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
Alcon Worldwide Marketing President Richard Ingber To Exit
Alcon marketing exec Richard Ingber is departing his post after 14 years with the WB-based company and seven years as its President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. Ingber, who also produced Alcon's family hit Dolphin Tale, will resume his eponymous Richard Ingber Entertainment marketing firm while staying on as consultant on Alcon's Hillsong – Let Hope Rise and their Point Break reboot.
Ingber first joined Alcon as a marketing consultant in 200 on family pic My Dog… Read
‘Bewitched’ Follow-Up Series Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment
In a very competitive situation, Bewitched, a new take on the classic supernatural sitcom, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony Pictures TV took out the comedy, penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, last week, garnering interest from multiple networks that created a bidding situation between NBC and ABC, the network that aired the original series from 1964-1972.
Coming on the 50th anniversary of Bewitched's debut, the new version… Read
Warner Bros Says “No Merit” To ‘Conjuring’ Producer’s “Money Laundering” Charge Against New Line
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
Brad Silberling Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios
After directing the pilots for the two most recent CBS TV Studios-produced CW series to go beyond the original 13-episode orders, Brad Silberling has been signed by the studio in a two-year overall deal. The last two pilot seasons, Silberling directed the CW/CBS Studios pilots Reign and Jane the Virgin. Both went to series, with Reign currently in Season 2 and freshman Jane recently given a full-season order. The pilot for Jane was among the best reviewed this… Read
‘Alpha House’ Review: Dominic Patten Welcomes Back Amazon’s D.C. Boys
Just in time for the midterm elections, Season 2 of Amazon Studios' political comedy Alpha House has arrived, and it gets my vote. The Garry Trudeau-created series debuts all 10 episodes of its second season Friday on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Watch my video review of the p, Alpha House has gotten sharper and more importantly funnier with a sophomore season of real laughs, sturdy stories and great cameos and additions to a cast led by John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark… Read
Amanda Righetti Joins Carlton Cuse’s USA Pilot ‘Colony’
In her first regular role since The Mentalist, Amanda Righetti has been cast opposite Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony, USA Network's drama pilot from Carlton Cuse. A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Prods., Colony is a family drama/thriller about life in Los Angeles after a mysterious "foreign" occupation. Righetti will play Madeline, younger sister of Katie (Callies) and the mother of a diabetic child in need of insulin. She… Read
‘Red Band Society’ Gets Order For Four More Scripts
Fox is keeping its freshman drama Red Band Society in contention for a back episodic order with a pickup of four additional scripts. The hospital drama launched to solid reviews but has been soft in the ratings. Still, a couple of weeks in, its numbers stabilized, and last Wednesday the series (1.0 among adults 18-49 in Live+SD) actually logged a one-tenth week-to-week uptick. Additionally, the drama starring Octavia Spencer has been a major DVR gainer, getting 70-80%… Read
‘Sirens’ Star Jessica McNamee Signs With Inspire
Inspire Entertainment has signed Jessica McNamee, star of the USA Network comedy Sirens. She is currently shooting the second season and grabbed attention playing the sister of Rachel McAdams' character in The Vow opposite Channing Tatum. She made her film debut in Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones, a film that won the Midnight Madness prize at 2009 Toronto.
McNamee's breakthrough came playing Sammy Rafter for the first three seasons on Network Seven's family drama Packed To The… Read
Plagues Be Damned: Ridley Scott’s Moses Movie ‘Exodus’ Seeks Egyptian Release
EXCLUSIVE: Where Noah failed, Moses is trying to get past Egyptian censors. Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods And Kings might be facing a tough fight with Egypt's highest religious authority Al-Azhar to get approved ahead of the film's planned December release in the Arab world's most populous country, but help could be at hand from an unlikely ally.
Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour is leading the charge to ensure that the film is released in Egyptian cinemas despite objections… Read
‘The Gambler': Mark Wahlberg In Remake’s First Redband Peek
Mark Wahlberg has a few NSFW words for John Goodman in Paramount's first reveal of The Gambler, the remake of the 1974 drama that nabbed James Caan a Golden Globe nomination and jumpstarted screenwriter James Toback's career. Given his reaction a few years back when the remake was announced, Toback might share the sentiment. This Gambler stars Wahlberg as a college professor struggling with a crippling gambling addiction, with Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and… Read
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Closes $450M Credit Facility, Triples Financing Ability
EuropaCorp, the French mini-major co-founded by Luc Besson in 2000, signed a five-year, $450M credit facility during the Cannes Film Festival in May to finance a slate of English-language films. At the time, the studio said it also had a $100M accordion that would be used to finance its existing credit facility of $132.8M. Today, the studio says it has closed on a $400M credit line, plus a $50M second credit facility and a $150M accordion. The existing credit facilities… Read