April 2012 Archive

Film

Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' Restored, To Get Limited Theatrical Release Next Month

Robert Zemeckis' 3D remake of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine may have sunk to the bottom of the movie development ocean, but the title is very much alive. The original 1968 animated Yellow Submarine feature has been restored and is rolling out in select markets, starting Saturday at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. It plays May 10, 17 and 19 at Arclight Theatres around Southern California. Previously out of print, Yellow Submarine was cleaned up and restored in 4K digital… Read

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WME Signs 'Blue Lagoon's Brenton Thwaites And 'Hatfields & McCoys' Matt Barr

EXCLUSIVE:  Brenton Thwaites and Matt Barr have signed with WME in all areas. Thwaites, best known as Stu Henderson on Home And Away in his native Australia, stars as male lead Dean McMullen in Lifetime's upcoming Blue Lagoon TV movie, which is slated to premiere in June. Most recently seen in the CW's Hellcats and CBS's Harper's Island, Barr co-stars in Kevin Costner's Hatfields & McCoys miniseries on History with Costner, Bill Paxton and Tom Berenger. Barr plays Johnse… Read

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ABC Orders 'Big Brother'-Style Competition Reality Series For Summer

ABC has picked up The Glass House, a competition reality series in the vein of Big Brother. It is set to premiere June 18 and is executive produced by former Big Brother producer Kenny Rosen. Described as an interactive real-life and real-time reality competition, Glass House features 14 contestants living and competing for a quarter million dollars in a wired, state-of-the-art house, playing against each other as well as for the viewers' online votes that will help… Read

Highland Film Group To Handle International On Atlas Independent's 'Revenge For Jolly!'

Dark comedy Revenge For Jolly! premiered at Tribeca earlier this month. It's produced by Atlas Independent, the division of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment that's headed by William Green. Highland Film Group is now on board to handle international sales on the film about a guy who goes on a hunt for the person who killed his beloved Miniature Pinscher. Chadd Harbold makes his feature directing debut while Brian Petsos, in his screenwriting debut, stars. He's joined by… Read

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NBC Eyes August Premieres For New Comedy 'Go On' & Returning Drama 'Grimm'

NBC's freshman drama Grimm received a very early renewal in mid-March. And the network's comedy pilot Go On starring Matthew Perry was given an unusually early series pickup 10 days ago. I hear both are being eyed for an early launch in August, following NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics in London. NBC, which is seeking a ratings turnaround, had been contemplating an early rollout for a number of series to take advantage of the monster promotional platform the… Read

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TruTV Unveils Programming Slate

TruTV's slate of development titles announced today include a Howie Mandel-produced game show set on an airplane and a funny-video pilot from the producers of America's Funniest Home Videos and Tosh.0 starring Shaquille O'Neal and Gary Owen. There are four series on the production slate, including the cast-contingent auction title Container Wars, in which experts compete against each other to buy the contents of huge shipping containers whose contents are unknown only… Read

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Isabelle Huppert Joins ‘Dead Man Down’

EXCLUSIVE: Add Isabelle Huppert to the cast of Dead Man Down. The two-time Cannes Film Festival Best Actress winner will join Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper in the underworld thriller. Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original 2009 Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is directing. The movie started filming last week in Philadelphia; Huppert begins her filming later in May. It's a busy year for the French actress. She has tw… Read

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HBO Renews Comedy Series 'Veep' And 'Girls' For Second Season

HBO has given early second-season pickups to new comedy series Veep and Girls after two and three airings, respectively. Both have received 10-episode orders. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer Veep drew 1.4 million viewers in its debut to Girls' 872,000, though Veep has a much larger lead-in from Game Of Thrones. In gross audience, the two comedies are on par, 3.8 million for Girls and 3.7 million for Veep, which started a week later. Girls, created by and starring Lena… Read

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'NCIS' Co-Star David McCallum Signs New Two-Year Deal, Will Return Next Season

EXCLUSIVE: NCIS co-star David McCallum has closed a new two-year deal with series producer CBS TV Studios to continue on the long-running CBS procedural. McCallum is one of four original cast members whose contracts are up at the end of this season, along with Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray (who joined during the first season). During the quartet's previous renegotiation two years ago, McCallum again was the first to reach a new agreement at the end of… Read

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Conde Nast Entertainment Group Names Sahar Elhabashi Executive VP & COO

EXCLUSIVE: Condé Nast Entertainment Group president Dawn Ostroff said today that CNEG has named Sahar Elhabashi EVP and Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, she will report to Ostroff. This addition of the former Discovery Networks International and MTV executive comes six months after former CW Entertainment chief Ostroff became president. CNEG is charged with setting up film, TV and digital projects derived primarily from the content of Condé Nast's 18 consumer… Read

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John Legend To Replace Lionel Richie On ABC's New Music Reality Series 'Duets'

John Legend has joined the quartet of star mentors on ABC's upcoming music reality series Duets. He replaces Lionel Richie, who was originally tapped for the gig but has pulled out citing scheduling conflicts. Duets will feature Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke as they set out across the country looking for two undiscovered singers to be their duets partners. The duets will compete for the top prize: a recording contract with Hollywood Records for… Read

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Bounce TV To Launch First Original Series 'Family Time' On June 18

Bounce TV, the over-the-air broadcast network targeting black audiences, said it will launch its first original series June 18 — nine months after the station's launch. The sitcom Family Time stars Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell and centers on the Stallworths, a working-class family who wins the lottery and is vaulted into the middle class overnight. Bentley Kyle Evans (The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin) created the series; he produces with Evans and partner Trenten Gumbs. It… Read

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