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Mark Gordon Teaming With ProSieben On ‘Darkness Falls’ Procedural – Mipcom

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EXCLUSIVE: While Mark Gordon-produced series are popular the world over, Darkness Falls marks the first time the prolific Mark Gordon Company is reaching into the international co-production space. MGC and Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland are in the final stages of negotiations for the development of the procedural that’s based on an original script by Erica Messer (Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The O.C.) and Janine Sherman Barrios (Criminal… Read


F. Gary Gray Expected To Direct ‘Furious 8’

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EXCLUSIVE: After a meeting that took place tonight between Furious franchise star Vin Diesel and Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, Diesel posted a picture of himself and the director on his Facebook page. We understand that that the two have agreed to work together on Furious 8. Gray was said to be Universal’s first choice. Not surprising given that the helmer directed the studio’s N.W.A biopic to both critical raves and to $200M worldwide to date. Here’s the… Read


ABC Buys Legal Drama ‘Conviction’ From Mark Gordon Company As Put Pilot

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On the heels of the strong premiere of the Mark Gordon Co.-produced new ABC drama Quantico, Gordon has set up a new drama project at ABC. The network has given a put pilot commitment to Conviction, a legal drama from the now-independent Mark Gordon Co., which is backed by Entertainment One. Conviction is co-created by Liz Friedman (Elementary, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), who will write the project, and Liz Friedlander (The Following), who will direct the potential… Read


Petitioners Demand Apology For Theft Of Artifacts By ‘Maze Runner’ Cast

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials co-star Dylan O’Brien might have thought his played-out joke about Native American burial curses would provoke laughs during a recent appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael, but a possible PR migraine for 20th Century Fox resulted instead, after O’Brien’s admission that he and other cast members looted Pueblo artifacts while filming scenes for the movie in New Mexico last year. Now a Care2 petition is demanding an apology from the cast… Read

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‘The Martian’ Opens To $44.6M, Will Pass $100M Worldwide Today – Int’l Box Final

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UPDATED, Monday, 6:35 PM: Warner Bros., sent grosses for its comedy The Intern in a report filled with exclamation points and a Taiwanese slip up (see below) as well as the Hugh Jackman starring Pan which goes wide to 52 markets next weekend; Lionsgate reported for its sleeper hit Sicario. We put in very curious final numbers for TWC’s Southpaw. Every week waiting for Sony is like watching ice melt, water boil, grass grow, paint chip. Sony at 6:20 PM finally reported… Read

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‘Martian’ 2nd-Best Opening For October, Damon & Scott Despite Losing Fuel Sunday; Verdi Trips ‘Walk’ – B.O. Postmortem


Monday update, 5:57PM: 20th Century’s The Martian came in slightly lower for the weekend from where the studio and the industry saw it yesterday, $54.3M in actuals versus its Sunday AM projection of $55M. Still, the Ridley Scott-directed movie drove total weekend ticket sales toward a damn good weekend of $151.4M per Rentrak, up 10% from a week ago and a 1% from a year ago — when Gone Girl made $37.5M, exciting older women and warning men to stay away from type A… Read


‘Gotham’ EP On Tonight’s Joker Origin Shocker & Honoring The Batman Legacy

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's episode of Gotham EXCLUSIVE: In a move that many shows would have saved for a season finale, the Batman backstory series tonight laid some new tracks for the origins of the Caped Crusader's archenemy. Having teased and toyed out the emergence of the Joker since the last half of Gotham's first season, Monday's third episode of the self-titled Rise Of The Villains second season of the Fox drama added a whole new twist… Read


How NRA Second Amendment Paranoia, Money, Cowed Pols Make Next Massacre Inevitable: Commentary


Days after nine people were massacred on an Oregon college campus, TV news people and politicians were doing the proverbial rearranging of deck chairs on the Titanic. CNN was refusing to name to killer to cut down on his notoriety; pundits went back and forth on the need for spending on mental health; and national politicians were silent on the need for meaningful gun control regulations, except for some like presidential aspirant Jeb Bush who said, simply, “Stuff… Read


Roger Bart Joins ‘Graves’ On Epix; Tembi Locke In USA Pilot ‘Shooter’

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Revenge alum Roger Bart has landed a recurring role opposite Nick Nolte in Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. In Graves, 20 years after his presidency, former President Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades. So, along with his young assistant, he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration's wrongs just as his wife, the former First Lady… Read


Harvey Weinstein & BBC Debut ‘War And Peace’ Footage, Talk Future Collaborations – Mipcom

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Akin to the previews The Weinstein Company does of its Oscar-caliber movies during the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein held a special buyers-only screening of 20 minutes of footage from upcoming miniseries War And Peace tonight at Mipcom. In attendance for the showing were BBC exec producers Faith Penhale, Bethan Jones and writer/exec producer Andrew Davies. Stars Lily James, Tuppence Middleton and Stephen Rea were also there to revel in the first time they’d seen… Read


Does Lionsgate Have Starz In Its Eyes?


Starz shares are up more than 10% and Lionsgate’s are up more than 6.5% in post-market trading today after the Los Angeles Times reported that the companies are in “advanced talks” to merge. The story offers no deal terms for what it describes as a merger. If any talks bear fruit, though, then Lionsgate likely would end up being the buyer. The studio has a market value of $5.7 billion vs Starz’s $3.8 billion. The report says that Lionsgate would run a combined… Read


Nancy Drew Drama Series In Works At CBS

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CBS has put in development a drama series based on the Nancy Drew character from the iconic mystery book series. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy exec producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will co-write the adaptation and will executive produce with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (American Beauty). Nick Nantell, SVP of The Dan Jinks Company, who brought in the project, will be a producer.  CBS Television Studios, where Rater &  Phelan as well as Jinks are under an overall deal… Read