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‘Miss Peregrine’ Rules With $26M; ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Raises To $20M; ‘Masterminds’ Dumbs Down – Sat. Update


4TH Write-thru Saturday, 1:06pm:  Wait until today’s 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 as of this morning is seeing $9M for Friday and a revised projection of $26M over three days. Lionsgate/Summit/Participant Media’s Deepwater Horizon has everything working for it: an 81% fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating and an A- CinemaScore. We hear it will continue… Read


NBC Axes Manson Drama ‘Aquarius’ After Two Seasons

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Aquarius, NBC’s David Duchovny-starrer based on the Charles Manson murders, will end after two seasons. Created by John McNamara, the highly fictionalized historical drama kicked off in the summer of 2015 and finished its second season September 10. The news isn’t surprising. In August, Deadline reported that the series’ linear ratings had eroded following the series’ second-season renewal, as Aquarius was moved from Thursday to the low-trafficked Saturday night. For a… Read


Richard Trentlage Dies; Ad Man Wrote Iconic Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle


The big hits of 1963 included “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Puff the Magic Dragon” and, in England anyway, a rush of hits by some next big thing called The Beatles, but in terms of sheer recall-ability, a song from that year by advertising executive Richard Trentlage might best them all. It begins, “Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Mayer weiner…” Trentlage, a former ad man with McCann-Erickson and D’Arcy who wrote the Oscar Mayer jingle, died of congestive heart failure at 87 on… Read


Samantha Bee On Debate: Donald Trump Revealed Himself In Small Ways

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Covering this election cycle “is certainly a buffet of wonderful things to draw upon to make  a comedy show,” Samantha Bee acknowledged in her visit to fellow The Daily Show alum Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. “I want it to be over so badly. I want America to be happy again.” Heading into Monday’s debate, Bee confessed she and her Full Frontal staff were “extremely nervous. We had extreme anxiety in our offices all day. We were all very pale, we were all very drawn. We… 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