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IMDbPro Launches New Casting Service: Exclusive
Every day movie fans all over the world turn to the free Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to look up details of who, what and where on movies. No more need to fight over trivia at dinner parties. But Hollywood insiders pay to dig deeper into IMDb's premium subscriber service IMDbPRO, launched a decade ago, which offers up inside intel on contact listings, in-production information and what's in development. And while many casting directors already use the service to find actors for their movies--Rob Pattinson was famously discovered for "Twilight" via such a search for the right actor in the right age range--they should be happy with a nifty new set of Pro Casting tools that goes along with a speedy consumer-friendly revamp of the site. "Our goal is always to help get people informed and connected," said IMDb CEO Col Needham at SXSW. "We come from Amazon's customer-centric culture. »
- Anne Thompson
Drew Barrymore to Receive CinemaCon’s Female Star of the Year Award
In “Blended,” Barrymore stars alongside Adam Sandler, marking the third feature collaboration for the pair. The film follows the two as single parents who, after a disastrous blind date, find themselves vacationing at the same African safari resort. Warners will release “Blended” on May 23.
“Is there anyone who isn’t in love with Drew Barrymore, one of the most captivating and incredibly talented actresses of our time?” asks CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser. “Her career is simply remarkable.”
In addition to acting, Barrymore made her feature directorial debut in 2009 with the quirky roller derby comedy “Whip It.” She’s currently exec producing the reality series “Knife Fight” for Esquire Network.
CinemaCon, the annual exhibitor conference hosted by the National Assn. of Theater Owners, »
- Andrew Stewart
Jeff Gaspin, Jon Klein to Launch Multichannel Online Video Platform
Jeff Gaspin, former chairman of NBC Universal Television, and Jon Klein, former president of CNN, announced Tuesday the launch of an online video platform featuring multiple channels based on individual media personalities. “They're going to be personality based with people who have super-fans,” Gaspin said on Bloomberg TV. “Viewers and users who can't get enough of these particular personalities — to the point where they want actually a more intimate relationship with these personalities than current TV and online offerings afford. So we hope to bring that capability with these channels.” More to come… »
- L.A. Ross
Hollywood's Severed Head Mystery Solved with Arrest: Authorities
It was a gruesome discovery with a Hollywood twist that turned into a two-year whodunit. Now authorities believe they've solved the case of the severed head - and other body parts - found in 2012 below the famed Hollywood sign not far from Brad Pitt's house. Gabriel Campos Martinez, 38, was arrested Sunday in San Antonio, Texas, and is awaiting extradition to Los Angeles in the grisly murder of 66-year-old retired airlines employee Hervey Coronado Medellin. Although a number of theories had been floated about the killing, detectives had considered Martinez "as a person of interest since the outset of the investigation, »
- Michael Fleeman
Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Hitman Movie ‘The Black Phantom’
In what may prove to be a formidable pairing, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in “The Black Phantom,” which Tim Story is in talks to direct for Screen Gems, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Hart's frequent collaborator Will Packer is producing the movie with Will Gluck. The script is credited to Dave Lease and Megan Hinds. Also read: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Director Tim Story Nearing Deals to Return for ‘Ride Along 2' “The Black Phantom follows a double-crossed mob hit man who enlists the help of The Black Phantom, »
- Jeff Sneider
‘Captain America 2' Clip: Chris Evans Gets His First Taste of ‘The Winter Soldier’ (Video)
Steve Rogers can't rely on his trusty shield in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” A new clip (above) from the upcoming Marvel release gives audiences a preview of what happens when Cap (Chris Evans) whips it at the titular villain: The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) whips it back. Twice as hard. Also read: Scarlett Johansson's ‘Captain America 2' Waistline Sparks Cries of Photoshop Foul (Photo) The sequel, which supposedly sets events taking place in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in motion, follows Marvel's most patriotic hero trying to adjust to his new role in modern society, while teaming up »
- Greg Gilman
Celine Dion and Miss Piggy Could be Singing a Duet at Next Year’s Oscars
Celine Dion, the queen of movie soundtracks, has performed at the Oscars a record six times, including when she belted out the nominated ballads from 1991′s “Beauty and the Beast,” 1996′s “Up Close and Personal,” 1997′s “Titanic” and 1998′s “Quest for Camelot.” With some help from her new diva pal Miss Piggy, she could be back at next year’s ceremony singing another love song.
Dion makes her big screen debut in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” appearing in a hilarious cameo during a pivotal, emotional scene in the film. Piggy needs guidance on the eve of her wedding to longtime boyfriend Kermit the Frog, and she turns to Dion for help, which comes in the form of a song they croon together called “Something So Right.”
- Ramin Setoodeh
DirecTV Chairman Michael White: ‘We Have to be Both Southwest Airlines and Mercedes Benz All in the Same Company’
DirecTV chairman, president and CEO Michael White discussed Tuesday the challenges of expanding into Latin America and the need to cater to both affluent and financially strapped customers during the Deutsche Bank 22nd Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Fla. Discussing the need to appeal to both premium customers and customers at the lower end of the market, White acknowledged the challenge of providing less expensive packages, but stressed the necessity of doing so. Also read: The Weather Channel Taunts DirecTV in Full Page Ad “I don't think you can afford to be one and not the other, »
- Tim Kenneally
‘Sharknado’ Producers Cast Linda Hamilton in SyFy Movie ‘Bermuda Tentacles’
Linda Hamilton is set to star as a U.S. Navy admiral battling an ancient sea monster in new SyFy original movie “Bermuda Tentacles,” the network announced Tuesday. The “Terminator” films’ original Sarah Connor will play an admiral of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier dispatched to the Bermuda Triangle to rescue the President after Air Force One crashes, when her team accidentally awakens a monster that presumably involves tentacles. See video: Syfy's ‘Helix’ Sneak Peek: Billy Campbell Hunts Down a Cure (Exclusive Video) Hamilton most recently appeared on SyFy's “Lost Girl” and starred on NBC's “Chuck,” opposite Zachary Levi, »
- L.A. Ross
Key Dates and Deadlines for the 2015 SAG Awards
Just as one award season wraps up, planning for the next one gets underway. SAG has announced the key dates leading up to and including the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Check it all out, below. The SAG Awards will be presented live on TNT and TBS on January 25, 2015. Upcoming key deadlines and events are:Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014Deadline for SAG-aftra Members to Pay November 2013 Dues to be Eligible for SAG Awards Nominating Committee Selection Friday, March 14, 2014Nominating Committees Drawn by Random Sample Monday, March 31, 2014Notification of Selection Mailed to Nominating Committee Members Wednesday, May 14, 2014Deadline for Selected Members to Opt-in to Serve on Nominating Committees Monday, July 7, 2014Submissions Open at sagawards.org/submissions Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014Media Nomination Announcement and Ceremony Credential Applications Open at sagawards.orgPublicists Nomination Announcement Credential Applications Open at »
- Beth Hanna
Robin Thicke Parties With Leonardo DiCaprio for 37th Birthday After Paula Patton Split
Despite his recent split from estranged wife Paula Patton, Robin Thicke celebrated his 37th birthday last night in style. The "Blurred Lines" singer partied Monday night at West Hollywood hot spot Dba alongside a group of guy friends, which included Leonardo DiCaprio. Thicke and his party enjoyed cocktails inside the club, including tequila drinks and Amstel Lights, according to a source. There were no women in their private booth as it was strictly a boys' night only. After partying, Thicke left the club early this morning and was all smiles while driving away. Also at Dba last night was Dave Chappelle and Trey Songz, who performed. Thicke and Patton separated two weeks ago after »
Britney Spears Is a Texas-Loving Hot Mess!
Apparently you can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl. Britney Spears may be from Louisiana by way of Mississippi, but today she's a Texan. We wonder if they're pleased to have her given the way she's "supporting" the state. Yes, this is just casual street style from the "Toxic" singer, but shouldn't she put her best style foot forward now that her comeback is almost complete? Old Uggs on a hot day in the desert are not even close to a mediorce foot forward... Three quick fixes could turn this unkempt combo into a less offensive getup: 1. A better fitting shirt. It's not the giant "Hook 'em Horns" logo that's »
Will Juan Pablo and Nikki Last? A Look Back at The Bachelor's Relationship Track Record (It's Not Great)
"I would give it less than a month." Yes, that's how long a source close to The Bachelor is predicting Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell's relationship will last after he chose her, but didn't propose or say "I love you," in Monday's controversial finale. Then again, it's not like the ABC reality franchise has a great track record for creating longlasting relationships. In 18 seasons, just one couple has actually said "I do." But hey, maybe Juan Pablo and Nikki will prove their critics wrong. To truly figure out the odds of Jp and Nikki sticking together, we took a class at the Bachelor School of Love for a history lesson and to crunch some »
Find Out Why Justin Bieber Was Stuck on Selena Gomez's Tour Bus, Plus Inside Their "Good Chemistry"
Selena Gomez has touched down in New Jersey after an eventful weekend with her ex (and maybe on again?) boyfriend Justin Bieber. The singer was spotted on Monday arriving in Newark, where she attempted to keep a low profile as paps snapped pics of the 21-year-old pop star. Wearing a black sweater and dark shades, the "Come and Get It" singer carried a bright blue handbag and kept her head down, doing her best to ignore the media frenzy as rumors continue to develop that she and Bieber have rekindled their contentious romance. Over the weekend, E! News exclusively revealed that the former lovebirds reunited in Selena's home state of Texas. They were spotted grabbing breakfast at a »
SAG Awards Key Dates Announced
The next SAG Awards will air live on TBS and Tbt on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt, committee chair JoBeth Williams said Tuesday while announcing the key dates for this year's ceremony. Nominating committees will be drawn by random sample on March 14, drawing from actors/performers, singers, dancers or stunt performers who have not served on the same nominating committee in the past eight years and have paid their November 2013 membership dues by Feb. 27. Also read: SAG Awards Ratings Dip 12% From Prior Year Nominations will be announced live Dec. 10 at 6 a.m. Pt on TNT, »
- Tim Kenneally
Barack Obama Slays Zach Galifianakis on "Between Two Ferns"
Barack Obama is a Nobel Prize winner and the 44th president of the U.S, but he's finally arrived at his proudest accomplishment: surviving an episode of "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis. And he didn't suffer gladly like Jennifer Aniston; he pushed back with the gale force rancor of Steve Carell. Phew. Obama joined the "Hangover" star's Funny Or Die series to discuss official U.S. diplomat Dennis Rodman (who could be replaced with Tonya Harding at any moment), basketball, and Zach's rash. President stuff. Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama »
- Louis Virtel
These Red Pandas Playing in the Snow Are So Cute You'll Actually Wish for Cold Weather Again
Oh it's still snowing some places? Here in L.A., we've skipped from "winter" (which is basically just springtime to everyone else) to summer. It's sunny and in the 70's most days! Though, the past few days have actually almost been too hot. You can't step foot outside without breaking into a sweat. Best to just stay inside with the A/C. But we digress: You're so cold! We're so sorry about it! Here are two little Chinese red pandas at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden who would prefer a return to the winter weather though. Maybe looking at these adorable picture of the duo joyfully frolicking in the snow will make you feel better about your current »
Disney Considering Deal for Maker Digital Studio (Report)
Disney is mulling a purchase of online video firm Maker Studios in a deal that would value Maker at $500 million or more, according to a report from Re/Code. A spokeswoman for Maker Studios declined to comment on the deal. Disney could not be reached for comment. Story: Maker Studios Lawsuit: Inside the War for YouTube's Top Studio There has been lots of talk in the online video industry of late about a need for consolidation. Should the deal go through, it would be the biggest bet that a traditional media company has made on the YouTube space.
- Natalie Jarvey
Disney in Talks to Buy Maker Studios for $500M+
Disney is in talks to buy Maker Studios for at least $500 million, according to two individuals with knowledge of the conversations. Maker Studios operates one of the largest networks of YouTube channels in the world, one including stars like PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) and Epic Rap Battles of History. Its channels generate more than 5 billion views a month. The deal could still fall apart, but those in the online video community have assumed Maker would sell for some time. It has raised more than $70 million to-date, an amount that suggests it would either go public or »
- Lucas Shaw
Game of Thrones Star' Kristian Nairn Comes Out as Gay: "It's Important to Stand Up and Be Counted"
Kristian Nairn didn't used to hide the fact that he was gay—it just so happened that until recently, no one ever asked him about it! The Game of Thrones star, known for his role as Hodor on the HBO series, spoke publicly about his sexuality Tuesday in an interview with the blog Winter Is Coming. When the interviewer asked Nairn, 38, if he was aware of his "extensive" gay fan base—particularly amongst particularly rugged men who sometimes refer to themselves as "bears'—he quipped back, "Well, in all honesty, when you talk about "the gay community," you are talking about My community, haha." As for his gay following? "I Am aware of it yeah, and I think »
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