Big Sundance Buy ‘Dope’ Gets June Release Date From Open Road
Less than a week after we told you that Open Road Films and Sony Pictures won a bidding battle for Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope at the Sundance Film Festival, Open Road has set a June 12 release date.
That’s the first release announcement title among this year’s fest deals and this one was legit: the auction resulted in pact with a $7 million minimum guarantee, with a $15 million P&A. Multiple bidders included the Weinstein Company, A24 and Fox Searchlight, and Focus Features… Read
‘Parenthood’ Ends Run On High Ratings Note, ‘Scandal’ Up In Return, Pushes ‘Backstrom’ Down In Week 2
Parenthood has always been a quiet show but the underrated family drama made some noise in its series finale last night, which delivered a 1.7 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall at 10 PM. That was up +31% from last week in 18-49 and +24% in viewers (+31% in 18-49 and +37% in viewers from last season’s finale) to generate the series’ best ever Thursday results, its biggest overall audience since Dec. 11, 2012, Tuesday, and its highest 18-49 rating since its season… Read
Bonnie Arnold, Carolyn Blackwood Among Santa Barbara’s Women In The Biz Panelists
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG Australia, has announced this year’s participants of its Creative Forces: Women in the Biz panel, which spotlights creative decision-makers sharing the challenges and successes they have faced as women in the industry. It’ll take place during the fest’s second weekend on February 7.
Moderated by Madelyn Hammond, this year’s panelists include Bonnie Arnold (producer of the Academy Award-nominated How to Tr… Read
Crowd Funding Effort Aims To Restore Debut Of ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ Helmer Kelly Reichardt
Here’s an unusual use of Kickstarter: Oscilloscope Laboratories launched a campaign to digitally resture River Of Grass, the debut of indie darling Kelly Reichardt. Pic won the Best Debut Prize at Sundance in 1994, but not a lot of people have seen it and it is in rough shape. They’re trying to raise $20,000 for the effort. Oscilloscope will team with Sundance Collection at UCLA to restore it in high quality digital 2k for release on digital platforms and on DVD and… Read
Larry Wilmore On Deflategate: Super Bowl Teams “Seahawks And Cheaters”
"Tonight, we're getting ready for Super Bowl Sunday – I don't' want to take sides here but it's between the Seahawks and the Cheaters,” Larry Wilmore said, opening The Nightly Show’s walk-up to Super Bowl Sunday.
“Is Tom Brady responsible for Deflategate?” Wilmore added. “Are you listening? I just called them… Read
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Krasinski Claim Credit For Deflategate On ‘Jimmy Kimmel’
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Krasinski, Chris Evans, Steven Tyler, Eli Roth, Dicky Barrett, Bill Simmons, etc all come forward on Jimmy Kimmel Live to claim… Read
‘Project Almanac’ Logs $375K In Thursday Previews
UPDATE, FRIDAY 7:25 AM: Paramount Pictures is reporting its Platinum Dunes sci-fi time travel film Project Almanac pulled in $375,000 in evening shows on Thursday and is eyeing $10M to $12M in its opening weekend. It opens wide everywhere today, playing in 2,893 locations.
PREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY, 12:28 PM: Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s American Sniper is expected to continue to dominate this weekend with approximately $35-$36M, off 44%, despite the fact that Super Bowl… Read
Suge Knight Arrested For Murder In ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Fatality, Held On $2M Bail – Update
3rd UPDATE, 7:22 AM: Early this morning, LASD arrested Suge Knight on suspicion of murder for the fatal hit and run that occurred near the set of the commercial being shot for the upcoming F. Gary Grey-directed N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. Police say that the former CEO of Death Row Records was booked at the West Hollywood Station around 3 AM. He is being held there in lieu of $2 million bail. The N.W.A. movie, which sees former members of the notorious rap group… Read
Peter Neufeld, Broadway Manager Turned AIDS Activist, Dead At 78
UPDATE, FRIDAY 6:30 AM: Adds quote from Neufeld’s column, below:
Peter Neufeld, a Broadway general manager and producer who with business partner R. Tyler Gatchell sailed through the ’70s and ’80s on New York productions of several Andrew Lloyd Webber shows, has died. Neufeld was 78 when he died Jan. 27 at the Actors Fund home in Englewood, N.J. after a years-long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
He leaves a legacy that includes some two decades of AIDS activism and… Read
Aamir Khan’s Blockbuster ‘PK’ To Get Wide Release In China
Aamir Khan’s PK, the highest grossing Indian film of all time, will get a wide release in China on 3,500 prints through China Film Group and Huaxia. The news was announced in a signing ceremony in Beijing attended by India's ambassador to China, Ashok Kantha; SAPPRFT vice minister Tong Gang; PK director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Also in attendance were execs from the film’s backers UTV Motion Pictures, as well as from China Film and Huaxi.
PK was… Read
NBC Comedy ‘Undateable’ Spoofs ‘Chicago Fire’ In Super Bowl Spot
Undateable‘s unlikely dream run continues. After beating the odds to turn a burn-off scheduling into the biggest summer comedy launch in five years, the multi-camera sitcom has beat the likes of such established NBC series as the Chicago Fire/Chicago PD franchise to score a 30-second Super Bowl promo. The sophomore comedy is returning the favor by parodying the firefighter drama known for employing hunks who don’t hesitate to peel off their clothes in the heat of a… Read
Neil Patrick Harris’ NBC Variety Series Gets Super Bowl Promo
There is no doubt that the new variety show starring Neil Patrick Harris is a priority for NBC — the network will debut a first promo for the series during the Super Bowl, a good eight months before the program will premiere on the network next fall. The 15-second video looks to take advantage of the wave of publicity surrounding Harris’ upcoming gig hosting the Oscars and a reminder to viewers that NBC has him full-time for next season. Based on the U.K. series Saturday N… Read