20th Century Fox Kicks Off With Deadpool ‘A Chorus Line’ Number; Stacey Snider Talks Disney-Fox Merger – CinemaCon
20th Century Fox always starts their CinemaCon presentations with a musical number, and this year it was A Chorus Line of girls in red bustiers dancing along to that Broadway show’s signature song “One” as Deadpool himself came twirling on stage. This was followed by Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) beaming in via video saying that he can’t be there, and that Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson was running late.
Deadpool greeted the exhibitors in the room by saying “when do we… Read
Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ Faces Another Legal Challenge Ahead Of Cannes Debut
Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is facing yet another hurdle on its decades-long journey to the screen. A legal challenge filed this week could see the movie pulled from its May 19 closing night berth in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. This is the latest salvo, this time lodged by Paulo Branco and his Alfama Films Productions, in an ongoing back-and-forth over rights to the movie. Branco and Alfama claim the film cannot be shown without the… Read
Constantin, Prime Universe Team For Female Viking Adventure ‘Heathen’; Kerry Williamson To Write
EXCLUSIVE: Constantin Film and Prime Universe have teamed to turn the Vault Comic title Heathen into a film with a kickass female Viking warrior protagonist. Script will be written by Kerry Williamson, whose credits include Alex Cross, Netflix’s What Happened to Monday and who’s adapting the fantasy series Sandman Slim for director Chad Stahelski and Studio 8. Constantin's Robert Kulzer will produce with Adrian Askarieh, whose Prime Universe Films is in a two-year… Read
MGM Names Ted Lim Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning
Metro Goldwyn Mayer named Ted Lim senior vice president of strategic planing and development, where he’ll be responsible for overseeing deals, working on growth strategies and identifying new partnerships.
Lim will report to Chris Brearton, MGM’s chief operating officer.
“Ted’s specialized background in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and integration makes him an essential addition to our management team as MGM embarks on an aggressive and innovative growth… Read
Bill Simmons Media Group Promotes Geoff Chow To President, Ups Four Other Execs
Bill Simmons Media Group, the company behind The Ringer, its podcast network and the recent Andre the Giant documentary, announced a slew of promotions this morning. Chief among them is Geoff Chow adding the President title to his COO duties.
Also today, Sean Fennessey has been promoted to Chief Content Officer and will also continue on as Editor in Chief of The Ringer as well as host of The Big Picture podcast on Channel 33. Chris Ryan is the new Editorial Director of… Read
Warner Bros Adds Five Films To ScreenX Deal – CinemaCon
Warner Bros and ScreenX maker CJ 4DPLEX have agreed to add up to five titles to be released in the next 12 months on the panoramic, premium-screen format. The deal — The Nun, Aquaman and Shazam! are confirmed to be among the five — comes after the companies teamed on the release of the Dwayne Johnson-starring Rampage earlier this month.
ScreenX, the multi-projection system that provides an immersive, 270-degree film-viewing experience, has seen its installed base grow… Read
‘Billions’ Renewed For Fourth Season By Showtime
Showtime has ordered a fourth season of its hit drama series Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. In addition, the series, which currently airs Sundays at 10 PM, will move to 9 PM ET/PT starting next Sunday, May 6 to anchor the night and serve as the lead-in for the season two premiere of I'm Dying Up Here.
Billions continues to be a strong ratings performer for Showtime. The season three premiere on March 25 was its highest-rated ever, up 23 percent from… Read
‘Yellowstone’ Trailer: Kevin Costner’s Back Home On The Range In Paramount Network’s Neo-Western Drama
“That’s the thing about being a grandfather — I get to do all the things I wish I’d done with my children. And the things I regret, I get to do differently.” That’s Kevin Costner in Yellowstone as John Dutton, patriarch of the family that owns the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. His land is under assault by developers as he clashes with a newly installed Indian chief (Gil Birmingham) who’s “hungry for a fight” and whose ultimate plan is to buy their ranch… Read
‘SNL’s Colin Jost & Michael Che To Host 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, Lorne Michaels To Executive Produce
NBC’s Saturday Night Live team is taking over the network’s 70th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast later this year. Weekend Update co-anchors and SNL co-head writers , Colin Jost and Michael Che, have been named co-hosts of the Primetime Emmy Awards. SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels has been tapped as executive producer of the awards special, which also will feature appearances by other SNL cast members.
The Emmys will air live coast to coast from the… Read
‘Code Black’ Stumbles In Season 3 Starter; ‘Survivor,’ ‘Empire’ Share Wednesday Win Despite Lows
Code Black (0.7, 5.56M) started Season 3 on an off note Wednesday; the CBS drama fell 33% compared to last season’s premiere, to tie NBC's Chicago P.D. repeat (0.7, 3.63M) for the 10 PM demo win. In total viewers, Code Black slipped 13%.
Both shows bested ABC’s Designated Survivor (0.5, 3.37M) in the hour.
Fox's 8 PM Empire (1.6, 5.26M) and CBS's Survivor (1.6, 7.75M) tied for Wednesday’s No. 1 spot. Survivor was steady week to week in equaling its season low. Empire… Read
High Noon Entertainment Ups Scott Feeley To President
High Noon Entertainment has promoted veteran exec Scott Feeley to President.
In his expanded role, Feeley continues to oversee all creative – from development to current – and now adds the responsibility of day-to-day operations of the Denver, Los Angeles and New York offices. He’ll remain charged with creating original formats and generating new character driven series for broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. Feeley will continue to report directly to and work… Read
‘Firing Line’: PBS Reloads Public-Affairs Show With Host Margaret Hoover
EXCLUSIVE: PBS is bringing back an iconic property after nearly two decades. The pubcaster said today that a new version of Firing Line, the William F. Buckley-hosted public-affairs show it aired from 1966-99, will premiere in June. The new host is conservative political strategist and commentator Margaret Hoover.
Produced by WNET/Thirteen, the weekly series will bring together the brightest minds and freshest voices from across the political spectrum to engage in a… Read