May 2012 Archive


'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Hunger Games' Win Big At Golden Trailer Awards

The first official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises snared the top prize of Best In Show at the 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards tonight at a mansion in Bel-Air. TDKR's trailer also took the trophy for Best Summer 2012 Blockbuster. It was a good year for women, organizers noted, with trailers and print promotions successfully promoting female protagonists in typically male-led genres. Snow White And The Huntsman took the prize for Best Action. The Bridesmaids red-band… Read


EMMYS: Drama Series Overview

Since its debut, Mad Men has had a lock on the Emmys' marquee drama series category. Last year, it fended off a formidable challenge from another period drama, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, which was coming off a best drama series at the Golden Globes. In doing that, Mad Men matched The West Wing and Hill Street Blues' record four consecutive Emmys in the top drama category. Mad Men's quest to become the first drama series ever to win five years in a row is becoming even more… Read


Harvey Weinstein Guest-Hosting CNN’s 'Piers Morgan' With Bill Clinton: Live-Blog

Multi-Oscar winning indie studio chief Harvey Weinstein is guest-hosting CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight and spending the hour interviewing former President Bill Clinton. The show was pre-taped in New York this afternoon. The appearance by Weinstein, a long time Clinton supporter and big time donor to Democrats including President Obama this election cycle, comes as part of Guest Host Week on the primetime CNN talk show. With CNN's primetime ratings hitting 20-year lows this… Read


Is Fox News Producer Who Made Scathing Obama Video Out Of A Job?

Is Chris White now a producer without a network? CNN isn't hiring him and Fox News isn't talking, a day after a scathing Fox & Friends video segment on President Obama ran that White, an associate producer at the network, put together. A source told Deadline that CNN, who had already been talking to the producer, contacted White after the video aired and offered to double his Fox News salary. CNN would not confirm whether or not they had offered White a job, and today a… Read


FilmDistrict Hires Trio Of Marketing Execs

Following a busy Cannes Film Festival and hires of Christine Birch as president of marketing and Jim Orr as president of distribution, FilmDistrict has brought aboard three additional marketing executives: Tracy Pollard as SVP creative advertising, Brad Goldberg as SVP media and Anna Baxter as SVP digital marketing. Along with those appointments FilmDistrict veteran Adrian Alperovich has been promoted to chief operating officer. Alperovich most recently was president of… Read


'Castle' EP Laurie Zaks Starts Production Company, Signs Deal With ABC Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Castle executive producer Laurie Zaks is putting down roots at ABC Studios, which produces the ABC dramedy. Zaks has signed an overall deal with the studio, her first overall pact, and has launched her own production company, Second Season. Under the one-year deal, which has an option for a second year, Zaks will develop new projects. The name she chose for her company is a reference to “what you want to get for your show, a second season,” Zaks said. But also… Read


Universal Close To 'Kick-Ass 2' Deals With Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Others

EXCLUSIVE: After Deadline revealed that Universal Pictures was stepping in to finance Kick-Ass 2 with Jeff Wadlow directing his script, the big question was whether the original Kick-Ass cast of Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, among others, would be back for an encore. There has been a lot of rumors lately that Johnson, who stars in the upcoming Oliver Stone-directed Savages, would leave and that other actors were being lined up for a recasting… Read


Specialty Box Office: ‘5 Broken Cameras,' 'Pink Ribbons, Inc.,' 'Wish Me Away'

A trio of docs are among this weekend's new specialty offerings. Kino Lorber Films' 5 Broken Cameras began when a Palestinian farmer decided to record Israeli soldiers in his village over a number of years and recruited an Israeli to pull the footage together into a film. First Run Features' Pink Ribbons, Inc. takes a critical look at an organization that has been a leader in the fight against breast cancer, but some wonder whether it has lost sight of its primary… Read


Nick Wechsler Acquires Michael Koryta Novel 'The Prophet', 'Magic Mike' Scribe Reid Carolin To Adapt

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Nick Wechsler has acquired The Prophet, the upcoming Michael Koryta novel that will be published in August by Little, Brown and Company. Wechsler hasn't yet set it up for financing, but he has already attached Reid Carolin to adapt it. Carolin wrote the script for Magic Mike, the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed male stripper pic that was hatched by Channing Tatum and Carolin, who are partners in Iron Horse Entertainment. Wechsler produced Magic Mike… Read


Kate Walsh Poised To Depart ABC's 'Private Practice' After 13 More Episodes

EXCLUSIVE: It looks like Dr. Addison Montgomery, who left Seattle Grace five years ago to move to Los Angeles, will be packing again. I've learned that Private Practice star Kate Walsh plans to leave the medical drama after 13 episodes of the upcoming sixth season. There had been speculation that Walsh, who has played the character of Addison for 7 years, starting on Grey's Anatomy before she segued to spinoff Private Practice, had been looking to move on. Her deal was up… Read


Nicolas Winding Refn In DreamWorks Talks For 'Button Man: The Killing Game'

EXCLUSIVE: Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn is in talks with DreamWorks to direct Button Man, an adaptation of the graphic novel Button Man: The Killing Game by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson. Wagner created Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog. The action revolves around Harry Exton, a hired gun who's offered a fortune to take part in a game organized by bored millionaires that sets trained killers against one another in a fight to the death. The fat cats bet on the… Read


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