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Box Office Final: ‘The Equalizer’ $34.1M; ‘Boxtrolls’ $17.2M For No. 3 Behind ‘Maze Runner’s $17.4M

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UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:44 PM: The Equalizer came in beneath Sony's estimates, bringing in $34.1 million for the three-day weekend, easily running over the other newcomer, the animated The Boxtrolls. However, the Denzel Washington film is likely to get side-swiped next weekend by the David Fincher-directed mystery thriller Gone Girl, which is already tracking well for an expected big weekend haul for Fox. Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, the Ben Affleck-starrer… Read

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Naomi Campbell To Recur On Fox’s ‘Empire'; Tina Casciani Joins CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’

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Naomi Campbell has booked a recurring role on Fox's midseason drama Empire. The hip-hop industry drama from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a music superstar who is about to take his company public. Campbell will play Camilla, an alluring woman involved in a steamy affair with Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), the much-younger potential heir to his father's throne, over whom she exercises considerable influence. Supermodel… Read

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Matt Bomer Joins Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe In ‘The Nice Guys’

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EXCLUSIVE: Matt Bomer has been set to star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, the action drama that Iron Man 3's Shane Black wrote and is directing with Joel Silver producing at Warner Bros. I would say that Bomer plays the heavy, but he'll be carrying little if any body fat as he comes right from Savannah after he wraps the sequel Magic Mike XXL. I can still remember when Bomer, a complete unknown, was verging on being The Guy when Brett Ratner… Read

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‘Midnight Rider': 1st Assistant Director Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

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EXCLUSIVE: Criminal charges have been filed against Midnight Rider first assistant director Hillary Schwartz in the February 20 death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Schwartz was charged September 10 with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass, the same two counts filed against director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish. Under Georgia law, a manslaughter conviction would carry a sentence of 10 years in prison. Criminal trespass is a… Read

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ABC Family Picks Up ‘Stitchers’ And ‘Young & Hungry’, Cancels ‘Mystery Girls’, Passes On ‘Unstrung’

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ABC Family has made a string of pickup decisions. It has ordered to series one of its three drama pilots, the supernatural Stitchers, which marks the network's first procedural drama series. Of the other two drama pilots, ABC Family has passed on the tennis-themed Unstrung, while there is no decision yet on rehab-themed Recovery Road. On the comedy side, ABC Family has ordered a second season of Young & Hungry, produced by Ashley Tisdale, and officially has decided… Read

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‘Bad Judge’s Kate Walsh Blasts Ex-Managers Over Commissions From New NBC Series

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Just days before her new NBC series Bad Judge is set to debut, former Private Practice star Kate Walsh is headed to court herself. Today, Walsh filed a complaint against Evolution Entertainment over commissions her ex-mangers are demanding from the new show. Walsh says they're out of order, to quote And Justice For All. "More than a year ago, Ms. Walsh terminated the management relationship because Evolution failed to provide the services that it promised," says the short… Read

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Toronto: François Ozon’s ‘The New Girlfriend’ Goes To Cohen Media Group

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After making its world premiere in Toronto, François Ozon's The New Girlfriend has inked U.S. distribution with Cohen Media Group. The Hitchcockian romance is adapted from the story by British suspense writer Ruth Rendell about Claire (Anaïs Demoustier), who discovers a surprising secret about her late best friend's husband (Romain Duris) that tests the boundaries of sexual and gender identity. French company Mandarin Cinema produced the pic from the prolific Ozon (In The… Read

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Jenna Elfman Inks Development Deal With 20th TV To Topline New Series

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Jenna Elfman has signed a development and talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, the studio will pair the actress with a writer to develop a comedy or drama project for her to star. Elfman has already begun meeting with potential writers. This marks Elfman's return to 2oth TV where she got her break as star of the popular ABC comedy Dharma and Greg. Elfman also co-starred on the studio's NBC comedy 1600 Penn. "Jenna is both a brilliant… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’ UK Ratings: Overnights Decline, But Don’t Tell Whole Story

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Season 5 of Downton Abbey, as we've been told, is all about change. Judging by the overnight ratings for the show, whose second episode aired last night on the UK's ITV, the shifts moving deeper into the 1920s haven't looked too postive. But, first impressions can be somewhat misleading. The premiere episode of the period drama last Sunday drew 8.43M viewers and a 38% share in the overnights — the lowest such figures for a debut since the series launch episode in 2010… Read

Fox Searchlight Promotes Ray Strache To SVP Acquisitions & Co-Productions

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Ray Strache and EVP Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford will now serve as co-heads of Fox Searchlight's acquisitions department with today's promotion, charged with overseeing all aspects of Searchlight's acquisitions agenda and seeking out distribution opportunities worldwide. They also will work with the production team in IDing projects for in-house development and production. Both will continue to report to Fox Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy… Read

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Toronto: Focus Acquires Kate Winslet Starrer ‘A Little Chaos’

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Focus Features has taken North American rights to TIFF closing night romantic drama A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. Alan Rickman directed the story of a strong-willed landscape designer chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles. Rickman also co-wrote the Lionsgate UK and BBC Films production with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock and stars along with Stanley Tucci and Danny Webb. Focus has set a March 27… Read

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Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’ Sells To Warner Bros Germany In 1st Major Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Roland Emmerich's independently-produced drama Stonewall has made its first big international sale. Warner Bros Germany has acquired the just-wrapped film in Emmerich's native country. The Jon Robin Baitz-scripted drama tells the story of a young man's political awakening set against the backdrop of the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a mafia-owned bar that became the flashpoint for the gay rights movement. Jeremy Irvine, Jonny… Read

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