Wild Bunch Opens Window On Pan-European Digital Distribution: AFM
After world premiering Abel Ferrara's sex scandal pic Welcome To New York in an unconventional way at the Cannes Film Festival last May, French powerhouse Wild Bunch is launching Europe's first “e-distribution” company. The aim is to acquire four to five titles during the upcoming AFM which will be released via different VOD services throughout Europe, or — laws permitting — simultaneously on VOD and a small number of screens. Contrary to Netflix, which entered several… Read
Sony Posts Wider Q2 Loss, Beats Estimates On Strong PlayStation4 Sales
Sony came out ahead of analyst estimates with a smaller-than-expected second quarter loss thanks primarily to increased demand for its PlayStation4 game console. However, overall losses widened to 136B yen ($1.2B) from 19.6B yen in the comparable period in 2013 as the mobile phone unit bled $1.58B. Sales and operating revenue were up overall by 7.2% compared to the same period last year at $17.4B. The games and network services segment recorded an 83.2% bump in sales and… Read
Daniel Radcliffe Sports ‘Horns'; Jean-Luc Godard In 3D: Specialty Box Office Preview
Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius' Horns, which will be this week's biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week's newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye To Language… Read
‘The Colbert Report’ Has An Official End Date
A couple of weeks age, Stephen Colbert said there were 32 episodes to go for his Comedy Central late-night gig. Tonight on The Colbert Report, he announced its official end date: December 18. The veteran host will take over CBS' Late Show from David Letterman next year. Larry Wilmore's The Minority Report will take over Colbert's post-The Daily Show time slot in January… Read
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor Find ‘The Real Thing’ Elusive In Broadway Debuts
Tom Stoppard's 1984 dazzler gets the matinee-comedy treatment from director-of-the-moment Sam Gold in a revival that leaves its attractive stars, both in their Broadway bows, deeply in the lurch. Glib and weirdly chilly for a literate comedy-drama about love, commitment, the sanctity of words and the enduring perfection of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the Roundabout Theatre Company production is as full of ideas as the play itself -- all of them wrong.
Gold's first… Read
Kevin Reilly Back In Talks For Top Turner Post
The on-again, off-again Turner-Kevin Reilly courtship is back on. Soon after Turner Broadcasting toppers broke off negotiations with the former Fox chairman two weeks ago, the two sides restarted conversations. I hear that Turner Broadcasting President David Levy's string of meetings last week with prospective candidates to succeed Steve Koonin included a sit-down with Reilly. There hasn't been anyone else to emerge as a serious alternative for the post in the past two… Read
‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Season 5 Trailer: Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, More
Seinfeld's online video shorts in his Crackle show Comedian In Cars Getting Coffee have scooped up lots of awards in the Internet space over their first four seasons, and the whole project seems to be keeping zillionaire Jerry as entertained as his audiences.
Now Crackle's released the trailer for Season 5, which launches online in a week, at mid-day on Nov. 6. Guests this season include Fred Armisen, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Miranda Sings and Ali… Read
Bette Midler Wings Way To First UK TV Special; ITV To Feature Songs & Sit-Down
Singer-actress Bette Midler will appear in her first UK television special later this fall with Bette Midler: One Night Only. Hosted by Ab Fab's Joanna Lumley, the ITV program will feature musical performances intercut with an interview with Midler and a look back at her career. Among the tunes she'll perform are Beaches anthem “Wind Beneath My Wings,” 1990 hit “From A Distance” and “The Rose,” the title song from her 1979 breakout movie for which she received a Best… Read
Robin Williams’ Final Film ‘Boulevard’ AFM-Bound; Pair Join Catherine Zeta-Jones’ ‘Godmother'; More
Robin Williams' final feature film, Dito Montiel's domestic drama Boulevard, has been picked up for international distribution by Inception Film Partners and will be sold during the American Film Market next month in Santa Monica. Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk and Roberto Aguire co-star in the pic, which stars Williams as a lonely married man who begins to confront the emptiness that permeates his life. Williams officially joined the project in January 2013. Douglas Soesbe… Read
CBS Buys Dan Kopelman Guy Comedy
CBS has put in development a comedy written by Dan Kopelman (Rules Of Engagement, Malcolm In The Middle), which he is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment for Warner Bros. TV. The untitled multi-camera project revolves around four best friends from college who are still living together as bachelors 10 years after graduation.
This marks the latest collaboration between Kopelman and Kaplan. Last season, they sold a comedy spec by Kopelman with… Read
Adam Rodriguez Joins ‘The Night Shift’ As Recurring
Adam Rodriguez (Magic Mike, CSI: Miami) has booked a major recurring role on NBC drama series The Night Shift. Rodriguez is set for a minimum of five episodes in Season 2, which begins production November 10 in Albuquerque, NM. Rodriguez will play Dr. Joey Chavez, the newly hired night call trauma surgeon at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. He is an Air Force vet that served in Iraq whose personal experiences have led him to investigate his cases with an Eastern medicine… Read
Kelly Kulchak Named Head Of Current Programming For DreamWorks Animation TV
Kelly Kulchak has been named head of current programming at the TV division of DreamWorks Animation. In the newly created post, Kulchak will supervise the day-to-day production of all series, which totals nearly 1,200 episodes of original animated television content.
She joins DreamWorks Animation as it prepares to unveil two new series, All Hail King Julien and VeggieTales In The House, by the end of the year.
Prior to joining DreamWorks, Kulchak served as president and… Read