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The Return Of Tom Cruise In ‘Rogue Nation'; ‘Vacation’s Length – Weekend Box Office Post Mortem

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7TH UPDATE, Monday 2:58PM – Final weekend actuals: Paramount/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation arrived closer to the industry’s estimates yesterday morning with $55.5M, still a gross that’s considered a comeback for both Tom Cruise and the M:I franchise. The sequel, according to distrib experts, is expected to slide 50%-55% this coming weekend with $25M-$27.8M, the average second-weekend drop for a tentpole of this type. 20th Century Fox’s reboot of The Fantast… Read


TriStar TV’s Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs Reveals Slate, Label’s Focus On “Prestige, Character-Driven, Serialized Projects”

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A familiar TV brand is making a return as Sony Pictures TV is relaunching TriStar Television with Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs at the helm. She recently segued into the position after a three-year stint as EVP Drama Development at Sony Pictures Television, whose presidents of programming and production Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg oversee the new division. TriStar TV 2.0, which started as part of the Tom Rothman-led TriStar revival, already has some 20 projects in different… Read


‘Red Oaks’ Star Jennifer Grey: “The ’80s Were Very Good To Me” – TCA

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“It takes me back to a time I enjoyed for obvious reasons –  the ’80s were very good to me,” Red Oaks cast member Jennifer Grey said this morning of Steven Soderbergh’s coming-of-age comedy for Amazon. “I felt like it was a movie,  as if Caddy Shack and Dirty Dancing had a baby raised by John Cassavetes.” But exec producer Gregory Jacobs insisted the series was more The Graduate meets Caddyshack, talking to reporters this morning at TCA. “One of the things we wanted to… Read


Controversy Becomes Amazon With Additions Of Jeremy Clarkson & Woody Allen

(L-R) Head of Drama Development at Amazon Studios Morgan Wandell, Head of Amazon Studios Roy Price and ?Head of Comedy at Amazon Studios Joe Lewis speak onstage at the Amazon Studios portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

A few days after Jeremy Clarkson ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that his new car show had landed at Amazon, reuniting him with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond for an Amazon Prime series, Amazon execs got asked what ground rules, if any, they’d set for Clarkson in terms of language, slurs and staff assaults. Clarkson, whose BBC contract was allowed to expire after he assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, confirmed via Twitter ”… Read


‘Mozart In The Jungle': Through The Chaos Is Passion For The Music – TCA

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The cast and creatives appeared via satellite to talk about the musical drama Mozart In The Jungle today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The Amazon series, which will debut its second season in January, has been well-received by the classical community. “It was really amazing to be welcomed into the orchestra world and be around the actual scene. said Paul Weitz, exec producer. “They like the idea that there’s a show exposing classical music to… Read


Jim Jefferies Signs With Brillstein Entertainment Partners

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Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He’s also with UTA. Jefferies made his mark in the UK where he lived for eight years, performing at the Manchester Comedy Store, before coming to the U.S. His major break come with his 2009 HBO special I Swear To God. He co-created and starred in his own semi-autobiographical sitcom, Legit, which ran for two seasons on FX and FXX. His other TV credits include @midnight, The Librarians and… Read


‘Mission: Impossible’ Accepted At FX – Along With ‘Trainwreck’, ‘Pixels’ & Others


FX Networks continues to gobble up TV rights to hit movies. This time the slew of pickups includes Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which dominated the domestic and overseas box office over the weekend. The Tom Cruise-led sequel is headed to the company’s suite of networks – FX, FXX and FXM and FXNow for VOD, along with the Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, Adam Sandler’s Pixelsthe John Green adaptation Paper Towns and recent No. 1 opener Spy, starring… Read

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‘Hamilton’ Juggernaut Includes A Show Before The Show As Broadway Box Office Stays Steady At $28.8M

Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Lin-Manuel Miranda

In the final week of previews before its August 6 opening, Hamilton put on a couple of noteworthy side shows: The historico-comico-rapico-dramatico musicale brings $32-million in advance sales to the table, a pre-opening safe deposit that’s rarer than a straight play in the district. With a weekly gross of $1.5 million at the Nederlander-owned Richard Rodgers Theater, the Lin-Manuel Miranda show registered a Street high of 112% of potential, outflanking the over-100% club… Read


Peter Grad Dies: TV Executive & Philanthropist Who Co-Founded ‘A Night At Sardi’s’ Fundraiser

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Peter Grad, whose career as a TV executive included running MTM Studios and who later co-founded the A Night at Sardi’s fundraiser, died August 1 of a heart attack while vacationing in Vail, CO. He was 75. Born March 22, 1940 in Newark, NJ, Grad tried his hand at many vocations — including engineering, finance, acting and producing — before he found his calling as a television executive. He began his career at Paramount Television before moving to 20th Century Fox… Read


‘Shaun The Sheep’ Review: Shear Genius From Oscar-Winning Aardman

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EDITORS NOTE: Due to technical issues, the video version of this review will accompany the article later in the week. Aardman, the great animation outfit responsible for such clever ‘toons as Chicken Run, The Pirates! and Wallace & Gromithave done it again with Shaun The Sheepthe first starring feature for the infamous character who appeared in Wallace & Gromit and had his own TV series. But nothing could prepare us for the ultimate delight and charm of this new film… Read


Jill Soloway: ‘Transparent’ “Taking Bubble Wrap Off ” From Here On Out – TCA

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“Our culture has caught up to Transgender 101,” Transparent creator Jill Soloway  said of events that have transpired since the launch of her Amazon series, most particularly the very public transition of Caitlyn Jenner. Soloway said recently that Jenner’s post-transition visibility and widely discussed speech in accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards last month only helps her further the storytelling on her Emmy-nominated comedy series. "[Jeffrey… Read


Carla Gugino To Star In Cameron Crowe’s Showtime Pilot ‘Roadies’, Replacing Christina Hendricks


Carla Gugino (San Andreas) is set to star in Showtime’s reworked hourlong comedy pilot Roadies, from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams. It was a result of a major recasting on the project, which follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music's unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road. Gugino will play the band's production manager Shelli – a world-class multi-tasker, passionate music fan, and tireless work partner… Read