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Black Friday Explodes At The B.O.: Top 20 Pics +104% Over Thanksgiving; Katniss Eyes $73M 5-Day – Friday Night Update

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4th UPDATE, Friday 10:20 PM, Weekend outlook: Black Friday, one of the mothers of moviegoing days, racked up an estimated $69.2M for the top 20 movies, repping a 104% surge over Thanksgiving’s B.O., a day when most folks stay at home.  It wasn’t unusual to see most films chalking up 100% upticks in their Friday grosses over Thursday, with films like 20th Century Fox’s The Peanuts Movie and Open Road’s Spotlight seeing near two fold increases over Thanksgiving. Katniss was… Read


Rupert Murdoch Tweet: Sale Of Tribune, LA Times Looking Imminent

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 08:  Eli Broad, billionaire philanthropist and art collector, poses for a photo at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, a new building at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. The billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad has done the Los Angeles County Museum of Art a good turn. He gave it $50 million to build a special home for contemporary art -- and did it without sandbagging the institution with the burden of his overblown collection.  (Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Two days after employee buyouts that saw close to 80 longtime Los Angeles Times newsroom staffers and, according to some reports as many as 500 total employees, leaving the paper, Rupert Murdoch has today added fuel to speculation about the LAT’s future. In a tweet earlier this afternoon, Murdoch claims “strong word” that the Tribune Newspaper group is about to be sold, with the Los Angeles Times to be split off and sold to a group of local investors, including Eli… Read


‘NFL On CBS’ Snags Record Thanksgiving Day Ratings

Carolina Panthers v Dallas Cowboys

CBS Sports' Thanksgiving Day matchup of Carolina vs. Dallas (4:31-7:49 PM, ET), was the most-watched Thanksgiving Day game in 20 years for the NFC television package, according to the network. The November 26 game had an average viewership of 32.5 million (Persons 2 +), according to Nielsen fast national ratings (Live + Same Day). That’s up 11% from last year's 29.4 million (Chicago vs. Detroit; 12:39-3:56 PM, ET) and is the most-watched Thanksgiving Day game for the NFL… Read


Deadline’s The Contenders: ‘Son Of Saul’ Director László Nemes & Star Géza Röhrig Discuss The Harrowing Cannes Winner’s Journey To The Screen

Son Of Saul Contenders

Certainly one of the most acclaimed , as well as harrowing movies on display at our big 5th annual awards season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline (which took place in front of a packed DGA house full of AMPAS and Guild voters earlier this month)  was Son Of Saul, Hungary’s official entry into the Best Foreign Language Film race.  The movie which took Cannes by storm in May and won the Grand Prize  was instantly picked up by Sony Pictures Classics and will be… Read


What Is This ‘Project Delirium’ Jennifer Lawrence Wants To Direct?

Jennifer Lawrence May 2015

Jennifer Lawrence, out promoting the final installment of The Hunger Games, that disclosed she wants to make her directing debut on a picture called Project Delirium. What exactly is going on with this? It’s set up to be financed by 2929, with Lawrence and her partner Justin Ciarrocchi producing along with Todd Wagner and Ben Cosgrove. Lawrence doesn’t plan to act in it. Although the pickup the trades gave the story after Lawrence made comments in EW has her defining the… Read


Universal Lands Hot Novel ‘The Girl Before’; Ron Howard To Direct, Brian Grazer & Michael De Luca To Produce


EXCLUSIVE: In a big pre-Thanksgiving auction, Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to The Girl Before, a thriller novel written by author J.P. Delaney that Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House will publish in fall, 2016. Ron Howard is attached to direct the film, and Michael De Luca is producing with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Howard and Erica Huggins. Imagine’s Tyler Mitchell will be exec producer; Elishia Holmes will exec produce for Michael De Luca… Read


Lionsgate And ‘Gods Of Egypt’ Director Alex Proyas Apologize For Film’s Lack Of Diversity

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Both Lionsgate and the director of its upcoming Gods Of Egypt have apologized for the film’s much-disparaged casting, with Lionsgate releasing a statement, first reported by Forbes today, conceding that the company “failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity.” Alex Proyas’ film about mortals and gods of ancient Egypt, stars Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell and Geoffrey Rush and opens February 26. Last week… Read


Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Season 2 Teaser: Hayley Atwell Kicks Butt In Hollywood

Marvel's Agent Carter

Agent Carter is back and taking on Hollywood. ABC has dropped a new teaser for Season 2 of the action drama series. Hayley Atwell stars as Agent Peggy Carter, the unstoppable secret agent for the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Dedicated to the fight against new atomic-age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy now heads from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new… Read


Thanksgiving NFL Matchup Draws 27.8M Viewers, 2nd-Most Ever For NBC Primetime Regular-Season Game – Update

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers

UPDATED, 11:25 AM: The Bears-Packers rivalry game is the gift that keeps on giving for NBC. The network said this afternoon that the Thanksgiving nailbiter drew 27.8M viewers to become the second-most-watched primetime game ever on the network. It trails only 30.3M who watched the Week 17 “win-and-in” game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012, which the Redskins won to claim their first division title in 13 years. Thursday’s game saw the Chicago… Read

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‘Zoolander 2’ Trailer Scores Record Traffic For A Comedy Film In Its First Week


Paramount Pictures reports that the  Zoolander 2 trailer was the hotstepper in its first week of release, racking up 52.5M views online; the most for any comedy trailer ever. Zoolander 2‘s first week web traffic outstripped Dumb and Dumber To which clocked 49M views. It also beat the first week trailer clicks of 22 Jump Street, Hangover 3, Ride Along 2, Anchorman 2, and Trainwreck. The sequel to the 2001 comedy opens on February 12 next year. Stiller reprises his role as… Read


French Media Dedicates Coverage To Emotional Memorial Service For Victims Of Paris Attacks

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 27:  President of France Francois Hollande attends The National Tribute to The Victims of The Paris Terrorist Attacks at Les Invalides on November 27, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Black Friday took on an entirely different meaning in France as the still-mourning country’s nets dedicated wall-to-wall coverage to the memorial service for victims of the Paris attacks. In an emotional, defiant ceremony in Paris – attended by several of the wounded, some still in wheelchairs- the names of the fallen were read. At least 130 people were killed November 13 in Paris in a spate of terrorist attacks across the city, with most of the deaths occurring at music… Read


Roman Polanski Will Not Be Extradited To The U.S. From Poland

Roman Polanski

Polish prosecutors announced on Friday that they will not challenge a judge’s decision issued last month rejecting a U.S. request to extradite director Roman Polanski. The prosecutors in Krakow affirmed Judge Dariusz Mazur’s ruling, which blocked the  request by U.S. authorities. At the time, Mazur stated, “I find no rational answer to the question: What is the real point of the U.S. extradition request?" Polanski is now free to reside and work in Poland, his birth… Read