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‘Miss Peregrine’ Rules With $25M-$26M; ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Murky; ‘Masterminds’ Dumbs Down – Late Night B.O. Update


UPDATE, Friday, 11:55PM: Wait until Saturday matinees. That’s what many are saying about the opening weekend for 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which is currently at an estimated $8.8-$9M for Friday and $25M-$26M over three days. Lionsgate/Summit/Participant Media’s Deepwater Horizon looks like it has mostly everything working for it: an 81% fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating and an A- CinemaScore…but at $7M tonight and… Read


Sean Penn Plugs Mysterious “Author” Pappy Pariah On HBO’s ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’

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So who is Pappy Pariah and why is Sean Penn saying all those nice things about him? Little or no light was shined on the not particularly difficult mystery Friday when the actor appeared on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. The guest spot was the two-time Oscar-winner’s second Pappy plug this week – he appeared Tuesday on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert – to promote the oddly-named author’s “mem-noir” Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. Penn narrates a free audiobook of the… Read


‘Archer’ Creator Looking To End Series With 10th Season

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The end is nigh for the staff of International Secret Intelligence Service/unnamed drug running crew/Figgis Detective Agency. Archer creator Adam Reed has revealed his intent to bring the FX cult hit animated series about extremely incompetent spies to an end… in approximately three years. Appearing this week on Modern Film School's Murmur podcast, Reed explained his loose plan for the show’s tenth season to be its last: The plan is to end Archer after season 10. I don't… Read


‘Legends Of Chamberlain Heights’ Duo Josiah Johnson & Quinn Hawking Sign With UTA

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Exclusive: UTA has signed Josiah Johnson and Quinn Hawking, co-creators of Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlain Heights. They continue to be repped by MGMT Entertainment and Ellie Altshuler. The adult-oriented animated series premiered September 14 on Comedy Central following South Park, two months after receiving a rare early second-season renewal from the network during Comic-Con. Johnson and Hawking developed the series with co-creators Brad Ableson, Mike Clements… Read


Funk Legend George Clinton Joins Flying Lotus’ ‘Kuso’; Thomas Q. Jones Locked In ‘Choke Hold’


Legendary funk musician George Clinton and comedians Byron Bowers and Anders Holm have joined the cast of Kuso, the debut directorial feature from acclaimed rapper and DJ Flying Lotus. It’s the first movie from Brainfeeder films and is currently filming in Los Angeles. The story follows the aftermath of Los Angeles’ worst quake nightmare. Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, travel between screens and between aftershocks into the twisted… Read


‘Mail Order Family’ Comedy Not Going Forward At NBC After Objections


NBC has decided not to go forward with half-hour comedy Mail Order Family after the concept was met with disapproval by Asian American groups over possible stereotyping of Filipino women, triggering a petition to stop the project. "We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” NBC said in a statement. “The writer and producers… Read


‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ Review: Eccentric Family Movie Is Tim Burton’s Perfect Match


If ever there was a perfect combination of director and material, it is the blending of Tim Burton and Ransom Riggs’ 2011 YA novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. You could swear Riggs wrote it knowing that Burton would turn it into a film. This is just the kind of eccentric, oddball stuff Burton has been serving up for 30 years, and as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), it has the advantage of being a pretty damn good entry in the era… Read


Scrap California Film Incentives? Nonpartisan State Analyst Says Maybe – Again


California should consider scaling back or eliminating its $330 million film tax incentives program if other states do so, according to a new report from the state Legislature's non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, which found that the first 10 years of the program only boosted the state's economic output by "a few hundredths of a percentage point" – less than $1 billion a year. The LAO also made a similar suggestion back in April 2014, before the program was… Read


ABC Head Of PR Hope Hartman Departs To Do Docus, Starting with ‘The Judy Effect’

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After a decade at ABC, Hope Hartman, who has overseen communications for the network and ABC Studios as SVP Communications for ABC Entertainment, is leaving. Her last day is today. Hartman now plans to focus on documentary-making full time. During her stint at ABC, which she joined as VP Media Relations in 2006, Hartman directed her first documentary, Book Club, which she completed in 2012. It screened at festivals, was optioned for development as a series at the CW and… Read


Sarah Carter Scores High In ‘Business Ethics’ As Comedy Rounds Out Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Carter has signed on as the female lead opposite Larenz Tate in Business Ethics, the indie dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Skylight Picture Works. Jessica Parker Kennedy, Laysla De Oliveira have also joined the cast, as has Gil Bellows, who starred in the original short film. Nick Wernham is directing the pic from his short, about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme. Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen have already joined… Read


Can CBS And Viacom Investors See Eye-To-Eye On Merger Numbers?

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'Seven Psychopaths' film premiere, Los Angeles, America - 01 Oct 2012

Sumner Redstone is accustomed to lavishly overpaying executives who work for him. But board members at CBS and Viacom may justify their compensation if they can figure out terms to unite the companies that will satisfy the mogul and his daughter, Shari — who control 80% of the votes — as well as independent shareholders. Investors have widely disparate ideas about how much the companies are worth. That suggests any deal terms will displease some owners who might argue… Read


NBC Buys ‘A Year To Remember’ Drama From Telefe USA & Kapital Entertainment


NBC has given a script plus penalty commitment to A Year to Remember, a drama based on the Telefe telenovela Un Año Para Recordar, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Telefe USA. This marks the first network sale for Telefe USA since the LA-based outpost of Argentina’s largest broadcaster, Telefe, was launched in March. The adaptation, written by Michael Folley (How to Get Away with Murder), is a crime procedural that centers on a Boston homicide detective who's… Read