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‘Everest’ Team Talks Responsibility As Venice (After Hiccup) Officially Is Underway – Update


UPDATE with details from gala screening: Jan and Sarah Arnold-Hall, Helen Wilton, David Breashears and Sherpa Ang Dorje were all on the Lido this afternoon, attending the press conference for Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest which opened the Venice Film Festival tonight (after a false start in the gala screening). Each of them is depicted in the Working Title film, with real and tragic events from their lives playing out on screen. Being true to them was one of the major… Read


‘Star Wars’ Force Friday: How Disney Will Hit Hyperdrive With Global Sales Push

404356 03: Frank Lopez of Manhattan contemplates purchasing a Clone Trooper doll as the new line of Star Wars toys meant to coincide with the film "Star Wars: Episode II" were unveiled at midnight of April 23, 2002 at the Toys "R" Us store in New York City's Times Square. (Photo by George Best/Getty Images)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t open until December 18. But this week the public will see the equivalent of a red carpet premiere for a key part of Disney’s effort to build Star Wars Inc. into a commercial force unlike anything Hollywood has ever seen. The entertainment giant will team with toy and merchandise manufacturers and retailers in an unprecedented collection of Internet and store-based events to introduce and sell consumer products. They’re calling it “Force… Read


‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Renewed For Season 3 By Starz

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On the heels of strong ratings for its second season premiere on August 22, Starz has ordered a third season of original comedy series Survivor's Remorse, from executive producers Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Mike O'Malley, Paul Wachter and Vic Levin. O'Malley has signed on again to serve as executive producer and showrunner. "We are thrilled to renew 'Survivor's Remorse' for a third season, " said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. "Since it began… Read


Stephen Colbert Will Gab With J.J. Abrams For Montclair Film Festival

Star Wars J.J. Abrams set Omaze Force For Good

It’s being billed as “Celebrity Nerd-Off” — Garden State trouper and ascender to the Late Show throne will host an evening with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director on stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark on November 21. The event, promising “a wide-ranging on-stage discussion of their influences, ideas, and creative work,” will benefit the Montclair Film Festival. "We remain incredibly grateful to Stephen Colbert for his unwavering… Read


‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets Amazon Series Order; More Scripts For ‘Casanova’

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It may have taken four months longer, but Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hourlong pilot Sneaky Pete got where it was looking to get last spring — with a series order. I hear Amazon has picked up to series the Giovanni Ribisi-starring pilot, from Sony Pictures TV. It was one of two pilots Amazon put on its Instant Video platform for viewing on August 7, along with Casanova, starring Diego Luna as the famous playboy. I hear Casanova remains in contention with an order… Read


‘American Pastoral’ Adds David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba & Others; ‘Friends And Romans’ To Bow In Fall

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Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral has beefed up its cast, adding David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry, who join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning in the Vietnam War drama, Based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Phillip Roth, the film follows a family torn apart when a legendary former high school athlete’s seemingly perfect life is shattered after his rebellious daughter’s antiwar activism turns to violent political… Read


Oscars: New Producers Reveal Show Plans Including Excitement & “A Little Hint Of Danger”

Oscar Opening Ceremony

Now that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced David Hill and Reginald Hudlin as producers of the 88th Academy Awards — with neither having any prior experience directly in producing the granddaddy of awards shows (that is always the instant target of critics) —  in what direction will they be taking the broadcast February 28 on ABC?  I talked to Hill late yesterday and Hudlin this morning to find out and how this first-time teaming came… Read


‘The Daily Show’ Adds Correspondents Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic & Roy Wood Jr.

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One day after dropping a promo video in which new host Trevor Noah assures three of The Daily Shows surviving correspondents nothing is going to change on the show – and says how to pronounce “zebra” – the show announced the addition of three new correspondents to The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever. Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic and Roy Wood Jr. will join the team when Noah makes his debut as host on Monday, September 28. "I'm so excited to welcome these new members of the Daily… Read


Spielberg’s DreamWorks May End Up At Any Studio But Disney


While there is still one more year on DreamWorks’ pact with The Walt Disney Co., the live-action company overseen by director Steven Spielberg could end up at any studio in town at the moment. “There have been no negotiations, no proposals between DreamWorks or Steven and Universal,” said one source with knowledge of the situation. Said another, DreamWorks could end up at Paramount, Fox, Universal or even Warner Bros. where the director is moving forward on the film Ready… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ Casts ‘Lucy’ Actor As Euron Greyjoy

"A Hijacking" Photocall - The 69th Venice Film Festival

Danish actor Pilou Asbæk (Lucy, The Borgias) has been cast as Euron Greyjoy in the sixth season of Game Of Thrones. Euron is mentioned throughout George R.R. Martin’s book series, but actually appears in A Feast For Crows. Known as Crow’s Eye and Euron Crow’s Eye, he is a member of House Greyjoy and the eldest of Lord Balon Greyjoy’s younger brothers. He’s captain of the Silence, a ship crewed entirely by mutes whose tongues were cut out by Euron. Asbæk joins recently… Read


Warner Bros Closes On Thriller Pitch ‘Heist’; Chris & Charlie Frazier To Pen Script


EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and writer-producer Nico Mastorakis have closed a deal on Mastorakis’ feature film pitch, tentatively called Heist. Details remain undisclosed for now, though the idea is the portrayal of a “daring” and “unbelievable” heist. Chris Frazier and Charlie Frazier have been mutually hired by Mastorakis and Warner Bros to write the script. WB production exec Cate Adams will oversee the project. The Fraziers have In the Company Of Lies in development at… Read


Governors Awards: ‘Albert Nobbs’ Duo Tapped To Produce


Now that the Academy has lined up producers for the 88th Academy Awards in David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, the Oscar org has pivoted to its seventh annual Governors Awards. It has tapped Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis, the principals in Mockingbird Films, to produce the event set for November 14 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. This years honorary Oscar Governors Awards are set for Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. Debbie Reynolds will receive the Jean Hersholt… Read