September 2012 Archive

Film

‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt 2′ Sets Global Cast Tour: Rob Pattinson And Kristen Stewart Reunite For Joint Appearances

EXCLUSIVE: I've learned that the final film in the Twilight Saga series Breaking Dawn – Part 2  is sending its cast on another major international promotional tour before the movie opens on November 16th. My sources say the countries are: Australia, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland, England, Spain, Germany, Denmark, and Norway. The wildly successful vampire series' studio Summit Entertainment has an added incentive setting such a big-ticket global tour: the… Read

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MPAA & SAG-AFTRA Applaud Governor Brown Signing $100M Film-TV Tax Credit Extension

The Motion Picture Association of America and SAG-AFTRA today commended Gov. Jerry Brown for signing into law a two-year extension of California's $100 million a year film and television tax credits. Read their statements below: “The state of California took a big step forward today, thanks to Governor Brown and the legislature," said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. "The two-year extension of the state's production tax… Read

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Governor OKs $100M Film-TV Tax Credit Until 2017; Is It Enough To Keep Up With Rival States?

Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation granting a two-year extension of California's $100 million-a-year film and television tax credit program, which now will run until July 2017. Today was the deadline for Brown to sign the nearly identical Assembly and state Senate bills. Currently dispensed under a lottery system, California's program was first introduced in 2009 to help stem the runaway production to other states with more generous incentives and lower costs… Read

Box Office

Specialty Box Office: ‘The Other Dream Team’ Scores On Slow Weekend; ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Strong In Expansion

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine. There were a few weeks there when the specialties shined compared to their studio brethren — overall box office slumped, but newcomers like The Master and Arbitrage impressed. Well, the final weekend of September saw limited-release titles lack the star-power of those earlier releases, and this frame as a result can best be described as ho-hum for the indies. The documentary The Other Dream Team scored the best overall numbers… Read

Box Office

What A Weekend! Sony Has Best Ever #1 + #2 Films: ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Sets Records; Uni’s ‘Pitch Perfect’ Tops Screen Average; Walden’s ‘Won’t Back Down’ Flops

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: Hollywood finally can celebrate better box office which breaks a 5-week losing streak. Friday and Saturday overperformed for an 'up' weekend: $110M total moviegoing, which is +20% better than last year. And Sony Pictures has $66.2M – or 56% – of it. Saturday especially was an “absolutely huge moviegoing day, one we haven't seen since July,” an executive told me. It was an especially big day for Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake with maybe the biggest ever… Read

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UPDATE: ‘Looper’ Execs In China Blooper

UPDATE OCT. 3: I'm trying to get the full story. But I've learned that everyone associated with the futuristic actioner Looperin China -- Sony and TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, Endgame Entertainment, and the Chinese co-producer DMG Entertainment -- made a blooper. Their execs reported early but wrong box office grosses. The reason is innocent enough: calculating grosses from some theaters mixed up dollars with yuan, making the tally appear much bigger than it actually… Read

TV

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Made In Jersey’ Starts Low, Season Openers Down, ‘Grimm’ No.1

CBS' Made In Jersey logged the lowest-rated new series premiere so far this fall among adults 18-49. The legal drama opened with a 1.1/4 at 9 PM last night. It tied the final season premiere of Fox's Fringe (1.1/4) as the lowest-rated originals on Friday. Made In Jersey was down 39% from last fall's season premiere of CSI: NY in the time slot and down 21% from the series debut of the now-defunct A Gifted Man in the 8 PM hour. Made In Jersey also was down from its lead-in… Read

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R.I.P. Michael O’Hare

Julliard-trained actor Michael O'Hare who helped launch the Babylon 5 sci-fi TV series by portraying Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in its first season, passed away Friday night from complications of cardiac arrest. He was 60. The show's creator J Michael Straczynski posted on his Facebook page that O'Hare had been in a coma since suffering a heart attack on September 23rd. In Season 2, O'Hare's character was replaced for the remainder of the show's 5-year run by Bruce… Read

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R.I.P. Arthur O. Sulzberger

Formerly The New York Times Publisher and Chief Executive, the media legend Arthur Ochs Sulzberger known as “Punch” who guided the newspaper and parent company through 34 years of tumultuous change, died today at his home in Southampton, Long Island, after a long illness. He was 86. His death was announced by his family whose primary publication notes how Sulzberger's leadership spanned “from the heyday of postwar America to the twilight of the 20th century, from the era… Read

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Murdered Landlady Was ‘Hollywood Legend’ To Actors

There's been sordid news in the past 48 hours about the actor Johnny Lewis who played a biker on the FX show Sons Of Anarchy committing murder and then dying himself. But what has been lost is the true identity of his victim, described by media merely as his 81-year-old Los Feliz landlady Catherine Davis. Now she's being called a “Hollywood legend” and “near saint” to struggling actors, a caring benefactor who throughout her life generously opened rooms in her home to… Read

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Andy & Lana Renamed ‘Wachowski Starship’ & No Longer Press Shy To Plug ‘Cloud Atlas’

Please don't refer to them anymore as 'elusive' and 'reclusive'. And instead of the 'Wachowski Brothers' or the 'Wachowski  Siblings', they now prefer to be called 'Wachowski Starship'. To promote their upcoming sci-fi fantasy epic Cloud Atlas, the writing and directing duo are plug, plug, plugging it everywhere. They eagerly gave media interviews this week after their pic received a standing ovation at Fantastic Fest. They've already starred in their own YouTube videos… Read

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Disney Giving $.90 Of Its Every Florida Political Dollar To Republicans

Walt Disney World has spent nearly $2.5 million on almost exclusively GOP candidates and groups in Florida so far this election cycle in an attempt to stop casino gambling. So says the Orlando Sentinel after a review of state records showing Disney's political contributions: Disney's political spending in Florida has ballooned to unprecedented levels … as the giant resort attempts to influence elections from the Keys to the Panhandle. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar that… Read

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