9 items from 2014
Bells is the belle of the ball.
Bellamy Young, who plays Scandal‘s First Lady Mellie Grant, has converted her first-ever acting nomination into a deserved win, at this year’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards – and against stiff competition.
“What’s awesome, I feel, is that I am alive and working in a time when women are increasingly being allowed to be complicated — to be morally ambiguous, to be empowered and emancipated and unpredictable,” the actress shared with TVLine on the eve of her momentous night. Surveying the roster of those who likely will next be vying with her for »
ABC’s Rookie Blue returned to duty on Thursday night with a pair of episodes that averaged 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating, down from its Season 4 opener (6 mil/1.2) but adding audience versus its September finale (4.7 mil/1.0).
Opening ABC’s night, the relocated Black Box (4 mil/0.7) added a few eyeballs but was flat in the demo.
Over on Fox’s, Hell’s Kitchen (4.9 mil/1.8) rose two tenths week-to-week to match a Big Bang rerun (7.5 mil/1.8) for the nightly demo win. Gang Related (2.6 mil/0.9) ticked up a tenth. »
Warning: If you have yet to watch Thursday’s Season 5 premiere of Rookie Blue, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, read on…
The cops of Rookie Blue returned to ABC on Thursday night, and so did the heartache.
Andy, essentially, broke things off with Nick to be with her ex Sam. But just when it looked like the pair was finally ready to give it a real go, Andy told Sam she needed space after his sister scared her off with a spiel about Sam shutting down.
All-rights deals for “Advanced Style,” which is helmed by Lina Plioplyte and Ari Seth Cohen, were inked in Scandinavia and the Baltics with Non Stop Entertainment, and in Japan with New Select Co. Pic is based on the fashion blog and book of the same name highlighting stylish New Yorkers above the age of 60.
Deals for Gracie Otto’s (pictured) “The Last Impresario,” about producer and bon vivant Michael White, who revolutionized London’s theater scene in the 1970s, were closed in Canada with KinoSmith and Italy with I Wonder Pictures.
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Company also records deals on The Last Impresario.
Lina Plioplyte & Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style inked all-rights deals in Scandinavia and the Baltics (Non Stop Entertainment) and in Japan (New Select Co.), while Gracie Otto’s The Last Impresario sold to Canada (KinoSmith) and Italy (I Wonder Pictures).
Ana Vincente of Dogwoof brokered the deals, with market screenings taking place over the weekend for additional territories.
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Even after 18 seasons of the smash franchise, perhaps no Bachelor has earned as much tabloid ink for his on- (and off-) camera -behavior as Juan Pablo Galavis. Since this season's premiere, the Venezuelan sports consultant, and single dad to daughter Camila, has been mired in near constant controversy. He has provoked the ire of die-hard fans for some questionable comments off-air as well as the on-air rage of the women he was supposed to be wooing. His first runner-up, Clare Crawley, upon being let go after Galavis, 32, had reassured her of a possible future together, snapped, "I would never want »
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Where others may diagnose death for a failed film, a certain cinematic surgeon endeavors to breathe new life into moribund movies through extreme and invasive procedures. Whether it be rescuing invaluable elements from train wrecks for transplant, identifying cause of symptoms or resurrecting doomed patients with wholesale rewrites, Cinematic Surgery aims to show that even the most tragic or insolvable cases can be saved in the operating/editing room.
Such is the current culture in the filmmaking world that the very notion of suggesting ‘remake’ is considered sacrilege, a soul selling throw down to the cynical moneymakers bleeding dry a stable of beloved movies of the past in pursuit of sales through nostalgia and association, all to the detriment of goodwill and creativity. But the problem isn’t in the concept, it’s in the choices.
On occasion, there has been a film put out that sells itself through the strength of its tantalizing premise, »
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Dogwoof to handle pre-sales on Sour Grapes.
UK-based distributor Dogwoof has boarded pre-sales for Sour Grapes, currently in production, a documentary that tells the story of one of the greatest wine fraud cases in the Us.
Directed by Jerry Rothwell, who previously made documentaries Deep Water and Town of Runners, the film unfolds as a heist thriller in the vintage wine market, following the rise and fall of wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan.
Dogwoof came on board at the production stage after seeing an initial pitch at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Completion is set for late 2014. »
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Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David have a secret. Or so Seinfeld said yesterday in his Reddit Ama. Asked what the most mundane thing is that he and David (co-creators of Seinfeld) have obsessed over, he replied, "We never obsess over anything that isn't mundane. Most recent was intentional mumbling. We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can't reveal what it is at this time. All I can do is tell you that it's big, huge, gigantic. Even bigger than that Amazon package." (He »
9 items from 2014
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