A month after it made decisions on its previous pilot slate, handing out series orders to drama The Affair and comedy Happyish, the pay cable network is back at it, greenlighting its first pilot for 2014, drama Billions. It was written on spec by journalist/author Andrew Ross Sorkin, whose book about the 2008 financial crisis Too Big To Fail was adapted by HBO Films, and by the feature writing duo of Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen). Billions will stay in the world of finance/politics/power chronicled in Too Big to Fail. It focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country. Koppelman, Levien, and Sorkin executive produce. They are repped by CAA and Karl Austen. In TV, Koppelman and Levien recently served as showrunners on HBO’s Rock ‘n’ roll drama project from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. He also wrote the 2003 ABC drama pilot The … [Read more...] about Wall Street Drama From Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman & David Levien Gets Showtime Pilot Order
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A shareholder lawsuit against Netflix over its deductions of executive bonuses from company tax liabilities has been dismissed by a federal judge, but only after she noted the legitimacy of some elements of the complaint. The City of Birmingham Relief and Retirement System found fault with the company’s accounting of some $18.7 million in bonuses to CEO Reed Hastings, content chief Ted Sarandos, former CFO David Wells and other executives. Netflix had deducted those payments from its overall tax liabilities, which the lawsuit portrayed as misleading to investors and part of a scheme to enable it to take tax deductions via financial targets achieved through “artificial precision.” The entire Board of Directors was also named in the suit, given that it had approved proxy statements stating the executive compensation. Related Story 'The Irishman': Read Steve Zaillian's Screenplay For Netflix's Martin Scorsese Mob Epic In her opinion last Friday (read it … [Read more...] about Netflix Shareholder Lawsuit Over Tax Deductions Is Dismissed By Federal Judge
Oscar Winners List 2012Backstage At The Academy AwardsOSCARS: Who Wore What On The Red Carpet OSCARS: Wins By StudioOSCARS: Wins By FilmSacha Baron Cohen Punks Ryan Seacrest: ‘The Dictator’ Spills “Kim Jong Il’s Ashes” All Over Red Carpet Host! (Ryan Unamused) I’m live-snarking the 84th Annual Academy Awards for the outstanding film achievements of 2011 starting at 5:30 PM PT tonight. Comments will open when the show starts inside the Kodak Theatre. Come for the cynicism. Stay for the subversion. Add your comment. WARNING: Not for the easily offended or ridiculously naive. This 84th Academy Awards show is supposed to be televised to more than 225 countries worldwide. So I’m tipping all you foreigners to something that Americans already know: The Oscars suck every year! And this year the Oscars are gonna suck worse than ever! Because we all know who’s going to win the marquee categories without a single envelope … [Read more...] about Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking The Oscars – Welcome To Harveywood!
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is close to a deal to headline and executive produce a limited series about film actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, from The Affair co-creator/executive producer Sarah Treem, The Handmaid’s Tale producer Warren Littlefield and Endeavor Content. Treem is in talks to write the limited series, which will chronicle the life and career of Lamarr, to be played by Gadot. Israel-born Gadot had been looking to do a project about Lamarr, who has been referred to as a real-life Jewish “Wonder Woman” whose inventions led to WiFi and GPS. I hear Treem came up with an idea on how to tell Lamarr’s remarkable story that Gadot sparked to. The project was taken to Showtime through Treem’s relationship there. She is the showrunner of The Affair, which is wrapping its fourth season and heading into its fifth and final season. Treem co-created the praised drama series with Hagai Levi. Related Story 'The Affair' Bids Farewell To … [Read more...] about Gal Gadot Nearing Deal To Star In Hedy Lamarr Limited Series From Sarah Treem For Showtime
Shashi Kapoor: 10 Unknown and Interesting Facts from his life | FilmiBeat Shashi Kapoor- the man with dreamy eyes and a smile that could melt even the stone-hearted! His passing away is a huge loss for the film industry as he leaves us with a void that's hard to fail. Some of his leading ladies like Asha Parekh, Zeenat Aman, Sharmila Tagore share fond memories of the legendary star and describe him as a versatile actor with a huge heart... Shashi Kapoor Was A Thorough Gentleman Asha Parekh who worked with him in films like Pyaar Ka Mausam, Kanyadaan and others told Quint, "What a lovely thoughtful courteous and kind person. Shashi Kapoor was a thorough gentleman. Not just me, he looked after all his heroines so beautifully". Shooting Memories "I think I did four films with him. Out of these, two films Nasir Husain's Pyar Ka Mausam and Mohan Sehgal's Kanyadan are remembered to this day... I remember during the shooting of Kanyadan in Kulu, I strayed into the wilderness with some of … [Read more...] about Remembering Shashi Kapoor! Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman & Others Share Their Fond Memories Of Him