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Catherine Zeta-Jones To Play Colombian Drug Lord In ‘The Godmother’

Catherine Zeta Jones

EXCLUSIVE: Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn as the ruthless wife of a drug lord in 2000's Traffic, has landed an even juicier role in the true story crime biopic The Godmother. In a new film directed by Norwegian helmer Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes, Cold Lunch) Zeta-Jones will play real life kingpin Griselda Blanco, the first and only woman to rise to the higher echelons of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel. Blanco was a fearsome figure at the… Read


Bill O’Reilly And David Letterman Take Compatibility Test: Video

Bill OReilly David Letterman

David Letterman and Bill O'Reilly don't often agree on such important subjects as Beyonce, or whether Abraham Lincoln would appear on Funny or Die as did President Obama. Tonight, on Letterman's  late-night show, they decide to take a compatibility test, answering such questions as:”Baseball or football?” “Long hair or short hair?” “River or lake?” “Liquor or weed?”… Read


Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Re-Opens In Los Angeles


Quentin Tarantino officially begins his tenure as film programmer of the New Beverly Cinema tonight when he re-opens the LA institution after a monthlong remodeling. On the docket is a Paul Mazursky double feature of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Blume In Love, which kicks off three months of Tarantino-programmed films, as Deadline reported last month. Many of those films, screened on film either on 16mm or 35mm, will come from Tarantino's personal vaults. Tonight's Bob… Read


TV Land Picks Up ‘Impastor’ & ‘Teachers’ To Series

"Impastor" Photo

TV Land continues its transformation toward single-camera, edgier comedy with 10-episode series orders to both of its pilots: Impastor starring Michael Rosenbaum and Teachers, topined by improv group the Katydids on whose web series the series is based. Both are single-camera and will premiere in 2015. While TV Land, once known as home for classic sitcoms, kicked off its original efforts with multi-camera series, single-camera comedies now outnumber traditional sitcoms on… Read


David O Russell Gets 2-Picture Deal With Megan Ellison’s Annapurna

"American Hustle" New York Screening - Outside Arrivals

EXCLUSIVE: In a move that takes her patronage of auteur filmmakers to another level, Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures have made a deal to finance two pictures directed by David O Russell. This is an outgrowth of their experience on American Hustle, the ensemble drama that got 10 Oscar nominations and grossed $250 million worldwide. Ellison earlier this year pledged to back Page 1, the development shingle of Zero Dark Thirty writer and producer Mark Boal. But she… Read


Secret Service Director Resigns — Broadcast And Cable Nets Jump In

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington

Broadcast networks interrupted their daytime programs, and cable news networks went wall-to-wall today when word broke via Twitter that Secret Service director Julia Pierson had resigned. Her resignation came one day after yesterday's blistering, televised Q&A with members of Congress over the Secret Service's epic fail of September 19 when a guy with a knife got into the White House, which was almost immediately followed by a breaking news report a guy with a gun, and a… Read


Ice Cube Pitch ‘Rocky Mountain High’ In Bidding Battle

Ice Cube Visits "Fuse Top 20 Countdown"

EXCLUSIVE: There is a five-studio bidding battle over Rocky Mountain High, an original pitch that Ice Cube will star in and produce. Universal, Relativity, Paramount, MGM and New Line are all vying for this treatment that Cube hatched and will topline. The film has a reasonable budget and could spark a franchise. Cube will produce with Jeff Kwatinetz and Beau Flynn. This comes as Cube is having the best year of his career. Ride Along and 22 Jump Street were both big hits… Read


‘Utopia’ Moves To Friday, Replaced By ‘MasterChef Junior’ On Tuesday


Faced with low ratings, Fox is pulling Utopia from Tuesdays effective immediately. The reality series will continue to air on Fridays. Utopia's regular time slot was Tuesday 8 PM, with a second original airing on Friday for the first six weeks. The big-budget series' lackluster ratings (0.8 in 18-49 for the past two Tuesday outings) have changed that. Utopia now will air only on Fridays. MasterChef Junior, which was supposed to succeed Utopia on Fridays, now will do the… Read


Des McAnuff Leads ‘Dr. Zhivago’ Musical To Broadway

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After eight years of development, director Des McAnuff and a creative team that includes playwright and screenwriter Michael Weller, composer Lucy Simon and lyricists Michael Korie and  Amy Powers will bring a musical adaptation of Dr. Zhivago to the Broadway Theatre in the spring. Lead producer is Anita Waxman, whose shows include Rocky The Musical. She's joined by Tom Dockton, Latitude Link, Ted Hartley/RKO Stage and South Korean impresario Chunsoo Shin. The show is… Read


RealD Shares Soar After Starboard Value Offers To Buy It

CinemaCon 2014 - Paramount Pictures, In Conjunction With Christie And RealD, Hosts CinemaCon's Opening Night Dinner Party

Shares in the 3D technology company are up about 20% in post market trading after Jeffrey Smith's activist hedge fund said it has bought 9.9% of RealD's shares and offered to buy the company. Starboard Value would pay $12 a share, a 29% premium over today's closing price.  Starboard says in an SEC filing that it told CEO Michael Lewis in a letter that the fund doesn't think RealD “is best positioned to execute against its future opportunities as a public company.” What's… Read


‘The Bridge’s Diane Kruger Sets Indies ‘Maryland’ & ‘Sky’

Diane Kruger

EXCLUSIVE: With her FX series The Bridge wrapping its second season tonight, Diane Kruger has set two indie features to fill her winter schedule. German-born Kruger (Wicker Park, Inglourious Basterds, The Host) will first head to the south of France to film Maryland for director Alice Winocour, the helmer who made her debut two years ago with the Cannes entry Augustine. The film tracks an ex-soldier with PTSD who is hired to protect the wife and child of a wealthy… Read


‘Selfie’ & ‘Manhattan Love Story’ Start Soft, Edge Fox Comedies; ‘New Orleans’ Holds, ‘Forever’ Drops – Ratings Rat Race

Another high tech meets low comedy in Pygmalion update 'Selfie' on ABC

UPDATE 2:40 PM: What is wrong with ABC's Nielsen fast nationals sample? Once again, there were major upward adjustments for the network's Tuesday fast nationals — good news for new comedy series Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, each going up two-tenths to a 1.6 and 1.5 Live+Same Day rating among adults 18-49, respectively. That is an encouraging sign for the two newbies, which widened their margin of victory over Fox's New Girl (1.3, up a tenth) and The Mindy Project… Read


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