Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

Los Angeles Sees 34% Decline in TV Drama Production since 2007

August 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Los Angeles is in grave danger of losing even more TV drama series because of the limits of the state’s production tax incentive program, a new report asserts. FilmL.A. disclosed Wednesday that Hollywood has seen a 34% decline in TV dramas shot in Los Angeles since 2006-07 from 73 to 48 currently. Additionally, 13 of... Read more

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Christina Hendricks’ Agency Dropped Her for Taking ‘Mad Men’ Role

August 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

There’s one agency that’s beating itself up in Hollywood, and it has Christina Hendricks to thank. The “Mad Men” actress revealed that her path to starring in the hit AMC drama wasn’t a particularly smooth one in an interview with the Guardian. While she and her manager loved the script, her agency told her not... Read more

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L.A. Theater Review: ‘Hair’ at the Hollywood Bowl

August 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Placing 1968’s “Hair” in the cavernous Hollywood Bowl poses a trap. A flamboyant celebration of Aquarius, even at this 50-year remove, couldn’t be easier, but emotionality is diminished when the flower children aren’t climbing into your lap. Still, an energetic troupe led by Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars,” “Frozen”) does well by Galt Macdermot’s muscular melodies,... Read more

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Bryan Singer’s Accuser Dropped by Lawyer Amid $100K Settlement Report

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jeff Herman has withdrawn as the attorney for Michael Egan, the plaintiff who accused director Bryan Singer and Hollywood executives of sexual assault in the late 1990s, when he was a minor. In a statement, Herman said that his firm is “in the process of withdrawing from representing Mr. Egan in all his cases and... Read more

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Heather Graham to Star Off Broadway in Neil LaBute’s Hollywood Comedy

July 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Heather Graham will play a movie star in Neil LaBute’s Off Broadway play “The Money Shot,” the Hollywood comedy getting its world premiere this fall from MCC Theater. Terry Kinney, who directed LaBute’s “Reasons to Be Pretty” on Broadway, will helm a cast that also includes Callie Thorne (“Necessary Roughness”), Frederick Weller (“Mothers and Sons”) and... Read more

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Dana Walden, Gary Newman Named New Network Chiefs at Fox

July 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Dana Walden and Gary Newman were named network chiefs of Fox, replacing exiting Fox Broadcasting Chairman Kevin Reilly following his announced departure in late May , The Hollywood Reporter announced today . The pair will also retain oversight over the studio, keeping "titles as chairmen and CEO of a newly formed division of the Fox Networks Group entitled Fox Television Group," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Walden and Newman will begin their positions effective later this month, reporting to FNG Chairman Peter Rice.

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Hulu Gains Exclusive Rights to Stream ‘South Park’

July 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creators of the long-running Comedy Central animated show South Park, have struck an exclusive deal with Hulu to host the series—including its 244-episode archive as well as new episodes—on the content streaming service, the New York Times reported . According to the terms of the three-year deal, which is worth more than $80 million, Hulu will make all 17 seasons’ worth of the show’s content available for free until Sept. 24, when the show’s 18th season begins. After that, the series’ archive will go behind a paywall, available only to subscribers of Hulu’s premium streaming service, Hulu Plus. New episodes will be available the day after they air on Viacom’s Comedy Central on both Hulu.com and Hulu Plus. In addition, Hulu.com will host a revolving selection of 30 episodes for free, Variety reported . As the Times noted, South Park has historically been available via a range of platforms — “on basic cable, syndicated on ad-supported television, on Netflix, on SouthParkStudios.com and on Hulu.” But with competition between content streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo, and Amazon heating up, exclusivity has become paramount. The deal, which was announced on Saturday as part of the Television Critics Association summer press tour, parallels others engineered by Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins over the last year. As the Hollywood Reporter wrote , the service also “inked an exclusive deal with NBCUniversal in April that included seasons of Fox’s The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Nashville and Elementary also stream exclusively on the platform.” The full archive of South Park episodes will be available for free on the website SouthParkStudios.com (now powered by Hulu) until the Sept. 24 season premiere, at which point the site will, like Hulu.com, offer only a revolving selection. Hulu’s content chief Craig Erwich said of the deal, “South Park has revolutionized TV and pushed boundaries with unparalleled topicality and daring humor. We’re thrilled to offer the series to fans in its entirety.”

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‘Midnight Rider’: ‘We Are, Sarah Jones’ PSA Highlights Safety Awareness

July 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Feb. 20 on-set fatality that claimed the life of Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, has continued to inspire the Hollywood community to seek increased awareness of safety issues. The latest effort is a two-minute “We Are, Sarah Jones” public service video with a wide variety of actors and below-the-line crew members. None of... Read more

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Denis Leary Returns to FX With Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

June 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Nearly three years after the conclusion of Rescue Me, Denis Leary is returning to FX. Eric Schrier and Nick Grab, the presidents of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions, said today that the network had ordered 10 episodes of a new series created by and starring Leary called Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The show will be produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios and will premiere in 2015. Leary and Jim Serpico will executive produce, in partnership with their production company Apostle . SDRR will center around a washed-up rock star named Johnny Rock (Leary), who, 25 years after wrecking his and his best friend’s music career by overindulging in the usual slate of vices—booze, drugs, sex with the wrong people—is attempting to reunite his band, called the Heathens. The series also will star John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly. The pilot episode was written by Leary and directed by Michael Blieden. “As both actor and writer, Denis plunges into dazzlingly original arenas of dark comedy and, along with a stellar veteran cast, the results are just really funny,” said David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios. SDRR is one of several half-hour pilots that FX currently has in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter , others include Charlie Kaufman’s How and Why, Simon Rich’s The Last Girlfriend on Earth, an untitled Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. entry and an animated show called Bigfoot.

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Sexual Abuse Suit Against Gary Goddard Withdrawn

June 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Michael Egan III (pictured above), who has filed sexual abuse lawsuits against director Bryan Singer and three Hollywood execs, has dismissed his suit against Broadway producer and theme park designer Gary Goddard. The motion was filed in federal court in Hawaii, where Egan had alleged that Goddard committed the abuse between in 1999 when Egan... Read more

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