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Fall 2014 Preview: Cloudy Ratings Forecast & Where The Networks Stand

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Premiere week used to be the ultimate battleground, and by the end of it, new series' producers either celebrated or were licking their wounds, with a few left in the middle. Delayed viewing has changed all that. "I don't think early performance has ever been more clouded," an industry source said ahead of the official start of premiere week tomorrow. Besides the handful of newcomers that would likely pop big or flop badly, it will be too early to tell for the majority of… Read

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Bart & Fleming: Are Studios Driving The Lazy Road Paved By Detroit Automakers?

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: I don't want to sound nostalgic, but do you remember the days when working in the entertainment business was considered a good job? When I was first hired by a movie studio, my journalistic friends all said, 'Man, you've got it made.' FLEMING: Since you take a vow of poverty to be a… Read

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Circling Edward Snowden Role In Oliver Stone Film

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EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Stone has set his sights on Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play asylum-seeking CIA leaker Edward Snowden in the movie that Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman intend to shoot beginning in December in Munich. It becomes the latest intriguing role for Gordon-Levitt, who wrapped playing Philippe Petit in the Robert Zemeckis-directed The Walk for Tom Rothman's TriStar and is now shooting Xmas with Seth Rogen at Sony. It hasn't happened yet, but stay… Read

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Con Men Lied, Faked IDs To “Teach” Kids Working On Hollywood Film Sets

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EXCLUSIVE: Using aliases and fake credentials, two con men have been posing as licensed studio teachers for years, Deadline has learned, giving them access to child actors employed on dozens of low-budget movies and student film projects. In a bizarre coincidence, both men  — Kent Linker and Fred Robbins — claimed to be Marty Carlin, an accredited and respected teacher who, at age 83, is retired from on-set work with kids. California has strict labor laws governing the… Read

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TIFF 2014: How Chris Rock, New Distribution Blood Fueled Film Deals

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As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto's 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for AFM, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn't make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto. The other intriguing development came on… Read

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Note To Glenn Close, Hugh Jackman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rupert Grint: Broadway’s Not A Whistle Stop

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The most shocking stage news of the week was that Angela Lansbury is getting her Noel Coward act together and taking it on the road. Having filled theaters on Broadway and the West End over the decades, the soon-to-turn-89-year-old will re-create her role as Mme. Arcati in Blithe Spirit, beginning December 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA and ending in March on the other side of the continent at the National Theatre in Washington. She's been playing the eccentric spirit… Read

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Oscar Watch: First-Class Films From Aniston, Connelly, Costner, Gere Still Seek Distributors As Clock Running Out

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The 2014 Oscar clock is running out for powerful, but still unsold, festival showpieces starring Jennifers Aniston and Connelly, as well as Kevin Costner and Richard Gere. Several unspoken-for films came into this year's Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alicethe touching drama of a woman's descent into early-onset Alzheimer's disease, that plan worked spectacularly well… Read

Box Office

‘Maze Runner’ Races To $37.6M Internationally With No. 1s In 50 Countries; ‘Apes’ Crosses $100M In China

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Overseas weekend estimates are in from most of the studios as Fox's The Maze Runner outpaces other comers. With about $32.5M, the YA adaptation is tops domestically, and is mirroring that success overseas with $37.56M from 7,384 screens in 50 markets. Impressively, it is No. 1 in 50 countries (47 markets) this weekend, including opening No. 1 in 44 countries. Last week, the film beat a path through Mexico, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Central America for a debut frame… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Charles Dance Hints That Tywin Lannister Might Be Alive

Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser: Tywin Lannister Might Be Alive

In a bloody medieval-like world such as HBO's Game of Throneswhen one character shoots another character twice with a crossbow, we can easily figure that the latter is dead, right? Such was the case at the end of season 4 when Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) used such crossbow to shoot his father Tywin (Charles Dance) because he was having an affair with the younger Lannister's lover, Shae (she also met her doom at the hands of Tyrion). Well, Charles Dance told MTV UK… Read

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Emma Thompson On Her Writing Process: A Yoga Mat, A Hoover, & Lots Of Crying

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Quirky is possibly the best word to describe Emma Thompson's BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture, hilariously delivered tonight in London. It included a physical demonstration of her writing process; pearls of wisdom shared with the filmmaker attendees; and an anecdote about how a period sketch she wrote featuring a Victorian-era virgin encountering a penis led to her penning Sense And Sensibility. The event, a Thompson-directed variation on a regular series of screenwriter… Read

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Hot Fantastic Fest Trailer: ‘Felt’

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EXCLUSIVE: Director and cinematographer Jason Banker follows his 2012 debut Toad Road with Felt, a thriller about a young woman plagued by nightmares who loses herself in an increasingly outrageous artistic project and alter egos to deal with traumas inflicted by the men in her life. Banker's 2012 debut feature Toad Road was snapped up by Elijah Wood's SpectreVision label after winning Best Director and Best Actor at the Fantasia Film Festival. Felt is world premiering… Read

Video

What Franco & Rogen Will Do To Kill Kim Jong-un In ‘The Interview': Hot Trailer

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For anyone that didn't get enough of half-naked Seth Rogen on yesterday's The Tonight Show, well, here's the length that his backside will go “to secure the package” on a C.I.A. assignment to off Kim Jong-un in Sony's new red band trailer for the Dec. 25 comedy The Interview (Rogen's butt? No wonder why the North Korean leader wanted the film banned).  Rogen and James Franco's tabloid TV journos have had enough with their frivolous coverage of Matthew McConaughey's… Read

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