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Gus Van Sant off to the 'Promised Land' with Matt Damon, John Krasinki
Gus Van Sant has reunited with his "Good Will Hunting" star and screenwriter Matt Damon for a new film that's slated to begin shooting this week in Pennsylvania. Entitled "Promised Land", the drama will star Damon as a corporate salesman who arrives in a rural town with his business partner (Frances McDormand) to buy up drilling rights from the local residents - only to meet a formidable challenge in the form of a local schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) and a grassroots organizer (John Krasinski). The "Capra-esque" film, which also stars Rosemarie DeWitt ("Your Sister's Sister", "Rachel Getting Married"), Scoot McNairy ("Monsters", TV's »
- Chris Eggertsen
HBO's 'True Blood' to Be Released as Blu-ray Boxed Set
In a first for a TV series, HBO Home Entertainment has taken a cue from the movies and is issuing the fourth series of the hit vampire series True Blood in a combo pack containing the series on Blu-ray Disc, standard DVD and digital copy – all in one boxed set. HBO calls the concept “Blu-ray With HBO Select.” Due May 29, True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season will include five Blu-ray Discs, two DVDs and a digital copy, the latter redeemable through iTunes, Vudu, Amazon or UltraViolet. The release also marks HBO’s first release with
- Chris Tribbey and John Latchem, Home Media Magazine
'New Girl': Jeanne Tripplehorn on Ouli's Awkward Return, Finding Humor After 'Big Love'
Jeanne Tripplhorn's name doesn't immediately recall a comedic resume. Best known playing unsatisfied polygamist matriarch Barb Henrickson over five seasons of HBO's Big Love, leading lady in dramas like The Firm and even Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the scripted adaptation of Grey Gardens, her career has hardly been punctuated by laughs. But the 48-year-old actress, making her second appearance on Fox's New Girl this Tuesday, wants everyone to know that she really does love comedy. Photos: Behind the Scenes of 'New Girl' "I left Julliard and immediately started getting cast in dramas," she tells The Hollywood Reporter,
- Michael O'Connell
CAA Promotes 14 to Agent, Executive Status
CAA today announced a host of promotions at the agency. Fourteen coordinators have earned their stripes and graduated to agent or executive status. They include Jon Cassir, Marissa Edler, Ryan Fitzjohn, Charlie Jennings, Meredith Jones, Bobby Kenner, Franklin Latt, Alex Mebed, Tess O’Sullivan, Chelsea Reed, Elan Ruspoli, Angie Sun, Jin Wang, and Luna Xu. Cassir was a motion picture/right coordinator and is now an agent in the department. Edler was a coordinator in the baseball division of CAA Sports and has been upped to executive. Fitzjohn was a music coordinator in the agency’s London office and is now an agent.
- Borys Kit
Telemundo Plans Social Firsts for Billboard Latin Music Awards
Telemundo has announced a series of social TV firsts for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, airing April 26 at 7 p.m. The Hispanic broadcaster has partnered with three heavyweights in the social community – Shazam, Trendrr and Klout – for a series of initiatives it champions as a landmark for the U.S. Hispanic audience. “This is an overload of social experiences,” Borja Perez, Svp of Digital and Social Media for Telemundo Media, told TheWrap. “We’re extremely committed to social media and it’s not us, it’s the consumer. The U.S. Hispanic community is »
- Lucas Shaw
Cinedigm Acquires '22 Bullets' for Theatrical Release (Exclusive)
Cinedigm has acquired for theatrical release “22 Bullets,” a French-language thriller starring Jean Reno, on the heels of acquiring an entertainment distribution company. The digital exhibition company led by CEO Chris McGurk is on the cusp of numerous new initiatives. Last week the company acquired New Video, a distribution company for digital home entertainment with a library of nearly 5,000 titles. And Cinedigm, whose main business has been deployment of digital technology and software in theater chains, is increasingly moving into acquiring and distributing original content in the independent arthouse space. Inspired by »
- Sharon Waxman
David Bergstein Settles Miramax Lawsuit, Retracts Claims
David Bergstein has settled his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Miramax investors, the parties said Tuesday. As part of the settlement, the film investor has retracted allegations that he was owed tens of millions of dollars for his part in structuring and negotiating the $660 million purchase of the indie label from Disney. The suddenness of the settlement is surprising, given that the suit was filed roughly two weeks ago. He named Miramax Chairman Richard Nanula, Colony Capital and Filmyard Holdings as defendants. In the suit, Bergstein claimed that he was paid $6.1 million when »
- Brent Lang
CAA Promotes More than a Dozen, Beefing Up Film, Overseas Offices
CAA has promoted more than a dozen people, beefing up a bevy of departments after a rash of recent departures, TheWrap has learned. Ten former coordinators and assistants are now agents: >> Jon Cassir, book rights for film >> Elan Ruspoli and Charlie Jennings (pictured left), film talent >> Franklin Latt and Alex Mebed, film >> Bobby Kenner, TV alternative >> Meredith Jones, music, based in Nashville, and focusing on college market bookings for music and comedy >> Ryan Fitzjohn, music, based in London >> Tess O'Sullivan, sports >> Chelsea Reed, TV lit >> Luna Xu, film, based in Beijing A troika »
- Lucas Shaw
USA Network Ups Bill McGoldrick to Exec VP Original Scripted Programming
USA Network has promoted veteran executive Bill McGoldrick from senior vp to executive vp original scripted programming. In his new position, McGoldrick -- who first joined USA in 1998 as an executive assistant -- he'll continue to oversee the development of all of the NBCUniversal-owned cabler's scripted efforts, including drama, comedy, longform and event programming. “Bill has an incredible track record in developing and managing the success of our strong and diverse slate of scripted programming,” USA co-president and co-head of original content Jeff Wachtel said in a statement announcing the news Tuesday. “We know he will continue to
- Lesley Goldberg
Jack Osbourne Welcomes a Baby Girl—and Her Name's a Real Gem!
Good things come to those who wait. Good, adorable, legacy-bearing things. Jack Osbourne and his fiancée, Lisa Stelly, are first-time parents, having welcomed a daughter into the world. An Osbourne through and through, she certainly knows how to make an entrance, as the wee girl was actually due earlier this month. So, what's her name? Baby Pearl arrived weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, according to a Hello magazine tweet that was retweeted by Osbourne. "Well @lisamarstelly is supposed to give birth to our baby tomorrow," the 25-year-old dad had tweeted last Tuesday. Well, Wednesday came and went and there was no sign of baby. But leave it to an Osbourne to make a dramatic »
Cannes Check: Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors'
The auteur: Leos Carax (French, 51 years old) The talent: There are a couple of eclectic ensembles to be found in this year's Cannes lineup, but surely none weirder than this one. That weatherbeaten French character actor (and longtime Carax associate) Denis Lavant ("Beau Travail") takes the lead role here is hardly a surprise. Gallic veterans Michel Piccoli (most recently seen in "We Have a Pope") and Edith Scob ("Summer Hours") also make sense. But who would have expected them to share the bill with Eva Mendes and, wait for it, Australian pop pixie Kylie Minogue? The mind reels. Carax wrote »
- Guy Lodge
Peter Jackson Debuts a Disappointing 'Hobbit' at CinemaCon
Peter Jackson hoped that an extended look at his upcoming “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” would convince the theater owners who flocked to CinemaCon this week that higher frame rates was the next revolution in film. Based on the roughly 10 minutes he screened, “The Lord of the Rings” director may need to work on his pitch. In a taped segment, Jackson, who is in New Zealand editing the prequel, said that raising the rate at which film is projected from 24 to 48 frames per second will enhance the 3D experience. »
- Brent Lang
Will New Hobbit Footage Change 3-D Forever?
After a bumpy inception period, things have been rather quiet when it comes to The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's two-part prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That all changed today in Las Vegas, where Warner Bros. debuted ten minutes of 3-D footage that Jackson shot in 48 frames per second as opposed to the slower shutter speed of 24 fps, which has served as the industry standard for decades. Jackson is hoping to convince exhibitors to accommodate the 48 fps approach (which James Cameron also plans to use for his sequels to Avatar), but the response today from pundits was wildly mixed: Some think Jackson has forever changed the look of cinema, while others worry that his movie no longer even looks cinematic.The footage turned About.com's Rebecca Murray into a true believer: It was, simply put, mind-blowing to see in 48 frames per second. It's literally like being on »
- Kyle Buchanan
'Machete Kills' Director Robert Rodriguez Lines Up 'Fire and Ice' After 'Sin City 2'
Robert Rodriguez is a busy man. Since rebooting his Spy Kids franchise in 2011, the writer-director has lined up two highly-anticipated sequels in his immediate future: Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. But in an interview with THR Monday, Rodriguez indicated that he had a third film in development, which is set to start as soon as he’s finished with Sin City. Photos: The Scene at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 “That’s in the works to go right into after Sin City, Frank Frazetta’s Fire and Ice,” Rodriguez said during a telephone interview
- Todd Gilchrist
Will radio play the Beach Boys' new song 'That's Why God Made the Radio?'
The Beach Boys have promised a new album this summer, and will make good on that promise on June 5. The band has posted a new promo video in support of the as-yet-untitled set, featuring much of what will be the album's first single "That's Why God Made the Radio." But will this mash note to radio prove moot? Pop radio's elders have stacked their harmonies like old times, yes, but the melody and style may still make it an uphill battle for any commercial play, particularly when A/C radio is so loath on new adds. I liked seeing them 'Boys »
A Peek at Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' - Sumptuous 3D, Dreamy Leonardo DiCaprio
Writer-director Baz Luhrmann has reimagined "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic American novel, but this time it's in 3D, taking viewers for a sumptuous ride into the past. Here is Leonardo DiCaprio as the beautiful and shallow Jay Gatsby. Carey Mulligan in a blonde bob as Daisy (“her voice was full of money”) Buchanan. Joel Edgerton as Tom, the jealous husband. And Tobey Maguire, our narrator in a boater hat, walking us through the story again. Also read: Peter Jackson Debuts 'The Hobbit' at Higher Frame Rate, But the Effect Is Lacking In »
- Sharon Waxman
We're Livestreaming the Billboard Latin Music Awards Red Carpet—Only on E! Online
Things are about to get muy caliente up in here. E! News' Liz Hernandez and Marc Malkin will team up with mun2's Reventón con Yarel host Yarel Ramos to bring you live coverage from the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards' red carpet in Miami this Thursday at 6 p.m. Et (3 p.m. Pt)! The carpet's sure to be packed with sexy, glamorous looks—and we're guessing a few wilder ensembles. Pitbull, Don Omar, Paulina Rubio and lots more sizzlin' A-listers are slated to appear, so you don't wanna miss the fiesta, trust us. And if you're like us and you just can't wait until Thursday, you can keep up with all the excitment leading up to the awards show with our »
Nas sets release date for 'Life is Good'; first new album in four years
Rapper Nas returns with his first album in four years, “Life is Good,” on July 17. Second track, “The Don,” which was produced by Da Internz, Salaam Remi and the late Heavy D, is at radio now, while fans heard an earlier track, “Nasty,” last summer. A third track, “Daughters,” (not the John Mayer song, we’re sure), goes for sale on iTunes on May 1. The video for “The Don” premieres on MTV and Vevo on Friday, April 27. [More after the jump...] “Life is Good” is the follow-up to 2008’s “Untitled,” which Nas originally intended to call “Ni****,” but changed »
Fox Distribution Chief Bruce Snyder to Retire; Chris Aronson Replacing Him
Twentieth Century Fox’s distribution chief Bruce Snyder will retire on July 6, co-CEOs Tom Rothman and Jim Gianpulos announced on Tuesday. Snyder (pictured, at left) has been at the studio for 36 years and has run distribution since 1989. Chris Aronson, most recently Evp, General Sales Manager for domestic distribution, will replace him. “For decades, Bruce has represented everything that is good and strong and ethical about our studio and industry,” Rothman and Gianopulos said in a statement. “He has not only guided hundreds of our pictures into the theatrical marketplace, he has »
- Lucas Shaw
Simon Cowell's Sweet Revenge: Five Things We Learned From the New Unauthorized Biography
Well, don't we feel all cleaned out inside?! Oh, wait...that's Simon Cowell who feels that way. And now we know why after getting a glimpse at Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell. The proudly salacious tome by Tom Bower, on U.S. shelves today, is being touted by publisher Random House as a look behind the curtain at a man who is "at once insecure, yet confident; ambitious but easily bored; vain and above all: ruthlessly competitive." As if we didn't know! But here are five things that we've learned from Sweet Revenge: 1. He Put the XXX in X Factor: According to Bower, who is said to have had unprecedented access to Cowell (though it's still considered »
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