March 2014 Archive

Film

Ben Stiller Circling To Direct ‘The Current War’ At TWC

EXCLUSIVE: Just told you that Ben Stiller was in talks to play a role in the Alan Ball-directed I Am Chippendales, the film that's in talks to land at The Weinstein Company. I also can tell you that Stiller is in discussions with TWC to direct The Current War, the Michael Mitnick-scripted fact-based drama about how electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people. No deal yet, and they are… Read

Film

Ben Stiller Dancing With ‘Chippendales'; Alan Ball Pic Being Shopped With Weinstein Co In Pole Position

Ben Stiller is in early talks to take a lead role in I Am Chippendales, a movie that Alan Ball wrote and will direct that's being shopped right now. The Weinstein Company is the favorite to make a deal on the film. It's an adaptation of the Rodney Sheldon book that sounds like a mix between Magic Mike and Scarface. Chippendales tells the story of Steve Banerjee, an immigrant who went from pumping gas in Culver City to running a high-end nightclub that evolved into… Read

Business

Yahoo Weighs $300M Acquisition Of News Distribution Network: Report

This would be an interesting move for Yahoo if what The Wall Street Journal refers to as “preliminary talks” to buy NDN bear fruit. NDN syndicates videos from TV stations and other producers to online services for newspapers and news services including the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, and Bloomberg. NDN says it's the No. 5 online video platform, with more than 49M unique monthly viewers. Backers include… Read

Business

WWE Leads Q1 Media Stock Gainers While DreamWorks Animation Falls

The markets closed the books today on Q1 trading, and it began with a shrug for media stocks. The Dow Jones U.S. Media Index fell 2.4% over the three-month period, behind the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500, which was +1.3%. Sony was the top-performing Big Media company, with shares +10.6%. It was trailed by Disney (+4.8%), Viacom (-2.7%), CBS (-3.0%), Comcast (-3.7%), News Corp (-4.4%), Time Warner (-6.3%) and Fox (-9.1%). There's a much wider gap between the best and… Read

TV

NBC Orders Charles Manson Drama Series Starring David Duchovny From Marty Adelstein & ITV Studios Who Eye Alliance

Following the end of his Showtime dark comedy series Californication, David Duchovny is reuniting with former Showtime topper Bob Greenblatt for Aquarius, a gritty 1960s cop drama at NBC about a cop who goes undercover to track Charles Manson and the Manson Family before their infamous murder spree. The project, envisioned as an event series, has received a 13-episode straight-to-series order. Aquarius was written by John McNamara, creator of the cult Fox series Profit… Read

Film

BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Noah’ Rises, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Surprises As Schwarzenegger Brought To Knees; ‘Budapest Hotel’ Checks In Again; ‘300′ Passes $100M

OPENING: Noah (PAR) estimated around $43.7M for weekend's No. 1; Sabotage (OPRD) tanks in No. 7 with maybe $5.2M; Cesar Chavez (LGF) in limited release. NOTEWORTHY: The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) expands for about $8.5M and another strong per screen; Bad Words (FOC) expands to weak result. UPDATED, MONDAY, 1:25 PM: The final numbers are in and Paramount's Noah grossed $43.7M (which includes strong Thursday late nights that started at 7 PM of $1.6M). Freestyle Releasing's G… Read

Box Office

INTL BOX OFFICE UPDATE: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Captures $75.2M; ‘Noah’ Swells To $51.5M Cume; ‘Rio 2′ Breaks Brazil Records; ‘Lego’ Passes $400M; More

Highlights: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS) No. 1 with $75.2M in 32 markets; Noah (PAR) adds $33.6M for $51.5M overseas cume; Rio 2 (FOX) tops Brazil charts with $7.6M bow; The Lego Movie (WB) builds to $400.5M; 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB) crosses $200M; Frozen (DIS) becomes all-time global animated champ; Spanish Affairs (UNI) hot, hot, hot at home with +15% jump 5TH UPDATE, 2:10 PM PT: Updated grosses are in now for the following films: The Grand Budapest Hotel Read

Film

MGM To Make New Live-Action/CG ‘Pink Panther’ Movie

In the latest effort mining its deep library catalog for feature film franchises, MGM said today that it is developing a new Pink Panther movie, a live-action/animated hybrid that will take its cues from the tone set by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons in addition to that of Blake Edwards' films. That means that the focus will be on the Pink Panther character itself more than Inspector Clouseau, who took over the spotlight for Edwards' movies thanks… Read

Film

Hot Trailer: ‘A Haunted House 2′ Red Band

The new decidedly NSFW trailer for the horror-spoof sequel also has some fun at the expense of those semi-disturbing Facebook Look Back things. The Open Road pic sees Marlon Wayans moving into his dream house with new squeeze Jaime Pressly, but nightmare house is more like it. Michael Tiddes, who directed last year's original that unearthed $40M domestic, returns to the scene of the crime for A Haunted House 2, and Wayans and Rick Alverez reprise their gigs as… Read

TV

Spike TV Renews ‘Ink Master’ For Season 5

Spike TV has picked up a fifth season of Ink Master. The network has ordered 16 one-hour episodes for a fall debut, it announced today. Ink Master is hosted by Dave Navarro and produced by Original Media. It features tattoo artists from around the country battling it out each week in permanent ink for a $100,000 cash prize and an editorial feature in Inked magazine. Season 4 (through five episodes) has delivered 1.72 million viewers and improved the timeslot in Adults… Read

Film

Tom O’Donnell Replaces Leo Reed As Director Of Teamsters

Tom O'Donnell, the current president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 817 in New York, has been named director of the Teamsters Motion Picture and Theatrical Trades Division, replacing the venerable Leo Reed, who left the post in January after 25 years at the helm. The union, founded in 1903, represents 1.4M workers throughout North America and Puerto Rico — of that number, 10,000 work in the motion picture/theatrical trades division. O'Donnell will be… Read

Film

William H. Macy’s Sundance Helming Debut ‘Rudderless’ Headed For Paramount & Samuel Goldwyn

EXCLUSIVE: Just because spring has sprung doesn't mean there isn't still action coming out of January's Sundance Film Festival. I'm told that Paramount is closing a low-seven-figure deal for Rudderless, the film that Shameless star William H. Macy directed. It closed the Park City festival. Paramount will acquire North American rights and several additional territories. It will start with a theatrical run in a deal that is taking shape with the Samuel Goldwyn Co. The film… Read

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