Turkey Day Domestic Box Office Dips As ‘Mockingjay’ Flies Past $200M Overseas
UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: As is traditionally the case, box office for Thanksgiving Thursday was softer than on Wednesday across the top films. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still leads the pack, grossing an estimated $11.05M on Thursday, down from Wednesday's $14.55M. The domestic cume is now $168.6M. On the international front, however, the Jennifer Lawrence-starrer has flown past $200M for an estimated worldwide cume of $370M thus far.
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NFL Thanksgiving Day Game Ratings Steady On NBC, ‘Elementary’ Rises, ‘NFL on CBS’ Scores
There was a lot to be thankful for if you were the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving Day 2014. There was great NFL primetime game by the Emerald City's Richard Sherman, the less than stellar performance by the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, and of course, the critical breaking of a 5-game losing streak for the Seahawks with that 19-3 blowout. In its third primetime Thanksgiving game, NBC got a 5.8/20 rating among adults 18-49 with 17.73 million viewers. With just a… Read
Making Music In ‘Whiplash:’ Teller, Simmons, Chazelle On Playing The Room
In this video from our Oscar showcase The Contenders, Whiplash stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons talk about their own surprisingly substantial music backgrounds and how that helped shape writer/director Damien Chazelle's intense, mostly autobiographical tale of the relationship between a teacher and a jazz drummer.
“We were making music in the room,” says Simmons of the film's performance segments, shot alongside professional jazz musicians. “It was really cool.”
‘Paddington': Potential Game-Changer For Studiocanal; Euro Major Bares Ambition
Darkest Peru may seem an unlikely place to find the inspiration to become a global player. For Studiocanal, however, the jungles of the Latin American country may just have led them to a game-changer in the guise of a lovable bear called Paddington.
Based on Brit author Michael Bond's much-loved series of books, Paddington the film is, by some margin, Studiocanal's most ambitious project ever. (See trailer below.) In addition to cementing its position as Europe's leading… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Brings The Dark Side, And The Light: Hot Teaser
Stormtroopers, droids, X-wing fighters, light sabers, John Williams' iconic theme and the Millennium Falcon (!) all make an appearance in the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 88-second sneak (above) just dropped this morning after beginning to unspool in 30 North American theaters bright and early. Secrecy has shrouded JJ Abrams' hugely anticipated Episode VII and this brief look doesn't give much away in terms of plot. But every element is already being… Read
James McAvoy Has Company In ‘The Ruling Class'; ‘Rocky Horror’ Sequel Time Warps To Stage: West End Briefs
The first-ever West End revival of Peter Barnes' satirical black comedy, The Ruling Class, will run from January 16 to April 11 next year at London's Trafalgar Theatre. James McAvoy is starring as Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, who inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, he finds himself at the center of a… Read
Cannes Pics Vie For Delluc Prize; China Plans 6 ‘Three Body’ Films: Global Showbiz Briefs
The shortlist for France's Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country's highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year's Cannes crop. Saint Laurent - which is France's entry for the Foreign Language Oscar - by Bertrand Bonello; Olivier Assayas' Juliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart-starrer Clouds Of Sils Maria; veteran Jean-Luc Godard's 3D Goodbye To La… Read
Ryan Knight, ‘Real World’ Star, Dead At 29
Less than two weeks after Diem Brown passed away from cancer at age 32, another alum of MTV's Real World franchise has died. Ryan Knight, a cast member on the 2010 Real World New Orleans, was 29. According to TMZ, Knight was found dead Thursday morning after a night of partying and may have choked on his own… Read
Fox Boston Affiliate Goes Dark On Verizon FiOS Over Carriage Dispute With Cox
Some football fans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island had to scramble to find alternative ways to watch the Eagles-Cowboys Thanksgiving game as the Fox station in the area, WFXT-TV, which carries the matchup, went dark on Verizon FiOS at 3 AM Thursday, affecting 400,000 customers. The reason is awfully familiar – another retransmission fee dispute between Verizon and Cox Media Group, which bought the Boston-based station WFXT-TV from Fox in June and embarked on… Read
Mike Leigh On Painting Timothy Spall Into ‘Mr. Turner:’ The Contenders
Mr. Turner writer-director Mike Leigh, who has been nominated for Oscars five times, knew exactly who he wanted to play the lead role in his new biopic about the revered and irascible English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner.
That was, as he tells Deadline's Pete Hammond in this video clip from our recent Oscar showcase The Contenders, veteran character actor Timothy Spall.
Spall was the only actor Leigh said he considered for the role, and he's perhaps best known for his… Read
Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79
Frank Yablans was president of Paramount during some of the studio's most golden years from 1971 to 1975. Working under notorious owner Charlie Bludhorn, Yablans' tenure included such Oscar winners and nominees as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Murder On The Orient Express. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes this morning, his son, ICM Partners' Eddy Yablans, told Deadline.
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Plan For Imposing Quota On Hollywood Movies Scrapped By Russian Parliament
Proposed legislation that would have cut the current number of Hollywood films playing in Russian theaters by as much as half is dead, according to Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Russian Duma quoted by local media. He called regulating the features that hit Russian theaters by imposing a quota unnecessary. “If there are good Russian movies, people turn out to see them anyway,” he said.
Levin's announcement comes on the heels of Russian… Read