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NBC Pushes ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical to 2018

10 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has delayed its plan produce “Bye Bye Birdie” toplined by Jennifer Lopez as live musical until next year.

The tuner had been set to air as NBC’s holiday musical event this year. The decision to push it a year was driven by Lopez’s overflowing schedule, which includes two series for NBC, “World of Dance” and the drama “Shades of Blue.”

The postponement of “Birdie” means NBC will not stage a musical event this holiday season. Earlier this month, NBC unveiled plans for a “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” event to air on Easter Sunday next year. That project will be shepherded by Craig Zedon and Neil Meron, the pair behind all of NBC’s live musical events to date. Given the high cost of the one-night-only live events, it was unlikely that NBC could field “Superstar” just a few months after staging “Birdie,” had the show stayed on its original date, and »

- Cynthia Littleton

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TV Drives Growth at Entertainment One Amid Overhaul of Film Side

23 May 2017 2:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mark Gordon and TV distribution powered growth at Entertainment One in 2017, as the Canada-based company overhauls its film operations and plans for fewer bigger-budget features next year.

International sales drove TV revenues, with new series “Private Eyes,” “Cardinal,” and “Mary Kills People” coming through in the company’s 2017 financial year. EOne also has AMC zombie hit “The Walking Dead,” as well as ABC series “Designated Survivor,” after taking a majority stake in The Mark Gordon Co., which posted a seven-fold rise in revenue to £119 million ($155 million). Overall TV revenues for eOne were £328.2 million, up 85% from the previous year.

Film revenues were £594.2 million, a 7% increase year-on-year. Earlier this month, U.K.-listed eOne had warned investors to brace for $47 million of writedowns, mostly stemming from its film business.

The largest single charge recorded in the full-year results released Tuesday was $25 million, which eOne said related to an unspecified film distribution agreement. »

- Stewart Clarke

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TV Drives Growth at Entertainment One Amid Overhaul of Film Side

23 May 2017 2:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mark Gordon and TV distribution powered growth at Entertainment One in 2017, as the Canada-based company overhauls its film operations and plans for fewer bigger-budget features next year.

International sales drove TV revenues, with new series “Private Eyes,” “Cardinal,” and “Mary Kills People” coming through in the company’s 2017 financial year. EOne also has AMC zombie hit “The Walking Dead,” as well as ABC series “Designated Survivor,” after taking a majority stake in The Mark Gordon Co., which posted a seven-fold rise in revenue to £119 million ($155 million). Overall TV revenues for eOne were £328.2 million, up 85% from the previous year.

Film revenues were £594.2 million, a 7% increase year-on-year. Earlier this month, U.K.-listed eOne had warned investors to brace for $47 million of writedowns, mostly stemming from its film business.

The largest single charge recorded in the full-year results released Tuesday was $25 million, which eOne said related to an unspecified film distribution agreement. The »

- Stewart Clarke

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Movies to Show My Son: ‘Reservoir Dogs’

22 May 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Obviously based on the fact that I am doing this series you can see that I am a fan of movies, which has been true for as long as I have been old enough to watch them. Despite my love of movies growing up I tended to watch the same types of genres. As is often the case with kids I also tended to rewatch a lot of my favorites over and over as well. Every so often I broke away from my comfort zone to watch something brand new. Every so often that new movie shook the foundation of the way I viewed the art of film making.

That happened when I watched Reservoir Dogs. This is a film my brother introduced me to, although indirectly as he probably had new interest showing his little annoying brother a movie he was far too young to watch. We shared a »

- Dan Clark

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Jessica Chastain To Play Ingrid Bergman in Yrk Entertainment produced “Seducing Ingrid Bergman”

21 May 2017 10:44 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Two-time Academy Award nominee and Cannes jury member Jessica Chastain will star in Seducing Ingrid Bergman, and she and her Freckle Films has joined Yrf Entertainment and Arash Amel to produce it. Jonathan Reiman, Yrf Entertainment’s President of Production, will serve as executive producer on the project. Kelly Carmichael will oversee for Freckle Films, where she is President of Production and Development. The script is based on the book of the same name by Chris Greenhalgh which was optioned by Yrf Entertainment. No director has been set.

Seducing Ingrid Bergman” tells the story of the torrid romance between the famed “Casablanca” actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa that began in Paris immediately following WWII, and culminates with Capa following her back to Hollywood at the time of the McCarthy Communist witch hunts.

Jessica Chastain is the perfect actress to star in ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’,” said Uday Chopra, CEO, »

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Jessica Chastain to Play Ingrid Bergman in New Film

20 May 2017 7:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jessica Chastain will play screen icon Ingrid Bergman in “Seducing Ingrid Bergman,” Variety has confirmed. She will produce, as well star as the Oscar-winning Swedish actress in the upcoming period piece.

The film centers on Bergman’s romance with Robert Capa, a photo journalist famed for his images of combat. The picture is set in the aftermath of World War II and extends to the dawn of the McCarthy hearings into communist subversion. No director has been attached, but Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) wrote the screenplay.

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Yrf Entertainment is producing and brokered the deal with Freckle FilmsYrf head Uday Chopra will produce alongside Chastain and Amel. There is currently no release date for “Seducing Ingrid Bergman” scheduled.

Chastain earned Academy Award nominations for “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help.” She scored »

- Brent Lang

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“Wonderstruck”: Updated Oscar Predictions for May

19 May 2017 4:26 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

As the Cannes Film Festival begins this week in earnest, it seems like a solid enough time to check in with some new Academy Award predictions. The festival may very well change the game, so as per the usual around this time, consider these predictions little more than a temporary placeholder. June will potentially look rather different than May, and so on, so simply keep that in mind. As for the specifics, you’ll be able to find that out shortly, but keep an eye on what Cannes has going on. They’re the belle of the ball currently, as it were. As the weather gets hotter, the potential contenders will start to reveal themselves, though as you know, it isn’t until the cold air returns that we really know what’s what. That’s just how it goes. What you’ll see below is a very slightly tinkered with update for this month. »

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Sierra/Affinity Masters Its Pitches for Maximum Marketing

18 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

During the 2000s, Nick Meyer, who as the head of Sierra/Affinity, is the recipient of Variety’s Achievement in International Film Awards at this year’s Cannes festival, experienced a career’s worth of film-market fluctuations, a heady period when he headed international for Lionsgate and then led Paramount Vantage.

When Meyer decided to form Sierra Pictures in 2009, he faced even stiffer headwinds, as the global financial crisis and dramatic changes in technology and audience viewing habits rewired the industry.

Transition gradually revealed openings for his new company, though, as major studios stepped back from the very films that Meyer knew how to mount: mid-budget prestige and genre fare. It wasn’t that those kinds of films had ever gone out of fashion; it was their financial model that no longer made sense for large multinational backers. Eventually, Sierra/Affinity (rebranded after a 2011 merger with OddLot-Bold Films sales outfit Affinity Intl. »

- Dade Hayes

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and the cut Nathan Fillion scene

17 May 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow May 18, 2017

James Gunn talks about why Nathan Fillion isn't in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and what his cut scene would've been.

Nathan Fillion and James Gunn have had a long history. Fillion was the star in the first film Gunn ever directed, the deliciously grotesque Slither. He also has appeared in every film since then, including as the voice of a digital prison punk in 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Yet he is nowhere to be seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, the box office-crushing Marvel Studios extravaganza.

Now James Gunn has taken to Facebook to come clean on why Fillion, a space opera icon in his own right after Firefly, was not boarded in the final version of Guardians Of The Galaxy 2. Once again, Gunn confirms that Fillion actually was going to play a relatively important bush league superhero from the Marvel comics universe, »

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Previous Oscar winners will litter the race again this year

15 May 2017 6:53 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Some years, it feels like all of the Academy Award contenders are fresh faces. The hopefuls for Oscar nominations and wins are on the scene for the first time and vying to join the club. Other times, it’s a mix between old and new. Still other times, it seems like a disproportionately large amount of would be nominees and prospective winners have been there before. 2017 seems like it’s going to be one of those years. We don’t fully know how it’s going to shape up just yet, but there’s a whole host of golden statue owners who might end up thinking about making room on their mantle for more this time around. If nothing else, this is just a primer to keep in mind when the fall and winter months come calling. Here is the list of all former winners who have something in contention this year. »

- Joey Magidson

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Ridley Scott and the storytelling problem

14 May 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew May 16, 2017

Alien: Covenant is the latest example of the very best, and not so great, things about Ridley Scott's directing...

There are very, very light spoilers for Prometheus and Alien: Covenant ahead.

I can’t think of too many more recent well-deserved sci-fi blockbuster hits than The Martian. I really like the film a lot. Expertly directed by one of cinema’s best ever world builders, Ridley Scott, it of course told the story of a man stranded on the red planet, with the simple task of staying alive for, er, a long time before help could be found. Given that the Mars movies we got in the early 2000s were Mission To Mars and Red Planet, I’m happy to call The Martian a substantial upgrade.

I’d also suggest it brought the best out of Ridley Scott.

Scott came to The Martian relatively late in the day. »

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Miss Sloane review

14 May 2017 4:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jessica Chastain headlines Miss Sloane, which will hopefully make more of a splash in the UK than it made in the Us...

The Us release of Miss Sloane came in the same month as the 2016 presidential election finally came to pass, and perhaps it's only down to a general exasperation with politics that it has been so overlooked. The absurdity of the news has only been compounded over the six months that it's taken to arrive in UK cinemas, but it's testament to how well executed the film is that this story of corruption and skullduggery in Washington DC still seems remarkable.

The film centres on Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), a ruthless lobbyist who has been hauled in to plead the Fifth in front of an ethics committee (chaired by John Lithgow's pompous senator), and the three months that led to these proceedings. Miss Sloane has quite the reputation in Washington, »

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Samantha Bee Dissects James Comey Termination — aka President Trump's 'Saturday Night Live Massacre'

11 May 2017 6:07 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Jon Stewart famously took pride in pointing out the oft ridiculous practices of cable news — and as of Wednesday, it’s safe to say that torch has been passed down to fellow Daily Show alum Samantha Bee.

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The Full Frontal host began her latest broadcast by pointing out that “the only FBI drama most Americans expected to unfold on TV were the upcoming seasons of Twin Peaks and The X Files,” but that all changed once President Donald Trump chose to terminate FBI Director »

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Set as NBC’s Next Live Musical

10 May 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has selected “Jesus Christ Superstar” as the next live musical to head to the network, Variety has learned.

The show follows in the footsteps of NBC’s successful run of live musical events, including “Sound of Music Live,” “Peter Pan Live,” “The Wiz Live,” and most recently, “Hairspray Live.”

All of NBC’s former live musicals have aired during December as a holiday special. In contract, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” will air on Easter Sunday next year, April 1, 2018.

Based on the 1971 Broadway rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” will be executive produced by original creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who will also provide music and lyrics for NBC’s show. In addition to the duo, musical vets Marc Platt of “La La Land,” plus Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have both worked with the network on past musicals, are also on board as executive producers.

No stars have been announced, but »

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Live TV Event Comes to NBC Next Easter

10 May 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

NBC is bringing is live musical event formula to Easter, revealing plans to stage “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” next year.

The event, which will air on Easter Sunday (April 1), 2018, will be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron – the gurus behind NBC’s other live TV events, including last year’s “Hairspray Live” – as well as Marc Platt and “Jesus Christ Superstar” originators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Read More: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Review: The Best and Worst of NBC’s Latest Musical As It Happens—Live Blog

“Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.

Jesus Christ Superstar” began as a concept album then debuted on Broadway in 1971. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Performance »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Live TV Event Comes to NBC Next Easter

10 May 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

NBC is bringing is live musical event formula to Easter, revealing plans to stage “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” next year.

The event, which will air on Easter Sunday (April 1), 2018, will be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron – the gurus behind NBC’s other live TV events, including last year’s “Hairspray Live” – as well as Marc Platt and “Jesus Christ Superstar” originators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Read More: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Review: The Best and Worst of NBC’s Latest Musical As It Happens—Live Blog

“Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.

Jesus Christ Superstar” began as a concept album then debuted on Broadway in 1971. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Performance »

- Michael Schneider

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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than »

- Anne Thompson

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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than »

- Anne Thompson

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Exclusive: Jessica Chastain on Miss Sloane & America’s problem with ambitious women

9 May 2017 8:05 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

There’s something incredibly relevant to John Madden’s Miss Sloane, a fast-paced courtroom drama that focuses in on both the muddy gun laws in the Us, as well the nation’s problem with ambitious, powerful women.

To mark the film’s May 12th release, we had the pleasure of speaking to Jessica Chastain, as she discusses how the film can be perceived differently following Trump’s election.

“It’s changed in perspective, because this is a movie about a woman in politics,” she said. “We’ve just spent a year watching the most horrific campaign where a woman was attacked over and over again. Women played such a large part of the Us elections, in terms of what the current president has said about sexually assaulting women, and how his opponent was treated by the media. It’s a really interesting film for this day and age. »

- Stefan Pape

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Miss Sloane Review

8 May 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

 

Ah, the courtroom drama – a perennially absorbing sub-genre, with endeavours illuminating the screen from as far as back as 12 Angry Men and To Kill a Mockingbird, to the likes of Harrison Ford’s Witness, or Primal Fear, and even Liar Liar. John Madden’s Miss Sloane thrives in this very capacity, and is structured intelligently, as we begin in court, to then proceed into flashbacks as the viewer pieces this tale together, and understand how the eponymous protagonist found herself in this perilous situation – only to then catch up with ourselves for the grand finale.

Jessica Chastain is the formidable Elizabeth Sloane, who finds herself in court over a seemingly trivial matter, transpiring to be a mere diversion tactic, as the ruthless, influential lobbyist seems to gaining some headway in her battle to successfully bring a new legislation through Congress to ensure there are background checks on gun-owners. »

- Stefan Pape

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