(7/9) While ticket prices rise, earnings for exhibitors are down after second quarter of 2012. Deadline
(7/8) Filmdom's most lovable tough guy, Ernest Borgnine, passes away at 95. CBS News.com
(7/3) "America's moral compass", Andy Griffith - star of stage, screen and television, passes away at the age of 86. the NY Times
(7/3) Netflix streams a record 1 billion hours of online content to consumers during the month of June 2012. Huff Post Tech
(7/2) Only one episode into it's first season, HBO greenlights a second for Aaron Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM. Deadline
(7/1) Legendary cinema tough guy Karl Malden passes away at age 97.
Reuters . Read Michael Douglas' tribute to his friend and STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO co-star at Time.com
(6/28) Fox / News Corp head Rupert Murdoch announces the splitting of his corporate empire into separate entertainment and publishing entities. Huff Post Entertainment
(6/26) Producer Sara Colleton confirms seasons 7 & 8 will be the final two for Showtime's popular series DEXTER. Huff Post
(6/21) Warner Bros. puts budgetary kibosh on Rob Marshall's proposed remake of THE THIN MAN set to star Johnny Depp. Deadline
(6/21) Jonathan Demme picks up the screen rights to Stephen King time travel thriller 11/23/63. Shortlist.com
(6/20) Lack of studio conviction puts the skids on proposed reteaming of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in DUMB AND DUMBER sequel. Huff Post UK.
(6/15) Ashley Charles chosen to portray the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards in upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic ALL IS BY MY SIDE. The Hollywood Reporter
(6/14) DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE gets $1.1 billion overhaul and celebrates with grand opening of "CARS LAND" - based on the animated Pixar film. Huff Post Entertainment
(6/14) Having never finished high school because of run-ins with the law, Mark Wahlberg decides to finally acquire his high school diploma online. People
(6/13) U.S. Justice Depart. launches anti-trust investigation into whether large internet / cable providers are restricting amount of data consumers may access / receive on rival platforms such as Netflix and Hulu. Wall Street Journal Technology
(6/12) Die hard fans of Max Brooks' WORLD WAR Z take shots at in-production film version upon learning it will feature more "linear" narrative as opposed to the book's faux "journalistic" structure. THR
(6/12) Portia de Rossi joins the cast of Bryan Fuller's upcoming THE MUNSTERS tv reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Entertainment Weekly
(6/6) Directing siblings Anthony & Joe Russo in final talks to direct Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA 2. Hollywood Reporter
(6/6) Samuel L. Jackson joins the cast of MGM's ROBOCOP reboot. THR: HEAT VISION
(6/5) Director Tom Holland to helm film version of Stephen King's THE TEN O'CLOCK PEOPLE. Deadline
(6/4) Producer Bryan Fuller continues casting proposed contemporary TV reboot of THE MUNSTERS. EW
(6/4) Mads Mikkelsen cast as young Doctor Lector in NBC's TV prequel series HANNIBAL. EW.com
(6/1) Charlize Theron in talks with ABC to produce contemporary version of the Hatfield's & McCoys legendary feud. Hollywood Reporter
(6/1) George Lucas names producer and longtime friend Kathleen Kennedy as new head of LucasFilm. Deadline
(5/31) Beyonce joins all-star voice cast of 20th Century Fox / Blue Sky's CGI animated feature "EPIC". Deadline
(5/29) Paramount pushes release date of G.I. JOE: RETALIATION from June 2012 to March 2013 for 3D refit and story adjustments concerning fate of Channing Tatum's Duke character. Deadline
(5/24) Many point blame for "great Facebook IPO debacle" on computerized HFT (High Frequency Trading). HuffPost Business
(5/23) Season 2 of AMERICAN HORROR STORY to take place with same cast as different characters in another era - the 1960s. HuffPostTV
(5/23) Bond producers ink $45 mill. product placement deal to feature Heineken beer in upcoming 007 thriller SKYFALL. TMZ
(5/23) Johnny Depp made honorary member of the Comanche Nation during filming of THE LONE RANGER. CBS/AP
(5/22)NASA's Space.com reports SETI astronomer Jill Tarter, the inspiration for the character Ellie Arroway in the book and film version's of Carl Sagan's CONTACT, is retiring after 35 years.
(5/20) Kristen Wiig's final SNL appearance ends on emotional high in skit with Mick Jagger. Huffington Post / AP (5/20) China-based Dalian Wanda Group Co. to pay $2.6 billion to assume debt and ownership of AMC Theaters chain. Deadline New York
(5/18)While at Cannes promoting CHINESE ZODIAC, Jackie Chan officially announces his retirement from action films. The Telegraph
(5/17) Cancelled CBS series UNFORGETTABLE in talks with both TNT and LIFETIME as possible new network home. Deadline
(5/18)Disney hires D.V. DeVincentis to script Johnny Depp's big screen redo of THE NIGHT STALKER. Deadline
(5/16) Early 2013 release date announced for THE SHINING sequel novel DOCTOR SLEEP. StephenKing.com
(5/14) Universal announces 2 yr. first look deal with writing / producing partners Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. Comingsoon.net
(5/11) Eli Craig signed to rewrite and direct the comedy YOUR BRIDESMAID'S A BITCH. Deadline
(5/11) 20th Century Fox and Scott Free are front runners in bidding war to acquire rights to sci fi e-book WOOL. Deadline.com
(5/10) Robert DeNiro and Michael Douglas to star opposite one another in the comedy LAST VEGAS. THR
(5/6) TBS in talks to pick up dropped ABC comedy series COUGAR TOWN. Deadline.com
(5/3) Joseph Gordon Levitt developing a second remake of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Heat Vision
(5/3) Samuel Jackson takes issue with A.O. Scott's negative review of THE AVENGERS. Huffington Post
(5/1) News Corp report derides Rupert Murdoch as "not a fit person" to run a major company. Washington Post
(4/27) Apple in talks to secure streaming rights to EPIX's film catalog. Fox Business
(4/26) Stop motion animator Henry Selick to direct Disney's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. Deadline
(4/25) THE HOBBIT's 48fps format divides audiences at CinemaCon. Huff Post
(4/22/12)Pixarannounces newest animated project, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, to be directed by TOY STORY 3's Lee Unkrich. Huffington Post .
(4/22) Steven King's THE EYES OF THE DRAGON to get mini-series at SyFy. EW.com
(4/22) Three Cuban stars of UNA NOCHE fail to arrive at film's Tribeca Film Festival debut. Huffington Post
(4/21) Universal / Hasbro's BATTLESHIP off to record breaking $123 mill. start overseas. Deadline
(4/20) Taylor Swift in talks to portray Joni Mitchell in biopic GIRLS LIKE US. Variety
(4/20) Guy Pearce joins the cast of Shane Black's IRON MAN 3. Variety
(4/20)Jonathan Frid, of TV's DARK SHADOWS passes away at age 87. AP/Time.com
(4/20) Disney fires studio head Rich Ross after 2 1/2 yrs. at the helm. Deadline
(4/19) Frances Lawrence selected as director to HUNGER GAMES follow up CATCHING FIRE.
(4/17) Ryan O'Neal announces diagnosis of Stage 2 prostate cancer. Moviefone.com
(4/14) Dame Maggie Smith to depart DOWNTOWN ABBEY after the Third Series. Daily Mail
(4/13) Internal family feud erupts over future distribution over the ARCHIE comics empire.
New York Times
(4/13) DreamWorks tightens production belt to only two films per year. Studio head Steve Molen steps down.
(4/12) Director William Friedkin takes Paramount and Universal to court over domestic rights and 35 year profits to the film SORCERER. Deadline
(4/10) HUNGER GAMES director Gary Ross decides not to return for sequel CATCHING FIRE. Deadline
(4/10) Mark Wahlberg in talks to star in film version of John Grisham's THE PARTNER. Variety
(4/10) Crime Spree Prods. set to film remake of Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA. Comingsoon.net
(3/29) Universaland producer / director Ivan Reitman confirm they are working on a sequel to TWINS entitled TRIPLETS - set to star Schwarzenegger, DeVito and Eddie Murphy.THR
(3/22) After weeks of negotiation, Netflix will not pick up canceled Fox series TERRA NOVA. Deadline,
(3/3) Right-wing Hindu activists group demands ZERO DARK THIRTY end shooting of footage in the north India city of Chandigarh. Huffington Post
(2/27/12)The LA Times - Alan Ball, creator/producer/co-writer of HBO's TRUE BLOOD
has officially announced he will step down as "hands on" show runner
after the fifth season.
2/20/12)Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will create a new UK based tabloid, The Sun On Sunday, to replace News Of The Worldafter the later's phone hacking/bribery scandal. USA Today.
acknowledges current battle to save her eyesight from blindness. UK Mirror
(2/13/12)Fox announces May 21st as series finale date of it's popular medical drama HOUSE.
(2/13/12)Oprah Winfrey draws fire from ratings service Nielsen after tweeting a message encouraging Grammy viewers with Nielsen boxes) to tune into her weekly Sunday evening talk show OPRAH'S NEXT CHAPTER. EW.
(2/10/12)Huff post via AP reports another Netflix public
relations nightmare has been averted by the video subscription service
agreeing to a $9 million settlement in a "violation of consumer-privacy"
class action lawsuit.
(2/10/12) According to Vulture.comRussell Crowe is in talks with Warner Bros. to star in a studio re-imagining of DRACULA, entitled HARKER, with titular character as a period detective hunting the vampiric serial killer.
(2/6/12)Univision and Disney are in talks to create a 24 hour news channel for Latinos in
English. Huffington Post via AP.
(2/3/12) Erotic cinema filmmaker Zalman King (9 1/2 WEEKS, TWO MOON JUNCTION, RED SHOE DIARIES) passes away at age 70 in Santa Monica, CA of cancer. Reuters.
(2/1/12)SOUL TRAIN's legendary Don Cornelius dies in Los Angeles at the age of 75,
the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. New York Times .
(1/31/12) Continuing it's trend of youth-oriented series pilots (following GREEN ARROW and CARRIE DIARIES) the CW picks up 1) THE SELECTION, 2) JOEY DAKOTA, and 3) J.J. Abrams / Bryan Burke's SHELTER. Entertainment Weekly
(1/30/12) Relativity Media inks deal with Hasbro to produce a live action family actioner based on it's famous "Stretch Armstrong" doll. Variety
(1/28/12)David Fincher's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO banned from national release by India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The Hollywood Reporter
(1/27/12)Demi Moore replaced by Sarah Jessica Parker as Gloria Steinam in upcoming biopic of porn-star-turned-activist Linda Lovelace. EW
(1/27/12)Robert Hegyes (best remembered as "Sweathog" student Juan Epstein on ABC's WELCOME BACK KOTTER) has passed away at the age of 60. New Jersey Star Ledger.
1/27/12) Fox agrees to trim several suggestive Chelsea Handler's jokes from it's upcoming action/comedy THIS MEANS WAR in order to secure box office friendly "PG-13" rating. THR
(1/27/12)Twitter under fire for what some call censorship in certain countries.AP/Huff Post .
(1/23/12)Deadline reports David Goyer (THE DARK KNIGHT, the BLADE trilogy, DARK CITY) and BBC Prods. have signed Tom Riley as lead for upcoming Starz! series DA VINCI'S DEMONS.
(1/18/12)THE STAND director, Ben Affleck, selects screenwriter David Kajanich to adapt Stephen King's epic novel into feature film for Warner. Collider.com
(1/18/12) The CW Network picks up series pilots GREEN ARROW, a reboot of CBS's 1980's drama BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and Candace Bushnell's CARRIE DIARIES.
(1/18/12) The net is buzzing. Was the "bearded man" on Jan. 12th's episode of NBC's THE OFFICE former series star Steve Carell returning in a secret cameo? The Washington Post
(1/18/12)AP/AOL reports the Swedish government is opening a new probe, hoping to discover the ultimate fate of WW2 diplomat/hero Raoul Wallenberg.
(1/16/12)Wikipedia "black's out" Weds. Jan. 18th (EST) for 24 hours to protest controversial proposed SOPA (within the U.S. House) and PIPA (in
the Senate) Acts. Deadline
(1/14/12) The humorous 8 min. short, APOGEE OF FEAR (shot in 2008 by video game designer/millionaire Richard Garriott while a paying tourist aboard a flight to the International Space Station) is presently being kept under wraps by NASA. See Garriot's online petition .
(1/13/12)A&E Network continues it's expansion of scripted series with it's pick up from Universal of the PSYCHO prequel pilot BATES MOTEL. THR.
(1/10/12)Deadline, Screenwriter Robert Rodat (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, FALLING SKIES) tapped by Marvel for rewrites on THOR 2.
(1/10/12) The battle over "indecency" on commercial television returns to Supreme Court with Tuesday's "FCC v. Fox Television Stations (2012)". Huff Post. Case history at Wikipedia.
(1/6/12)Disney's long delayed animated adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's THE SNOW QUEEN is now "go" and re-titled FROZEN. Empire Online
(1/5/12)WGA (Writers Guild of America) Nominations announced, with top category - "Original Screenplay", dominated by comedies including BRIDESMAIDS, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, WIN WIN, and YOUNG ADULT. THR.
(1/4/12) Universal wants BRIDESMAIDS sequel. Star Kristen Wiig (and her co-writer Annie Mumolo) want no part of it. Fandango
(1/4/12) Final ten nomination contenders for Visual FXOscar 2011 announced, including HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PT 2, HUGO, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, TREE OF LIFE and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Entertainment Weekly
(1/2/12)Demi Moore joins ensemble cast of the currently in production biopic LOVELACE. She will portray feminist activist Gloria Steinem. THR.
* 12/30 -THR reports LA Superior Court has ruled for Paramount Pictures and against Morgan
Stanley's Marathon Funding in Marathon's suit claiming it was cheated of payments
due from 2007's Best Picture Oscar winner NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.
* 12/30 - After a consumer uproar Verizon has reversed it's stance after initially instituting a $2.00 "convenience fee" for customers paying via credit or debit card online or over the
telephone. Press release
* 12/27 - The 84th Annual Academy Awards season has officially begun with the mailing of the
ballots to Academy members on Tues. December 27th, 2011. Oscar.org
In related news - the list of the 97 musical scores eligible for 2011 "Best Original Score" Oscar consideration has been released. Noticeably absent is front-runner Hans Zimmer,
who decided to remove himself from
this year's Oscar race.
* 12/27 - While on MTV News promoting CONTRABAND, Mark Wahlberg dropped dime on why
he chose Justin Bieber as his co-star in Paramount's as yet untitled basketball drama.
* 12/24 -AP via The New York Times reports the death of noted Japanese director Yoshimitsu
( NO YONO MONO, THE FAMILY GAME, BOKUTACHI KYOKU A-RESHHA
DE IKOU)at the age of 61 in Tokyo.
* 12/24 - After parting with original director Patty Jenkins, Marvel Ent./Disney has set TV
director Alan Taylor (THE SOPRANOS,GAME OF THRONES) to helm the sequel to it's 2011 box office hit THOR. Deadline.com.
* 12/23 -TorrentFreak presents a list of the 10 most pirated movies of 2011. Leading as the top
are FAST FIVE, HANGOVER II and THOR.
* 12/22 - THR via the Associated Press. As penalty for corporate blunders which wrought havoc on the streaming company's stock, Netflix chief Reed Hastings will suffer a 50% reduction
(totaling $1.5 million) in stock option awards next year.
* 12/21 -The Guardian reports Amazon U.K.'s LOVEFiLM content streaming service has beaten rival Netflix U.K. to the punch in securing an exclusive streaming distribution deal with Sony Pictures.
* 12/19 -The Hollywood Reporter. Kim Masters' reports on the hitherto unknown rift between BOURNE franchise lynch pins Matt Damon (star), Tony Gilroy (screenwriter) and
* 12/16 -Deadline reports Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Erik Larson's 2003 non-fiction
book THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY: MURDER, MADNESS AND MAGIC AT THE
FAIR THAT CHANGED AMERICA. It will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran's Appian Way.
* 12/13 -ComingSoon.net . Escape Artists and Sony Pictures has also announced they are looking at
Denzel Washingon to star in their upcoming big screen redo of the 1980s
action/mystery TV series THE EQUALIZER.
* 12/12 - After months of missteps, Netflix has secured exclusive streaming rights to the return of
of the series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. Deadline
* 12/11 -George Clooney and director Alexander Payne (SIDEWAYS)'s THE DESCENDANTS was chosen Sunday as Best Picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
* 12/9 -Deadline.com reports the "implosion" at talent agency ICM has come to an end. President Chris Silberman will remain - with his TV camp exercising more power, while Chairman/ CEO Jeff Berg will
also remain but his motion picture division will have less.
* 12/9 - In response to an email campaign spearheaded by the conservative Florida Family
Association - in which it insists Discovery Communications - TLC reality series ALL
AMERICAN MUSLIM "riskily hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American
liberties and traditional values", retail home improvement giant Lowes has pulled it's
advertising from the TLC program. In a Twitter response to the news, one lawyer asked of
the retail chain "Will you next consider KKKs demands to pull ads from BET?" More at THR.
* 12/9 - Deadline/TV reports Lifetime is setting sail on a contemporary TV movie remake of the THE BLUE LAGOON.
* 12/3 - USA Today reports "... that
a growing number of theaters and performing groups across the country
are setting aside 'tweet-seats' - in house for patrons to live tweet
* 11/28 -AP reports the death of iconoclastic (some would save "infamous") British film director
Ken Russell (WOMEN IN LOVE, TOMMY, ALTERED STATES) at the age of 84.
* 11/21 -The Hollywood Reporter. Martin Scorcese has been confirmed as the director of Working Title's film adaptation of THE SNOWMAN - the seventh in the popular series of Harry Hole crime thrillers by Swedish author Jo Nesbo.
* 11/21 - THR reports Sylvester Stallone, along with Broadway producer/writer Thomas Meehan (THE PRODUCERS) have joined forces to bring a stage musical version of ROCKY to the Great White Way.
* 11/16 - While THE IRON LADY, the upcoming bio-pic starring Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
is not in release, former members of the real life
"Iron Lady's" cabinet are blasting the film as a distortion of
historical reality Huffington Post.
* 11/15 - Twitch reports
Warner Bros. and Steven Spielberg have entered into official talks for
Spielberg to direct the studio's epic Moses story GODS AND KINGS.
* 11/14 - While the Season 5 premiere of AMC's MAD MEN isn't till March
2012, show creator Matthew Weiner has the series finale in mind for the
end of Season 7: wrapping the show as
having been flashback memories of an elderly present-day Don Draper. Grantland
* 11/8 -"Large and in charge" rapper/actor Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers)
has died in Los
Angeles at the age of 44. More at AOL-Boombox and TMZ.
* 11/7 - Collider reports MGMs rights to bring Classic Media's iconic WHERE'S WALDO to the big
screen as a live action feature.
* 11/5 - Legendary Philadelphia heavyweight champ Joe Frazier passes away at age 67 after a
battle with liver cancerMore at SI.Com and the NY Times .
* 11/4 -Collider.com reports Benicio Del Torois at this time director J.J. Abrams primary choice
for the villain lead in the upcoming STAR TREK 2.
* 11/3 - At the recent Savannah Film Festival, Universal President/COO Ron Meyer spoke
candidly, acknowledging "We make a lot of shitty movies. Every one of them breaks my heart". MovieLine .
* 11/3 - Moviefone and TMZ report the death of 87 year old character actor Leonard Stone,
best remembered as
the father of spoiled child Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 fantasy WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACOTRY where he uttered the famous words "Violet, you're turning Violet!"
* 11/1 - Sad news reported by Moviefone as famed Oscar producer Gil Cates (77) is found dead
Monday in a UCLA parking
lot. No word yet on the official cause of death
* 10/28 - Universal / SyFy picks up George R.R. Martin (GAME OF THRONES)'s "super hero"
anthology book series WILD CARDS as first property for new SyFy Films banner.
* 10/30 - Google-owned YouTube shells out $100 million to various new media and production
companies to launch series of mini "networks". The Huffington Post
* 10/29 -Nicole Kidman's Blossom Films acquires rights to Kevin Wilson's "quirky" NY Times
Bestseller THE FAMILY FANG
as a starring vehicle which she'll co-produce. Flavorwire
* 10/28 - CoinStar / Redbox, warns Warner Bros., Universal and Fox not increase the
availability delay window (to 60 days
from the current 28) for new releases available to
Redbox's supermarket / drug store based DVD rental kiosks.Deadline.
* 10/28 -Fox rebooting it's classic 90's sketch comedy series IN LIVING COLOR with show's
original creator/star Keenen Ivory Wayans as producer. Hollywood Reporter,
* 10/27 -TOUGH WEEK FOR SYLVESTER STALLONE - PT. 1 - One stuntman killed; another
hospitalized after 2nd Unit explosion during filming of THE EXPENDABLES 2.Deadline
* 10/25 -TOUGH WEEK FOR STALLONE - PT. 2 - Screenwriter Marcus Webb files suit against
Stallone, Nu Image / Millennium Films, Lionsgate Ent. and David Callaham,
claiming original THE EXPENDABLES ripped his THE CORDOBA CAPER.Reuters.
* 10/25 -Warner Bros. announces it will pull all HARRY POTTER DVD / Blu-ray titles from
catalog circulation after Dec. 29, 2011. Moviefone.
* 10/24 -Rupert Murdoch survives as head of Fox / News Corp after one of the most contentious
annual shareholder meetings during his decades long tenure. Huffpost Media
* 10/24 - "Boston Bros." Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will reunite on screen to film true story of
infamous New England mobster (and secret FBI informant) Whitey Bulger. Deadline.
* 10/22 - Multi-award winning composer Hans Zimmer (THE LION KING, THELMA & LOUISE,
INCEPTION) decides to sit out this year's upcoming Oscar race.
* 10/22 -Richard Levine & Lyn Greene, executive producers / co-runners of the Starz! / Kelsey
Grammar drama series BOSS
(about a powerful city Mayor with a debilitating mental
infirmity) exit after completing the first season. Deadline.
* 10/23 - Legendary CBS news correspondent Robert Pierpoint passes away at 86.
* 10/19 -HBO snags Karen Russell's popular children's book SWAMPLANDIA as a half-hour
comedy project to be produced by Scott Rudin.
* 10/16 - Deadline editor Nikki Finke pays tribute to memory of Hollywood agent Sue Mengers.
* 10/15 -Warner announces Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) as
director of it's upcoming TWILIGHT ZONE feature film. Deadline.
* 10/14 - TV's Larry Hagman (I DREAM OF JEANNIE, DALLAS) diagnosed with treatable form
of cancer. Should
not prevent him from participating in DALLAS reboot. TV GUIDE
* 10/13 -Disney/Bruckheimer's embattled LONE RANGER finally has official target release date: May 2013. THR.
* 10/11 -Steven Soderberg's Liberace bio-pic with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon finds
home at HBO FILMS. The Huffington Post.
* 10/10 -Paramount taps former Disney exec David Stainton to head it's recently minted Paramount Animation department. Deadline
* 10/8 - Fox and cast of THE SIMPSONS come to agreement to keep television's longest running
sitcom on the air. The New York Daily News.
* 10/8 - Tom Cruise in talks to star in Doug Liman (THE BOURNE IDENTITY)'s WE ARE
MORTALS - a big screen vers. of the futuristic manga. The Hollywood Reporter
* 10/6 -Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil company developing live action film based on the life of
artist/writer Theodore Geisel (aka "Dr. Seuss"). THR
* 10/6 - Iconic character actor Charles Napier (THE BLUES BROTHERS, RAMBO) passes away
at 75. Moviephone.com .
* 10/5 -Showbiz411 reports the John Gotti gangster flick to star Travolta, Pacino, Foster, and Preston put on hold.
* 10/4 - "Willllllbur!".
Friendly Films' David Friendly (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) and Jim
Mahoney, bringing big screen vers. of MR. ED to Fox 2000. Variety.
* 10/4 - Stephen King has two new short stories about to hit the stands, "The Dune" and "The
Little Green God of Agony". DreadCentral.com
* 10/3 -ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT's creator Mitch Hurwitz confirms at Sunday's New
Yorker Festival that the cult TV comedy show is returning. Huffington post.
* 10/3 - In a Deadline exclusive, the news site reports MRC / Universal is developing a TV version
of it's 2011 feature film THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU for the SyFy Network.
* 10/3 - Sports site SBNation.com first to report Madonna's confirmed as this year's half-time Super Bowl XLVI act at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Feb. 5th, 2012.
* 9/30 - Roland Emmerich (ID4, 2012) signed to direct a film version of Issac Asimov's FOUNDATION trilogy for Sony. Deadline.com.
* 9/28 - Sony and NATO (the National Association of Theater Owners) battle over who will
foot the bill ($5 - $10 million per film) for 3D glasses . The Hollywood Reporter.
* 9/25 -J.J. Abrams (LOST, STAR TREK) & Eric Kripke get pilot production commitment
from NBC for their "adventure thriller" REVOLUTION. Deadline.
* 9/25 -Netflix signs $30 mill. deal with DreamWorks Animation. The Inquisitor
This follows a similar deal withDiscovery Communications Inc. for TV adventure show
docus including "Man Vs. Wild" and "River Monsters". Huffington Post
* 9/23 - Verbinski/Bruckheimer/Depp's THE LONE RANGERis back in production
at Disney with an early 2012 start date.
* 9/22 -Deadline: 20th Century Fox greenlights big screen adaptation of Issac Asimov's 1954
novel THE CAVES OF STEEL.
* 9/22 -Reuters: Former eBay Chief Meg Whitman is the new CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
* 9/21 - Deadline: Universal presently developing a third version of SCARFACE.
* 9/16 - According to audio tape reel and other documents of Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn,
the group refused to play to segregated audiences
during their 1965 - '66 American tour.
* 9/17 - Auction of HULU hits numerous snags which could kill the sale. Huffington Post.
* 9/16 - The WW2-era P-51D Mustang which crashed at the Reno Air Show was piloted by film
aviation veteran James Leeward, who's many credits included AMELIA (2009), THIRTEEN DAYS (2000) and THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN (1995). The NTSB is currently
investigating. NY Daily News
* 9/16 -Depp, Bruckheimer and Verbinski haggle with Disney to get shut down THE LONE
RANGER back up and running. Deadline
* 9/1 -STARZ to end streaming contract with Netflix as of February 28, 2012. Press release
* 9/7 - Legendary 70 yr. old
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchanjoins Baz Luhrmann's THE GREAT GATSBY as shady gambler
Meyer Wolfsheim. Huffington Post
*8/26 - Scorcese and Monahan (THE DEPARTED) to remake '74 drama THE GAMBLER. Hollywood Reporter.
* 8/18 -Deadline : Tony Scott in talks to remake Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH (1969).
* 8/15 - Fan captured YouTube footage of DARK KNIGHT RISES "Batwing" craft. Click
* 8/12 - Disney halts THE LONE RANGER production. Deadline.
* 8/12 - CraveOnline.com , Jonathan Demme options Stephen King's JFK time travel thriller
* 8/9 - Rihanna talks her role in Universal's upcoming sci fi/war epic BATTLESHIP. UGO.com
* 8/8 - The Los Angeles Times : Actor Francesco Quinn
(age 48), son of Anthony Quinn, dies of a heart attack.
* 8/2 - Alfred Hitchcock's first film, 1923's THE WHITE SHADOW found. LA Times.
* 8/5 - Huffington Post : first photos - Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in DARK KNIGHT RISES.
* 8/5 - Universal backs out of big screen adaptation of Hasbro Toys' CLUE. NewsInFilm.com.
* 8/4 -Michael Patrick King will not be involved in SEX AND THE CITY prequel. LA Times . * 8/3 - Deadline : NBC/Universal's new owner Comcast increases finances into studio.
* 8/2 -Universal signs "first look" deal with Robert Zemeckis'Imagemovers. Deadline.
* 7/31 - David Fincher to exec produce story of photographer Dorthea Lange. TotalFilm.com .
* 6/23 -Julia Ormand (LEGENDS OF THE FALL) signs to star asLara Lor-Van, Superman's Kryptonian mother in SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL. Deadline
* 6/22 -People Magazine : Glen Campbell goes public with recently diagnosed Alzheimer's. Will
launch a final farewell tour this fall.
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