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Mega $16 Billion German Media Merger In Works With ProSiebenSat And Axel Springer

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German media titans ProSiebenSat and Axel Springer could be on the verge of a mega $16 billion merger according to reports. The Wall Street Jounal says talks to combine the two companies are at an early stage and could still face regulatory anti-competition hurdles. A previous merger attempt ten years ago between the two companies initiated by Axel Springer was blocked after protests from Germany's media watchdog KEK and the country's anti-trust body. The shifting digital… Read

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Disney Again Dips Into Live-Action Fairy Tales With Prince Charming Spec

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The success of Cinderella and Maleficent has Disney continuing to mine fairy tales for live-action fare. The latest character coming to life on the big screen is Prince Charming, known among other things for courting the titular debutante in Cinderella for Disney during the 1950s. Matt Fogel, who worked with the pre-Lego Movie duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on 2009’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, penned the spec script for the comedy… Read

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China’s Largest Theater Group Enters Movie Merchandising Market

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Wanda Cinemas, China's largest theater group, has partnered with Mtime to build movie merchandising centers in all of Wanda’s top theaters in the country. Mtime is considered China’s leading movie portal and film e-commerce destination with more than 160 million unique monthly users after only opening online in January. The companies also will co-develop an O2O (online-to-offline) model, linking together online and offline users through the integration of… Read

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No ‘Hannibal’ Home On Amazon, Bryan Fuller Says

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More than a week after NBC cancelled Hannibal after three seasons, the cannibal drama still is looking for a new launch pad. While the chances of a Netflix pickup always seemed remote, Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller took to Twitter today to say that Amazon also has passed on picking up the series. Holding exclusive streaming rights to past and current seasons of the show, Amazon did look to many to be a natural home for more of the series based on Thomas Harris… Read

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The One Movie Jerry Weintraub Couldn’t Get Made: On Him, Elvis Presley & Colonel Tom Parker

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Every time I had a conversation with Jerry Weintraub, I felt like I was dialing back in time to ’40s Hollywood and reaching the guy who had Tinseltown at his feet. I look at the most successful young producers today, and they are so understated by comparison, afraid of offending anyone, and they sure don’t seem to have as much fun as Jerry did. My conversations with Jerry always started the same way. I’d call with some scoop on one of his films I wanted to splash in Daily… Read

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Donald Trump Issues New Statement On Mexican Immigrants

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As businesses continue to cut ties to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump – including NBC, Univision and ESPN –  the former Celebrity Apprentice star this afternoon issued another statement, developing his controversial theme about Mexican immigration. In his latest statement, Trump acknowledges “I have lost a lot during this Presidential run” because of his statements about immigrants made in his June 16 campaign announcement, which today he described as “defending… Read

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Hollywood Remembers Super-Producer Jerry Weintraub

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Hollywood is honoring the life of legendary television and film producer Jerry Weintraub, who died today at the age of 77. Here is a sampling of the reactions. Refresh for the latest… George Clooney: "In the coming days there will be tributes, about our friend Jerry Weintraub. We'll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments. And in the years to come the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not… Read

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‘Inside Out’ Steals No. 1 From Dinos At July 4th B.O., ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Pops Viagra On Sunday – Actuals Update

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5TH UPDATE 3:19 PM after 4th 7:06 AM post: The Pixar girl aka Inside Out took victory out of the dinos’ jaws and hit the No. 1 spot at the Fourth of July weekend box office with an estimated $29.77M, kicking Jurassic World to second place with $29.2M. For a second there, especially with Minions on the horizon this weekend, it looked as though Universal was bound to have a five-frame No. 1 streak. Those older women tending to family business on Saturday took Sunday for… Read

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Ouch! Broadway Box Office Slumps 13% For Holiday Week; 12 Shows Off $100K-Plus

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The long July 4 weekend may have seen hot bodies seeking refuge in air-conditioned seats, but they weren’t cooling down in Broadway theaters. The 28 shows were off 13% from the previous week. An impressive 21 of them were down more than $50K; indeed, 12 shows came up more than $100K short of the week before: Beautiful, at the Roundabout’s Stephen Sondheim (-$193K); Wicked, at the Nederlander’s Gershwin (-$183K); Something Rotten! at Jujamcyn’s St. James (-$177K); Wolf Hall… Read

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Jerry Weintraub Dies: ‘Karate Kid’ & ‘Ocean’s’ Producer Was The Ultimate Storyteller And Showman

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Jerry Weintraub, the legendary producer who worked with everyone from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and George Clooney and produced films ranging from Oh, God! and the Karate Kid to the Ocean’s Eleven reboot franchise, died this morning of cardiac arrest in a Santa Barbara hospital. He was 77. Weintraub, a great friend of President George H.W. Bush, also was an executive producer on HBO’s new comedy The Brink. Weintraub was the considered the ultimate… Read

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Emily Kinney Joins ‘Masters Of Sex'; Jonathan Silverman In ‘Getting On’

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The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney has joined the third season of Showtime’s Masters Of Sex in a multi-episode arc. Set in 1966, Season 3 finds the famed duo of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study finally is unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and Johnson's work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving… Read

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Donald Trump Immigration Stance Costs Him ESPN’s ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic

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More fallout for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over his comments about immigrants from Mexico. ESPN said this afternoon that it is moving its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic on July 14 from Trump National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach: "We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice. This charity outing benefits The V Foundation's Stuart Scott… Read