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‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Makes No Sense Unless You’ve Seen the Show

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 05:05
In the “Veronica Mars” movie, our heroine is supposedly all grown up, but she still acts like she’s in high school. She certainly sounds like a teenager and faces the same romantic woes in an old love triangle. And her career hasn’t progressed much either, since she finds herself in her fictitious hometown of Neptune,... Read more »

Affirmative Entertainment Sets Jack Reher to Write Thriller ‘Corrosion’

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 05:00
“The Ring” producer Mike Macari and Affirmative Entertainment’s Nicholas Bogner have optioned Jon Bassof’s novel “Corrosion” and tapped Jack Reher to adapt the tome. “Corrosion” is currently the number one selling noir novel on Amazon and revolves around a battle-scarred soldier making his way through the backwater towns of Colorado to get back to a... Read more »

Scarlett Johansson: ‘Avengers’ Sequel Is ‘Full Steam Ahead’

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 04:47
Despite pregnancy reports, Scarlett Johansson confirmed that there will be no shooting delays on “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” The actress will reprise her physically demanding role as Black Widow when the superhero pic begins filming in less than a month. “We’re full steam ahead,” she told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. “We start shooting in three weeks and I’m stunt... Read more »

Thomas Lennon is Felix to Matthew Perry’s Oscar in CBS’ ‘Odd Couple’ Pilot

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 04:00
Thomas Lennon will play fussy Felix Unger to Matthew Perry’s Oscar Madison in the CBS remake of “The Odd Couple,” Variety has learned. The half-hour multi-camera comedy pilot based on the famous Neil Simon characters comes via CBS Television Studios and is exec produced by Perry, who penned the pilot with “Frasier’s” Joe Keenan, with... Read more »

Kristen Bell Wants to Star in ‘Frozen’ Broadway Musical, ‘Veronica Mars’ Sequel

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 03:55
Following a live musical performance of songs from the Oscar-winning animated pic “Frozen,” it’s only natural that star Kristen Bell (who voiced Anna) is ready for her Broadway debut. The actress told EW Radio that she would like to participate in “Frozen”s upcoming stage adaptation, which is currently in early development. “I certainly hope that they... Read more »

The Broadway Channel Expands Into Local New York Broadcasting

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 03:32
The Broadway Channel, a producer and distributor of legit-centric video content, has partnered with PIX11, the New York CW affiliate, to produce segments and primetime specials focusing on Broadway. The Tribune Broadcasting station will team with the Broadway Channel to produce a quarterly series of 30-minute primetime specials, “Broadway Profiles,” with the first of them... Read more »

Hulu Eyeing More Original Dramas in 2014

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 03:11
Hulu, which is set to debut six original series this year that skew toward comedy, is looking to add more dramas into the mix. The Internet-video service, owned by Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, is currently interviewing for an exec to lead development and production of dramas, said Charlotte Koh, head... Read more »

Cynthia Nixon Returns to Broadway, and to ‘The Real Thing’

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:59
Cynthia Nixon has signed on to star opposite Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway revival of “The Real Thing,” the 1982 play in which she appeared in another role on its first run on the Main Stem. In 1984, Nixon attracted industry attention by acting in simultaneous Broadway productions of... Read more »

Projecting ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ in Theaters Requires Special Instructions

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:59
Like the brilliantly convoluted film itself (a story within a story within a story), projecting “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in theaters requires special instructions. Fox Searchlight sent its specification for the film’s “proper projection” to theaters before its release last week. Although Wes Anderson’s crime caper was shot in three different aspect ratios (1.37, 1.85... Read more »

Director Dexter Fletcher Falls off Graham King’s ‘Mercury’

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:49
Graham King has parted ways with director Dexter Fletcher on his Freddy Mercury biopic “Mercury” due to creative differences. Ben Whishaw is still attached to star in the pic with King and Tim Headington producing along with Tribeca Productions’ Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, as well as Queen Films. The film will follow Mercury’s... Read more »

James Cameron Calls on Bolder Use of 3D by All Filmmakers

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:49
Filmmaker and 3D pioneer James Cameron called on his fellow filmmakers to be bolder in their use of 3D on day two of the international 3D Creative Summit in London. The “Avatar” director was the two-day event’s biggest draw taking part via an exclusive pre-recorded interview to talk about his upcoming 3D docu “Deepsea Challenge”... Read more »

Quincy Jones, Richard Dreyfuss to Appear at TCM Classic Film Festival’s Club TCM

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:24
Club TCM, the central gathering point for festival passholders at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, will feature appearances by Jane Seymour, Kim Novak and Charles Busch. Also, Quincy Jones, Richard Dreyfuss, William Friedkin, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, composer Richard Sherman, and BAFTA-winning composer and conductor Carl Davis will all appear for live interviews. Located in the... Read more »

‘Living,’ ‘Doctor’ and ‘Gloria’ Lead Ibero-America’s First Platinos Race

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:19
MIAMI — David Trueba’s Spanish Goya winner “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed,” Lucia Puenzo’s Argentine Oscar entry “The German Doctor” (aka “Wakolda”) and Chilean Sebastian Lelio’s Berlin actress winner “Gloria” will vie for the top award at the inaugural Platino Ibero-American Film Awards. Consolidating their status as the front-runners for this year’s big prize,... Read more »

ABC’s ‘Nightline’ Gets Primetime Run Starting This Weekend

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:13
ABC will join CBS and NBC in having a news-division presence on Saturday nights starting this week, when “Nightline” returns to primetime with a series of one-hour programs. “Nightline Prime” will use the newest technologies to put viewers in the middle of stories as they unfold. The new program puts the latest small, agile cameras... Read more »

‘Louie’ to Return in May After 19-Month Hiatus

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:08
After a 19-month hiatus, FX’s Emmy-winning show “Louie” will return on May 5 for a fourth season. The net will air two new back-to-back episodes every Monday for seven weeks. FX originally ordered 13 eps for the show’s grand return, but creator-star-writer-director-exec producer Louis C.K. surprised with a bonus 14th episode. FX Network’s CEO John Landgraf said the... Read more »

Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘The F Word’ Re-titled ‘What If,’ Set for Aug. 1 Release

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 02:07
CBS Films is no longer saying “The F Word,” re-titling the romantic comedy “What If” and setting it for an August release in the U.S. “What If” will open in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 1 and expand during the following two weekends. CBS Films paid around $2.5 million for the U.S. rights to... Read more »

China’s Hackers to Target U.S. Entertainment Industry, Security Firm Warns

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 01:24
A new report from cybersecurity firm FireEye warns that the U.S. film and entertainment industries could come under cyberattack from Chinese hackers intent on undermining companies’  content, technology and internal communications. “China’s Soft Power Strategy and Cyber Intrusions: What Hollywood Should Know,” due to be officially published next week, posits that Chinese authorities see U.S.... Read more »

Music Company Mourns SXSW Crash Victim

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 01:19
One of the two people killed by a suspected drunk driver Thursday morning at South by Southwest in Austin is being remembered by his company MassiveMusic. Steven Craenmehr, who was attending the music portion of the festival, was 35 years old and had worked with the company in Amsterdam for eight years as creative director... Read more »

L.A. Theater Review: Barry Manilow’s ‘Harmony’

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 01:17
“Harmony” confirms Barry Manilow’s musical theater chops. The pop legend invests this biotuner of the Comedian Harmonists — a real-life German male sextet, pre-WWII toasts of two continents — with graceful, catchy melodies and a reasonably period, lightly jazz-influenced style, especially in the performance sequences. He likely could pen character-based songs, too, if he were... Read more »

Peter Aronson Joins IFC as Programming Exec VP

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 01:14
After eight years at startup ventures, Peter Aronson is returning to the TV exec ranks, joining IFC as its L.A.-based exec VP of original programming and production. Aronson will help spearhead the AMC Networks cabler’s expansion of original comedy series, building on the foundation of “Portlandia” and the upcoming “Garfunkel and Oates.” He reports to... Read more »

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