Comedy Central Int’l Moves Ahead With ‘Brotherhood’ Sitcom From UK’s Big Talk
As part of Comedy Central International's initiative to commission multi-camera sitcoms for a global audience, the Viacom-owned broadcaster is going into production on UK series Brotherhood, the first to come through its development pipeline. Formerly known as Mummy's Boys, an unaired pilot was shot last year and eight half-hour episodes have been confirmed. ITV-owned Big Talk Productions (A Young Doctor's Notebook, Ant Man) is shooting Brotherhood on location and in… Read
CNN Among Several Turner Networks Dropped By Dish In Carriage Dispute
Another carriage dispute has resulted in the blackout of TV networks. As of 2 AM ET on Oct. 21, several Turner Broadcast nets, including CNN, Cartoon Network and TruTV, are no longer available on Dish Network after Turner and the satellite provider could not reach a new deal following lengthy negotiations and extensions to the two companies' previous contract.
“Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Dish Network, and they have unilaterally… Read
Powerful ‘Klinghoffer’ Premiere Starts With Protests, Ends With Cheers
Police barricades surrounded the plaza at Lincoln Center, helicopters buzzed overhead and several hundred protesters, at one point led by former mayor Rudy Giuliani, denounced the Metropolitan Opera on Monday evening for presenting The Death Of Klinghoffer. Brandishing placards that read “Shame On Peter Gelb” — a reference to the Met's general manager — and “The Met Opera Glorifies Terrorism,” the marchers sang “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, and listened to… Read
Pitt Honors Soldiers; BBC Takes To ‘London Spy’, ‘Passing Bells'; More: Global Briefs
The BFI London Film Festival closed with a bang Sunday night as Brad Pitt, Shia Lebeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal hit town for the European premiere of David Ayer's WW2 drama Fury. Speaking to reporters, Pitt paid tribute to the sacrifices so many soldiers had made. "We all walked away absolutely enriched and for me, specifically, it was a real study in leadership, earning one's respect and being responsible for others. I walk away knowing I'm a better… Read
Oscar De La Renta Dies: Fashion Icon Was 82 – Update
Update 9:50PM: Hollywood reacts to the death of their beloved designer, who died at 82 after a long battle with cancer:
Said Taylor Swift on Instagram, “My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory.”
Iconic legendary genius, gone but definitely not forgotten #OscarDeLaRenta My heart goes out to the De La Renta family. -ZS
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 21, 2014
Sad to hear of… Read
Hillary Clinton Raises Record $2.1M At Jeffrey Katzenberg Co-Hosted Hollywood Fundraiser
Hillary Clinton tonight told a room full of Hollywood heavyweights that the midterm elections are very important to make sure the Democrats retain the Senate so they can move forward on “important issues like immigration reform.” What she also told the 60 or so guests in attendance is, to use some of the introductory remarks by co-chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, is “the amazing drawing power” of the former Secretary of State. A fact not lost on anyone as tonight's event raised… Read
UTA & ‘Trouble With The Curve’ Writer Hit With New $5M Lawsuit Over Clint Eastwood Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Brooks is proof that if at first you don't succeed in Hollywood, try, try again - especially in the courts. Just over eight months after his first multimillion-dollar Trouble With The Curve copyright infringement lawsuit was tossed, Brooks and his Gold Glove Productions launched today a new $5 million breach of contract complaint over the pic in LA Superior Court (read it here).
With different lawyers than last time, Brooks isn't claiming now that Warner Br… Read
Resolution Agent Jennifer Good Goes To Paradigm
After a three-month stay at Resolution, Jennifer Good has joined Paradigm as an agent in the TV Lit department. Among the clients Good will bring to Paradigm are Sue Tenney, showrunner of Hallmark Channel's Cedar Cove and The Good Witch, Diane Ademu-John, co-executive producer of “The Originals“, director Grant Harvey (Helix, Orphan Black), Declan DeBarra (The Originals) and Mark Fellows (100 Things to do Before High School). Good joined Resolution in the summer from The… Read
Well Go USA, Rumble Board Halle Berry Thriller ‘Kidnap'; China Rights Set
EXCLUSIVE: With cameras set to roll tomorrow in New Orleans, Well Go USA and Rumble Entertainment have come aboard as producers/financiers on the Halle Berry starrer Kidnap. Luis Prieto (Pusher) is directing the action-thriller from a Knate Gwaltney script about a mother who will stop at nothing to save her abducted son.
Rumble Entertainment's Gregory Chou is joining Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam and Joey Tufaro of Gold Star Films as… Read
‘Conjuring 2′ Moves To 2016; New Line Sets Untitled Horror Film In October 2015 Spot
In the wake of The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle screaming up close to $167M worldwide, Warner Bros. is moving New Line's sequel The Conjuring 2, out of its Oct. 23, 2015 spot into 2016. In place of Conjuring 2's old spot, Warner Bros./New Line will be releasing an untitled horror film on Oct. 23. The first Conjuring was a global success, minting $318M off a $20M production budget. Annabelle, which is currently in release in 52 overseas markets in addition to the… Read
‘John Wick’ Review: Pete Hammond on Keanu Reeves’ Killer Film
Watch my video review above of Keanu Reeves's new action film, John Wick, where he plays a one-time hit man goaded back into action by (as I mentioned in an earlier column) the heinous acts of some completely expendable (and soon-to-be expended) Russian mobsters.
Reeves, now 50, returns to the action genre years after his heyday in The Matrix trilogy, and he's in fine form. I think fans will love his work here. That said, I'm less certain about the rest of the movie… Read
AMPTP’s Jesse Hiestand Exits For FX Networks PR Post
Jesse Hiestand, longtime spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, has been hired as Director of Corporate Communications at FX Networks and FX Productions. He started today. The move comes after longtime FX head of communications John Solberg recently expanded his portfolio to include rebranded FX Networks FXX and FXM as well as FX Prods. This is part of a plan to staff up the ranks under him.
Prior to joining the AMPTP he worked in… Read