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‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl BO

'Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies' Posts Solid Opening Day At Overseas B.O.

2ND UPDATE, TUESDAY 4 AM PT: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a… Read


Berlin Announces International Jury

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The Berlin International Film Festival, which opens Feb 5 with Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night, has announced its international jury line-up, with Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner joining Jury President Darren Aronofsky. This year’s jury has a typically cosmopolitan composition with leading German actor Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin; Rush) joined by Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), producer… Read


Russian Spy Ring News Blends Into ‘The Americans’ & ‘Allegiance’ Marketing


It is as if the feds are working for the marketing departments of FX and NBC. Two days before the third season premiere of FX’s The Americans and 10 days before the debut of the new NBC drama Allegiance, as the promo campaigns for both shows are in full swing, the Department of Justice today announced the arrest of an alleged Russian spy posing as a Manhattan banker as part of a Russian spy ring-busting operation. The criminal complaint felt straight out of the Cold War… Read


Bear Grylls Set For New ITV Series; Keshet Preps Annual INTV Event: Global Showbiz Briefs

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ITV has commissioned a new Bear Grylls adventure series. He will star in Mission Survive, in which he takes eight celebrities into the depths of one of the most unforgiving Central American rainforests, where they will be competing in a 12-day survival mission. Grylls will guide the celebrities on their punishing assignments, assisted by survival experts Megan Hine and Scott Heffield. One contestant will be eliminated at the end of every episode until there are three… Read


UPDATE: Lionsgate Closes Eli Roth-Keanu Reeves Thriller ‘Knock Knock’ At $2.5 Million


UPDATE: Lionsgate has confirmed it has a closed deal for the Eli Roth-directed Knock Knock, the sexy thriller that stars Keanu Reeves as a married man whose dalliance with a couple of young beauties becomes a nightmare for him. Sources close to the distributor peg the final value of the deal at $2.5 million. There are still numerous strong titles that have deals percolating, including Copcar and Brooklyn, the latter of which just screened. There is still a lot more… Read


Not So Fast On ‘Dying Girl’ Record: FSL Indian Paintbrush Deal Promises Upside, But Not Fest Record


Last night while beating a hasty exit on a red eye flight to get back to New York before the blizzard, I broke news that Fox Searchlight was the lead bidder in a multi-party auction for Me And Earl And The Dying Girl that had two bids at a Sundance record setting $12 million minimum guarantee for worldwide rights. That would have bested several pics that sold for $10 million, including Little Miss Sunshine and Hamlet 2, Spitfire Grill and The Way Way Back. By the time I… Read


NYC Passes Tokyo As Top Entertainment & Media Spender – Report

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The Big Apple took the top spot in 2014 by accounting for $19.7 billion in entertainment and media spending, ahead of Tokyo’s $19.5 billion, according to a report out today from research and consulting firm PwC. NYC likely will remain the industry capital through 2018, with outlays increasing an average of 4.5% a year to $23.6 billion, says the report titled “Cities of Opportunity.” It would be followed by Tokyo (+0.7% a year to $20.1 billion in 2018), London (+3.3% to… Read


‘Rush Hour’, Greg Garcia’s ‘Super Clyde’, Bill Wrubel Pilot Ordered By CBS

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Following Minority Report‘s order by Fox, the other series remake of a blockbuster movie this season is getting a pilot green light. CBS has picked up Rush Hour, co-written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence. It was one of three pilot orders at the network, along with Greg Garcia’s single-camera comedy Super Clyde and Bill Wrubel’s multi-camera Joe Time. Hourlong action comedy Rush Hour, which had a pilot production commitment, was written by Cougar Town co-creator… Read


Nick Jonas Joins Fox Horror-Comedy Anthology ‘Scream Queens’

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Nick Jonas (Kingdom) is set for a recurring role on Scream Queens, the upcoming horror-comedy anthology series from Fox. He joins Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Joe Manganiello, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Ariana Grande in the series from American Horror Story and Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto. Production is set to begin in the spring on the first installment of Scream Queens, in which a college campus which… Read


DreamWorks Animators Await Layoff Word In Industry’s Latest “Roller Coaster” Plunge

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Nervous animators still are waiting to hear whether they'll be among the 250 or so DreamWorks Animation staffers to be pink-slipped at the company's Glendale campus. Studio officials say it's their intent to have "all employees informed of their individual statuses within a few weeks." The layoffs were announced January 22; the next day, Steve Hulett, the longtime business rep of the Animation Guild, headed over to gauge the mood of the workers there. "There were groups… Read


Chevy Chase-Beverly D’Angelo Comedy, Shondaland Drama Among 4 ABC Pilot Orders


ABC added four more pilots to its slate, two comedies and two dramas. All hail from sister studio ABC Studios. The comedies include Chev & Bev, starring National Lampoon's Vacation’s Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, and a half-hour loosely based on the life of boundary-pushing columnist Dan Savage, from DiBonaventura Pictures Television. The dramas are The Catch, from Shondaland and Broad Squad, from Fake Empire. Two of the four pilots, Chev & Bev and Broad Squad, are… Read