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HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Insecure’ Taps Prentice Penny As Showrunner

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Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner of HBO’s comedy pilot Insecure starring Issa Rae. Co-written by Rae and Larry Wilmore and directed by top music video director Melina Matsoukas,  Insecure focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman, themes Rae has tackled in her webseries, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl. Penny will executive produce the pilot, expected to… Read


America’s Women’s World Cup Final Win Most Watched U.S. Soccer Game Ever – Update

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UPDATE, 8:45 AM: An American win is always good ratings news for an American network but last night's resounding 5-2 U.S. victory over Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup (6.4/23) was a screaming Goal for Fox. In early numbers the historic primetime match played in Vancouver is up 36% among adults 18-49 over the 2011 Women's World Cup final. That July 17 daytime ESPN broadcasted game saw Japan beat the US with 14.1 million watching on TV here in the States. Sunday's game… Read


Roku To Offer User-Translated Global Video Service Viki

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Here’s the latest reason to pay attention to the video service aiming to compete globally with Netflix and Amazon by asking users to translate foreign TV shows and movies: Viki (it’s a combination of “video” and “wiki”) will announce today that it’s available in the U.S. on Roku — potentially giving it access to about 7 million homes. Roku users will be able to watch a few thousand shows with subtitles in as many as 200 languages. The line up will include the South Korean… Read


‘Bitten’ Returning To Syfy For Season 3

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Supernatural thriller Bitten is returning to Syfy for a third season. The series from Entertainment One begins production this summer in Toronto on 10 new episodes. Based on Kelley Armstrong's bestselling Women Of The Otherworld novels, Bitten stars Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. As previously announced, Bitten Season 3 was also picked up by Bell Media’s Space in Canada. Bitten is executive produced by J.B… Read


John Malone’s Liberty Global Completes Acquisition of Ireland’s TV3

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As had been widely expected, John Malone’s Liberty Global has completed its acquisition of Ireland’s commercial broadcaster TV3. The deal was made between Liberty Global's UPC Ireland and UK private equity group Doughty Hanson, which bought TV3 in 2006 for $292 million. "We're pleased to welcome TV3 to the Liberty Global family," said UPC Ireland CEO Magnus Ternsjo. "The investment we are making today secures the long-term future of TV3. With its wide range of home-grown… Read


‘Amy’ Sends Altitude To New Heights In The UK

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Asif Kapadia’s ecstatically-reviewed Amy, a powerful tribute to tragic singer Amy Winehouse, has scored the largest ever opening for a British docu at the UK box office with $808,000, making it the second biggest opening weekend ever for a docu in the country after Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.  Kapadia’s film, which is being released by Will Clarke’s Altitude, is already the highest-grossing documentary of 2015 after only a few days on release. It also surpassed… Read

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‘Inside Out’ Steals No. 1 From Dinos At July 4th B.O., ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Pops Viagra On Sunday – Early Monday AM Update

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4TH UPDATE, MONDAY 7:06 AM: Disney has yet to make it official, but according to early Monday morning numbers, it looks like the Pixar girl finally did it. After two back-to-back dead-heat weekends, Inside Out took victory from the jaws of Jurassic World and hit the No. 1 spot at the the July 4th box office with an estimated $29.76M. That’s not that far from the Dinos, who grossed an estimated $29.4M. Through five days, Inside Out surpassed Jurassic World as well as wide… Read


Has Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Eluded The Grim Reaper Again?

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According to a report in THR, Relativity Media chief Ryan Kavanaugh might just whistle his way past the graveyard yet again, finding yet another institutional investor to bail out his debt-strapped company. Report says that Toronto-based Catalyst Capital Group acquired $150 million of the debt that was verging on sinking Kavanaugh’s heavily leveraged company, and that CCG will leave him in charge. This wouldn’t get him out of the woods yet–there’s another $100 million… Read


Touring Event ‘The Marvel Experience’ Experiences Abrupt Cancellation


The Marvel Experience”, a traveling, interactive indoor theme park intended to bring the Marvel universe to cities across the country will instead be shutting down early. The show’s summer tour will end after it completes a three week run in Philadelphia, producers have confirmed. Debuting earlier this year with appearances in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego, the show was retooled before the current run, which was also meant to include stops in Chicago, New York and St… Read

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‘Terminator’ Back With $74M; ‘Minions’ Mints $54.3M – Intl Box Office Update

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3RD UPDATE, 3:15 PM PT: This weekend's international frame across the Top 10 major U.S. studio releases was up about 3.8% versus last. Year-on-year, looking at just the Top 3 films this week versus the Top 3 in the similar 2014 frame, grosses are up around 14%. In both the current and 2014 frames, the Top 3 pics were studio movies. Paramount has this week’s No. 1 title with Terminator: Genisys at $74M while it similarly was the weekend winner last year at this time when Tr… Read

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‘Amy’ Sparkles With $37K PTA, ‘Cartel Land’ Solid: Specialty Box Office

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The late Amy Winehouse drew big crowds to cinemas over the holiday weekend with one of the biggest debuts of any specialty release this year and certainly in the top tier for any documentary. In just six theaters, A24’s simply titled Amy grossed just over $222K for a robust $37,002 per-theater average, by far the biggest of any movie reporting grosses today. Sundance Film Festival award-winner Cartel Land also launched with a solid start in a pair of locations, while Sony… Read


Bart & Fleming: Judd Apatow’s Promo Push; Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman'; Hot Dog Eating And ‘Magic Mike XXL’

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: No comedy director has ever worked harder to hustle his movie than Judd Apatow with Trainwreck and his frenetic efforts are likely justified, given the flame-outs of raunchy comedies like Ted 2, Entourage and even Spy, which hit quick ceilings. Apatow himself has had his problems… Read