Kate Winslet’s ‘A Little Chaos’ Pulled From Release

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Focus Features has removed historical drama “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet, from its March 27 release date and has not set a new date. Focus gave “Chaos” the March date when it announced the acquisition in late September, a few weeks after it closed the Toronto Film Festival. Alan Rickman directed the film from... Read more

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DC Entertainment to Launch Animated Movies, Shorts Around Superhero Toy Lines (EXCLUSIVE)

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Two toy lines based on DC Comics’ Justice League characters are being brought to life through animated movies and short films. “Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts” will debut May 12, as a direct-to-homevideo animated movie that features Batman, the Flash, Red Robin and Green Arrow as they face off against super villains the Penguin, while introducing... Read more

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NBC Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Cuckoo’ From Lionsgate TV

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC has ordered the comedy pilot “Cuckoo,” based on the BBC3 series that starred Andy Samberg as an offbeat American who marries into a British family. The U.S. rendition comes from Lionsgate TV and will be spearheaded by showrunner/exec producer Tim Long (“The Simpsons”). Robin French and Kieron Quirke are writers and exec producers, along... Read more

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Amazon Inks Deal for U.K. Comedy Series ‘Catastrophe’ from Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon Studios announced a licensing deal for Transatlantic comedy series “Catastrophe” — penned by and starring comedian and author Rob Delaney and actress Sharon Horgan — which will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video. The first season of the six-episode half-hour comedy is airing on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and has been renewed for... Read more

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Filmax Pounces on Miami-selected ‘Innocent Killers’ (EXCLUSIVE)

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Barcelona-based Filmax, a Spanish production-distribution-sales force – especially in thrillers and horror fare from Spain’s seemingly bottomless well of new genre auteur talent – has acquired world sales rights to Gonzalo Bendala’s “Innocent Killers,” which it will also distribute domestically in Spain. “Killers” will have its world premiere at March’s Miami Intl. Film Festival, playing... Read more

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Media Luna Bows ‘3 Beauties,’ about Venezuela’s Fixation (EXCLUSIVE)

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID – Colombia boasts 120 beauty contests, Venezuela 600, near two a day, including Miss Tanguita, for under-10s. Days after Colombia’s Paulina Vega, a 22-year-old student, polemically beat out Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell – black, short-haired, intelligent – to become Miss Universe at Sunday’s Miami pageant, German sales company Media Luna is launching onto the... Read more

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Bruce Jenner ‘Journey’ Docuseries In Development At E!

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

E! is developing a docuseries following Bruce Jenner’s “journey,” Variety has learned. The former Olympian and newly divorced husband to Kris Jenner of the Kardashian clan, which stars in several unscripted series at the cable network, has generated considerable speculation in the tabloid press that he is on the verge of revealing he is transgender. The... Read more

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ABC Orders Drama Pilot From ‘Scandal’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Producer

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC has ordered drama pilot “Flesh and Blood,” from exec producer and writer Jenna Bans. The series will follow the return of a local politician’s son who was presumed dead, after disappearing more than a decade earlier. While the mysterious young man is welcomed back to his family and community, his presumed murderer and neighbor is released from prison, and the... Read more

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NBC Orders ‘Strange Calls’ Comedy Pilot From ‘Cougar Town’ Producer

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC has given the greenlight to its ninth comedy pilot for the 2015-16 cycle. “Strange Calls” from “Cougar Town” exec producer Blake McCormick follows an affable but unlucky police officer who’s transferred to a rural town and soon realizes, with the help of a strange and elderly night watchman, that the bizarre town may be supernatural. McCormick will... Read more

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NBC Has Officially Sold All of Its $4.5 Million Super Bowl Spots

January 28, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's official, and not a moment too soon: NBC has sold every single spot in the Super Bowl, although some pre-game spots are still up for grabs, according to Seth Winter, evp of ad sales for NBCUniversal's news and sports groups. The timing isn't typical, by the way—Fox sold out the game in December last year. But NBC was driving a hard bargain: The network asked for $4.5 million a pop this year, and it was also dealing with a marketplace where several key players, notably automakers , are simply sitting this one out. Rumor has it, too, that NBC asked for an additional investment from advertisers coming into the Super Bowl for the first time—a placement of additional millions with the company's large suite of cable networks. At any rate, the network is publicly very happy with the outcome. "We came through with flying colors," Winter said to reporters by conference call today, though he admitted that it "hadn't been the easiest exercise" in his career. And ultimately, the network is using some of the airtime to play up its own shows across that same portfolio, so there are multiple ways to win here. One of the promo spots in the Big Game is going to fashion-and-fame network E! for its new show The Royals.

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