‘Quantico’ Casts Vandit Bhatt; Seamus Dever Joins ‘Titans’; Jimmie Saito In ‘Sweetbitter’
Vandit Bhatt (Ripped) is set for a recurring role on the third season of ABC's Quantico. From executive producers Josh Safran and Mark Gordon, Quantico follows young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base. Bhatt will play Jagdeep "Deep" Patel, a member of the new elite black ops team. Bhatt most recently played a younger version of Russell Peters in the film Ripped. He also has appeared on Younger, The Michael J. Fox Project and Mercy. Bhatt is repped by Judy Boals… Read
Brad Carlson Moves From Paramount To Skydance Media Overseeing Physical Production For Features
Brad Carlson has left Paramount Pictures to join Skydance Media as EVP Feature Film Physical Production. He will be responsible for managing the production and operations for the company’s upcoming slate of films, which includes the sci-fi thriller Annihilation which will be released February 23. That film, Alex Garland’s follow-up to Ex Machina, stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Carlson will report to Don Granger, Skydance’s president of feature film… Read
‘The Alienist’ Review: Nothing Alienating About TNT’s Deft 19th Century Drama
It is a long way from the uneven streets of 1896 New York City to the well-heeled slopes of Park City, but TNT's The Alienist will feel right at home at this year’s Sundance Film Festival among the top-notch films premiering over the next week. With a preview screening set for January 19 at the festival ahead of its January 22 premiere, the limited series starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller is a great yarn that has… Read
‘The Boys’: Antony Starr, Chace Crawford, Dominique McElligott & Jessie Usher Cast In Amazon’s Superhero Drama Series
Antony Starr (American Gothic), Dominique McElligott (The Last Tycoon), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Jessie T. Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) and Nathan Mitchell (iZombie) have joined Erin Moriarty as leads in Amazon's straight-to-series drama The Boys, Deadline has learned.
Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson and created by Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke, The Boys is set in a world where… Read
Average Movie Ticket Price In 2017 Hit All-Time High
The National Association of Theatre Owners has released 2017’s official average ticket price: $8.97, up close to 4% over 2016’s $8.65 and a new record high.
NATO’s ticket price is an average of all theater price points including senior citizen and primetime weekend evening shows.
NATO is calling the annual box office of $11.09 billion (-2.55%) from last year and by dividing that figure by their average ticket price we come to an admissions count of 1.236 billion, which is… Read
Wall Street Has Mixed Response To Word Of Renewed Viacom-CBS Talks
UPDATED at 2:20 pm: Investor reaction has been mixed this afternoon to renewed speculation that CBS and Viacom are about to recombine.
A Wall Street Journal report this afternoon confirmed a story late last week that the former corporate siblings were again exploring a merger. An hour… Read
Spike TV Logo Gets Explosive Send-Off On Facebook
“Choose your destruction.” A six-week interactive campaign to say farewell to Spike TV is wrapping up with a wild stunt on Facebook.
Ahead of its rebrand Thursday as Paramount Network, the outgoing Spike is not going quietly. In a live video on Par Network’s Facebook page, viewers can participate in the destruction of the network’s soon-to-be former logo by interacting and voting via Facebook reactions.
The post reads, “We’re back! We’re saying goodbye to Spike by… Read
With Sinclair Set To Close Mega Deal, Tribune Exec Warns Local TV M&A Risks “Self-Created Problems” – NATPE
Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert began his appearance on a panel at NATPE’s Station Summit by joking that this would likely be his last time ever at the conference.
Technically that could be true — Sinclair Broadcast Group is weeks or even days away from final regulatory approval of its long-anticipated takeover of Tribune. But Wert ended the session on a more serious note, warning of the significant risk that comes with the consolidation wave swallowing up his… Read
‘Black Love’: UMC Lands SVOD Rights To OWN Docuseries
EXCLUSIVE: Last summer, Black Love became the most-watched unscripted series debut in OWN history. Now it’s ready to stream. UMC has booked exclusive SVOD rights to the show and will premiere it on February 2.
Created by newlywed filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver and Confluential Films, Black Love highlights love stories from the black community and seeks to answer the burning question, "What does it take to make a marriage or relationship work?" Featured… Read
‘SNL’ Promo: Jessica Chastain & Kate McKinnon Bring The Feud
Joan Crawford and Bette Davis got nothing on Jessica Chastain and Kate McKinnon, at least for this pretty terrific Saturday Night Live promo.
In the clip, Chastain, who hosts this week’s episode, doesn’t have much time to enjoy soaking in her new Studio 8H surroundings before a sinister McKinnon arrives.
“You’re in my house,” says McKinnon as the two circle each other. “Can’t wait to bring it down,” replies Chastain.
“I have a killer Hillary impression,” threatens… Read
‘Jumanji’ Drumbeat Rises To $700M+ At Worldwide Box Office
EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle keeps on rocking at the global and international box office. Through Tuesday, the Jake Kasdan-helmed update on the 1995 board game adventure has grossed $701.7M worldwide. The split is $408M overseas and $293.7M domestic.
Offshore, the pic that stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale, added $83M this past weekend (including actuals). That scored it a hat trick as the top… Read
Jeff Sagansky & Harry Sloan Announce Platinum Eagle Acquisition Corp With $325 Million IPO
Industry executives Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan have teamed to launch their fourth investment fund Platinum Eagle with a $325 million initial public offering.
Sagansky (Sony, CBS, Scripps Networks board member) and Sloan (MGM, SBS Broadcasting and Lionsgate board member) have dubbed Platinum Eagle (Nasdaq: EAGLU) as a special purpose acquisition company. Since 2011, the duo has previously developed acquisition vehicles Global Eagle Acquisition, Silver Eagle Acquisition… Read