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FX Acquires ‘Jumanji’, ‘Transformers’, ‘Murder On the Orient Express’, ‘All the Money In the World’ & More Movies

FX continues to stock up on big movie titles. FX was an early adopter of the strategy, opting to spend the bulk of its acquisition budget on theatrical films instead of off-network shows. Along with original content, which is the main ratings driver for any network, movies have been a solid viewership generator on basic cable. As one industry observer noted, “With the exception of The Big Bang Theory, movies are the best-performing acquired content on TV hands down.”   FX… Read


Super Bowl Ad Rates Have Soared 87% In 10 Years Even With More Clutter: Study

2017 NFL schedule release

Rates for a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl have soared 87% since 2008 despite a significant uptick in the number of spots and the length of ad pods, according to an analysis by Kantar Media. Brands paid an average of $2.8 million for an ad in 2008, but last year that number exceeded $5 million. Clutter has increased more than 20% over the past decade. Last year's game featured 102 total spots (including network promos), covering 51 minutes and 30 seconds between the… Read


Morgan Neville On His Mister Rogers Sundance Docu, New Netflix Series & Civility

Morgan Neville Mr Rogers Sundance

"I'll tell you, when I started documentaries were the spinach of filmmaking, and now they're the cool kids," Morgan Neville said on the eve of his latest Sundance Film Festival debut Won't You Be My Neighbor? "The kind of freedom we have as filmmakers now, whether in terms of getting funding or just distribution, has just made it night and day from where it was even 10 years ago," the Oscar winner adds. A longtime veteran of the Robert Redford-founded fest, Neville will… Read


A New Day For Sundance Ride-Share Post-Uber Helicopter Fiasco As Lyft Pulls In

This year Lyft is the official ride-share sponsor at the Sundance Film Festival and with that brings plenty of convenience for festival goers after they were spoiled by an Uber hub adjacent to Main Street two years ago, then left without any ride-share pick-up/drop-off point last January. That situation proved to be a mess. Park City, Utah was dumped on with a bottomless amount of snow during the fest’s first weekend. Making situations even worse was the fact that most of… Read


Los Angeles Makes Amazon’s Shortlist For HQ2

Los Angeles is among the 20 metropolitan areas to make Amazon’s shortlist for its $5 billion second corporate headquarters. Amazon said it chose from among 238 submissions and will work with each location in the coming months to dig deeper into the proposals and plans to make a decision by the end of the year. "Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," said Holly Sullivan, Amazon public policy. "Through this… Read


‘The Bold Type’ Ups Nikohl Boosheri & Stephen Conrad Moore to Regulars; Sets Season 2 Premiere

Freeform has set 8 PM, Tuesday, June 12 for the Season 2 premiere of The Bold Type. In addition, Nikohl Boosheri and Stephen Conrad Moore, who recurred in Season 1, have been promoted to series regulars. The network announced the news during its first Freeform Summit in Hollywood. Boosheri returns as Adena and Moore is Scarlet's fashion director, Oliver. The Bold Type, from Universal TV and The District, follows the lives of three close friends living in New York City as… Read


Netflix Seals Deal For ‘Sierra Burgess Is A Loser’


Netflix has acquired rights to Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, the high school twist on the Cyrano de Bergerac tale that was produced and financed by Black Label Media. Stranger ThingsShannon Purser stars in the romantic comedy. The movie will bow on the streaming service later this year. The pic penned by Lindsay Beer and directed by Ian Samuels centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case… Read


‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’: Freeform Releases Footage, Sets Premiere Date

It all starts with a spilled beer. With this new clip from Freeform’s upcoming Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger series – set for a June 7 premiere – newcomers to the teenage superhero saga can see the very beginning of the adventure. To sum up: Girl spills drink on boy, girl steals boy’s wallet, boy chases girl, girl’s hand begins to glow. Well, here’s Freeform’s lengthier logline, or watch the trailer above: Marvel's Cloak & Dagger is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and… Read


‘Siren’ Teaser: Freeform Splashes New Trailer, Cast Photo Of Mermaid Thriller

If this teaser trailer is anything to go on, Siren is not going to float anywhere near Daryl Hannah’s mermaid. Premiering on Freeform March 29, Siren is set in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, and the first few seconds of the clip are as lovely as the village’s name, with mermaid swimming gracefully by. Then the dorsal fin pops up, and the claws come out, and those sharp, sharp teeth. Freeform, which released the show info at its first Freeform Summit event of panels and… Read


Bill Cosby Prosecutors Petition To Allow Testimony From 19 More Accusers

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial asked the judge today to allow jurors to hear from 19 additional woman who allege that the veteran comic assaulted them. They say the new testimony would help establish a pattern of abuse by the Cosby Show star. Today’s Motion to Introduce Evidence (read it here) is just the latest legal wrangling in the suburban Philadelphia case centered on former Temple University basketball employee Andrea Constand, who says… Read


Stephany Folsom Tapped To Script ‘Toy Story 4’

Toy Story

EXCLUSIVE: Pixar has put the next adventure of Woody and Buzz Lightyear in the hands of Black List scribe Stephany Folsom. She’s taken over writing the script for Toy Story 4, the latest installment of the juggernaut that helped establish Pixar’s mojo. Who’s Folsom? She made the Black List for a much different and entirely original script called 1969: A Space Odyssey Or: How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On The Moon. An alternate-history story of a publicist… Read


‘Three Identical Strangers’ Clip: Sundance Docu Hits Into Rare Triple Play

Three Identical Strangers

Here’s a wild plot for a film: Three identical triplets are separated at birth, adopted to different sets of parents and raised without awareness of one another. Then via pure chance they are brought together 19 years later. The twist is it’s a movie — but a documentary, not a narrative feature. It’s Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers, which is bowing in the U.S. Documentary section of the Sundance Film Festival. The 1980 reunion of Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and… Read