‘Jack Reacher 2’ & ‘Madea’ Still Wrestling Over No. 1; ‘Joneses’ Opening Lower Than ‘Masterminds’ – Friday Night Update
UPDATE, Friday 11:09PM: Weekend ticket sales have been sliding since Labor Day.
But not this weekend.
The fight for No. 1 between Paramount’s Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher: Never Go Back ($24.6M) and Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween ($23.7M), is spurring this weekend’s stubs to at least $120M, a 24% boost over last FSS’s tally.
Note, it’s not 100% certain that Jack Reacher 2 will win the weekend. Should Madea notch up, it’ll be because Lionsgate was able… Read
Kevin Meaney Dies: Veteran Comic And Actor Was 60
Tributes from colleagues and friends poured out tonight following the news that comedian Kevin Meaney has died. The veteran stand up comic, whose acting credits include numerous animated television series and the Tom Hanks film Big among others, and who also made dozens of appearances on late night television, was 60. He was found in his home today in Forestburgh, New York.
“So kind. So damn funny. So sorry for his loved ones for his loss,” said Bob Saget about Meaney on… Read
Ex-State Sen. Ron Calderon Sentenced In Film Incentives Bribe Case
Former California State Sen. Ron Calderon has been sentenced to 3½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for performing official acts as a legislator – including $60,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as independent filmmakers who wanted changes to California's film incentives program.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Calderon agreed to support an expansion of a state law that… Read
‘Neruda’ Trailer: Life On The Run For Chilean Poet & Political Firebrand
Best known here in the U.S. as the author of some of the greatest – if not the greatest – poetry of the 20th century, Chile’s Pablo Neruda was considered in his country one of the most dangerous men alive. His romantic and erotic poems scandalized conservatives which was bad enough, but Neruda was also a communist activist and politician whose poetry electrified Chile’s working classes. That gained him the permanent enmity of the country’s fascists and… Read
Donald Trump’s Comedy Crater Caught By 10.3M Viewers On Cable News Networks
An average of about 10.3 million viewers watched just the cable news networks to see two presidential candidates known for their utter lack of comedy chops perform lighthearted roasts of each other at a Catholic charity fundraiser.
The ensuing train wreck at the annual Al Smith dinner brought nearly 4M viewers to CNN, 3.6M to Fox News Channel and another 2.9M to MSNBC. CNN also towered in the news demo with 1.337M viewers aged 25-54, to FNC’s 781K and MSNBC’s 652K.
‘Sneakers’ Hacker Drama Based On Movie In Works At NBC From Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald & Tom Szentgyorgyi
NBC has put in development Sneakers, a hacker drama based on the 1992 movie starring Robert Redford, from former The Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi, husband/wife producing duo Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, and Universal TV. Szentgyorgyi, who is under an overall deal at Uni TV, will pen the series adaptation. Parkes and MacDonald, who have had a first-look deal at Uni TV, also will executive produce. They were approached by the studio to come on board… Read
Time Warner Sale To AT&T Shows Distribution, Not Content, Is King
You can bet that Time Warner execs will say that their agreement to sell the cable and studio company to AT&T confirms the showbiz cliche that content is king. But the terms, with AT&T as the survivor, demonstrate just the opposite.
The telco has agreed to pay about $85 billion, or about $110 a share, Reuters Read
Fox Nabs ‘Bad Sugar’ Comedy From Sharon Horgan, Patty Breen & Aaron Kaplan
Fox has given a script commitment plus significant penalty to Bad Sugar, a single-camera comedy from writer-producer Patty Breen (Suburgatory), Divorce and Catastrophe‘s Sharon Horgan and her Merman Films, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, UK’s Tiger Aspect and 20th TV.
Written by Breen based on the British format, Bad Sugar follows the sexy and scheming heirs of a wealthy mining mogul as they battle each other to become the next head of his fracking empire.
‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Daisy Head To Topline Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot, Casey Deidrick Set As A Male Lead
After a lengthy search, Lifetime has found its Elena Holland. Daisy Head is set as the lead in Lifetime’s psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer's Nightmare. The deal came down quickly, with Lifetime snagging Head moments after she became available when the Freeform drama series Guilt, which she toplined, was canceled yesterday. Also cast as one of the male leads in Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is Casey Deidrick (Ey… Read
‘Burn This’ Broadway Revival With Jake Gyllenhaal Postponed Until 2017-2018
Burn This, the Broadway revival of the Landford Wilson play that was to be a starring vehicle for Jake Gyllenhaal and the first production in the refurbished Hudson Theatre after five decades, has been postponed. Producers Stacey Mindich and Jessica R. Jenen just made the announcement, citing “scheduling conflicts with the show's star.”
Gyllenhaal is set to co-star next week with Annaleigh Ashford in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday In The Pa… Read
Bill Murray Crashes White House Press Conference To Talk Up Cubs’ Chances
Well-known Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray took an Internet meme to the White House today, crashing the very end of a Presidential press conference to talk about the Cubs. Murray, who in recent years has gone viral for crashing a bachelor party, a NYC Kickball game, even a random couple’s engagement photos, took over the presser to talk up his team’s chances in the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With a very game White House press corps… Read
‘Michael Moore In TrumpLand’ Lands On ITunes & Sets Global Airdates – Update
UPDATE, Friday 4:02 PM: Michael Moore In TrumpLand is now available on iTunes, and the surprise self-distributed documentary has also lined up presentations around the globe. The film will air on October 30 in the UK (Channel 4), Australia (Ten Network), Netherlands (VPRO), New Zealand (TVNZ), Denmark (TV2), Sweden (SVT), Finland (Nelonen), Norway (NRK) and Iceland (365).
The film, currently available on iTunes for $4.99, broke the house record at the IFC Center cinema in… Read