‘Ouija,’ ‘John Wick,’ Lead Top Five Friday, Bill Murray Graces ‘St. Vincent’ In Box Office Weekend
1st UPDATE, Friday 11:51 PM: Ouija's CinemaScore is probably the most frightening thing about this movie. No wonder they wouldn't screen it. This micro-budgeted film based on the popular Hasbro toy from Blumhouse and Universal Pictures is estimated to have scared in about $8M Friday (including the $911K from late nights) and is on track for a 3-day gross of around $19M+. It got a C CinemaScore. Expect it to fall off the board with its percentage drop next weekend.
John Wic… 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
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
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
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
Brody Jenner & Stevie Ryan Relationship Talk Show Ordered By E! As Presentation
Reality star Brody Jenner, Stevie TV's Stevie Ryan and sex and relationship therapist/TV personality Dr. Mike Dow are set to host an untitled live weekly relationship call-in talk show for E!, which will be filming a development presentation in Los Angeles this month.
The project originated with Brody and is based on The Brody Jenner Podcast With Dr. Mike Dow, which launched in January. Jenner sold the idea with Dow attached to E!, and Ryan was brought in as a third… Read
‘Zeroville’ Adds Seth Rogen, Megan Fox & More; Brad Carter Lands ‘The Revenant;’ Noah Segan Enlists In ‘War Pigs’
James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970's Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in LA. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco's The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who's drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as… Read
Adam Davidson To Direct Pilot For ‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series
AMC has tasked Adam Davidson with creating the visual world of The Walking Dead companion series. The veteran TV helmer has been tapped as director of the high-profile pilot, slated to film late this year.
Co-created by Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel The Walking Dead was based, and Dave Erickson (Marco Polo), the spinoff takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location.
Executive producing the companion series… Read
‘Two & Half Men’ Co-Creator Lee Aronsohn & Marcus Wiley Sell Comedy To ABC
After a break, Two And A Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn is returning to TV with a new multi-camera comedy project, Totally Illegal, which has been set up at ABC with Marcus Wiley producing through ABC Studios.
Totally Illegal takes a different spin on the idea of assimilation and immigration experiences in the framework of a family show. It is based on the real-life exploits of producer Kelly Slattery (Breaking Wind), who arrived in the U.S. from rural Canada as an… Read
Does Alibaba Plan To Take Control Of Lionsgate?
Lionsgate shares rose 5.3% to $33.00 today after The New York Post reported that the Chinese e-retail giant is eager to buy Mark Rachesky's 37.4% stake in the independent studio. Although Lionsgate isn't commenting, there's enough in the wind to make the scenario plausible. Alibaba is flush with cash after its record-setting $25B IPO last month — and founder Jack Ma will be in Hollywood next week to talk with different studios. He already knows Lionsgate: Alibaba… Read