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Ouch! Broadway Box Office Slumps 13% For Holiday Week; 12 Shows Off $100K-Plus

Chilina Kennedy, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Jarrod Spector, and Scott J. Campbell in Beautiful

The long July 4 weekend may have seen hot bodies seeking refuge in air-conditioned seats, but they weren’t cooling down in Broadway theaters. The 28 shows were off 13% from the previous week. An impressive 21 of them were down more than $50K; indeed, 12 shows came up more than $100K short of the week before: Beautiful, at the Roundabout’s Stephen Sondheim (-$193K); Wicked, at the Nederlander’s Gershwin (-$183K); Something Rotten! at Jujamcyn’s St. James (-$177K); Wolf Hall… Read


Jerry Weintraub Dies: ‘Karate Kid’ & ‘Ocean’s’ Producer Was The Ultimate Storyteller And Showman

Premiere Of HBO's "The Brink" - Red Carpet

Jerry Weintraub, the legendary producer who worked with everyone from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and George Clooney and produced films ranging from Oh, God! and the Karate Kid to the Ocean’s Eleven reboot franchise, died this morning of cardiac arrest in a Santa Barbara hospital. He was 77. Weintraub, a great friend of President George H.W. Bush, also was an executive producer on HBO’s new comedy The Brink. Weintraub was the considered the ultimate… Read


Emily Kinney Joins ‘Masters Of Sex'; Jonathan Silverman In ‘Getting On’

Emily Kinney Jonathan Silverman

The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney has joined the third season of Showtime’s Masters Of Sex in a multi-episode arc. Set in 1966, Season 3 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 finally is unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and Johnson's work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving… Read


Donald Trump Immigration Stance Costs Him ESPN’s ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic


More fallout for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over his comments about immigrants from Mexico. ESPN said this afternoon that it is moving its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic on July 14 from Trump National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach: "We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice. This charity outing benefits The V Foundation's Stuart Scott… Read


Matt Forde Replacing Jane Tranter As Head Of BBC Worldwide Productions

Jane Tranter

As had been widely reported, Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions, is officially stepping down from her position to launch her own production company. She will be replaced by Matt Forde, BBC Worldwide’s EVP TV Sales & Digital Distribution, who now will lead both LA-based production units. Tranter will leave her post August 14. Forde's new title will be EVP Content Production, Sales and Distribution. He will report to Ann Sarnoff, the… Read


Ryan Kavanaugh’s Latest Deal For Relativity Raises More Questions Than It Answers


Even senior financial experts are scratching their heads over the structure of the deal that THR says Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh made with Catalyst Capital Group to help his struggling company. The Toronto-based private equity firm is said to have agreed to pay $150 million for all of Relativity's senior secured debt, and spend $170 million for an unknown amount of its equity. Relativity would not comment and Catalyst did not respond to requests for comment. Some of… Read


‘UnReal’ Renewed For Season 2 By Lifetime

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Lifetime has renewed its scripted drama series UnReal for a second season, ordering 10 more episodes for next year. It is the first scripted series fully produced and distributed by A+E Studios. The series starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer premiered June 1 to lackluster numbers — it drew 815,000 total viewers in its 10 PM slot, a 44% drop from its Devious Maids lead-in. But it has been a strong time-shifted show, and the first three episodes are averaging more… Read


America’s Women’s World Cup Final Win Scores Record 25.4M Viewers – Update

Women;s World Cup final 2015

2nd UPDATE, 1:28 PM: More numbers are in for last night’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final and the final tally is just going up and up like those winning goals from TeamUSA over Japan on the pitch. Already the most-viewed U.S. soccer game ever in earlier numbers, Sunday's match in Vancouver between the reigning champs and the now three-time winning Americans has gone up to a total viewership of 25.4 million. With a 7.9 rating among adults 18-49 and a household rating of 12.9… Read


‘Minions’ Review: Wacky Yellow Rascals Aim For Superstar Status In Their First Starring Movie

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With the enormous worldwide success of the first two Despicable Me films there could be no question this money-making animated juggernaut would also start spawning spin-offs and that is exactly the case with Minionsan attempt to give those little yellow, squeaky, overall-wearing characters their own starring movie. With director Pierre Coffin pulling helming duty behind the camera (along with co-director Kyle Balda) as well as continuing to voice the Minions, there is a… Read


CAA Taps Time Warner Dealmaker James Burtson To Be CFO


Looks like Creative Artists Agency is still hungry to make deals. It just picked a CFO, James Burtson, who’s best known in financial circles for his work as a Time Warner SVP where he oversaw global mergers and acquisitions. He was involved with the media giant’s spin offs of Time Warner Cable, AOL and Time Inc., and purchases of content and new media properties. He’ll move into his new job on July 13, replacing Jeff Berry, who joined CAA in 2012. In addition to his work… Read


Dustin Hoffman On Today’s Movies: They Stink!

The Graduate

While Hollywood studios are raking in the bucks but not elevating the quality of cinema with summer sequels and superhero fare including this weekend’s July 4 openers Magic Mike XXL and Terminator: Genisys, Dustin Hoffman is getting notice for a comment that we’re sure is common among his peers who came up before studios were blinded by global box office returns. That is, that movies today stink and that if you want quality, you find it on television. The business has… Read


Another Impostor Caught Posing As Studio Teacher: “My Daughter Was Scared”

Terry Westlund Teacher

EXCLUSIVE: The producers knew something wasn't right from the very beginning. The studio teacher they'd hired on the recommendation of their assistant director was shaggy, loud and boisterous, and he looked hung over. On the very first day of filming, he scared the film's young star and so alarmed her mother that she alerted the producers that something wasn't right with the guy. The producers kept an eye on him all day and then fired him. Late last month, they reported… Read