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ITV Accused Of Unfair Labor Practices By WGA East

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The Writers Guild of America, East has filed unfair labor practices charges against ITV at the National Labor Relations Board. In the filing, WGAE alleges that the UK-owned television production company has failed to bargain in good faith and has violated federal labor law. From the WGAE statement: The unfair labor practice charges stem from ITV's unilateral decision to slash Guild-represented employees' compensation by $300 a month and to implement a health insurance… Read


Cast Set For BBC & Carnival’s ‘Game Of Thrones’-Style Epic ‘The Last Kingdom’

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An international cast has been firmed up as shooting begins on The Last Kingdom, BBC America, BBC Two and Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films' Game Of Thrones-esque epic series. Set in the 9th century, the eight-part historical drama is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of books The Saxon Stories, with Stephen Butchard penning the transfer. As Deadline reported in September, American Horror Story: Coven's Alexander Dreymon is leading the ensemble… Read


Will Redbox’s 25% Price Hike For DVD Rentals Hurt Its Bargain Image?

RedBox DVD Rental Kiosks Involved In Pricing Dispute With Film Studios

The jump to $1.50 per night from $1.20 takes effect on December 2, it says this morning. And while that's still just pocket change, it could make some consumers question whether it's worth the trek to a local kiosk instead of staying home and paying a bit more to queue up a movie on a cable, satellite, or streaming VOD home entertainment service.  Redbox last raised the price of its once-famous $1-a-night DVD rentals in 2011. It notes this morning that prices “may vary in… Read


Canada’s Bell Media Takes ‘Manhattan’ As SVOD Service Ramps Up To Rival Netflix


Over the past several weeks, Canada's Bell Media has been teasing its upcoming SVOD service due to launch later this year and code-named “Project Latte.” Today, the group says it has secured its first exclusives for the platform. Among them, Lionsgate's Manhattan which will be the debut "Project Latte Exclusive" and will later be joined by Lionsgate TV comedy series Deadbeat, and Fabrik Entertainment's crime thriller Bosch based on the Michael Connelly series of books. In… Read


Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts In ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’: Hot Trailer


Above is the first trailer for Thomas Vinterberg's return to English-language filmmaking, Far From The Madding Crowd. Based on Thomas Hardy's literary classic, it's the story of the beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (for whom a certain Hunger Games heroine is named) and her choices and passions when faced with three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer who's captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless sergeant; and… Read


ITV Orders Period ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Action/Drama Rife With CGI Monsters


In the latest spin on the doctor with the dual personality, the UK's ITV has commissioned a 10-part action adventure drama inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde. The series, Jekyll & Hyde, hails from British actor and author Charlie Higson whose credits include The Enemy and the Young Bond series of books. He'll write and executive produce. The classic story has been adapted myriad ways, including in the UK by Sherlock and Doctor W… Read


‘Constantine’ To Stop Production After 13 Episodes, Remains In Contention At NBC

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EXCLUSIVE:  The freshman season of NBC drama Constantine will consist of 13 episodes. The cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday that the series will halt production after completing production on the initial 13-episode order. Constantine will remain in its 10 PM Friday time slot for the remainder of its run. While NBC recently made a similar decision on freshmen comedy series Bad Judge and A to Z, I hear the circumstances are different. While Bad Judge and A… Read


Sting Will Join ‘The Last Ship’ Cast To Save Broadway Musical

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UPDATE 7:44 p.m. with more details throughout. In the wake of middling reviews and a dozy box office, Sting has agreed to join the cast of his first Broadway musical as composer/lyricist. From December 9 through January 10 -- which is to say, for most of the holiday season, when tourists swarm Times Square in search of a Broadway show -- the pop star will replace Jimmy Nail, who plays the foreman of a shipyard on the verge of extinction in the musical, a roman a clef… Read


Katy Perry Officially Announced As Super Bowl Halftime Show Headliner – Video

It seems like old news by now, but neither the NFL not NBC had actually confirmed ubiquitous reports that Katy Perry is set to perform at the upcoming XLIX Super Bowl halftime show on Feb 1. They did it tonight in a synchronized announcement that featured a video featuring Perry. There was no information on the financials of the deal. This year's halftime show gig came under scrutiny following a WSJ report that the NFL had identified a couple of finalists, including… Read

Box Office

‘Mockingjay’, ‘Interstellar’ Fly High At International Box Office: Update


4TH UPDATE, 6:46 PM PT: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I was the clear winner this weekend, targeting $152M in 85 markets and contributing largely to the $259.6M grossed across the Top 10 studio releases. That total — helped by Interstellar's $70M 3rd frame, the continued China run of Penguins Of Madagascar, and Fury's entry to that market — put this session up about $100M compared to last week's Top 10. When positioned against the same frame last year, the take was… Read


Oscar Watch: From Aniston To Bening To Rowlands Best Actress Dark Horses Make Their Move In “Thin” Field

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While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year's Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five. That's a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Al… Read


Bart & Fleming: On ‘Birdman,’ Sony PR Tsuris, Mike Nichols And Bill Cosby

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  BART: Critics don't like to admit it, but the conditions under which you see a film strongly influence your opinion. Birdman is a good example: If you see a film like this with a pack of cinephiles like at Telluride, everyone gets every inside joke, and you instinctively go along… Read


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