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‘Ouija’ Says Yes To No. 1, ‘John Wick’ No. 2 With A Bullet, ‘St. Vincent,’ ‘Birdman’ Expand – B.O. Weekend

Ouija John Wick

3rd UPDATE, Saturday, 11:51 PM: Earlier today, Ouija was the only film in the box office Top Ten that was dropping but it began to pick up steam this afternoon and this evening. It's still on track for right around a $20M weekend to take the No. one spot bragging rights for Universal and Blumhouse. John Wick's Saturday was not that strong for Lionsgate and will end the weekend at around $14M and change. Poor Keanu Reeves. Figuring in this opening, his average opening box… Read


‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Envisions Five Seasons For Amazon Series – Updated With Video

Film Independent 2014 Film Forum - Day 1

The creator of Amazon Studios' acclaimed Transparent has an endgame timetable planned out for the streaming series, she said today. "In my mind, it's 5 years It's 5-years because Six Feet Under went for 5-years, " Jill Soloway told me after delivering the filmmaker keynote Saturday morning at the Film Independent Forum, held at the DGA HQ (UPDATE – 10:15 PM: See video of the speech below). “Five years because for some reason 5-years equals syndication money, even though… Read


James Schamus On Bad Advice, Data Flow & The Four Most Important Words In The Business — Produced By NY

James Schamus Talks At Produced By NY Conference

Leading off the second Produced By NY 2014 interview session, producer Bill Horberg (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Disconnect) led an often hilarious conversation with film-biz polymath James Schamus, who started out by playing the devil's advocate on the theme of advice to young producers. As usual in such scenes, the question began with a reference to William Goldman's endlessly quoted observation of that in filmmaking, "nobody knows anything.” "Here's the thing about… Read


Jake Gyllenhaal Interviewed By Hawk Koch: “I Love The Abrasion” – Produced By NY

Jake Gyllenhaal At Produced By NY

The first NYC edition of the PGA's `Produced By' confab launched this morning with a conversation between former PGA president and producer Hawk Koch and Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal, also in town prepping for his Broadway debut in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Constellations. Pointing out that Gyllenhaal already is a certified film star (with an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain behind him all the way up through his "amazing performance" in Nightcrawler… Read


ICM Partners’ Interns Lawsuit Mediation Set For December

ICM Partners

UPDATE, 5:08 PM: Two days after NBCUniversal settled a potential class action lawsuit by former Saturday Night Live interns for $6.4 million, ICM Partners has moved one step closer to possibly resolving its own labor issue. As expected, the agency and representatives for ex-interns Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau have agreed to mediation, now scheduled for December 15. ICM Partners attorney Steven Herd said in a letter from both sides sent to U.S. District Court Judge… Read


‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Score For CBS, ‘Bad Judge’ Falls, ‘Scandal’ & ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Steady, ‘Reign’ Up

San Diego at Denver

Maybe it's the new normal - at least for now. Five weeks into the season and still everyone's standing - at least for now. Of course, last night being Thursday, the primetime trophy will be held by CBS and Thursday Night Football (4.8/15). With Peyton Manning now the NFL's all-time touchdown pass leader as of October 19, it's no wonder that last night's impressive Denver Broncos victory over the San Diego Chargers was up from the week's early numbers. In fact, on the last… Read


Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samsung Sign UHD Short-Film Deal

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will direct a digital video short in 4K ultra-high-definition, using a moderately priced new Samsung camera under a deal announced this morning by the electronics giant. Former child star Gordon-Levitt has become something of a mini-media empire as an adult with his music, film, TV and online efforts. He has previously directed several projects, mostly shorts, but also the 2013 comedy feature film Don Jon, with Scarlett Johansson. That film, with an… Read

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‘Ouija’ Box Office Starts With $911K, ‘John Wick’ $870K – B.O. Late Nights

Ouija John Wick

Ouija opened last night at 8 PM in 2,061 houses and scared in $911K to start its weekend off in what is expected to be a spirited opening for the micro-budgeted Blumhouse horror film. It is expected to best the other newcomer, the Lionsgate actioner John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, which pulled $870K in over 2000 locales. A couple of comps to look at for this violent, R-rated film is last year's Escape Plan (also R-rated and also opened in October), which ended up… Read


Gretchen Mol Tackles Brutal ‘Disgraced'; Winning New Musical Is ‘Found': NY Stage

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Timely dramas on Broadway are in very short supply, and that alone makes the bow of Disgraced an event worth applauding. Ayad Akhtar's play — a fleet, furious, 85-minute descent into politics, identity and identity politics, all on the dark side — won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013; he co-wrote and starred in the indie feature The War Within. Disgraced stars Hari Dhillon, an American actor who has made much of his career in UK theater and film, as Amir, a… Read


‘Girls’ Showrunner Jenni Konner: ‘The Whole Idea Of Likability Is Kind Of Silly’


Slate TV critic Willa Paskin interviewed Jenni Konner to keynote the 10th annual New York Television Festival, filling a Chelsea movie theater with industry newbies, wannabes and fans of the hit HBO series Girls, which is soon to begin its fourth season. Konner already was a series veteran when she saw Lena Dunham's film Tiny Furniture and became, she said, obsessed with its uninhibited and unabashed tone. “When I'm obsessed with something, I really lock in,” Konner said… Read

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‘Interstellar’ & ‘Penguins': Late-2014 China Slots Pit Christopher Nolan Vs. DWA

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I recently wrote about China packing a slew of Hollywood movies into October ahead of a push toward local films that will crowd December and ensure that market share for China exceeds that of its frenemy. But there are a couple of movies from the majors that will still look to hop the wall in November — and they'll do it in a direct face-off. DreamWorks Animation's Penguins Of Madagascar recently was slated for a November 14 release, and I've now learned that Christopher… Read


‘Transporter: The Series’ Ratings OK For TNT Debut

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It didn't break any land speed ratings records but the small screen version of the Luc Besson fast car film franchise certainly revved things up for TNT. Transporter: The Series drew 1.3 million total viewers for its 9 PM October 18 debut episode on the cabler. That premiere was followed by another new episode at 10 PM that pulled in 1.2 million total viewers. Now that Saturday night result is about half of the 2.26 million that the last original episode of AMC's quiet… Read


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