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‘Boo 2!’ To Shut Down Expensive ‘Geostorm’ In Crowded Weekend – Box Office Preview

For the second weekend in a row, a low budget movie is going to take out an exorbitantly-budgeted one for the top spot. Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloweenthe sequel to last autumn’s surprise hit, is expected to make $20M-$25M in a very crowded weekend that includes such wide entries as Warner Bros./Skydance Media’s $120M-plus disaster film GeostormUniversal/Working Title’s The Snowman, Sony/Black Label Media’s forest firefighter movie Only the… Read

Awards News

Diana Ross To Receive American Music Award For Lifetime Achievement

Diana Ross will receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement during the awards broadcast on ABC next month. The honor was announced by Dick Clark Productions and ABC today. Ross is a seven-time AMA winner, and hosted the show in 1986 and 1987. The live broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles is set for Sunday, November 19, at 8 pm ET on ABC. The former Supreme is expected to perform during the broadcast. "I have endless memories of all the years… Read

Awards News

George Saunders’ ‘Lincoln In The Bardo’ Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders’ riveting novel of American history, cemetery ghosts and and lives cut tragically short, has won the prestigious 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. 'The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative,” said Baroness Lola Young, Chair of the judges. “This tale of the haunting and haunted souls in the afterlife of Abraham Lincoln's young son paradoxically creates a vivid and… Read


‘House Of Cards’ Not Only TV Show Binged By Russian Trolls, Jordan Klepper Reveals

Jordan Klepper

Jordan Klepper’s The Opposition poked fun at Yahoo’s report claiming a Russian troll factory forced workers to watch Netflix’s House of Cards. Report author Michael Isikoff said he’d learned from a former troll that they binged the series, in English, in order “to know all the main problems of the United States of America. Tax problems, the problem of gays, sexual minorities, weapons." Klepper bit: “But that's just the tip of the iceberg,” he said, conspiratorially… Read


Donald Trump: “I Have Proof” Dem Rep “Fabricated” His Words To Soldier’s Widow

Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to punch back at the Democratic Congresswoman who claims Trump told the grieving widow of a soldier killed in Niger “I’m sure he knew what he was signed up for, but when it happens, it hurts anyway.” Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was with the widow of La David Johnson when she got the call from Trump as the widow was on her way to pick up his remains. Johnson was killed earlier this month in an ambush for which ISIS has… Read


Critical Content Takes Stake In UK’s Renowned Films – Mipcom

In a move towards international, LA-based Critical Content has made a strategic investment in UK production company Renowned Films. Founded in 2012, Renowned makes unscripted, factual entertainment, features and documentaries for TV and digital. Back in 2015, Channel 4 took a share of the company that was launched by BBC radio host Duane Jones along with Max Welch and Tim Withers. The terms of the deal call for Critical to acquire the Renowned stake owned by Channel 4's… Read


‘Skam’: Facebook Watch Orders U.S. Version Of Norwegian Teen Hit – Mipcom

Back in December, Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment said it was making an English-language version of hit Scandi teen drama Shame (Skam). Today at Mipcom, Facebook’s Head of Global Creative Strategy, Ricky Van Veen, said the company is teaming with Fuller to bring the series to its newly-launched Facebook Watch. The show, which debuted on NRK platforms in 2015, uses narratives in real time with unknown actors and scripts that are geared to a 16 year-old audience with a… Read


Nielsen Adds Netflix Ratings, With NBCU, Disney-ABC, A+E And Five Other Content Players Onboard

Nielsen’s ongoing efforts to measure viewing of video content across screens and devices–which have hit a few bumps as the stakes have gotten higher for the TV business–are taking a significant step forward with the offering of a syndicated solution for viewing on subscription video on demand. Specifically, that means tracking shows as they play on Netflix. Customers at launch include NBCUniversal, Disney-ABC, A+E Networks, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. Television and three… Read


Eurosport Teams With Snap In Olympics Content Partnership – Mipcom

Discovery Communications' Eurosport and Snap, Inc have entered a strategic advertising and content agreement that will bring Snapchat users coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. This is the first time that Snap has committed to a European, multi-language deal for the Olympics. The Olympics content will include behind-the-scenes action from events such as snowboarding, downhill and freestyle skiing and ice hockey — as well as from athletes and… Read


David Letterman Tells Jimmy Kimmel His Side Of Conan Story About Crazy Horse

On Night 2 of his visit to Brooklyn, Jimmy Kimmel heard David Letterman's side of the Crazy Horse Named Dave Story, with which Conan O'Brien regaled Stephen Colbert last Friday on Late Show. "For the purpose of this conversation I have nothing but the highest regard for all of the talk show men and women – even Jimmy Fallon. I'll include him," Letterman said on Jimmy Kimmel Live, setting the ground rules. When Letterman left left Late Show a couple years back, he sent his… Read


‘Roseanne’ Revival: ABC Shares First Photo Of Cast At Table Read

The first photos of the upcoming Roseanne revival have hit the internet and there are some familiar and new faces — and all of them seem to be laughing and having a good time. The photos of the familiar set from the original series, which were posted on the official Roseanne Twitter account, features original cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Sarah Gilbert, and Becky No. 1 and 2 Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke — although Chalke will… Read


Actor’s Key Co-Founders Plead No Contest to Charging Actors for Auditions

Katherine Shaw and Kristen Caldwell, co-owners of The Actor's Key, have pleaded no contest to charges brought by the City Attorney that they charged actors for auditions in violation of the state's Talent Scam Prevention Act. All charges were dropped, however, against Jessica Gardner, who was their office manager. All three vehemently deny that they did anything illegal. The Actor's Key, which filed for bankruptcy and went out of business in February, also pleaded no… Read