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Gus Van Sant off to the 'Promised Land' with Matt Damon, John Krasinki

24 April 2012 4:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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HBO's 'True Blood' to Be Released as Blu-ray Boxed Set

24 April 2012 4:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- Chris Tribbey and John Latchem, Home Media Magazine

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'New Girl': Jeanne Tripplehorn on Ouli's Awkward Return, Finding Humor After 'Big Love'

24 April 2012 4:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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,

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- Michael O'Connell

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CAA Promotes 14 to Agent, Executive Status

24 April 2012 4:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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.

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- Borys Kit

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Telemundo Plans Social Firsts for Billboard Latin Music Awards

24 April 2012 4:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Cinedigm Acquires '22 Bullets' for Theatrical Release (Exclusive)

24 April 2012 4:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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David Bergstein Settles Miramax Lawsuit, Retracts Claims

24 April 2012 4:16 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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CAA Promotes More than a Dozen, Beefing Up Film, Overseas Offices

24 April 2012 4:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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USA Network Ups Bill McGoldrick to Exec VP Original Scripted Programming

24 April 2012 4:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Cannes Check: Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors'

24 April 2012 3:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Peter Jackson Debuts a Disappointing 'Hobbit' at CinemaCon

24 April 2012 3:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Will New Hobbit Footage Change 3-D Forever?

24 April 2012 3:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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'Machete Kills' Director Robert Rodriguez Lines Up 'Fire and Ice' After 'Sin City 2'

24 April 2012 3:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- Todd Gilchrist

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Will radio play the Beach Boys' new song 'That's Why God Made the Radio?'

24 April 2012 3:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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 »


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A Peek at Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby' - Sumptuous 3D, Dreamy Leonardo DiCaprio

24 April 2012 3:36 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Nas sets release date for 'Life is Good'; first new album in four years

24 April 2012 3:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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 »


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Fox Distribution Chief Bruce Snyder to Retire; Chris Aronson Replacing Him

24 April 2012 3:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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CinemaCon 2012: Chris Aronson to Succeed Bruce Snyder as Fox Distribution President

24 April 2012 3:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Veteran film executive Chris Aronson has been tapped to succeed Bruce Snyder as president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox when Snyder retires on July 6. Aronson is currently Snyder's No. 2, serving as executive vice president and general sales manager of distribution. His promotion and Snyder's exit were announced by Fox chairmen-CEOs Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos. Snyder has worked for Fox for 36 years, serving as president of domestic distribution since 1989. News of his retirement comes as distributors and theater owners gather this week in Las Vegas for CinemaCon. "For decades, Bruce has represented everything

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- Pamela McClintock

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Passion Pit announce new album 'Gossamer'

24 April 2012 3:16 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Passion Pit  will release their sophomore album -- and their first for a major label -- this summer. "Gossamer" (Columbia Records) boasts 12 new tracks and will be released July 24. The Cambridge, Mass. band rocked packed houses and shook dance floors with their 2009 debut "Manners" (French Kiss Record). “On 'Gossamer' there is more of a dichotomy between the lyrics and the music," explained frontman Michael Angelakos in a press release. "You hear my lyrics more precisely which is something I was ready for. The lyrics on this album have a lot to say about what the last two years of »


- Dave Lewis

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Tina Fey Wants to Be Able to Plan 30 Rock’s End

24 April 2012 3:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

30 Rock's second live episode airs this week, and as fun as that was last time, the more interesting issue is the fate of the show in general. Will 30 Rock be back next year? What about beyond that? Were we betting folk — and we are! bet on red! — we'd guess next season will be the series' last, but Tina Fey is pretty vague about the show's future. "We work for NBC, so we’ll see what they say," she tells the Times. "The one thing I’ve always wanted from the beginning, that hopefully will come true, is that whenever we do end, I would like to know in advance," she says. "So we can write the end. Because it’s such a writers' show. And whenever it does happen, that NBC does understand that." »


- Margaret Lyons

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