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Summer Film Budgets vs. Total Worldwide Grosses

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While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it'd be a good idea to look at some of this year's summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that… Read


Guillermo Del Toro To Preside Over Legendary’s Promo/Talent Hunt On YouTube

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Legendary Entertainment will combine a talent hunt with subtle promotion of its upcoming Guillermo Del Toro horror film Crimson Peak in a contest announced in concert with Google's YouTube Spaces, which provide production and post-production facilities for YouTube creators in four big cities. The deal is a successor to a Legendary/Warner Bros. project earlier this year for GodzillaSets from that film were installed at the YouTube Space L.A., located in the Playa Vista… Read


Warner Bros Plans Buyouts, Potential Layoffs

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There's word tonight that the Burbank studio will offer buyouts to some workers in an effort to boost profit in the wake of Rupert Murdoch's withdrawn takeover bid. Citing inside sources, Bloomberg reports that Warner Bros might pink-slip employees if not enough staffers accept the buyouts. The cutbacks are expected to affect the film, TV and home entertainment units and will go beyond personnel. Warner Bros reps contacted by Deadline declined comment. The news comes a… Read


NBC Adapting Korean Geriatric Travel Reality Series With Craig Zadan, Neil Meron

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NBC has put in development Better Late Than Never, a reality series based on the South Korean format Grandpas Over Flowers from content company CJ E&M. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Sound Of Music, Smash) will produce the project, which draws parallels to Betty White's Off Their Rockers that started on NBC. In Better Late Than Ever, four veteran actors go backpacking across Asian countries with a young guy who does chores for them along the way. The original series… Read


Hot TV Teaser: ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 2

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Here's a 30-saecond first look at the sophomore season of ABC's superhero series. The voice-over reminds the team that “the enemy has the advantage, but we must fight on for those we've lost so the sacrifices they made were not made in vain.” There's lots of running, explosions, anguished glances and the like. Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for Season 2 on September 23, moving to the 9PM… Read


MPAA Plans Runaway Production Summit In D.C.


Well, that certainly looks like a kick in the teeth to the home of Hollywood. Just days after the state Senate voted overwhelmingly to increase and expand California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $330 million for the next five years, the MPAA has announced it is hosting a shindig in the nation's capital to help other states compete. "We will discuss how to better garner legislative and other political support for your jurisdiction's production incentive… Read


Disney Defrosts New ‘Frozen’ Short For 2015

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has unveiled plans for Frozen Fever, a short film debuting in the spring that will feature characters from the No. 1 animated movie of all time. Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the Frozen spinoff will feature Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and snowman Olaf along with a new original song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the Oscar-winning Frozen hit “Let It Go.” In Frozen Fever, it's Anna's birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff… Read


Netflix Nabs Rights To New Drama ‘Gotham’ In Precedent-Setting Deal


In what is believed to be the first SVOD deal for a broadcast series made before its premiere, Netflix has reached an agreement with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution for the upcoming Fox drama series Gotham. Under the pact, Netflix will become the exclusive subscription video on demand home of the Warner Bros. TV-produced Batman prequel in the U.S. as well as in each of the territories in which the streaming network operates and select other territories in… Read


ABC Buys Parents Comedy With Put Pilot Commitment


ABC's two strongest comedy series, Modern Family and The Middle, are about families with kids. The network is adding two more — Black-ish and Fresh Off The Boat — this coming season, and now it has put another in development for next season. ABC has handed a put pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy from Judah Miller, executive producer/showrunner on the well received USA comedy Playing House, and 20th Century Fox TV. It centers on Tony Award-winning mother and a… Read


Dax Shepard Driving Warner Bros ‘CHiPS’ Film; Michael Pena To Play Ponch


EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has set Dax Shepard to write, direct and star in a screen version of CHiPS, that TV series that ran from 1977-83 and featured two officers who patrolled the highways of California armed with motorcycles and the tightest khaki cop uniforms in television history. Shepard will play Officer Jon Baker (played in the original by Larry Wilcox), while Michael Pena is attached to play Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the role Erik Estrada originated. Rick Rosner… Read


UPDATE: Fox Home Entertainment & ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Marketer Apologize For “Headless Day” Promo After Beheading Of Second U.S. Journalist

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UPDATED, 5:07 PM: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the home video branch handling the Sleepy Hollow digital, DVD and Blu-ray release, issued their own statement following marketing firm ThinkJam's apology and retraction: “Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment recognizes and apologizes for today's promotion for the Season One DVD release of Sleepy Hollow. We regret the unfortunate timing of our announcement and our deepest sympathies go out to the families of… Read


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