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Posts Tagged ‘William Monahan’

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 6. 2007

sherri.jpegShepherd to Join View, Variety Says
Variety does some source leaning in today’s paper, announcing that Sherri Shepherd is the new cohost on The View, taking the fifth spot on the morning chatfest alongside Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and newly-installed Whoopi Goldberg. The trade paper cited its sources in confirming the story, which also says the announcement will be officially unveiled on this Monday’s show.

Rudin Wrangles Graves Novel

Producer Scott Rudin has reeled in the movie rights to Robert Graves historical novel, I, Claudius, in a major $2 million deal, reports Variety. Michael Fleming‘s story also says that The Departed pair of Leonardo DiCaprio and scribe William Monahan will become attached to the project, likely to end up at Disney where Rudin has a production deal.

Toronto In’Panic’
A looming actors strike next summer is having an effect on the Toronto International Fim Festival, reports THR’s Gregg Goldstein. The possible strike cloud hanging over the industry’s head coupled with new distributors and few Oscar contending pics has added to the pressure at the fest, which is in a mood of “panic” according to one of his sources. Read the pre-fest recap here.

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In The Trades: Remakes, Retreads, Rewards

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Remaking a Hong Kong movie paid off once, so Oscar-winning writer William Monahan will do it again, adapting Confessions of Pain for Warners. Leonardo DiCaprio will star and produce under his Appian Way company.

The CW offers Hell on Earth as a pilot from CBS Paramount. A mean girl gets hit by a bus, goes to purgatory and is given a second chance but this time on the wrong side of the tracks. From the team that gave us The Shaggy Dog and Raising Helen, who haven’t had an original thought in their entire lives.

Nickelodeon Movies continues the trend with Unicorn, a family comedy centers on a man who wakes up with a unicorn in his apartment. And a horn in his ass.

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Jeffrey Immel, chairman and chief executive of General Electric, parent company of NBC Universal, received $15.2 million in compensation last year, and Bob Wright, who until recently headed NBC Universal, received more than $15.6 million in compensation. The company had an excellent year, according to the compensation committee as quoted in a proxy statement.

Univision will pay $24 million in fines to settle complaints over children’s programming. A group of investors, led by Haim Saban offered $12.3 billion for the network. So, instead of continuing to argue that soap operas in Spanish are, too, educational, the fines will be paid.

In the Trades: CGI, WGA and Xena

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Bridge to Terabithia is well worth seeing, writes Justin Chang. Animation director Gabor Csupo lets the CGI run away with the movie, but the effects are ultimately outshone by stronger performances by AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson. You loved the book, remember?

The Writer’s Guild awarded screenplay honors to Michael Arndt for Little Miss Sunshine in the original category and William Monahan for The Departed in the adapted category. Arndt won for his first produced screenplay, which he wrote over 5 years ago.

The WGA’s Robert Meltzer award for bravery went to the dozen writers at ANTM who lost their jobs last year after striking unsuccessfully for a WGA contract. So, when they do get to join, will they still have to pay the hefty initiation fee?

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Casting notes: Lucy Lawless (yes, Xena!) wiil play a sexy but naive wife on ABC’s Football Wives. Louise Lombard, seen on CSI, is cast as a suburban, single mom who solves crimes in Judy’s Got a Gun. ABC also has an ensemble comedy about a team of paramedics and FOX has a similiar pilot with nurses.

MySpace users might scrub off all the copyrighted video content today, before News Corp. wipes the site clean with a filter that blocks certain uploads.