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Web Series: Gender-Twisting Girls on Film, Michael Cera's Bad Dads, Hulu's Trailer Trash

There's a rash of new content heading toward the Web. Two new episodes of Lionsgate's first web series from producer Hud:sun Media’s Max Benator and creator Todd Goldman, the raunchy animated Trailer Trash, debuted exclusively on Hulu this week (clips below). The hope, always, in this transmedia age, is to capture enough attention from viewers that the real revenue producing venues-- television and movies--come calling. Also online this March are a new Michael Cera CollegeHumor.com web series Bad Dads and a new twist on gender-bending, The Girls on Film (videos below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2011 5:23 AM
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Paramount Options Young Adult Novel Earthseed for Twilight Writer Melissa Rosenberg to Adapt

With Harry Potter and Twilight heading into their golden years, which young adult franchises will take their place? Fan interest in Lionsgate's Hunger Games has already taken off, thanks to canny producer Nina Jacobson, who developed the project. Now Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman is planting his flag on Pamela Sargent's 1983 novel Earthseed, with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, Dexter) signed to adapt and produce through her new company, Tall Girls Productions. Remember, Paramount originally developed Twilight but let it go; Summit brought in Rosenberg and Catherine Hardwicke, who hewed closer to the Stephenie Meyer books.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 12:37 PM
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CinemaCon: Paramount's Super 8 and China Hopes Buoy Depressed Exhibs

CinemaCon, the annual exhibitor convention, is under way in Las Vegas, as studios show their summer reels in hopes of reviving theater owners' flagging spirits during a prolonged box office downturn. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:
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  • March 29, 2011 12:25 PM
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Third Produced By Conference To Be Held at Disney June 3 to 5

The Produced By Conference is growing, adding scale and scope and --it hopes--enough participants to make back its costs. After starting out at Sony and moving to Fox last summer, this year's installment of PBC, co-chaired by Marshall Herskovitz, Gale Anne Hurd and Rachel Klein, will take place at Disney and ABC from June 3-5, partnered with AFCI’s Locations Show on the same weekend. Speakers include Sean Bailey, Mark Gordon, indieWIRE editor-in-chief Dana Harris, Mark Johnson, Damon Lindelof, Lauren Shuler Donner, John Sloss, Ricky Strauss and Harvey Weinstein.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 9:44 AM
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Mad Men Tug-of-War Delays Show to 2012: Who Should Give In?

Last week Jon Hamm warned ominously that we probably won't see another Mad Men until 2012. AMC confirmed that Tuesday, although it has ordered more episodes from Lionsgate. That's way too long: the show has run over the past four summers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 8:46 AM
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CinemaCon: New MPAA Chief Chris Dodd Makes First State of the Industry Speech

Not that former Senator Chris Dodd, with his impressive shock of white hair, can be considered an expert on Hollywood after just nine days on the job as the new CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. But the chief lobbyist in Washington for the six Hollywood studios went ahead and delivered the annual speech at CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest), the exhibitor convention in Las Vegas. (MPAA members include Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal City Studios and Warner Bros.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 8:05 AM
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Production Exec Watch: Disney Adds To, FilmNation Hires Lunder

Sean Bailey, president of production for The Walt Disney Studios, has hired Tony To as executive vp of production. To will oversee physical production for the studios’ live-action features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 7:36 AM
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Writer-Director Update: Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman; Adam McKay Likes Crowe for The Boys

Eric Bana hopes his next film is Sheldon Turner's By Virtue Fall. Turner, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated Up in the Air with director Jason Reitman (from Walter Kirn's novel) plans to both write and direct this drama-thriller, which tracks the downfall of two ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives) agents.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2011 6:00 AM
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FilmDistrict Finally Dates Rum Diary, Starring Johnny Depp

It was just a matter of time before FilmDistrict would pick a date for The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp. It's going out during the prime fall season, October 28. The film, which has long been on the shelf, marks Depp's second flirtation with the work of Hunter S. Thompson, who became close with the actor during the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and showed Depp the unpublished manuscript, says producer and FilmDistrict co-founder Graham King. “I am extremely proud to bring this novel to film and to honor Hunter’s legacy.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 29, 2011 5:25 AM
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Tribeca Premiere Titles on VOD: Last Night, Bleeding House, Neds, Bang Bang Club

The Tribeca Film Festival will simultaneously share several of its 2011 premiere titles on video-on-demand, including The Bang Bang Club, The Bleeding House, Last Night (pictured) and Neds on April 20 (available through June 23). Other festival films will also be available on VOD, including Dax Shepard's Brother's Justice and Zach Braff starrer The High Cost of Living.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2011 5:24 AM
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