February 2013 Archive

Film

Best Buy, Founder End Investment Talks

Best Buy and founder Richard Schulze have ended talks whereby he and private equity investors were seeking three board seats in exchange for acquiring a minority stake in the consumer electronics giant, Bloomberg reported. Schulze wasn't able to line up debt and equity financing, according to sources cited by the news service. Schulze's attempt to arrange a smaller deal with Cerberus Capital Management, TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners also ended. Hopes a deal… Read

Film

Global Showbiz Briefs: BFI Film Fund For Docs, Film London For Artists, RealD In Hospitals, Endemol’s ‘Big Boss’

Documentary Makers To Pitch BFI For Funding The BFI Film Fund will dish out funding to documentaries via twice-yearly public pitch sessions, in London and at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Documentarians will pitch ideas to a panel of senior execs “from within the BFI Film Fund and wider documentary funding community”, with selected candidates benefitting from a day of expert-led development to help them focus pitches and strengthen ideas. Documentary filmmaking in Britain is on a… Read

TV

Layoffs In Hasbro Studios’ Game Show & Reality Department

Hasbro Studios today laid off the three staffers in its Game & Reality Show Production & Development department under VP Kevin Belinkoff. Belinkoff will continue to oversee the studio's game show efforts, including current series Family Game Night for sibling HUB network as Hasbro remains committed to the genre. But its game show/reality projects will be handled on a consultant basis. That is the model Hasbro Studios uses on the animation side, where it has produced 850… Read

Film

Specialty Preview: ‘Stoker’, ‘War Witch’, ‘A Place At The Table’, ‘Genius On Hold’, ‘The End Of Love’

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor. The first weekend after Oscars brings a variety of specialty films making their U.S. theatrical debuts. South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook's first English-language thriller Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, hopes to lure Park fans and new converts, while Tribeca Film hopes to draw audiences for its award winning and Oscar-nominated film War Witch. Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and Jeff Bridges are just two of the marquee names behind… Read

TV

Will Sasso To Star In ‘Middle Age Rage’, ‘The Hundred’ Adds Actress

Will Sasso is set as the co-lead opposite Annie Mumolo in ABC's comedy pilot Middle Age Rage, which chronicles what happens when Carol (Mumolo), a middle-aged wife and mother, is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she's earned. Sasso, repped by Paradigm, D2Management and attorney is Jon Moonves, will play Carol's husband. Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult) will co-star opposite Eliza Taylor in in the CW drama pilot The Hundred… Read

TV

Rebecca De Mornay To Lead ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, ‘Venice’ & ‘Killer Women’ Add Cast

Rebecca De Mornay and Nick Westrate have been cast as leads in NBC's hourlong pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a take on the infamous feud set in present-day Pittsburgh. The startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between the two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment. De Mornay will play the central character of Mary Hatfield, the Mayor of Pittsburgh and matriarch of the powerful Hatfields, who basically run the city through their development… Read

TV

Sophia Bush To Star In NBC Pilot ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, ‘The Selection’ Finds Celeste

EXCLUSIVE: Sophia Bush is returning to drama series with a lead role in NBC's hourlong pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a modern-day take on the infamous feud executive produced by Charlize Theron. Written by John Glenn and directed by Michael Mayer, the project is set in present day Pittsburgh. The startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between these two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment. One Tree Hill alumna Bush, repped by WME and Joan… Read

Business

Sinclair Stations To Stay On DirecTV While They Work Out Retransmission Deal

Here's another 11th hour retransmission consent agreement — not a moment too soon for Sinclair, which has its hands full with its new station acquisition deals. The broadcaster recently told DirecTV customers that “it does not appear” they'd be successful in extending their carriage deal which expires tonight. But Sinclair now says it has “a short-term extension of its existing agreement” that will “allow the parties to enter into a formal agreement.” DirecTV also says… Read

Film

‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Release Date Nov. 15

Paramount has just set the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer The Wolf Of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese for wide release November 15, 2013. The film about the real-life rise and fall of Wall Street hotshot Jordan Belfort also stars Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie and Jon Bernthal. Terry Winter wrote the script. Red Granite Pictures financed and… Read

TV

John Benjamin Hickey To Star In CW Pilot ‘Blink’

John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) is set as a lead in the CW's pilot Blink. Written by Vera Herbert and exec produced by David Marshall Grant, Blink is a quirky, humorous family drama narrated by the father, Greg (Hickey), who is in a coma-like state following a car accident where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all. Hickey is with Paradigm and The Schiff… Read

Film

‘The Hobbit 3′ Release Date Delayed To December 17, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has pushed the release date for The Hobbit: There And Back Again to December 17, 2014 from its original date of July 18, 2014. This is the final film in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the JRR Tolkien novel. Hobbit 3 now avoids going up against X-Men: Days Of Future Past and so far is solo in the December 17th spot. The first film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has pulled in $300.9M domestically and $979.9M worldwide since… Read

TV

Australian Actress Eliza Taylor Tapped As The Lead Of CW Pilot ‘The Hundred’

EXCLUSIVE: Eliza Taylor has been cast as the lead in the CW drama pilot The Hundred. Written/executive produced by Jason Rothenberg based on the books by Kass Morgan, directed by Bharat Nalluri and exec produced by Matt Miller, The Hundred is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. It revolves around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Taylor, repped by CAA and ROAR, plays the lead… Read

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