October 2011 Archive

Film

Uma Thurman Exits CAA

Uma Thurman has discharged CAA as her agency. No specific reason was given. I'd heard that she would be in Los Angeles next week working in some agency meetings, but am told this was a business trip long in the planning stage, and that choosing another agency isn't on the itinerary. No meetings are lined up at present. Thurman continues to be managed by Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment. Thurman recently wrapped a role in the Oliver Stone-directed Read

TV

Chris Coy Joins 'Treme' As New Regular

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Coy, who just finished a recurring role on True Blood, has landed a new regular role on another HBO drama series, Treme. David Simon and Eric Overmyer's Treme, which will return for a third season next year, chronicles the life of New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Coy, repped by TalentWorks and Main Title, will play L.P. Everett, a young, urban reporter who is new to New Orleans. He co-starred in the Sundance movie Little Birds… Read

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DreamWorks Animation Shares Fall On Disappointing 'Puss In Boots' Open

Wall Street clawed 7.8% from the company's stock price, which ended the day at $18.55, following Puss In Boots' lower-than-expected $34M opening weekend. Analysts acknowledged that the film suffered from the blizzard that hit the Northeast as well as an exciting World Series that included a seventh game on Friday. Still, several say they're frustrated with DreamWorks Animation, which has lost 47.5% of its value over the last 12 months. The weekend performance is “yet… Read

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Martin Campbell Eyeing 'The Fall Guy'

Director Martin Campbell is in early discussions to come aboard The Fall Guy, the movie adaptation of the Glen Larson-created 1981 TV series. The film's being developed by producer Walter Parkes. The series starred Lee Majors as a stuntman who worked as a bounty hunter on the side, and the movie's being scripted by Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. The project was initially set up at DreamWorks, but it's unclear at the moment if the studio… Read

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Ann Peacock Signs On For Brett Ratner-Helmed 'Hunting Eichmann'

EXCLUSIVE: Ann Peacock has signed on to write Hunting Eichmann, a thriller based on the true account of Israeli agents who secretly entered pro-Nazi Argentina to capture Adolph Eichmann, known as the architect of the final solution. Tower Heist's Brett Ratner is attached to direct and Likely Story's Anthony Bregman is producing with Ratner for Cathy Schulman at Mandalay Pictures. Peacock wrote Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe and is currently… Read

Film

AFM: Indomina Group Gets 'Cabin Fever'

Los Angeles, CA - October 31, 2011 - It was announced today that The Indomina Group, the fast-growing U.S. and Dominican Republic based producer and distributor of film, TV and trans-media content, and leading proponent of 'fanboy' cinema is resurrecting the popular "Cabin Fever" franchise and will produce and distribute at least two more feature films. The announcement was made by Indomina Group Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann. The Indomina Group has optioned… Read

Film

Steve Buscemi: From Jersey Boardwalk To Vegas For 'Burt Wonderstone'?

UPDATE: A trade report had Olivia Wilde in negotiations to play the female lead, but I'm told that while this may happen, it hasn't yet. Judy Greer and Sarah Silverman also made strong impressions, and the filmmakers are waiting to see if Jessica Biel ends up reading for the role. New Line is smartly making the comedy for $30 million, and after Carell and Carrey, that doesn't leave a fortune for supporting roles. Deadline reported that  a short list of actresses were in… Read

News Corp's HarperCollins Agrees To Buy Religious Publisher Thomas Nelson

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Thomas Nelson, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of the calendar year, is subject to regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions. Thomas Nelson is one of the leading trade publishers in the United States. The Company provides multiple forms of inspirational content including: books… Read

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AFM: Industry Conversations Series Set

AFM: Panels And Speakers Schedule Set The American Film Market has released the schedule for its new Industry Conversations program, which will spotlight prominent biz players, is free to attendees and runs November 2-8. AFM begins Wednesday and runs through November 9. Here's the lineup: Thursday, 3 November, 2011 "Columbus Circle" - A Conversation with Actor Kevin Pollak (co-writer & producer), Actress Selma Blair, director and co-writer George Gallo; TBD executive… Read

TV

Cable Notes: ID, VH1 Exec Hires, Weather Channel Series And Kardashian Divorce

Kevin Bennett has been named SVP Programming and Research, ID, Military Channel and Planet Green. It marks Bennett's return to ID, aka Investigation Discovery, which he helped launch four years ago. His hire is part of a new management structure in which Bennett will lead a newly centralized programming, scheduling and research division across the three brands and will oversee development for ID. Tom Huffman, formerly of Shed Media, has joined VH1 as VP Original… Read

Film

Home Video Spending Up 4.9% In 3Q

The industry's Digital Entertainment Group credits a 58% gain in spending on Blu-ray discs vs last year's 3Q and a 12.8% pickup in electronic sell-though (to $135.9M) for much of the gain in 3Q consumer spending, to $3.93B. The 4.9% improvement in total sales was “a major milestone,” DEG says, because “this is the first time spending has increased since the first quarter of 2008, when the economic downturn began.” This also was the first time DEG broke out spending… Read

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AFM: Naomi Watts And Matt Dillon On 'Sunlight Jr'

NEW YORK, NY - October 31, 2011 - Principal photography has begun on SUNLIGHT JR., it was announced today by Original Media's Charlie Corwin and Freight Yard Films' Andrea Roa. Filmed on location in southern Florida, the independent film stars Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. SUNLIGHT JR. is written and directed by Laurie Collyer (SHERRYBABY) and produced by Charlie Corwin (HALF NELSON, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), Andrea Roa (BOOSTER) and Ariel Elia, who will produce on behalf… Read