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Relativity Bankruptcy: Ryan Kavanaugh Says He Has A Plan To Keep Control Of Everything But TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh says today that he and some financial backers have amassed the resources needed to maintain control of all of his company’s operations except for television. Meanwhile, a creditor group that includes Anchorage Capital, Falcon Investment Advisors, and Luxor Capital separately announced what it disclosed yesterday in a filing at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court — that it was the highest bidder for Relativity Media’s television… Read

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‘The Martian’ Tops $100M Worldwide In Opening, $55M Abroad – Int’l Box Office

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UPDATED AT 1:03 PM: Sony will not be reporting international numbers for The Walk which opened to disappointing grosses stateside. The Robert Zemeckis-directed film, which is said to be a visual stunner, is in previews in the U.K./Ireland and also in a number of other territories, including the Middle East and UAE. The studio says it will report next weekend when it has a larger rollout. If we see any numbers, however, we will update again later this afternoon. PREVIOUSLY… Read

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Specialty Box Office: ‘He Named Me Malala’ Tops A Lackluster Weekend; ‘Jafar Panahi’s Taxi’ Shows Promise


Topping the weekend’s Friday-Sunday Specialty box office newcomers, Searchlight’s He Named Me Malala bowed in several locations averaging $14K. Kino Lorber’s Jafar Panahi’s Taxi opened in a pair of NYC cinemas, averaging $11K, comparatively somewhat impressive. Abramorama’s This Changes Everything also did well in a single run. Bowing less strong were Lionsgate’s Freeheld and SPC’s Labyrinth Of Lies, while TWC’s Shanghai opened in over 100 theaters with a whisper. All in… Read


France’s TF1 Boards ‘Hitler’ Event Series From ‘Generation War’ Producers – Mipcom


After first being mooted here in Cannes three years ago, Beta Film’s 10-part Adolf Hitler miniseries is getting closer to production. France’s TF1 has come aboard the project (working title: Hitler) which is being developed with UFA Fiction in co-production with Beta Film for Germany’s RTL. Generation War‘s Benjamin Benedict and Joachim Kosack are producing. Based on historian Thomas Weber’s book Hitler’s First War, it aims to shed unprecedented light on one of history’s… Read


Mipcom Cancels Red Carpet Following Deadly Rains, Flood In Cannes

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Update 10:26 AM: MIPCOM has cancelled the opening night red carpet due to logistical problems. “Following the heavy flooding over the weekend,” a statement read, “the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is not in a position to host the Red Carpet.” Tonight’s opening night screening, the upcoming six-episode Sky/Canal Plus crime drama The Last Panthers, is still scheduled. Original post: The sun is shining on the French Riviera today, but that’s a vastly different story to… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Rome’ Producers Team With Germany’s Beta Film For New Fantasy Series ‘The Perished Land’ – Mipcom

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Germany's Beta Film is teaming with Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and Rome producer Jonathan Stamp on The Perished Land, a 12-part fantasy series conceived to return over multiple seasons. Beta made the announcement at Mipcom this evening in Cannes with a view to being ready in 2017. Rainmark Films and Hofmann & Voges Filmproduktion are co-producing with Beta. The series is set in the fictional land of Talanton, a world remarkable for its natural beauty which… Read


‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Up In Season Premiere With Miley Cyrus, Hillary Clinton


Last night’s Saturday Night Live Season 41 premiere was up +13% in Nielsen metered-market households over last year’s premiere (4.5 rating compared to 4.0) hosted by Chris Pratt. The opener, hosted by Miley Cyrus with an appearance by Hillary Clinton and a slew of Donald Trump jokes, marked the comedy show’s highest household rating since January 24, when country star and Voice coach Blake Shelton was the host and musical guest. The episode’s 2.0 rating among adults… Read

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‘The Martian’ Suspended Between $55M-$56M; ‘The Walk’s Hang-Up In Large Format – Sunday B.O. Postmortem


Sunday UPDATES: Last night the box office had a huge case of Saturday night fever with the top 11 films posting surges over Friday by an average of 61%. Late night receipts showed 20th Century Fox’s The Martian grossing an estimated $56M over three days, putting it on course to be the highest opening film ever in October. However, this morning, some bean counters are scaling back those projections. 20th Century Fox is calling the weekend for the Ridley Scott film at $55M… Read


Leslie Jones, Miley Cyrus Out-Orgasm Meg Ryan On ‘Saturday Night Live’

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The 41st season opener of SNL gave plenty of air time to featured player Leslie Jones. Host and musical guest Miley Cyrus also was a fulltime participant, delivering her opening monologue in what may have been a 1968 Lilly Pulitzer shower curtain and, later, performing an excellent pair of numbers in a wig composed of…well, who the heck knows what it wasn’t composed of? Both of them showed up for a sketch set at Katz’s Delicatessen, in a recreation of the… Read


Crude, Rude “Message From Donald & Melania Trump” Launches Season 41 Of ‘Saturday Night Live’


Donald Trump got the full-on SNL parody treatment in the 41st season opener, including the cold open featuring Taran Killam, in his debut as the mouthy mogul, and Cecily Strong as latest wife Melania. She blabbered mindlessly about his intelligence and love of women; he indicated his fondness for immigrants by pointing to her. Rare was the sketch in the rest of the show in which Trump didn’t also come up as object of ridicule, amusement or abject fear. Look for the… Read


Barkeep Hillary Clinton Sets ‘Em Up For Laughs On ‘Saturday Night Live’ Premiere

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Playing amiable barkeep “Val” to Kate McKinnon’s anxious Hillary Rodham Clinton, the real HRC walked away with the premiere outing of SNL’s 41st season, kidding herself, singing “Lean On Me” and even hanging around long enough to introduce Miley Cyrus, who was doubling as host and musical guest. It was an A+ appearance (video above) in a solid B show. The cold open featured Donald and Melania Trump (Taran Killam, new to the imitation game following prior Trump… Read


Scooter Braun & Cyber Group Partner On ‘Rock Angels’ Animated Musical Series – Mipcom

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Scooter Braun's SB Projects' School Boy Records, whose artists include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen, has teamed with France's Cyber Group Studios to co-develop Rock Angels, a musical animated CGI series for kids. Rock Angels will follow the exploits of a five member teen band, aged 12 to 15, comprised of the Sky Angels, a sweet sisters pop duo from Louisiana, Dayna and Cherie, and the Rock Ons, a Detroit rock band of three cousins, Dev, Joey and… Read