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RATINGS RAT RACE: MDA Telethon Even, ‘Big Brother’ Down & ‘Reckless’ Surges As CBS Wins Night


NBC, Fox and the CW aired encores last night, but the last Sunday of summer was not a languid night in primetime. Back for a second year in its new two-hour, single-network format, the MDA Show of Strength Telethon (0.2/1) dominated ABC's night. The 9-11 PM show had the crew from the recently completed Rising Star plus performances from Fall Out Boy, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, and Poison frontman and reality show love-looker Bret Michaels. Raising more than $52 million… Read


Film Arcade And Paramount Team On Romantic Comedy ‘Love, Rosie’

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The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have acquired Contantin Film's romantic comedy Love, Rosie. Film Arcade will distribute the film theatrically in the U.S. with Paramount Home Media handling all other platforms domestically. Release dates are tentatively scheduled for early 2015. Based on P.S. I Love You author Cecelia Ahern's bestseller Where Rainbows End, Love, Rosie stars Lilly Collins and Sam Claflin as a pair of star-crossed lovers. The two have… Read

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Box Office 4-Day: ‘Guardians’ No. 1 With $280M+ Cume As Summer Closes Down 14.7% Vs. 2013

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7th UPDATE, Monday, 9:10 AM: Calculations are out for the end of summer for the period May 2nd through Sept. 1 and this year the industry is down 14.7% from 2013. Specifically, this year grossed $4.055B compared to last year's $4.753B, according to Rentrak. For the analysis on this, see: RELATED: Box Office End of Summer, Some Profitable Hits in Overall Blah Season 6th UPDATE, Monday, 8:17 AM: Guardians of the Galaxy will end the summer with over $280.5M domestically —… Read


N Korea Warns UK Over C4 Political Thriller: “Anti-DPRK Hysteria” Would Bring “Disgrace And Self-Destruction”

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The Western entertainment industry has angered North Korea, again. A vitriolic statement from Pyongyang on Sunday took aim at British broadcaster Channel 4 - and the UK government - over planned political thriller Opposite Number, saying it "malignantly" slanders the DPRK and warning, “Reckless anti-DPRK hysteria would only bring disgrace and self-destruction.” I wrote about the 10-part action series by Matt Charman from the Edinburgh TV Festival last month. It kicks off… Read


Union-Crazy Hollywood Hearts Labor Day

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Hollywood might be the most unionized town in America, with one of the few remaining industries where there's a shop collecting dues from almost everyone. So as we celebrate this Labor Day, it's worth remembering that unions created the middle class; crusaded for Social Security and Medicare; pushed through the 40-hour week, overtime pay, the minimum wage and paid vacations; campaigned for civil rights; won the right to collectively bargain and the right to strike; fought… Read


Venice: Lars Von Trier Speaks, Sort Of; Helmer Prepping English-Language TV Series, Eyes “Huge Cast”


UPDATE: TrustNordisk has released further details of Lars von Trier's TV series project which was first mooted during a press conference in Venice this morning. A “huge” international cast will star in The House That Jack Built with von Trier to start working on the script this fall for a 2016 shoot. Plot details are being kept close to the vest, but exec producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen said the series will be “without precedent” and cautioned, “You better hold your breath."… Read


‘X Factor UK’ With Returning Simon Cowell Sheds 1M+ Viewers On Sunday (Video)


The Sunday episode of X Factor UK was down 1.7M viewers on last year's equivalent installment, according to overnight ratings. And that's with Simon Cowell back on the judging panel. After Saturday night's debut scored the best series launch since 2011, last night's viewers tallied 8.2M and a 34.9 share. That was a drop of 1.3M viewers from Saturday's 9.5M in overnights. The Sunday edition of X Factor was nevertheless the most watched show of the night, peaking with 9.4M… Read


Update: Oz Grants Disney Transfer Of Tax Incentive To Lure ‘Pirates 5′ Down Under

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UPDATE, MONDAY SEPT 1, 2:12 AM: The Australian government has approved the reassignment of a A$21.6M ($20.2M) tax incentive for Disney to bring the shoot for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Down Under. In 2013, those same funds had been earmarked for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo, but the studio is understood to have asked for a transfer with that project now in stasis. According to local trade, a spokesman for Oz Arts Minister George… Read

Box Office

Update: Int’l Box Office: ‘Apes’ Dawns In China With $47M; ‘Into The Storm’ Whips Up Korea #1; ‘Lucy’ Crosses $150M; More


3RD UPDATE, 9:02 PM PT: International box office was even with last weekend across the Top 10 studio releases with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the big gorilla thanks to a strong China opening. Lucy was also in on the action again this frame with a cumulative $31.2M in Universal and EuropaCorp territories. Compared to last year, the session was up 39%. Players at that time included Elysium, One Direction: This Is Us and The Conjuring, with Monsters University adding… Read

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Box Office End of Summer: Some Profitable Hits In An Overall Blah Season


The summer frame, defined this year as May 2 through Labor Day, is down an estimated 14.8% versus the same period in 2013, when the industry was headed to a record year. In 2013, Iron Man 3 was phenomenal on the domestic front, grossing $409M to be the summer's top film. Compare that with this summer's top performer, once again featuring Marvel comic book heroes, in this case, Guardians of the Galaxy: Despite the same content source and distributor, this summer's No. 1… Read


Pete Hammond’s Telluride Q&A With Makers Of ‘The Imitation Game’ [Video]

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Deadline's Pete Hammond is in Telluride for the film festival, busily seeing (and writing about) as many awards contenders there as he can. But Pete also took a bit of time after watching The Imitation Game to sit down with the film's producers Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman and Nora Grossman, screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum. The film, being distributed by The Weinstein Company, tells the painfully true story of Alan Turing, the brilliant British… Read


‘Meet The Press’ Introduces Chuck Todd: Video


NBC News this morning began warming up the Meet The Press audience for its new host Chuck Todd, who debuts a week from today. The canned piece features Brian Williams, Todd's wife and mother, Savannah Guthrie and Tom Brokaw — who said he not only wants to extend good wishes to Todd, but also to David Gregory, the guy NBC News dumped to give him the slot. Aw, snap! Watch the video… Read


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