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Box Office Final: ‘No Good Deed’ $24.2M; ‘Dolphin Tale 2′ $15.8M As ‘Guardians’ Passes $300M

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5TH UPDATE, Monday, 3:18 PM: Screen Gems' thriller No Good Deed fell right in line with other distribs' estimates over the weekend to end the three-day at $24.2M, while Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment's Dolphin Tale 2 just fell short of $16M to gross a total cume of $15.8M; it was a softer-than-hoped-for opening for the sequel to the 2011 family film, which bowed to $19M on its way for a $95M worldwide haul). Chernin Entertainment's crime drama The Drop ended the weekend… Read

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‘Bill Maher: Live From DC’ HBO’s Most Watched Comedy Special In 5 Years

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Bill Maher: Live From DC became HBO's most watched comedy special in nearly five years, when 1.1 million people watched at 10 PM and a second played cumed it out at 1.6 million Friday night. That makes it  HBO's most-watched comedy special premiere since Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction logged 1.9 million viewers on December 6, 2009. Maher kicked off the night with the return of his HBO series,  Real Time with Bill Maher; live from Washington.  That 9  PM… Read

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Intl Box Office Final: No. 1 Bragging Rights In China Too Close To Call As ‘Storm,’ ‘Expendables 3′ And ‘Apes’ Fight It Out

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4th UPDATE, Monday, 2:43 PM (PST): Who was No. 1 this weekend in China? It's just not clear. Although Warner Bros. reported $7.7M this afternoon for Into The Storm, Fox reported $7.64M for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and it looks like Expendables 3 ended up with $7.5M (according to Rentrak). But China reporting on box office is always a bit sketchy and numbers tend to fluctuate, which may be why another final total for Into The Storm shows it pulled in only $7.16M… Read

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HBO & Playtone Take On Battle Against Offshoring With ‘Factory Man’ Miniseries

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EXCLUSIVE: One of U.S.' biggest economic stories of the 21st century, how to save American jobs in the face of outsourcing, is getting a personal treatments in Factory Man, a miniseries in development at HBO. The project, produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone, is based on Beth Macy's nonfiction book Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - And Helped Save An American Town. It tells the story of the Bassett family: Throughout… Read

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Gov. Brown Likely To Sign Film & TV Tax Credit Expansion This Week

Gov. Brown Unveils Offical Gubernatorial Portrait Of Former Governor Schwarzenegger

EXCLUSIVE: A little more than two weeks after the state Senate overwhelmingly voted to increase California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program to $330 million a year, Gov. Jerry Brown is aiming to make the legislation law in a few days. If everything comes together as planned, he will sign the Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act on Thursday, I've learned. With a mountain of bills to put pen to paper on, the governor actually has until the end of… Read

Business

CAA Promotes Four In Sports, TV & Marketing Departments

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CAA has elevated four staffers across its marketing, sports and television departments. Carly Allen and Kristin Whalley have been promoted to executives in the agency's marketing department, respectively working from the Los Angeles and New York offices. Ali Gallagher will serve as an executive in CAA's Sports Consulting department in New York, while Santini Reali has been promoted to agent in CAA's Los Angeles television department. All four were departmental… Read

Awards

George Clooney Set For Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

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The actor-director-writer-producer will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's career honor during the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11. George Clooney already has three Globes to his credit — all in different categories: Best Actor in a Drama for The Descendants (2011), Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005) and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000). "The HFPA is honored to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to… Read

International

MIPCOM: Kiss’ Gene Simmons & Sierra/Engine To Fire Up ‘Coliseum’

Gene Simmons of KISS launches new reality show 'Coliseum'

Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons is putting his own spin on the musical competition show format. The singer-bassist, together with Sierra/Engine Television, will be launching Coliseum at MIPCOM next month. Created by Simmons and Chris Philip, CEO of Sierra/Engine Television, Coliseum involves multiple contestants from all musical genres, forming bands to create an unforgettable act. Simmons will coach evolving acts on the show, which will culminate in a battle-of-the-bands… Read

TV

Grant Gish Upped To VP Animation At 20th Century Fox TV

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Grant Gish has been named VP Animation at 20th Century Fox Television, reporting to President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis. The studio has been without a senior animation executive since SVP Jennifer Howell left for Paramount TV last fall. 20th TV consolidated live-action and animated comedy under Davis in 2012. "Grant is a bright, talented executive who has been managing our hugely important animation development efforts, and this promotion recognizes the great work… Read

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‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ In Season Again At Sony

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is rebooting I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 horror flick that ended up grossing $125M worldwide and spawned a sequel the following year. Both starred Jennifer Love Hewitt. This one is being written by Oculus c0-writer/director Mike Flanagan and partner Jeff Howard who are adapting the 1973 Lois Duncan book again. Producing is Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious franchise) who also produced the original 17 years ago. If the budget is kept… Read

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FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Final Season Premiere Soars In Live+3 Ratings

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With its final season now on the road, Sons Of Anarchy is getting some serious traction. First of all, the September 9 seventh and final season debut marked a series ratings high for the Kurt Sutter-created biker drama in those Live+Same Day numbers that FX no longer reports. The nearly two-hour premiere had 6.2 million viewers at 10 PM with 4.1 million among adults 18-49. With Live+3 numbers, the season opener has shifted into a whole new gear: the time-shifted results… Read

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Rose McGowan Eyes Oscar With Short Film ‘Dawn’

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EXCLUSIVE: Rose McGowan is taking aim at awards season with her directorial debut Dawn, a short film for which the actress-filmmaker is launching an Oscar-qualifying run this week in Los Angeles. Dawn is the disturbing tale of a Kennedy-era teenager (Tara Barr) who strikes up a flirtation with the boy who works at the local gas station (Reiley McClendon) and invites him and his friends into her sheltered world. In Deadline's exclusive clip, innocent fun turns ominous when… Read

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