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‘The Martian’ Opens To $44.6M, Will Pass $100M Worldwide Today – Int’l Box Final

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UPDATED, Monday, 6:35 PM: Warner Bros., reported for its comedy The Intern and the Hugh Jackman starring Pan which will expand wide next weekend into 52 markets; Lionsgate gave us final numbers for their sleeper hit Sicario. And we put in finals for TWC’s Southpaw. Every week waiting for Sony is like watching ice melt, water boil, grass grow, paint chip. Sony at 6:20 PM finally … yawn … reported international numbers for Hotel Transylvania 2 and Pixels. Thanks, guys. UDPA… Read

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‘Martian’ 2nd-Best Opening For October, Damon & Scott Despite Losing Fuel Sunday; Verdi Trips ‘Walk’ – B.O. Postmortem


Monday update, 5:57PM: 20th Century’s The Martian came in slightly lower for the weekend from where the studio and the industry saw it yesterday, $54.3M in actuals versus its Sunday AM projection of $55M. Still, the Ridley Scott-directed movie drove total weekend ticket sales toward a damn good weekend of $151.4M per Rentrak, up 10% from a week ago and a 1% from a year ago — when Gone Girl made $37.5M, exciting older women and warning men to stay away from type A… Read


‘Gotham’ EP On Tonight’s Joker Origin Shocker & Honoring The Batman Legacy

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's episode of Gotham EXCLUSIVE: In a move that many shows would have saved for a season finale, the Batman backstory series tonight laid some new tracks for the origins of the Caped Crusader's archenemy. Having teased and toyed out the emergence of the Joker since the last half of Gotham's first season, Monday's third episode of the self-titled Rise Of The Villains second season of the Fox drama added a whole new twist… Read


How NRA Second Amendment Paranoia, Money, Cowed Pols Make Next Massacre Inevitable: Commentary


Days after nine people were massacred on an Oregon college campus, TV news people and politicians were doing the proverbial rearranging of deck chairs on the Titanic. CNN was refusing to name to killer to cut down on his notoriety; pundits went back and forth on the need for spending on mental health; and national politicians were silent on the need for meaningful gun control regulations, except for some like presidential aspirant Jeb Bush who said, simply, “Stuff… Read


Roger Bart Joins ‘Graves’ On Epix; Tembi Locke In USA Pilot ‘Shooter’

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Revenge alum Roger Bart has landed a recurring role opposite Nick Nolte in Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. In Graves, 20 years after his presidency, former President Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades. So, along with his young assistant, he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration's wrongs just as his wife, the former First Lady… Read


Harvey Weinstein & BBC Debut ‘War And Peace’ Footage, Talk Future Collaborations – Mipcom

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Akin to the previews The Weinstein Company does of its Oscar-caliber movies during the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein held a special buyers-only screening of 20 minutes of footage from its upcoming miniseries War And Peace tonight in Cannes. In attendance for the showing were BBC exec producers Faith Penhale, Bethan Jones and writer/exec producer Andrew Davies. Stars Lily James, Tuppence Middleton and Stephen Rea were also there to revel in the first time they’d… Read


Does Lionsgate Have Starz In Its Eyes?


Starz shares are up more than 10% and Lionsgate’s are up more than 6.5% in post-market trading today after the Los Angeles Times reported that the companies are in “advanced talks” to merge. The story offers no deal terms for what it describes as a merger. If any talks bear fruit, though, then Lionsgate likely would end up being the buyer. The studio has a market value of $5.7 billion vs Starz’s $3.8 billion. The report says that Lionsgate would run a combined… Read


Nancy Drew Drama Series In Works At CBS

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CBS has put in development a drama series based on the Nancy Drew character from the iconic mystery book series. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy exec producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will co-write the adaptation and will executive produce with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (American Beauty). Nick Nantell, SVP of The Dan Jinks Company, who brought in the project, will be a producer.  CBS Television Studios, where Rater &  Phelan as well as Jinks are under an overall deal… Read


Karl Glusman Joins ‘Nocturnal Animals’


Following up his starring role in Gaspar Noé’s sexually explicit romantic drama Love, Karl Glusman has joined the cast of Focus FeaturesNocturnal Animals, based on Austin Wright's 1993 novel Tony And Susan. Written and directed by Tom Ford, the story follows Susan Morrow, whose life is changed when she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. Reading it pulls her into the life of fictional character Tony Hastings, an ordinary man… Read


Endemol Shine CEO Defends TV Business: “We Have Never Had It So Good” – Mipcom

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In her first major speech since taking over the post of CEO of Endemol Shine Group, Sophie Turner Laing today sounded a defense of the TV business, and offered up considerations for the future of the fast-evolving landscape. In a talk that might have been just as suited for the UK’s prestigious MacTaggart Lecture, the former Sky exec spoke about changing times and the abundance of choice now available to viewers. But, she countered recent debate that there’s too much… Read


‘Furious 8’ Director Shortlist Down To Last Few

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The search for the director of Furious 8 is down to the last few. No deals have been made. No offers have been made. No decisions have been made. Here is who we have been hearing is legitimately in the mix: Louis Leterrier, Will Eubank, F. Gary Gray. Other director who have been considered are Ericson Core and Rob Cohen, but the eventual winner might even not be a name on this list. That’s how fluid the situation is with any decision dependent on signoff from Vin Diesel… Read


Fox Developing Couples Dancing Show As ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Awaits Renewal Decision

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Fox has put in development a couples dancing competition show from former The Voice executive producer Stijn Bakkers and American Idol producer FremantleMedia North America. Created/executive produced by Bakkers and Toby Gorman, EVP Alternative at FMNA, the untitled show highlights the lives of real-life couples who, each week, will participate in intensive training, rehearsals and live performances until one couple is crowned the winner. FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin also… Read