November 2011 Archive

IFC Acquires Samuel L. Jackson Film 'The Samaritan'

New York, NY (November 30, 2011) - IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to THE SAMARITAN, starring Academy Award® nominated Samuel L. Jackson, produced by Andras Hamori and directed by David Weaver from a screenplay by Weaver and Elan Mastai. THE SAMARITAN also stars Luke Kirby (TAKE THIS WALTZ), Ruth Negga (LOVE/HATE) and Oscar nominated Tom Wilkinson (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL). After twenty-five years in prison, Foley (Jackson)… Read

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Back To Back Terrence Malick Movies Means No 'Noah' For Christian Bale

Christian Bale isn't going to play the title character in the Darren Aronofsky-directed Biblical epic Noah. Bale had never been set, but it was understood he was the actor Aronofsky wanted. I'm told that it won't happen because the dates don't work because Bale is committed to doing the Terrence Malick-directed Lawless and Knight Of Cups, which are being made back to back. Bale's coming off The Dark Knight Rises. Noah's being funded by Paramount and New Regency and will… Read

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Peter Cattaneo In Talks To Direct 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

EXCLUSIVE: The Full Monty helmer Peter Cattaneo is in talks to direct Bridget Jones's Baby, the Universal Pictures/Working Title sequel that brings back Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Shooting begins early next year. The directing assignment has been open since early October, when Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig stepped away after working on the most recent script draft. At the time, the feeling was that the Helen Fielding novels and film series has an… Read

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Hollywood Lobbyists Say They're Willing To Compromise On Anti-Piracy Legislation

The leading supporters of legislation to attack overseas web sites that traffic in pirated entertainment say that they're prepared to address some legislators' concerns about potential threats to legitimate Internet businesses. “I think you'll see some movement,” says Michael O'Leary, MPAA's Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs. But he adds that it probably won't be enough to stop tech companies from opposing the bill — known in the House… Read

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FilmDistrict And Sony Partner On 'Evil Dead' Remake

Culver City, CA (November 30, 2011) - Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and FilmDistrict have partnered with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal--excluding U.K. and France --for Sony Pictures to distribute the remake of Evil Dead. The announcement was made by Steven Bersch, SPWA President, and Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. Lia Buman, FilmDistrict's EVP of Acquisitions, will oversee the project. Original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell… Read

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The CW's Marketing Chief Rick Haskins Stays, Gets Expanded Responsibilities

The CW's new head of marketing is… Rick Haskins. The network's outgoing marketing chief has agreed to stay on in a new, expended role. Haskins, whose full title was EVP Digital, New Technologies, Marketing and Brand Strategy, has been upped to EVP, Marketing and Digital Programs, a new position in which he will continue to report to the CW president Mark Pedowitz. In his new role, Haskins will continue to spearhead all aspects of the network's marketing and digital… Read

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Zachary Levi To Host Spike TV's Video Game Awards

New York, NY, November 30, 2011 - Star of NBC's "Chuck," voice actor for "Fallout: New Vegas" and "Halo: Reach," owner of the nerd culture site http://www.TheNerdMachine.com and video game super fan Zachary Levi will host Spike TV's 2011 "Video Game Awards" (#VGA). Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuring some of the most notable names in video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more, the two-hour event honoring the outstanding achievements within the video game… Read

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Variance Acquires Indie 'Trouble With Bliss' With 'Dexter's Michael C. Hall

Variance Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to The Trouble With Bliss, the Michael Knowles-directed film that stars Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi, and Chris Messina. The film will get a theatrical release on March 23, 2012, per Variance founder Dylan Marchetti. Hall plays 35-year-old Morris Bliss, who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job… Read

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NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Taps Steve Dolcemaschio To Run Reality Studio

Steve Dolcemaschio, who has been the COO of E! Entertainment for the past six years, has been picked to run NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's reality production arm Comcast Entertainment Studio. The unit, which is being renamed early next year, develops and produces reality and topical programs for cable networks including E!'s The Soup, Fashion Police and Ice Loves Coco; the Style Network's Giuliana & Bill; and GSN's Baggage. He will report to Bonnie Hammer, chairman of… Read

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Cross Creek And Hammer Films Acquire 'Boneshaker' For Feature

Los Angeles, CA - November 30, 2011 - Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures, Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer Films and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group ("Exclusive") announced today that Hammer has acquired the rights to the novel "Boneshaker" by Cherie Priest for adaptation to the big screen. Project will be co-produced by Hammer and Cross Creek Pictures and co-financed by… Read

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David Milch Re-Ups With HBO, Will Develop Projects Based On William Faulkner Titles

David Milch is extending his relationship with HBO. Milch, whose latest series for the pay cable network, Luck, launches in January, has inked a new multi-year deal with HBO where he has been based for the past eight years. Under the new extension, in addition to executive producing Luck with Michael Mann, Milch will develop series and movies based on books by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner William Falkner. Milch's Redboard Prods has inked a deal with the literary estate… Read

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Ratings Rat Race: 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Hits High; Fox & NBC Up, ABC Down

It may have started off as a joke — models prancing down the catwalk in their underwear — but Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has transcended its status as a voyeuristic spectacle for young men to become a pop culture phenomenon and a formidable franchise for CBS. Last night's special drew an eye-popping 4.9 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and a 5.2/14 in 18-34 at 10 PM, the highest ever for the franchise in both categories. In 18-49, Victoria's Secret was up a whopping… Read

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