Chelsea Handler: How Trump, Weinstein, #MeToo Changed Gender Politics On Anniversary Of Sundance Womens March – Guest Column
Last year, Chelsea Handler was literally and figuratively on the front lines of the March on Main that dominated the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival, as millions of Americans nationwide took to the streets for Women's Marches protesting Donald Trump's accession to the Presidency and in support of a variety of causes. Handler will not be in Park City for tomorrow’s Respect Rally, but the longtime talk-show host, who announced in October she was stepping back… Read
‘Mr. Mercedes’: Tessa Ferrer Cast In Season 2 Of Audience Network Series
Grey’s Anatomy alumna Tessa Ferrer is set as a series regular opposite Jack Huston in Season 2 of AT&T Audience Network's breakout series Mr. Mercedes. Production begins next month in Charleston, South Carolina, on the Sonar Entertainment-produced Stephen King adaptation.
The second season will be based on King's best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy, which includes Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch.
Season 1 followed a demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Harry… Read
John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer In ‘Small Town Crime’; ‘The Final Year’ Recalls Obama – Specialty B.O. Preview
Even as the Specialty film universe shifts its focus this weekend to Park City’s Sundance Film Festival and then next Wednesday to the Oscar nominations, new limited releases are still making their way into theaters across the country. Saban Films/Lionsgate is rolling out Small Town Crime, which Octavia Spencer executive produced, tapping fellow veteran actors to join the cast of a title that had its debut at last year's SXSW Film Festival.
Magnolia Pictures' documentary A… Read
Amazon Raises Price Of Monthly Prime Memberships By 18% To $12.99
Streaming viewers who pay by the month for Amazon Prime benefits, which include free shipping as well as entertainment offerings, now will pay $12.99 a month.
The new rate is 18% higher than the previous $10.99. The cost of a full-year Prime membership will remain $99 and the yearly rate for students also stays at $49.
The monthly rate hike takes effect today, affecting any monthly renewals after February 18.
High churn rates have been a growing concern for many streaming… Read
Joel McHale Unveils Topical Weekly Show For Netflix
Joel McHale will host new topical series The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on Netflix, launching globally on Sunday, February 18.
McHale announced the new project this morning via Twitter with a “first look” at his new “set.” (See below)
In addition to hosting, McHale is executive producer, along with Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig.
Netflix has ordered 13 episodes to roll out weekly; they will tape Thursdays at Sunset Bronson Studios for Sunday… Read
Jimmy Kimmel Teaches Donald Trump How To Do “Dishonest & Corrupt” Awards
President Donald Trump’s first annual Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards were a nice thought, but lousy on execution, Jimmy Kimmel noted on his ABC late night show. Trump had tweeted a link to a list of “winners” on GOP.com, which immediately crashed and showed only the message: “404 Error: Don’t worry we’re making it great again” for more than an hour.
To demonstrate to Trump how it should be done, Jimmy Kimmel Live held its first annual Dishonest & Corrupt President… Read
Turner & Warner Bros Team Up To Launch Movie SVOD Service FilmStruck Globally
Warner Bros and Turner have teamed up to launch movie streaming service FilmStruck internationally with its first launch in the UK coming over the next few weeks. The two companies are planning to roll out the joint venture, which is currently available in the U.S. from $6.99 per month, across a number of global territories.
The service, which is overseen by Turner International's Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN), will… Read
GLAAD Media Awards Nominees: ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘This Is Us’ Among Those Recognized
The nominations for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced today with awards season favorites Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird as well as television standouts This Is Us and The Handmaid’s Tale getting recognized for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. The ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 5 at the New York Hilton… Read
‘Dunkirk’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Three Billboards’ Among Casting Society Artios Award Winners
The Casting Society of America has announced the winners of the 33rd Annual Artios Awards. Dunkirk, Lady Bird, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, are among the film winners, while Black Mirror, Atlanta and Big Little Lies are among the TV victors. The ceremony took place Thursday night in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Tig Notaro, and in New York City at Stage 48 hosted by Bridget Everett.
Last year’s big budget winners were La La Land and Hi… Read
‘Den Of Thieves’ & ’12 Strong’ Draw Close To $1M On Thursday Night, But ‘Jumanji’ Will Win The Weekend
For the third weekend in a row, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is expected to slot No. 1 in its fifth go-round at the box office with $15M-$16M as wide entries 12 Strong from Alcon/Black Label Media/Warner Bros. and Den of Thieves from STXfilms and Diamond Film Productions hit the marquee.
Den of Thieves drew a solid $950K last night in its Thursday night shows and will play at 2,432 locations with an eye at a three-day in the high single digits. Den of… Read
MoviePass Launches MoviePass Ventures: Subsidiary Will Co-Acquire Films With Distributors – Sundance
MoviePass is getting into the film finance end of the business. The monthly movie ticket subscription service announced today that they’re launching MoviePass Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary founded to co-acquire films with film distributors.
The announcement was made at The Sundance Film Festival during MoviePass' content series Off-Script: The Future of Film to a room of filmmakers, producers, directors, investors, distributors, and other industry executives.
Starz Files Petitions With FCC To Get Network Put Back On Altice Cable Systems
UPDATED with Altice response. As the Starz-Altice USA carriage dispute drags on, the Lionsgate-owned network has filed two separate petitions with the FCC that aim to force the cable company to restore it on New York-area Optimum systems.
The No. 2 premium network has been dark for Optimum’s 4.9 million customers since Jan. 1.
The petitions request the FCC to force Altice to restore carriage of Starz, Starz Encore and Movieplex for the 30-day notice period required under… Read