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NCAA Tournament Ratings Surge For Undefeated Kentucky & CBS

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UPDATE, 2:38 PM: It was all Sweet 16 in the 2015 NCCA Tournament on Thursday and the primetime games proved quite sweet for CBS, as the final ratings reveal. Let's just start off saying it was all double digits over the first Thursday of the college basketball tourney. Starting at 6:45 PM, Notre Dame's 81-70 win over Wichita State drew a 1.9/8 rating and 6.96 million viewers. The first game of Thursday's primetime was up 19% among adult 18-49 over what the much more… Read

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Broadway Composer Jeanine Tesori On ‘Fun Home,’ Change & The Public Theater

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Tonight’s the night Broadway gets a look at Fun Home, possibly the first Tony-eligible musical based on a graphic memoir, and certainly one of the most beautiful new shows we’ll see. I know because it opened in the fall of 2013 at the Public Theater, and I wasn’t the only critic who called it shimmering. It’s based on artist Alison Bechdel’s drawn memoir of growing up in a restored Victorian mansion in Pennsylvania; the funeral home that is the family business; and the… Read

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‘Home’ Bound For No. 1, ‘Get Hard’ A Solid Second: Friday Afternoon Box Office

Weekend Box Office: 'Home' Leads 'Get Hard'

Friday afternoon estimates show DreamWorks Animation’s heartfelt alien story Home from 20th Century Fox ranking No. 1 on Friday with $12.5M and the weekend with $44M-$45M. Warner Bros.’ R-rated Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard isn’t too far behind with a Friday haul of $11.75M, however its FSS is expected to come in at $33.5M. With 15% of K-12 schools out today, matinees are fueling Home‘s till, which is in play at 3,708 theaters with a further boost from 3D. There… Read


Rooney Frontman Robert Schwartzman Makes Helming Debut On ‘MF’

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Robert Schwartzman has just begun shooting his directorial debut, a film entitled MF. He’s mum on the logline, but his stars are Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, Frankie Shaw and Beverly D’Angelo. Schwartzman, who has fronted the L.A. band Rooney for more than 15 years, wrote the script with Benjamin Font. He’s producing with Mel Eslyn. His previous association with films was limited to composing original music for Palo Alto. He’s also done acting work in The Princess Diarie… Read


‘Home’ Review: Jim Parsons & Rihanna Team For Fun Frenetic Family Ride


Move over, E.T.: There’s a new lovable alien on Earth and ironically he’s in a movie called HomeThis new DreamWorks Animation confection is the company’s only planned release this year, and as I say in my video review above it is out-of-this-world fun for the whole family. The movie skews very, very young, but adults should be happy to go along for the ride on this road trip, though, because of the zippy dialogue in Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember’s screenplay and a fine… Read


Russo Brothers Christen Getaway Productions With Mike Larocca Named President

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Anthony and Joe Russo, who will helm the next two Avengers movies for Marvel while ramping up a Ghostbusters spinoff under their new first-look deal at Sony, did two things today: They named their company Getaway Productions, and they set Mike Larocca to be president. He comes from Chernin Entertainment, where he was senior veep and he exec produced the Paul Feig-directed Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy as well as The Drop and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Before that he… Read


Mayweather-Pacquiao Docuseries Set For April Premiere On Showtime

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Even if you’re not a fan of the sweet science, chances are you’ve heard rumblings about the set-to coming in May starring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Showtime is training for the Fight of the Millennium (or whatever) with a four-part docuseries Inside Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao, which it premieres April 18. The series will follow the undefeated Mayweather as he prepares for his looooong-anticipated faceoff with Pacquiao. Why not tag along with both fighters, you… Read


Fox Wants To Whack $250M ‘Simpsons’ Lawsuit By ‘Goodfellas’ Actor

Simpsons Louie Frank Sivero Lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: More than five months after Frank Sivero launched his mega-complaint against Fox alleging that a character from the Matt Groening co-created series was based on the role he played in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film, the studio has hit back – blunt and hard. "Defendant specifically denies that the character ‘Louie’ in The Simpsons television series was based on Plaintiff or any character that he has ever played," Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation said this… Read


Paramount Enlisting Akiva Goldsman To Ramp Up ‘Transformers’ Output


EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures wants more Transformers. Taking a page from Fox’s incubation of three Avatar sequels and what Disney is doing to revive Star Wars with a sequels and spinoffs, the studio is negotiating with Akiva Goldsman to work with franchise director Michael Bay, exec producer Steven Spielberg and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organize a “writer’s room” that will incubate ideas for a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential… Read


Masi Oka Joins ‘Heroes Reborn’, Will Reprise Hiro Nakamura Role


Another Heroes fan favorite character will return for the upcoming Heroes Reborn event series. Masi Oka, who played wide-eyed time/space jumper Hiro Nakamura on the original series, is set to reprise his role in a guest-starring arc on Heroes Reborn, which is now slated for NBC’s fall schedule. (Will it return to Monday where the original launched successfully?) "I'm excited to return to my Heroes roots," said Oka. "Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play… Read


Meryl Streep’s ‘Suffragette’ Gets Fall Release Date


Focus Features has slated Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, for an October 23 limited release. Inspired by the early-20th century campaign for women’s right to vote, the film sports potentially awards-friendly subject matter — not to mention a certain 19-time Oscar nominee. Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson co-star. Suffragette had a lot of positive buzz following buyers' screenings in the U.S. and London last… Read


‘Leviathan’ Sci-Fi Spec By ‘Fight Club’ Scribe Jim Uhls Sells To Fox


Busy on another story, I just got beaten to the punch by Variety on news that Fox acquired Leviathan, a film that Ruairi Robinson will direct, based on a short film we wrote about previously. But the story was a bit incomplete. Fox bought a spec script (not a pitch) by Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls, not a pitch as our sister publication reported. I’m told the studio paid mix six against seven figures for the script. That’s pretty good right there, but the driving force… Read