‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Case Dismissed On Request Of Google & Actress
Two and a half years after the short anti-Islam video became the center of an international and legal storm, the heated roller coaster ride ended today – which means YouTube, studios and networks can breathe a little easier copyrightwise. "Based on the parties' Stipulation for Dismissal of Action, the Court hereby dismisses this action with prejudice, with each party to bear its own fees and costs," said a federal judge Monday (read it here). The order from Judge Michael… Read
‘Martyrs’ Acquired By Anchor Bay; ‘Shooting The Warwicks’ Gets Release Date
Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the feature film Martyrs, from Wild Bunch. These rights include theatrical, Digital HD, Blu-ray/DVD and broadcast but do not include the first pay TV window. The revenge thriller follows a woman and her childhood friend who team up to exact payback from people who once victimized and abused them. It stars Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), Caitlin Carmichael (300: Rise Of An Empire), Kate Burton (127… Read
‘Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me’ Sets CNN Films Ratings Record
CNN’s Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me took over as the most-watched CNN Films broadcast in the franchise’s history, clocking 2.76 million viewers in its Sunday 9 PM ET premiere. The docu, about Campbell’s life, music legacy and battle with Alzheimer’s disease, trounced its cable news competitors in overall audience and also finished first in the news demo, viewers 25-54, with 510,000 viewers.
Previously, CNN Films’ most watched docu had been Blackfish, which had opened with… Read
Magnet Management Ups Christopher Mills To Partner, Adds Literary Manager Chris Emerson
Magnet Management has promoted longtime literary manager Christopher Mills to Partner alongside Jennie Frisbie, Bob Sobhani, Mitch Solomon and Zach Tann. In addition, Magnet has brought on literary manager Chris Emerson.
Since joining Magnet in 2005, Mills has been credited with spearheading the expansion of Magnet’s television business, with a focus on building up the Magnet client roster for staffing, as well as developing material for production.
“Chris is a dedicated… Read
Harvey Weinstein Toasts New York In Spain By Hosting July 4 Celebration At The U.S. Embassy
Harvey Weinstein flew into Madrid this weekend to host a special July 4th tribute to his New York hometown on behalf of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, James Costos, a former top HBO executive. The event, the largest July 4th celebration held outside the U.S., saw Weinstein produce a one-off concert with some of Broadway’s biggest stars, including Tony Award-winning Laura Benanti (Gypsy), Norm Lews (Porgy and Bess), Jared Grimes (New York Spring… Read
‘Terminator: Genisys’ Lords Over ‘Salvation'; Dinos Mighty With $84.3M More; ‘Minions’ Well Outpacing ‘DM2′ – Intl Box Office Final
UPDATED, 12:25 PM, 2:28 PM: Paramount Pictures just released its final grosses for the international start of its Terminator: Genisys and it earned $8.4M in 10 markets so it’s off to a good start ahead of its holiday bow stateside this weekend. Universal’s next is its worldwide animated franchise Minions, its raunch comedy Ted 2, the monster hit Jurassic World and the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 has its international arms full and they are seeing better than expected… Read
‘Terminator Genisys’ & ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Enter July 4th Frame Too Close To Call
Remember those Independence Day weekends at the box office when records were set? Well, this weekend isn’t going to be one of them.
At the high end of the July 4 holiday, you have former titans such as Paramount’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon raking in $180.7M over six days in 2011 or Sony’s Spider-Man 2 posting a six-day bow of $180.1M in 2004. However, label this weekend as another case of too-close-to-call. It couldn’t be worse with Independence Day falling on a… Read
Broadway Box Office: Kid Stuff Conquers As Family-Aimed Shows Bring Big Bucks
As producers ramp up efforts to grow the international audience (the latest effort is aimed at Brazilians who prefer Bergdorf’s, Bendel’s and Bloomingdale’s to Broadway), shows aimed at families are showing growth at the early summer box office. Six of seven G-rated shows currently running posted B.O. improvement last week, which was relatively quiet on the Street as Helen Mirren wrapped her huge hit The Audience at the Shuberts’ Schoenfeld and newcomer Amazing Grace got… Read
Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe & Mary Elizabeth Winstead Topline ‘Swiss Army Man’
Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in the Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert-directed Swiss Army Man — the helmers sensibly go by the moniker “Daniels.” Shooting begins July. The Tadmor Group and Cold Iron Pictures will co-finance and produce.
Launched at the Sundance lab, the film centers on a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness who befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home. Cold Iron’s Miranda Bailey and… Read
‘Zoo’ Review: CBS’ Campy James Patterson Adaptation Is Dumb Fun
Debuting Tuesday night on CBS, Zoo is going to make you cringe and giggle for all the wrong reasons in some of the right places. Simply put, as my video review above says, this summer series adaptation of James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's 2012 bestseller is silly goofy dumb fun.
Here's the deal: the world's animals have decided that us humans have to go and they've started to attack. Having said that, there's not a lot of blood – this is Big 4 TV after all – but… Read
Media Stocks Hit As Investors Ponder Potential Fallout From Greek Debt Default
All of the major media companies we track lost ground today, and it had little to do with the industry itself: Investors worldwide braced themselves for a possible ripple effect across Europe if — as seems likely — Greece doesn’t pay $1.8 billion due tomorrow on the $367 billion it owes to the International Monetary Fund.
The Dow Jones U.S. Media Index fell 2.1%. By contrast, the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined 2.1%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 1.9%, and… Read
Donald Trump Says He’s Suing NBC; Blasts Network For Backing “Lying Brian Williams”
Slamming the network for standing "behind lying Brian Williams" but not him, Donald Trump wasted no time today threatening NBC with legal action over the net canceling its planned airing of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. "Their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court," said Trump's office in a statement Monday. "Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it… Read