Regal Rejects Paramount Film Test That Might Shorten The Theatrical Window
The No. 1 theater chain says it won’t show Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (to be released October 23) and Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (October 30) — rejecting the studio’s experiment with AMC Entertainment that might cut into the 90-day period when exhibitors want exclusivity.
Paramount said this month it will put the films on digital home video outlets 17 days after each dips below 300 domestic theaters. At that point exhibitors that show… Read
‘Knock Knock Live’ Pulled From Fox Schedule
Fox has just notified its affiliates that it has pulled the Ryan Seacrest-hosted Knock Knock Live from its schedule after two low-rated episodes. A one-hour encore of The Last Man On Earth is set to air in its Tuesday 9 PM time slot next week, and encores of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man On Earth will fill the spot going forward.
The Ryan Seacrest-hosted Knock Knock was an attempt at a live show where the host and crew traveled the country rapping on people's front… Read
‘The Knick’ Digital Marathon Set; ‘Banshee’ Back For Final Season On Cinemax
In advance of The Knick launching its second season on October 16 on Cinemax, the entire first season will be a special presentation on the HBO digital platforms HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand, as well as online affiliate portals, for a limited 10-week period, starting Friday, August 14.
Meanwhile, Cinemax’s Banshee will return for its eight-episode fourth and final season in January 2016.
Non-HBO and Cinemax subscribers will have a chance to catch up on Season 1 of Th… Read
HBO Dates ‘Doll & Em’, ‘The Leftovers’ & Amy Schumer Stand-Up Special – TCA
HBO today announced season premiere dates for comedy series Doll & Em, drama series The Leftovers and the premiere of Amy Schumer: Live From The Apollo stand-up special.
Season 2 of Doll & Em starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, will premiere Saturday, September 13 at 10:30 PM on HBO. Guest stars on the six-episode second season include Ewan McGregor, Olivia Wilde, Evan Rachel Wood and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Season 2 of The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Likely End After 8 Seasons, HBO Open To Prequel, Responds To Violence Criticism – TCA
As Game of Thrones is filming its sixth season, speculation continues about the end day of the hit fantasy drama. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had been quoted as saying that they’d envisioned the series to run for 7 seasons.
“Seven seasons and out was never the case,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, in his first solo executive session at TCA. “The question is how much beyond (seven seasons) it will go.”
“David and Dan are… Read
Relativity Taps Tech-Savvy Turnaround Specialist To Lead As Creditors Line Up
One of Hollywood’s most freewheeling studios is now in the hands of a turnaround specialist with a PhD. in Applied & Engineering Physics. FTI Consulting’s Senior Managing Director Brian Kushner is Relativity’s Chief Restructuring Officer — with the authority to make financing deals, sell assets, and lay off about 88 people — according to the studio’s filing today for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The company faces at least 50 unsecured creditors looking for more than… Read
Daniel Radcliffe To Go Undercover In FBI Thriller ‘Imperium’
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Radcliffe is penciling a trip to Quantico into his already packed itinerary, set to take a bite out of crime and terrorism with the lead role in Imperium, from Atomic Features and Tycor International Film Company. Based on real events, Radcliffe will star as a young FBI agent who goes undercover to find and stop white supremacists trying to make a dirty bomb. It’s based on the experiences of Michael German, an FBI undercover agent who spent years inside… Read
MSNBC Confirms Change Is Hard, Chuck Todd In, ‘The Cycle,’ ‘Now With Alex Wagner,’ ‘The Ed Show’ Out
MSNBC chief Phil Griffin finally confirmed Chuck Todd is returning to the network to host a 5 PM series while continuing to host NBC broadcast network’s Sunday Beltway show.
Griffin also confirmed, in a Change Can Be Hard memo to staff, that its 3-6 PM lineup is toast: The Cycle, Now with Alex Wagner and The Ed Show. This is as everyone has been speculating. Griffin apologized to staff on that, saying, “I know you read press reports last week speculating about these… Read
Oscilloscope Acquires David Evans’ Holocaust Docu ‘What Our Fathers Did’
Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up North American rights to the Downton Abbey helmer’s What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy, the docu that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (under the title A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did). Oscilloscope plans to release the film theatrically on November 6, with a digital release to follow.
A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, What Our Fathers Did explores the relationship… Read
‘Best Of Enemies’ Review: William F. Buckley Jr. & Gore Vidal Invent Shout TV
In 1968, ABC couldn’t seem to get arrested in trying to compete for news viewers with CBS and NBC. So when the time came to cover that year’s Republican and Democratic Presidential conventions, the network came up with the go-for-broke idea of bringing in arch right-wing pundit William F. Buckley Jr. against arch left-wing pundit and author Gore Vidal. Fireworks commenced even beyond the network’s wildest dreams, and it actually scored in the ratings. Oddly enough, those… Read
HBO Confirms Documentary Lineup For Second Half Of 2015
HBO confirmed its documentaries for the second half of 2015, including a look at the Bolshoi, a view of foreign-policy pundit Richard Holbrooke, and a racially charged fight for justice that won a Sundance Award.
From HBO’s announcement of upcoming documentaries, in chronological order:
TOE TAG PAROLE: TO LIVE AND DIE ON YARD A (debuting Aug. 3) explores the reality of "the other death penalty." The film visits Yard A at California State Prison, a dedicated yard for men… Read
Robert Rodriguez Talks Demi Lovato In ‘From Dusk Till Dawn'; Lineup For El Rey’s ‘Director’s Chair’ – TCA
Robert Rodriguez gave some broad strokes in regards to Demi Lovato’s upcoming role on the second season of his El Rey vampire series From Dusk Till Dawn. “I’ve known her since she read for Spy Kids 3,” said Rodriguez about his longstanding relationship with Lovato. “She’s going to be a badass.” Rodriguez explained that the pop star found a hole in her schedule and will appear toward the end of Season 2 in an episode that “I made sure I was going to direct” said the… Read