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'Next Generation' Star Wants to Direct 'Star Trek 3'

'Next Generation' Star Wants to Direct 'Star Trek 3'
Less than one week after Roberto Orci backed away from directing Star Trek 3, Paramount is still searching for a replacement, and at least one filmmaker is campaigning for the job. Jonathan Frakes, best known to Trekkies as Commander Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, revealed that he is aggressively pursuing the project. Aside from playing Riker, Jonathan Frakes is also an accomplished director, helming the features Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.

There is even a movement on Twitter to bring him on board, with the hashtag #BringInRiker. While he admitted that it's a "longshot" that he gets the job, the filmmaker revealed in an interview with Komo News that he has reached out to producer J.J. Abrams, while his agent has gotten in touch with Paramount Pictures. Here's what
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TV Review: The Librarians

[Spoiler Alert: This review contains a few spoilers, though I have tried to keep them to a minimum while still making this a viable review.]

When the first made-for-tv Librarian movie appeared in 2004 (The Librarian: Quest for the Spear), I watched it simply because it sounded so silly (and I also have a fondness for magic and fantasy). The premise is a normal metropolitan library under which is hidden a magical library containing not only rare (or mythical) books and manuscripts, but historical/magical (and religious) artifacts: the Ark of the Covenant, Excalibur, Pandora’s Box, even Noah’s Ark. This library -- which exists to protects these items, as well as protecting the general public from the wrong use of magic -- is overseen by Judson (Bob Newhart) and his assistant, Charlene (Jane Curtin). They hire a librarian whose job it is to go around the world either finding magical artifacts, or preventing those artifacts from falling into the wrong hands. The librarian is chosen for a combination of the breadth of his knowledge and intelligence,
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'The Librarians' react: The weekly adventure begins

'The Librarians' react: The weekly adventure begins
This post contains details from The Librarians episodes 1 and 2, which aired Dec. 7. Like its subject matter, the Librarian franchise is loaded with history. It began in 2004 with The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, a TV movie that followed librarian/adventurer Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) in pursuit of historical/magical artifacts. Two subsequent TV movies followed: 2006’s The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines and 2008’s The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.
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TNT Considering The Librarians Ten-Episode Series, Noah Wyle to Appear

I’ve said many times recently that I’m hesitant to post news about shows that are only in the development stage, because our hopes are so often dashed when the proto-shows don’t make it any further. We just had to report earlier this month about Preacher in development at AMC, and now we have equally wonderful geek-love news to share.

TVLine first broke the news that TNT is considering developing a 10-episode series based on the great The Librarian TV movies (2004′s The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, 2006′s The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mine, and 2008′s The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice) which starred Noah Wyle.

The idea is that Wyle’s character, Flynn Carsen, would select four new Librarians to work together, doing what he did: traveling the world investigating strange occurrences, battling ancient conspiracies and protecting the innocent from the dangerous,
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Isa of the Day: Electric Entertainment

This is the first of a daily report on the various international sales agents who will converge at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica for 10 days beginning November 4 at the American Film Market.

The film and television production company Electric Entertainment, owned by producer/ writer and previously an actor, Dean Devlin, has recently launched an international theatrical film and television sales and acquisitions division. Devlin has appointed industry veteran Sonia Mehandjiyska to run the new division, which will represent Electric’s original productions as well as third-party product from A-list filmmakers and seasoned television producers from around the globe.

Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment has recently acquired two new projects, Critical Hour and No Good Deed as director vehicles for Devlin and Electric's Marc Roskin respectively. Eric Tipton wrote Critical Hour, and Brandon Boyce ( Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) penned No Good Deed. Devlin, Roskin and Electric’s Rachel Olschan are producing both projects.

Dean and I spoke together about his plans and his incredible trailblazing in the international film business.

How was Toronto?

Toronto was interesting as the place to begin international sales again. It's been a while since I started Voltage with Nicholas Chartier.

What decided you to return to international sales?

Since 2004, we have been independent and we have about 100 hours of entertainment. We have studios in Portland, a state-of-the-art post-production facility here in L.A. We think we can leverage all these assets to bring down costs, not only for ourselves but for others. We want to capitalize on what such a workflow can bring to the marketplace.

What size films are you looking to make and represent internationally?

$25 million and under to start. We want to build on our brand identity. We want to continue with the genres we have been doing.

I notice that you began as an actor in 1980 as the boy in The Bodyguard, and then you wrote 1992 you wrote Universal Soldier. Then you wrote and produced Stargate and Independence Day. Are you still writing?

Yes, in fact I wrote and am now producing Geostorm with Skydance Pictures' David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and Paramount.

(Author’s note: I just realized, as I write this, that Geostorm will actually be Dean’s directorial debut!)

Will Paramount release U.S. And Electric Entertainment take foreign?

No, actually Paramount will take worldwide rights to this film as it is larger than those we will take on initially.

I notice you also are working in television. Which do you prefer, TV or theatrical?

When I started, TV was very formulaic. Now movies are more expensive and predictable and TV has exploded. With all the channels, it has become more creative. I love TV as much as I love film.

You have also produced documentaries – well you exec produced Who Killed the Electric Car? and other docs (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story and Bellflower , Becoming Santa and Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story) give you thanks. Will you continue with docs?

We all know about passion projects. I don't have plans for docs, but there are some which I feel passionate about and so I get involved with them.

Any plans for U.S. Distribution?

No plan yet. But it's interesting to see all the forms of releasing, like iTunes releasing before theatrical on certain types of films. Perhaps in the distant future we will get into U.S. Distribution, but not yet.

You showing such intelligence in your planning and executing. It's a pleasure to see you at work.

Thank you. I think that to have any creative freedom requires risk taking. People are quick to criticize the studio system but we know they are taking risks every day and I think we need to share the risk which is what I am doing.

Well you are really keeping up with the times and the changes and I wish you great success. And thank you for taking the time to talk with me about Electric.

Industry vet Sonia Mehandjiyska serves as Head of International Distribution

Mehandjiyska introduced Electric’s slate to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival and is proceeding on sales at the American Film Market. She was previously Head of Sales at Global Screen, a Bavaria-Telepool joint venture in Munich, Germany, where she negotiated license agreements on theatrical films, TV Series and M.O.W.’s for one of Europe’s biggest libraries.

Since 2003, Mehandjiyska has served in a variety of international distribution positions with Gibraltar Entertainment, Lightning Entertainment and Echo Bridge, where she served as Vice President of International Sales in their London office.

Devlin commented, “Sonia’s business acumen, professionalism, and taste for material represents exactly what I am looking for in the person we want to head our new division. We welcome her to the Electric family, and look forward to working with her as we present our product to the global marketplace.”

“I am thrilled to be working with Dean as he builds Electric into a full-service independent production and distribution company. His reputation and astonishing body of work is indisputable, and an inspiration as I move half-way across the globe to join the company,” said Mehandjiyska.

The first project for the new division is The Wannabe, a film written and to be directed by Nick Sandow, starring Patricia Arquette ( Stigmata, True Romance, “Boardwalk Empire”), Vincent Piazza ( Jersey Boys, “Boardwalk Empire”), and Michael Imperioli (“Oldboy,” “The Sopranos”). Martin Scorsese will Executive Produce the project. Electric Entertainment is fully financing the film and Executive Producing along with Traction Media (Short Term 12). Lizzie Nastro (Bluebird) and Michael Gasparro are producing. Set in New York City during the early 1990s, the film centers on Thomas (Piazza), a man obsessed with mob culture who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of John Gotti. But as the plot is foiled and he’s rejected by the ones he idolizes most, he sets off with Rose (Arquette), a neighborhood fixture, on a ride worthy of mob lore.

Electric recently wrapped its fifth and final season of TNT’s action-packed drama “Leverage,” which starred Academy Award® Winner Timothy Hutton and was Executive Produced by Dean Devlin, John Rogers, Chris Downey and Marc Roskin. “Leverage” won the 2013 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama.

Electric’s other television credits include TNT’s "The Librarian" starring Noah Wyle, which was the highest rated movie on cable that year (2004), its sequel, “The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines” and the third installment of the franchise, “The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.” Along with Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry production company, Electric produced SyFy Channel’s “The Triangle,” which won an Emmy for its Visual Effects, and was the highest-rated miniseries on the cable channel since “Steven Spielberg Presents Taken” (2002).

Devlin is currently in pre-production on his feature directorial debut, Geostorm, which he is producing with Skydance Pictures’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. Paramount retains worldwide rights to the film.
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Bob Newhart wins his first Emmy for 'The Big Bang Theory'

Bob Newhart wins his first Emmy for 'The Big Bang Theory'
It’s been a long time coming — 51 years to be exact — but Bob Newhart has finally won an Emmy. After seven nominations, beginning with a nod for writing for The Bob Newhart Show in 1962, the comedy icon picked up the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, recognizing his appearance on The Big Bang Theory.

Newhart received the award Sunday night at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. The awards show primarily honors the behind-the-scenes folks of the television world but also recognizes actors in guest roles ahead of the main event next weekend. The audience gathered at Los
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Toronto: Martin Scorsese, Dean Devlin On Board ‘The Wannabe’

Martin Scorsese will executive produce and Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment will fully finance indie drama “The Wannabe,” starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli.

The project, first announced last October, is being produced by Lizzie Nastro (“Bluebird”) with Mike Gasparro. Nick Sandow is directing from his own script.

The story is set in New York City during the early 1990s with Piazza playing a man obsessed with mob culture who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of John Gotti. When his plot is foiled and he’s rejected by the ones he idolizes most, he sets off with a woman (Arquette), who is a neighborhood fixture.

Electric Entertainment is also executive producing along with Traction Media (“Short Term 12″).

Electric made the announcement on Thursday, the opening day of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, as part of unveiling the launch of an international theatrical film and
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Contest: Win Carjacked on DVD or Blu-ray

The contest is over. Chosen by Random. org, the winners are Jaydee Dusenberry and Erica C. Congratulations! Please email your mailing address to

Thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win, the Carjacked DVD and Blu-ray is now available for rent and sale.

Maria Bello drives as Stephen Dorff threatens in Carjacked.

Maria Bello, currently solving crimes in a non-nonsense way in the cop drama TV show Prime Suspect, stars in Carjacked, an independent film in which she’s — you guessed it — carjacked. And Disc Dish is giving away two copies, one on DVD and one on Blu-ray.

In the movie, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 22, Bello plays single mom Lorraine, who’s just trying to get taking care of her son Chad (Connor Hill, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice) when they make a quick stop
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TNT buys hit crime drama Castle starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic

TNT has been on a buying spree lately, having purchased Hawaii Five-0 and The Mentalist. The network has added the hit crime drama Castle to it's syndication lineup. The show stars Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Desperate Housewives) and Stana Katic (Quantum of Solace, TNT’s The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice) and recently wrapped it's third season on ABC. It has built up a cult following of fans, so this is a smart purchase for TNT. Keep reading for more info from the official press release.

Official Press Release:

In its latest high-profile acquisition, TNT has secured the exclusive off-network cable rights to the hit series, Castle, from Disney-abc Domestic Television. Castle, which just completed its third highly rated season on ABC, is a crime drama starring Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Desperate Housewives) and Stana Katic (Quantum of Solace, TNT’s The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice). Castle (seasons 1 & 2) will
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TNT Acquires Off-Network Rights To 'Castle'

TNT Acquires Off-Network Rights To 'Castle'
In its latest high-profile acquisition, TNT has secured the exclusive off-network cable rights to the hit series, Castle, from Disney-abc Domestic Television. Castle, which just completed its third highly rated season on ABC, is a crime drama starring Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Desperate Housewives) and Stana Katic (Quantum of Solace, TNT’s The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice). Castle (seasons 1 & 2) will begin airing on TNT in summer 2012. As part of TNT’s TV Everywhere rollout, Castle will also be available for online viewing through mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices. “With the addition of Castle, TNT continues to build a collection of hit shows that will perfectly complement our high-profile original series,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). TNT’s deal for Castle follows on the heels of the network’s recent acquisition of Hawaii Five-0, which will
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Con-Con 2011: An Official Leverage Event Returns to Portland this June

Attention Grifters: Con-con 2011: An Offical “Leverage” Event Returns To Portland, Or, This June

Fans Can Join The “Leverage” Crew Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5, To Go Behind-the-scenes Of The Hit TNT Series

Leverage” Season 4 Premieres June 26 On TNT

Los Angeles, CA (March 24, 2011) – Calling all grifters! Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2010, Dean Devlin and his team at Electric Entertainment look forward to hosting Con-Con 2011: An Official “Leverage” Event in Portland, Or, from Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5. “Leverage” fans from around the world will descend on the city for the opportunity to meet the team behind TNT’s hit caper series at the show’s one-and-only official fan convention.

Last year’s Con-Con drew hundreds of enthusiasts for a series of events at the historic Governor Hotel in downtown Portland. This year’s events will include Q&As with some of the cast; autograph
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on The Good Wife, NCIS and Other Hot Shows

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on The Good Wife, NCIS and Other Hot Shows
Mondays tend to suck. Let’s see what I can do to make yours a bit better with a flurry of scoops, teases and sound bites from some of TV’s hottest shows and stars.

A Kiss Is Just a Kiss…? | Apparently there is no such thing as a run-of-the-mill episode of CBS’ The Good Wife, because this Tuesday’s hour raised my eyebrow at least twice. For the case of the week, you have Ken Leung delivering a nicely understated performance that’s a far cry from Lost’s Miles, plus there’s a nifty callback to a previous episode.
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Bob Newhart: 'Absolutely true story'

Bob Newhart: 'Absolutely true story'

Legendary comedian delights audience, raises money for Loretto

By Michael Aaron Gallagher

The 4th Annual Loretto Legends Concert Series recently presented an evening with legendary comedian Bob Newhart. More than 1,800 people attended the special fundraiser at the Crouse-Hinds Theater in the Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter, Syracuse.

Performing a mix of comedy routines that included his beloved classic "The Driving Instructor" and skits that required a range of accents, Newhart's comedy act continues to be classy, current and something that audiences of all ages can appreciate.

"To survive, you must have a sense of humor." Newhart, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, told the audience.

From delivering jokes about Syracuse University rival, the Georgetown Hoyas, and flying to the city on a "little plane" (because larger planes apparently don't fly into our airport) to reminiscing about experiences on popular television shows, he preceded
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2009 Emmy Award Winners Announced

So the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night... did you tune in? I hear it was a good show even though a lot of the winners were pretty much a given. 30 Rock and Mad Men both took home the big awards, but the hardware was spread out a bit more among other shows than in previous years. At any rate, just in case you missed it, we've got the full list of major award winners right here for you to review. Do you agree with the majority of the choices? For those who did watch the show, what were some of your favourite moments? What did you think of Neil Patrick Harris as the host? Check out the list of winners after the jump. Comedy Series "Entourage" "Family Guy "Flight of the Conchords" "How I Met Your Mother" "The Office" Winner: "30 Rock" "Weeds" Drama Series "Big Love" "Breaking Bad
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And the '61st Primetime Emmy Awards' Winners Are...

Did your favorite TV stars win? Read on to find out! (Winners' names are underlined below.) Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock Kevin Dillon, Entourage Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother Rainn Wilson, The Office Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Cherry Jones, 24 Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy Dianne Wiest, In Treatment Hope Davis, In Treatment Rose Byrne, Damages Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama William Shatner, Boston Legal Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad William Hurt, Damages Michael Emerson, Lost John Slattery, Mad Men Outstanding Actress, Mini-series or Movie Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby Chandra Wilson,
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TNT Renews Leverage for a Third Season

Leverage has been having a fantastic second season on TNT, averaging around 4.1 million viewers each week. In addition to the fantastic cast on the show there have also been some great guest stars this season, including Wil Wheaton and Griffin Dunne, both of whom happened to be on last night's new episodes.

TNT has picked up the series for a third season which will start in the summer of 2010 and include 15 new episodes.

“Thanks in large part to its engaging cast and clever storytelling, Leverage has proven itself to be one of the most exciting and fun hours on television,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “The producers, cast and crew have been incredible to work with, and we anticipate another wonderful season.”

Below is the actual press release from TNT about the renewal.

The Con is On as
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Emmy Nominations Reveal Few Surprises

It's a good day for funny people, especially if your name is Tina Fey or Seth MacFarlane.

Fey's series, 30 Rock, was handed 22 Emmy nominations this morning, which stands as a record for a comedy series. She and Alec Baldwin were also nominated for acting awards. Plus, for the first time some of the other actors on NBC's laffer were recognized. Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan all picked up supporting nominations.

MacFarlane's Family Guy was also nominated for best comedy series, the first time an animated show has cracked that category since The Flintstones in 1961. Two years ago MacFarlane decided to pull his show from contention in the animated series category to have it considered for best comedy.

Mad Men, the drama about the advertising world in the sixties, picked up 16 nominations in the drama categories, including a best actor nod for Jon Hamm. Hamm is also nominated as
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Hellboy, Let The Right One In score in horror-light Saturn nominations

The nominees for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards were announced today, and fright features went largely unrepresented among the multiple noms for the likes of The Dark Knight, Iron Man, et al. Among horror/creature features, only Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Let The Right One In scored multiple nods, taking three each.

Guillermo del Toro’s sequel is up for Best Horror Film as well as Best Make-Up (Mike Elizalde) and Best Special Effects (Michael J. Wassel, Adrian De Wet, Andrew Chapman and Eamonn Butler). The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Whatever Films We Feel Like Nominating have Let The Right One In competing for Best “International” Film—quotation marks ours, as aside from Slumdog Millionaire (?), the other movies in this category are the English-language, partially or fully U.S.-financed likes of The Bank Job, The Forbidden Kingdom, In Bruges and Transsiberian. Let The Right One In
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The Librarian: Curse Of The Judas Chalice Premieres This Sunday

You know you love Bob Newhart. The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, the third movie in TNT’s series starring Noah Wyle as the “librarian” (a.k.a. protector) of a secret collection of priceless artifacts, premieres this Sunday, December 7th, at 8 pm. The movies are a little goofy and kind of low-budget, Indiana Jones-lite material, but I am recommending them anyway, just because they also star one Bob Newhart. I love Bob Newhart. So do you. So if you’re wondering what Noah Wyle’s been up to since leaving ER or just want to see how 79-year-old Bob’s holding up, check it out. TNT will also be replaying the first two movies in the series, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear and The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, at 4 and 6 pm respectively.
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Win tickets to see "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice" in Atlanta!

We are pleased to provide folks in Atlanta, Ga a chance to win tickets to see "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice." The third offering in the series after "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" and "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines," stars Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart, Stana Katic, Jane Curtin, Bruce Davison, Dikran Tulaine, Joe Knezevich and Jason Douglas. This screening will take place on December 4th, prior to the release on TNT on December 7th, 8/7C. Jonathan Frakes, known for his role as in various "Star Trek" film and TV series as Commander William T. Ryker, directs from the writing by Marco Schnabel ("The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines").
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