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PBC: Top Producers Dish on Lousy Filmmaking Present, Death of Drama and Cable Future

PBC: Top Producers Dish on Lousy Filmmaking Present, Death of Drama and Cable Future
Amid the general doom and gloom for studios and indies alike, at this weekend's Produced By Conference, producers Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Richard Zanuck, Larry Gordon, and Mark Johnson marked some cautious upbeat notes, reports Amy Dawes:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 7, 2010 8:41 AM
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HBO's The Neistat Brothers Debuts June 4th

Fair to say, HBO's latest series The Neistat Brothers, which debuts on June 4th, is not like anything you have ever seen before.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2010 7:51 AM
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Sheen Heads for Jail, Fuqua Biopics Shakur, Anderson Casts Scientology Film, Boardwalk Empire Pops

Charlie Sheen is choosing 30 days of jail time over probation, which was too risky, reports TMZ. In a plea bargain, Sheen will plead no contest to third-degree misdemeanor assault for hitting his wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day and immediately start to serve what will likely amount to 17 days in jail in Aspen, Colorado. He has to complete 36 hours of anger management before the hearing June 7. Mueller and Sheen both went into rehab following the incident, and Sheen took off time from his hit TV show Two and a Half Men. He'll get his time out of the way before filming begins in early August. The show has been renewed for two seasons; Sheen now earns a reported $2 million an episode.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2010 4:04 AM
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Quaid and Sheen Play Clinton and Blair in Morgan's Special Relationship

HBO premiered the third latest installment in Granada's series starring Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, The Special Relationship, Wednesday night at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles, where Amy Dawes spoke to star Dennis Quaid and writer Peter Morgan.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 20, 2010 10:28 AM
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News Update: Studios Step Up Security, Iron Man Hits Web, Tony Noms, Vaughn Helms X-Men: First Class

L.A. County sheriffs have stepped up security around movie studios in response to the foiled bombing attempt in New York's Times Square. The LAT reports that the bomb's proximity to Viacom headquarters has led to speculation that the company was targeted because of a recent South Park episode on Comedy Central involving the prophet Muhammad. Viacom owns Comedy Central as well as the MTV network.  At MTV and Lionsgate offices in Santa Monica, guards have been checking vehicle trunks since the incident, among other precautions.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 5, 2010 1:31 AM
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Talking Treme: Ep. Three

Talking Treme: Ep. Three
Tim Appelo and I are riffing on each episode of David Simon's HBO series Treme, which brought me to tears during Ep. 3:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 12:34 PM
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More: Reviews, TV, Treme, HBO

Levinson's You Don't Know Jack Stars Razor-Sharp Pacino

TOH critic Tim Appelo reviews HBO's latest, You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino. (We'll continue our weekly post-Treme rehash Monday.)
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • April 25, 2010 11:32 AM
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Treme Week Two: Read At Your Own Risk!

Treme Week Two: Read At Your Own Risk!
Spoiler Alert: Tim Appelo and I are so delighted by David Simon's latest HBO series, Treme, that we're going to write about each new episode every week. So read on only if you have seen both episodes one and two at this point, and please join the conversation thread.
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • April 20, 2010 5:10 AM
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More: Reviews, TV, Treme, HBO

You Don't Know Jack Trailer: Pacino, Sarandon, Goodman, Vaccaro, Huston

HBO is churning out movies that I want to see, including Barry Levinson's You Don't Know Jack: The Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian. Otherwise known as Dr. Death, Kevorkian went to jail on a murder charge for assisted suicide; he was released in 2007.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2010 2:14 AM
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More: Video, TV, Trailers, HBO

Tribeca: Gibney Brings Three Pics to Fest, Sells My Trip to Al-Qaeda to HBO

Tribeca: Gibney Brings Three Pics to Fest, Sells My Trip to Al-Qaeda to HBO
At a time when filmmakers the world over are struggling for funds and distribution outlets, a documentary filmmaker is doing well to sell his movie before it debuts at a fest like Tribeca. Now more than ever, as the breakout documentary hit is largely confined to the likes of pop culture entertainers Morgan Spurlock and Michael Moore, often the best sale to make is to HBO Documentary Films, which pays serious upfront dollars, throws you a premiere, and even markets your movie. That's more than most distributors are coughing up in this DIY era.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2010 12:22 PM
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