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JULY, 2012:


(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 2012Huff 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



JUNE, 2012


(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)
Beloved journalist / essayist / screenwriter / director Nora Ephron passes away at 71.  See the New York Times tribute: "Nora Ephron's Hollywood Ending" (6/27/12)

(6/26) P
roducer Sara Colleton confirms seasons 7 & 8 will be the final two for Showtime's popular series DEXTERHuff Post

(6/21) Warner Bros.
puts budgetary kibosh on Rob Marshall's proposed remake of THE THIN MAN set to star Johnny DeppDeadline

(6/21) Jonathan Demme
picks up the screen rights to Stephen King time travel thriller 11/23/63Shortlist.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 SIDEThe 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 HuluWall 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 LANEEntertainment Weekly

(6/6)
Directing siblings Anthony & Joe Russo in final talks to direct Marvel's CAPTAIN AMERICA 2Hollywood 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 PEOPLEDeadline

(6/4)
Producer Bryan Fuller continues casting proposed contemporary TV reboot of THE MUNSTERSEW

(6/4) Mads Mikkelsen
cast as young Doctor Lector in NBC's TV prequel series HANNIBALEW.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 LucasFilmDeadline


MAY, 2012:


(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 SKYFALLTMZ

(5/23) Johnny Depp
made honorary member of the Comanche Nation during filming of THE LONE RANGERCBS/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 JaggerHuffington Post / AP

(5/20) C
hina-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 STALKERDeadline

(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 OrciComingsoon.net

(5/11) Eli Craig
signed to rewrite and direct the comedy YOUR BRIDESMAID'S A BITCHDeadline

(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 VEGASTHR

(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 HORRORSHeat Vision

(5/3) Samuel Jackson
takes issue with A.O. Scott's negative review of THE AVENGERSHuffington Post

(5/1) News Corp
report derides Rupert Murdoch as "not a fit person" to run a major company.  Washington Post



APRIL, 2012:
 

(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 BOOKDeadline

(4/25) THE HOBBIT's
48fps format divides audiences at CinemaConHuff Post

(4/22/12) Pixar
announces  newest animated project, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, to be directed by TOY STORY 3's Lee UnkrichHuffington 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 USVariety

(4/20) Guy Pearce
joins the cast of Shane Black's IRON MAN 3Variety

(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.  Deadline

(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 SeriesDaily 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.  Deadline

(4/12)
Director William Friedkin takes Paramount and Universal to court over domestic rights and 35 year profits to the film SORCERERDeadline

(4/10)
HUNGER GAMES director Gary Ross decides not to return for sequel CATCHING FIREDeadline

(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



MARCH, 2012:


(3/29)
Universal
and 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 NOVADeadline,

(3/3)
Right-wing Hindu activists group demands ZERO DARK THIRTY end shooting of footage in the north India city of ChandigarhHuffington Post




FEBRUARY, 2012:



(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. 


(2/27/12) THE ARTIST, takes top honors (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor - to Jean Dujardin) at last night's 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.  See THE 84TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS - A SURPRISING AND REFRESHING RETURN TO BASICS


2/20/12) Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will create a new UK based tabloid, The Sun On Sunday, to replace News Of The World after the later's phone hacking/bribery scandal.  USA Today.


(2/18/12)
Judi Dench 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 CHAPTEREW


(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.com Russell 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 WEEKSTWO 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 .




JANUARY, 2012:


(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 60New 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 WarnerCollider.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 DIARIESTHR


(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 MOTELTHR.


(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

(1/10/12) As part of it's year long 100th Anniversary celebration, Universal Studios  is giving it's iconic logo a digital upgrade.     


(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 FX Oscar 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




DECEMBER, 2011:


* 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, 2011Oscar.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
                   Morita
( 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 THORDeadline.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
                   Paul Greengrass
(director). 
 

* 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 during performances".
 



NOVEMBER, 2011:


* 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 ReporterMartin 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 cancer
More at SI.Com and the NY Times .

* 11/4 -   Collider.com reports Benicio Del Toro is 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




OCTOBER, 2011:


* 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. 
THR

* 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. 1One 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 BulgerDeadline.

* 10/24 -
Kevin Bacon sees FOOTLOOSE remake
... and digs itHuffington Post and THR.

* 10/22 -  Multi-award winning composer Hans Zimmer (THE LION KING, THELMA & LOUISE,
                    INCEPTION
) decides to sit out this year's upcoming Oscar race. 
THR 

* 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.
Huffington Post 


* 10/19 -  HBO snags Karen Russell's popular children's book SWAMPLANDIA as a half-hour
                   comedy project to be produced by Scott Rudin. THR.  

* 10/16Deadline 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 2013THR.   

* 10/11 -  Steven Soderberg's Liberace bio-pic with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon finds
                   home at HBO FILMSThe 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 Festiva
l 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. 




SEPTEMBER, 2011:



* 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 AnimationThe Inquisitor
                 This follows a similar deal with Discovery Communications Inc. for TV adventure show
                 docus including "Man Vs. Wild" and "River Monsters".
Huffington Post

* 9/23 -  Verbinski/Bruckheimer/Depp's THE LONE RANGER is 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 Bachchan joins Baz Luhrmann's
              
THE GREAT GATSBY as shady gambler Meyer Wolfsheim.  Huffington Post



AUGUST, 2011:


*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
                novel "11/22/63"

*
8/11 - The Huffington Post : SESAME STREET states Bert and Ernie not gay. No wedding.

* 8/10 -
AOL News : extreme dip in pay TV subscriptions.

* 8/10 - AOL.  TBS cancels Lopez Tonight.

* 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' ImagemoversDeadline.   

* 7/31 -  David Fincher to exec produce story of photographer Dorthea LangeTotalFilm.com .



JULY, 2011 -


* 7/30 - JustJaredBuzznet.com : DARK KNIGHT RISES photos of Tom Hardy as Bane and
                "Tumbler" vehicle.

* 7/26 - New vers. of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT to be helmed by Mimi Leder.
                
Deadline
 

* 7/26 - Press release : Sam Raimi to helm Disney's epic OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

* 7/26 - Deadline : WalMart implements recently purchased VuDu and begins streaming movies.

* 7/25 - KABC-TV : Chilean miners close deal to bring their story to the big screen. 

* 7/25 - AP/Huffington Post : Netflix braces for third-quarter slowdown after ceasing unlimited                          monthly DVD/streaming rental price package.  

*note* See follow up article "How Netflix Alienated It's Customers and Became Less Popular than Blockbuster in Two Weeks"

* 7/25 -  Cinema sex symbol Linda Christian passes away. People and the Bond fan site Mi6.com

* 7/22 - Animated NAPOLEON DYNAMITE series on the way.   CCI

* 7/22 - AOL TV : Pierce Brosnan will star in Stephen King mini-series  BAG OF BONES

* 7/18 - Deadline : Universal nixes Ron Howard's adaptation of King's THE DARK TOWER.  

* 7/21 - First character cast ensemble photo from THE HOBBITtheonering.net .       

* 7/19 - AP : Australian Aboriginal character actor David Ngoombujarra passes away. 
                Click movieweb.com for a short video interview with the late actor. 


* 7/11 - Deadline : Depp's Infinitum Nihil to do big screen re-do of TV's THE NIGHT STALKER

* 7/17 - London Telegraph: British actor Rhys Ifans (NOTTING HILL) joins "Bond 23" cast. 

* 7/13 - Sam Raimi produced EVIL DEAD remake is in the works.  MoviePhone and Cinema Blend.  

* 7/18 - Kevin Costner joins  Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINEDDeadline
 
* 7/15 -
Deadline NY : Tom Cruise signs to star in film adapt. of Jack Reacher novel ONE SHOT

* 7/12 - EW.com:Ted Danson replaces departing Laurence Fishburne on TV's CSI

* 7/12 -
Los Angeles Times: Beloved character actor Roberts Blossom (HOME ALONE) passes away. 
                See the 2000 documentary "Full Blossom: The Life of Poet/Actor Roberts Blossom,"  .  

* 7/12 -
THR : TV's legendary Sherwood Schwartz (GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, THE BRADY BUNCH)
                passes away.   **see video interview from the TV Academy's "Emmy TV Legends" **  


* 7/11 - Spike Lee to reappear as Mookie in RED HOOK SUMMER.   blackfilm.com

* 7/11 - Movieweb.com : Spike Lee to helm American remake of Korean thriller OLDBOY.  

* 7/5  -  Engadget : Netflix adds 43 Central /South American & Caribbean countries to it's global
                streaming network.   

* 7/1  -
L.A. Times: Google joins fray to purchase streaming giant Hulu.



JUNE, 2011 -


* 6/30 -
Deadline's Mike Fleming: Andrew Meieran
's Bureau of Moving Pictures acquires
                 rights to TWILIGHT ZONE creator Rod Serling's life story.


* 6/29 - THR : ROLAND EMMERICH close to sealing deal with Columbia on "SINGULARITY". 

* 6/27 -  Deadline : Ron Myer signs new contract as Pres. of Universal Studios s.

* 6/27 -  Supreme Court says California can't ban sale / rental of violent video games to minors.

* 6/23 - Julia Ormand (LEGENDS OF THE FALL) signs to star as Lara 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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