‘The Voice’ & ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Ratings Steady, ‘Scorpion’ & ‘Night Shift’ Down
The battle of Reality TV last night saw a steady result for both NBC and ABC's Monday offerings. In the final round of its Knockouts, The Voice (3.2/10) had contestants singing and fighting to get those precious slots on Team Adam, Team Pharrell, Team Blake and Team Christina heading into the live shows. There, of course, was a steal, but it wasn't in the ratings. Compared to last week, last night's 2-hour Voice slipped 6% among adults 18 – 49 but that hit a Monday season… Read
Nicole Kidman, Jill Soloway Among 2015 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Honorees
The Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards have named their 2015 honorees who will be lauded at the org’s June 16 ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Nicole Kidman will be receiving the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. She recently appeared in Weinstein Co./Dimension’s Paddington which has made over $250M at the worldwide B.O. and will be starring next in Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang, Strangerland, Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, Genius and the English… Read
Stephen Dorff Will Put On ‘Leatherface’ For Millennium’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Prequel
Exclusive: Stephen Dorff is taking the lead role of Hartman in the Millenniums Films’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface. The film centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.
Leatherface was written by Seth M. Sherwood and will be directed by… Read
‘NBC Nightly News’ Takes Total Viewers In Final Week Of Controversial Melded Stats
For NBC Nightly News‘ final week of Wee Hour Viewer Melding, the broadcast averaged 8.71 million viewers, leading ABC’s World News Tonight by 112,000 viewers (and CBS Evening News by 1.97 mil).
Neither NBC nor Nielsen is releasing stats detailing how many viewers NBC is adding by factoring in those pre-dawn repeats of NBC Nightly News; one conservative estimate suggested it was about 70,000 viewers. Nielsen has not broken out that information, nor has NBC. ABC’s David… Read
Adaptive Studios Signs Viral Blogger-Dater To Book Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Adaptive Studios, which recently rebooted HBO's Project Greenlight with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, has signed an overall deal with actress-writer-blogger Amy Main to develop and adapt her viral blog 40 Dates & 40 Nights into a book, with possible expansion into other media.
L.A.-based Main started the blog following a breakup. She relied on Tinder to find her 40 dates in 40 nights, setting rules to ensure she didn’t jump into anything too quickly. The blog… Read
Charter Acquires Rival Bright House For $10.4B
Charter Communications shares hit a 52-week high earlier this month when it was reported that the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator was in talks to acquire rival Bright House Networks. Now the deal is official, with Charter saying this morning it has made the deal for $10.4 billion for Bright House’s 2.5 million subs concentrated in Florida, California, Alabama, Indiana and Michigan.
According to Charter, business will be conducted through a new partnership of which… Read
BBC Unveils New Stephen Poliakoff Drama ‘Close To The Enemy’ With All-Star Cast
BBC 2 has announced Stephen Poliakoff’s new six-part drama Close To The Enemy and revealed a stellar cast for the Cold War drama set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II. Jim Sturgess (One Day) plays an intelligence officer whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, played by August Diehl (Inglorious Basterds), starts working for the British RAF on urgently developing the jet engine. Other cast members… Read
Broadway Will Dim Lights In Memory Of Director Gene Saks
UPDATED, March 31: Broadway will dim its lights for one minute on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:45 P.M., in memory of Gene Saks, the film and Broadway director who died on Saturday at 93.
UPDATED, Sunday noon with more information throughout.
Gene Saks, an actor-turned-director whose long kinship with Neil Simon led to the film versions of two of the most successful comedies of their time, Barefoot In The Park (1967) and The Odd Couple, and whose screen performances include… Read
Discovery Says It Will Drive Velocity Overseas And Boost EuroSport Online
Discovery Communications has big plans for its overseas and digital businesses driven by new initiatives to expand its Velocity auto-themed channel and sell subs for its EuroSport online app, CEO David Zaslav says this morning. “Our international pillar gives us a real hedge as you look at the slowing of the U.S. business,” he told a press gathering. The company has a 45% profit margin on its global services which reach about 230 countries.
Discovery has tested the… Read
Bleecker Street Sets Amazon Deal
Amazon and Bleecker Street have struck a multi-year content licensing agreement that will see the Prime Instant Video service be the exclusive subscription home for Bleecker Street theatrical releases that starts with the Al Pacino-starrer Danny Collins, and the upcoming Tobey Maguire-starrer Pawn Sacrifice.
Future titles that will hit the service include the Blythe Danner Sundance acquisition I’ll See You In My Dreams; the Viggo Mortensen-starrer Captain Fantastic; and Tr… Read
Hockey Comedy ‘Benders’ From Apostle Gets IFC Series Order
IFC has given an official green light to Apostle’s hockey comedy project Uncle Chubby’s, which has been given an official title, Benders. The network has ordered eight half-hour episodes of the comedy, which had been on track for a series pickup for the past couple of months. Benders follows several friends bonded by an irrational obsession for their beer-swilling amateur hockey league. "Hockey knowledge not required, these guys are all about their beer and their bros,"… Read
Knopf Unveils ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’, Next Installment Of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series
Alfred A. Knopf editor in chief Sonny Mehta today unveiled title and cover photo of The Girl In The Spider’s Web, the fourth installment of ’s bold Millennium saga that launched the dark heroine Lisbeth Salander and sold 80 million books in a three-novel series that began with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Now, this is the first novel done after Larsson died, and it does not include the partial manuscript for a fourth book that the author’s partner, Eva… Read