which has staged its first workshop reading. I'm told this was a rough assembly of Helen Fielding's script and some songs with the Billy Elliot creative team — director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and associate director Julian Webber. Producer Working Title plans to bring the show to London's West End next year. They'll be crossing fingers Bridget Jones replicates the success… Read
Who Wants To Win The 'Millionaire' Trial? Jury Deciding Between Disney & Celador
After a 6 year legal maneuvering and a month-long trial, the $250 million case of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? producer Celador v. Disney over profits from the hit game show is now in the hands of the jury. Throughout the parade of witnesses, Celador seemed to prove that it earned less than it could have from the success of the show on ABC. The question is whether it was able to convince the jurors that it was the result of Disney-owned ABC and co-producer Buena Vista TV… Read
So Who'll Succeed Larry King On CNN?
What a sad day for Larry King. First, the Q2 cable ratings were released in the early afternoon, with CNN posting another double-digit year-to-year drop led by Larry King Live, which drew a mere 677,000 viewers and posted CNN’s biggest year-to-year demo loss of -37%. A couple of hours later, King announced that he will leave his nightly talk show in the fall after 25 years. (Larry King Stepping Down From CNN Talk) Year-to-date, King's viewership is down -43%. On any… Read
Twilight Saga's Ashley Greene Joins 'LOL'
Ashley Greene reprises her role as vampiress Alice Cullen this weekend in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. But she has found another role to sink her teeth into. She'll costar alongside Miley Cyrus in LOL, the Lisa Azuelos –directed Mandate Pictures comedy that also stars Douglas Booth and Demi Moore. Greene will play Cyrus's nemesis in a coming of age story that takes place in the age of Facebook, iTunes and Youtube. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing. Azuelos… Read
Two More Actors Board Starz 'Camelot'
EXCLUSIVE: Claire Forlani and Peter Mooney round out the main cast of Starz's 10-episode drama series Camelot, joining previously cast Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton. Written by Michael Hurst and Chris Chibnall, the series – to be co-produced and distributed worldwide by Graham King's GK-TV – is a fresh take on the tale of King Arthur (Bower). Paradigm-repped Forlani will play Arthur's mother, Queen Igraine, while SMS-repped Mooney will… Read
GK Films Bolsters Executive Roster By Hiring David Crockett And Elishia Holmes
Graham King’s GK Films continues to bolster its ranks. King and partner Tim Headington have named David Crockett to the post of executive vice president, and set Elishia Holmes to be GK vice president of development. This follows the hiring of Sony president of Worldwide Affairs Peter Schlessel to become GK Films president. It also follows the unconfirmed reports that respected executive Bob Berney will come aboard to start an independent distribution company for King and… Read
Can Gore Verbinski Crack 'Walter Mitty' After So Many Others Tried?
20th Century Fox confirmed today that the studio is taking yet another crack at remaking the 1947 Danny Kaye classic daydreamer comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, with Gore Verbinski at the helm. It’s good to see Verbinski on a big film after he jumped off the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to direct Bioshock and then that project didn’t happen. But Verbinski is following in the footsteps of a spectacular crop of directors and stars who never cracked the remake… Read