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‘Sniper’ Still Blowing Away Competition; Eyes Super Bowl Record – Update

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UPDATE, SATURDAY, 12:30AM: Distrib chiefs earlier in the week spoke about how Friday and Saturday are the saving graces during Super Bowl weekend; how most films are frontloaded on those two days. Well, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow's American Sniper is the only film that continues to hook the masses and hammer away against the competition, new and old. It's the only film to come close to $10M tonight at the B.O., with the rest of Friday's audience fractured across so-so… Read

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‘Boyhood’, ‘Grand Budapest’, ‘Lego Movie’ Score Big At 65th ACE Eddie Awards — Complete Winners List

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Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel took the respective top prizes for drama and comedy tonight at the 65th American Cinema Editors Awards. Oscar snubee The Lego Movie continued to rack up awards-season wins, scoring the trophy for Best Edited Animated Feature Film, and Citizenfour added the ACE Eddie to its winning streak for documentary feature. The ceremony, hosted by 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub at the Beverly Hilton, saw Grand Budapest check in with the upset win… Read

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Bryan Cranston & David Shore’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ Civil Rights Crime Drama From Rene Balcer Get CBS Pilot Orders

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CBS is rounding out the pilot pickup activity tonight with two drama orders, to Sneaky Pete, written and executive produced by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and House creator David Shore, and civil rights crime drama For Justice, from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Productions, Law & Order veteran Rene Balcer and best-selling author James Patterson. Sneaky Pete had a production commitment; For Justice, a put pilot commitment. Sneaky Pete hails from Sony… Read

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Starz’s ‘Black Sails’ Ratings Steady In Season 2 Debut

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There certainly was some breeze at the back of the Treasure Island prequel when it returned on January 24 – a Scottish breeze, some might say. The Season 2 debut of Starz’s Black Sails at 9 PM that night was preluded by a hyped sneak peek look at the April 4 return of Outlander. While it wasn't a viewership gale, the 1-minute glimpse of the time-traveling romance helped bump up the Black Sails S2 opener to 860,000 total viewers. That's about 2% better than the first… Read

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Johnny Knoxville, Jermaine Fowler Projects, NBA Buddy Show Among 7 ABC Comedy Pilot Orders

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ABC made the bulk of its comedy pilot orders tonight, giving the green light to seven half-hour projects. Two, the untitled NBA project and The King Of 7B, come from one of ABC Studios’ top writer-producers, Galavant creator Dan Fogelman. The pilots also include an autobiographical coming-of-age comedy from Johnny Knoxville and Victor Fresco and a half-hour starring comedian Jermaine Fowler and co-written by Danny Chun (The Office) in an odd couple story based on his… Read

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ABC Picks Up 4 Drama Pilots

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ABC added four more drama pilots: medical advocate drama The Advocate, from Sheldon Turner; Boom, the story of a modern energy boom in North Dakota, from producer Tony Krantz; The Adversaries, a legal soap from ER veteran David Zabel; and Kingmakers, a murder mystery from Revenge producer Sallie Patrick. ABC also picked up seven comedy pilots tonight, including the NBA project, Dr. Ken starring Ken Jeong, Delores & Jermaine, The King of 7B, The 46 Percenters, The Brainy Bu… Read

Film

‘The Loft’ Review: Pete Hammond Says Thriller Fails To Elevate

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As I say in my video review above, The Loft has had a long build-out since Erik Van Looy’s thriller debuted in his native Belgium in 2008, stopping over for a remake in the Netherlands in 2010 before its latest remodeling job in the U.S. for Open Road Films, which picked up the pic after Universal let it go. Unfortunately, it doesn’t travel well. Van Looy is back to direct, and this one features a solid cast including Karl Urban, Wentworth Miller, James Marsden, original… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5 First Looks – Photo Gallery

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In anticipation of the upcoming Season 5 premiere of Game Of Thrones on April 12, HBO today threw out not only a trailer but also some visual breadcrumbs to keep fans of the blockbuster series guessing about what's next. Click on the photo to launch our gallery. The photos don't really reveal what’s in story for Arya Stark and Sansa Stark — both of who were in some very new situations, to put it mildly, at the end of last season — but we know they still have a role to… Read

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Fox’s Lines Up Super Bowl Ad For ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ – Video

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Here’s a look at the spot for Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service that will air during pregame for Sunday’s Super Bowl. The stylishly comic espionage actioner follows a veteran secret agent (Colin Firth) who leads a young protege (Taron Egerton) into the shadowy business. The kid gets into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a twisted tech genius threatens the world. Samuel L. Jackson also stars. Fox shifted the release date a few times before settling o… Read

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Sony Nabs Rights To Sci-Fi Comic Book Series ‘Descender’

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The first issue of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s comic book series isn’t even published yet, but they already have a studio for potential movie adaptations. Sony Pictures said today that it has picked up feature film rights to Descender, which debuts March 4 from Image Comics. Josh Bratman will produce the film with Lemire and Nguyen attached to executive produce. Michael De Luca and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the project for Sony. Descender is described as a… Read

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Busy Philipps Joins HBO Comedy Series ‘Vice Principals’

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With Cougar Town wrapping its six-season run, the comedy’s co-star Busy Philipps has joined Vice PrincipalsHBO's 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Vice Principals tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals, Neal Gamby (McBride) and Lee Russell. Philipps will play Gale Liptrapp, ex-wife of Neal Gamby and loving mother to his child who has remarried and has no tolerance for… Read

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‘Reversal’ Sells To IFC Midnight – Sundance

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IFC Midnight said it is acquiring U.S. rights to Dark Factory Entertainment's Reversal. The revenge thriller is directed by JM Cravioto and stars Tina Ivlev and Richard Tyson. The pic, written by Rock Shaink Jr. and Keith Kjornes, centers on a young woman who fights back and manages to escape a malicious abductor. After discovering she may not be the only victim, she decides to turn the tables on her captor. Reversal is its first film for Daniel Posada’s Dark Factory… Read