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Warner Bros.’ Dean Devlin Disaster Pic ‘Geostorm’ Moves To 2017

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Warner Bros. has moved its environmental disaster film Geostorm from October 21, 2016 to the Friday of the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend,  January 13, 2017. That weekend is already crowded. The Dean Devlin-helmed Skydance co-production pits itself against Fox’s animated feature Boss Baby, Lionsgate’s reboot of The Power Rangers and Sony’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. However, a source close to the production says that Warner Bros. made the bold… Read

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Troy Miller Producing NBC Digital’s ‘Hidden America’, Watchup Streaming News Launches Wii U App

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Troy Miller (Dakota Pictures) will produce ten episodes of Hidden America, an NBC Digital comedy series starring Jonah Ray. The series will be in essence a comedic version of Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown,' in which Ray will travel to real settings, but talk to fictional people. "This is a real opportunity for me to really talk to fake people in real cities all over this really great country," Ray said about the show. Ten half-hour episodes will be produced, including… Read

Business

Mob Relatives Drawing Pensions From Chicago IATSE Projectionists’ “Endangered” Plan

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IATSE Projectionists Local 110 in Chicago was once widely believed to be one of the most mobbed up unions in America — a crooked outfit packed with members of the Chicago mob and their relatives, some of whom who are now drawing generous pensions from the local's endangered pension plan. Today, the local still counts relatives of long-dead gangsters among its members including the nephews of Sam Giancana, who ran Chicago's organized crime syndicate in the late-1950s and… Read

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Avi Lerner Goes After Illegal Downloaders In Oregon Over ‘Survivor’ Thriller

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Mass piracy with The Expendables 3 burned them last year, and this summer Avi Lerner's Nu Image and Millennium Films aren't going to stand by to see the same thing happen again. The companies have filed a copyright infringement suit in Oregon against over a dozen individuals who they claim have pirated spy thriller Survivor tens of thousands of times. "The motion picture Survivor is being wrongfully distributed on the Internet through the BitTorrent network and is now… Read

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Josh Gad To Play Roger Ebert, Kino Lorber Nabs ‘Songs From The North’, U.S. Release Set For Zoë Bell Actioner ‘Camino’

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Josh Gad has signed on to portray Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger, opposite Will Ferrell as Russ Meyers. The wild comedy will focus on the making of the pair’s legendary exploitation film Beyond The Valley of The Dolls, one of the first X-rated films. Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) is directing from a script by Christopher Cluess, with polishing by Winterbottom, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons. Sobini Films and Permut… Read

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A Bullish Summer Goes Out With A Yawn As The Labor Day Weekend B.O. Dawns

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As we come off a swampy August, don’t expect any box office perks from the Labor Day weekend holiday. Typically the final weekend of summer is home to horror fare — the frame’s record opener being 2007’s Halloween reboot at $30.6M — but distributors ignored the opportunity to program the genre this year. Instead, the fresh offerings are composed of Broad Green’s first wide entry A Walk In The Woodsaimed squarely at adults, and EuropaCorp’s franchise reboot The Transporte… Read

Business

Authentic Entertainment Names Michael Bouson COO, Rounds Out Exec Team

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Authentic Entertainment has unveiled its new executive team structure, with Michael Bouson tapped as COO. As part of the new alignment announced today by co-founder and CEO Lauren Lexton, Doug Mirabello has been named SVP Development, Jeff Weaver will serve as SVP Current Programming, and Will Pisnieski is Authentic's new Chief Technology Officer and Head of Post Production. In addition, Paul Halperin has been named SVP Finance and Risk Management, Patrick Stringer will… Read

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Disney Taps Jonathan Headley To Be Treasurer

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise: Jonathan Headley had been SVP for Corporate Finance and Assistant Treasurer. He moves to the Treasurer job that Christine McCarthy held before June when she was named CFO, replacing Jay Rasulo. Headley will continue to report to McCarthy. She says that over the 11 years they worked together he was “a highly effective financial executive” with “proven expertise, leadership skills and strategic acumen.” As Treasurer, Headley will manage… Read

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Media Stocks Pulled Down Again With New Sign Of Economic Weakness In China

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Wall Street’s roller coaster ride took another dive today — once again mostly due to concerns that China’s economy is weaker than many expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.8% and the S&P 500 dropped 2.9%s after an index of China’s manufacturing fell to a three year low. Media company stocks joined in the joyless ride, with the Dow Jones U.S. Media Index dropping 2.3%. Still, most remained above the lows hit at a similar sell-off on August 24, followed by a… Read

Awards

Oscars: David Hill & Reginald Hudlin To Produce 88th Academy Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that David Hill and Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Annual Oscars. Django Unchained Oscar nominee Hudlin is no stranger to the Academy, having been tapped by President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to produce last year’s nontelevised Governors Awards. As my colleague Mike Fleming and I pointed out in our piece last month on the search for new Oscar producers, Hudlin was thought to be a personal favorite of Boone… Read

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Brides of Dracula Drama From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Greg Berlanti Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: What if Van Helsing did NOT kill the three brides of Dracula? What if they survived for centuries and are now living in New York City? That is the basic premise of Brides, a hot gothic soap drama from playwright, screenwriter and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and top TV producer Greg Berlanti, which has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Written by Aguirre-Sacasa, Brides is described as a sexy reimagining of Dracula as a family drama… Read

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Stephen Colbert Books Joe Biden To Guest On ‘Late Show’ One Night Before Jimmy Fallon Hosts Donald Trump

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Soon-to-debut CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert just trumped Jimmy Fallon’s announcement this morning he’d booked GOP White House frontrunner Donald Trump for September 11, announcing he’d booked Joe Biden for September 10. VPOTUS Biden will make his inaugural visit to Late Show with Stephen Colbert that night, as viewers wonder if he will use the CBS platform to announce his candidacy. Since Biden met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) on August 22, it’s been widely… Read