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‘World Of Tomorrow’ Wins Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize

The Sundance Film Festival handed out awards tonight to the short films it tapped as best of the fest, culled from the 60 shorts selected from 8,061 submissions. Writer-director Don Hertzfeldt’s World Of Tomorrow, about a little girl who is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future, scored the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Show More Summary

Sony Pictures Classics In ‘Grandma’ Talks: Sundance

Sony Pictures Classics is in exclusive talks to spend $2 million for world rights to Grandma, the Paul Weitz-directed comedy that stars Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, and Sam Elliott. The logline:...Show More Summary

Sundance Hands Out Science-In-Film Prizes

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment won the $20,000 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize today as the Sundance Institute unveiled its Science-in-Film Prizes in Park City. The film is based on the infamous 1971 psychological...Show More Summary’s Super Bowl Ad Yanked After Being Blasted By Puppy Lovers

Mess with puppies at your own peril during Super Bowl week, learned today. The company wound up vowing not to air its Super Bowl ad this Sunday after unveiling it this morning, to widespread disgust. The ad,  "Journey Home"...Show More Summary

‘Being Evel’ Producer Johnny Knoxville At Sundance: Daredevil Tales And The Price Of Pushing The Envelope

I wrote Johnny Knoxville’s first Hollywood story in the ’90s and can recall it like yesterday when I got hold of an underground VCR tape being circulated around Hollywood. A young man with movie star looks, being: tasered, bitten byShow More Summary

Disney Accelerator Hits Gas For Round Two Of Startup Applications

Disney Accelerator, the program designed to jump-start a group of technology firms focused on entertainment and media, has begun accepting applications for its second round of 10 companies. Winning teams will be mentored by top Disney execs, entrepreneurs, investors and others for three months and receive $120,000 in startup capital each. Show More Summary

Pierce Brosnan Super Bowl Ad Pokes Fun At Dashing Danger-Guy Image – Video

KIA today posted an extended version of its spot, in which Brosnan assumes he is being pitched another of those action adventure movies.  

Tyler James Williams Cast In ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff

Tyler James Williams, who recurs on The Walking Dead, is set to co-star opposite Gary Sinise in CBS’ Criminal Minds planted spinoff. The proposed spinoff will air as an episode of the mothership series written by Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. Like Criminal Minds, the spinoff focuses on a division of the FBI. Show More Summary

Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ To Hit Theaters Christmas Day

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that it has slated its upcoming motion picture Concussion, starring Will Smith, for release on Christmas Day, 2015. The film is based on the David vs. Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the...Show More Summary

‘Code Black’ Medical Drama From Michael Seitzman, Divorced Dad Comedy Get CBS Pilot Orders

CBS has given a pilot order to Code Black, a medical drama from Intelligence creator Michael Seitzman. David Semel has come on board to direct the pilot, from ABC Studios, where Seitzman is under an overall deal, and CBS TV Studios.Show More Summary

Indie Filmmakers Often Get Stiffed By Distributors, Study Says

These may be the best of times and the worst of times for independent filmmakers, many of whom are amassed this week in Park City right now for the Sundance Film Festival. With all the new forms of distribution, digital and otherwise, there are now more outlets for their work than ever before. Show More Summary

‘Steve Jobs’ Cast Finalized, Finally, As Shooting Begins

Universal said today it kicked off principal photography on Steve Jobs, the long-in-beta biopic that is now set to go with Danny Boyle directing Aaron Sorkin’s script. The already locked cast includes Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Seth...Show More Summary

‘Togetherness’ Renewed For Season 2 By HBO

The Duplass brothers are hot at the moment, and HBO is making sure they will continue to be on its roster, renewing their couples comedy Togetherness for a second season. "We began our love affair with HBO in our parents' living room...Show More Summary

Paramount Reschedules ‘Friday The 13th’,’Paranormal Activity 6?; Dates ‘Rings’ For Nov. 13

After pushing the next installment of their Friday The 13th back eight months from March 13 to November 13 this year, Paramount Pictures is kicking Jason to next year with a May 13, 2016 release. Currently occupying that slot is an untitled...Show More Summary

Conde Nast Picks Up Three Sundance Shorts

Conde Nast Entertainment has acquired a trio of shorts at the Sundance Film Festival. The pics are director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Stop, a timely drama about a young student athlete whose livelihood is put at risk when he is stopped...Show More Summary

Paul Pastor Named Discovery Channel EVP Network Strategy

Paul Pastor has been named Executive Vice President of Network Strategy, Revenue and Operations for the Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel chief Rich Ross, to whom Pastor will report, made the announcement this afternoon as Ross wraps...Show More Summary

Irish Tale ‘Brooklyn’ Lands $9 Million Fox Searchlight Deal: Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: Two nights ago, Fox Searchlight was in the middle of an auction for Me and Earl and the Dying that had reached a record $12 million–until FSL instead made a different deal with lower upfront and more upside in success. Now,...Show More Summary

‘Strange Inheritance’ Bestows Record Ratings On Fox Business Network

Last night’s unveiling of Strange Inheritance with Jamie Colby clocked Fox Business Network’s biggest premiere ratings yet. The first of two back-to-back episodes, about the Black Swamp baseball card find, clocked 289,000 viewers at 9 PM – 44K in the news demo. Show More Summary

Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler On ‘Exchange Of Value’ And Financing Sundance Films

Kickstarter’s CEO Yancey Strickler sat down with me at the DeadlineNow studios at the Sundance Film Festival this week to talk in the video above about the booming business of crowdfunding, “exchange of value” and the millions of dollars...Show More Summary

Brianna Brown Returns To ‘Devious Maids’ As Series Regular

Original Devious Maids cast member Brianna Brown is returning to the Lifetime series as a regular, reprising her character as beautiful trophy wife Taylor Stappord. Brown co-stared in the pilot and on Season 1 where her character was ultimately shot and lost her baby. Show More Summary

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