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November 2012 Archive


OSCARS: Indies Stake A Claim On Animated-Feature Category

A new trend has begun to take hold in a category that's been mostly major-studio territory since its creation a decade ago. The animated-feature lineup is seeing more independent distributors finding their way into the Oscar race and enjoying real success in winning those coveted nominations. In fact, since the animated-feature category was created in 2001, the list of winners — from DreamWorks Animation's Shrek through last year's victor Paramount's Rango — has been… Read


Seth MacFarlane A Guest Of ‘The Simpsons’

Seth MacFarlane can add another credit to his resume. He’s set to guest star in the season premiere of The Simpsons that will air on Fox in fall 2013. MacFarlane will voice the character of a married man who pursues Marge Simpson after the two meet online. MacFarlane’s animated Fox series Family Guy featured Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, in a recent episode. MacFarlane will host the Oscars on February… Read


BBC Scandal: NYT CEO Delays Facing Staff Till “Early In The New Year”

New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson, who was interviewed a week ago in London in connection with the BBC scandal involving sex abuse claims against former TV host Jimmy Savile, notified the paper’s staff in a memo today that conclusion of the investigation has been delayed. As a result Thompson, a former BBC director general who had planned to face Times staff questions December 17th and 18th, said those meetings won’t take place until “early in the new year”. Thompson… Read


Michael Boatman Replaces Duane Martin In Nick At Nite Comedy Pilot ‘Instant Mom’

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Michael Boatman is set to co-star opposite Tia Mowry in the Nick at Nite family comedy pilot Instant Mom. Boatman replaces Duane Martin who was originally cast in the role. The recasting decision was made after today’s table read. Written by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler loosely based on their real life, Instant Mom centers on a 25-year-old party girl (Mowry) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries successful doctor Charlie… Read

Box Office

Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 12

Listen to Episode 12 of our audio podcast “Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. This week, Deadline Executive Editor Lieberman and host David Bloom discuss why this quarter is looking very good for a number of companies: big exhibition companies are seeing their projections raised on what looks like very strong box office, while NBC‘s improving situation on several fronts may provide a big windfall for parent Comcast and finally, Lionsgate is roaring in just about… Read


Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto & Elle McLemore Join ‘Army Wives’ As New Series Regulars

With original cast member Kim Delaney set to depart Lifetime’s Army Wives as it heads into its seventh season and Sally Pressman scaling back from a series regular to recurring, the veteran drama is adding three actresses as series regulars — Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto  (Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries) and Elle McLemore. In her first series regular role, singer-actress Ashanti will play Latasha Durant, an optimistic mother of three, a sexy, fun woman who knows how… Read


Specialty Preview: ‘Addicted To Fame,’ ‘Back To 1942,’ ‘Hecho En México,’ ‘Ex-Girlfriends’, ‘Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning’

Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine. New arrivals to the specialty market don’t include any marquee Oscar contenders compared to recent weeks. What we have is a hodgepodge of cross-genre fare. Abramorama’s Addicted To Fame takes a behind-the-scenes look at a film set with a troubled star. Magnet Releasing’s Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning is a follow-up to the previous Jean-Claude Van Damme pic which took a circuitous route to the big screen. China Lion’s Back… Read


Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Exits Summit’s ‘Highlander’ Remake

EXCLUSIVE: When it comes to directors on the movie Highlander, there can be only one. But it won’t be Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The 28 Weeks Later helmer has exited Summit’s reboot of the film, which still has Ryan Reynolds poised to play the title character. I’m told that his exit is amicable, and that after a year of working on the project, he and Summit could not get past the fact they had differing views of the film, and finally agreed to disagree. Fresnadillo left a… Read


‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Release Form Is Fake Says Specialist As Judge Cancels Upcoming Hearing

The release form suddenly provided this week by Innocence Of Muslims filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef is a "forgery", lawyers for actress Cindy Lee Garcia said today — and they’ve got an expert who agrees with them. Of course, it might not matter because Judge Michael Fitzgerald today canceled a scheduled December 3rd hearing on whether Garcia’s copyright claims to the film would give her the authority to request that YouTube take down the movie’s 14-minute trailer. The… Read


Deadline’s YouTube Channel Rankings

Life was relatively quiet in the universe of Google-funded YouTube channels during the week that began on Thanksgiving and ended on November 28. The Onion — helped by a hilarious send-up of the TED Talks — led a group of just eight channels that gained views over the previous week. Not surprisingly, Hungry was among the winners, rising 33 spots to No. 48, with a collection of videos dedicated to preparing Thanksgiving dinners and leftovers. But total views for the… Read


‘Amelia Rules!’ Gets Backer In Push For TV & Movie Adaptations

EXCLUSIVE: Vivek Tiwary, whose credits include producing Broadway musicals The Addams Family, American Idiot, The Producers and Young Frankenstein, has come aboard as exclusive producer to adapt Jimmy Gownley’s graphic novel series for TV and film. The one-time music industry exec plans to secure the involvement of musicians in acting roles as well as musical composition and will begin shopping the project to studios and networks in the coming months. Published by Simon… Read


Jeff Zucker’s First Memo To CNN Staff

Incoming president of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker has sent a memo to the staff, saying he sees “endless potential” for the network. Here’s the full memo, via a CNN staffer, first posted on Politico. Related: Jeff Zucker: CNN Must "Remain Editorially Independent” With Thursday's announcement behind us, I wanted to communicate directly with you to say how excited I am to be part of CNN's future. I have long been a consumer and admirer of CNN's journalism. And I see endless… Read