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‘San Andreas’ Tracking Higher Than ‘Hercules’ For Dwayne Johnson; ‘Aloha’ Sways Toward $12.3M – Friday B.O.

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Update, 1:30PM: Warner Bros.-New Line/Village Roadshow’s San Andreas is looking pretty sturdy.  Early industry estimates show an estimated $15M Friday with an opening weekend of $39M-$41M. That’s right above the vicinity of Dwayne Johnson’s solo openers, i.e. The Scorpion King ($36.1M) and Hercules ($29.8M), and on par with the actor’s franchise sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($40.5M). Fueling the friction on San Andreas‘ plates are 3,200 3D engagements out of its 3,777… Read

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‘Empire’ Season 2 Premiere Date Revealed

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Fox has slotted Wednesday, September 23, 9 PM for the Season 2 premiere of anticipated hip-hop drama Empire. Series star Taraji P. Henson initially tweeted the news (actually let it slip a little early?) and then the official Empire writers’ Twitter handle confirmed the news. #Empire fans! @EmpireFOX Season 2 returns Wednesday, September 23, 2015! #MarkYourCalendars #GameTimeBitches pic.twitter.com/hEtN5TfLBV — Empire Writers (@EmpireWriters) May 29, 2015 As… Read

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STX Entertainment Taps Ex-Marvel Exec As Physical Production Chief

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EXCLUSIVE: STX Entertainment continues to ramp up its exec staff, today tapping Ross Fanger as EVP and Head of Physical Production for the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group. He will begin work immediately on the studio's slate of 12-15 motion pictures annually, responsible for all physical and postproduction on all new projects produced by the film studio. Fanger has been an executive producer and production manager for nearly three decades beginning at Disney. As… Read

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Chuck Todd-Hosted ‘Meet The Press’ Logs Best May Since 2012

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NBC’s Meet The Press delivered its best May sweep since 2012 in overall viewers and the news demo. It delivered 2.61 million overall viewers and 826,000 in the key age bracket. Still, it finished the sweep behind ABC’s This Week (2.63 million viewers, 881,000 in news demo) as well as CBS’ pack leader Face The Nation (3.24 million viewers, 891,000 news demo). MTP was, however, No. 1 with younger viewers, clocking 623,000 18- to 49-year-olds to Face The Nation’s 563,000 and… Read

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‘The Greg Gutfeld Show’ Debuts Sunday On Fox News Channel

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Fox News Channel’s Greg Gutfeld visited Hoda and Kathie Lee on NBC’s Today this morning to tout his network’s Sunday 10 PM ET launch of The Greg Gutfeld Show and explain why he recently stalked Jenna Bush Hager at the gym. “You know what’s good about a treadmill? She couldn’t get away!” Gutfeld raved. “Stalk women on treadmills — my first tip.” No, we don’t know why Hoda and Kathie Lee were wearing matching tops, albeit in different colors. Way back in February, FNC… Read

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‘San Andreas’ Review: Dwayne Johnson’s Heroics Save Everything But The Script In This Disaster (Movie)

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If the Warner Bros advertising department would like a quote on the new disaster movie, San Andreas here’s mine: “The funniest movie of 2015! I have never laughed out loud so much in years!” Of course San Andreas is not meant to be a comedy, but I just couldn’t help myself. As I say in my video review above, every time super serious seismologist Paul Giamatti looked at the screen assessing the impending destruction of California by saying “this isn’t good”, I felt he… Read

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James Ponsoldt Setting On F. Scott Fitzgerald Tale ‘West Of Sunset’ With SKE

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EXCLUSIVE: The Spectacular Now helmer James Ponsoldt is negotiating to adapt and direct West Of Sunset, an adaptation of the Stewart O’Nan novel for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. SKE is negotiating both to option the book and make a deal with the filmmaker, after the package was shopped this week. The intention is for this to come down the line and certainly doesn’t get in front of The Circle, the big Cannes package that has Tom Hanks set to star, but which lost Ex Machina… Read

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Virgil Films To Release Chris Farley Docu; Universal To Restore Silent Classics

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Virgil Films has picked up U.S. rights to I Am Chris Farley, a documentary about the late comic actor. Directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, the pic features interviews with his co-stars and colleagues including Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Molly Shannon, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget and David Spade. Virgil will open the docu from Network Entertainment in the late summer in select theaters — perhaps one… Read

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HBO Gives 2-Season Order To ‘Animals’ Animated Comedy From Duplass Brothers

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In what may be the biggest acquisition deal overall to come out of the Sundance Film Festival, HBO has picked up two seasons of animated series Animals, produced by Duplass Brothers Television for a 2016 debut on the pay cable network and its streaming platforms. That includes the first season, produced by Duplass Brothers TV, which is currently in post-production. The completed first two episodes of the series were screened in the Special Events section of the Sundance… Read

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Safdie Brothers Take On Addiction And Obsession In ‘Heaven Knows What’ — Specialty Preview

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Well-known American indie filmmakers are making their theatrical bows this weekend, hoping to shake up some of the studio dominance of the past few weeks. They will go up against the next round of summer juggernauts, Warner Bros.’ San Andreas and Sony’s Aloha. The Safdie’s Heaven Knows What will have a traditional theatrical window via RADiUS this weekend. The film’s vérité style story of heroin-fueled romance on the streets of New York, based on the life of the film’s… Read

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Emmett/Furla/Oasis Sets Baker Entertainment Deal With ‘Inconceivable’

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EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films partners Randall Emmett and George Furla have made a production pact with newly formed Baker Entertainment Group’s Jonathan Baker and president Mike Burns. Deal calls for them to co-finance and co-produce three films together. That starts with Inconceivable, a Chloe King-scripted $15 million Hamptons-set thriller that will mark Baker’s directorial debut. The film has a September start date and Baker will produce with Burns, Emmett and… Read

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Greg Kinnear To Play Joe Biden In HBO’s ‘Confirmation’, Jennifer Hudson Also Cast

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Current U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was a key player in the explosive 1991 confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. He will be portrayed by Greg Kinnear in Confirmation, HBO Films’ upcoming movie on the controversy. Also joining the cast of the project are Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright and Alison Wright. The film, set to begin production this summer, details the Supreme Court hearings for Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by… Read