Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

Q&A: Downton Abbey’s Executive Producer on the Final Season and the Odds of a Movie

December 21, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When Downton Abbey returns next month, the top-rated PBS drama of all time and U.S. television's most successful British import will cap its extraordinary run with a much buzzed about sixth and final season. Adweek caught up with Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame, who offers a few (cryptic) hints about what viewers can expect from the show's farewell season. Adweek: How receptive were television executives when you first pitched the show? Gareth Neame: A British producer once told me no one in Hollywood would be interested in the show when I was trying to finance it. I was told nobody in the United States will ever be interested in this idea.

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For This Brooklyn Nine-Nine Star, Social Media Is Like Smoking

October 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age 37 Claim to fame Stars as Gina on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Sundays, 8:30 p.m. on Fox) Base Los Angeles Twitter @chelseaperetti Adweek: How addicted are you to social media? Chelsea Peretti: I've said on record, I'm waiting for some sort of charismatic leader to take me away from technology. But until that time, I do feel pretty powerless. I did a reading vacation with my boyfriend [ Key & Peele 's Jordan Peele] where we were just going to read books. I turned my phone off in the morning, and I think I went 40 minutes before I had to turn it back on. I was like, "I need to research something!" How often are you on social media during a given day? It's probably 70 percent [of the day]. I used to smoke cigarettes; anytime you're a little bored, you step outside and have a cigarette. Social media is like that. Any time there's any feeling of lacking in your life, you pop open some Web community for fulfillment

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Trumbo’

September 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

If history is written by the victors, then Hollywood blacklist biopic “Trumbo” comes as a last laugh for all those communist-affiliated talents who spent nearly a dozen years forbidden to write at all.

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China Box Office: ‘Terminator’ Ends Blackout Period With a Bang

August 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The first Hollywood film to be allowed to release in China for two months, "Terminator: Genisys" opened strongly.

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Hollywood Studios Collaborate for Betty Zhou Show on China’s iQIYI

August 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Online video platform iQIYI has begun airing “Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou,” a show backed by four of the leading U.S. studios.

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China’s Huayi Brothers Welcomes STX’s Box Office ‘Gift’

August 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Chinese group that pacted with emerging Hollywood studio STX Entertainment, is looking forward to its share of revenues from “The Gift.”

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Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno Weigh In on Paul Newman in Racing Documentary

April 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Racers and car enthusiasts rolled over to the charity screening of “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film — preceded by a red carpet and followed by an after-party, both held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — celebrated actor Paul Newman’s passion for racing with archived... Read more

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Big Softie Harvey Weinstein Opens ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway At Last

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Harvey Weinstein throws a Broadway opening, Hollywood shows up. There was Bryan Cranston, sporting a mustache and a full head of hair, chatting at intermission. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford walked the red carpet too. Opening nighters could also spot Christoph Waltz, not to mention Anson Elgort and Olivia Wilde. Gloria Estefan, at work... Read more

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James Patterson Conquers the Hollywood Jungle

April 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

"Nobody tells you when you pay six figures for a lion for a couple days that, to perform, they have to eat a lot of meat. The problem is they eat so much they get lazy and stop being scary after a couple days, so then you have to bring in a second lion. Now we have one lion who's great at snarling and snapping and roaring, and another one that's great at running." Bill Robinson, co-president of James Patterson Entertainment, is talking about Zoo, one of two projects it is currently working on for CBS. ( Zoo premieres June 30 , while For Justice, a mystery pilot set in the 1960s South, has not yet been ordered to series.) Along with fellow co-president Leopoldo Gout, Robinson runs the enterprise that manages everything with the superstar author (300 million-plus books in print) and former adman's name on it, which also includes a TV series in development with Paramount based on one of Patterson's most popular characters, Alex Cross. Patterson on the set of Zoo outside New Orleans James Patterson's empire is a vast one , and the movies and TV shows based on his work myriad. With the dual CBS series, the Alex Cross project and, a little further down the road, a film called Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, distributed by Lionsgate and produced by Participant Media, the Patterson brand is connected to a whole array of entertainment properties, stories and characters—including those lions, named Felix and Major. Oh, and there are wolves, too. "The best part of casting animals is that when we cast the wolves, we cast the wolves from The Grey," Robinson reports. "They already had a credit. And a resume." (No wolves straight out of Juilliard for CBS!) Zoo is not just a TV show but a multimedia extravaganza. It's also a novel and a comic book, all of its iterations riffing on Patterson's high concept: Every animal on earth goes crazy and turns on humans. It is not an apocalypse anybody has seen before, so it makes sense the suits at CBS would jump at it

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