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October 2010 Archive


Hot Trailer: 'Tiny Furniture'

IFC Films has issued a new trailer for Tiny Furniture, the comedy written, directed and starring Lena Dunham. She was just attached this week by Scott Rudin to adapt and direct Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, the new novel by Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist novelists David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. She’s also got an HBO pilot she’ll direct and star in, which she’s exec producing with Judd Apatow. Tiny Furniture opens November… Read


HBO Picks Up Female Vice President Pilot That Could Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus

HBO has picked up Veep, a D.C.-set comedy pilot about a female Vice President of the U.S. from British comedian, writer and director Armando Iannucci. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks for the lead in the project, set “very near the White House” and centered on former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about. Iannucci co-wrote and will direct the pilot as well as executive produce with… Read


Matt Tolmach Steps Out Of Sony Pictures Prexy Post To Become Spider-Man Producer

BREAKING: Sony Pictures Entertainment has just announced this: LONGTIME COLUMBIA PICTURES CHIEFS MATT TOLMACH AND DOUG BELGRAD TRANSITION INTO NEW ROLES Tolmach Launches New Production Company and Joins Spider-Man Team As Belgrad Promoted to Sole President of Columbia Pictures — Hannah Minghella Named President of Production for Historic Banner– (Culver City, Calif. – October 29, 2010) – Matt Tolmach has launched a new production company and will become a producer on the… Read


RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins With Sluggish World Series, NBC Comedies Up

If it was up to TV executives, the Yankees would sail through to the World Series every year, with the rest of the teams squabbling for the other spot. This year’s World Series between the Giants and the Rangers on Fox continues to pace well behind last year’s, which featured the storied New York baseball franchise, but in line with the one in 2008 that didn’t feature them. Last night’s Game 2 (4.0 in adults 18-49, 14.1 million) was down 31% from last year’s Game 2… Read


Universal Sets Film Slate Release Dates

Universal has locked in release dates for some of its most ambitious films hatched by the team of Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley. Add these to previously set releases that include The Fast and The Furious sequel Fast Five (June 10, 2011), Cowboys and Aliens (July 29, 2011), Tower Heist (November 4, 2011), Battleship (May 18, 2012) and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (March 12, 2012). Here are the newly dated releases: Larry Crowne, the Playtone production directed by and starring… Read


Scott Foley Joins ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy'

A big new addition to Grey’s AnatomyScott Foley has joined the hit ABC medical drama in a major recurring role. He will play a patient and potential love interest for Kim Raver’s Iraqi veteran Dr. Teddy Altman. Introducing actors as recurring has been Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes’ preferred way of adding new regulars to the show. Raver, Eric Dane, Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Chyler Leigh, Sara Ramirez, Sarah Drew and Jessie Williams all started off as recurring… Read


Is Jean-Jacques Annaud's 'Black Gold' Biggest Ever Arab-Backed Pic?

Tarak Ben Ammar’s Quinta Communications has brought the Doha Film Institute aboard as a co-producer of Black Gold, the Jean-Jacques Annaud-directed feature that began production in Tunisia on October 18. DFI, making its first foray into a major international feature production, will provide a mix of equity, services and locations. Even though the $55 million picture is directed by a French helmer, Black Gold is shaping up to be groundbreaking for a film that is back by… Read


New Zealand Passes “Hobbit” Deal: Opposition MPs Call It “Day Of Shame”

The New Zealand parliament has passed emergency legislation ensuring that the 2 back-to-back Hobbit films get made in the country. The legislation bypassed usual parliamentary committees, prompting New Zealand MPs to call it a “day of shame." One held up a redesigned national flag with the Warner Bros logo in one corner. “What is the government going to do next — give in to any multinational that asks for a labour standard to be diluted in return for some form of… Read


Sony Profits Rise With Help From Film, TV

A 6.1% increase in sales in its movie division helped Sony’s net profit power back in the company’s 2nd quarter compared to a loss same time last year. Salt, Grown Ups, The Karate Kid and The Other Guys were solid performers. Television revenues also increased due to higher advertising and subscription revenues from international channels. The company reported an overall profit of $375 million, compared with a $326 million loss in the same quarter of 2009. On the gaming… Read


CBS Picks Up Family Comedy Starring Rob Schneider & Produced By Tannenbaums

EXCLUSIVE: Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are fashionably late to the marketplace in their first development season at their new home, CBS TV Studios. But their last-minute comedy sale to CBS is a big one: a half-hour starring Rob Schneider in his first TV series gig in 13 years. The untitled project, to be written by Lew Morton (Saturday Night Live, Big Lake) and Schneider, is based on Schneider’s life and centers on a solitary guy who marries into a huge Mexican-American… Read


OSCAR: Animation Entries Down To Wire; But Will There Be Enough For 5 Nominees?

Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sent out a reminder confirming the 5 PM PT November 1st deadline for 2010 Best Animated feature entries. At this point there do not appear to be enough entries to trigger five nominations rather than the more common three but there is still time, brother. What wasn't mentioned in the release is the number that have been received so far at the Academy. A really good clue though is a  letter I have learned that was  sent… Read