November 2011 Archive

Awards

OSCARS: Screen Credits, Music Submission Forms Due 5 PM Thursday, December 1

Beverly Hills, CA - Thursday, December 1, is the deadline to submit official screen credits (OSC) and music submission forms to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 84th Academy Awards® consideration. For a feature film to be considered for the 2011 Awards, the film's distributor or producer must file an OSC form with the Academy by 5 p.m. PT on December 1. If a feature film is released in Los Angeles County in 2011 and the completed OSC form is not… Read

NBC's 'The Voice' Wins Music Competition Series' Grammy Showdown

NBC's The Voice earned bragging rights tonight as all 4 of its musician coaches received Grammy nominations: 4 for Cee Lo Green, 2 each for Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera and one for Adam Levine's band Maroon 5 (it is for the group's collaboration with Aguilera Moves Like Jagger). In contrast, none of the judges of the other signing competition series, including The Voice's main rivals American Idol and The X Factor, landed a single nomination. The recent crop of Ame… Read

Film

Daniel Day-Lewis As Abraham Lincoln

Talk about an absolutely uncanny resemblance… Daniel Day-Lewis was spotted having lunch at a restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, where sharp-eyed local Michael Phillips snapped this picture. Day-Lewis is on location with Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, which also stars Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley and David Oyelowo. Four years in the making, Spielberg's… Read

Awards

'The Book Of Mormon' Nominated For Grammy For Best Musical Theater Album

After getting their show to Broadway, winning nine Tony Awards including Best New Musical, what else is there for Bobby Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, composers/lyricists for The Book of Mormon? Well, just a day after Deadline reported the musical went into the black and investors will turn a profit on their $11.4 million investment, The Book of Mormon original Broadway cast recording was nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. We connected with Lopez… Read

Film

Harry Potter Attraction Riding Into Universal Studios Hollywood

Harry Potter will materialize sometime in the future in Universal City with his own special section of the theme park much like “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Orlando Resort. NBC Universal is expected to announce plans for the Potter addition within a week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Harry Potter site in Florida includes a Hogwarts Castle, roller coasters, and several Potter-themed restaurants. In the year after it opened, the Harry… Read

Film

'Ghost Protocol' To Launch Early In France On IMAX Screens

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has added another layer to its rollout plans with the news that the film will preview in France in IMAX two days ahead of its official Dec 14 release in the territory. Paramount has confirmed to me that this will mark the first paid shows worldwide. The latest chapter in the Tom Cruise franchise will premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival on Dec 7. Five days later, it will play on 5 of France's IMAX-equipped… Read

TV

Cablevision Hit By Internet Service Attack

It happened last night, and for about six hours prevented some customers — no word on how many — from being able to use the Web. Cablevision says that it was a Distributed Denial of Service attack, which means that someone flooded its network with communications, causing it to slow down or grind to a halt. But the company says it has fixed the problem and is trying to find out what caused it. Cablevision has nearly 3M broadband customers, most concentrated in New York… Read

TV

Dodgers Update: TV Rights Hearing Set For Dec. 7; Larry King Part Of Group Seeking To Buy Team

A U.S. Bankruptcy judge today set December 7 to kick off a two-day hearing about whether the Los Angeles Dodgers can begin marketing the team's lucrative future local TV rights, which Fox Sports holds through the end of the 2013 baseball season. Fox already has sued the Dodgers to block any early rights sale. The network claims its regional network has an exclusive window to renegotiate a new deal as part of its current contract, and that that team is using bankruptcy… Read

Film

Media Stocks Join Market Exuberance Over Effort To Stabilize Banking System

The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 was up 4.3% today after central banks in the U.S., Europe, and Japan said that they'd help supply cash to avoid a credit crunch if the European debt crisis worsens. That buoyed media stocks: The Dow Jones U.S. Media Index was up nearly 4.4%. CBS shares rose 5.8%, giving it the biggest bump among the elite group of Big Media companies. It was followed by Disney (+5.4%), News Corp (+5.4%), Time Warner (+4.3%), Viacom (+4.3%), Comcast… Read