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Charter Agrees To Take Time Warner Cable In $78.7B Deal

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Updated: The terms of the $78.7 billion cash and stock transaction are complicated, as you’d expect from any deal that involves a smaller company buying a larger one — and especially an agreement that involves Liberty Media’s John Malone. But if it comes to fruition, then Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge will control a cable and broadband powerhouse with 23.9 million customers in 41 states. It would rival Comcast in size and major markets including much of New York… Read


‘Dope’ Red Band Trailer: Still Lives Up To Its Name

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In case you missed it the other day, prepare to have a much happier Memorial Day off. Sundance hit Dope has a new red band trailer. It’s similar to the previous trailer released in April, but with more details about the problem the film’s three young protagonists find themselves stuck with, and of course far more swearing, just so it’s clear this won’t be a PG-13 joint. Dope follows a trio of nerdy South Los Angeles high school students obsessed with the golden age of hip… Read


Director Cary Fukunaga No Longer With Stephen King’s ‘It’

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Cary Fukunaga has left his gig directing New Line’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. New Line and the True Detective director are going their separate ways owing to conflicts over budget, derived at least in part from creative differences, sources say. This puts the production in an awkward place; shooting was scheduled to start in mid-June. To keep on track, the studio is going to have to find a new helmer soon. However, reports have it that the studio is… Read

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New ‘When Marnie Was There,’ Holdover ‘Dreams’ Solid – Specialty B.O.

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As with the major movie box office this Memorial Day Weekend the specialty market was more sluggish than usual. GKIDS’ Japanese anime, When Marnie Was There, had the strongest showing with a $16,295 per theater average from a pair of locations in New York and L.A. Samuel Goldwyn’s The Farewell Party and Sony Pictures Classics’ Aloft grossed weaker numbers. One standout title over the holiday is Bleecker Street’s I’ll See You In My Dreams, which held solid after a small… Read


Max Greenfield Makes Reservation For ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11:  Actor Max Greenfield attends the 2015 FOX programming presentation at Wollman Rink in Central Park on May 11, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Max Greenfield has joined the cast of FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel, producer Ryan Murphy tweeted today, suggesting that Greenfield’s stay would likely be prematurely terminated. This October, Max Greenfield (like you’ve never seen him) is checking in to the hotel….but not checking out. #AHSHotel — Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 25, 2015 Murphy’s announcement of Greenfield (New Girl, Hello, My Name Is Doris) reinforce’s Murphy’s preference for Twitter a the producers… Read


NASCAR 600 Ratings Slow Down, ‘Battle Creek’ Ends Even, ‘A.D.’ Ratings Dip

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The first Sunday after the 2014-15 television season officially ended was fairly light on originals with repeats all over the schedule and some intense NBA Playoff action over on cable. But that didn't mean there wasn't a finale on broadcast plus some very very fast cars and some ongoing freshman newbies on NBC. With the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (1.4/9) dominating their night, FOX took the top spot both among adults (1.4/5) and in total viewers (6.12 million) on… Read


Charter Nears $55B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable: Reports

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Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable are close to a merger agreement that would see the smaller cabler pay $195 per share in cash and stock, Bloomberg reports. The deal which the Wall Street Journal valued at about $55 billion could be announced as soon as tomorrow. Charter would pay $100 a share in case with the rest in Charter stock, according to sources cited by Bloomberg said. Bright House Networks would also be folded into the Charter-Time Warner combo. The… Read

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No Heat At Memorial Day B.O.: ‘Tomorrowland’s Rocket Runs Outta Gas With $41.7M Bow – Monday Update


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5th Update Monday 8:15 AM after 4th UPDATE Sunday: Story contains estimated B.O. as of Monday. Seriously people, it was an awful Memorial Day weekend.  Rentrak is now reporting the FSS total ticket sales at $154M and FSSM at $192M. Though that’s the 12th highest Memorial day weekend in the books (on 3-day basis), it’s not that far from 2010.  And that was an atrocious Memorial Day weekend: Warner Bros. stumbled out with Sex and the City 2 ($31M) and Disney had Jerry… Read

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‘Tomorrowland’ Bows Overseas With $27.5M, ‘Ultron’ Dominates With $46.4M, ‘Mad Max’ Adds $38.2M, ‘Spy’ Nabs $12.5M

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Updated with latest Disney figures, Monday 8:05 a.m. Walt Disney's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland came in first among new releases overseas with a $27.5M from 65 territories representing roughly 56% of the international marketplace. Combined with its North American 3-day tally of $32.97M that brings the Brad Bird-directed movie to a global debut total of $60.47M. Tomorrowland‘s overseas figure couldn’t compete against returning favorite Avengers: Age Of Ultron which… Read


First Six ‘Star Wars’ Pix To Play Shanghai International Film Fest

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The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) Organizing Committee and Walt Disney Pictures today announced that all six Star Wars films will screen at the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival. The intention is to whet the appetite of Chinese moviegoers for the JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18. SIFF runs June 13-21. So that means Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars Epis… Read


Netflix Rumored To Want Gerard Depardieu For French ‘House Of Cards’

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Netflix reportedly is courting Gerard Depardieu to play a French version of the conniving U.S. president played by Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards, according to Radio Europe1. Marseille would mark Netflix's first French-language production. Marseille would be produced in France by the French, Europe1 said. The idea has not been popular in France, with French filmmakers fretting that Netflix’s incursion on their home turf could hurt the industry as well as dilute the… Read


Cannes Winners: The French Did Well, The Italians Didn’t – But Who’s Complaining After Cinema’s World Cup?

attends the Palm D'Or Winners press conference during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2015 in Cannes, France.

During the past week in Cannes people kept asking me, ‘so who is going to win the Palme d’Or?’ I long ago gave up trying to play that guessing game. Juries do their own thing and they’re often unpredictable. But no one was predicting French director Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, about a created family of Sri Lankan  immigrants trading one war for another when they come to start a new life in France. Audiard previously won the Grand Prize here for A Prophet, and a screenplay… Read