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August 2012 Archive


Fox Renews 'Hotel Hell' For Second Season

Fox has given Gordon Ramsay’s newest reality series Hotel Hell a second-season order. After having its premiere date pushed a couple of times, Hotel Hell posted the highest-rated series debut of the summer and ranks as this summer's No. 1 new series among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 as well as other demos. "With Hotel Hell, Gordon has proved once again that he's one of the most successful and appealing personalities on television," said Fox’s president of alternative… Read


Ben Affleck's Latest 'Argo' Debuts Big As Major Oscar Contender: TELLURIDE

The 39th Annual Telluride Film Festival officially gets underway tonight. But the fest provided a “sneak preview” of its highest profile movie: director/star Ben Affleck‘s pulse-pounding true life thriller, Argo, which made its world debut this afternoon for patron and sponsor passholders and selected press. Although not announced as an official part of the Telluride lineup, it was strongly tipped to come here and Affleck introduced today’s screening: “You are the first… Read


'The Hobbit 3' Scheduled For July 18, 2014

Warner Bros and MGM Pictures jointly announced today that the final film in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the¬†JRR Tolkien novel is now titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. It will be released worldwide on July 18, 2014. All three films in the trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. The Studios also announced the title of the second installment in the franchise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which will be released on… Read


Several TV Series Book Recurring Actors

Angelique Cabral has booked a recurring role on the second season of ABC’s Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23. She will play Fox Paris, a woman who is also a junior analyst at the financial firm where June (Drema Walker) has just been hired. Cabral, repped by Pakula/King and Karen Forman Management, is currently co-starring in the feature The Perfect Family with Emily Deschanel. Desperate Housewives alum Steven Culp is back on ABC with a recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy… Read


William Petersen Poised To Exit Hitman Drama Pilot 'Hurt People'

EXCLUSIVE: William Petersen’s return to television is being put on hold. I’ve learned that the CSI alum is leaving the Cinemax/GK-tv drama pilot Hurt People, which he was to executive produce and star in. Petersen has been a major driver behind the project penned by former production executive Peter Macmanus in his writing debut. Petersen and his producing partner Cynthia Chvatal responded to Macmanus’ script and teamed with Graham King’s GK-tv to develop it. With… Read


Animation Guild Ratifies Contract With AMPTP

The Animation Guild representING 2,600 artists, writers and technicians employed in the animation industry today announced its Local 839 IATSE membership has ratified the collective bargaining agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The Guild walked out of talks in April, returning in June after a heavily-attended special membership meeting and guild survey of contract priorities. About 24% of those ballots sent out were… Read


Fox News Wins RNC Thursday Coverage As Overall Viewership Plunges 31% From 2008

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan continue to draw smaller TV crowds than the 2008 Republican Party duo of John McCain and Sarah Palin. The grand finale of this year’s Republican National Convention featuring Presidential candidate Romney’s acceptance speech and an introduction by Clint Eastwood drew a total of 25.3 million viewers last night from 10-11 PM on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. That was down 31% from the final hour of the 2008 GOP convention. Fox News… Read


Australian Rebecca Breeds To Co-Star In CBS' Rob Greenberg Comedy Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: In her first US television role, young Australian actress Rebecca Breeds has landed the female lead in Rob Greenberg's single-camera comedy pilot for CBS opposite¬†Chris Smith, Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub. The project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co., centers on a young guy (Smith) who finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex, including Gil (Penn) and die-hard ladies man and four-time divorcee… Read


Ken Kwapis Sells Two Comedies To NBC

Director-producer Ken Kwapis has sold two family comedy projects to NBC though the first-look deal In Cahoots, his company with Alexandra Beattie, has with Universal Television. Kwapis is attached to direct both projects as well as executive produce with Beattie. The first project, tentatively titled Fred and Marilyn, is written by Scott Prendergast and inspired by his real life relationship with his mother. It focuses on one man and his formidable mother. “Words like… Read


Venice: Spike Lee On His Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25'

Spike Lee was on the Lido today with Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25, and producer John Branca who reps the late singer's estate. The pair deflected questions about why Quincy Jones doesn't appear in the documentary about the making of one of Jackson's seminal albums. The record was the last that Jones produced with Jackson after Off The Wall and Thriller. "Even though I didn't interview Quincy, he is given much respect," said Lee. "He has a busy travel schedule and is… Read


Venice: Zac Efron Draws Crowds To The Lido

Clouds rolled into Venice on Friday, but that didn't stop the crowds from finally turning up. After a few sluggish days in sky-high temperatures and a sort of meh attitude towards the films, the Lido was awash in fans lining up outside the Sala Grande for a glimpse of Zac Efron, here for competition pic At Any Price. Sony Pictures Classics recently acquired Ramin Bahrani's father-son drama set against the backdrop of agricultural farming and auto racing in the U.S… Read


Venice: 'Wadjda's Haifaa Al Mansour On Directing By Phone In Saudi Arabia

This morning, Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour shared details of what it's like to be the first female director of a Saudi film which is also the first-ever feature shot entirely inside the Kingdom. Speaking of Venice Horizons entry Wadjda, she said she was sometimes relegated to directing by telephone. Saudi law does not allow women and men to be seen together outside so "It was a major obstacle to go out in the street and talk to my actors," she said. The film… Read