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‘USS Indianapolis’ Production Delayed After Vintage Plane Waterlogged

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Beachgoers at Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast got a surfside view this week when a vintage Navy PBY plane used during filming of USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage landed offshore and began to take on water. No one was injured and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued safely. Production on the movie, which stars Nicolas Cage, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter and Tom Sizemore, was halted temporarily during efforts to save the flying boat that ultimately broke apart during… Read

Film

New ‘Ant-Man’ UK TV Spot Shrinks, Grows, Rehashes

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It’s entirely coincidental, since today isn’t exactly a holiday for the Brits, but we’ll call it a July 4 diversion anyway. Here’s a brand new UK TV spot for Marvel’s upcoming heist-heavy Superhero shindig, Ant-Man. There’s plenty you’ve seen before, though this trailer has some expanded scenes that reveal a bit more context for previously seen stuff. Particularly, we have a closer idea of what Cory Stoll’s Yellowjacket is unhappy about. Enjoy, and if you can, enjoy it… Read

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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Director Search Continues Without Ava DuVernay

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Marvel has been absolutely mum on the matter of just who might end up helming the Black Panther film adaptation, planned for 2018, but that hasn’t stopped the wild speculation train from barreling out of the station full speed. Case in point, recent rumors over the last month claiming that Selma director Ava DuVernay was a frontrunner for the job. A cool idea to be sure — Selma is fantastic. But though DuVernay did talk to Marvel, she’s confirmed in an interview with Essen… Read

Box Office

‘Inside Out’ May Win Day, But Not Weekend; ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Grosses Stripped Down – Friday B.O. Matinees

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UPDATED, 1:32 PM: Wham Bam, Thank You Sir … that’s what the box office performance so far of Magic Mike XXL looks like right now as it came out strong in previews with $9.3M but is now petering out and looks lucky at this point to pull in a $20M three-day. In matinees right now, all three other films — Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, Universal Pictures Jurassic World and Paramount Pictures’ Terminator: Genisys — are basically doubling their grosses from yesterday. But, Magic Mi… Read

Business

Is Chicago’s “Netflix Tax” A Web Scourge Or One Way To Level The Playing Field?

LOS GATOS, CA - JANUARY 22:  A sign is posted in front of the Netflix headquarters on January 22, 2014 in Los Gatos, California. Netflix will report fourth quarter earnings today after the closing bell.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This week the City of Chicago amended its amusement tax rules among others to include a 9% “cloud tax” on digital entertainment streaming services. Taking effect September 1, it will include everything from rentals of shows, movies, videos, music and games to e-commerce transactions to online gambling. That of course means services like movie and TV hub Netflix and music services like Spotify will be officially taxed inside the Windy City’s limits. The city would collect… Read

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‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ Over: There Will Be No Season 2 On NBC

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A.D. The Bible Continues will not be continuing. NBC is not commenting, but it is understood that the network has opted not to go forward with a second installment of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s follow-up to their blockbuster miniseries The Bible. I hear the cast has been informed of the decision. Given the success of The Bible and Burnett’s track record, while A.D. was initially announced as an event series, it had been envisioned as a potentially continuing… Read

Film

‘Creed’-Inspired Change.Org Petition Successfully Trolls, Wins Internet

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If you were wowed this week by the excellent first trailer for Creed, the upcoming Rocky spinoff starring Michael B. Jordan, you’re not alone. The story of how the son of Rocky’s rival/best friend/trainer Apollo (who died in 1985’s Rocky IV) becomes a boxer in his own right looks fantastic. But lost in the outpouring of praise is the fact that the mononym “Creed” already belongs to the now-defunct Christian/Alternative band led by Scott Stapp. Won’t someone think about… Read

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‘Big Brother’ Ratings Top Night Of Holiday Declines, ‘Hannibal’ & ‘Rookie Blue’ Even

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With most of America getting ready for the long Fourth of July weekend, primetime television took a bit of a backseat last night. Almost everyone was down and so was overall usage among adults 18-49, which took an 8% decline from last week. Let's actually give shout-outs where shout-outs are due: the still cancelled Hannibal (0.4/1), the second week of the sixth season of Rookie Blue (0.6/2), and Beauty And The Beast (0.2/1) all bucked the trend to stay even with their… Read

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‘Humans’ Series Premiere Ratings Grow To 2.5M In L+3

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AMC’s sci-fi drama Humans clocked 2.5 million total viewers in Live+3 for its June 28 series premiere, up 43% from Live+Same Day. In the key demos, it scored 1.2 million adults 25-54, up 50% from Live+SD, and 1.0 million adults 18-49, up 52% from L+SD, according to Nielsen stats. As noted previously, the debut of Humans was just over 30% of what it got in the UK when the Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley-written series launched there on June 14. The first showing of the… Read

Box Office

‘Terminator: Genisys’ Pulls In $27.9M And Is Running Ahead Of ‘Ghost Protocol’ – International Box Office

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With a number of big titles in the international marketplace — holdovers Jurassic World, Minions, and Inside Out and Ted 2, Terminator: Genisys expanded from its last weekend bow in 10 small markets and is now in a total of 38 territories. It took in just around $9.98M last night in 10,326 locations for distributor Paramount Pictures. Its total so far is $27.97M in about 14 days of release. It bowed last night in Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico, Russia and the UK. The… Read

Business

Canal Plus CEO Rodolphe Belmer Out And Replaced By Maxime Saada

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Canal Plus CEO Rodolphe Belmer has been ousted from his post following a meeting today by the French pay TV giant’s Supervisory Board, on the recommendation of Bertrand Méheut, chairman of Canal Plus' management board. Belmer will be replaced by Maxime Saada, who joined Canal Plus in 2001 and previously served as EVP of the Canal Plus Group and and head of Pay-TV. The board also appointed Grégoire Castaing, Canal Plus CFO, to Canal Plus' management board. It promises to… Read

International

‘Hello Kitty’ To Be Turned Into Film For 2019 Release

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Iconic Japanese brand Hello Kitty, famous globally for the red-bowed cat with six symmetrical whiskers, is getting her own film adaptation. Japanese lifestyle company Sanrio is planning to finance and produce a feature based on the character and release it globally in 2019. The film will go through Sanrio’s recently established U.S. subsidiary. The project will have an expected budget of anywhere from $160 million-$240 million, including P&A, according to Sanrio… Read