‘Mockingjay Part I’ Wings Way To $67.5M After 3-Days: Int’l Box Office Update
UPDATE SATURDAY AM PT: With an estimated $55M at the domestic box office on Friday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I fell about 22% shy of Catching Fire's $70.95M first day in 2013. However, the international rollout is providing some serious wind beneath Mockingjay's wings. It's playing on 17,000 screens in 85 overseas markets, including key European and Latin American dates. It won't hit China until 2015, but Asia has not been a massive bullseye for Katniss & Co over… Read
‘Mockingjay’ Sings High Abroad, But Why Is Katniss Shooting Low At Stateside B.O.?
8:50AM: The domestic opening day estimate for Mockingjay - Part 1 looks to be $55M, the highest opening day of 2014 and the sixth highest single day bow in November. 2009′s Twilight Saga: New Moon owns the month's record at $72.7M. Again, that's a healthy number. Exhibs should be happy, seeing spillover into concession sales.
2:49AM: Late night industry domestic B.O. estimates for Friday show Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $55.5M from 4,151 screens… Read
SVP Alternative Among Several Eliminated Positions At CW As Part Of TW Layoffs
The sweeping Time Warner layoffs have reached the CW. The network's SVP alternative programming Kristen Connolly Vadas is exiting the network as her position is being eliminated, one of several being cut at the network. I hear none of the others are in programming. I hear the cuts are part of the ongoing layoffs at Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment, which co-owns the CW with CBS.
Vadas was one of two alternative executives at the CW, leading the network's… Read
Nora Arnezeder To Co-Star In ‘Zoo’; Christian Campbell Joins ‘True Detective’
French actress Nora Arnezeder (Safe House) is set to co-star opposite James Wolk in CBS' new summer drama series Zoo. Based on the novel by James Patterson, Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. It centers on Jackson Oz (Wolk), a renegade American zoologist running safaris in the wilds of Africa who is thrust into a race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic. Arnezeder will play Chloe Tousignant, a French… Read
‘CNN Original’ Roger Strauss Retires; Directed Tiananmen Square Live Coverage
The man who directed CNN's live coverage of the Tiananmen Square protest, including the heart-stopping footage off the guy who singlehandedly stopped a column of tanks, called it a career today. Roger Strauss was one of the few remaining “CNN Originals,” folks who have been at the cable news network since its 1980 launch. He started directing in 1982 and ran the control room for more than 19,000 live shows. “This is someone who has truly had a front-row seat to history —… Read
Paul Dano To Co-Star In Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot ‘Codes Of Conduct’
12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen has recruited the film's co-star Paul Dano for his HBO drama pilot Codes Of Conduct. Dano will co-star opposite Devon Terrell in the project -- a provocative exploration of a young black man's experience entering New York high society.
Co-written by McQueen and World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, Codes Of Conduct, centers on Beverly Snow (Terrell), a young man from Queens as talented as he is ambiguous. His… Read
‘Jump Start’ Comic Strip To Be Adapted As Family Comedy For Fox
Black-ish's The Johnsons may be joined by another Black family in primetime next season. Fox is developing Jump Start, a single-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong's long-running comic strip. Co-written by Armstrong and Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm In The Middle), the project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, follows a Philadelphia cop who finds it harder to “serve and protect” at home than on the streets. Armstrong, Orenstein and Kaplan… Read
Resolution’s Cynthia Booth & Emma Lewis Join Don Buchwald & Associates
Veteran agent Cynthia Booth and manager-turned-agent Emma Lewis have joined Don Buchwald and Associates in Los Angeles. Both come from now-shuttered Resolution.
Booth, most recently head of the TV/talent division at Resolution, began her career at CAA and subsequently worked at Writers and Artists.
Lewis began at ICM working for Leigh Brillstein. She segued to Brillstein Entertainment and spent time on both the talent and literary sides before being brought in as an agent… Read
Hobbit Sings Sweet Farewell To Middle Earth
Billy Boyd, who played the precocious hobbit Pippin in The Lord Of The Rings, has sung a swan song for Peter Jackson's Middle Earth obsession that ends after six films with The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. It certainly brings back memories. While I've heard sentiments that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, like Twilight Saga, need not have stretched its final book into two films–it's all about profit–the trailer for the Hobbit finale indicates that audiences as… Read
Charles Sipkins Exiting Sony As Corporate PR Head
Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton just issued an internal notice that SVP Communications Charles Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities. “We thank him for his contributions and wish him success in the future,” the memo said.
Sipkins, whom I always found to be an effective, stand up guy, came aboard in August 2013 after working with several media companies in his role at crisis PR firm Sard Verbinnen, including advising for Yahoo and… Read
Tina Fey & Robert Carlock’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Moves From NBC To Netflix With 2-Season Pickup
Netflix has stepped in to pick up cancelled series before — The Killing, Arrested Development and most recently Longmire. Now the streaming service is taking over a series that has not yet premiered, midseason NBC comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
Netflix has doubled the 13-episode order the series starring Ellie Kemper had at NBC. The 13-episode first season will debut on Netflix in March, around the same time it should've premiered on… Read
‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Ends Fall Run On High Ratings Note, ‘Reign’ Hits Low
UPDATE PM: The finals are in, and many shows underwent ratings adjustments. ABC, which didn't have football preemptions and saw few of its stations carry President Obama's speech, did not get any corrections. How To Get Away With Murder's 3.1 Live+same day adults 18-49 rating was a six-week high. ABC won all Thursdays of November sweep for the first time in at least 23 years.
As expected, the football-inflated NBC numbers underwent the biggest adjustments, up to three… Read