Paradigm Signs Joe Johnston
EXCLUSIVE: Joe Johnston has signed with Paradigm, reuniting the filmmaker with his longtime reps Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer. The writer-director moves from WME, where he signed in March as Kanter and Spencer were leaving Resolution. He worked with Kanter for years at CAA and then left to join the dealmaker at Resolution, where it didn't work out. The prolific writer-director is quite a catch for Paradigm; Johnston's hits include Captain America: The First Avenger, Octo… Read
Lake Bell To Helm ‘Emperor’s Children'; Jack Kilmer Joins ‘Stanford Prison Experiment'; ‘The Finest Hours’ Adds ‘Outlander’s Graham McTavish
After making her directing debut with In A World, Lake Bell will take her sophomore turn behind the camera with The Emperor's Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud's 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine. Bell wrote, directed, and starred in In A World, which nabbed her Sundance's Waldo… Read
OSCARS: ‘Snowpiercer’ Becomes First DVD Screener Sent To Academy Voters
Emmy season ended just last night, and now the six-month-long Oscar season begins in earnest this week with the Fall festival trifecta of Venice, Telluride and then next week, Toronto. And tonight the motion picture Academy's Board Of Governors will be voting on recipients of this year's Governors Awards Honorary Oscars which will be handed out on November 8th. And the Emmy body may still be warm but Oscar campaigners seem to be jumping into the fray even earlier than… Read
Sony Pictures Locks Tom Hanks, Ron Howard For April ‘Inferno’ Start
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have firmed an April start in Italy on Inferno, the third installment based on the Dan Brown novel series that began with The Da Vinci Code. The studio has closed its deals with Tom Hanks to reprise his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and for Ron Howard to direct and Brian Grazer to produce with Howard. The script is by David Koepp.
In Inferno, Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up… Read
EMMYS: The Categories They Forgot
This year's Emmy Awards broadcast was a weird tedious highly entertaining practically unwatchable terrific mildly amusing boring repulsive celebration of the best of TV, hosted by yet another white guy who did a terrific job lacking passion or personality - we're consolidating all of this morning's headlines because we know you're very busy, and you're welcome.
But here are a few categories they forgot to hand out last night:
Best Minimization Of Emmys Promotional… Read
Lucy Punch To Star In FX Comedy She Will Pen With Ant Hines & Casper Christensen
FX has put in development a single-camera comedy project from actress Lucy Punch, frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Ant Hines and popular Danish comedian Casper Christensen. The trio will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy, with England-born Punch set to star. The untitled project follows a desperate English expat (Punch) who marries a death row convict so she can get a green card and stay in the States to pursue her dreams. Thinking that her… Read
UPDATE: WeatherNation Sees Dark Clouds Over Comcast-TWC Merger
UPDATED: 4:30 PM: The Weather Channel declined comment when contacted by Deadline, but Comcast has issued a response to WeatherNation's petition to the FCC opposing the cable giant's planned merger with Time Warner Cable: "Comcast carries over 160 independent programmers and has continued to increase our carriage of independent programming after the NBCUniversal acquisition. The amount of multichannel video subscribers that Comcast will have after this deal is below a… Read
Avi Arad & Bruno Wu Using Genghis Khan To Invade China
In late 2011, Chinese media entrepreneur Bruno Wu's Seven Stars Entertainment announced a joint venture with producer Avi Arad. The aim was wide-ranging: to develop superhero franchise properties across live-action tentpoles, animated TV series, merchandising, digital platforms, and mobile apps. All of the stories were to be inspired by Chinese history and mythology. In 2013 the venture morphed into a more formal agreement that created Dragon Entertainment.
It's often… Read
The Emmys Go Social: Good But They’re NOT The MTV Video Music Awards
Sometimes, these contests just aren't fair. The good old Emmys, the TV Academy and this year's host network, NBC, all lined up the most fiercest lineup ever they imagined of social-media goodness for Monday night's broadcast of TVs top awards. And as far as social-media impact goes, they did pretty well, according to Nielsen's TV ratings, with the total unique audience up 6 percent from last year, when CBS hosted edition 65 on a September Sunday.
But those numbers… Read
Lionsgate Nabs Schwarzenegger Starrer ‘Maggie'; Oscilloscope Rocks With ‘Jingle Bell’ Docu
In a preemptive deal that knocked it out of the Toronto premieres line-up, Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to apocalyptic thiller Maggie. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator and Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman And Robin), Oscar-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender's Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Tudors, Nip/Tuck), Maggie tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on… Read
Fox Buys Ensemble Comedy From Alec Sulkin & Julius Sharpe As Put Pilot
After testing the multi-camera waters with Dads last season, Fox is back at it with a multi-camera project from a duo of Dads writer-producers. The network has given the comedy, from Dads co-creator/executive producer Alec Sulkin and co-executive producer Julius “Goldie” Sharpe, a big put pilot commitment. The 20th Century Fox TV-produced All Together Now revolves around 6 friends in their late 20's who vow to unplug their mobile devices and engage each other for as long… Read
Voltage Sets John Moore And William Wisher For Pierce Brosnan-Starrer ‘I.T.’
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Films has set John Moore to direct and William Wisher Jr. to rewrite I.T., the thriller that will star November Man's Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan will play a successful publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours. He soon finds the former friend is using technology to threaten his family, business, and life. Wisher's credits include Terminator 2 and Live Free Or Die Hard; Moore most recently helmed A Good Day To Die Hard.
The film will… Read