July 2010 Archive

Box Office

Nolan's 'Inception' #1 For 3rd Weekend; Carell's 'Dinner For Schmucks' Opens #2; But Zac Efron's 'Charlie St Cloud' Only #6

SUNDAY AM: As July ended, three opening studio movies — Dinner For Schmucks, Charlie St Cloud (which collapsed 32% from Friday to Saturday because Zac Efron's High School Musical fans frontloaded the grosses), Cats & Dogs 3D: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore — made for a crowded summer box office what with holdovers Salt, Inception, and Despicable Me still going strong. Here are Friday, Saturday, weekend, and cume U.S. and Canada grosses. This weekend will be the first since… Read

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2010 TV Critics Association Awards 'Glee'

Freshman shows on the broadcast networks ruled as the Television Critics Association (TCA), a media organization comprised of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, tonight announced its awards for outstanding television programming in the 2009-2010 season: Program of the Year "Glee" (Fox) Individual Achievement in Drama Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife" CBS) Individual Achievement in Comedy Jane Lynch ("Glee"… Read

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Sly's 'The Expendables' Tracking Very Big

Lionsgate and Sylvester Stallone could sure use a fresh hit when it opens August 13th. But what an irresistible concept seeing Stallone directing and starring with Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and even Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger (for nanoseconds). It's the kind of old school camp that the action box office needs. So what will it make? My box office gurus are predicting at the very least $30+M… Read

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Regina Hall & Wanda De Jesus Join 'Law & Order: LA'; Cast Locked In For Monday Start

UPDATE: NBC's new series Los & Order: Los Angeles has locked in its cast, with one day to spare. CSI: Miami alumna Wanda De Jesus and former Ally McBeal co-star Regina Hall have landed the last regular roles on the crime procedural, which starts production on Monday. De Jesus will play Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales, the cool and authoritative captain of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division. Hall will play DDA Eva Price, a gorgeous and brainy bombshell with a strong sense of… Read

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EMMYS: Director, Designer, & Band Named

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, July 30, 2010 - Four-time Emmy® Award recipient Glenn Weiss and two-time Emmy® Award recipient Steve Bass have been named to the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards production team, Executive Producer Don Mischer announced today. Weiss returns as Director and Bass as Production Designer of the telecast, airing live coast-to-coast on Sunday, August 29 (8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT) on NBC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Also returning to the… Read

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Emmys: So Many Awards, So Little Time

Ray Richmond in contributing to Deadline's Emmy and TCA coverage. Primetime Emmy executive producer Don Mischer expressed some frustration at a TCA session hyping NBC's 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards telecast: so many awards and so little time. “We've got to hand out 27 of them in 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 54 seconds — and we're already running over,” he said. Mischer was responding to questions about categories already moved from the primetime telecast to the Creative Arts… Read

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Actresses Still Testing On 'Dragon Tattoo' — Now In Costume With Daniel Craig

EXCLUSIVE: Is it an exaggeration to say not since Gone with the Wind has the actress casting search for a studio film captured such attention? The decision on who'll play Lisbeth Salander in Sony Pictures Entertainment's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo continues. Director David Fincher tested actresses this week and will hold another testing this Sunday. I've heard that Fincher will test as many as six actresses this time, and the stakes have been raised. Daniel Craig… Read

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TCA: No 'Idol' Judge News On Monday

Despite speculation about the new judges on American Idol reaching fever pitch, word is that Fox will not make any announcements at its TCA presentation Monday as previously anticipated. On the other hand, new ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, who had been a question mark for ABC's TCA session on Sunday, is now confirmed after his appointment was officially announced… Read

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TCA: Is 'Outsourced' Funny Or Offensive?

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline's TCA coverage. At today's TCA session on NBC's Outsourced, the producers and actors made the claim that the already controversial sitcom about a U.S. company that outsourced its call center to India, serves as a "point of departure" for what is essentially a comedy about character rather than ethnicity. One questioner asked pointedly: "If a person were to say that this show traffics in a very large number of Indian stereotypes… Read

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TCA: 'Undercovers' Producers Reluctant Trailblazers For Casting Two Black Leads

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline's TCA coverage. Is a spy drama with two black actors as the male-female romantic leads a revolution for network television? At TCA today, the producers of NBC's upcoming Undercovers, which is just such a show — hemmed and hawed in answering the question that really shouldn't be a question in 2010 but, well, still is. First of all, take note that it is incorrect to call stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe  African-American… Read

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