Archie Comics Publications has made a pact with CAA. The agency, which brokered many Mattel film and TV productions, is now going to take care of famous Archie Comics brands such as Archie & Friends, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Cosmo the Merry Martian, Super Duck, and Dotty and Ditto.
Hollywood is hungry for established brands, hence, the Archie Comics deal.
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Columbia Pictures has acquired screen rights to "Enron," the play, for a high six-figure deal!
The studio is going to turn the stage production, written by Lucy Prebble, into a big-screen adaptation! The play is a drama about the rise and fall of the Texas energy company.
Prebble will adapt her own play and Laura Ziskin will be producing.
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Similar to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America has expanded nominations for its top feature film category to 10!
The Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award will be expanded from 5 to 10.
PGA president Marshall Herskovitz says, "The PGA board approved the expansion of our best-produced picture category nominations to support our colleagues at the Academy, but also because we feel it better represents the unprecedented diversity of films being produced today."
Nominations for the Producers Guild of America award will be announced January 5th. The ceremony will take place January 24th at the Hollywood Palladium.
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"Precious, Based on the Novel, 'Push' by Sapphire," Lee Daniels' inner-city drama took home the 34th Toronto Film Festival's People's Choice award!
"Precious" already won the Sundance's grand jury, audience, and acting for Mo'Nique (she's poised to win Best Supporting Actress Oscar!) so yeah, the film is headed to the Academy Awards.
Last year's Toronto Film Fest winner, "Slumdog Millionaire," swept the Academy Awards, expect "Precious" to get love this Oscar season. And the film has the magic touch of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. Both are executive producers of the movie.
Here's the complete list of winners at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival:
Cadillac People's Choice Award
WINNER: "Precious, Based on the Novel, 'Push' by Sapphire"
FIRST RUNNER-UP: "Mao's Last Dancer" (Director Bruce Beresford)
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Micmacs" (Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
WINNER: "The Topp Twins" (Director Leanne Pooley) -- This is about the Kiwi lesbian country and western singing duo!
RUNNER-UP: "Capitalism: A Love Story" (Director Michael Moore)
WINNER: "The Loved Ones" (Director Sean Byrne)
RUNNER-UP: "Daybreakers" (Directors Michael and Peter Spierig)
Fipresci Critics' Prize (Discovery Program)
"The Man Beyond the Bridge" (Director Laxmikant Shetgaonkar)
Special Presentations Program Critics' Prize
"Hadewijch" (Director Bruno Dumont)
Canadian Film Award
"Cairo Time" (Director Ruba Nadda)
(Special citation was given to Quebec director Bernard Emond's "La Donation")
Best Canadian First Feature
"The Wild Hunt" (Director Alexandre Franchi)
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"Paranormal Activity," billed as this year's "Blair Witch Project," is set to scare horror fans in the U.S. It's utterly creepy!
Written, directed, and produced by Oren Peli, the innovative thriller stars Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat as a young, middle class couple who moves into an unassuming tract house. But then, they become increasingly disturbed by a malevolent presence.
Take a look at the trailer below:
Paramount Pictures will debut "Paranormal Activity" at midnight screenings in eight different markets. The Slamdance and Telluride Film Festival favorite will debut on Thursday, Sept. 24th at the following cities:
Austin (Alamo Draft House -- Austin's Fantastic Fest)
Los Angeles (ArcLight Hollywood)
New York (Landmark Sunshine Theater)
San Francisco (The Castro)
Chicago (The Music Box)
Boston (The Coolidge)
Atlanta (The Plaza)
Furthermore, the film will receive midnight “sneaks” starting September 25 at midnight in the following cities and theater: Austin (Alamo Draft House); Seattle (Neptune); Ann Arbor, Michigan (State); Durham, North Carolina (Southpoint 16); Baton Rouge, Louisiana (RAVE Mall of Louisiana 15);Boulder, Colorado (Cinemark 16); Columbus, Ohio (Studio 35); Orlando, Florida (AMC Universal Cineplex); Madison, Wisconsin (Marcus Eastgate 16); Santa Cruz, California (Del Mar 3); State College, Pennsylvania (Premiere College 9); Tucson, Arizona (El Con); and Lincoln, Nebraska (Ross Media Center).
Additional midnight sneaks will follow on September 26, and October 1, 2 and 3.
If "Paranormal Activity" is not playing in your area, YOU CAN DEMAND IT! Bring it to your city by visiting ParanormalMovie.com
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