Moviegoers Looking Forward To ‘Jurassic World’ Super Bowl Trailer: Fandango Survey
Most moviegoers watching the Super Bowl on Sunday are looking forward to the trailer for Universal’s June 12 fourthquel Jurassic World more than any other film. The findings were recently reported in a Fandango poll in which 1,000 ticket buyers were asked which movie ads they were looking forward to the most during the Big Game. Sixty-eight percent of those polled claimed they pay special attention to the TV spots for upcoming movies. The list of trailers was based off of… Read
Why Wall Street Remains Wary About Viacom
Under normal circumstances, investors would consider Viacom shares to be a screaming bargain. Consider: Most Big Media companies trade for anywhere from 15.3 times expected earnings (that’s Fox) to 17.2 times (for Disney). And Viacom? 10.2 times.
To put that into perspective, it means that the Street expects ad sales to deteriorate by 6% a year through 2018, Wunderlich Securities’ Matthew Harrigan says today. That “would be realized only in a global economy in free-fall… Read
Fairuza Balk & Shree Crooks Join Showtime Drama ‘Ray Donovan’
Fairuza Balk (American History X, Almost Famous) and Shree Crooks (Extant) have been tapped for recurring roles on the third season of Showtime drama Ray Donovan. The series stars Liev Schreiber as LA's best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city's celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls' most complicated and combustible situations go away. In Season 2, Ray's life erupted when the FBI, his father Mickey (Jon Voight) and his own family slip out… Read
Horatio Sanz, Matt Walsh Get The Riot Act: ‘A Better You’ At SBIFF – Hot Clip
Lobbyists against onscreen smoking could have a friend in comedic actor Andrew Daly (Comedy Central’s Review), or at least his persnickety neighbor character who is trying to clean up the streets in Matt Walsh's second directorial comedy A Better You. The film follows Dr. Ron (Brian Huskey), a Hollywood quack hypnotherapist. The only thing worse than Dr. Ron's methods are his disrespectful patients who loiter around the neighborhood as seen in this clip. The film… Read
Kickbacks And Roses: Inside The SAG Pension & Health Funds Scandal – Exclusive
EXCLUSIVE: The lawsuit alleging embezzlement of millions of dollars from the $3 billion SAG Pension & Health Plans was settled behind closed doors in confidential arbitrations. Deadline has obtained the sealed deposition of former SAG P&H Plans CEO Bruce Dow, however, in the arbitration of a wrongful termination suit filed by whistleblower Craig Simmons.
Dow's testimony provides fresh insight into an organization that had grown dysfunctional — beset by bitter infighting… Read
Marshawn Lynch Breaks Super Bowl Silence For Conan O’Brien
Press covering the Super Bowl in Phoenix: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has got lots to say — he’s just not interested in talking to you. He’s prattled happily to Conan O’Brien, as he and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski played Mortal Kombat X on Conan’s TBS late-night show last night.
At Tuesday’s Super Bowl XLIX news conference, Lynch answered every question reporters lobbed his way with some iteration of, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” for nearly five… Read
Idina Menzel To Star In ‘Happy Time’ Comedy Produced By Ellen DeGeneres
We’re still in the midst of pilot season 2015, but Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production are already looking ahead to the 2015-16 development cycle with a half-hour comedy project starring Idina Menzel. Written by Randi Barnes (Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return), Happy Time is described as a comedy about a woman (Menzel) in the public eye who’s ready to stop pretending she’s so damned happy all the time. Barnes is executive producing with… Read
Big Sundance Buy ‘Dope’ Gets June Release Date From Open Road
Less than a week after we told you that Open Road Films and Sony Pictures won a bidding battle for Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope at the Sundance Film Festival, Open Road has set a June 12 release date.
That’s the first release announcement title among this year’s fest deals and this one was legit: the auction resulted in pact with a $7 million minimum guarantee, with a $15 million P&A. Multiple bidders included the Weinstein Company, A24 and Fox Searchlight, and Focus Features… Read
‘Parenthood’ Ends Run On High Ratings Note, ‘Scandal’ Up In Return, Pushes ‘Backstrom’ Down In Week 2
Parenthood has always been a quiet show but the underrated family drama made some noise in its series finale last night, which delivered a 1.7 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall at 10 PM. That was up +31% from last week in 18-49 and +24% in viewers (+31% in 18-49 and +37% in viewers from last season’s finale) to generate the series’ best ever Thursday results, its biggest overall audience since Dec. 11, 2012, Tuesday, and its highest 18-49 rating since its season… Read
Bonnie Arnold, Carolyn Blackwood Among Santa Barbara’s Women In The Biz Panelists
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG Australia, has announced this year’s participants of its Creative Forces: Women in the Biz panel, which spotlights creative decision-makers sharing the challenges and successes they have faced as women in the industry. It’ll take place during the fest’s second weekend on February 7.
Moderated by Madelyn Hammond, this year’s panelists include Bonnie Arnold (producer of the Academy Award-nominated How to Tr… Read
Crowd Funding Effort Aims To Restore Debut Of ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ Helmer Kelly Reichardt
Here’s an unusual use of Kickstarter: Oscilloscope Laboratories launched a campaign to digitally restore River Of Grass, the debut of indie darling Kelly Reichardt. Pic won the Best Debut Prize at Sundance in 1994, but not a lot of people have seen it and it is in rough shape. They’re trying to raise $20,000 for the effort. Oscilloscope will team with Sundance Collection at UCLA to restore it in high quality digital 2k for release on digital platforms and on DVD and… Read
Larry Wilmore On Deflategate: Super Bowl Teams “Seahawks And Cheaters”
"Tonight, we're getting ready for Super Bowl Sunday – I don't' want to take sides here but it's between the Seahawks and the Cheaters,” Larry Wilmore said, opening The Nightly Show’s walk-up to Super Bowl Sunday.
“Is Tom Brady responsible for Deflategate?” Wilmore added. “Are you listening? I just called them… Read