June 2011 Archive

Jim Dolan Joins Live Nation Board After Company Says He Can Still Be A Competitor

The mind-numbing network of interlocking corporate relationships at Live Nation — the No. 1 concert promoter and owner of Ticketmaster — just became much more complicated with the announcement that Jim Dolan is joining its board of directors. He's a power in live entertainment in his role as executive chairman of Madison Square Garden — a major owner of concert venues (Radio City Music Hall, The Beacon Theater, The Chicago Theater), sports teams (New York's Knicks and… Read

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Karen Croner To Script 'Hello Ghost' Remake For Chris Columbus To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Karen Croner has been set to script Hello Ghost, the film inspired by the Korean comedy about a man whose failed suicide attempt allows him to see ghosts who haunt him until he grants each of them one wish. Chris Columbus will direct a film that will be financed by CJ Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with Columbus and his 1492 banner. Columbus set Hello Ghosup in February 2011 with Next Entertainment World, the Korean distributor and financier… Read

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Fox News Makes Post-'Glenn Beck' Plans For Summer

Fox News is taking a platoon approach this summer to fill Glenn Beck's former time slot. It has announced a new show called The Five that will feature commentators including Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, and Bob Beckel. Beck's last show is tonight. Here's the release: FOX News Channel (FNC) will launch a new weekday program on July 11th at 5 PM/ET, announced Bill Shine, Executive Vice… Read

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Marvel And Disney Setting 'Thor 2' For Summer 2013; Chris Hemsworth's Back But Kenneth Branagh Won't Return

UPDATE: Disney has set a July 26, 2013 release date for Thor 2. EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios, which is in production on the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers, is making a full commitment to Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the title hero. Marvel will need to hire a director for that film because, I've learned, Kenneth Branagh won't be returning as helmer. Branagh, who directed the first film and watched it gross $437 million worldwide with a few… Read

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Starz Declines Option To Renew 'Camelot'

EXCLUSIVE: Starz said today that due to significant production challenges, the network has decided not to exercise the option for subsequent seasons of its freshman original series Camelot. We've heard that scheduling conflicts with some of the actors were part of the problem for the Ireland-shot costume drama, which stars Joseph Feinnes, Jamie Campbell Bower and Eva Green and takes off on the King Arthur legend. GK-tv, Octagon Films and Take 5 Prods produced. Camelot wrap… Read

MySpace Debacle Vindication For Fired Viacom CEO Tom Freston

Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone stunned the entertainment industry in 2006 when he fired CEO Tom Freston. One of the chief reasons for the move was that Freston hadn't moved decisively enough to buy MySpace, enabling Rupert Murdoch to pick up what was then the most popular social networking site for $580 million. Redstone seemed to think that contributed to the 20% drop in Viacom's stock price in 2006 up to the date of Freston's ouster. The CEO's successor, Philippe Dauman… Read

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Scott Rudin Moves Deal To Sony Pictures In 3-Year Pact

BREAKING: I'm told that producer Scott Rudin's move to Sony Pictures is upon us. He's closed a three-year first look deal with the studio. From last year's Best Picture nominee The Social Network to the upcoming Brad Pitt-starrer Moneyball and the David Fincher-directed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, to the upcoming Somali Pirates Tom Hanks-starrer A Captain's Duty that will be directed by Paul Greengrass and Cleopatra with Fincher directing Angelina Jolie starring… Read

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Juli Goodwin Upped To Exec Veep Domestic Publicity At Warner Bros Pictures

BURBANK, CA, June 30, 2011 - Juli Goodwin has been promoted to Executive Vice President Domestic Publicity for Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing. As the head of the domestic publicity department, Goodwin will continue to oversee the creation and implementation of publicity campaigns, encompassing national and field publicity, special events and promotions, and liaising with filmmakers, talent, and other marketing… Read

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Final 'All My Children' Episode: Sept. 23

ABC said today that it has set the final broadcast of All My Children for Friday, Sept. 23, officially ending a run that began more than 41 years ago. The multiple-Emmy-winning soap opera first appeared on the network in 1970. “Out of love and respect for the show, many beloved actors will be returning to Pine Valley, including Josh Duhamel (Leo Du Pres), Eva La Rue (Maria Santos), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), Carol Burnett (Verla Grubbs), Kate Collins (Janet Green)… Read

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UPDATE: Anna Kendrick Joins Brooklyn Decker For Lionsgate's 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

UPDATE, 5:30 PM: Lionsgate announced that Up in the Air co-star Anna Kendrick also has been added to the cast of the film. The CAA-repped actress will play a Rosie, who reunites with an old flame and fellow food-truck owner and becomes pregnant. PREVIOUS, 11:53 AM: Brooklyn Decker has been cast to star alongside Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez in Lionsgate's film adaptation of the bestseller What To Expect When You're Expecting. The Kirk Jones-directed romantic comedy is… Read

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UPDATE: All Four Judges Returning To NBC's 'The Voice' After Finale Soars In Ratings

UPDATE, 11:35 AM: NBC has just confirmed that all four judges on The VoiceChristina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — will return when the series resumes in midseason Mondays at 8 PM. "Our fantastic coaches were integral to the tremendous success of The Voice this year, and we are thrilled that they are all returning," said Paul Telegdy Alternative Programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios. "We look forward to building Season 2 and making Th… Read

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