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‘Mockingjay Part I’ Preys Upon $33M In 2-Day Overseas Debut: Int’l Box Office


Lionsgate earlier today reported that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I was tracking 5% over last year's Catching Fire overseas. In 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire did slightly better abroad than domestically at about $440M vs $425M. We now have some dollar estimates on the first installment of the franchise finale's performance in several offshore markets. The estimated early total through Day 2 of international release is over $33M. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss… Read


Charles Sipkins Exiting Sony As Corporate PR Head


Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton just issued an internal notice that SVP Communications Charles Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities. “We thank him for his contributions and wish him success the in the future,” the memo said. Sipkins came aboard in August 2013 after working with several media companies in his role at crisis PR firm Sard Verbinnen, including advising for Yahoo and Peter Chernin. He oversaw all aspects of the… Read


Tina Fey & Robert Carlock’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Moves From NBC To Netflix With 2-Season Pickup


Netflix has stepped in to pick up cancelled series before — The Killing, Arrested Development and most recently Longmire. Now the streaming service is taking over a series that has not yet premiered, midseason NBC comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Netflix has doubled the 13-episode order the series starring Ellie Kemper had at NBC. The 13-episode first season will debut on Netflix in March, around the same time it should've premiered on… Read


Exhibitors Agree To “Landmark” ADA Compromise On Closed Captioning

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Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act could have cost movie exhibitors as much as $275 million for equipment and services. That burden may lighten, however, as a result of a compromise proposed today by the National Association of Theatre Owners and five groups representing the hearing-impaired. The groups will urge the Department Of Justice to tweak its proposed rules to give theaters more flexibility to offer closed captioning and equipment. The agreement… Read


SAG Pension & Health Plan Whistleblower Craig Simmons Wasn’t First To Ring Alarms

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EXCLUSIVE: Fully two years before whistleblower Craig Simmons alerted the U.S. Department of Labor to alleged malfeasance at the $3 billion SAG Pension & Health Plans, fellow employee Gary Mathis made virtually identical allegations to the federal agency, Deadline has learned. Mathis and Simmons both filed claims and wrongful-termination suits, with decidedly different outcomes. Mathis' claims were rejected by an arbitrator, but Simmons' claims went public, with coverage… Read


WME Signs ‘Starry Eyes’ Directing Duo

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EXCLUSIVE: Writing and directing partners Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer have signed with WME as their dark thriller Starry Eyes continues to climb the iTunes charts. The partially crowdfunded indie about a wannabe Hollywood actress (Alexandra Essoe) who makes a demonic pact for fame debuted in select theaters and digital platforms last weekend via Dark Sky Films, which snapped up the pic after the film's well-received debut at Austin's South By Southwest this March… Read


Latin Grammy Ratings: Preempted By Obama Speech, Univision Broadcast Steady With 2013

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The 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards may have started a little late with Univision covering President Barack Obama's immigration speech live, but the show didn't suffer at all in the ratings. On a Thursday of fall finales and other strong competition, 4.8 million viewers watched the 3-hour live show from Las Vegas last night. That's a 4% rise from last year's 4.6 million total viewership With performances by Pitbull, Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, Mark Anthony, among… Read


Court Blocks FCC On Content Deals, Cutting Outsiders’ Access To Program Terms

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The deals that CBS, Fox, Disney, and Time Warner have with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, AT&T and DirecTV will remain private, at least for now. The U.S. Court of Appeals in DC today granted an emergency stay that bars the FCC from sharing the information under controlled circumstances with outsiders who might help commissioners understand how Comcast's acquisition of TWC, or AT&T's of DirecTV, might affect the competitive landscape. The court said… Read


Jean-Marc Vallee To Direct Amy Adams In Janis Joplin Biopic


BREAKING: Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee is signing on to direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin in Get It While You Can, the working title for the biographical film that has a script by Ron and Theresa Terry and will shoot mid-2015. It will be the next film by Vallee, who helmed Reese Witherspoon in Wild and just wrapped Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. They will finalize a distributor shortlym and Dallas Buyers Club's Craig Borten and… Read


‘NSYNC’s JC Chasez Cast In Topher Grace Movie Musical

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EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace's musical comedy One Shot has added another crooner to its cast. Singer-songwriter and record producer JC Chasez, a founding member of the seminal boy band *NSYNC, will join Grace and Taye Diggs in the film about a failed Broadway performer turned stage manager who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new play to save the show's opening night. Grace is starring as said stage manager in addition to producing the indie film, which shoots… Read

Ellen Barkin To Guest Star In Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Pilot

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Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin is set to guest star in Showtime comedy pilot Happyish. She'll play Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Steve Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is best described as the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project. The role was played by Parker Posey in the original pilot that was picked up to series shortly before star Philip Seymour Hoffman's shocking death. Hap… Read


‘Queen Latifah Show’ Cancelled After Two Seasons

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Sony Pictures TV has cancelled its syndicated talker The Queen Latifah Show after two seasons. It will continue airing originals until the end of March. Said SPT: “We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of. Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show." Latifah just posted this note to herself and her staff on her Facebook page: Dear… Read


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