Box Office Late Nights: ‘If I Stay’ A Strong $1.1M; ‘Sin City’ And ‘Game Stands Tall’ Underwhelms
Warner Bros.' If I Stay grossed $1.1M in late nights which began at 7 p.m. — a strong showing for this picture based on a YA novel and starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 1 and 2, Carrie). For comparisons, last weekend's YA offering The Giver, opened at 8 p.m. and grossed $750K and went on to gross $12.3M for the weekend. The Fault in Our Stars, which opened in June and had a phenomenal social media presence and two stars coming off of a big movie (Divergent), had a… Read
Harvey Weinstein Wants To Give Negatory ‘Neverland’ Columnist Riedel The Hook
UPDATE Friday morning: Motown The Musical announced its January, 2015 closing — paving the way, maybe, for Finding Neverland to be the next tenant at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The Riedel Watch: I promised occasional updates on reaction to some of my pal Michael Riedel's more combustible columns (so many to choose from!), and on Wednesday he produced a doozy. Surveying two New York reviews of Finding Neverland, the Broadway-bound musical that opened… Read
Paramount Sets October ‘Men, Women & Children’ Dates
Paramount says the Jason Reitman film, making its world premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival, will open in limited markets on October 1. Pic will expand on October 10 and go wide on October 17th. Adapted by Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson from the Chad Kultgen novel, the… Read
Broadway’s ‘Motown’ Tuner Will Shutter In January, Possibly In Profit
Motown The Musical, the tuner loosely based on label founder Berry Gordy's memoir, will play its final performance at Broadway's Lunt Fontanne Theatre on January 18, 2015, a few months shy of its second anniversary. The musical has yet to recoup its $18 million capitalization but will, according to a New York Times report, “in the next few weeks.” Show — featuring many of the hits from the Motown catalogue and impersonations of the Jackson Five, the Supremes, the… Read
Global Showbiz Briefs: Berlin Sets Wim Wenders Homage; BBC Two Orders ‘Stonemouth’ & UK’s First Transgender Series; More
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will dedicate an homage to Wim Wenders and present him with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. Since his 1970 debut Summer In The City, the Germany native has made about 50 films including Alice In The Cities (1973), Kings of the Road (1976), Paris, Texas (1984) Wings Of Desire (1987), The State Of Things (1982), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) and PINA (2011). Ten films from Wenders' feature and documentary… Read
UPDATE: ‘Survivor’ Editors Ratify IATSE Contract With Mark Burnett Company
UPDATE 9:08 PM: Editors and other postproduction staff on Survivor have voted unanimously to ratify their IATSE contract tonight, sources tell me.
PREVIOUSLY, August 20 PM: You can be pretty sure most of the Survivor crew will vote to stay on this newly unionized island. The Motion Picture Editors Guild and Mark Burnett's Island Post Productions have finalized an agreement in principle to unionize postproduction staff on the veteran CBS reality show, a deal that comes… Read
Focused On ‘Sin:’ Prime Focus Swaps VFX, 3D Work For Film Stake
It has been a season of big bets for Namit Malhotra and his Prime Focus World. First, Prime acquired DAX, which provides digital services for the studios. Then it merged with Oscar-winning U.K. visual-effects giant Double Negative, creating what the combined operation calls Read
‘Dating Naked’ Lawsuit Seeks To Strip Viacom Of $10M For Showing Too Much
Jessie Nizewitz willingly signed up to be on VH1's Dating Naked, but she didn't realize that would mean that she would actually be seen naked from the waist down on national TV. Why did she not know that? Because the 28-year-old contestant didn't read the fine print? Nope, it's because despite the show's name, it wasn't supposed to happen on the series that is actually more tease than triple XXX. Having been left unblurred in a beach scene on the freshman unscripted… Read
Ving Rhames Boards ‘Operator'; ‘Threshold’ Ramps Up; Five Join ‘Clavius’
Ving Rhames has joined the cast of the beat-the-clock indie Operator, directed by sibling duo Obin and Amariah Olson (Unknown Caller). Mischa Barton, Michael Pare, and Luke Goss also star in the action-thriller about a 911 operator and her estranged cop husband whose daughter is abducted, forcing them to dispatch the city's police and fire units to remote locations at the kidnappers' bidding. Timothy Woodward Jr. and Larry Olson are producers. Story is by the Brothers… Read
Bill O’Reilly Cuts Short Vacation, Puts Fox News Back On Top
Bill O'Reilly came back just in the nick of time, boosting Fox News Channel back on top in primetime ratings after a rare news demo win by CNN on Tuesday. The O'Reilly Factor was the night's highest-rated cable news program with 615,000 news demo viewers, besting Anderson Cooper's 346,000 on CNN, Chris Hayes' 135,000 on MSNBC and Nancy Grace's 186,000 on HLN. For the night, FNC averaged 540,000 demo viewers, beating CNN (362,000) and MSNBC (156,000) combined.
Related: News… Read
Boston Teamsters’ ‘Top Chef’ Threats Become Statewide Campaign Issue
Thuggish threats and racist and homophobic taunts by picketing members of Boston's Teamsters Local 25 against the cast and crew of Top Chef have become a campaign issue in the race for governor of Massachusetts.
Related: 'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi And Crew Flambéed By Boston Teamsters
In January, the Democrats' leading candidate, Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley, accepted a $14,999 campaign contribution from the Teamsters local. A day after Deadline's… Read
CBS Buys Medical Drama From Sarah Watson & Jason Katims As Put Pilot
In a very competitive situation, CBS has landed a medical drama project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims and Sarah Watson. The project, from Universal TV and Katims' studio-based True Jack Prods, is set at a high-tech Silicon Valley hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine. Watson will write the script and executive produce with True Jack's Katims and Michelle Lee.
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