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Showbiz Buzz: Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and more

Superstar director/producer/actor, Clint Eastwood, has selected another project about a real-life hero. Eastwood has signed on to tell the story of pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who managed to land a crippled jet airliner, packed with passengers and crew, on New York’s Hudson River in 2009. Last year, Eastwood received accolades for “American Sniper” ( 2014) , which is about one of the most lethal snipers in U.S. history, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.  More details on the Hollywood Reporter Big time director, Steven Spielberg and wife/actress, Kate Capshaw... Read More →

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Actress Anna Kendrick signs on for DreamWorks’ Troll movie

Actress Anna Kendrick has a new gig. Glendale-based company, DreamWorks Animation, has announced the selection of Kendrick to play upbeat princess,”Poppy,” in a  new comedy musical, “Trolls.” Kendrick received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical “High Society” in 1998. She got an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the movie, “Up in the Air” (2009). Kendrick really showed off her singing chops in the musical romantic comedy, “Pitch Perfect” (2012). The Troll movie will be directed by Mike Mitchell whose successes include “Shrek Forever... Read More →

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Disney puts new “Beauty and the Beast” film on fast track

Disney is dusting off another classic and preparing to give it the big screen treatment again. Director Bill Condon has been brought on board to direct a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” according to Variety. There will probably be some unexpected twists and reinvention to the classic in this new movie adaptation. Lately, Disney has been very successful in putting a new spin on an old story. Disney’s “Maleficent” debuted at the top of the domestic box office last weekend with $69.4 million.... Read More →

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New action packed trailer for “Jupiter Ascending”

A new sci-fi film is stirring up interest. “Jupiter Ascending” is directed  and written by Andy and  Lana Wachowski, two science fiction/fantasy loving filmmakers who created  the ground-breaking  special effects laden”Matrix”  movie series. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a janitor who had some tough breaks, but also has an impressive set of genes, which mark her as the next ruler of the Universe. That gets her in trouble. To the rescue, Cane, an interplanetary ex-military hunter, played by Channing Tatum.  Movie opens this summer on July 18.

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Director Ron Howard designs doodle mugs

Academy Award winning director, Ron Howard, is showing his artistic side in a new way.  Howard has designed a collection of  colorful mugs to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which are for sale on Amazon.com . The art work for “Cowboy Rerun,” “Bar Scene, “Dragon Fly,” and “Highway USA” began as doodles Howard does while on the phone. On Amazon, he described the process: “I scribble three random lines on the back of a production memo card and then while concentrating on my conversation,... Read More →

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Hollywood Deals: March 13, 2014

FilmNation has snatched up the hot spec script, “Aether,” and putting it on the fast track. Not much is being released about the screenplay, but FilmNation is crowing about the acquisition. “I’m astounded by the level of talent and inventiveness we’ve come across from such a young voice,” said FilmNation production president, Aaron Ryder, on Deadline. “We’re terribly excited to produce this film. We’re also anxious to learn how to pronounce its title!” The sci-fi- thriller is written by Brit,Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Read More →

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“Pretty Woman” movie to be revived as a Broadway musical

On New Year’s Day, director Garry Marshall, rode on the award-winning Burbank Rose float, “Lights! Camera! Action!,” weeks later, he’s reportedly in New York working on turning one of his movie hits into a Broadway musical. Marshall and producer Paula Wagner are said to be meeting with potential composers, lyricists, and directors for a “Pretty Woman” stage production, according to the New York Post. The 1990 film starring Julia Roberts, and, Richard Gere, made big bucks at the box office, somewhere in the range of $500 million. Also,... Read More →

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“12 Years a Slave” wins big at 2014 Image Awards

Another big win for Oscar-contender, “12 Years a Slave.” The brutal depiction of slavery in America won the top honor of outstanding motion picture of 2013 at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Other wins for the film: Steve McQueen for director, Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress, and John Ridley for outstanding writing for a motion picture. Forest Whitaker took home the award for outstanding actor in a motion picture for “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler'” and David Oyelowo picked up the trophy for... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Thursday February 20, 2014

Want to be a T.V. director? Warner Bros.Television is accepting submissions for a new directors workshop to help talented folks, for example, those with “…an established portfolio of features, music videos or national commercials” break into primetime television. The 12-week master class will be taught on the Warner Bros Studios lot in Burbank beginning in May. The deadline to submit is February 28. More on The Wrap. A lot of reports on local news and the Internet about the arrest of former Southland T.V.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- The Burbank Rose Parade float "Lights...Camera...Action!" won the 214 fantasy trophy in Pasadena January 1, 2014

Repeat! Burbank Rose Parade float wins Fantasy trophy

A spectacular event in Pasadena today as the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade thrilled millions on T.V. and on city streets.  At least a million fans reportedly lined the parade route to see energetic marching bands, gleaming vintage vehicles, high-stepping equestrian units and of course, beautifully decorated floats. The theme this year, “Dreams Come True.” For the second straight year, the Burbank Rose float won the Fantasy trophy for “Lights… Camera… Action!” It was one of only six floats built by volunteers. The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association is on... Read More →

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Kevin Costner snags new adventure series book deal

Actor/director/producer, Kevin Costner, reportedly has a new book series deal with Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. The first book in the adventure series, “The Explorers Guild, Volume One: Passage to Shambhala,” is set for release in 2014. Costner told Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming he feels “… the book has the sweep of adventure classics he grew up reading, including “Arabian Nights” and “The Red Badge Of Courage.” Costner hopes the book will connect with young and adult lovers of adventure and lead to a movie based on it.... Read More →

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“The Dark Knight Rises” hot movie ticket

“The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t open until after midnight, but this superhero flick has already racked up an a huge $25 million in advanced ticket sales as of yesterday. This is supposed to be the final installment of a Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. It started with “Batman Begins” (2005) and then followed with The Dark Knight” (2008). No doubt  “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to be huge, but the question is will it have enough appeal to rise... Read More →

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Disney launches The Art of “Frankenweenie” Exhibition

Walt Disney Studios has launched a special exhibit to promote director Tim Burton’s upcoming stop-motion animated feature film, “Frankenweenie.” The Art of “Frankenweenie” Exhibition is set to premiere in Barcelona, Spain, at CineEurope, June 18-21, and in the U.S. at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, California, July 11-15, according to a PRNewswire release. During the tour, the exhibition will be making stops in seven countries. This rare visual experience will give audiences “… an exclusive glimpse into the stop-motion animation process brought to life by visionary filmmaker Tim Burton.  From original sketches drawn... Read More →

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Photo: PR Newswire --- Four legendary film directors John Ford, Frak Capra, Billy Wilder, and John Huston honored by U.S. Postal Service today May 23, 2012

Updated:Four legendary film directors showcased in new stamp series

The U.S. Postal Service gave some serious props to four big screen giants today: John Ford, Frank Capra, Billy Wilder, and John Huston. The film directors appears in a new Forever stamp series, according to a PR Newswire. Behind each director’s photo is a scene from one of his famous movies: Ford “The Searchers,” Capra “It happened One Night,” Wilder “Some Like It Hot,” and for Huston, “The Maltese Falcon.” “With these stamps, we’re bringing these filmmakers out from behind their cameras and putting them in the spotlight so that... Read More →

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Marvel’s The Avengers crashes into the $1 billion club

“Marvel’s The Avengers” has reached another milestone. Last Sunday, the superhero ensemble flick hit the $1 billion mark worldwide. It did so in only 19 days, according to Box Office Mojo. Meanwhile, “The Avengers” clobbered the competition in the domestic box office over the weekend, by holding onto the number one spot with a haul of $103 million. Far behind in second place, “Dark Shadows” with a debut of $29.6 million. This is a  take-off on the Gothic TV... Read More →

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Awards catch-up: WGA, NAACP, SAG, and DGA

Last Sunday, February 19, the Writers Guild of America West and East announced the winners of the 2012 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing. Simultaneous ceremonies were held at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. SCREEN WINNERS ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics ADAPTED SCREENPLAY The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon &... Read More →

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Comcast announces deal with four new minority-owned networks

The nation’s largest cable company, Comcast, announced  a sweeping deal today with four new minority-owned network with some famous names like Earvin “Magic “Johnson, Sean “Diddy”Combs, and filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez. Comcast did not suddenly decide to reach out to minorities. The deal was part of the conditions of last month’s controversial approval by the government of that mega-merger of Comcast/NBC Universal. The Comcast press release, states the four proposals were selected from a field of over 100. Comcast agrees... Read More →

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2012 Academy Awards nominees

The nominees for the 84th Academy Awards are getting a lot of attention — the day after the big announcement. Yesterday, “Hugo” picked up 11 nominations — the most of any film — including best picture and best director. The movie is a 3D drama adventure about a 12-year-old boy who lives in a Paris train station tending to the clocks and his quest to fix a mysterious machine left by his father.  The film is based on the book, “The... Read More →

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