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April 2012 Archive


Eli Roth’s ‘Goretorium’ Bringing Horror To Las Vegas

The man who brought the tourism horror of Hostel to the big screen is bringing a whole new type of fright to Sin City. Eli Roth's Goretorium haunted house is scheduled to open on September 27 in Las Vegas, right in time for Halloween. "Horror fans know that with my name on it," Roth told Deadline, "it won't be for little kids. They know it will be a very scary experience." Aiming to tap into the $7 billion a year Halloween industry, the 24/7 all year round mult-leveled Gor… Read


'Rock Of Ages' Soundtrack Drops June 5

Tom Cruise shows a new hard rocking side of himself in New Line Cinema’s June 15 release Rock Of AgesThe film version of the stage musical tells the story of the music scene on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s through hit songs of the period by Bon Jovi, Journey, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and more. Cruise is not the only film star displaying rock moves; the cast includes Russell Brand (who played rock… Read


George Clooney's $10M Obama Fundraiser: Now Single Biggest Obama Campaign Event; Is Hollywood Help Going To Hurt?

Insiders tell Deadline that the May 10th fundraiser at George Clooney’s Malibu Studio City home has sold out for $6 million and raised over $4 million for the accompanying raffle. But is this Hollywood fundraising giving red meat to Republicans starting to lambast Obama as the ‘Celebrity President’? On Saturday, Clooney told the Wall Street Journal that his fundraising dinner, co-hosted by Obama bundler Jeffrey Katzenberg and organized by his political right-hand Andy… Read


HBO Picks Up Matthew-Woody Series ‘True Detective’ With Eight-Episode Order

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, True Detective, an eight-part event drama series project starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, has landed at HBO with a straight-to-series order. I hear the pay cable network is finalizing a deal for an eight-episode order to the high-concept cop drama written on spec by Nic Pizzolatto, with Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) on board to direct all episodes. True Detective, which sparked heated bidding after it was taken out to the… Read


R.I.P. Joel Goldsmith

Stargate and Star Trek composer Joel Goldsmith died on April 29 from cancer. Goldsmith was 54. A three-time Emmy nominee, Goldsmith composed music for over 330 episodes of the long running Stargate sci-fi franchise, created by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. Goldsmith's music appears in Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe, as well as two direct-to-DVD 2009 films, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Continuum.The son of composer Jerry Goldsmith, who won an… Read


ABC Eyes 13-Episode Final Season Of 'Private Practice'

I hear that ABC is in talks to pick up Private Practice for a 13-episode sixth and final season. I hear a final renewal decision on the bubble series has not been made yet but the series’ chances have been helped by its strong ratings performance last week. In its second airing in its new Tuesday 10 PM slot, the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff posted a 2.2/6 in adults 18-49, up 29% from its modest premiere on the night the week before, to log its most-watched telecast in more than… Read


UPDATE: Dick Clark Wins Golden Globes TV Trial; Judge Says 1993 Amendment Key

UPDATED: Judge Howard A. Matz has found in favor of defendant Dick Clark Productions in the trial with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over who owns TV rights to the Golden Globes. DCP now can continue to produce the Globes, which are organized by the HFPA. In Matz’s 89-page ruling announced today (read it here), he affirmed a 1993 perpetuity amendment that the production company says gave it the right to make a 2010 deal with NBC that will keep the annual awards… Read


Paramount Picks Up Ringo Starr & Dave Stewart’s ‘Hole In The Fence’

EXCLUSIVE: A former Beatle and a former Eurythmic are making a musical with Paramount. The studio has picked up Hole In The Fence from Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart. The coming-of-age drama is about a group of kids who form a band to escape their depressing mining town. Stewart and Starr, who have worked together as musicians, will serve as executive producers along with Pam Williams. David Harris is writing the script based on Starr and Stewart's music and original idea… Read


DirecTV Management Moves Shore Up Ad Sales And Advanced Digital Services

The No. 1 satellite company promoted Paul Guyardo to be Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, continuing to report to CEO Mike White. Guyardo will pick up ad sales, which will expand as DirecTV begins to sell local ads. As a result, the company says, he’ll oversee “all functions that drive the Company's $22 billion in U.S. revenue.” His universe already included marketing, branding, public relations, pricing and packaging,, sports, premium channels and on-demand… Read


Familiar Names On U.S. Piracy Watchlist As Online Theft On Rise

The U.S. Trade Representative’s annual list of the countries on America’s official piracy radar was released today, with Spain and Malaysia dropping off the roster and Ukraine coming aboard. The highest Priority Watch List includes thirteen countries: Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela. The report says online piracy is “rapidly supplanting physical piracy in many markets around the world”… Read


'Battleship' Slows To $170.9M Overseas

Peter Berg’s military vs aliens actioner from Universal moved into its 3rd weekend of international release and grossed an estimated $22.5M at 9,604 dates in 50 territories. That now brings the international total grosses for Battleship to $170.9M. Or, to put it in perspective, still less than what Marvel’s The Avengers from Disney made in its first 5 days of release in 39 territories last week. And with Russia and China and Japan still to come! Rival studios tell me that… Read