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Update: Oz Grants Disney Transfer Of Tax Incentive To Lure ‘Pirates 5′ Down Under

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UPDATE, MONDAY SEPT 1, 2:12 AM: The Australian government has approved the reassignment of a A$21.6M ($20.2M) tax incentive for Disney to bring the shoot for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Down Under. In 2013, those same funds had been earmarked for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo, but the studio is understood to have asked for a transfer with that project now in stasis. According to local trade, a spokesman for Oz Arts Minister George… Read

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Update: Int’l Box Office: ‘Apes’ Dawns In China With $47M; ‘Into The Storm’ Whips Up Korea #1; ‘Lucy’ Crosses $150M; More


3RD UPDATE, 9:02 PM PT: International box office was even with last weekend across the Top 10 studio releases with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the big gorilla thanks to a strong China opening. Lucy was also in on the action again this frame with a cumulative $31.2M in Universal and EuropaCorp territories. Compared to last year, the session was up 39%. Players at that time included Elysium, One Direction: This Is Us and The Conjuring, with Monsters University adding… Read


Pete Hammond’s Telluride Q&A With Makers Of ‘The Imitation Game’ (Video)

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Deadline's Pete Hammond is in Telluride for the film festival, busily seeing (and writing about) as many awards contenders there as he can. But Pete also took a bit of time after watching The Imitation Game to sit down with the film's producers Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman and Nora Grossman, screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum. The film, being distributed by The Weinstein Company, tells the painfully true story of Alan Turing, the brilliant British… Read


‘Meet The Press’ Introduces Chuck Todd: Video


NBC News this morning began warming up the Meet The Press audience for its new host Chuck Todd, who debuts a week from today. The canned piece features Brian Williams, Todd's wife and mother, Savannah Guthrie and Tom Brokaw — who said he not only wants to extend good wishes to Todd, but also to David Gregory, the guy NBC News dumped to give him the slot. Aw, snap! Watch the video… Read


UPDATE: FT Vet Rona Fairhead Named First Woman Chair Of BBC Trust

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UPDATE, SUNDAY 12:19 PM PT: It's official: The British government has confirmed that former publishing executive Rona Fairhead has been named as next chair of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the BBC, one of the world's largest and most influential broadcasters. PREVIOUS, SATURDAY 11:18 PM PT: Former Financial Times Group chief executive Rona Fairhead is understood to have been selected by the British government as the next chair of the BBC Trust, the body that… Read


UPDATE: Joan Rivers Remains In Serious Condition Following Thursday Cardiac Arrest

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UPDATE, Sunday, Aug. 31, 12 PM:  Melissa Rivers issued a brief statement today, saying her mother Joan remains in serious condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital after going into cardiac arrest Thursday during throat surgery, but “our fingers are crossed.” Melissa Rivers also thanked fans for their thoughts and prayers. UPDATE, Saturday, Aug. 30, 5:44 PM: Mt. Sinai Hospital had no further official updates on Joan Rivers' physical condition today when reached by Deadline, nor did… Read


Holy Macau…Casino Short Film Lineup: Scorsese, De Niro, DiCaprio, Pitt


EXCLUSIVE: How many short films ever boasted this kind of star wattage? RatPac Entertainment is producing a short being directed by Martin Scorsese that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE), Lawrence Ho and James Packer's global resorts and casino brand. They got the best cast for a casino-themed film since Steven Soderbergh was making the Ocean's Eleven films: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. The script was written by Wolf Of Wall… Read


Fandor, Telluride Premiere TED Video Director’s Sci-Fi Short After Ai Wei Wei Relents

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The 9-minute short was shot in secret in Beijing and had its Kickstarter campaign temporarily shut down by star Ai Wei Wei, China's most prominent artist and dissident, after producer/writer/director/editor Jason Wishnow overstepped in his marketing of the project. The film, about four people in China dealing with a water shortage in the near future, premieres today at the Telluride Film Festival and on Fandor, the subscription film website. Wishnow, a pioneer in… Read


Venice Spotlight: Ami Canaan Mann On ‘Jackie & Ryan’


Since she is the daughter of iconic filmmaker Michael Mann, it seems surprising that director Ami Canaan Mann's first screenplay would focus on a modern-day train-jumper musician who sneaks onto freight cars, armed with guitar and Sterno to cook and make coffee as he heads from city to city to busk on the streets and stay true to a century-old music and lifestyle. That is the subject of Jackie & Ryan, a collision between the singer (Ben Barnes) and a married woman and… Read


‘Doctor Who’ Down 1.59M UK Viewers In Sophomore Outing

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Into The Dalek, the second episode of Doctor Who's new season averaged 5.2M viewers on BBC One on Saturday night from 7:30-8:15PM local. The sophomore turn by Peter Capaldi as the 12th Time Lord earned a 24.7 share. It was BBC One's most watched show of the day, but 1.59M, or 23.4%, down on last week's season 8 launch. Its lead-in, gymnastics competition show Tumble, fell to 2.74M viewers, its lowest rating of the series, but Doctor Who is expected to increase with… Read


Simon Cowell’s Return To ‘X Factor UK’ Scores Best Launch Since 2011 With 9.5M Viewers

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In a much ballyhooed return, creator Simon Cowell is back on the judging panel of ITV's singing competition show The X Factor UK. The 11th cycle kicked off last night with 9.49M viewers and a 43 share from 8-9:25PM local. (It peaked with 10.6M viewers and a 47 share.) Over the last decade, the show's best debut rating was in 2011 with 11.3M viewers; the low end of the scale was the 2004 kickoff with 4.9M. Last night's bow is tied with 2007 for the No. 5 best perf. This… Read


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