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Broadway Box Office: ‘1812’ Overtures Bode Well For ‘Great Comet’ With $1.1M Week


The Ars Nova production of Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet Of 1812 blazed onto Broadway last week with $1.13 million in ticket sales at the Imperial Theatre, an extraordinary 15 percent above its projected gross potential of $981,302. Nearly every seat was filled for all eight previews in the 1,136-seat Shubert Organization house, with a commendable average ticket price of $130.32. This despite — or perhaps in part because of — a tempest blowing over billing for the… Read


EuropaCorp Boards English-Language Remake of Japanese Thriller ‘Shield of Straw’

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EuropaCorp is partnering with the global entertainment studio All Nippon Entertainment Works, Nippon Television, and Depth of Field to develop, finance and produce an English version of the Japanese spy thriller Shield of Straw. The Takashi Miike-diretced original was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Olympus Has Fallen scribes Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are attached to pen the script. No word on who will direct. The original… Read


‘The Conjuring’s Hayes Brothers Writing Duo Sign With CAA


EXCLUSIVE: Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, best known for writing New Line Cinema's global box office horror hits The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, have moved to CAA from WME. Both films are in the Top 10 highest-grossing horror films of all time, with the first installment $318M worldwide in 2013 and the second $320.17M globally this summer for Warner Bros. The writing duo also worked (uncredited) on a rewrite of the studio’s San Andreas which grossed a whopping $473.9M… Read


‘Red Oaks’ Appropriately Channels The ’80s In Faux TV Promo


Season 1 of Amazon Studios’ Red Oaks nailed the 1980s vibe with its coming-of-age story set at a suburban New York City country club that felt a bit like what a Caddyshack: The College Years would have looked like had it existed — only smarter and with fewer gophers. It certainly joined the streaming service’s original series like Man In The High Castle, Catastrophe and even, a bit less so, Woody Allen’s Crisis In Six Scenes in nailing their time and place and making… Read


Donald Trump’s Debate 3 Performance Outstrips Cubs Game To Win Social Race

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump adjusts his microphone for the third presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton Debate 3 smackdown topped Nielsen Social Content ratings for the week ending October 23, besting out all other comers by several laps. That’s saying something, given the week also included the Cubs routing of the Dodgers to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. The third presidential debate clocked 53.243M total interactions. The Major League Baseball finished second for the week, though it could not keep pace with the… Read

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‘Madea Halloween’ Gets $28.5M Treat, ‘Jack Reacher,’ $22.8M, ‘Ouija’ Grabs $14M, ‘Joneses’ Tanks – Mon. Final


UPDATED, Monday, 2:05 PM: With the two top pictures together pushing past the $50M mark, box office was up about 17% from last year and next weekend we expect both this weekends No. 1 opener Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween ($28.5M) and Ouiji: Origin of Evil to get a nice second weekend boost because of the Halloween holiday. Madea Halloween looks to be crossing over demos which is a boo!tiful thing for distributor Lionsgate. The Tom Hanks-starring Inferno which goes… Read


Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh Rev ‘Mortal Engines’; Directing Debut For ‘Hobbit’ VFX Protege Christian Rivers


After years of developing the Philip Reeve book series Mortal Engines, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh have set the project at MRC and Universal, with their Hobbit VFX protege Christian Rivers making his feature directorial debut. Production will begin next spring in New Zealand. MRC and Universal will co-finance what they hope will spark another potential franchise for Jackson and Walsh, who adapted the script with Philippa Boyens, their writing partner on both The Lord of t… Read


ABC Buys Friends Comedy From ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Co-EP Christina Lee


ABC has put in development a single-camera comedy from Wet Hot American Summer series writer-producer Christina Lee and ABC Studios. Written/executive produced by Lee, the untitled project centers on a thirtysomething woman who, after ending her long-term relationship and quitting her soul-sucking job, has to bridge the gap between the two sides of her friend group: those who are on the straight-and-narrow path of fulfilling age-appropriate expectations, and those who are… Read


Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan & Ryan Reynolds Join ‘Conan’s First New York Week Since 2011

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Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan and Ryan Reynolds are booked for TBS late-night show Conan’s first trip to New York City since 2011. The week of shows airing October 31-November 3 also includes comedian Rory Scovel and rap group the Sugarhill Gang.  Taped at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, the week of episodes will kick off Conan’s eighth year on TBS. Here is the preliminary schedule for Conan in NYC, with additional guests and musical performances to be announced soon: Monday, Oct… Read


Obamageddon The Final Ride: POTUS Now In L.A For ‘Kimmel’ & Last Fundraisers

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UPDATE, 1:36 PM: Air Force One is on the ground at LAX and Barack Obama has arrived in Los Angeles for the last official Hollywood bigwig fundraiser of his Presidency. After a brief chat on the tarmac with Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, that means now that POTUS has jumped on his Marine One chopper to a undisclosed landing spot that the widespread freeway and road closures by the LAPD and the Secret Service have gone into effect (see… Read


Why Does Time Warner Want To Sell To AT&T, And What Will It Mean For Media?


Time Warner always seems to be at the center of the media industry’s most important deals. The union of Time Inc and Warner Communications in 1990 kicked off a decade of merger mania by challenging the long-held belief that journalism would suffer at an entertainment company. When AOL and Time Warner combined a decade later it became a symbol of corporate hubris, and one of the worst deals ever with a loss of $54 billion of its asset value. Now Time Warner seems to be… Read


‘24: Legacy’ Adds Raphael Acloque & Themo Melikidze


EXCLUSIVE: Fox has added a pair of actors to its upcoming limited series 24: Legacy. Raphael Acloque is set for a regular role and Themo Melikidze will recur on the series that chronicles a race against the clock to stop a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Starring Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins, it will follow the original series' real-time format. Acloque will play Jadalla “Jad” bin-Khalid, a bookish scholar who rejected his father's politics while at university… Read