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Students offered free tickets to see Oscar-nominated “Selma”

A movement offering more than 300, 000 free tickets to the Oscar-nominated film, “Selma,” is sweeping the country.  The first of its kind program started in New York City with some African American business leaders creating a fund to send 27,000 students to see the critically acclaimed drama. The demand was so great that the fund grew to support 75,000 students.Then, the fund seriously ballooned as the movement spread to cities like Boston, Washington, D.C., Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and now the Los Angeles-Long Beach area,... Read More →

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Super Bowl 2014: $4 million TV ads and opera singer Renee Fleming

Now that the playoffs are over and the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are headed to Super Bowl 2014, there is a lot of chatter on the Internet about other aspects of that big game. Those Super Bowl commercials are always popular and are costing more than ever. Fox is televising the event and  has sold out all the TV ads at $4 million for a 30-second commercial. However, Disney, who bought at that price, reportedly is shopping for more commercial time in the Super Bowl. More on... Read More →

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Internet star cat gets movie deal

Is this the face of a movie star? Well, some Hollywood producers think so. Grumpy Cat, as she is known, has landed a movie deal for a Garfield-like flick, according to Deadline. Grumpy Cat, who’s real name is Tartar Sauce, is an Internet star. The feline has more than 900,000 likes on her Facebook page. Also, the sour-faced critter has received a lot of media attention and awards. Don’t think Grumpy Cat will make it on the big screen? Well, the first... Read More →

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Script sales and deals: Action screenplays sell for big money

“White House Down” — Huge payday for hot screenwriter James Vanderbilt. In fact, the $3 million dollar script deal is being called the biggest so far this year. The  action spec script is described as a cross between “Die Hard” and “Air Force One.” Apparently there was some heated bidding for the script with Sony Pictures finally closing a deal this week.  Vanderbilt was the scribe on the reboot of “Amazing Spider-Man” and “Total Recall.” Also, he got the gig to... Read More →

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Movie studio executive-turned-author gives advice to script writers

Columbia Pictures Vice-President, DeVon Franklin, leads a double life and he’s proud of it. Franklin is a devote Christian and a minister as well as studio executive.  Franklin has incorporated his faith into a business model, which he talks about in his new book “Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success without Compromising Your True Self.” Franklin is the executive who brought the low-budget, but very successful script project, “Jumping the Broom,” to Columbia. Produced for less than $7 million, the romantic comedy has made over $30 million at the... Read More →

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A final exit for actors Dennis Hopper & Gary Coleman Photo:  Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times — A frail Dennis Hopper gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, March 26, 2010 A legendary Hollywood  “Bad Boy” Veteran actor and co-star of the cult classic motorcycle/road film, “Easy Rider” (1969), Dennis Hopper, died last Saturday, May 29, at the age of 74, after a battle with prostate cancer. Hopper reportedly passed away at his home in Venice, California surrounded by family and friends. Hopper appeared in over 100 films. He lived... Read More →

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Major spec script sale for new agency Verve

 The newly-minted Verve Talent and Literary Agency closed a huge script deal with Lionsgate over the weekend that included big paydays for the screenwriter, Shawn Christensen, and hot teen star, Taylor Lautner. The Internet has been buzzing with chatter about the studio bidding for this project for nearly two weeks now. Nikki Finke’s deadline.com/ Hollywood launched a play-by-play of the auction, who’s in and who’s out, when it kicked off Friday night, February 10. The screenplay, “Abduction” is a Bourne-style action drama with Taylor attached to play the teenage hero. Taylor has... Read More →

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