Thursday, May 2, 2013

Spielberg's Next: 'American Sniper,' Q&A: Living The Dream With 'Frances Ha,' Summer Indie Breakouts, Film Development News

Spielberg's Next: 'American Sniper,' Q&A: Living The Dream With 'Frances Ha,' Summer Indie Breakouts, Film Development News

Steven Spielberg's Next Movie: 'American Sniper'

Spielberg will adapt American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History as his next directing project; Bradley Cooper is set as the lead and developed the project as a producer. (THR)

Spotlight Interview: Living the Dream with ‘Frances Ha’

SSN catches up with Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner ahead of IFC Films’ May 17 release of Baumbach’s latest film Frances Ha. (SSN)

Indie Summer: Seven That Rise Above the Spectacle

SSN’s look at seven standout independent films bowing this summer. (SSN)

Film Development For 5/2/13: Michael Fassbender & Natalie Portman Set For ‘Macbeth’ Redux

A look at the latest film development news. (SSN)

California Fires: Ventura County Blaze Could Reach Pacific Ocean

The National Weather Service issues a red-flag warning today for most of Southern California as wildfire burns over 2,000 acres in less than five hours; rising temperatures and Santa Ana winds could send the blaze toward the Pacific Coast Highway. (LAT)

Replacement Sought As TruTV Boss Mark Juris Exits

Steve Koonin announced that EVP & CFO Juris has left the company; exit comes just two weeks after TruTV’s upfront presentation. (THR)

Disney Interactive NewFront: New Shows, Vevo Pact

Among its new offerings, Disney Interactive co-president James Pitaro touted Disney’s $10 - $15M investment in original content for YouTube, garnering over 2 billion views since November 2011. (AA)

‘Daily Beast’ Fires Media Critic Howie Kurtz

Editor-in-chief Tina Brown tweeted Kurtz’s departure from the company, ostensibly for error reporting in the Jason Collins coming out story; Kurtz is a former Washington Post critic of 20 years and current CNN reporter. (DH)

Conde Nast Intros 30 Web Series, Promises to Pay to Promote Them

Television veteran Dawn Ostroff led Conde Nast’s NewFront presentation with clips of branded shows from Conde Nast’s publishing titles; Ostroff also compared web show frontier to basic cable landscape circa 1993. (AA)

Remembering the Great Stand-up Sitcom Boom (and Bust) of the Nineties

A retrospective of the stand-up sitcom rush that turned club comedians into household names. (VUL)


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