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Raycom Media TV Stations Blacked Out By DirecTV In Carriage Dispute


More than 50 local stations owned by Raycom Media went dark on DirecTV today after the two sides failed to reach a new carriage agreement. The companies also engaged in contentious negotiations three years ago before reaching a deal. Negotiations continue, Raycom said in a statement on its Web site.”This is frustrating for DIRECTV customers who rely on Raycom stations for information and entertainment,” Raycom Media CEO Paul McTear said. “We share their frustration and… Read


Hot Venice Clip: James Franco’s ‘The Sound And The Fury’

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EXCLUSIVE: Prolific jack-of-all-artistic-trades James Franco arrives on the Lido this week to accept the Venice Film Festival's Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which goes to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema. Fitting then that his latest directorial effort, The Sound And The Fury, will have its world premiere out of competition at the fest (see the exclusive clip above). Related: Telluride: Jon Stewart's… Read


Telluride: Eviction Stunner ’99 Homes’ Electrifies Fest, Igniting Hot Distribution, Oscar Buzz

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After its smash international World Premiere in Venice, director Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homesan absolutely riveting drama about the 2008 home foreclosure crisis — had its North American premiere here at the Telluride Film Festival, and it has set this place ablaze. Despite lots of interest, as there should be, from domestic distributors, Bahrani told me immediately after this morning's screening that the financiers behind the film are waiting until its Toronto debut next… Read

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UPDATE: Box Office End of Summer – Some Profitable Hits In An Overall Blah Season


The summer frame, defined this year as May 2 through Labor Day, is down an estimated 14.7% versus the same period in 2013, when the industry was headed to a record year. In 2013, Iron Man 3 was phenomenal on the domestic front, grossing $409M to be the summer's top film. Compare that with this summer's top performer, once again featuring Marvel comic book heroes, in this case, Guardians of the Galaxy: Despite the same content source and distributor, this summer's No. 1… Read


RATINGS RAT RACE: MDA Telethon Even, ‘Big Brother’ Down & ‘Reckless’ Surges As CBS Wins Night


NBC, Fox and the CW aired encores last night, but the last Sunday of summer was not a languid night in primetime. Back for a second year in its new two-hour, single-network format, the MDA Show of Strength Telethon (0.2/1) dominated ABC's night. The 9-11 PM show had the crew from the recently completed Rising Star plus performances from Fall Out Boy, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, and Poison frontman and reality show love-looker Bret Michaels. Raising more than $52 million… Read


Film Arcade And Paramount Team On Romantic Comedy ‘Love, Rosie’

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The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have acquired Contantin Film's romantic comedy Love, Rosie. Film Arcade will distribute the film theatrically in the U.S. with Paramount Home Media handling all other platforms domestically. Release dates are tentatively scheduled for early 2015. Based on P.S. I Love You author Cecelia Ahern's bestseller Where Rainbows End, Love, Rosie stars Lilly Collins and Sam Claflin as a pair of star-crossed lovers. The two have… Read

Box Office

Box Office 4-Day: ‘Guardians’ No. 1 With $280M+ Cume As Summer Closes Down 14.7% Vs. 2013

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7th UPDATE, Monday, 9:10 AM: Calculations are out for the end of summer for the period May 2nd through Sept. 1 and this year the industry is down 14.7% from 2013. Specifically, this year grossed $4.055B compared to last year's $4.753B, according to Rentrak. For the analysis on this, see: RELATED: Box Office End of Summer, Some Profitable Hits in Overall Blah Season 6th UPDATE, Monday, 8:17 AM: Guardians of the Galaxy will end the summer with over $280.5M domestically —… Read


N Korea Warns UK Over C4 Political Thriller: “Anti-DPRK Hysteria” Would Bring “Disgrace And Self-Destruction”

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The Western entertainment industry has angered North Korea, again. A vitriolic statement from Pyongyang on Sunday took aim at British broadcaster Channel 4 - and the UK government - over planned political thriller Opposite Number, saying it "malignantly" slanders the DPRK and warning, “Reckless anti-DPRK hysteria would only bring disgrace and self-destruction.” I wrote about the 10-part action series by Matt Charman from the Edinburgh TV Festival last month. It kicks off… Read


Union-Crazy Hollywood Hearts Labor Day

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Hollywood might be the most unionized town in America, with one of the few remaining industries where there's a shop collecting dues from almost everyone. So as we celebrate this Labor Day, it's worth remembering that unions created the middle class; crusaded for Social Security and Medicare; pushed through the 40-hour week, overtime pay, the minimum wage and paid vacations; campaigned for civil rights; won the right to collectively bargain and the right to strike; fought… Read


Venice: Lars Von Trier Speaks, Sort Of; Helmer Prepping English-Language TV Series, Eyes “Huge Cast”


UPDATE: TrustNordisk has released further details of Lars von Trier's TV series project which was first mooted during a press conference in Venice this morning. A “huge” international cast will star in The House That Jack Built with von Trier to start working on the script this fall for a 2016 shoot. Plot details are being kept close to the vest, but exec producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen said the series will be “without precedent” and cautioned, “You better hold your breath."… Read


‘X Factor UK’ With Returning Simon Cowell Sheds 1M+ Viewers On Sunday (Video)


The Sunday episode of X Factor UK was down 1.7M viewers on last year's equivalent installment, according to overnight ratings. And that's with Simon Cowell back on the judging panel. After Saturday night's debut scored the best series launch since 2011, last night's viewers tallied 8.2M and a 34.9 share. That was a drop of 1.3M viewers from Saturday's 9.5M in overnights. The Sunday edition of X Factor was nevertheless the most watched show of the night, peaking with 9.4M… Read


Update: Oz Grants Disney Transfer Of Tax Incentive To Lure ‘Pirates 5′ Down Under

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UPDATE, MONDAY SEPT 1, 2:12 AM: The Australian government has approved the reassignment of a A$21.6M ($20.2M) tax incentive for Disney to bring the shoot for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Down Under. In 2013, those same funds had been earmarked for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo, but the studio is understood to have asked for a transfer with that project now in stasis. According to local trade, a spokesman for Oz Arts Minister George… Read


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