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BBC Two Chief On New ‘Top Gear’: “Exciting” And “Scary” – Edinburgh

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BBC Two controller Kim Shillinglaw spoke at the Edinburgh TV Festival today where she said of the new Chris Evans-hosted Top Gear, “It’s scary, but it’s really exciting.” Evans was named in June to succeed Jeremy Clarkson on the motoring show after the latter's contract was not renewed following a dust-up with a producer. While calling Clarkson’s departure a "very sad episode," Shillinglaw, according to the BBC, said the new show will be “really different" and will… Read

Film

Tribeca Horror Pic ‘Scherzo Diabolico’ Scares Up Deal With MPI Media Group

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EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Sherzo Diabolico, the dark comic horror film from Spanish writer-director Adrián García Bogliano (The ABCs Of Death, Here Comes The Devil) that had its world premiere this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. The plan is to release the film, about a desperate man pushed to take an extreme action to alter his life, across multiple platforms in early 2016 via MPI’s genre arm Dark Sky Films. It is the latest… Read

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‘Blunt Talk’ Solid Ratings Starter On Starz

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Blunt Talk’s launch on Starz on Saturday logged 601,000 viewers in Live+3. It’s lead-out, the second-season launch of Survivor’s Remorse, clocked 463K Live+3 viewers, which is up 68% compared with last October’s Season 1 starter. Across all of its opening weekend plays on the network, the Patrick Stewart-starrer Blunt Talk snared 1.5 million Live+3 viewers. And Starz noted the kickoff nabbed an all-in of 2.4 million multi-platform viewers in early on-demand/online… Read

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‘Rookie Blue’ Ratings Fall, ‘Big Brother’ Even, ‘Boom!’ & ‘Under The Dome’ Rise

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As we await the programming flood of the upcoming season, last night was a bit of a roller coaster on primetime. While Big Brother (2.0/7), the top rated and second most watched (6.34 million) show of the night, was even among adults 18-49 with its August 20 show, lead-out Under The Dome (0.9/3) saw a nice rise. Up 13% from last week, the thriller based on the works of Stephen King took its 10 PM time slot against fellow drama Rookie Blue (0.5/2). In fact, it was not a… Read

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Victoria Justice Inks Talent Deal With 20th Century Fox TV & Fox Network

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Young actresses with enough experience, name recognition and chops to carry a show are always a hot commodity, especially during the highly competitive pilot season and especially when it comes down to one of the hardest casting types: a beautiful and funny twentysomething actress with star quality. Fox and 20th Century Fox TV are making a preemptive strike, signing a talent deal with 22-year-old former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice. Under the pact, the studio and… Read

Box Office

Terry Kinney Will Turn Rock Band ‘Other Lives’ Into Next Wave Artists

Cold War Kids And Other Lives Perform At KCRW And The Annenberg Foundation's Free Concert Series: Sound In Focus

Director and Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founder Terry Kinney is turning a performance by indie rockers Other Lives into a theater work for this fall’s Next Wave Festival, a signature program of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Conceived by Kinney with Rebecca Habel, Reconfiguration: An Evening With Other Lives will have its world premiere October 9 and 10 at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Other Lives members Jesse Tabish, Jonathon Mooney, Josh Onstott, Daniel Hart… Read

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Ratings Smash Cable Records With Live+3 Results

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Having solidly taken the top cable debut spot with its first round of ratings, it's no surprise that Fear The Walking Dead has now ripped apart the previous Live+3 records. With DVR numbers now in, the August 23 premiere of The Walking Dead spinoff had 13.3 million total viewers and 8.5 million adults 18-49. That jumps it ahead of AMC's other recent successful and previous record holding spinoff Better Call Saul in the key categories and seals FearTWD as the summer’s top… Read

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Faith-Based Film ‘War Room’ Collects $600K, Beating Zac Efron’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ In Thursday Previews

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The faith-based film War Roomfrom Fireproof director Alex Kendrick, started its weekend early last night with a $600,000 take from 1,017 theaters. The film, which is being handled by Affirm/TriStar, will expand to 1,135 locations today and is on track for a $4M-$5M opening. Warner Bros.’ Zac Efron drama We Are Your Friends came in much lower with $175K. Industry projections put that film at $10M-$12M FSS. Set against the go-go of Hollywood nightlife, We Are Your Friends … Read

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Polish Court Sets Date For Roman Polanksi Extradition Hearing

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A Polish court has set September 22 as the date for Roman Polanski’s next extradition hearing. The move is the latest in a decades-long attempt by U.S. Justice Department officials to have the now-82-year-old filmmaker extradited to the U.S. to carry out a sentence first issued in 1977 after he pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old during a photoshoot for French Vogue. Polanski is expected to appear before a judge at the new hearing after U.S… Read

International

Cameron Mackintosh Considers Himself A Friend Of ‘Oliver!’ In Amman, Jordan

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23:  Producer Cameron Mackintosh attends the opening night of Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Boublil and Schonberg's "Les Miserables" on Broadway at The Imperial Theatre on March 23, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Mackintosh, who controls the licensing rights to the groundbreaking Lionel Bart musical, has lent his support to the first-ever Arab-language presentation of the show, based on Charles Dickens’ exclamation point-free Oliver Twist. The production will run September 1 through 3 at Amman’s Royal Cultural Centre. With Mackintosh’s blessing as well as aid, the show has been updated from 19th-century London to an unnamed modern Arab city, according to Charlotte Eagar… Read

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Channel 4 Orders Sex-Scandal Drama ‘National Treasure’ – Edinburgh

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A four-part serial drama, National Treasure examines accusations of sexual misconduct against a fictional public figure and explores their impact on the accused and those most closely associated with him as he is brought to trial. Channel 4 has ordered the timely drama that’s created by Jack Thorne and is due to air next year. The ripped-from-the-headlines story follows Paul Finchley, one half of a much loved comedy double act — a cherished household name with a career… Read

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BBC Two Enters Court Of ‘Versailles’ With Anglo-French Drama Pick-Up – Edinburgh

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In a notable acquisition for BBC Two, the channel has taken UK rights to Anglo-French drama Versailles. Zodiak Rights is handling international sales on the 10-part English-language series. Set against a backdrop of power, love, betrayal and war, Versailles examines a defining period of French history. The year is 1667 and King Louis XIV is a 28-year-old monarch on the cusp of greatness. A ruthless leader, he will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most… Read