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February 2010 Archive

LATE NIGHT GOP WARS: Letterman Pits Mitt Romney Against Leno's Sarah Palin

Jay Leno made news when he announced that Sarah Palin will be among his high-profile guests when he returns to The Tonight Show next week (aka “The Jaysurrection”). Now David Letterman’s lineup for next week pits Mitt Romney against Sarah Palin on Tuesday night — and the ratings may well provide clues on which probable GOP presidential contender may be most popular. The week’s lineup for Letterman’s Late Show are: MONDAY, Bill Murray; TUESDAY, Mitt Romney; WEDNESDAY… Read

Academy May Discipline 'The Hurt Locker'

UPDATES Oscar Campaign Badmouthing Has Begun! Aren’t you shocked, shocked, that there’s badmouthing during awards season? And don’t you love how some media are pretending this is the end of Hollywood as we know it? Today, Summit Entertainment issued the following statement: “An enthusiastic and naive young producer made a mistake. When we found out, we asked him to stop immediately and let the Academy know and he is making amends.” I hear Summit’s Rob Friedman is pissed… Read

Farrelly Brothers Cast Christina Applegate

This may be welcome news to people like me who have Jennifer Aniston fatigue. After receiving Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG nominations for her title role in the canceled ABC sitcom Samantha, Who?, Christina Applegate is segueing once again from TV to film. She’s about to close a deal to join Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, and Jenna Fischer in Hall Pass, the Farrelly brothers comedy for New Line. Applegate will play one of the wives who give a hall pass to their husbands… Read

2nd Annual “Produced By” Confab June 4-6

LOS ANGELES (February 25, 2010) – Following on the heels of last year's sold out inaugural conference, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that the second annual Produced By Conference (PBC) will be held June 4-6, 2010 at 20th Century Fox Studios. Reaching across film, television and new media industries, PBC is a rare educational forum involving acclaimed producers, including countless Academy Award®-winning filmmakers and Emmy® winners, as well as the… Read

Howard Stern Won't Be Next 'Idol' Judge

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: You may be upset or relieved to hear my news that Howard Stern definitely won't be joining American Idol as the judge replacing Simon Cowell. According to my sources close to the show, the new judge will be announced at the end of the current run. Whoever gets the gig will have a sweet deal: 19 Entertainment, the London-based company which created American Idol, has a budget of $38 million to spend on Cowell's… Read

Ex-ITV Chief Joins TV Management Firm

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Michael Grade, ITV's former executive chairman, has become non-executive chairman of UK management agency James Grant Group. The agency represents TV presenters, including ITV mainstays Ant & Dec, America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan and radio DJ Fearne Cotton. Holly Pye, the highly-regarded ex-WME reality television agent, joined James Grant last month.  Read

Revolver Guns For British Youth Audience

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Revolver Entertainment, the British distribution company, plans to make 3 low-budget youth or urban movies a year. Each film will be budgeted up to £1 million. The company is high on its first in-house production, Shank, a futuristic gang thriller which sales agent AV Pictures has already sold to Benelux, France, Germany and the Middle East and will be released in the UK on 80 screens on March 26. A tie-in pop video sung by London… Read

UK Exhibitors End Boycott Of Disney's 'Alice'

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler:The UK’s biggest movie theatre chain Odeon has now ended its standoff with the Walt Disney Co. It joined exhibitors Vue and Cineworld to show Alice In Wonderland as scheduled. What a win for Bob Iger and what a sea-change for filmgoers. It'll end up like Korea where a movie plays for a few weeks in cinemas and then, snap your fingers, and all formats are available at a variety of prices. Disney decided to stare down exhibitors both… Read

McG Comedy In Need Of Male Frenemies

Bradley Cooper has fallen out of This Means War because the July start date overlapped the Warners comedy The Hangover 2, which is a big payday for Cooper. This Means War, the McG-directed Fox comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, now needs to find both of the best friends who become enemies when the duo realize they are pining for the same woman.  Read

Whale Of A Uni Tale For Drew Barrymore

EXCLUSIVE: This may not be the best of times to develop a lovable whale tale considering the tragic death of that trainer by an Orca. Universal is making Everybody Loves Whales, a fact-based story of the 1988 rescue of a trio of California gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. I’m told Drew Barrymore is circling the role of a Greenpeace activist and Ken Kwapis is set to direct. Shooting is slated for the fall. The film has all the makings of a… Read