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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Still Gunning For $40M+; ‘Ninjago’ Dulls Blades To $22M+; ‘Friend Request’ A Loner With $1.7M

Third update, Friday 11:24PM: Refresh for chart It's a solid September weekend at the box office. Not as bananas as when It opened to $123.4M three weeks ago, but if 20th Century Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle stays afloat above $40M, it could notch the second-best live-action feature three-day debut for the month behind It and ahead of Insidious: Chapter 2 ($40.3M). Right now the Matthew Vaughn-directed is at $40.6M per industry estimates. Couple this with the fact… Read


‘Overtime’ Revelation: Barney Frank Tells Bill Maher His Cousin Was A Stooge

Yes, you heard right. If you were watching the YouTube-only Overtime segment of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher tonight, you might have learned something new about former congressman Barney Frank: His cousin was a Stooge. Shemp, to be specific, and a first cousin once removed, to be precise. The former Massachusetts congressman, along with Maher and Real Time guest Bob Costas, were discussing the controversy over ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who caused a firestorm by tweeting that… Read


‘Real Time’: Bob Costas Proposes Solution To NFL’s Anthem Problem

With President Donald Trump tossing out some red-meat comments tonight about NFL players who protest the National Anthem – “get that son of a bitch off the field right now” – NBC sportscaster Bob Costas offered up a slightly more elegant solution. Costas, appearing tonight on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, didn’t seem willing to go quite as far as Maher in blanket-defending Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee – and lost a career – to protest police shootings of black… Read


CAA Head Of TV Literary Ryan Ly Exits

EXCLUSIVE: In a surprising move, Ryan Ly has exited Creative Artists Agency after 12 years, most recently as the head of the agency’s TV lit department. After a brief stint at UTA right after college, Ly started at CAA in 2005. He had been a rising star at the agency where his clients have included Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould, Castle Rock co-creator creator Sam Shaw, and Good Girls Revolt Dana Calvo. Details about the circumstances surrounding Ly’s sudden… Read


Disney And Altice Trade Jabs As Carriage Contract Deadline Looms

A week of speculation about carriage negotiations between Disney and cable operator Altice USA has ended with Disney suggesting that a “potential loss” of programming is possible and Altice calling for the owner of ESPN and ABC to stop the threats. The drumbeat has grown recently over negotiations to carry Disney-owned networks on the nation’s No. 4 cable operator following deals to acquire Cablevision and Suddenlink that give Altice 4.3 million subs. Disney also owns… Read


‘The Exorcist’ Reveals Biting New Photos + Key Art Ahead Of Season 2 Premiere

EXCLUSIVE: A week before Season 2 of The Exorcist debuts, the Fox horror drama today pulled back the curtain to unveil a new peek at some of upcoming backwoods action. Premiering on September 29, the new cycle of Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels-led series based on William Peter Blatty's infamous bestseller moves from urban Chicago to the islands and forests of the Pacific Northwest. However, as the new key art and photos from the season opener show, it looks like none of… Read


Two Comedy Projects From Mike Schur, Including Jeffrey Seller-Produced Musical, Set At NBC With Big Commitments

EXCLUSIVE: As The Good Place kicked off its second season on NBC this week, the network has bought two high-profile new projects executive produced by The Good Place creator/executive producer Mike Schur. Both have received put pilot commitments with significant penalties attached. One, a musical, is a collaboration with The Good Place co-executive producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan as well as Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. The other is an unlicensed bar comedy he… Read


David Lyle Dies: Former National Geographic CEO Was 67

Prominent TV executive David Lyle passed away today at his Los Angeles home after a tough, long fought battle with cancer. He was 67. Lyle, respected and well liked by his peers, has been a fixture in the U.S. unscripted business for almost two decades with stints as president of FremantleMedia North America and CEO of National Geographic Channels. Throughout his career, he fought for indie producers, most recently via trade associations PactUS and NPACT, and was a… Read


Fran Drescher & Peter Bogdanovich Join ‘The Creatress’; Tilda Del Toro Boards ‘Night School’; Jaden Piner Cast In ‘BOO!’

Fran Drescher and legendary director/actor Peter Bogdanovich will co-star in The Creatress, a drama co-produced by Café Oscuro Films and Digital Cuvee. Written and directed by Jason Cook, the film centers on best-selling author Eryn Bellow who concludes her bookstore tour with her agent selling film rights and closing a six figure advance for her follow-up. Headwinds arise as critics get offended by the claims that Eryn is being declared a living literary legend. The… Read


The CW Buys Football & Reincarnation Dramas Produced By Greg Berlanti

The CW is developing two more drama projects from its most prolific producer Greg Berlanti, and his Berlanti Prods. They are an untitled high school football drama inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger and produced by LA Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers, and Hold Fast, a reincarnation love epic set in the Reconstruction-era South and present-day Charleston. Both hail from Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods is based with the company’s Berlanti… Read


‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Live After-Show Gets New Name; Matt Mira Set As Host

Star Trek: Discovery‘s live after-show premieres this Sunday, September 24 on CBS All Access with newly named host Matt Mira and a new title. Originally named Talking Trek, the after-show is now titled After Trek. It will debut at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT Sunday following the CBS Access launch of the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. Guests on the inaugural show include Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), James Frain… Read

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Going A Week Earlier In November

After logging a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score coming out of Telluride and Toronto, Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical film Lady Bird will open Nov. 3 in limited theaters instead of Nov. 10. The A24 title will also break wide over Thanksgiving. Lady Bird follows a fiercely independent high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who yearns to go to college in New York so that she can get out of her humdrum Sacramento home town and away from her tormenting mom (Laurie Metcalf). Lady Bi… Read