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  • Jason Aldean 'Flying High' After Grammy Nominations

    The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards reflect a mix of cutting-edge sounds and old favorites in the country field.
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • FUTURES | Corey Stoll On His Spirit Nominated Turn As Hemingway in 'Midnight in Paris'

    Age: 35 Hometown: New York, NY Why He's On Our Radar: At 35, Corey Stoll is already a cemented celeb in theater and TV worlds, best known for his Drama Desk Award nominated turn alongside Viola Davis in "Intimate Apparel" and playing detective "TJ" Jaruszalski on NBC's "Law & Order: LA." He's appeared in several films, including "North Country" and "Salt," but broke out on screen in a big way this year as Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen's hit "Midnight in Paris." On Monday, Stoll received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male for his work as the temperamental, famed author. Congratulations on your Spirit nomination the other day. Thank you, thank you so much. Were you surprised? Where did you get the news? You know, I didn’t know when these were being announced so I was just sort of nursing my hangover from the Gothams and got a call...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • 'X Factor': Jackson Family Attends MJ Night, Plus Another Double Elimination

    It was Michael Jackson night last night on "X Factor," and the Jackson family was there to see the contestants pay tribute to the King of Pop. Like Simon said: "Biggest star of all time. Double elimination. No pressure."
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • 'World's Worst Mom' goes globe-trotting

    TV News: Discovery International to roll out new show starting this month -- Helicopter parents are on notice from a new Discovery International series produced by Canadian reality shingle Cineflix: "World's Worst Mom" will play on nonfic...
    Posted to The Business of Television by Variety - TV News on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • Happy Holidays! Adam Shankman To Direct Yet Another Version Of 'The Nutcracker'

    After 1993’s Macaulay Culkin-fronted “The Nutcracker” grossed $2.1 million and last year’s “The Nutcracker 3D” grossed $110,000, there’s absolutely no reason why New Line Cinema wouldn’t think it prudent to line up yet another update of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet. But if you’re starting to think that New Line knows something you don’t, you’re right: They’ve hired Adam Shankman to direct the thing.
    Posted to Indieville by News on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • 'Invictus' Scribe Tony Peckham Tapped To Write Rugby-Free 'Twilight Zone' Movie for Warner Bros

    Tony Peckham, who has worked on the scripts for Clint Eastwood's rugby drama "Invictus," Guy Ritchie's period actioner "Sherlock Holmes," and whatever-the-*** "Book of Eli" was, has been hired by Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way to pen the new "The Twilight Zone" movie, reports Variety. This new "The Twilight Zone" feature is still shrouded in secrecy and still set to be directed by "Let Me In" helmer Matt Reeves.
    Posted to Indieville by News on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • Could One Petition To Fox Searchlight Bring "Margaret" Into Awards Season?

    While Fox Searchlight is revving up major awards campaigns for several of the critically-acclaimed movies the company has released this year, one title has been conspicuously absent from the buzz: Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," the follow-up to his debut, "You Can Count On Me." Searchlight released the urban coming-of-age drama on a handful of screens in New York and Los Angeles at the end of September, four years after it was originally schedule to come out. The delay resulted from years of disagreement between Lonergan and the studio, which grew impatient with the director's incapacity to finish editing his long, ambitious narrative and eventually took the matter to court. The final product, which was completed with assistance from producer Martin Scorsese, ran two-and-half hours longer, still significantly shorter than Lonergan intended. Neither he nor his cast played a role in promoting the movie, which grossed a meager $3,000 in its opening...
    Posted to Indieville by News on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • VH1 Planning TV Movie About TLC

    VH1 has announced that they're planning to get into the TV movie business with a series of bio-pics about popular pop and hip-hop groups and musicians and first one off the block will be a TV movie about the music, career and the private and painful conflicts and personal lives of the pouplar 1990's trio TLC.
    Posted to Indieville by News on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • Grammy Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

    On a night when the Recording Academy recognized the genius of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," a pendulum coincidentally swung that may have brought a sea change in the Grammys. Rap is home to the old guard; rock...
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • The Morning Fix: 'General Hospital' shakeup, talent manager arrested

    The Morning Fix is a roundup of media headlines.
    Posted to Company Town by Company Town on Thu, Dec 1 2011
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  • Project of the Day: Newark High School is Jersey's "Best Kept Secret"

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Best Kept Secret" Tweetable Logline: A Newark high school teacher struggles to help her autistic students find a place in the brutal world that awaits them after graduation. Elevator Pitch: BEST KEPT SECRET is a window into the world of a Newark, NJ public school teacher, Janet Mino, and her students with autism. It follows her struggle to help secure her students' futures during their final year of school before they age out of the system, and are pushed into the real world. Miss Mino is a single, beautiful, African-American with 4 grown children of her own. She's been teaching 6 severely autistic young men for 6 years. They are poor, minority, and most have single moms or foster parents. What will happen when they must leave...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • Jamaican "Against-The-Odds" Boxing Drama "Ghett’a Life" (Produced By Lennox lewis) Opens In UK Theaters This Weekend

    In a recent post about Warrior I think it was, I made a remark about getting tired of seeing inspirational dramas about white fighters (whether boxers, wrestlers, MMA, etc); films that seem to have become fashionable again in Hollywood in the last 4 or 5 years - 2 of them have been Oscar contenders, one that's been buzzed about this year, and another was recently announced with Eminem starring and Antoine Fuqua directing.
    Posted to Indieville by News on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • Whet Your Appetite For "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" With Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage"

    "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 British spy novel, will leave a lot of viewers confused when it hits theaters next Friday. Of course, that's exactly what the author intended. A talky Cold War drama about British intelligence agents trying to uncover a Soviet mole, the story piles up details at the expense of conventional suspense, upending genre traditions and showing that real corruption is just a bureaucratic headache. With a harsher edge and different context, Japanese director Takeshi Kitano achieves that same intent with the gritty yakuza drama "Outrage." The prolific Kitano, a near-iconic actor-director and television host in his native country, has dealt with similar material before. "Outrage" demonstrates no major urge to push its crime family narrative in new directions, but instead repeatedly thrusts in one direction many...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Thu, Dec 1 2011
  • Madonna Settles Lawsuit Over Noisy Apartment

    Madonna has made peace with a neighbor who said the superstar made noise by using her New York City apartment as a rehearsal studio, lawyers involved in the matter said Wednesday.
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Thu, Dec 1 2011
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