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New InventTV To Develop Unscripted Content & Live Events

Sergio Alfaro, Michaline Babich and Los Angeles Media Fund have formed InventTV, a new entertainment company to develop, produce and finance unscripted series and other content for television and OTT platforms. The new company also will include production of live events worldwide. Current projects include a series for Nat Geo partnered with The Weinstein Company as well as Southern Charm New Orleans (pictured) on Bravo. Alfaro and Babich, along with Los Angeles Media Fund… Read

Box Office

‘Latin Lover’ Seduces, ‘The Circle’ Broken By D+ CinemaScore, ‘Baahubali 2’ Mighty As ‘Furious’ Leads Listless Weekend

Writethru of 3rd Friday PM Update, Saturday 7:50AM: While it's normal for moviegoers to ease their spending the weekend before a huge tentpole opens, in this case Disney/Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which is projected to make $150M, this weekend's problem at the box office isn't the fact that it's late April, but the sheer lack of mass-appealing product. Yes, Universal's The Fate of the Furious is easily winning this weekend with $18.5M (-52%) but for too many… Read

Awardsline

Amazon & Netflix Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners- Full List

Driven largely by kids animated fare, Internet networks Netflix and Amazon topped their linear counterparts at the 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena on Friday, April 28. Amazon took home 13 statuettes, followed by Netflix (11), CBS and PBS (9), NBC (8), HBO (5) and OWN (4). Among individual programs, Netflix’s Trollhunters nabbed the most wins, 6, followed by NBC’s Days Of Our Lives, PBS’ Odd Squad, HBO’s Sesam… Read

Film

‘Reservoir Dogs’ Reunion: Quentin Tarantino Recalls When He “Knew Making Movies Was Going To Work Out” — Tribeca

Quentin Tarantino took the 25th anniversary Reservoir Dogs roadshow to the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, bringing along cast members Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth. The film played at Sundance in January, returning to the place where it had its world premiere in 1992. Journalist Lynn Hirschberg began the post-screening chat at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side asking Tarantino to recall the first screening at the festival. "It… Read

TV

‘Real Time’: Elizabeth Warren Ignores Bill Maher’s “Pocahontas” Joke

UPDATED WITH VIDEO Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren didn’t take the bait tonight when she appeared on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. She didn’t respond to Donald Trump’s earlier taunts, she didn’t answer Maher’s suggestion that she run for president – and she neither cracked a smile nor lashed back when Maher called her Pocahontas. Speaking about middle-class Trump voters, Maher said, in the one-on-one top-of-show interview with Warren, “They don’t like you… Read

Business

WGA & AMPTP Talks To Resume On Sunday As Contract Deadline Looms

Writers Guild

UPDATED: Contract talks between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television producers have wrapped for the day, and sources tell Deadline  that the sides will return to the table Sunday. We hear that AMPTP negotiators will huddle together tomorrow, Saturday, for a meeting featuring reps for the companies before they head to a full-on negotiation session with the WGA on Sunday. “This thing is going to go to the wire,” says a source close to the talks. With… Read

Film

Tom Hanks Rocks Bruce Springsteen, After Saluting Jonathan Demme – Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival conversation between Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen was planned long in advance but took on an unanticipated poignancy in the timing Friday afternoon, as an overflow crowd jammed the Beacon Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. Welcoming the crowd, festival producer Paula Weinstein dedicated the event to Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at home in the city. “I realized what we really want as a festival is to dedicate today’s talk to the… Read

TV

PILOTS 2017: Early Pre-Screenings Buzz

We are heading into the most crucial days of the 2017 pilot season. At the broadcast networks, pilots are headed into screenings and more testing, which will help determine which projects will go to series. And at the AMPTP headquarters in Encino, reps for the TV studios and the WGA are wrapping up negotiations, which will determine whether the industry will be able to avoid a writers strike. While the two processes largely had been going separately on parallel tracks, as… Read

Business

‘Orange Is The New Black’: Hacker Says He Stole New Season, Demands Ransom From Netflix

Orange is the new hack? Netflix is facing a cyber nightmare as a hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming fifth season of its popular prison dramedy and is demanding to be paid to keep it off the Internet ahead of its June 9 premiere. The Associated Press reports tonight that a person using the moniker The Dark Lord claims to have uploaded the first Season 5 episode of Orange Is the New Black to an illegal file-sharing service already, though AP said it could not confirm… Read

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ABC Buys Time Loop Mystery ‘Echo Point’ From ‘Good Neighbor’ Scribe & Safehouse

ABC has put in development time loop mystery drama Echo Point From Safehouse Pictures and The Good Neighbor co-writer Jeff Richard. The project has a script commitment. If picked up, it will go through the networks’s straight-to-series model for a summer 2018 consideration. Safehouse’s Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold will executive produce, with VP Matt Schwartz as co-executive producer. The plot is being kept under wraps, but is said to be in the vein of sci-fi thrillers Sou… Read

Video

‘How To Be A Latin Lover’ Review: Mexico’s Eugenio Derbez Has Star Appeal, But Lame Comedy Throws It All Away

The one thing I can’t stand is to see a decent cast wasted on dopey material, but that is exactly the case with How to Be a Latin Lover, a flat and generally unfunny attempt to expand Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez’s international appeal. I loved his previous import, 2013’s heartwarming and hilarious hit Instructions Not Included, which, like his latestwas released through the Lionsgate latin subsidiary Pantelion Films. Unfortunately this highly talented comic actor… Read

International

Luc Besson Posts Anti-Le Pen Screed Ahead Of French Presidential Election

France will go to the polls on May 7 to determine the country’s next president, choosing between extreme right National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen, who has run on an anti-immigration, anti-EU platform, and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron. The latter currently leads in the polls, but as we’ve seen in the recent past, surprises can lurk around any corner. And although the French film industry is largely anti-Le Pen, filmmakers and celebrities have been less… Read