July 2011 Archive

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NBC Lands Karaoke Comedy Project; Adam Levine To Produce, Jake Kasdan To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: NBC is expanding its relationship with The Voice star Adam Levine to the scripted side. After a bidding, NBC has nabbed a single-camera comedy project, with the Maroon 5 frontman executive producing and Jake Kasdan attached to executive produce and direct. The ensemble comedy set at a karaoke bar, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. I hear at least three networks wanted the… Read

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TCA: Ken Burns Thinks 'Boardwalk' Will Be “Huge Hit”: “Americans Love To Watch People Who Get To Kill People Who Piss Them Off”

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's coverage of TCA. The panel session closing out PBS' two-day rollout at TCA — for Ken Burns' latest historical overview, Prohibition — was notably both preceded by a beer-and-wine dinner and followed by a cocktail party. The elfin but always eloquent Burns admitted during the session that he got into the spirit of the TCA event by having his first drink in “quite some time.” But he suffered no effects from his alcohol when… Read

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TCA: Arsenio Hall Ready For Talk Show Comeback

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's coverage of TCA. Arsenio Hall seems to figure that a 17-year rest is long enough. Having quit his iconic late-night talk show in 1994, Hall was asked this afternoon during a PBS panel at TCA about an Ed Sullivan Comedy Special premiering Aug. 6 whether he'd consider making a comeback. “I'd have to change my name to Nick Cannon and live with Mariah (Carey),” he joked. “But I think it's a perfect time for that personally. Give me… Read

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TCA: 'Masterpiece' Producer Addresses “Americanization” Of 'Downton Abbey'

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's coverage of TCA At an afternoon TCA panel promoting the new season of PBS' Masterpiece series, exec producer Rebecca Eaton was asked to explain a story in Britain's Daily Mail that charged the acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey (recently nominated for 11 Primetime Emmys) lost two hours of content in its journey from the UK to America. Sounding unusually contentious, the typically unflappable Eaton explained, “I'm glad you… Read

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TCA: Producer of New Woody Allen Doc Talks About Filmmaker Hitting The Top At 75

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's coverage of TCA. Bob Weide, producer of the forthcoming four-hour Woody Allen documentary that carries the working title Seriously Funny — The Comic Art of Woody Allen and premieres Nov. 20-21 as part of PBS' American Masters series, appeared this morning on a TCA panel to hype this show. Flanking him were Manhattan star Mariel Hemingway and Oscar-winning Mighty Aphrodite star Mira Sorvino as well as American Masters creator and… Read

Box Office

'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2' First To Cross $1B In Warner Bros Franchise

BURBANK, Calif. — Continuing its record-breaking run, Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" has surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming the first in the series--and just the ninth film in cinema history--to reach that benchmark. The announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, and President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan-Rubinek. Adding to the records… Read

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'Cowboys & Aliens' Narrowly Edges 'Smurfs' $36.4M Vs $35.6M For Weekend B.O. Win; 'Crazy Stupid Love' Opens #5 With $19.3M

MONDAY 12 PM: It's now official. According to today's actuals, DreamWorks/Universal's Cowboys & Aliens narrowly beat Sony Pictures' Smurfs for the weekend win $ $36,431,290 vs $35,611,637. SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM, 6TH UPDATE WRITETHRU: If I hear the words “too close to call” one more time this weekend coming from a Hollywood executive looking at early weekend numbers… DreamWorks/Universal's Cowboys & Aliens ticked up slightly from Friday to Saturday, while Sony Pictures' The… Read

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Is Casey Anthony Taking A Page Out Of O.J. Simpson's Playbook?

In October 1995, a week after the murder trial against him ended with a shocking not-guilty verdict, O.J. Simpson agreed to do a TV interview with NBC News. Then, only hours before the live sit-down, Simpson backed out. Now TMZ is reporting that Casey Anthony, whose trial over the murder of her daughter garnered media attention of the size of Simpson's and her recent not-guilty verdict sparked a similar outcry, has too opted not to do a TV interview right away. That… Read

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TCA: 'Raymond' Creator Slams TNT For Axing Ray Romano's 'Men', 'Jackie' EP Talks About Pitching To 'Roomful Of Fear'

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's TCA coverage. On a lively and colorful afternoon TCA panel promoting the fall PBS four-hour series America in Primetime, Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal blasted TNT for its recent decision to cancel Raymond star Ray Romano's latest series, dramedy Men of a Certain Age. “Those idiots put six episodes on in November and then waited until July to schedule the next six as if they were trying to make sure the… Read

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TCA: PBS Chief Touts Pubcaster's Relevance, New 'Masterpiece' Projects

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's TCA coverage. PBS' president and CEO Paula Kerger sounds optimistic about the future of the pubcaster. During PBS' portion of the TCA summer press tour she indicated that the government funding crisis that was exploding the last time she faced critics in January was somewhat less severe now as the political football has been tossed elsewhere. “At this critical moment,” Kerger said, “the American people reached out to their… Read

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Carrie-Anne Moss Joins NBC's 'Chuck' As Recurring

For a second straight season, the producers of NBC's Chuck have recruited the female star of an iconic action sci-fi movie for a major recurring role. Last year it was The Terminator's Linda Hamilton, this year it's The Matrix's Carrie-Anne Moss. She will play a love interest/foil for John Casey (Adam Baldwin). More from our sister site TVLine, which has the story. Moss most recently starred in Lifetime's Michael Sardo pilot, which is not going… Read

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