Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nominee reaction: Letty Aronson

Producer Letty Aronson has labored with brother, Woodsy Allen, since 1994's "Bullets Over Broadway," however the best picture nom for "Night time in Paris" is her first. "He's fun to utilize. He's completely reasonable," she stated of dealing with the notoriously idiosyncratic helmer. "What is better dealing with your brother?" Among her favorite areas of the operation is watching the script be changed to images on screen. "I really like imagining after which really seeing what it really appears like at the disposal of someone together with his creative genius," she stated. "It assumes another dimension together with his vision." Contact the range newsroom at news@variety.com

Friday, January 20, 2012

TV Land developing Sherri Shepherd comedy

TV Land is developing a laffer to star Sherri Shepherd round the heels of her guest arc on "Hot in Cleveland." Project can be a femme buddy comedy featuring Shepherd and her nearest friend from secondary school, that are reunited after a period apart. The friend eventually ends up helping Shepherd's character manage a weight-loss center. Christine Zander ("Nurse Jackie") and Cindy Caponera ("Shameless") are co-writing the script and may professional produce, along with Nina Wass and Shepherd. Project is specific being among three or four aircraft aircraft pilots that TV Land hopes to shoot inside the summer season, using the goal of having a completely new skein or two ready to preem later this year or possibly at the begining of 2013. Shepherd, an ordinary on ABC's daytime yakker "The Scene,In . charmed TV Land brass along with her recent guest stint round the cabler's cornerstone scripted original, "Cleveland." She's stood a recurring role on NBC's "30 Rock" lately. She also toplined a very long time laffer, "Sherri," last year. Wass and Caponera also done "Sherri." Contact Cynthia Littleton at cynthia.littleton@variety.com

Monday, January 2, 2012

Cruises Mission Maintains Altitude With $38.3M

First Published: January 2, 2012 3:57 PM EST Credit: Paramount LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Caption Tom Cruise in a poster for Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolTom Cruise is off to a good start for the new year with a second-straight No. 1 weekend at the box office. Cruises Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol took in an estimated $38.3 million domestically over the long holiday weekend from Friday to Monday. That raised its total to $141.2 million. Ghost Protocol also pulled in $37 million overseas to push its international total to $225.3 million and worldwide haul to $366.5 million. The movie helped lift distributor Paramount to a record $5.17 billion in worldwide box office for 2011, topping the previous high of $4.8 billion set by Warner Bros. in 2010. Paramounts 2011 hits included Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which took in $1.1 billion worldwide, along with Thor, 'Captain America: The First Avenger, 'Kung Fu Panda 2, 'Puss in Boots and Rango. Finishing second again for the weekend was Robert Downey Jr.s SherlockHolmes: A Game of Shadows with $26.5 million. The family sequel Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked came in third with $21 million. Rounding out the top-five were Steven Spielbergs War Horse at No. 4 with $19.2 million and David Finchers The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo just behind at No. 5 with $19 million. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are: 1. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Paramount, $38,325,000, 3,455 locations, $11,093 average, $141,214,000, three weeks. 2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros., $26,510,000, 3,703 locations, $7,159 average, $136,514,000, three weeks. 3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Fox, $21,000,000, 3,724 locations, $5,639 average, $97,359,335, three weeks. 4. War Horse, Disney, $19,219,000, 2,547 locations, $7,546 average, $45,248,000, two weeks. 5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Sony, $19,000,000, 2,914 locations, $6,520 average, $60,011,000, two weeks. 6. We Bought a Zoo, Fox, $16,500,000, 3,163 locations, $5,217 average, $43,987,317, two weeks. 7. The Adventures of Tintin, Paramount, $15,000,000, 3,087 locations, $4,859 average, $50,841,000, two weeks. 8. New Years Eve, Warner Bros., $7,735,000, 2,225 locations, $3,476 average, $47,397,000, four weeks. 9. The Darkest Hour, Summit, $5,250,000, 2,327 locations, $2,256 average, $14,228,000, two weeks. 10. The Descendants, Fox Searchlight, $4,250,000, 758 locations, $5,607 average, $40,274,646, seven weeks. 11. The Muppets, Disney, $3,782,000, 1,541 locations, $2,454 average, $83,649,000, six weeks. 12. Hugo, Paramount, $3,150,000, 951 locations, $3,312 average, $50,165,000, six weeks. 13. Young Adult, Paramount, $2,700,000, 987 locations, $2,736 average, $12,667,000, four weeks. 14. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Summit, $2,650,000, 1,411 locations, $1,878 average, $276,094,901, seven weeks. 15. The Sitter, Fox, $2,255,000, 1,348 locations, $1,673 average, $26,899,061, four weeks. 16. The Artist, Weinstein Co., $1,664,500, 167 locations, $9,967 average, $5,400,000, six weeks. 17. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Focus, $1,428,726, 57 locations, $25,065 average, $4,298,998, four weeks. 18. My Week With Marilyn, Weinstein Co., $1,173,933, 630 locations, $1,863 average, $9,184,000, six weeks. 19. Puss in Boots, Paramount, $1,015,000, 389 locations, $2,609 average, $145,767,000, 10 weeks. 20. Arthur Christmas, Sony, $900,000, 1,524 locations, $591 average, $46,118,000, six weeks. Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.