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‘Batman V Superman’ Trailer Gets Official Release Following Leak

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Nearly 24 hours after the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was leaked via a shaky cellphone camera recording, Warner Bros has kneeled before reality and released the teaser officially. The trailer for the film, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as DC’s contentious superheroes, originally was planned to be unveiled during a 15-minute long event in Imax theaters on Monday. The studio’s official release spoils that planned surprise. Warner Bros and DC can… Read

Business

Vincent Bollore Consolidates Grip Over Vivendi, Now Poised To Create Global Media Giant

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Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore emerged victorious at the French media giant’s annual meeting, seeing off a shareholder rebellion and winning a battle over double voting rights that will allow him to move forward with his vision of turning Vivendi into a global player. The billionaire businessman, who has tightened his grip over Vivendi in recent weeks by nearly tripling his stake in the company to 14.5% in the space of less than two months, was presiding over his first… Read

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short ‘SMILF’ To Be Developed As Showtime Comedy

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner SMILF is headed to television, with some big-name producers on board. Showtime has put in development a half-hour comedy based on Shaw’s semi-autobiographical short with Shaw set to write, direct, star and executive produce. Developed by Shaw and Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, SMILF examines the travails of a young woman (Shaw) who comes to LA as both a struggling actress and a struggling single mom. The prolific… Read

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‘Furious 7′ Tops $1B Worldwide — A First For Universal

Furious 7 to Ring Up $60M second weekend

Furious 7 has become Universal’s first billion-dollar baby, and the entertainment company’s head honcho took to the web today to talk about what is a notable moment for the 103-year-old studio. “Today marks a significant milestone in our history,” NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer wrote in a blog post as the setua-sequel raced past that global-boxoffice milestone in just its 17th day in release. The actioner starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker has banked an… Read

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George Lucas To Colbert At Tribeca: “Experimental Films — That’s Exactly What I’m Going To Do”

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If you were a Star Wars fanatic looking for any kind of hints or reveals for the next Star Wars feature films, well the Tribeca Talks: George Lucas and Stephen Colbert conversation wasn’t the place to find it today.  At the top of their dialogue, Lucas told the crowd, “They’re (Disney) are doing a different story, I don’t even know anything about it.”  While the entire conversation recapped Lucas’ career from wannabe race car driver to cutting Jabba the Hutt out of the… Read

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Isabelle Fuhrman Joins ‘Masters Of Sex’

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She is all grown up! As Masters of Sex fast forwards another half-decade to 1966 in Season 3, the Showtime drama has cast Isabelle Fuhrman in a major recurring role as Virginia Johnson’s daughter Tessa. Set in 1966, Season 3 of Masters of Sex finds the famed duo of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and… Read

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‘Unfriended’ Review: Will Teens Actually Go Offline To See This ‘Grand Googlenol’?

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It seems Hollywood finally has found a way of getting teens offline and in line. Just make a movie like Unfriendedwhere the entire 82-minute running time takes place in front of a computer screen. Blumhouse has done it again. As I say in my video review above, it have made a cheapie horror thriller that is virtually disconnected from human interaction and plugged into a cyber-age Friday The 13th-style Facebook fright fest. Let’s call it “Grand Googlenol.” In Universal’s… Read

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‘Modern Family’ Writer-Producer Vali Chandrasekaran Inks 20th TV Overall Deal

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Modern Family co-executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the Emmy-winning ABC comedy. Under the pact, Chandrasekaran will continue as co-executive producer on Modern Family next season and will be promoted to executive producer the following season, working under creators/executive producers Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan. Chandrasekaran joined Modern Family at the beginning of this… Read

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Mob Ties: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s Connections To Gangster Pic ‘The Wannabe’ – Tribeca

Tribeca Film Festival: How 'The Wannabe' Connects To 'Boardwalk Empire'

“If anyone believes in synchronicity, this was a case of it,” exclaims The Wannabe star and producer Vincent Piazza. The actor who many HBO auds know as soft guy-gone-fierce mobster Charlie Luciano on Boardwalk Empire, told Deadline at our Tribeca Film Festival studio how many of the creatives courted to be involved on Wannabe, coincidentally wound up working on Boardwalk Empire — and it wasn’t because both were gangster genre tales. “I was asked to read the screenplay… Read

Business

Meredith Wechter Exits ICM, Puts Josh Gad, ‘Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot In Play

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EXCLUSIVE: The movement of agents continues. Meredith Wechter, a longtime agent at ICM Partners whose clients include Josh Gad and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, has left the agency and will be moving on. I’ve confirmed she’s no longer at ICM, where she spent a decade. I’d heard rumors that she might resurface at WME, but I’m told she is under contract until June 30. So nothing will happen until then. We’ve seen the litigation flying back and forth between CAA and UTA after… Read