Friday, March 9, 2012

ABC Aircraft aircraft pilots Add Quartet Of Stars

Karen LeBlanc remains put in the cast of ABC’s pilot Beauty As Well As The Animal. She'll play, Ehren, employment initially written for just about any guy. Ehren might be the p-facto mind in the digital digital rebel band that desires to see Emperor Dorian (F. Murray Abraham) p-throned. LeBlanc is to apply Greene & Assos. and manager Gayle Abrams. Jacinda Barrett remains cast in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour, playing the wife of lead Anthony Edwards. She's with ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Tower Prep star Came Van Acker, who's recurring on Pretty Little Liars, has grew to become part of ABC’s cleaning cleaning soap Devious Service personnel, playing the boy of one of the Beverly Slopes families that employ the service personnel. He's with WME and Luber Roklin. Also cast inside the pilot is Brett Cullen since the loaded Michael who recently remarried carrying out a extended, destructive marriage. He's with Domain and Lovett Management.

Lionsgate-Summit Reducing 12% Of Staff: Film And Residential Entertainment Hit Most difficult

Inside The Summit And Lionsgate Merger: Lay offs Will Be The Order Throughout Your Day BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just discovered that Lionsgate is reducing about 80 staff today within the merged company with Summit, including professionals as at any height as EVP. Affiliates are pleading me not to label this abloodbath because enoughpeople are freaked out already. The integration ofLionsgate and Summit is ongoing, which move was prone to eliminate duplication. Nevertheless it’s still horrible should this happen.Lionsgate is decreasing the combined workforceof the two companies by roughly 12%.It’s unclearhow many employees are actually being informed today.Lionsgate had about 500 employees right before the merger, Summitabout 175 employees.The whole combinedworkforce will probably be roughly 575 making Lionsgate a bigger plus much more muscular company publish-merger.I don’t have summary of the amount of Lionsgate and the way any Summit employees will probably be release, however’m toldmotionpicture and residential entertainment will be the areas while using finest volume of overlappingfunctions.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nurse Jackie Start Looking: Jackie Needs some help from Her Buddies

The women from the View better watch their backs. The Talk is returning for additional daytime action. CBS has restored The Talk for that 2012-2013 broadcast season, the network introduced Thursday. Find Out More > Other Links From Leah ReminiMarissa Jaret WinokurSara GilbertHolly Robinson PeeteThe ViewAisha TylerJulie ChenSharon OsbourneSheryl UnderwoodThe Talk

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New image and poster for On The Road

On The Road has first demonstrated a completely new poster alongside a completely new image, through which vibrant youthful things Mike Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Billy Burke hit the highway searching for adventure.Modified within the cult novel by Jack Kerouac, the story follows ambitious author Sal Paradise (Riley) around the coming-of-age journey within the organization of ex-disadvantage Dean Moriarty (Hedlund), a captivating drifter who offers a substitute for Paradise's square NY upbringing.Stewart may have Marylou, Moriarty's first wife, who joins the duo for part of their journey. The comfort in the supporting cast is similarly stellar, with Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Could Be and Steve Buscemi all involved.The completely new poster looks fantastically sun-bleached, while using desert landscape reflecting the novel's types of freedom and possibility. The completely new image show us little beyond the principle players, nonetheless they look as youthful and charming as you'd expect.Directed with the Motorcycle Diaries' Walter Salles, On The Road appears like it's near completion, while using film prone to open inside the Uk on 21 September 2012. The required time to determine after that it, in the event you haven't already carried this out...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wahlberg Considering Lone Survivor

Ben Promote may also starNavy Shuts are very trendy at this time around. No, we don't mean hipsters are actually spotted sporting SEAL uniforms (because they'd probably get duffed up for the), more the type of box office success Act Of Valour, Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden film as well as the activities in the real-existence SEAL Team Six have shoved them in to the popular culture awareness in the large way. Peter Berg will undoubtedly be wanting the momentum keeps going, as he's now in talks with Mark Wahlberg and Ben Promote for Lone Survivor.Berg, that's been trading nearly all his recent time concentrating on Battleship, modified Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson's book after trading time getting a SEAL team for just about any month in Iraq. The plot follows four people from the squad (Berg had been talking with his Battleship star, Taylor Kitsch about playing one of the other roles) running into three kids plus an some guy in 2005. They decide to enable them to live, as well as the mission ended up aborted. Nevertheless the Shuts then received attack by around 250 Al Qaeda soldiers, creating the deaths of 15 troops and losing one save helicopter. Luttrell ended up really the only survivor, which may be the role Wahlberg is onto play.Emmett/Furla Films is putting together the financing with Universal disseminating, and Berg desires to get boots on the ground between your fall, once he's finished the extended tour of duty marketing Battleship. That particular sails into cinemas on April 11.In related Wahlberg news, he's also told Candidate magazine that he's searching to keep the remake train chugging along for a while. His latest target? Norwegian thriller Headhunters, using the book by Jo Nesbo. He's lately been talking with Morten Tyldum as well as the rights holders about getting something going, nevertheless it remains to look if he works. The first film, incidentally, lands here on April 6.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Steller "Journey" continues abroad

It was clear sailing for the second-straight weekend for "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," which again navigated to the top of the overseas box office. Pic grossed a resilient $27.5 million over the Feb. 17-19 weekend, pushing its worldwide cume to $130 million. The Warner Bros.-New Line family film got an early overseas push, bowing in territories like Australia and South Korea four weeks ahead of the U.S. And later key markets, such as China and Russia, are contributing topnotch grosses. In China, the sequel grossed $9.5 million in its second outing, while in Russia, the pic tallied a soph-sesh take of $4.1 million -- a whopping 176% ahead of the original "Journey" in its similar local frame. In North America, "Journey 2" held best among the domestic top 10, down just an overall 27%. Pic showed even more stickiness in Canada, falling 3%, thanks to the country's nationally recognized family day Feb. 20. Toplining franchise newcomer Dwayne Johnson, and budgeted at a reported $79 million, the sequel already has more than recouped its production cost, grossing $183 million worldwide as of Feb. 19. Warners and New Line have committed to a "Journey 3," based on the sequel's success. Elsewhere on the family front, Disney's holiday holdover "The Muppets" proved resilient in the U.K., rising a remarkable 60% on Friday and Saturday in its second weekend over its opening two days (Feb. 10-11). The film's three-day second-weekend total of $5.8 million in Blighty rang in 36% ahead of its opening weekend. In just 10 days in the U.K., the Disney pic, with $17.4 million, has outpaced Sony's "The Smurfs" by 36% and Warners' "Yogi Bear" by 193%. Pic has hit $59.1 million internationally through Feb. 19, with a global cume of $147.3 million. Contact Andrew Stewart at

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Horror!: Hammer To Open Script Archive To Public Research & Study

Enjoying a resurgence with The Woman In Black, venerable British horror studio Hammer has chosen the Cinema And Television History (CATH) Research Centre at the UK’s Leicester De Montfort University to house its script archive. The CATH center will catalogue and curate a collection that includes screenplays from most of the studio’s film and TV productions from 1947-1990 along with extensive corporate paperwork, correspondence and other ephemera. This is the first time the archive will be opened to public research and study. Last month, Hammer announced a global restoration project for its library of films in partnership with Studiocanal, Pinewood and other international players and with the participation of 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Paramount. The studio was founded in 1934 and has produced such films as Frankenstein Created Woman, The Plague Of The Zombies, The Witches and The Mummy. Hammer stopped production in the 80s and returned to features in 2010 with Matt Reeves adaptation of Swedish hit Let Me In. Its most recent film, Daniel Radcliffe-starrer The Woman In Black, has taken in over $60 million worldwide. Since 2008, Hammer has been a division of the Exclusive Media Group.

Friday, February 17, 2012

ICM Signs Steve Coogan

EXCLUSIVE: ICM just signed British comedian/actor Steve Coogan. Coogan last starred in Our Idiot Brother and the upcoming Michael Winterbottom-directed The Trip, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He’s developing several other projects including Cruise of the Gods, the David Guion/Michael Handelman-directed comedy, and a feature based on Coogan’s Alan Partridge character. He’s managed by 3 Arts and is repped in the UK by Independent Talent Group.

Monday, February 13, 2012

AMC to unspool Japan doc

Helmer-producer Stu Levy has became a member of with AMC Theaters to create his docu "Pray for Japan" in 14 U . s . States urban centers for just about any single-screening engagement on March 14."Pray for Japan," which concentrates on four perspectives of last year's Great East Japan Earthquake, preems March 6 in Tokyo, japan, japan, wonderful proceeds enjoying useful benefits the charitable organization Japan Emergency NGO (JEN).Pic's domestic engagement recall the primary one-year anniversary in the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan and triggered global fears from the major nuclear energy plant accident. Comes from the domestic tests may even benefit JEN."We're honored to partner with Stu Levy to produce these effective tales, told through 'Pray for Japan,' towards the screens," mentioned AMC prexy of programming Robert J. Lenihan.Among the areas set to showcase "Pray for Japan" are NY, La, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Dallas, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Toronto. Contact Andrew Stewart at

Friday, February 10, 2012

The best spinner's greenlights 'Sullivan and Son'

The best spinner's has purchased 10 instances of comedy "Sullivan and Boy," starring comedian Steve Byrne. Byrne and showrunner Take advantage of Lengthy co-authored the pilot, occur a Pittsburgh bar that Byrne's character, an old corporate attorney, gets control. Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley are professional creating "Sullivan" with Lengthy, with Serta Lauria, Jodi Lengthy, Owen Benjamin, John Doyle Murray, Christine Ebersole, Vivian Bang and Valerie Azlynn co-starring. Show originates from Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Prods. in colaboration with Warner Horizon TV. Ted Wass willl direct. " 'Sullivan and Son' is really a wise, funny, place of work comedy in the distinct comedy voices of Steve Byrne and Take advantage of Lengthy," stated Michael Wright, professional veep and mind of programming for The best spinner's, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. Lauria and Lengthy will have the mother and father of Byrne's character, Benjamin his closest friend. Bang has got the role of his sister, Azlynn is really a former sweetheart and Murray and Ebersole (who labored together on "Saturday Evening Live" 30 years ago) will have bar regulars. "Sullivan" is slated for any summer time premiere, to choose buddy comedy series "Males at the officeInch with Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy and Adam Busch. Coming later this season for The best spinner's is going to be "The Marriage Band," with John Austin Eco-friendly, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor, Derek Burns, Melora Hardin, Jenny Wade and Kathryn Fiore. Contact Jon Weisman at

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Drive-ins in digital bind

Big Sky Drive-in Theater in Midland, Texas was the first U.S. drive-in to go fully digital, investing $300,000 to convert three screens. The major studios are driving hard to stop distributing 35mm prints in North America by the end of 2013, but one sector remains tied to traditional film prints: the drive-in movie biz. Of the 366 drive-in theaters left in the United States only a handful have converted to digital projection; another 10% are expected to convert before this summer. Two key hurdles: Neither the Digital Cinema Initiative tech specs nor the Virtual Print Fee business model were conceived with drive-ins in mind. But this week, as the United Drive-in Theater Owners Assn. gathers in Kissimmee, Florida, for the industry's annual confab, drive-in owners are anticipating news of an addendum to the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) and changes to the virtual print fee (VPF) rules that should smooth the way for drive-ins to make the switch to digital -- and for film prints to truly disappear in the U.S. If drive-ins don't convert, they run the risk of obsolescence.National Assn. of Theater Owners prexy John Fithian said he expects a deal to update the DCI to be approved within weeks. Several studios have already signed off on the changes. For drive-in operators, an updated DCI is critical, since theaters must meet DCI specs to get digital prints and must convert to digital to receive VPF. Drive-ins can't meet the current version of the specs because they can't provide masking to change the aspect ratio of their screens and can't deliver 5.1 sound. Most drive-in sites have converted their sound system to FM transmission, by which patrons receive the soundtrack through their car stereo. Only a few have maintained old-style window speakers for nostalgia.The update is also expected to waive or revise the requirement that outdoor theaters meet the same brightness standards as indoor theaters: 14 foot Lamberts. Faced with interference from ambient light and throw distances as long as 900 feet in some theaters, even drive-ins with the most powerful projectors on the market get only about 10 fL. Most drive-ins typically get 5-7 fL. The enticement for drive-in operators is that digital projectors would provide more flexibility in theatrical programming, as well as the ability to present 3D, allowing exhibs to screen alternative content including concerts, sports and cultural perfs.But like their hardtop counterparts, drive-ins need Virtual Print Fee revenue to help defray the cost of digital conversion."We are seeking pretty much the same terms and conditions the indoor theaters are seeking," said Frank Hattinger, owner of six drive-ins in Southern California, Atlanta and Salt Lake City. Hattinger said he expects the VPF fee to cover around 75% of the cost to convert to digital. Despite the cost hurdles, a few drive-ins have already made the leap to digital. Sam Kirkland's Big Sky Drive-in Theater in Midland, Texas was the first U.S. drive-in to go fully digital, investing $300,000 to convert three screens. But most drive-in owners have been unable to make the switch to digital without the guarantee of VPF coin. And the VPF model itself needs an update to accommodate the unique business models of drive-ins. Notably, most ozoners, as Variety's slanguage has termed them, are seasonal, so they only generate revenue for part of the year. "It is economically a challenging conversion," said NATO's Fithian. "But you have to put it all in perspective. Even though drive-ins are typically seasonal they gross a whole lot more on one screen than a typical indoor theater does."Drive-in screens have been in decline for some time. In 1987, there were more than 2,000 drive-in screens. Close to 70% of those have closed, with a total of 606 screens at the end of 2011. Because most drive-ins have waited until the DCI and VPF issues can be resolved, those that waited to make the switch will reap a shorter VPF period than the typical 10-year payout offered to early adopters. Some drive-ins don't quality for VPF at all under current policy because they cannot show enough first-run features. Other operators want an exception for double features, which are common at drive-ins, and think the current VPF model for compensating double features is unfair."They have punished us basically for operating our business in different ways than other theaters operate their business," said Rick Cohen, owner of Transit Drive-in in Rockport, N.Y. "We run double features so we get a half VPF."Time is running short before the studios' September deadline to convert to digital and still be eligible to receive the virtual print fee incentive. Cohen said he recently paid $300,000 to convert four screens and expects to get $20,000 to $30,000 over six years from VPF."To be honest I don't even know what the VPF amount is. They won't even tell me because there is a non-disclosure agreement between Cinedigm and the studios." Cohen said. "The drive-in theaters that are successful and in a decent-size market are probably going to be able to survive, but the drive-in theaters that are out in the country -- those one- or two-screen theaters that don't fit into the VPF model that the studios have favored -- are not going to be able to make it." Contact the Variety newsroom at

Tune guild sets noms

The Guild of Music Managers features the nominees due to its second annual Grammy Day honours brunch, being held Feb. 12 in La. The Guild, founded in 2008, will recognition music managers in nine different groups, including three film honours, four television honours then one award each for trailers and videogames. Film managers for instance Alexandra Patsavas, Dondi Bastone and Julia Michels are the nominees. "We are thrilled to develop our honours this year and reveal all the great work being completed by music managers," noted Guild leader Maureen Crowe. Contact the number newsroom at

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Toddlers Cuss Word On Modern Family Draws Ire

First Published: January 18, 2012 10:19 AM EST Credit: ABC Caption Jesse Tyler Ferguson portraying Mitchell Pritchett, and Eric Stonestreet portraying Cameron Tucker are shown with Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays their adopted daughter Lily in a scene from Modern FamilyLOS ANGELES, Calif. -- An anti-profanity crusader has asked the ABC television network to pull this weeks Modern Family episode in which a toddler appears to use a bleeped curse word. Our main goal is to stop this from happening, McKay Hatch, an 18-year-old college student who founded the No Cussing Club in 2007, said Tuesday. If we dont, at least ABC knows that people all over the world dont want to have a 2-year-old saying the F-bomb on TV. We hope they know better, said Hatch. Hes asking his clubs members, whom he said number 35,000 in the United States and about three-dozen other countries, to complain to ABC. ABC has yet to respond, he said Tuesday. The network had no comment, a spokeswoman said. In the episode titled Little Bo Bleep airing on Wednesday night, 2-year-old Lily shocks parents Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) with her first expletive. The dads, who are preparing Lily to serve as flower girl in a wedding, now have an added parenting challenge. The tot is played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who says the word fudge during taping. It will be bleeped on the air and her mouth will be obscured by pixilation, and viewers will get the impression that her character used the actual F-word. Steven Levitan, creator and executive producer of the TV comedy with Christopher Lloyd, told the Television Critics Association last week that hes proud and excited about the obscenity plotline that ABC was persuaded to allow. We thought it was a very natural story since, as parents, weve all been through this, Levitan said to We are not a sexually charged show. It has a very warm tone so people accept it more. Im sure well have some detractors. The program, which won the Emmy Award for best comedy last fall, was named best musical or comedy series at Sundays Golden Globes ceremony. Hatch, who is from South Pasadena, California, and attends Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho, said he began his anti-profanity club in 2007 when he noticed how rampant cursing was at his school and how it was linked to bullying. If kids are accountable for their choices, then adults should be as well, and that includes media, he said. TV profanity was an issue before the U.S. Supreme Court last week, which heard arguments about whether regulating curse words and nudity on broadcast stations is sensible when cable and satellite services offer channels with few restrictions. A decision is expected by late June. Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Monday, January 2, 2012

12 New Year's Resolutions for 2012 Moviegoers

Just like a year for moviegoing, 2011 certainly had its irritations. Because the calendar has provided us a clean slate, you are prepared to set our resolutions to create 2012 a far greater all year long the large screen. Clearly, you want to obtain Hollywood to produce a unique resolutions (like, say, stop plundering the eighties for remake ideas that finish off trashing the flicks most of us loved as kids), but we can not improve others, only ourselves. So, as moviegoers, let's all resolve in 2012 to follow along with together with the 12 promises available below. (And you will add others inside the comments.) &bull I'll stop needing to pay a pleasant earnings to check out 3d movies that have been not shot in 3d, but merely hastily retrofitted to have the ability to boost ticket prices. (I would get the best for your 'Titanic' re-release, since James Cameron can probably be reliable not to execute a half-assed job in this particular department.) &bull I'll switch off my phone through the film. I won't annoy other patrons with my clicking thumbs, my conversations, or perhaps the competing glow of my own, personal screen. For Just Two several hours, I'll switch off my connect with the outside world and enable myself look around the story -- and enable others to accomplish the identical. &bull I'll leave youthful children in your house. I won't disturb others -- or traumatize my own, personal kids -- by enabling 'The Girl While using Dragon Tattoo' being their babysitter. &bull I'll complain for the theater manager when the projection is just too dim or too fuzzy, or when the appear isn't right. I recognize that theaters won't include a motivation to help keep high standards of presentation, even on pricey new digital projectors, unless of course obviously clients complain en masse whenever we don't get what we should are needing to purchase. &bull I'll support local movie theaters which do maintain quality presentation standards, offer good snack or dining options, and program the kind of movies and non-movie fare that we like. &bull I'll observe that might be more movies being launched this year besides 'The Hunger Games,' the best 'Twilight,' as well as the first 'Hobbit.' Yeah, I'll probably visit a number of these, however may even exceed the hype and consider other potentially interesting movies. &bull I won't believe that everyone who hates a movie I really like can be a philistine, or that everyone who likes a movie Personally, i can't stand is certainly an elitist snob. Which I won't flame people who disagree with me at night of a movie on the internet. &bull I'll uncover a film critic whose tastes generally match mine, a treadmill whose tastes rarely match mine. Either in situation, reading through using that critic's reviews will prove an even more reliable barometer for whether I'll love or hate a movie in comparison to separate-the-difference scores I have available at movie poll sites like Rotten Tomato vegetables or Flixster. Which I'll allow the outlet that employs that critic to keep them within the organization and not replace these with someone generic or syndicated. &bull I will not limit my movie diet to escapism. I'll every so often go to a film making me think, shows me something unfamiliar, challenges my anticipation instead of reassuring and comforting me, or otherwise necessitates that Someone said subtitles. &bull However, I won't believe that, should be movie created buzz at Sundance or Toronto, it's artistic merit. For every 'Martha Marcy May Marlene,' there's certain that need considering a 'happythankyoumoreplease.' Caveat emptor. &bull I'll every so often watch a movie that was made before I used to be born, especially if I will tell it in the theater. I will not dismiss a movie as quaint due to the fact it's old or possibly in black-and-white-colored. &bull I will not pretend that watching a widescreen, visually scrumptious epic by having an iPad or smartphone is any alternative for that immersive reference to watching it round the silver screen. [Photos: Getty Images (3d audience), Lionsgate ('The Hunger Games')] 5 Main Reasons Why You Aren't Going to the films See All Moviefone Galleries » Follow Moviefone on Twitter Like Moviefone on Facebook Follow Gary Susman on Twitter: @garysusman

Big football finale for NBC

NBC wrapped up its regular season ''Sunday Night Football'' schedule with a doozy of a matchup, and the game between the NY Giants and Dallas Cowboys delivered predictably strong ratings for the net. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the game to decide the NFC East division of the NFL averaged an 8.7 rating/21 share in adults 18-49 and 24.6 million viewers overall on NBC's stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with the game's final demo average expected to rise by more than 10%. In metered-market overnights, the game did a big 17.1 household rating/27 share , a 36% improvement over last week's final ''SNF'' game between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams (12.6/19), which decided the NFC West champion. The 17.1 is a smidge better than the 16.9 rating that the Cowboys-NY Jets game did on the opening Sunday of the season (translating to a 10.7 rating in 18-49 and 25.8 million viewers in the nationals). The only NBC primetime, regular-season football telecasts to rate higher overnight scores were the Thursday season openers of the last two years: a 17.7 for Minnesota-New Orleans in 2010 and a 17.2 for Green Bay-New Orleans. Sunday's game earned a 37.1/55 in Dallas and a 25.3/38 in NY. Elsewhere, the other nets were scrambling for crumbs on a repeat-riddled night. CBS, which had a sizable NFL overrun to start the night, aired an original episode of ''60 Minutes'' (roughly 3.0/8 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.) followed by repeats of ''Unforgettable'' (1.3/3 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), ''The Good Wife'' (1.1/3 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) and ''CSI: Miami'' (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall). Fox followed its football overrun with postgame show ''The OT'' (2.1/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) and then encores of animated comedies ''The Simpsons'' (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), ''The Cleveland Show'' (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), ''Family Guy'' (1.7/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and ''American Dad'' (1.4/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall). ABC went with four repeats of Sunday rookie drama ''Once Upon a Time,'' starting with a 0.8/2 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall in the 7 o'clock hour and concluding with a 1.2/3 in the demo and 3.8 million viewers overall at 10 o'clock. Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 7.0/18; CBS, 2.3/6; Fox, 1.6/4; ABC, 1.1/3; Univision, 0.9/2. In total viewers: NBC, 20.2 million; CBS, 10.8 million; Fox, 3.9 million; ABC, 3.8 million; Univision, 2.7 million. Contact Rick Kissell at