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It’s No Blip, Online Video Is Taking Ad Dollars From Traditional TV: Analyst

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The debate is over, or should be, MoffettNathanson Research's Michael Nathanson says this morning: Advertisers are shifting spending to online video at the expense of traditional TV programming that isn't “essential” — meaning live sports and events, hit scripted shows, and cable shows that appeal to hard-to-reach audiences. Even with a flood of political ads coming over the next few months, Nathanson just lowered his 2014 ad forecast for national broadcast TV to +2% from… Read


UPDATE: Joan Rivers “Making Small…Positive Steps” As She’s Brought Out Of Medically Induced Coma

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UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 8 AM: Joan Rivers is “making small, but positive, steps” after being brought out of a medically induced coma over the holiday weekend, a source close to the situation says.  “It's a slow process, but she's on the road to recovery,” according to E! — the network for which Rivers hosts E! Fashion Police  — and which has been the family's go-to media outlet for releasing information since Rivers was hospitalized. The comic was rushed to Mt. Sinai… Read


Piers Morgan Officially Out At CNN After Turning Down 2-Year Deal


Piers Morgan announced this morning, via Twitter,  he's now really most sincerely no longer with CNN, after turning down a new offer to host 40 interviews over two years.  In March, Mr. “One day you're the cock of the walk, the next a feather duster” signed off his CNN primetime program  — a victim of lagging ratings — with a parting shot at the NRA. BREAKING NEWS: I am no longer a @CNN employee.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 02, 2014 I was offered a new 2-year… Read


Weinstein Co Acquires ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’ With Judi Dench & Dustin Hoffman

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The Weinstein Co has secured all U.S. rights, except theatrical, to Roald Dahl's Esio Trot starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. The 90-minute TV adaptation of the Dahl classic was originally commissioned by BBC One and is produced by Hilary Bevan Jones' Endor Productions. Hoffman is Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor who harbors a secret passion for his neighbor, Mrs Silver (Dench). Unfortunately, she lavishes all her affection on Alfie… her pet tortoise. The project came… Read


Telluride: ‘Birdman’, ‘Imitation Game’, ‘Foxcatcher’, ’99 Homes’ Stake Out Oscar Territory As Fest Ends


In our conversation about his new film Birdman on Sunday — after its triumphant North American premiere at Telluride the night before — I told director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that I never thought I would see the day when we would be talking about this creator of oh-so-heavy dramas like Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams  and Biutiful becoming a front runner to win a Golden Globe for comedy. “I have to laugh about that,” he said. “When I hit 50 last year I really thought… Read


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


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