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Tyler Perry to Play Pioneering Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux in HBO Biopic (Exclusive)

Tyler Perry to Play Pioneering Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux in HBO Biopic (Exclusive)
HBO is developing a biopic of pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux that has Tyler Perry on board to star.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are shepherding the project for Sony Pictures TV through their Storyline Entertainment banner. Perry is set to executive produce with Zadan and Meron but does not plan to direct.

Charles Murray, an alum of “Sons of Anarchy” and History’s redo of “Roots,” is penning the script. It’s based on the 2007 biography “Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America’s First Black Filmmaker” by film historian Patrick McGilligan.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Tyler Perry to bring Oscar Micheaux’s inspiring and trailblazing life story to HBO,” said Zadan. Added Meron: “There are so many parallels between the groundbreaking work that Micheaux pioneered and Perry’s achievements as an artist that it feels like a natural fit.”

A novelist turned director, Micheaux
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AMPAS Announces Producers of the 2013 Oscarcast

Oscar 2013 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron TV, stage, screen producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ recently elected president Hawk Koch announced today. This will mark Zadan and Meron’s first time as Oscarcast producers. Zadan and Meron’s extensive television credits include the series Smash and the TV movies A Raisin in the Sun, Gypsy, Brian’s Song, The Music Man, The Reagans, and the upcoming Steel Magnolias, with Queen Latifah. On Broadway, they produced the Tony Award-winning revivals of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Promises, [...]
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'Hairspray' and 'Footloose' producers to oversee 2013 Academy Awards

'Hairspray' and 'Footloose' producers to oversee 2013 Academy Awards
The producers of Footloose, Chicago, Hairspray and TV’s Smash are taking on this year’s Academy Awards telecast.

Prepare to buy stock in dancing shoes — now!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron would produce the 85th annual awards ceremony, set for Feb. 24.

They have never been nominated for an Oscar, though as executive producers of 2002′s Chicago, their film has won the top prize. They have shared eight Emmy nominations on such TV projects as 2008′s A Raisin in the Sun, 2003′s The Reagans, and 2001′s Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.
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Freeman for 'Hobbit' Lead? Neeson Joins 'Battleship' and Caine Takes a 'Journey'

Michael Fassbender in HungerDirector Steve McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender, the tandem behind 2008's critically acclaimed Hunger, will be re-teaming for the sexual drama Shame. Fassbender will play a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life.

While that doesn't explain much, I'd be keeping an eye out for this one regardless based on the quality of their previous collaboration. The film will be introduced to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival. [Variety]

Sylvester Stallone has been tweeting up a storm since joining the social network in a seemingly endless attempt to keep the hype machine for The Expendables running. One tweet of particular interest confirms that the director's cut of The Expendables will be out in about six months and the documentary Inferno: The Making of The Expendables will be out soon as well. Sly describes the documentary as being "hardcore - everybody's on it,
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Liberal actor James Brolin: I heart Reagan

Liberal actor James Brolin: I heart Reagan
Seven years after playing Ronald Reagan in a miniseries detractors say maligned the 40th president, James Brolin is setting the record straight.

"I thought he was a terrific guy and he was a terrific leader of the Screen Actors Guild, and he was a good governor," Brolin said of Reagan.

Brolin said he was encouraged to speak his political mind because he objected to Mark Joseph, co-producer of an upcoming feature film about Reagan, telling THR on Tuesday that Brolin "loathes" Reagan. He also believes the Showtime miniseries "The Reagans" has been mischaracterized as a hit piece on the former president.

Brolin, who has a politically liberal reputation like his wife, Barbra Streisand, says he even voted for Reagan for president once.

What kind of a job does Brolin think Reagan did?

"Look at the results. He's such an Americana attribute. He's literally our best icon in recent years. He represented America quite well.
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Ronald Reagan Gets A Biopic

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is set to get a $30 million biopic which will be rather reverential in tone according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jonas McCord ("Malice," "The Body") is penning the script for "Reagan" which begins with his 1981 assassination attempt and follows his story through both flashbacks and flash-forwards that will show how the Hollywood actor became the leader of the free world. Paul Kengor's two best-selling biographies of the man will be used as the basis for the script.

Ralph Winter and Mark Joseph will produce. No actors or director have been signed a yet, though final financing is being locked down now and a late 2011 release is being planned.

CBS was slated to air the mini-series "The Reagans" in 2003, but controversy over its apparent left-wing bias pushed it to premiere on cable outlet Showtime. James Brolin starred as Reagan in that mini-series.
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Ronald Reagan's life story to be told on big screen

Film based on Paul Kengor biographies to be titled Reagan and expected to offer sympathetic portrayal of Us president

He was the Us president who oversaw the end of the cold war and the rise of the Aids epidemic, a ferocious anti-communist during the McCarthy era who nevertheless referred to his darling wife, Nancy as "Mommie". Now the story of Ronald Reagan is set to be told on the big screen for the first time, in what looks likely to be a sympathetic biopic.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film Reagan will be based on two bestselling biographies of the 40th Us president by Paul Kengor: God and Ronald Reagan and The Crusader. No casting decisions have yet been made, and there is no director on board. The project does, however, have a $30m (£19m) budget in place.

Producers have been keen to distinguish their project from the most
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Ronald Reagan Biopic Planned for Next Year

Mark Joseph optioned best-selling biographies "The Crusader" and "God and Ronald Reagan" four years ago, and is now making plans for a feature film based on the life of 40th Us President Ronald Reagan. The new $30 million movie is written by Jonas McCord (Malice, The Body) and will examine Reagan's life from boyhood to Hollywood actor to leader of the free world. No actors or directors have been signed, but the film is set to be released next year. There was already a 2003 mini-series "The Reagans," which starred James Brolin as the President and was supposed to air on CBS until a controversy erupted over alleged left-wing bias and was moved to Showtime instead. "Only in Hollywood could you make an insulting, condescending movie about a much-loved historical figure, hire an actor who loathes the man, watch it flop and then somehow conclude that Americans don't want to see a movie about him,
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Rawhide Pictures Promises Reagan Biopic

The newly minted Rawhide Pictures will be mounting a biopic of President Ronald Reagan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

With a $30 million budget, Mark Joseph, Ralph Winter and Jonas McCord will produce the film based on the best-selling biographies by Paul Kengor: The Crusader and God and Ronald Reagan.

Joseph has no feature film experience, while Winter and McCord, who wrote the script, have worked as a producer on four X-Men movies, and as a development executive on The Passion of the Christ respectively.

The producers have detailed their execution of the narrative, saying the film will begin in 1981, the night John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate the president, and then tell Reagan’s story through a series of flashbacks, detailing his troubled childhood, rise to movie stardom, and move to the White House.

McCord has shown a special interest in revealing Reagan’s upbringing, calling it “a surreal Norman Rockwell
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Exclusive: Ronald Reagan biopic planned

Exclusive: Ronald Reagan biopic planned
Update: James Brolin responds: I'm a Reagan fan

Poll: Who should play Ronald Reagan?

The story of Ronald Reagan's life -- from boyhood to Hollywood actor to leader of the free world -- is about to spill out on the big screen in a way quite different from the miniseries that caused such a stir seven years ago.

The feature film, titled "Reagan" and sporting a $30 million production budget, is set for release late next year and will be based on two best-selling biographies of the 40th U.S. president by Paul Kengor: "The Crusader" and "God and Ronald Reagan."

Mark Joseph, who optioned the books four years ago, is co-producing with Ralph Winter and Jonas McCord wrote the script.

Winter's producing credits include four "X-Men" movies, two "Fantastic Four" movies and the 2001 remake of "Planet of the Apes." Joseph, a marketing and development executive, worked on "Ray," "Holes,
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Chressanthis headed to Russia and Mongolia

By Bob Fisher

HollywoodNews.com: James Chressanthis, Asc will be traveling to Vladistock and Moscow, in Russia, and to Mongolia in September and October, where he will be screening his extraordinary documentary “No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos” at American embassies and other venues, including film festivals. The documentary that Chressanthis produced and directed chronicles the lives and careers of legendary cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs, Asc and Vilmos Zsigmond, Asc. The screenings are part of the American Documentary Showcase, a cooperative venture sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and the University Film & Video Association. Chressanthis produced and directed this remarkable documentary as an act of passion. His narrative cinematography credits include “The Ghost Whisperer” television series, and the award-winning telefilms “Four Minutes,” “Living Proof, 3: The Dale Earnheart Story,” “The Reagans” and “The Music Man.” Chressanthis met Kovacs and Zsigmond during the dawn of his career.
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James Brolin gets 'Nailed'

James Brolin gets 'Nailed'
NEW YORK -- James Brolin is replacing James Caan in David O. Russell's Nailed, with Kirstie Alley and Olivia Crocicchia also boarding the politically charged rom-com.

Caan departed the film three weeks ago, in large part because of a spat with Russell about the proper way for his politico character to choke on a cookie. Brolin can turn to his son Josh for advice: The younger Brolin will portray George W. Bush choking on a pretzel in a scene from Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic.

Alley will play a veterinarian who fails to remove a nail from the head of her niece (Jessica Biel). The injured woman travels to Washington to fight for better health care with the help of a disgruntled youth (Crocicchia) and falls for a congressman (Jake Gyllenhaal).

Brolin played a politician in Showtime's The Reagans. Alley recently inked a deal with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Prods. to develop TV projects.

Brolin is repped by ICM and Jeff Wald.

Storyline Ent. signs with CAA

Storyline Ent. signs with CAA
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment has signed with CAA. Zadan and Meron, who were executive producers on the Oscar-winning feature Chicago, are working on the film adaptation of the musical Hairspray as well as The Bucket List. On the TV side, their upcoming credits include ABC's adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun and the network's musical revival of Peter Pan. Among the company's TV credits, which have earned multiple Emmys and nominations, are ABC's Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and The Music Man and Showtime's The Reagans. Storyline had been with WMA for more than a decade.

Storyline Ent. signs with CAA

Storyline Ent. signs with CAA
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment has signed with CAA. Zadan and Meron, who were executive producers on the Oscar-winning feature Chicago, are working on the film adaptation of the musical Hairspray as well as The Bucket List. On the TV side, their upcoming credits include ABC's adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun and the network's musical revival of Peter Pan. Among the company's TV credits, which have earned multiple Emmys and nominations, are ABC's Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and The Music Man and Showtime's The Reagans. Storyline had been with WMA for more than a decade.

'Angels' showered with Emmy noms

Embracing everything from the supernatural fantasies of Angels in America and Joan of Arcadia to the down-and-dirty politics of The Reagans and The Apprentice, voters at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences delivered an eclectic batch of nominees for the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The nominees parade was notable for the many fresh faces and programs that broke through in a big way this year as well as for those that didn't make the cut despite strong buzz going into Thursday's predawn nominations announcement at ATAS' headquarters in North Hollywood. HBO's adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America led the pack with 21, including bids for director Mike Nichols and stars Al Pacino (in his first Emmy nom), Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Patrick Wilson and Jeffrey Wright. HBO's drama series The Sopranos was a close second with 20 noms, including reigning drama actor champs James Gandolfini and Edie Falco and first-time recognition in the supporting drama actress category for Drea de Matteo.

Fresh faces added to Emmy mix as HBO, 'Angels' rule

Fresh faces added to Emmy mix as HBO, 'Angels' rule
Embracing everything from the supernatural fantasies of Angels in America and Joan of Arcadia to the down-and-dirty politics of The Reagans and The Apprentice, voters at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences delivered an eclectic batch of nominees for the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The nominees parade was notable for the many fresh faces and programs that broke through in a big way this year as well as for those that didn't make the cut despite strong buzz going into Thursday's predawn nominations announcement at ATAS' headquarters in North Hollywood. HBO's adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America led the pack with 21, including bids for director Mike Nichols and stars Al Pacino (in his first Emmy nom), Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Patrick Wilson and Jeffrey Wright. HBO's drama series The Sopranos was a close second with 20 noms, including reigning drama actor champs James Gandolfini and Edie Falco and first-time recognition in the supporting drama actress category for Drea de Matteo.

'Reagans' makers enjoy last laugh

'Reagans' makers enjoy last laugh
The seven Emmy nominations collected by The Reagans was "the salve needed for the wound" left by the politically charged attack unleashed on the biopic when it was originally destined for CBS last fall, according to executive producer Neil Meron. "We always wanted this movie to be judged on its merits, and not on the merits of the controversy," said Meron, who executive produced The Reagans with his longtime partner in Storyline Entertainment, Craig Zadan, and Sony Pictures TV. The vindication was especially sweet as the project not only earned a best telefilm nom but also acting noms for stars James Brolin and Judy Davis and a longform writing bid for scribes Jane Marchwood, Tom Rickman and Elizabeth Egloff, Zadan said.

HBO, 'Angels' take flight in Emmy Noms

Embracing everything from the supernatural fantasies of Angels in America and Joan of Arcadia to the down-and-dirty politics of The Reagans and The Apprentice, voters at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences delivered an eclectic batch of nominees for the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The nominees parade was notable for the many fresh faces and programs that broke through in a big way this year as well as for those that didn't make the cut despite strong buzz going into Thursday's predawn nominations announcement at ATAS' headquarters in North Hollywood. HBO's adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America led the pack with 21, including bids for director Mike Nichols and stars Al Pacino (in his first Emmy nom), Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Patrick Wilson and Jeffrey Wright. HBO's drama series The Sopranos was a close second with 20 noms, including reigning drama actor champs James Gandolfini and Edie Falco and first-time recognition in the supporting drama actress category for Drea de Matteo.

'Reagans' makers enjoy last laugh

'Reagans' makers enjoy last laugh
The seven Emmy nominations collected by The Reagans was "the salve needed for the wound" left by the politically charged attack unleashed on the biopic when it was originally destined for CBS last fall, according to executive producer Neil Meron. "We always wanted this movie to be judged on its merits, and not on the merits of the controversy," said Meron, who executive produced The Reagans with his longtime partner in Storyline Entertainment, Craig Zadan, and Sony Pictures TV. The vindication was especially sweet as the project not only earned a best telefilm nom but also acting noms for stars James Brolin and Judy Davis and a longform writing bid for scribes Jane Marchwood, Tom Rickman and Elizabeth Egloff, Zadan said.

Moonves sings praises of strong CBS season

Moonves sings praises of strong CBS season
CBS has greenlighted at least two more editions of Survivor and given full-season orders to four of its six fall shows, including Cold Case and Joan of Arcadia, the network announced Saturday. CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS Entertainment president Nancy Tellem sung the praises of what has been a very strong season so far for CBS during the network's portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Hollywood. But the eye network's successes were overshadowed by some tougher-than-usual questions for Moonves about the network's dealings with embattled pop star Michael Jackson, its handling of the controversial Reagans biopic miniseries and a pointed question regarding Moonves' personal life. The Survivor renewal -- clinched by Moonves and executive producer Mark Burnett Saturday morning as they shared an escalator ride at the Renaissance Hotel where TCA has unfolded during the past two weeks -- covers the ninth and tenth editions of the series. The pickup means that Survivor will stay on CBS through at least May 2005. Given its strong ratings, Survivor was expected to remain a fixture on the eye network, though the timing was something of a surprise, as the two sides have apparently hammered out few details, including the locales for Nos. 9 and 10. Indeed, CBS is busy preparing for the eighth edition of Survivor, an "all-stars" cycle featuring past winners and favorite contestants, which premieres Feb. 1, right after CBS' telecast of Super Bowl XXXVIII.
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