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Scooter Braun’s Movie Business Expanding Well Beyond Justin Bieber

Scooter Braun’s Movie Business Expanding Well Beyond Justin Bieber
In 2011, Scooter Braun made a splashy debut into the world of feature films, producing “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” concert documentary.

The movie, which carried a $13 million budget, grossed $100 million worldwide. 2013’s “Believe,” a behind-the-scenes look at Bieber’s rise to superstardom generated about $11 million in worldwide box office.

“Those films really gave us a taste of what we could do,” said Scott Manson, chief operating officer of Braun’s film operation, Sb Projects.

Braun was a producer on 2015’s quirky girl-group fantasy “Jem and the Holograms” but has branched out considerably since then by backing the indie drama “Burden,” starring Andrea Riseborough and Garrett Hedlund, who plays Mike Bruden in the story of an orphan raised within the Ku Klux Klan who attempts to break away after the girl he falls in love with urges him to leave for a better life together.

Burden” is directed by Andrew Heckler from his own script. The producer
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Mike Hodge, ‘Law & Order’ Actor and SAG-AFTRA New York Local President, Dies at 70

Mike Hodge, ‘Law & Order’ Actor and SAG-AFTRA New York Local President, Dies at 70
Mike Hodge, the president of the SAG-aftra New York local, died on Saturday night. He was 70.

Hodge was a longtime union activist and was re-elected last month as president of the local chapter. Rebecca Damon, first VP of the New York local, made the announcement Sunday night on her Facebook page, writing:

Mike Hodge was a powerful unionist, a remarkable leader, and more than anything, a great friend, colleague, and mentor. He led our local through several challenging years and into the momentous merger. He built on that powerful foundation to bring cohesion and stability to our local and helped build the industry economy on which New York members’ careers now thrive. His vision and leadership made us stronger and justifiably prouder. Alongside the pain of losing Mike, I urge us all to remember his extraordinary achievements on behalf of SAG-aftra and Screen Actors Guild before it.”

Hodge first won a SAG national board seat in 2001 and
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John Scott’s Hockey ‘Rocky’ Tale Nets Movie Deal: Mitch Albom To Script All-Star Mvp’s Story For Mandalay Sports Media

John Scott’s Hockey ‘Rocky’ Tale Nets Movie Deal: Mitch Albom To Script All-Star Mvp’s Story For Mandalay Sports Media
Exclusive: Mandalay Sports Media has acquired the feature life rights to tell the story of John Scott, a journeyman player who: was voted into this year’s NHL All-Star Game as a captain through an Internet write-in campaign, got traded and then demoted to the minors by a pissed-off NHL because he wouldn’t withdraw and wound up the game’s Mvp before heading back to the minors in Newfoundland. It’s so far-fetched that a screenwriter couldn’t have invented it. Mitch Albom
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The Simpsons Season 27: Marge in Jail, Smithers' Reveal and More to Expect

The Simpsons Season 27: Marge in Jail, Smithers' Reveal and More to Expect
Instead of worrying about The Simpsons‘ pseudo split in Sunday’s season premiere (Fox, 8/7c), perhaps fans should be more concerned about Marge heading to the slammer in May’s finale.

PhotosThe Pope’s TV Tour: Relive His Visits to The Simpsons, Family Guy and More Shows

“Marge lets Bart go to the park alone because he’s too irritating, then she ends up getting arrested,” executive producer Al Jean tells TVLine of the Season 27 finale. “I read a column by Mitch Albom, the writer of Tuesdays with Morrie, about a mother who was arrested for letting her son play
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Ice-t, Jennifer Nettles: Let’s Help our Vets find homes – Veterans Matter

Over a dozen celebrities and Cumulus Media have come together to help the innovative, Ohio-based Veterans Matter program kick off a campaign on Memorial Day to help house as many of the 57,000 homeless veterans as soon as possible. “Thousands of veterans are homeless and living on the streets of our nation tonight. Streets where they are being beaten, robbed, even killed. Let’s take care of our own,” says Ice-t of the Veterans Matter campaign to house veterans. The program’s growing roster of support includes: Darius Rucker Darryl Worley Dusty Hill Emerson Drive Heart Ice-t Jennifer Nettles John Fogerty John Mellencamp Kid Rock Kix Brooks Mitch Albom Natalie Stovall+The Drive Stevie Nicks Each has voiced public services announcements now airing on Cumulus Media properties nationwide urging all Americans to help our nation’s homeless veterans get housed. Text “Vets” to 41444 and click through to donate any amount on their credit card.
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Warner Bros. Will Make The First Phone Call From Heaven

Nobody likes an unsolicited cold-call, but author Mitch Albom must have been pleased to hear that Warner Bros. would be acquiring his bestselling novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven, with a view to making it into a successful movie. Denise Dinovi and Alison Greenspan are set to produce, with Chantal Nong and Cate Adams shepherding the project for the studio.

The story details the response of townsfolk when phones start ringing in Coldwater, Mi. As the callers claim to be reaching out from heaven, reactions of residents differ wildly, and a grieving single father decides to investigate the origins of the calls.

With the purchase of source material having just been made, cast and crew are not yet officially in place. However, the synopsis feels like it lands squarely in the wheelhouse of Johnny Depp, or Nicholas Cage, or perhaps even John Cusack? It will certainly be interesting to
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"Unremembered," "Dork," "Heaven" Get Adapted

Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures have acquired the film rights to Jessica Brody's proposed young adult novel trilogy "Unremembered".

Set in a world where time travel and gene manipulation exist, the story follows a 16-year-old girl who finds herself floating in the Pacific Ocean with no memory of her past. Her one clue is a boy named Zen who claims he helped her escape from a top-secret science experiment.

In news of another adaptation, Summit Entertainment has picked up all rights to Rachel Renee Russell's bestseller series "The Dork Diaries".

The story follows 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell as she navigates her way through new school, mean girls and first crushes. Karen Rosenfelt ("Twilight") will produce.

Outside of the young adult arena, Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the film rights to Mitch Albom's inspirational novel "The First Phone Call from Heaven". Denise Dinovi and Alison Greenspan will produce.

The
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'The First Phone Call from Heaven' Finds a Home at Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has acquired the Mitch Albom novel The First Phone Call From Heaven, which was published in November by Harper. The story follows a group of residents in Coldwater, Michigan, who begin receiving phone calls from their loved ones in heaven. Take a look at the trailer for the book released last year, then read on for more information.

The story centers on Sully Harding, a single father and disgraced pilot who returns from prison to find his hometown captivated by this miraculous event, including his young son desperately hoping for a phone call from his late mother. Sully becomes determined to prove that this phenomena is really a hoax.

Denise Di Novi is attached to produce the adaptation for Warner Bros., although the studio has not found a screenwriter at this time.

The project marks the first feature adaptation for Mitch Albom, whose best-selling novels Tuesdays With Morrie
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Warner Bros. Dials Up Mitch Albom’s ‘First Phone Call from Heaven’

Warner Bros. is taking “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” buying movie rights to Mitch Albom’s inspirational novel.

The project has been set up with Warner-based Denise Dinovi and Alison Greenspan.

It’s the first feature film rights deal for Albom, who’s also written similar faith-based titles such as “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “For One More day,” “Have a Little Faith” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” — all of which were made into TV movies.

“First Phone Call From Heaven” is set in a town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife and centered on a grief-stricken single father determined to find out if the calls are hoaxes.

Di Novi’s produced “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “You’re Not You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and the upcoming Will Smith-Margot Robbie drama “Focus” for the studio.
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Warner Bros Lands Mitch Albom Novel ‘The First Phone Call From Heaven’

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Warner Bros Lands Mitch Albom Novel ‘The First Phone Call From Heaven’
Exclusive: Warner Bros has acquired The First Phone Call From Heaven, the bestselling novel by Mitch Albom that was published last November by Harper. Denise Dinovi and Alison Greenspan will produce. The book opens on a morning in the small town of Coldwater, Mi, when the phones start ringing and the voices say they are calling from heaven. While each call is greeted differently — some with love, some with religious zeal, some with fear — a grieving single father with an inquisitive and hopeful son takes it upon himself to uncover whether these callers are hoaxers, or they are really dialing long distance. Chantal Nong and Cate Adams will oversee for Warner Bros. Albom, who came up a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, has also written bestsellers like Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven, books with a wholesome spiritual tug to them. At a
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Warner Bros. Takes The First Phone Call From Heaven

Warner Bros. has taken the big screen rights to Mitch Albom's recent book, The First Phone Call From Heaven . Published last November, the book is officially described as follows: One morning in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the phones start ringing. The voices say they are calling from heaven. Is it the greatest miracle ever? Or some cruel hoax? As news of these strange calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be a part of it. At the same time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from prison to discover his hometown gripped by .miracle fever.. Even his young son carries a toy phone, hoping to hear from his mother in heaven. As the calls increase, and proof of an afterlife begins to surface, the town.and the world.transform. Only Sully,...
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Harpo Films Prez Kate Forte Out As Harpo Shifts Attention From Films To Scripted TV

Another long-time executive from Oprah Winfrey’s inner circle is out. After a 18-year stint as president of Harpo Films, Kate Forte was let go today. While the company continues to have a couple of projects in development at HBO where the company has been under a deal since 2008, Harpo Films has little to show for its efforts in the past 5 years as its last projects to reach fruition were the 2007 movie The Great Debaters, one of only two features produced by the unit, and 2007 ABC telefilm Mitch Albom’s For One More Day. Harpo Films is a vestige of old times — it was active in the broadcast movie business, doing six films for ABC between 1997 and 2007. But the demand for long-form projects, especially on the broadcast side, has dried out. And now the Los Angeles-based Harpo Films will de facto fold. As part of a restructuring, its larger sibling production company,
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'Liz & Dick': 5 Things to Know About Lindsay Lohan's Transformation into Elizabeth Taylor

'Liz & Dick': 5 Things to Know About Lindsay Lohan's Transformation into Elizabeth Taylor
Lifetime’s TV movie Liz & Dick hopes to capture the storied love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a legendary Hollywood romance fueled by fights, sex and alcohol. Lindsay Lohan plays the violet-eyed star opposite of Grant Bowler's Burton in a TV movie directed by Lloyd Kramer (2007's Mitch Albom's For One More Day) and produced by Larry A. Thompson. Before the television movie premieres on Sunday night, here are five things to know: Photos: Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) 1. No garment or accessory was previously worn or owned by Elizabeth Taylor. While there were 117 costume changes in the 88-minute TV

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Liz & Dick Date Set For November 25th

There may be a lot of truth to the idea that Liz & Dick is (one of) the most talked about movie of the year, but I’m not absolutely sure it’s a claim I would feature.

Good or bad, Lindsay Lohan or no, and if you’re the right crowd, Lifetime or no, there’s no denying that the movie takes on interesting subject matter, and is potentially well worth watching just to catch some glimpse into the lives of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Of course, I don’t know that it has anything to say that isn’t well-worn material, but it’s worth finding out.

What do you think about this one, and is the movie, wherever it lands, overshadowed simply by the fact that Lohan is in it? I’d like to know where the public is coming down on this one. Will you watch?
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Lifetime’s ‘Liz & Dick’ To Premiere November 25

Lifetime has set November 25 for the premiere of Liz & Dick starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler as Richard Burton. The story of the couple’s passionate and stormy love affair is executive produced by Larry A. Thompson (Amish Grace) and directed by Lloyd Kramer (Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven). Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin) penned the script. A+E Networks will handle international distribution. Liz & Dick will air at 9 Pm on Lifetime. Related: ‘Liz & Dick’ Movie Poster Unveiled Hot TV Trailer: Lifetime’s ‘Liz & Dick’
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Lindsay Lohan is Front and Centre of First Poster for Lifetime’s Liz & Dick

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It’s been a few years since Lindsay Lohan was last seen on our screens, but her return in just a matter of weeks away now, with Lifetime’s Liz & Dick due to air this coming November, telling the story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Lohan takes the lead opposite Grant Bowler, and now the first poster for the movie has arrived, putting Lohan front and centre, with a pair of rather beautiful (albeit edited) purple eyes.

“On the set of Cleopatra, Hollywood’s most beautiful star, Elizabeth Taylor, fell into the arms of one of the world’s greatest actors, Richard Burton – and she didn’t leave.

Their subsequent white-hot, scandalous love affair gave rise to the paparazzi and they became the most hunted and photographed couple on earth. Their rocky, passionate, relationship, born in front of the cameras, was captured in a series of films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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"The Help" Cleans Up at NAACP Image Awards! See Complete List of Winners, Nominees in All Categories!

As expected, Tate Taylor's "The Help" won big at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards. The film won Outstanding Picture of the Year with Viola Davis winning Outstanding Actress and Octavia Spencer taking home the Outstanding Supporting Actress award. Taylor lost to "Jumping the Broom's" Salim Akil for Best Director because apparently, it's a better picture than "The Help!"

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards (To visit other award-giving bodies, check out our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

Motion Picture

Outstanding Motion Picture

.Jumping the Broom. (TriStar Pictures)

.Pariah. (Focus Features)

.The First Grader. (National Geographic

Entertainment)

*** .The Help. (DreamWorks Pictures/

Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

.Tower Heist. (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Eddie Murphy . .Tower Heist.

(Universal Pictures)

Laurence Fishburne . .Contagion.

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

*** Laz Alonso . .Jumping the Broom.

(TriStar Pictures)

Oliver Litondo . .The First
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2012 NAACP Image Awards winners: 'The Help' wins big

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"The Help" continued its hot streak during awards season by being the big winner at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards. The DreamWorks movie took home acting trophies for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, plus Outstanding Motion Picture.

The complete list of winners:

Motion Picture Categories

Outstanding Motion Picture

"Jumping the Broom" (TriStar Pictures)

"Pariah" (Focus Features)

"The First Grader" (National Geographic Entertainment)

"The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures)

"Tower Heist" (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Eddie Murphy - "Tower Heist" (Universal Pictures)

Laurence Fishburne - "Contagion" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Laz Alonso - "Jumping the Broom" (TriStar Pictures)

Oliver Litondo - "The First Grader" (National Geographic Entertainment)

Vin Diesel - "Fast Five" (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Adepero Oduye - "Pariah" (Focus Features)

Emma Stone - "The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures)

Paula Patton - "Jumping the Broom" (TriStar Pictures)

Viola Davis - "The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures)

Zoë Saldana -
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Ratings: Once Upon a Time Doesn't Get 'Lost' Opposite NFL's Heavy Hitters

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Ratings: Once Upon a Time Doesn't Get 'Lost' Opposite NFL's Heavy Hitters
Due to almost an hour’s worth of NFL game overrun on CBS, Once Upon a Time this Sunday was pitted against not only NBC’s Steelers-Chiefs match-up but also an engorged 60 Minutes, yet luckily managed to (mostly) slip the tackle.

The ABC freshman, which on top of all else was coming off a one-week bye, drew 10.7 million total viewers while scoring a 3.4 demo rating. That’s a dip of just 6 percent in total audience, and a forgivable 11 percent drop with the 18-49 crowd.

Interestingly, Once hit series highs in both the Teens (up 18 percent) and Kids 2-11 (surging 31 percent) demos.
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TV Ratings Report: Boring Game, Big Ratings

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The Steelers hung on to beat the Chief, 13-9, last night, in one of the more lackluster Sunday night NFL games of the season. But that wasn't reflected in the impressive ratings for NBC...

8 p.m.

60 Minutes/The Amazing Race: 15.4 million

Sunday Night Football: 15.25 million

Once Upon a Time: 10.7 million

The Simpsons: 5.6 million/Allen Gregory: 3.1 million

9 p.m.

Sunday Night Football: 18.1 million

The Amazing Race/Person of Interest rerun: 9 million

Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith: 6.4 million

Family Guy: 5.5 million/American Dad: 4.45 million

10 p.m.

Sunday Night Football: 16.4 million

Person of Interest rerun: 6.8 million

Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith: 6.6 million
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