Perez Hilton Joins ‘The Gossip Table’ On VH1
There will be a change at the table of VH1’s morning panel show The Gossip Table when it returns Oct. 5. Top celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton is set to come on board, replacing InTouch’s Noah Levy. He will join co-hosts Rob Shuter (NaughtybutNiceRob.com), Marianne Garvey (New York Daily News), Chloe Melas (HollywoodLife.com) and Delaina Dixon (Jetmag.com). In addition to his online presence, Hilton has done numerous TV appearances and had his own reality series, Per… Read
‘Vacation’ Sputters In Wednesday Debut – Box Office
The Griswolds have started their latest trip to Walley World slower than expected. Warner Bros./New Line’s Vacation made $3.805M in its opening Wednesday, which includes Tuesday night previews of $1.2M. Despite the low number, it was the top film on Wednesday. Current weekend estimates now see a five-day in the high $20M range. Some exhibitors were reporting a low turnout in theaters last night. Audiences gave the film a B CinemaScore, which is less than other raunchy… Read
Netflix Launches First Film ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ In 19 Landmark Theaters
BREAKING: Moments after Deadline broke news in March that Netflix had acquired the Cary Fukunaga-directed Idris Elba prestige film Beasts Of No Nation as its first major theatrical film, NATO theater chains pledged they would not play the film. Today, Netflix has revealed that it is partnering with distributor Bleecker Street and the Landmark theater chain to gives its first theatrical feature a movie house presence to go along with its global launch on the streaming… Read
‘The Killing’s Kristoffer Nyholm To Direct Tom Hardy Event Series ‘Taboo’
EXCLUSIVE: Danish director Kristoffer Nyholm, who helmed the acclaimed Scandinavian series The Killing, has boarded Tom Hardy event TV series Taboo. Nyholm, credited with playing a major part in the rise of so-called Nordic Noir, will direct the first four episodes of the eight-part series. Hardy stars as James Keziah Delaney, who returns to London in 1813 after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to right the… Read
Time Warner Cable Strikes Out In Securing More Distribution For Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers fans who currently can’t watch games on SportsNet LA are out of luck for now. It “doesn't look like we'll get additional distribution for the Dodgers network this season,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus told analysts this morning in a call to discuss Q2 earnings.
This has been a problem for the No. 2 cable operator, which has agreed to sell itself to Charter Communications. TWC committed $8.35 billion for a 25-year hold on Dodgers rights. But most… Read
Brie Larson In First Trailer For ‘Room’, Lenny Abrahamson’s Buzzed About Drama
Now that the fall festivals are unveiling their lineups, trailers are beginning to emerge for some of the buzziest titles that will also head into the awards season corridor. Room is one of them. The Lenny Abrahamson-helmed drama about a mother’s boundless love was acquired by A24 at Cannes 2014, and this year FilmNation sold out international on the Riviera where Universal took multple key territories off of a promo. Today, we’re getting a first look at the captivity… Read
‘Spotlight’ Trailer: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo Uncover Church Sex-Abuse Scandal
Directed and co-written by Oscar-nominee Tom McCarthy, the highly-anticipated drama Spotlight is world premiering out of competition in Venice next month, before heading to Toronto as a Special Presentation. Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton star in the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that rocked a city and one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Set in 2002, the film follows the dedicated members of the news team as they… Read
Amazon Lands New Jeremy Clarkson Car Show
After weeks of speculation, Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed that his new car show has landed at Amazon, reuniting him with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond. The series will air on Amazon Prime.
Clarkson, whose BBC contract was allowed to expire after he assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, confirmed the news on his Twitter feed. “I’m very excited to announce that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with @AmazonVideo,” tweeted the outspoken… Read
ProSiebenSat-Axel Springer Merger Talks End Without Deal
The proposed mega merger between German TV giant ProsiebenSat and leading print group Axel Springer is off after talks between the two companies broke down. It is believed that concerns over anti-competition regulations. The deal, which would have been worth up to $16 billion, would have seen a daunting multi-media titan emerge. Worth over $10 billion, ProSiebenSat has a 28.9% share of Germany's free-TV market. Axel Springer, worth more than $5 billion, owns the country's… Read
Sony Profits Swell In Q1; Film Unit Suffers Loss
Sony beat analyst estimates with a 38.8% increase in operating profit for the first quarter of 2015, but its pictures division incurred a $96M loss with no breakout hits released during the period. Revenues overall were flat, largely down to a decrease in smartphopne and LCD TV sales which were offset by foreign exchange rates. Net income for the corporation rose more than 207% to $665M.
The movie and TV division saw an 11.9% drop in sales and operating revenues to $1.4B… Read
‘Carol’ Gets A Head Start On Awards Season, ‘Adam Jones’ Retitled ‘Burnt’
Director Todd Haynes’ popular Cannes Film Festival entry Carol is now slotted to open November 20, the Weinstein Company announced today. That four-week head start positions it earlier than its previous pre-Christmas frame of December 18, but puts the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara into a similar awards season slot as prior TWC successes The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech.
Those pictures went on to collect multiple Oscar nominations and wins. The King… Read
Melina Kanakaredes To Topline & Produce Drama Series For Dynamic Television
CSI: NY alumna Melina Kanakaredes is attached to star in a new drama series project, which she also is co-writing and executive producing with Immortals scribes Vlas and Charlie Parlapanides. The series, Stolen For Good, is for indie production company Dynamic Television.
The project, which has Saving Grace creator Nancy Miller on board as executive producer/showrunner, centers on the mysterious “Hermes Thief” (Kanakaredes), a renowned international thief whose true… Read