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January 2013 Archive


Global Showbiz Briefs: Wesley Snipes, ITV’s ‘The Chase’, Unifrance, Syfy’s ‘Defiance’, Berlin Retro, BBC-Fremantle, ‘The Raid 2’

Wesley Snipes Comeback Effort Kicks Off With ‘Gallowwalkers’ In advance of the former action star’s impending release from federal prison, Wesley Snipes is trying to get back into the game with the announcement that Gallowwalkers, the long-in-development action/sci-fi/horror film directed by Andrew Goth, will be shown to international buyers at the 2013 Berlin film market. Gallowwalkers features Snipes in the role of Aman, a cursed… Read


Canadian Fans Of Super Bowl Ads Spark Yearly Run On Antennas: Report

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor. In both the U.S. and Canada, the Super Bowl is the biggest TV event of the year. But unlike Americans, a 2012 poll showed that more Canadians planned to watch the ads rather than the game itself. Unfortunately most of the big-budget commercials in Sunday’s game aren’t available to Canadian viewers. The result, according to CBC, is a yearly rush on TV antennas by Canadians living close to the US-Canada border. In the Great White… Read


Chelsea Handler Vs. Piers Morgan: Video

Sometimes latenight TV hosts have all the fun. Last night on E!’s Chelsea Lately, CNN’s Piers Morgan was a guest on Chelsea Handler’s show. It began something like this. Handler asked Morgan "What are you looking at?" To which Morgan replied "Well, you've either had plastic surgery or makeup because you look really hot today." Handler’s rejoinder: "You're so obnoxious, you wonder why everybody hates you"… Read


Disney’s Animated Short ‘Paperman’: Video

Disney Animation’s black-and-white, dialogue-free toon debuted in theaters last November in front of Wreck-It Ralph. The studio has posted online its Annie- and Oscar-nominated animated short directed by John Kahrs ahead of Saturday’s Annie Awards. Paperman follows the romantic paper trail from an office worker to the woman he encountered on a transit platform earlier in the day. Enjoy:  Read


Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Gatekeepers’, ‘Sound City’, ‘Koch’

Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine. Documentaries dominate this weekend’s new specialty offerings including Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s feature directorial debut Sound City, which premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival. Grohl has partnered with various companies and groups for traditional and non-traditional rollouts for the film, which will also screen at SXSW in March. Sony Pictures Classics’ The Gatekeepers looks inside Israel’s intelligence… Read


Julia Stiles To Play Scribe Frances Marion In Mary Pickford Pic ‘The First’

Poverty Row has set Julia Stiles to play groundbreaking screenwriter Frances Marion in the Jennifer DeLia-directed Mary Pickford film The First, based on Eileen Whitfield's biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. Marion was the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1930 for The Big House; she won the Academy Award for Best Story two years later for The Champ. Lily Rabe is playing Pickford, who worked with Marion on films that would go on to… Read


Tony Winner Nina Arianda Joins Toni Collette In ‘Lucky Them’

EXCLUSIVE: Broadway actress Nina Arianda has been cast in Megan Griffiths’ Lucky Them, the Joanne Woodward-produced comedy shepherded by the late Paul Newman before his death. Arianda will play the best friend to Toni Collette‘s Ellie, a rock journalist assigned to track down her own musician ex (Thomas Haden Church). Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold, and Ahna O'Reilly are also onboard for the pic, which began filming last weekend in Seattle. Arianda, a Tony-winner with multiple… Read


VH1 Reups Carrie Keagan, Renames ‘Big Morning Buzz Live’, Taps Showrunner

VH1’s live morning show Big Morning Buzz Live will look a little different tomorrow when it will introduce its revamped title, Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan. The name change comes as VH1 just renewed the contract of host Carrie Keagan. Additionally, Shane Farley, former executive producer of Rachael Ray’s syndicated talk show, has been named executive producer and showrunner of Big Morning Buzz Live. He had been running the show on an interim basis… Read


John Goodman To Star In Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Alpha House’

EXCLUSIVE: John Goodman is set to star in Alpha House, one of Amazon Studios’ first six original comedy pilots. Written by Oscar nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Alpha House follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC. Goodman will play North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs, a large man with large appetites. His cranky sense of entitlement comes from years of being revered as a successful basketball coach, but… Read


Universal Moves Richard Curtis Pic ‘About Time’ To Fall Slot

Universal Pictures has moved Richard Curtis‘s new film About Time from its May 10 slot to a limited engagement on November 1 and a nationwide release November 8. The film, labeled a comedy about love and time travel, stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams,Tom Hollander and Bill Nighy. It’s produced by Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who are joined by Nicky Kentish Barnes. It was also written by Curtis and I think of him as an autumn kind of guy, probably… Read


Taylor Hackford Won’t Seek 3rd DGA Term

Taylor Hackford says he won’t run for a third term as president of the Directors Guild of America. Hackford, whose latest feature Parker opened last weekend and who’s directing the pilot Company Town for The CW, revealed his decision in an interview posted by Deadline sibling Variety ahead of Saturday’s DGA Awards ceremony. Elections will take place at the DGA’s upcoming convention in June. Taylor, who was elected at the Guild’s biennial convention on July 25, 2009, will… Read