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Box Office FINAL: ‘Guardians’ No. 1 With $281M Cume As Summer Closes Down 14.6% Vs. 2013

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8th UPDATE, Tuesday, 4:42 PM: Box office final tallies are in and the summer is off 14.6% from last year. Leading the next weekend will be the two August tentpoles —  Guardians of  the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which once again, Paramount has a higher gross than others have for it ($11.7M vs. $11.9M). Regardless, it's such a minimal amount, that we're keeping with the $166.3M cume for its summer tally. Congrats to Disney/Marvel for having the top film of… Read

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Abortionist Pic ‘Gosnell’ Hires ‘True Crime’ Writer To Script

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True Crime novelist, screenwriter, and conservative commentator Andrew Klavan (One Missed Call, A Shock To The System, Haunting Melissa) has been hired to script the crowdfunded TV film project Gosnell, about Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell. The infamous doctor was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for mercilessly killing babies of botched abortions who were born alive by driving a scissors into their necks and snipping their spinal cords. His… Read

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Primetime Emmys Telecast Rules Quiet Holiday Week’s Twitter TV Ratings

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The Emmys might not be No. 1 among awards shows in terms of ratings or social-media oomph, but they dominated the week's Twitter TV ratings, nearly doubling even the biggest sports event, the season-opening college football game featuring defending national champ Florida State and its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, now a sophomore. Most weeks, it's a sports event that tops Nielsen's most tweeted-about lists. But with a holiday weekend on the back end… Read

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Fox’s ‘Gang Related’ Cancelled After Summer Run

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EXCLUSIVE: Fox's drama Gang Related will not be coming back as the network has opted not to renew the undercover drama for a second season. Originally slated for a midseason launch, the action series starring Ramon Rodriguez was given a summer berth instead. It got off to a soft start the last week of May, opening with a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day. The series didn't grow but developed a core following and was pretty consistent, ending its 13-episode run… Read

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Susan Lyne Moves From AOL’s Brand Group To A New Fund For Women-led Internet Ventures

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The former president of ABC Entertainment and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is now also the former CEO of AOL's Brand Group. She just left the job that she took in February 2013 after the Internet company asked her to be president of its new venture entity, The BBG Fund. The name of the fund is an acronym for Built By Girls and AOL says it will be “focused on early stage investments in women-led consumer internet start-ups.” AOL will put about $10M into it, but… Read

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Warner Bros Could Be Haunted By New ‘Conjuring’ Producer Lawsuit

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Tony DeRosa-Grund is still battling it out with Warner Bros over his role and rights for The Conjuring franchise, but now a new legal front has opened against the producer – a lawsuit with implications that could potentially spook the studio and New Line's plans to enlarge the horror franchise of the hit 2013 paranormal pic. In the complaint, a novice producer is alleging that not only does the often litigious DeRosa-Grund owe him more than $250,000 from a sprawling deal… Read

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UPDATE: Players Back Musicians As Unions Sack NFL Super Bowl Halftime Pay-To-Play Scheme

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UPDATED 3:11PM: The NFL's players union is siding with the musicians in the dust-up over pay-to-play for the Super Bowl halftime show. "The NFL Players Association will always support workers and fair wages," a spokesman for the NFL Players Association tells Deadline. PREVIOUSLY 2:11PM: Union pushback is mounting against the NFL's reported plan to get halftime acts to pay to perform at future Super Bowls. The AFL-CIO's Department of Professional Employees today just… Read

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R.I.P. Music Executive & Producer David Anderle

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The veteran record producer and music industry executive died September 1 of cancer at his Los Angeles home. David Anderle was 77. During a 35-year career, he worked with such storied acts as the Doors, Frank Zappa, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Delaney & Bonnie and served as music supervisor for numerous films including Good Morning, Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Scrooged and Soul Man. His friendship with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson led to the… Read

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Venice: Thelma Schoonmaker On Working With Martin Scorsese, ‘Silence’ & Preserving Michael Powell’s Legacy

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Thelma Schoonmaker was at the Venice Film Festival today to accept the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. She was also on the Lido to present a restored version of her late husband Michael Powell's The Tales Of Hoffman. I sat down with Martin Scorsese's longtime Oscar-winning editor for a chat this morning overlooking a raging Adriatic Sea. Our conversation ranged from two of the most important men in her life, to the controversy surrounding The Wolf Of Wall Street… Read

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Ensemble Friends Comedy Produced By Jason Winer Lands At NBC As Put Pilot

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As we mark the 20-year anniversary of Friends' debut this month, it is fitting that NBC has won the bidding for a new multi-camera comedy about a group of friends. The network has bought The One That Got Away, from creators Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger (How To Be A Gentleman) and producer Jason Winer, with a put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, marking another high-profile pitch from the studio to land at a network other than Fox this season. The… Read

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Paramount Marketing Chief Josh Greenstein Moving To Sony; Megan Colligan Takes Charge At Paramount & Others Re-Up

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Josh Greenstein, chief marketing officer since 2011, will not be staying at Paramount Pictures and is expected to join Sony Pictures Entertainment when his contract ends on Dec. 31st to become head of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment. He replaces Jeff Blake who exited after launching Sony's summer box office. On the heels of that move, Paramount has promoted Megan Colligan to President, Worldwide Distribution and Marketing. She will… Read

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History’s ‘Houdini’ Locks Up 3.7M On First Night; ‘Saved By The Bell’ Pic Soft

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Part 1 of History's four-hour miniseries starring Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini drew 3.7 million total viewers on Labor Day. Houdini also tied up 1.5 million in the 25-54 demo for the 9 PM ET opening two hours of its latest mini based on a historical figure. The network drew big numbers with Bonnie & Clyde last year and Hatfields & McCoys in 2012, along with its epic 10-hour 2013 mini The Bible, which has spawned a sequel. Part 2 of Houdini airs tonight. On fellow A+E… Read

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