Ice Cube Pitch ‘Rocky Mountain High’ In Bidding Battle
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
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 the Broadway Theatre's most recent tenant, Rocky The Musical. She's joined by Tom Dockton, Latitude Link, Ted Hartley/RKO Stage and South… Read
RealD Shares Soar After Starboard Value Offers To Buy It
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’
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
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
Justin Bieber & Nicolas Cage, Come On Down — The Actors Fund Has Your Dough!
Attention Justin Bieber! The Actors Fund is trying to find you — and you, too, Haley Joel Osment, Abigail Breslin, Taylor Lautner and Shia LaBeouf. Not to mention thousands of others who have unclaimed money awaiting them from their days working as child performers. The Actors Fund is also looking for Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, and for Sarah Hyland, who plays older daughter Haley Dunphy on ABC's Modern Family. The Lovely Bones' Saoirse Ronan and The Way, Way Back's… Read
DirecTV Secures Renewal Of NFL Sunday Ticket With Added Streaming Rights
DirecTV's been saying for months that it was close to an agreement — and it was important: AT&T could have ditched its acquisition agreement for the No. 1 satellite company if it did not renew NFL Sunday Ticket. But today the satcaster made it official, giving DirecTV shares a modest 1.3% lift in after market trading. Although the companies did not disclose official terms, the deal is believed to run at least through 2021. DirecTV will continue to offer the Red Zone… Read
Media Stocks Swoon As Wall Street Frets Over Factory Activity And Ebola
CBS, Discovery, Liberty Media and Viacom shares touched 52-week lows today as the fourth quarter began with a thud on Wall Street. Investors were glum over a weaker-than-expected report of factory activity in September and concerns that yesterday's first reported case of ebola in the U.S. would keep many people from flying. The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.4%, while the Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 1.3% and tech-heavy NASDAQ slipped 1.6%. Media stocks… Read
Universal Ups Nicholas Carpou To President Of Domestic Distribution
No surprise here: Universal Pictures has found its replacement for the retiring Nikki Rocco: As expected, 32-year company man Nicholas Carpou has been promoted to president of Domestic Distribution. The exec, who as co-president has been overseeing the company's theatrical sales in North America since 2011, will step into the new gig January 1. Rocco, a 47-year studio veteran of the studio who announced her retirement in April after 18 years in the top post, will segue to… Read
K.J. Steinberg Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV, Sells Female Cop Drama To CBS
On the heels of her ABC drama Mistresses getting renewed for a third season, K.J. Steinberg has sold a cop drama to CBS with penalty. It marks the first project under a two-year overall deal Steinberg has signed with Sony Pictures TV after a four-year stint at ABC Studios that resulted in two pilots, Mistresses and Gilded Lilys, and one series.
Steinberg will write and serve as showrunner on CBS' C.H.A.O.S. — Downtown Division. The project revolves around Nic Fontana and… Read
‘Stalker’ Video Review: McDermott, Q Star In Kevin Williamson’s CBS Procedural
Stalker, CBS' newest and creepiest police procedural, debuts tonight with Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott playing detectives dedicated to stalking the stalkers out there. The show is executive produced by Kevin Williamson, the man behind the Scream franchise, The Vampire Diaries, The Following and much else. Deadline's Dominic Patten reviews the results, and, well, it might be enough to make him scream — even if Q and McDermott look fabulous in their trench coats.
Are you… Read