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July 2012 Archive


And The Academy's New President Is… Behind-The-Scenes Of Hawk Koch Win

What really happened behind-the-scenes of the election for a new president of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences tonight? Deadline’s Nikki Finke followed the twists and turns that led to Hawk Koch winning: Make no mistake about it: veteran Hollywood producer Hawk Koch wanted the job “desperately”, in the words of both his friends and frenemies. Not just because he would be a second-generation president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, but… Read

Cillian Murphy To Lead BBC Two Gangster Family Saga ‘Peaky Blinders’

EXCLUSIVE: Cillian Murphy has been set to star as Tommy, the most ruthless brother in a family of gangsters in the six-part BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders. Created by Steven Knight, who wrote David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and was Oscar nominated for Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things, the series is set in 1919 Birmingham where Tommy’s family rules the lawless post-war slum neighborhoods as returning soldiers, revolutionaries and criminals fight for survival. The… Read


Why GMA Host Robin Roberts Left Mid-Show

For the record, it’s a very sympathetic way to exit. Because here’s how Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts told viewers that her medical problems were taking their toll a little early. “Well, a full disclosure here, I’m not feeling too well,” Roberts said at 8:08 a.m. EDT. “In fact, I’m going to leave, and let you all do the rest of the program on your own. I’m going to take a little time off, just to get some vacay. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.” Roberts… Read

R.I.P. Gore Vidal

Hollywood favorite Gore Vidal, a literary powerhouse, essayist, screenwriter and political activist, has died. Vidal passed away today at his Hollywood Hills home from complications of pneumonia, according to his family. He was 86. Vidal wrote 25 novels, including the groundbreaking The City and the Pillar, among the first novels about openly gay characters, and the Tony-nominated play The Best Man, revived on Broadway in 2012. His hundreds of satires included Myra Breckin… Read


Hawk Koch Elected New Motion Picture Academy President Tonight

Beverly Hills, CA – Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office. Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers Branch, has served as first vice president of the Academy during the past year. He previously served three one-year terms as treasurer and one term as vice president. In addition… Read


R.I.P. Norman Alden

Veteran character actor Norman Alden, who appeared in numerous TV shows and movies over a career spanning five decades, has died. Alden was 87 and died July 27th in a Los Angeles nursing home. His movie work included a role as a soda jerk in Back To The Future and he played a cameraman in Tim Burton's Ed Wood. He also had parts in Tora! Tora! Tora!, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden and played the title character in Richard Sarafian's Andy. Alden also provided voices for… Read

Ricky Gervais Announces New Web Series

It’s called Learn English With Ricky GervaisThe comedian says on his blog that he’s finished editing the pilot episode and it’s going to be “great”. It’s a joint project with his frequent collaborator and foil Karl Pilkington. Gervais didn’t provide details, but it’s expected to be more comedic than educational. He says he’s going to “put out the first one free as a taster then work out the best way to distribute. Might charge a small fee or get it sponsored”, Gervais… Read

CBS Pulls '3' After Just Two Episodes

CBS today yanked its new dating show 3 from the schedule after just two episodes. Repeats of dramas will be put in its regular Sunday slot until The Good Wife returns in the fall. “It was a show we tried, we were excited about”, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said at TCA on Sunday. “It didn’t quite get traction. I think overall the summer has been a little bit soft for everybody”. The show, based on a successful Israeli series, put contestants Libby Lopez, April… Read


Rob Schneider Signs With New Wave

Rob Schneider has signed with New Wave Entertainment for management. Saturday Night Live alum Schneider most recently toplined his own comedy series Rob on CBS. His feature credits include Deuce Bigelow, Hot Chick and Grown Ups. Schneider continues to be represented by Gersh and attorney Howard Fishman, and he will continue to work with his brother/producing partner John Schneider at their From Out of Nowhere… Read


Warner Bros Acquires 'Beautiful Disaster'

Warner Bros has acquired screen rights to the novel Beautiful Disaster, with Donald De Line producing. In the Jamie McGuire novel, a young girl named Abby Abernathy tries to overcome a dark past by reinventing herself in college. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her… Read


'Book of Mormon's Josh Gad Joins 'The Internship'

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Gad has signed up for The Internship. The Book Of Mormon star will join Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the 20th Century Fox comedy about two middle-aged men who have to start over at the bottom of the career ladder. Shawn Levy is directing. Gad will play Headphones, an anti-social engineer at the tech firm where Vaughn and Wilson are interning. Gad starts filming in next month. JoAnna Garica, Aasif Mandvi and Jessica Szohr co-star. In addition to landing… Read


'Community' Creator Dan Harmon Nets Script Deal At CBS

Dan Harmon is a wanted man this development season. On the heels of a blind script deal at Fox for a multi-camera comedy, the Community creator has signed a second blind script deal at CBS, also for a multi-camera comedy project, which will be produced by CBS TV Studios. Harmon has fielded interest from networks ever since his May firing from his NBC/Sony TV comedy series Community. The deals with CBS and Fox signal a change in direction for the writer-producer after… Read