Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

FX Is the Edgiest and Most Prolific Drama Producer on Ad-Supported TV

March 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Not so long ago, the prospect of an established actor accepting a role on a television series was as remote as the moons of Saturn. Backsliding from film to the boob tube was a tacit admission of defeat, one that could only lead to the purgatory that was a seat inside a garishly lit 6-foot-square window, flanked by your newfound friends and peers Dixie Carter and ALF. Billy Bob Thornton remembers it well. “When I was coming up, we all did television initially, and that was OK,” he says, speaking from the Calgary set of Fargo , an adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 theatrical . “I’d get a bit part on Hunter or Matlock or Evening Shade, but if you were already established and you did TV, it meant the next stop was Hollywood Squares.” While certainly in no danger of fading into the long twilight of syndicated game-show obscurity, Thornton says the changing face of the independent film marketplace has made it increasingly difficult to tell the stories he’d like to pursue as a writer and an actor. “The $20-30 million adult drama, the medium-budget independent film, is a vanishing breed,” Thornton says. “Especially an adult drama with humor, which is my wheelhouse. Television has taken the place of those films. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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All Hail Shonda Rhimes

February 28, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It may be time to rename ABC “The House That Shonda Built.” After a two-and-a-half-month hiatus, showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ twin Thursday night hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal came storming back as if they’d never left. In fact, both series posted their highest ratings since October. According to Nielsen fast national data, Grey’s last night averaged 9.31 million viewers and a 3.0 in the adults 18-49 demo, marking an 11 percent increase when compared to its most recent original airdate (Dec. 12). Moreover, Grey’s gathered steam as the night went on, improving from a 2.9 in the demo between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to a 3.1 rating in its second half-hour. The hits just kept coming at 10 p.m., as the return of Olivia Pope and the rest of the Beltway crisis management crew delivered 9.27 million viewers and a 3.3 in the dollar demo. Scandal’s preliminary deliveries topped its most recent new broadcast by one-tenth of a point and tied the Oct. 17 installment as the second highest-rated episode of Season 3. In fact, that 3.3 rating trails only the Season 3 premiere as the highest rated show in Scandal history

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Countdown to the Oscars

February 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The 86th annual Academy Awards are just a few days away. Here's a complete guide to the biggest show in Hollywood!

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Writers Guild Contract Talks Recessing for Two Weeks

February 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Writers Guild of America and Hollywood’s production companies have agreed to recess contract talks for two weeks until March 4. “The parties have agreed to a temporary recess for scheduling reasons,” the bare-bones announcement said. “Negotiations will resume on March 4th. Neither the Guilds nor the AMPTP will be commenting further at this time.”... Read more

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Show Business Diversity Trailing U.S. Demographics, UCLA Report Shows

February 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Minorities and women are falling far short in making inroads into influential Hollywood positions compared with the actual demographics of the U.S. population, a new UCLA study shows. “This disconnect does not bode well for future of the Hollywood industry,” said Darnell Hunt, directors of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies. “Women already... Read more

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Oscar-Nominated Dramas Confound Hollywood’s Liberation-Story Formulas

February 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Oscar voters have traditionally loved liberation stories, uplifting tales of the oppressed throwing off their shackles. In this season’s contending scripts, though, the power relationships are more tangled and the stories lack such cathartic retribution. Edwin Epps in “12 Years a Slave” and the nuns who sell Philomena Lee’s son in “Philomena” are villainous enough,... Read more

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Berlin: Joan and Pauline Collins Join ‘The Time of Their Lives’

February 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Joan Collins and Pauline Collins are set to hit the road along with veteran Italian actor Franco Nero in upcoming comedy “The Time of Their Lives.” Collins plays a former Hollywood star who is on her way to crash her ex-husband’s funeral with a friend. Along the way they pick up a Frenchman (Nero.) Directed... Read more

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NBC Shuts Down The Michael J. Fox Show

February 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC’s beleaguered Thursday prime-time lineup continues to give the network fits, and as of this evening, the night’s

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Hugh Jackman Helped Make Broadway the Star-Magnet It Is Today

January 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Hugh Jackman hits Broadway next season in Jez Butterworth’s play “The River,” it’ll mark his fourth stint on the Gotham boards in a dozen years. His return not only underscores his remarkable commitment to stage work for an in-demand thesp with a busy Hollywood sked, but it also serves to highlight a decade-long shift... Read more

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How IFC Got Alex Prager to Shoot Portlandia Ads in the Style of Her Fine-Art Photos

January 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

IFC just released the key art for season 4 of Portlandia, and the photos are fantastic. Not only did the network get the great young photographer Alex Prager on board—she decided to shoot the ads in the style of her "Face in the Crowd" photos (many of which are on display through March 9 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and at Lehmann Maupin in New York through Feb. 22). It's almost like getting a couple of non-advertising Prager originals as gift. AdFreak spoke on Thursday with Blake Callaway, IFC's svp of marketing, about how Prager got involved, and how the two photos will be used differently in the media buy. How did Alex get involved with this

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