BBC’s ‘Great British Bake Off’ Cooks Up Launch Record; Beats Rio Olympics
Season 7 of BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off got cooking on Wednesday with a sweet new record. Watched by an average 10.4M viewers in the 8PM slot, it drew a 47.5 share. The peak audience for the cooking competition that has risen to phenomenon status in the UK was 11.2M last night. That tops the network’s most-watched moments of the Rio Olympics, which peaked at 11.1M viewers. The Games had delayed the start of Bake Off which last year began earlier in August (check… Read
ITV Withdraws Proposal To Acquire eOne
Earlier this month, Toronto-based media conglomerate Entertainment One rejected a takeover approach from UK broadcaster ITV. The British company today says it is withdrawing its bid altogether. Its proposal valued the global film and TV indie at about £1B ($1.3B) and eOne at the time said the offer "fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects." ITV evidently disagrees.
In a statement, the company said today that it “continues to believe in the strategic logic… Read
Oscars: Germany Picks Cannes Standout ‘Toni Erdmann’ As Foreign Language Entry
A hit with critics and festgoers in competition at Cannes this year, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann has been chosen to represent Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Produced by Komplizen Film, 99 Filmproduktion, knm and Missing Link Films, the bittersweet comedy was scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics on the Croisette in May. The movie did not take home any major Cannes statues, but yesterday was named Best Film of the year by international critics group… Read
Hollywood Rallies In Support Of Leslie Jones Following Hack
Following the vicious doxing of comedian Leslie Jones this morning, friends and peers within the entertainment industry have expressed support for her and outrage about the attack, which saw sensitive and highly personal information posted to the Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star’s personal website by hackers.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was among the first to weigh in, calling the attack “an absolute outrage,” and blasting possible suspects angrily. Jones… Read
‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk Penning Comedic Memoir
When the going gets tough, you don’t want a criminal lawyer… You want a criminal lawyer. Or, maybe just a comedic memoirist? If so, you’re in luck. Bob Odenkirk – that’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul‘s Saul Goodman, Esq to you – has signed a deal with Random House to pen a book of personal essays offering a comedic look back on his life and career.
Starting with his early improv and sketch comedy years, the book will cover career highlights including his stints… Read
Andrea Jaffe Dies: Former PR Powerhouse And Studio Exec Was 66
Andrea Jaffe, a prominent publicist in the 1980s who later became a studio executive and was herself a member of one of Hollywood’s most storied dynasties died today in Wilmington, North Carolina after a lengthy battle with illness. She was 66.
The daughter of former Columbia Pictures chairman Leo Jaffe and sister to producer and former Paramount executive Stanley Jaffe, Jaffe started her career as an assistant at Rogers & Cowan, going on to found her own publicity… Read
Ryan Lochte Dips Toe In ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Pool
Ryan Lochte is diving into a new competition. The Olympic gold medalist and Rio Public Enemy No. 1 is joining ABC’s hoofer competition show Dancing with the Stars. The deal apparently was in the works before the Olympics — and before he and some Team USA buddies swam into trouble with Brazilian authorities.
Lochte, of course, still is dealing with fallout from the incident in Rio in which he claimed to NBC’s Billy Bush he and three other U.S. swimmers were pulled over by… Read
Jeanne Martin Dies: Model & Second Wife Of Dean Martin Was 89
Jeanne Martin, the second wife of legendary crooner Dean Martin, and in her early life a model and Orange Bowl queen, died on Wednesday, August 24 at her home in Beverly Hills following a battle with cancer. She was 89.
Born in 1927 in Coral Gables, Fla., she broke into modeling in Miami, posing for magazines, catalogs and calendars and at age 20 was voted Orange Bowl queen, appearing in its New Year's Eve parade and at the Jan. 1, 1948 Georgia Tech vs. Kansas football… Read
FilmRise Acquires Domestic On ‘From Nowhere’; Freestyle Digital Celebrates ‘Dependent’s Day’
FilmRise has nabbed North American rights to From Nowhere, a drama about undocumented teenagers in NYC that won the Narrative Spotlight prize at SXSW. It follows a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl who are about to graduate high school in the Bronx. Like most teens, all they want to do is hang out with their friends, fall in love, and figure out where to go to college, but unlike their American classmates, these three live with the threat of being… Read
IM Global China Launches New Venture, Go Global
IM Global China has announced the launch of Go Global, a new venture that aims to increase the exposure of Chinese cinema worldwide while also representing non-Chinese films inside the middle kingdom. Led by Clément Magar, the Go Global team will be based in Beijing and will offer a range of services to local producers, financiers and talent including festival strategy, festival booking, festival media promotion and event production. The new concern will also take… Read
Fox Hit With ‘Empire’ Class Action Suit Over Filming At Juvenile Detention Center
With the Season 3 debut of Empire just weeks away, the first two episodes of the Fox blockbuster’s second season today are at the center of a potential big-bucks class action lawsuit filed over filming at a Chicago juvenile detention center that left hundreds of underage inmates in "lockdown."
"The Fox Defendants deliberately encouraged the Government Defendants to
improperly place the JTDC on lockdown during the filming of Empire, for commercial benefit," says the… Read
CW Developing Martial Law Drama ‘Rise’ From ‘Vampire Diaries’ Exec Producers
With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end after its upcoming eighth season, three of the departing vampire drama’s executive producers — co-creator/showrunner Julie Plec and Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux, are teaming for a new hourlong project at the CW and Warner Bros. TV.
Rise, from WBTV and Plec’s studio-based My So-Called Company, is set following a terrorist attack. When martial law is declared, a disparate group of everyday people start to uncover that the attack… Read