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June 2012 Archive

Box Office

Raunch Rules! R-Rated 'Ted' $52.5M And 'Magic Mike' $38M Weekends; 'Tyler Perry's Madea' So-So; 'People Like Us' Stillborn

  June 29-July 1 Weekend Actuals 1. Ted (Universal) NEW [3,239 Theaters] R Friday $20.6M, Saturday $17.9M, Sunday $16.0M, Weekend $54.4M 2. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) NEW [2,930 Theaters] R Friday $19.4M, Saturday $11.4M, Sunday $8.4M, Weekend $39.1M 3. Brave 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 2 [4,164 Theaters] PG Friday $10.4M, Saturday $13.3M, Sunday $10.4M, Weekend $34.1M (-49%), Cume $131.8M 4. Madea's Witness Protection (Tyler Perry/Lionsgate) NEW [2,161 Theaters] PG13 Friday… Read


NBC's 'Ready For Love' Signs IATSE Pact

NBC’s Ready For Love matchmaking show is now under IATSE contract after coming to terms to avoid a threatened work stoppage, according to the union’s Facebook page. The union said producer Ticking Time Productions has signed an agreement providing for health and pension benefits retroactive to hiring dates for roughly 100 crew members who will also have “enhanced turnaround and weekend turnaround provisions.” According to the show’s website, it’s produced by Renegade 83… Read


Quentin Tarantino, 'Iron Man 3', 'The Hobbit', 'Pacific Rim', Juice Comic-Con Saturday

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline's Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15. Ever since 20th Century Fox showed the naked wrestling scene from Borat a few years ago at Comic-Con, the convention has been a lot stricter about R-rated clips, and companies like The Weinstein Co. and Lionsgate have scheduled off-site events for edgier genre fare such as Machete and the later Saw sequels. But when an icon of pop culture asks for a panel at the biggest… Read


Elizabeth Mitchell Joins J.J. Abrams-Eric Kripke NBC Series ‘Revolution’ As Regular

Lost alumna Elizabeth Mitchell is reuniting with the ABC drama’s co-creator/executive producer JJ Abrams. Mitchell is joining Abrams/Eric Kripke's upcoming NBC series Revolution as a regular. The action drama, which landed NBC's marquee post-The Voice time slot, follows a group of people, led by Miles (Billy Burke) struggling to survive in a world where all forms of energy have ceased to exist. In a recasting, Mitchell will play Rachel Matheson, the mother of Charlie… Read


Olympics Trials Easily Win Night For NBC

NBC dominated Friday evening with NBC Sports' coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which swept the night's six half-hours in 18-49 demos and total viewers and represented the No. 1 and No. 2 shows of the night in both categories. From 8-9 p.m. ET, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Swimming Finals (1.5/6 in adults 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) delivered NBC's highest 18-49 rating in the time period since October 8, 2010 (Dateline NBC, 1.6) and biggest overall viewer… Read


Netflix, Other Web-Based Services Interrupted By Storms In East

Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest services in the Northeast were interrupted last night when Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud in Northern Virginia went offline because of severe thunderstorms, Forbes reports. Amazon EC2 servers handle web traffic for numerous companies in addition to those mentioned. Service was disrupted at around 11:21 PM Eastern time according to Amazon: “We are investigating connectivity issues for a number of instances in the US-EAST-1 Region." Affected… Read


Deadline Advisory: Nellie Leaving Town

Deadline’s indefatigable TV Editor Nellie Andreeva will be on vacation out of the country with her family from Monday, July 2nd, until Monday, July 23th. (She will cover the Emmy nominations inbetween.) If humanly possible, please refrain from phoning, emailing, or texting her during this period. She deserves some time off! If it’s a big breaking TV story, please contact or me at I’ll try to be nice if you give me news… Read


'Elysium' Brings Jodie Foster To Comic-Con As Movies Rub Elbows With TV Series

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline's Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15. Jodie Foster at Comic-Con? Absolutely believe it. She and Matt Damon will be part of a panel that day for Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, which launched its initial ad campaign at Comic-Con (“this restroom is for humans only”) a year before actually showing footage there that really hyped things up. This is the biggest unknown quantity announced so far… Read


Fox Pilot 'Guilty' Extends Options On Actors As The Network Mulls Pickup For Fall 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Legal drama pilot Guilty is staying in contention at Fox as the studio behind it, Warner Bros. TV, has moved on to extend the options on four actors, including star Cuba Gooding Jr. Pilots that are kept alive post-upfronts after missing the cut to series are usually put in midseason consideration. But in an interesting twist, I hear that Fox is exploring different scenarios for Guilty, including a potential fall 2013 launch, so the actors’ extensions are longer… Read


Lifetime Relegates Bristol Palin's Reality Series To 11 PM

It was two and out of primetime for Lifetime's new reality series Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp. After two dismal airings, the cable network has pulled the show from its Tuesday 10 PM slot, relegating it to 11 PM. Life’s A Trip opened to an underwhelming 726,000 total viewers last week — falling dramatically from lead-in Dance Moms. Life’s A Tripp, which had received mostly negative reviews, fell to 586,000 viewers this week. A Dance Moms repeat will take over the slot… Read


Disney Developing Marvel Animated Movie

Walt Disney Animation Studios is in early development with Marvel on an animated feature film based on the comic book series Big Hero 6. This one hit the rumor mill and the studio acknowledged that it’s on the drawing boards. Big Hero 6 is one of the lesser known of Marvel’s 4,000+ titles. The characters are Sunfire, Silver Samurai, GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Hiro Takachiho, and Baymax. They were created by the Japanese government to protect the country from all threats… Read


Jason Katims Inks New Deal With Universal TV, Hires Michelle Lee As Development Exec

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Katims, the Emmy-winning writer-executive producer behind Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, has extended his relationship with the studio behind both series, Universal Television, in a new overall deal. Under the two-year pact, Katims will continue as executive producer on NBC’s Parenthood, in addition to developing new projects through his banner which he plans to build up into a full-fledged production company. As a key initial step, Katims has hired… Read