November 2010 Archive

Film

Depp: Disney Hated His 'Gay' Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp was interviewed by Vanity Fair on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and had one interesting revelation: "They couldn't stand him. They just couldn't stand him," Depp says of Disney's reaction to his controversial interpretation of Sparrow. "I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, 'He's ruining the movie.' Depp reveals that he remained unfazed by the studio's hysteria. "Upper-echelon Disney-ites, going… Read

Film

Sony's Columbia Pictures Ups Biz President

Culver City, CA - November 30, 2010 - Andrew Gumpert has been promoted to President, Worldwide Business Affairs and Operations for Columbia Pictures, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, co-chairman, to whom he will jointly report. Gumpert will work closely with Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad while also serving as a key strategic advisor to Lynton and Pascal. He will oversee worldwide business… Read

Awards

Indie Spirit Nominations Could Predict Oscar

Analyzing today's 26th Annual Independent Spirit Award nominations, I would say Winter's Bone, the film that led with the most nods, is also the one to beat, particularly after its triumphs at Monday night's Gotham Awards where it took the Best Ensemble and Best Feature awards. It is the kind of movie that personifies "indie spirit" and seems to have so much heat in that regard that several Oscar nominations could also be in the picture. It's generally thought that, for… Read

UTA Hires Social Media Agent For Hollywood

UPDATE: I can confirm that 23-year-old Eric Kuhn is joining UTA's digital media department where I'm told he will specialize in social media strategies for the agency's talent and corporate clients. This is one of the agency world's early moves to bring in an agent focusing specifically on social media and outlets such as Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook. Kuhn was CNN's Audience Interaction Producer, where he oversaw social media for CNN's U.S. programming and worked on… Read

TV

ABC Developing 2 Musical Series, Including A Bob Kushell Drama Starring Idina Menzel

EXCLUSIVE: Primetime musical series are red-hot courtesy of Fox's Glee, and ABC, whose sibling Disney Channel started the genre's resurgence with High School Musical and Hannah Montana, is developing a couple of music-themed series for next fall. Leading the pack is a drama with musical elements from writer Bob Kushell  (Samantha Who?) starring Tony winner Idina Menzel. Another one is a musical comedy from Robert Horn, who penned two Disney Channel movie musicals this… Read

TV

USA's 'Burn Notice' Prequel Starring Bruce Campbell Is A Go; Jeffrey Donovan To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: USA has given a formal green light to the Burn Notice movie prequel starring Bruce Campbell, which will be directed by Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan. The two will also executive produce with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, who wrote the movie, and  the series exec producer Mikkel Bondesen. The untitled two-hour film, which was announced at this year's Comic-Con, will begin shooting in January on location in Bogota, Columbia for a premiere in Spring 2011. Burn N… Read

TV

ABC Gives 'Body Of Proof' Tuesday Slot

ABC's hourlong procedural Body of Proof starring Dana Delany will succeed Detroit 1-8-7 in the Tuesday 10 PM slot. In preparation for the move, the network last month gave the modestly rated freshman cop drama Detroit 1-8-7 a short, 5-episode back order. Body of Proof will premiere on March 29, following Detroit's 18-episode run, with the Dancing with the Stars result show as a lead-in. The series, created by Christopher Murphey and produced by ABC Studios, centers on Dr… Read

TV

Anchor Shakeup On CBS' 'The Early Show'

Erica Hill's star is rising fast at CBS. In an overhaul of the anchor team at The Early Show, which has been trailing the morning program competition, co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez and weather anchor Dave Price are out. Hill, who joined The Early Show 10 months ago as news anchor of the weekday program and co-anchor of the weekend edition with Chris Wragge, will now co-anchor the weekday Early Show along with Wragge. Marysol Castro, formerly of ABC's Good Mo… Read

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J.J. Abrams' Fox Pilot 'Alcatraz' Casts Lead

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy) has landed the lead in the J.J. Abrams-produced Fox pilot Alcatraz. The drama project, from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams' Bad Robot, centers on a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day. It chronicles the efforts of a team of FBI agents to track them down and unravel the mystery behind their disappearance thirty years prior. Jones  will play Rebecca Madsen, a smart, thoughtful and a little… Read

TV

RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Tops Monday With Reruns; NBC, Fox & CW Series Gain

This is a throwback to the dog days of summer: CBS' all-rerun Monday lineup dominated the original competition last night. The network's comedy reruns – Two And A Half Men (3.0/8), How I Met Your Mother (2.7/8), Rules Of Engagement (2.4/6) and Mike & Molly (2.3/6) – ranked as the 4 highest-rated programs on the night among adults 18-49. With a Hawaii Five-0 repeat (1.9/5) also winning its 10 PM slot, CBS easily topped the night in 18-49 (2.4/6) and total viewers (8.6… Read

Awards

2011 Indie Spirit Awards Nominations

Pete Hammond: Indie Spirit Nominations Could Predict Oscar LOS ANGELES (November 30, 2010) - Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit AwardsEva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand.  Nominees for Best Feature include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids… Read

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