December 2010 Archive

Awards

WGA Script Awards Disconnect With Oscars

UPDATE: PETE HAMMOND RESPONDS — Some commenters to my post seem to believe it was written with an anti-WGA agenda on my part. I didn't point out in the story - and perhaps I should have - that I am a longtime and proud WGA member and also represented the interests of writers, rather vehemently at times, as one of two TV Academy writing Governors for four years. I would hope my reporting on this particular story is not taken as any personal position on my part against the… Read

Awards

OSCAR: Voters Receive Final 2010 Screener

Here's the story of an Oscar campaign aiming not to be first, but dead last: Academy members have begun receiving what is believed - and intentionally planned - to be the final screener of the season, Peter Weir's independently produced and distributed adventure epic The Way Back. For those with short memories, the first screeners mailed this awards season were Sony Pictures Classics' Mother And Child and Animal Kingdom on September 28th. The Way Back is one of four indie… Read

Film

R.I.P. Grant McCune

He was one of George Lucas's original team of F/X wizards who in 1978 took home an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (which he shared with John Dykstra) for his work on R2-D2 and all those wonderful creatures from the 1977 Star Wars. (In addition to his work as chief modelmaker for the groundbreaking film, he also appeared as a Death Star Gunner.) Grant McCune died of complications from cancer on Monday. He was 67. Described as a “quiet but crucial” innovator who… Read

TV

'Two And A Half Men' Cast's Holiday Gifts For The Show's Crew And Staff

EXCLUSIVE: It is a happy ending to a rocky year for the behind-the-scenes workers on the veteran CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men. I hear that as holiday gifts, the cast of the show gave iPads to the crew and staff as well as some executives who work on the multi-camera comedy. In addition to wondering about any possible impact on the show from star Charlie Sheen's legal problems, the Two and a Half Men crew members lived in uncertainty for a couple of months in the… Read

TV

'Unnatural History' Creator Mike Werb On Show's Cancellation & His Season 2 Plans

More than a month after we broke the story about Cartoon Network's decision to cancel live-action series Unnatural History after one season, fans of the show continue to weigh in on the cancellation in the comments section of the story. They have now been joined by Unnatural History creator Mike Werb. He just posted a note thanking everyone who had expressed support for the Warner Horizon TV-produced show, which was set in  Washington, D.C. and centered on Henry, the… Read

Awards

OSCAR: Overview Of Best Screenplay Race

It's amazing that any good script ever gets made anymore. If there is one common thread running through most of the contenders for screenplay honors this year, it is what a long, looooong journey it is from page to screen. And another fairly obvious truth: the road to Best Picture starts on the page. In fact, since 1933, only 3 movies have managed to win the Best Picture Oscar without at least having their screenplay nominated and, in the majority of cases, actually… Read

Film

Official: MGM Moving Into Office Building Once Intended For William Morris Agency

The Beverly Hills Courier broke this real estate story and now it's confirmed: on Sunday, MGM signed a lease with New York-based George Comfort & Sons for that 6-story big blue office building at the corner of 235-269 N. Beverly Drive that was initially going to be the new home of the old William Morris Agency. But when that tenpercentery was taken over by Endeavor, the move was nixed. So MGM is emerging from bankruptcy by leaving its current headquarters in Century City… Read

TV

R.I.P. Aron Abrams

Aron Abrams was a Los Angeles TV comedy writer with credits including Everybody Hates Chris, Grounded For Life, and 3rd Rock From The Sun. 2ND UPDATE: His friends now tell Deadline that Abrams died of a heart attack on Christmas Day during a family vacation on the Big Island. He was 50.  Read

Box Office

Tuesday: Holiday Box Office Update

WEDNESDAY AM: Here are unofficial numbers from my sources for Tuesday's box office as the holidays continue. The Weinstein Co's Blue Valentine (4 theaters), and Sony Pictures Classics' Another Year (6 theaters) both open today. Christmas weekend actuals are here: 1. The Little Fockers (Universal) Week 1 [3,536 Theaters] Monday $8.4M, Tuesday $7.7M, Cume $61.2M 2. Tron: Legacy 3D (Disney) Week 2 [3,451 Theaters] Monday $6.3M, Tuesday $6.3M, Cume $100M 3. True Grit Read

Spider-Man: Spinning Web Of Drama, Or Spinning Out Of Control?

The saga of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark continues to spin a web of intrigue that has little to do with building positive momentum toward its February opening. The saddest development is that Natalie Mendoza, poised to make her Broadway debut with a showy villain role created especially for the musical, has officially exited. These tough breaks happen occasionally for all kinds of reasons both onstage and onscreen–imagine how Emily Blunt feels now, locking up… Read

TV

Host Kevin Pollak's TV Game Show Curse

UPDATE: At Twitter, Kevin Pollak replies: Really, I've enjoyed your insights/musings for quite a while, but your angle on my recent work/luck has me questioning yours. Kevin Pollak is a respected actor-comedian with memorable turns in such movies as The Usual Suspects, A Few God Men and Miami Rhapsody. But in just the past year he signed on to host not one but two TV game shows which then became mired in controversy. The most recent is Fox's Million Dollar Money Drop… Read

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