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January 2013 Archive


Brenda Song Cast In Fox’s Wellesley Wild/ Alec Sulkin/Seth MacFarlane Comedy Series

EXCLUSIVE: Brenda Song (The Suite Life On Deck) is the first actor cast in the Fox multi-camera comedy series from Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and co-writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane. Written by Sulkin and Wild, the untitled project centers on two successful guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. In the 20th Century Fox TV-produced pilot, Song will play the guys… Read


Oscar-Nommed ‘A Royal Affair’ Team Boards Epic Don Winslow Novel ‘Power Of The Dog’

EXCLUSIVE: Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg, who scripted the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and followed with the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee A Royal Affair, have found their next project. It’s a feature adaptation of The Power Of The Dog, the epic Don Winslow bestseller framed around the drug war and a 30-year struggle between a hard DEA agent and a family of cartel kingpins in Mexico. Arcel will direct, and the script will be written by… Read


Lifetime’s ‘Witches Of East End’ Picked Up To Series

The first new drama series from Lifetime‘s most recent batch of pilots has emerged. The cable network has given a series order to drama Witches Of East End, starring Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick. The 10-episode series, produced by Fox 21, will premiere later this year. The Witches Of East End was one of four hourlong pilots Lifetime ordered last summer. Of the other three, two have been completed, the Renee Zellweger-produced Cinnamon Gi… Read


Oscar Voter Warning: Friday Is Firm And Final Deadline To Request Paper Ballot

OK, Academy members, this is your last chance to switch from online voting to a paper ballot or simply  even request a paper ballot to vote in the finals for the 2012 Oscars. Balloting begins February 8th and runs to 5 PM PT on February 19th, but if you find yourself frustrated by what some members feel is a too-complex online voting experience during nominations, you only have until tomorrow, February 1, to switch to paper by calling 1-800 251-0185 or emailing the… Read


‘Greedy Lying Bastards’ Eco-Docu Set For March 8 Release

EXCLUSIVE: One Earth Productions has announced a March 8 release date for Greedy Lying Bastards, a searing documentary about climate change. The filmmakers say the docu investigates the reasons behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change, despite consensus in the scientific community that it not only exists but is a growing problem moving us toward the brink of disaster. Focusing on the influence of Exxon and the Koch brothers, Read

‘Shrek’ Producer Aron Warner Named President Of Animation At Reel FX

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Shrek, Shrek 2, and Shrek The Third producer Aron Warner will head a growing slate of original animated features as newly anointed President of Animation at Reel FX. Warner first segued into animation in 1998 as a producer on Antz after overseeing films like Independence Day, True Lies, and Titanic as VP Production at Fox. He’ll hit the ground running as the design, VFX, animation, and live-action studio aims to ramp up its original animation… Read


Mike Tyson’s ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Episode Moved Up A Week

Ever since we broke the news of former boxer Mike Tyson‘s guest stint on NBC’s veteran crime drama Law & Order: SVU, the casting has become a lighting rod for controversy as it involves Tyson, who was convicted of rape 20 years ago, appearing on a show about getting justice for sex crime victims. NBC has now moved up the episode, originally scheduled for February 13, to February 6. According to the Washington Post, the move was made so that the Mike Tyson episode does not… Read


Universal’s ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Legal Battle With Porn Producer Heats Up

Universal wants the hardcore adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey shut down and stopped immediately as it takes on the producers in court. Following up on their initial trademark infringement lawsuit of late November, Universal City Studios and book rights holder Fifty Shades Ltd filed a request Tuesday (read it here) for a preliminary injunction against Smash, the producers of Fifty Shades Of Grey: A XXX Adaptation. "Plaintiffs ask this Court to enjoin the marketing, sale… Read


Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 11

Listen to (and share) episode 11 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Pete, Deadline’s Awards Columnist, and host David Bloom discuss the impacts on major Oscar categories of this past weekend's awards ceremonies for the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild. Are winners building momentum that may be unstoppable through to Oscar night, or are the races still wide open? Deadline Awards Watch, Episode 11 (MP3 format) Deadline Awards Watch, Episode… Read


FX’s ‘The Americans’ Premiere Pulls 3.22M Viewers

The nearly two-hour premiere of The Americans on FX Wednesday bested the debuts of American Horror Story and Sons Of Anarchy. The new FX series pulled in 3.22 million viewers in its 10 – 11:38 PM debut last night. That's better than the 3.18 million who watched American Horror Story's October 5, 2011 premiere on the network. The Americans also beat the 2.3 million who watched American Horror’s season finale last week in the same time slot. The new series garnered 1.57… Read


How Tina Fey’s ’30 Rock’ Lasted Seven Seasons And Changed The Game For Female Comedy Creators

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline's TV coverage. When the NBC comedy 30 Rock leaves the air tonight after seven seasons and 139 episodes, it will be exiting a far different TV landscape than it entered. The series premiered on October 11, 2006 as an anomaly: the original vision of a single creator-producer-writer-star named Tina Fey at a time when TV actors generally stayed in front of the camera (with NBC's The Office proving a rare exception with its double-duty… Read


MPTF CEO Says Union Wrong About Main Issue Causing Labor Dispute

The growing labor action at the Motion Picture and Television Fund‘s care facility and hospital has nothing to do with staffing issues, the nonprofit's CEO said today. "Staffing levels has not been a part of our negotiations with SEIU since September 2012.  Rather, the issues are all economic — wages, share of health insurance costs, and pension benefits," says Bob Beitcher. He was responding to Wednesday's strike authorization vote by the employees at the facility and… Read