Denis Leary, creator of firefighter drama Rescue Me, has signed on to develop and co-write a new series for USA. Based on the British series Sirens, Leary’s new half-hour comedy will follow a team of paramedics, who presumably encounter all kinds of hilarious antics and meaningful personal problems while saving lives.
While Leary may write for the series, he is not expected to star, according to USA senior VP Bill McGoldrick. "This is not a vehicle for Denis, and smartly I think," McGoldrick said. "I don’t think you necessarily want to see him as the lead of a show so soon after Rescue Me, but ... after we get the script where we want it there may be more of a supporting thing."
The series seems a natural fit for Leary’s writing talents. His program Rescue Me, which is currently entering its seventh and final season, tackles similar themes, and has been praised for its realistic depictions of fires and other emergency calls. Leary’s darkly humorous style may not translate as well from the edgy FX to the more family-friendly USA, but the limits of the network may tone back some of Rescue Me’s more over-the-top story lines.
Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) will co-write the project- Daybreak Pictures’ Hal Vogel and David Aukin, and Apostle’s Jim Serpico will executive produce.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
February 23, 2010 4:51am EST
The UK's Odeon and UCI Cinema Group has decided not to screen Tim Burton's 3D Alice in Wonderland over Disney's plans to release the film on DVD after just 12 weeks.
The exhibitor has confirmed that it will not screen the film in its UK, Irish or Italian chains. However, Variety reports that Disney insiders insist negotiations with Odeon continue.
Odeon does plan to show the film in Spain, Germany, Portugal and Austria, where Disney is planning to observe the normal DVD release window, Screen reports.
An Odeon spokesperson said, "Odeon/UCI has invested considerable sums of money, especially in the UK, over the past twelve months to install digital projection systems in its cinemas to enable customers to enjoy 3D.The popularity of 3D titles meant that last year these films played in Odeon/UCI cinemas for an average of 18 weeks from initial release.
"The proposed reduction in the window on a high profile 3D title like Alice in Wonderland undermines the investment made and will inevitably set a new benchmark, leading to a 12 week window becoming rapidly standard in the UK for the majority of film titles."
Rival chain Cineworld, however, agreed to show the film after reaching an agreement with Disney. The UK's Vue chain is also understood to have reached an agreement with Disney, details of which are due to be announced shortly, the BBC reports.
According to Reuters, analysts say Disney's long-term strategy calls for less reliance on the cinema chains in favor of revenue from Blu-ray video and online distribution.
In the US, negotiations continued this week between Disney and AMC Entertainment, which boasts more than 4,500 screens.
Still, analysts also told Reuters that US theater chains are unlikely to boycott en-masse the year's first blockbuster release.
"AMC's a major exhibitor chain, obviously that makes a difference, but my guess is this (dispute) will be settled close to the opening-day release," analyst Hal Vogel of Vogel Capital Management told Reuters.
"Disney understands the implications of what they're doing," Vogel said. "They're looking to the long-term future, and the long-term future is less reliance on theaters and more reliance on new technology."
Disney told the BBC that one of the main reasons for the decision to shorten the theatrical window was to bring the film to customers more quickly, thereby helping to beat piracy.
The film opens around the globe on March 5.
Film critics' attacks on Pearl Harbor are likely to be as ineffective in the long run as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was 60 years ago, entertainment analysts suggested Thursday. "This is review-proof," Hal Vogel, chief executive of Vogel Capital in New York, told Bloomberg News. "It's bulletproof. The reviews could say it's the worst movie in the world and they will still (come)." At almost $210 per "share," Pearl Harbor carries the heaviest price on the online Hollywood Stock Exchange, where people trade virtual stock in showbiz celebrities, movies and the like. Shares in the film on HSX Thursday rose even as negative reviews continued to pour in. By early Friday morning the Web site Rotten Tomatoes, which posts links to dozens of movie reviews, had tallied 40 negative reviews and just nine positive ones.