‘Wango Tango’ Summer Concert Will Be Televised Via Freeform
The annual iHeartRadio Wango Tango summer concert, one of the big shows kicking off the outdoor music season, will be televised for the first time. The pop music parade will be broadcast by Disney’s Freeform on Sunday, June 3 from 8 PM-9:30 PM ET/PT, a day after the live event.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the concert will feature performances by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, NF, Miguel, Janelle Monáe and Marshmello with a special guest… Read
The H Collective, Sony Pictures In Marketing & Distribution Deal
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will market and distribute up to four H Collective films per year globally. That comes on the heels of yesterday’s news that Vin Diesel and The H Collective had acquired rights to the xXx franchise from Revolution Studios with Diesel back as Xander Cage in the fourth installment with the same director, D.J. Caruso. That will be one of the films that Sony will now likely distribute.
Other pics likely are an untitled horror thriller… Read
Comcast, Netflix Expand Partnership In Xfinity Packages
Comcast and Netflix have expanded a partnership that will provide Comcast the ability to include a Netflix subscription in new and existing Xfinity packages.
Comcast launched the Netflix service on the X1 platform in 2016, offering customers voice control and seamless access to the Netflix service.
"Netflix offers one of the most popular on demand services and is an important supplement to the content offering and value proposition of the X1 platform," said Sam Schwartz… Read
‘Beautifully Broken’ Gets Theatrical Release In August
EXCLUSIVE: Big Film Factory has pegged a release date for its film Beautifully Broken which will be released theatrically on Aug. 24 via ArtAffects. The film is about a refugee's escape, a prisoner's promise, and a daughter's painful secret that converge in what is a true story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation… Read
‘A Quiet Place’ Secures China Release In Rare Slot For Horror
Prick up your ears, Middle Kingdom. After its noisy domestic opening last weekend, and a very encouraging $21M offshore debut in just half of its international box office footprint, A Quiet Place has secured a theatrical release in China. The John Krasinski-helmed horror thriller will go out on May 18 in mainland cinemas, Deadline understands.
Horror films are not typical fare for the Middle Kingdom, so this is a notable get for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. The latter's… Read
How ‘Jumanji’ Conquered ‘Spider-Man’ To Become Sony’s Highest-Grossing Film Ever At The U.S. Box Office
EXCLUSIVE: It finally happened.
Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is officially the studio’s highest-grossing film ever at the domestic box office, overtaking Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man ($403.7 million) which has owned the title for the past 16 years.
Heading into the holiday season, executives across distribution and film finance had a strong feeling that this reboot of Jumanji directed by Jake Kasdan would serve as strong counter-programming to Disney’s Star Wars: The La… Read
SXSW Title ‘Don’t Leave Home’ Acquired For Distribution By Good Deed Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Don’t Leave Home, a horror film written and directed by Michael Tully (Septien) which premiered at SWSW, has been picked up by Good Deed Entertainment for distribution in North American. Good Deed was the company who also distributed the Oscar-nominated animated film Loving Vincent.
This comes with more news as GDE's Brandon Hill was recently promoted from Director to Executive Director, Acquisitions & Distribution at GDE. It was Hill and XYZ Films' Pip Ngo who… Read
‘The Bookshop,’ Starring Emily Mortimer & Bill Nighy Acquired By Greenwich Entertainment
The Bookshop, which played in Berlin and was the winner of three Goya awards in Spain, was just acquired for U.S. distribution by Greenwich Entertainment. Written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive) and based on a Man Booker Prize short-listed novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, the film stars Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns), Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Patricia Clarkson (House of Cards). Greenwich Entertainment will… Read
Acorn TV Brings International Fare To Xfinity/Comcast On-Demand
Irish drama Striking Out, the BBC comedy Detectorists, and the Aussie period drama A Place To Call Home are among the shows now available to US customers as Acorn TV, the largest North American SVOD specializing in British and international TV, makes its set-top box debut with Xfinity TV/Comcast.
Xfinity On Demand and the Xfinity Stream App and portal will bring Acorn to Xfinity TV customers nationwide. It marks the first time that Acorn TV is available on an MVPD set-top… Read
Tang Media Teams With Tencent To Acquire Hollywood Movies For China
Today in Hong Kong, Global Road Entertainment parent Tang Media Partners unveiled a series of steps it’s taking as it looks to capitalize on China’s rapid growth, and as it promoted a so-called “dual-core” strategy.
Among notable moves, and along with its partners and backers China Everbright and Tencent, TMP has formed and funded a consortium to acquire Hollywood and other movies for distribution within the Middle Kingdom. The parties anticipate 10-20 pictures per year… Read
Peter Bart: Can Superb Ted Kennedy Exposé ‘Chappaquiddick’ Survive Fact-Based Movie Malaise?
There's a powerful scene in the newly released film Chappaquiddick in which an exasperated, wheelchair-bound Joe Kennedy fiercely slaps his son, Ted. The monomaniacal old man is in a rage that Senator Ted, groomed to be the next Kennedy president, now faces ruin for driving his car off a bridge, thus drowning a young girl.
The question is, how many filmgoers will witness this riveting moment; as with most mid-budget dramatic films, Chappaquiddick, though superbly crafted… Read
‘Beast’ Unleashes Official Trailer Before May 11 Bow
Toronto Film Festival buzz film Beast has unleashed its trailer in anticipation of its May 11 theatrical release. Roadside Attractions is teaming with 30WEST on Michael Pearce's psychological drama, which made its U.S. premiere in the Spotlight section this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
Beast was one of several splashy rights acquisitions at the Toronto fest by 30WEST, the new outfit co-founded by Dan Friedkin and Micah Green. Marking the feature-length debut of… Read