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Barbara Hall On Showrunning Rules; Winter Reflects On ‘Boardwalk’ — Produced By NY

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During a loose, hour-long session at the PGA's Produced By NY conference, TV's top showrunners, sardonically prodded by moderator Mark Gordon, held onto spoilers and indicated, that, alas, the only way to learn how to be a show runner is to become a show runner.  Unlike this morning's Produced By panel “The Ms. Factor” which was specifically angled on the breakthrough of femme-centered content in TV and film, the “Inside Showrunning” session, which included Terence… Read


‘Constantine’ Debuts OK, ‘Blue Bloods’ Inches Up Against World Series – Ratings

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Three years ago, the series premiere of Grimm had to face Game 7 of the World Series. In a true breakout fashion, it surprised, opening with a strong 2.1 Live+ same day rating among adults 18-49 and leaping from its lead-in (1.0 for Chuck). No such heroics from the newest NBC genre Friday entry, DC-based Constantine.  It did OK by Friday standards, debuting with a 1.4 18-49 rating against Game 3 of a tepid World Series. It held onto 93% of its lead-in, the fourth season… Read


Women Break Through On TV & B.O., But Glass Ceiling Remains – Produced By NY

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Producer Cathy Schulman held up a list of more than a dozen titles on a sheet of paper: They were the movies made, since Bridesmaids that were about and for women. This was progress, Schulman, president of Mandalay Pictures, noted, joking that her list could formerly be contained on a gum wrapper. Things are getting better for women in Hollywood, onscreen and below the line. That's the good news. The other news is that when a movie is produced or directed by a woman it's… Read


Jake Gyllenhaal Interviewed By Hawk Koch: “I Love The Abrasion” – Produced By NY

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The first NYC edition of the PGA's `Produced By' confab launched this morning with a conversation between former PGA president and producer Hawk Koch and Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal, also in town prepping for his Broadway debut in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Constellations. Pointing out that Gyllenhaal already is a certified film star (with an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain behind him all the way up through his "amazing performance" in Nightcrawler… Read


‘Empire’ Shows Off Hip Hop’s High Stakes Drama — Hot Trailer

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Fox dropped a trailer to its midseason hip-hop family drama Empire during the World Series last night. From Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer, Empire centers around Lucious Lyon (Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Raised on the streets, he has never backed away from a fight and will resort to any measures, fair or foul, to defend his beloved Empire. Taraij P. Henson stars as Lucious'… Read

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‘Ouija’ Box Office May Scare Up $20M, ‘John Wick’ No. 2 With A Bullet, Bill Murray Graces ‘St. Vincent’ – B.O. Weekend

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2nd UPDATE, Saturday 7:53 AM: This morning's estimates are pretty much on the money with what we had last night with few exceptions. Ouija could actually pull off a $20M weekend for Universal and Blumhouse if their audiences hold today, and the Keanu Reeves' actioner John Wick from Lionsgate will likely come in right around $15M, as we predicted. For a micro-budgeted film, this horror film — talking Ouija, not the ultra-violent John Wick — should end up yet another… Read


Vine Star Curtis Lepore Exits Rainn Wilson Comedy


When on Monday we broke the story of a new scripted comedy series project produced by Rainn Wilson and his SoulPancake banner featuring five of the most popular personalities on short-form video platform Vine, there was immediate online backlash against one of the stars, Curtis Lepore. The objections to his involvement in the project, titled Hollywood and Vine, stemmed from a rape charge against the viral star at the beginning of the year. Lepore was charged with raping… Read


Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Nightcrawler’


Open Road has released a new red band trailer for the Dan Gilroy-directed thriller Nightcrawler. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a driven, soulless wannabe who gets a fast car, a cheap camera and a police scanner and chases traffic accidents, murders and other violent incidents in hopes of getting film he can sell to a cellar-dwelling Los Angeles TV news producer. The pace is manic as the anti-hero proves there are no moral bounds to his ambition. The pic opens October… Read


UPDATE: Warner Bros Moves Up ‘Entourage’ Release By A Week

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UPDATED, 6:30 PM: For those who just can't wait to see what the old gang is up to, now you won't have to wait quite as long. Warner Bros said today that has moved up the release date for the Entourage movie by a week to June 5. The adventures of Vincent, E, Drama, Turtle and Ari now will go up against the DreamWorks Animation pic B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations instead of Universal's tentpole Jurassic World. PREVIOUSLY, February 25: Paul Thomas Anderson's next… Read


‘Manhattan Love Story’ Cancelled By ABC


ABC's new comedy Manhattan Love Story this week hit the “point of no return” rating of 0.7 in adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day). Now it has become the first casualty of the fall season. The network has pulled the underperforming freshman romantic comedy, effective immediately; its lead-in, Selfie, will run back-to-back originals in the Tuesday 8 PM hour next week. Selfie and Manhattan Love Story had the odds stacked against them from the start — left to fend for themselves… Read


‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Canceled As TLC Wrings Its Hands And Details Get Worse — Update

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UPDATED: TLC has pulled the plug on its reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports the tot's mother was again seeing a former boyfriend convicted of child molestation. And, just when you thought this story could not get any skankier, one of Mama June's daughters, the now 20-year old Anna Cardwell (aka Chickadee), has come forward saying she was a victim of Mark McDaniel at age eight (McDaniel got out of prison this past March). That's a reversal from this… Read


ICM Partners’ Interns Lawsuit Mediation Set For December

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UPDATE, 5:08 PM: Two days after NBCUniversal settled a potential class action lawsuit by former Saturday Night Live interns for $6.4 million, ICM Partners has moved one step closer to possibly resolving its own labor issue. As expected, the agency and representatives for ex-interns Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau have agreed to mediation, now scheduled for December 15. ICM Partners attorney Steven Herd said in a letter from both sides sent to U.S. District Court Judge… Read


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