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‘Madam Secretary’ Coming To U.K. On Sky Living; NBCUniversal International Television Production Pacts With TV3 Group Ireland: Global Briefs

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CBS Studios International and Sky have inked a deal for the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights to the new drama series Madam Secretary, which will premiere in the coming months on Sky Living. Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Željko Ivanek and Tim Daly co-star. “I knew as soon as I saw Madam Secretary at this year’s L.A. Screenings it was perfect for Sky Living,” said Channel Director Antonia Hurford-Jones. “It’s a smart, pacy quality drama which has you hooked from the start. I feel confident our customers are going to love it.”

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- The Deadline Team

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‘Interstellar’ & ‘Penguins': Late-2014 China Slots Pit Christopher Nolan Vs. Dwa

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I recently wrote about China packing a slew of Hollywood movies into October ahead of a push toward local films that will crowd December and ensure that market share for China exceeds that of its frenemy. But there are a couple of movies from the majors that will still look to hop the wall in November — and they’ll do it in a direct face-off. DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins Of Madagascar recently was slated for a November 14 release, and I’ve now learned that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will go out two days before, on November 12.

Dwa thought it would bow a week after Interstellar, so the close proximity of the date was a bit of a surprise. Still, according to a DreamWorks Animation spokeswoman, “Given the quota and the shortage of Western movies, we think there’s enough room in the marketplace for both movies.”

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview

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Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend.

Citizenfour, directed by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of Nsa leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guardian colleague Glenn Greenwald, working on a long-term project about government surveillance, were contacted online by a mysterious source calling himself “Citizenfour.” The film, completed in secret while Poitras was in self-imposed virtual exile, alleges even more Nsa overreaching at home and abroad than just what came out of the massive pile of U.S. documents Snowden leaked.

Another potential awards contender also arrives in U.S. theaters this weekend: Sweden’s entry for Foreign Language Oscar, »


- Brian Brooks

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‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Scares Up First Teaser – Video

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Focus Features has launched its Insidious: Chapter 3 marketing campaign by dropping a first teaser for Insidious 3, right in the midst of October’s horror season. The film marks the directorial debut of writer Leigh Whannell, who cut his teeth penning the first three Saw flicks and the first two Insidiouses for director James Wan. The first Insidious grossed $97 million on a $1.5 million budget; Insidious 2 was made for $5 million and took in $161 million. Now Insidious: Chapter 3 is gearing up to rake in the early summer dough when it opens on May 29, 2015. Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Whannell star in the prequel, which tracks a teenage girl (Scott) targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity whose family enlists the help of the gifted but reluctant psychic Elise Rainier (Shaye). Watch it above.

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- Jen Yamato

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Kiernan Shipka, Meg Ryan Board Teen Comedy ‘Fan Girl’

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Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom‘s Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.

Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6), Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) also star. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film scripted by Gina O’Brien, whose own Sundance entry Once More With Feeling was produced by Jarrett. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O’Brien and Jonathan Gray are exec producers. »


- Jen Yamato

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‘Ouija’ To Scare Up No. 1 At Box Office, ‘John Wick’ Another Test For Keanu – B.O. Preview

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Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Danger, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 Pm in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to see films. Good news for this one, so if that happens, figure it could do anywhere from $20M-$24M. The audiences for horror films always seem to come out in force and then the drop-off comes the second weekend. But this second weekend will be Halloween.

Based on the Hasbro toy of the same name, Ouija had been in development for some time and back in 2008, it was originally envisioned as »


- Anita Busch

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Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization

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Update 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:

It’s been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.

Storyline Entertainment, the Meron/Zadan partnership, went on to become enormously successful on the opposite coast, producing feature or TV films of Annie, Chicago, Hairspray and, in stunning defiance of prognostications, The Sound Of Music Live for NBCUniversal. Now in the final weeks of prepping the follow-up, Peter Pan Live, which will be broadcast December 4 with a cast led by Allison Williams and Christopher Walken,  Meron and Zadan have signed a three year development and production deal with »


- Jeremy Gerard

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Oscar Producers Blast Trade Story That Called Neil Patrick Harris An “Also-Ran” And Not First Choice To Host

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An anonymously sourced Hollywood Reporter story Wednesday headlined  “Also-ran Academy Host?” in their print edition gossip column, as well as an expanded online version blatantly headlining “Neil Patrick Harris Wasn’t Academy’s  First Choice To Host The Oscars,” has been flatly denied  by Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

The story, credited in the online version to writer Seth Abramovich, claims 2014 host Ellen DeGeneres was “begged” by the producers to host again but refused the offer. The piece then said Chris Rock, who shares DeGeneres’ ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans, was “next on the wish list” but a deal “failed to materialize.” The story also said the producers even approached Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also said ‘no.’ ” THR then says that only after these rejections was Harris — a four-time Emmy winner as Tony host and two-time Emmy host — offered the gig.

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- Pete Hammond

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Fashion Doc ‘Dior And I’ Catwalks To The Orchard

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Frédéric Tcheng’s House of Dior documentary Dior And I has been acquired by The Orchard, which has taken North American rights and will get a theatrical release next year. The Tribeca Film Festival debut marks Tcheng’s third fashion pic following Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, which he co-wrote and co-directed, and Valentino: The Last Emperor, which he co-produced.

Dior and I takes a behind the scenes look at the two-month making of Raf Simons’ debut haute couture collection as he makes his first splash as Creative Director of Christian Dior Couture. It’s described as “a whirlwind of creativity, stress, determination and triumph.” The Orchard’s Danielle Digiacomo negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine.

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- Jen Yamato

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Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale In Steve Jobs Role

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Oscar winner Christian Bale will play the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs for Sony, Aaron Sorkin confirmed Thursday. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg News. “He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined.”

Bale was one of a few A-lister names floating around for the Jobs job, along with Leonardo DiCaprio who’s now starring in The Revenant for Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

The Newsroom creator and Oscar-winning Social Network scribe Sorkin adapted his script from Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs. Sony entered talks with Danny Boyle to helm the fast-tracked biopic in April with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon, and Guymon Casady producing.

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- Jen Yamato

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Keira Knightley Sets Broadway Debut As Thérèse Raquin At Roundabout Theatre Company

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Score a huge one for Todd Haimes, longtime artistic director of the nonprofit Roundabout empire. The company, which operates three Broadway venues, will launch its 50th anniversary season next October with Keira Knightley as Emile Zola’s adulterous heroine, in Thérèse Raquin, perennial catnip for playwrights and screenwriters. Haimes commissioned the latest adaptation, by Helen Edmundsen. It was first presented in summer 2014 at the UK’s Bath Theatre Royal (Knightley was not involved). Evan Cabnet (Poor Behavior, The Model Apartment) will direct.

Story revolves around the title character, whose passionless marriage to Camille, an epicene simp, is blown up with the arrival of hot’n’handsome Laurent, resulting in sexy dark business later recycled in any number of films noirs, plays, TV miniseries, an opera and even a Broadway musical by Harry Connick Jr. (Thou Shalt Not, which didn’t).

Knightley (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Begin Again, etc.) stars in »


- Jeremy Gerard

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Gotham Awards Nominees Announced: ‘Boyhood’ & ‘Birdman’ Lead Way

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Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange and Under The Skin are up for the Best Feature prize in the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Independent Filmmaker Project calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season,” and highlights “worthy independent films.” The collection includes 15 films nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. Ifp members can vote online from November 19-26. The ceremony will be held on December 1 in NYC. Here are the nominees:

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Boyhood

Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Love Is Strange

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Ethan Hawke To Play Chet Baker In Trumpeter Biopic ‘Born To Be Blue’ – Afm

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Shooting has begun in Ontario on Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue with Ethan Hawke as the legendary jazz trumpeter. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, the drama is inspired by Baker’s rise, fall and eventual resurgence. The story will chart his comeback in the late 1970s and the tumultuous love affair that changed the way he played music and helped him on the road to redemption after his self-destructive ways had seemingly destroyed his career.

Also starring with Hawke are Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy, Selma) and Callum Keith Rennie (Fifty Shades Of Grey). Hawke has worked closely this year with the filmmakers to develop the project. Budreau has a history of music-related work including the short Dream Recording with jazz pianist David Braid, and a short about Baker’s ultimate demise, The Deaths Of Chet Baker. He’s repped by Brooke Ehrlich Artist Management. »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer: Marvel Releases Early Peek After Online Leak

22 October 2014 6:20 PM, PDT

After a low-resolution version of the first Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer leaked today and caused a fanboy flurry online, Disney and Marvel reacted quickly by releasing the official version almost a week early. (Watch it above.)

The original plan was to debut the trailer next week during ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next Tuesday night. When the leaked video started going viral, Marvel smartly opted to put its higher-quality version online, taking the crisis in stride with this tweet to its 1.9 million followers:

Dammit, Hydra.

Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014

Adding to footage unveiled this summer at Comic-Con, the new trailer features somber looks at the Avengers in action; Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor; new characters Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson); and new baddie Ultron, voiced with sinister aplomb by James Spader. The sequel to Disney/Marvel’s $1.5 billion-grossing The Avengers picks up as »


- Jen Yamato

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Create Advertising Group Ups Carrie Gormley & Jonathan Gitlin

22 October 2014 6:18 PM, PDT

Create Advertising Group has promoted two of its veteran executives. Carrie Gormley has been upped to President of Theatrical Advertising, and Jonathan Gitlin is the new President of Television and Gaming. The company, which specializes in film, TV, gaming and branding clients, has created campaigns for such recent hit features as The Lego Movie, Despicable Me 2, Skyfall, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and TV hits including Modern Family, Sons Of Anarchy, Orange Is The New Black and The Americans. Both execs will report to company co-founder David Stern, who serves as CEO and Managing Partner. “As Create Advertising continues to grow and expand, I couldn’t be more proud to have two of the most creative and innovative leaders as partners helping guide the future of our firm,” said Stern. “Jonathan and Carrie represent the best of Create. They are both longtime members of our »


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DGA Board Approves New Commercials Contract

22 October 2014 3:51 PM, PDT

The DGA’s national board of directors has unanimously approved the terms of a new three-year contract covering directors and members of the directorial team working on TV commercials. The new pact, which includes pay raises of 2.75% in the first year and 3% in each of the second and third years, now goes to the guild’s members for final ratification.

“Members working in commercials represent a strong and steady portion of the DGA membership, and this contract will secure and grow this area of work for years to come,” said DGA President Paris Barclay.

If ratified by the members, as is expected, the terms of the new contract will take effect December 1 and run through November 30, 2017.

The new agreement, which was negotiated with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, also calls for increased employer contributions to the DGA pension plan, including a 0.25% increase in the first year and what »


- David Robb

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Modern VideoFilm Under New Management As Corporate Restructuring Veterans Step In

22 October 2014 2:13 PM, PDT

Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, which specializes in reorganizing troubled companies, has taken over day-to-day operation of Modern VideoFilm. Scott Avila, a principal of Deloitte Crg, has been named CEO of the postproduction facility. He replaces Moshe Barkat, the company’s founder, who was ousted as CEO and President by the board of directors in September. Cooper Crouse, a director of Deloitte Crg, has been named President of Modern Video/Film.

Avila and Crouse’s previous job for Deloitte Crg, a subsidiary of the giant professional services and accounting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, was to manage the affairs of the financially distressed Culver Studios before its sale to Hackman Capital Partners this year. Roxanna Sassanian, a former financial officer at the Culver Studios, has been named Modern Video/Film’s CFO, replacing the ousted Hugh Miller.

Asked about Deloitte Crg, Avila told Deadline: “I can’t comment on that. I »


- David Robb

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Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque

22 October 2014 1:45 PM, PDT

How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18:  King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn’t specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the 1976 remake rather than the 1933 classic.

But as the evening proved, McConaughey — whom the star’s Interstellar director Christopher Nolan referenced as “the new Paul Newman” — more than meets the Cinematheque’s definition of this award for a distinguished mid-point career of excellence and contribution to cinema.

Of course there were many mentions of what is now known as the “McConaissance,” his recent spate of career-changing film choices beginning with The Lincoln Lawyer, »


- Pete Hammond

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Alcon Worldwide Marketing President Richard Ingber To Exit

22 October 2014 1:29 PM, PDT

Alcon marketing exec Richard Ingber is departing his post after 14 years with the WB-based company and seven years as its President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. Ingber, who also produced Alcon’s family hit Dolphin Tale, will resume his eponymous Richard Ingber Entertainment marketing firm while staying on as consultant on Alcon’s Hillsong – Let Hope Rise and their Point Break reboot.

Ingber first joined Alcon as a marketing consultant in 200 on family pic My Dog Skip. He assumed the marketing and distribution President title in 2007. During his run with Alcon and Warner Bros. he led campaigns for films including P.S. I Love You, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, The Blind Side, The Book Of Eli, and Prisoners. Earlier this year Alcon took a huge hit on the Johnny Depp sci-fier Transcendence, which opened in April at #4 with just $10.8 million domestic.

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- Jen Yamato

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Plagues Be Damned: Ridley Scott’s Moses Movie ‘Exodus’ Seeks Egyptian Release

22 October 2014 12:02 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Where Noah failed, Moses is trying to get past Egyptian censors. Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings might be facing a tough fight with Egypt’s highest religious authority Al-Azhar to get approved ahead of the film’s planned December release in the Arab world’s most populous country, but help could be at hand from an unlikely ally.

Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour is leading the charge to ensure that the film is released in Egyptian cinemas despite objections from religious authorities. A well-respected critic and professor of Arabic literature, Asfour was appointed minister in June. He had served as Culture Minister for one week during the 2011 Egyptian revolution before resigning for health reasons.

Asfour’s support for passing Exodus is being seen as a key test of whether the minister can impose a more liberal agenda on the country’s conservative religious establishment.

“The minister wants »


- Ali Jaafar

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