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Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization

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Sound of Music and upcoming Peter Pan producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed a three-year development and production deal with Broadway powerhouse The Shubert Organization, they all announced today. Here's the release: BROADWAY'S SHUBERT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES A DEVELOPMENT/PRODUCTION AGREEMENT WITH PRODUCERS CRAIG ZADAN & NEIL MERON NEW YORK (October 23, 2014) — The Shubert Organization has signed a three-year development/production deal with producers Craig… Read


World Series Game 2 Ratings Fall From 2013, ‘The 100′ Craters In Return, ‘Arrow’ Up, ‘Mysteries Of Laura’ Steady

2014 World Series: Game 2 San Francisco Giants v. Kansas City Royals

Things certainly turned around in Game 2 of the World Series last night — at least for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals came back from a shattering loss in Game 1 to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Wednesday, but for Fox, the ratings were a lot like the less-than-winning results of Game 1. Last night's game was down double digits from 2013 and matched with the comparable game of the low 2012 series. In fast nationals, the 8-11 PM game in KC pulled in a 2.9/9 rating… Read


Lauren Zalaznick Joins Penguin Random House Board: Publishing

2012 Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame Awards

The publishing giant today announced that the former NBCUniversal exec and film producer Zalaznick has been named to its board of directors. Here's the release:  NEW YORK, NY, October 23, 2014 — Media and entertainment industry executive Lauren Zalaznick has been appointed as the first independent Board member of Penguin Random House, the world's largest international trade book publisher. Ms. Zalaznick has devoted her 30-year career to transforming the cultural landscape… Read


‘Real Housewives’ Teresa Giudice Must Serve Sentence At ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Prison

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Turns out ignorance has proved no excuse for Teresa Giudice once again in her conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud case. The same judge who sentenced The Real Housewives Of New Jersey cast member to 15-months behind bars on October 2 has now refused Giudice's attempt to serve some of her time in a halfway house. In fact Judge Esther Salas reveled on Wednesday that she's sending Giudice to the minimum-security camp that served as the basis for the prison in Netflix's Orange Is T… Read


Martin Scorsese & Amir Bar-Lev Truckin’ On Grateful Dead Documentary Film

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The Grateful Dead will celebrate the band's 50th anniversary with an authorized feature documentary that will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, helmer of the superb films The Tillman Story and most recently the Penn State football scandal Happy Valley. Martin Scorsese, whose own rock docus have provided the template for how to make these kinds of movies, will be executive producer along with Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, and Rick Yorn. Longtime… Read


Keira Knightley Sets Broadway Debut As Thérèse Raquin At Roundabout Theatre Co.

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Score a huge one for Todd Haimes, longtime artistic director of the nonprofit Roundabout empire. The company, which operates three Broadway venues, will launch its 50th anniversary season next October with Keira Knightley as Emile Zola's adulterous heroine, in Thérèse Raquin, perennial catnip for playwrights and screenwriters. Haimes commissioned the latest adaptation, by Helen Edmundsen. It was first presented in summer 2014 at the UK's Bath Theatre Royal (Knightley was… Read


Ethan Hawke To Play Chet Baker In Trumpeter Biopic ‘Born To Be Blue’ – AFM

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Shooting has begun in Ontario on Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue with Ethan Hawke as the legendary jazz trumpeter. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, the drama is inspired by Baker's rise, fall and eventual resurgence. The story will chart his comeback in the late 1970s and the tumultuous love affair that changed the way he played music and helped him on the road to redemption after his self-destructive ways had seemingly destroyed his career… Read


California Film Commission Appointments: IATSE VP & PMK*BNC Boss Added


Just over a month after signing a big expansion of California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program, Gov. Jerry Brown has picked a Democrat labor leader and a Republican PR CEO to join the state film commission's board. The announcement of IATSE VP Thomas Davis and PMK*BNC boss Michael Nyman to the board of the Californian Film Commission comes as big change and big bucks are about to hit the state organization. Next year will see not only an influx of hundreds of… Read


‘John Wick’ Partners PalmStar & Thunder Road Make $200 Million Slate Financing Deal

"The Town" Press Conference - 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

On the eve of the opening of their Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick, PalmStar Media Capital and Thunder Road Pictures have made an overall financing deal that will give Basil Iwanyk's production company more than $200 million in equity annually to fully finance and produce five to six star-driven films with budgets between $20 million and $50 million. PalmStar has the option to finance or co-finance the bigger-budget films. Iwanyk's company will also have over $5 million in… Read


World Series Ratings: Game 1 Strikes Out With New Low

World Series - San Francisco Giants v Kansas City Royals - Game One

UPDATE, 1:57 PM: The final stats are in for last night's World Series Game 1 and it looks like there were two losers: The Kansas City Royals, obviously, after falling to the San Francisco Giants 7-1, and Fox. The opening game got a 3.4/11 rating between 8-11 PM with 12.19 million viewers. That's a drop of 19% from the first game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 23 last year. Last night's game dipped 6% from the previous all-time World… Read


Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque


How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18:  King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn't specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the… Read


Warner Bros Says “No Merit” To ‘Conjuring’ Producer’s “Money Laundering” Charge Against New Line

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Tony DeRosa-Grund brought some big guns to his war with Warner Bros and its New Line Cinema division today. Already battling the studio in the courts, The Conjuring producer has now charged New Line and its Biz and Legal Affairs head Craig A. Alexander with violating federal racketeering laws. “The case has no merit, and we will vigorously defend it,” a Warners spokesperson told me today. But DeRosa-Grund has a lot more to say. "As a result of Defendants' overt… Read


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