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Ellen DeGeneres Launches Ellentube Online-Video App, Website

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Ellen DeGeneres is taking her selfies to a new level, announcing on her show the launch of ellentubea site and iOS app that pull together video related to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and from fans. Ellentube will be the first product of a joint venture between DeGeneres and Warner Bros TV Group called Ellen Digital Ventures. DeGeneres, long a social-media powerhouse, broke Twitter records when she hosted the Oscars in March. In a pre-arranged bit of brilliant product… Read


Zoe Lister-Jones Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox TV


20th Century Fox TV is holding on to Friends With Better Lives co-star Zoe Lister-Jones in a major way. The studio has signed the indie movie actress-screenwriter in a deal that includes a substantial talent hold with a premium script commitment for her and her writing/producing partner Daryl Wein to develop a project for Lister-Jones to star and Wein to direct. Lister-Jones played one of the six leads on the CBS comedy FWBL, which was produced by 20th TV. The studio has… Read


A Hollywood Horror Story Unfolds In ‘Starry Eyes': Trailer

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Newcomer Alexandra Essoe is audaciously animalistic as a fame-hungry actress who makes a deal with the devil — a Hollywood producer, naturally — in Starry Eyes, the stylish dark thriller from writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. After Deadline posted the first Starry Eyes teaser ahead of its SXSW Midnighters premiere, Kolsch and Widmyer snagged distribution with MPI. Since then, the film has racked up raves from genre and festival press and hits iTunes, VOD… Read


King Kong Tale ‘Skull Island’ Gets Rewrite From ‘Flight’ Scribe John Gatins

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EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Pictures has set Flight scribe John Gatins to do the next draft of Skull Island, the King Kong origin pic that Tom Hiddleston will star in and Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct. The project was the big surprise in Legendary's action-packed presentation at Comic-Con. The script was penned by Max Borenstein, who got it far enough for Universal to date it for November 4, 2016, release before he went on to write the next installment of Godzilla for… Read


‘Meet The Press’ Ratings: Falls Back To No. 3 Among Sunday Beltway Shows


NBC's Meet The Press fell back to No. 3 in the Sunday Beltway show race the week of October 26, after moving up to No. 2 for a week, drawing 2,351,000 total viewers, and 508,000 news demo viewers. CBS's Face The Nation finished first on both fronts (308,000 viewers, 818,000 news demo viewers), while ABC's This Week ranked second (2.474 million viewers, 701,000 demo viewers). Fox News Sunday finished fourth (970,000 viewers and 393,000 news demo viewers). It was a tough… Read


‘The Divide’ Cancelled By WE TV After One Season


The Divide, which marked WE TV's first original scripted series, will not be coming back for a second season. "We are extremely proud of The Divide and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing cast and crew, for bringing this story to life as WE tv's first scripted series," the network said in a statement. The Divide, created by LaGravenese and Goldwyn, was originally developed and piloted by WE TV sibling AMC before it was… Read


Late Night Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Repeats Beat Dave Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel In Week Of October 20

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NBC's Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (3.237 million viewers, 0.89/4 demo rating) repeats won the late-night ratings the week of October 20-24, versus rebroadcasts of CBS' Late Show With David Letterman (2.699 million, 0.59/3) and a week of four originals and one encore for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.795 million, 0.65/3). The Fallon encores topped Letterman and Kimmel for the week in adults, men and women 18-34 and 25-54, as well. Later in late night, NBC's Late Night With… Read


Open Road Goes Global With FilmNation Partnership – AFM

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EXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films is expanding into the international sales and distribution business after inking a strategic partnership with Glen Basner's FilmNation Entertainment. The deal, announced today by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and FilmNation CEO Basner, will allow Open Road to acquire worldwide rights on selected feature projects, with Film Nation selling and servicing international. The move will allow Open Road to offer filmmakers equity and bank financing for… Read


Joel McHale Extends E! Deal To Host ‘The Soup’, Produce Unscripted Series


E! Entertainment has locked in one of its top personalities, extending its deal with The Soup host Joel McHale through 2016. The actor and comedian will remain at the helm of the comedy show. Additionally, McHale's production company, Free Period Productions, will continue its production development deal, which gives E! first look rights to non-scripted series. This marks the first major talent deal to close under new E! programming chief Jeff Olde. "Whether he is… Read


‘Midnight Rider': Open Road & Gregg Allman Dropped From Civil Suit

A train passes through the Doctortown trestle outside Jesup, GA where the crew of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider set up camera equipment and a hospital bed without permission on live train tracks on February 20, 2014. 

The family of Sarah Jones said today that it has reached an agreement with Midnight Rider distributor Open Road Films and producers Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman to be dropped from their civil lawsuit over the death of the camera assistant on the set of the Allman biopic. The news comes after lawyers for Open Road told a Georgia judge on Tuesday during a motions hearing that it was close to an agreement with Jones' family. The hearing was continued to November 13. "This… Read


Trick Or Treat? ‘Tales Of Halloween’ Horror Anthology Taps Neil Marshall, Darren Bousman & More – AFM

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EXCLUSIVE: Now that horror hits V/H/S and The ABCs Of Death have shown that the omnibus film can live again, a new anthology is assembling with the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) behind the camera. Epic Pictures Group has come aboard to finance and produce Tales Of Halloween, which will collect ten segments from eleven directors into one interconnected series of stories, all set in a sleepy American suburb terrorized by… Read

Box Office

‘Nightcrawler’, ‘Ouija’ To Pick Over Slim Halloween Pickings: Box Office Preview


Halloween is typically a frightful time for the box office, but with it landing on a Friday, the big studios are avoiding the weekend like a black cat. That will leave Open Road's newcomer Nightcrawler and Universal's Ouija in its second frame to pick over the remains left by trick-or-treating parents and costume-clad weekend partiers. Likely to lead the flimsy Halloween parade is Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal's indie thriller about a crime videographer with a… Read


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