April 2011 Archive


'X-Men: First Class' Writing Credit Dispute Resolved

A Writers Guild arbitration upheld the WGA decision that Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz and Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn deserve screenplay credit on X-Men: First Class, with Sheldon Turner (who wrote an origin film about Magneto) and Bryan Singer (who wrote an outline for the film at the beginning) getting story credit. There were more writers on the films than mutants in it and a skirmish unfolded for script credit. The Vaughn-directed Fox film opens June… Read


Fox Pulls Hurricane-Themed Episodes Of 3 Sunday Animated Comedies

The three Seth MacFarlane Fox animated comedies, Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, had been planning a crossover event for this Sunday, with a hurricane storyline weaving through all three shows. In light of the recent storms in the South, Fox recently quietly pulled promotion for the crossover and today, following a series of tornadoes that has claimed the lives of more than 300 people, it decided to pull the episodes altogether. They will be saved for… Read


Dylan McDermott To Star In Ryan Murphy's FX Pilot 'American Horror Story'

EXCLUSIVE: After an extensive search and lengthy negotiations, Dylan McDermott has been cast as the male lead in FX's drama pilot American Horror Story, from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Additionally, FX is also making a deal with McDermott to develop, write and potentially star in another series project for the cable network. In American Horror Story, the Practice alum will star opposite Connie Britton and Jessica Lange. The premise of the project is… Read


Arnold's Payday: $10 Million Plus 25% First Dollar Gross For Schwarzenegger's Next Film

EXCLUSIVE: I've just learned that CAA is negotiating a deal for Arnold Schwarzenegger's next movie that will pay him “top-dollar” money — even though no one knows if the 63-year-old is still a star who can open a movie. Filmmaker Al Ruddy — yes, the 81-year-old Godfather and Million Dollar Baby producer — bought a 1975 novel by the late N. Richard Nash who'd adapted it into the Cry Macho screenplay that CAA liked for Arnold. Now the agency and actor (turned California… Read


New Airdates, Advisers For 'The Voice'

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (April 29, 2011) -- NBC revealed that it will add more star-power to its new vocal competition series "The Voice" with singers Reba, Monica, Sia (Furler) and music producer Adam Blackstone joining the series as new advisers who will lend their experience and talents to musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the next "Battles" competition phase. "The Voice" next airs Tuesday, May 3 (9-11 p.m. ET) and… Read


TV CASTINGS: Ed Asner To USA’s ‘Royal Pains,’ Meagan Good To 'Californication'

Last season, USA Network's flagship series Royal Pains introduced Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan R. Lawson's (Paulo Costanzo) dad Eddie Lawson, played by Henry Winkler. Now the upcoming third season will go down another generation, with veteran Ed Asner tapped for a two-episode arc as Ted Roth, Hank and Evan's grandfather and Eddie's dad. Asner, repped by Greene & Associates and manager Perry Zimel, recently starred on CMT's first sitcom Working Class. He is now… Read


UPDATE: Hold Off On The Retirement Party! Steven Soderbergh Takes On New Pic Inspired by Channing Tatum's Stripper Days

UPDATE: If Steven Soderbergh really is determined to retire from filmmaking, he's not doing a very good job of it. He's been so prolific lately that he's like the Natalie Portman of directors. Now, he has just committed to direct Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, a story of friendship set in the world of male strippers. Tatum plays the title character, who schools a young dancer in how to hustle on and off the stage. It's a wild summer of dancing, partying and women. The… Read


Legendary Pictures Gets Yet Another New Investor: Powerful Chinese Family Company

2ND UPDATE: I hear the New World Development investment in Legendary Pictures was $45 million. UPDATE: What's being described as the most powerful privately held family fortune in China has recently made an investment in Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures. It signals the start of new China business for the entertainment movie finance and production company best known for its 7-year, 40-picture deal with Warner Bros. The family company is called New World Development and… Read


Reveille Managing Director Howard Owens To Exit

EXCLUSIVE: The era of the Reveille of Ben Silverman is officially over — Howard T. Owens will step down as managing director of the Shine-owned company in June when his contract is up. He plans to spend time with his family while consulting for Reveille through the end of the year. A search for Owens' replacement is already under way. Owens was Reveille's first employee when Silverman launched the company in 2002. He was one of a core troika Silverman brought with him… Read


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