Disney Lays Off Hand-Drawn Animation Division


Disney hand-drawn animation veterans given pink slips By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I gotta say, I'm scratching my head with Disney right now. Yeah, I get that with the acquisition of Lucasfilm, that some of the LFL faithful would  be redundant, thus the closing of LucasArts, and yeah, I get … [Read more...]

Comedian Jonathan Winters dead at 87

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Jonathan Winters, whose manic improvisational genius never seemed to take a rest, has died at the age of 87 after a more than 50-year career in stand-up, on television and in film. The burly, moon-faced Winters, a major influence on contemporary comedians like … [Read more...]

Robert Zemeckis, Jamie Foxx team with Syfy for new projects

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By Greg Gilman and Tim Kenneally (TheWrap) "Back to the Future" writer Robert Zemeckis and "Django Unchained" star Jamie Foxx are pairing up with cable network Syfy for separate projects - one, a series about a mysterious gated community, and the other a horror anthology. Zemeckis and Fox … [Read more...]

Better Call Saul: Giancarlo Esposito open to Breaking Bad spinoff

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By Tim Molloy - NEW YORK (TheWrap) Let's get the old gang back together: Giancarlo Esposito says that if "Breaking Bad" does a "Better Call Saul" spinoff, he'd be open to appearing on it. Bob Odenkirk, who plays criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, tells Vulture that "Breaking Bad" creator Vince … [Read more...]

Chloe Sevigny Serial-Killer Drama Gets Greenlight From A&E

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By Tim Kenneally (TheWrap) - A&E has given the go-ahead to "Those Who Kill," a scripted drama that will star "Big Love" alum Chloe Sevigny and "Hitchcock" star James D'Arcy, the network said. "Those Who Kill," which has been given a 10-episode order, will star Sevigny as Catherine Jensen, a … [Read more...]

NAB: Vince Pace Insists Glasses-Free 3D Is Imminent

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Despite sales of 3D TVs dwindling in recent times, it seems James Cameron still believes the medium is the future of broadcasting. At NAB yesterday, the director's business partner Vince Pace, part owner of Cameron Pace Group (CPG), stated that the arrival of … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Shows Off DaVinci Resolve 10 at NAB


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Blackmagic Design is showcasing a pair of software utilities here at NAB including native 4K support and a new utility called Scopes, in DaVinci Resolve 10. The software update will enable color correctors who rely on 6G-SDI technology to take advantage of a trio of … [Read more...]

NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly” renewed for 13th season

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By Tim Kenneally - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) Looks like Alec Baldwin might not be getting an NBC late-night show anytime soon. "Last Call With Carson Daly" has been renewed for a 13th season, NBC said, despite reports that former "30 Rock" star Baldwin was in early talks to host a late-night show for … [Read more...]

MTV cancels “Buckwild” reality series after cast member’s death

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) MTV has canceled the rural-life reality series "Buckwild" following the accidental death of one of its lead cast members, the U.S. television network said on Wednesday. Cast member Shain Gandee, 21, and two others died last week from carbon monoxide poisoning after Gandee's … [Read more...]

Fox vs. Aereo: How Networks Keep Boosting Their Adversaries

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By Tim Molloy - NEW YORK (TheWrap) On Monday, Fox executive Chase Carey threatened to turn the network into a pay-TV operation because of the threat posed by Aereo. In the process, he gave his little-known adversary a huge publicity boost. What's Aereo, people wondered, and why does Fox find it … [Read more...]

NAB: ARRI Joins Ikegami to Announce Super 35 Broadcast Camera


ARRI XT Line also previewed By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) At their NAB Presser, ARRI showcased a bevy of recently announced digital cameras designed to enhance, not compete, with it's successful Alexa line. The cameras, which include a joint venture with ENG camera company Ikegami, will bring a … [Read more...]

A Revolutionary New Crowdfunding Plan – will Hollywood Cash Follow?

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By Lucas Shaw - NEW YORK (TheWrap) - David Marlett knows how to ask for money. Over the past two decades, the lawyer has raised more than $100 million for oil companies, gas companies and real-estate developers to fund new projects. Yet while those deals "put bread on the table," he describes … [Read more...]

Fox threatens to become cable channel amid Aereo dispute

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By Liana B. Baker - LAS VEGAS (Reuters) News Corp's Fox TV network raised the stakes in its battle with Web startup Aereo Inc on Monday, threatening to remove itself from the free airwaves entirely and become a cable channel if courts do not shut down the online TV service. The comments by News … [Read more...]

Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D Gets New Title & Synopsis

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) After the billion dollar success of Joss Whedon's The Avengers last summer, news that the filmmaker intended to adapt Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. for TV sent fans into a frenzy. Now, with the pilot already wrapped, a new title and synopsis have been released by ABC. But, … [Read more...]

Disney child star Annette Funicello dies at age 70


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Annette Funicello, star of Disney's "Mickey Mouse Club" television program in the 1950s, has died, Disney said on Monday. "We're sorry to report beloved Disney Mouseketeer and iconic teen star Annette Funicello has passed away at age 70," the Walt Disney TV and movie … [Read more...]

Dolby and Philips Introduce Dolby 3D Format at NAB 2013


By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and Royal Philips Electronics are introducing the Dolby 3D format at NAB. Dolby 3D format is a new specification for Dolby 3D, that Dolby says will ensure 3D content is delivered to televisions, computers and mobile devices and “accurately … [Read more...]

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