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August 2012 Archive


'American Idol' Judging Panel Takes Shape

Chatter about the the judges on the upcoming 12th season of American Idol intensify as Fox is expected to start completing deals and announce talent right after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Despite all the speculation, Mariah Carey still is the only judge locked in for next season. Nicki Minaj continues to be in negotiations. Keith Urban appears likely to get the “country” chair, for which Fox had approached Brad Paisley early on. The judging panel will likely be… Read


CBS Buys Drama From Original Film

A character-driven drama from Neal Moritz's Original Film has been bought by CBS. The untitled project, penned by actor-turned-writer Grant Thompson, centers on an FBI agent from Nebraska who single-handedly prevents a major domestic terrorist attack while on a family vacation and instantly becomes an American hero. He then takes on a new job leading a DC task force. Steve Maeda (Lie To Me), Neil Moritz and Vivian Cannon executive produce, with Thompson co-executive… Read


RATINGS RAT RACE: Pre-Season Football Affects Primetime, RNC Coverage Down

With pre-season football pre-empting programming on all major broadcast networks (Fox was pre-empted in almost 20% of the country), fast nationals for ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC were likely inflated. Add to that live coverage of the final night of the Republican National Convention, which ran late, bleeding into primetime on the West Coast, and the result is non-time zone adjusted fast nationals that will likely undergo major changes in the finals. With that in mind, ABC’s Wipe… Read


Zac Efron To Star In 'Are We Officially Dating?'

Zac Efron will star in the romantic comedy Are We Officially Dating, which Tom Gormican wrote and will direct for TreeHouse Pictures. Script, which made the 2010 Black List, concerns three friends in New York City who make a pact to remain single just as they each start to fall in love. Production begins in Manhattan this fall. Treehouse Pictures' Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen are producing with Scott Aversano and Andrew O'Connor. Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett, and Manu… Read


CBS Corp. And AT&T U-Verse Renew Carriage Agreement

AT&T U-verse TV and CBS Corp. today announced renewal of their content carriage agreements, which covers retransmission consent for the CBS Owned Stations, and carriage of Showtime, The Smithsonian Channel and The CBS Sports Network. "We are pleased to have reached these comprehensive renewal agreements which recognize the value our stations and our cable channels bring to AT&T's U-verse service" said Martin Franks, EVP Planning, Policy and Government Relations, CBS… Read


Venice: Michael Cimino Raises New 'Heaven's Gate', 'The Iceman' Cometh

“Being infamous is not fun. It becomes a weird occupation in and of itself.” Michael Cimino spoke those words at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday as he introduced a digitally remastered version of Heaven’s Gate. One of the most notorious box office flops of all time, the film is credited with contributing to the demise of United Artists and halting the auteur movement of 70s Hollywood. Cimino was coming off Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for The Deer Hunter… Read

Apple Loses Case Vs. Samsung In Japan

Coming off a major U.S. copyright victory against the same rival just a week ago, Apple lost a case today in Japan when a Tokyo court ruled that Samsung‘s mobile devices did not infringe on an Apple patent involved in synching mobile devices and computers. In the U.S. case, a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages. Reuters noted that Apple is now seeking bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones in the U.S. market. In Japan, though, Samsung said “We… Read

Global Showbiz Briefs: 'Great Expectations', HBO Goes Nordic, 'Touch Of The Light'

‘Great Expectations’ To Close London Fest In addition to screening next month in Toronto, director Mike Newell’s version of Great Expections has been selected as the closing night presentation of the 56th BFI London Film Festival. The Dickens classic adapted by David Nicholls will screen October 21 at the Odeon Leicester Square. It stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine as Pip, the orphan who’s given a chance to rise from humble beginnings owing to a… Read


EMMYS: Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Acting Handicap

After this year's one last hurrah, say goodbye to the longform supporting actor categories at the Emmys. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voted to do away with the categories and "merge" them with the lead actor and actress contests in a bid to reduce some of the primetime categories and save time on the telecast. So, for the last time, here is a rundown of the chances for this year's nominees: SUPPORTING ACTOR TOM BERENGER (Hatfields & M… Read


'The Ambassador', 'For A Good Time, Call…' 'Little Birds': Specialty Box Office Preview

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine. The dog days of summer are coming to a close as Venice, Telluride and Toronto gear up with dozens of titles that will eventually make their way to U.S. screens — at least those that receive a theatrical release. For Labor Day weekend audiences, a string of past festival pics are headed for their box office run. Sundance titles The Ambassador, For A Good Time, Call and Little Birds make their bows this holiday. Austrian… Read