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Movie Theaters Led The Pack In A Mixed Quarter For Media Stocks

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Wall Street noticed the stronger-than-expected box office sales in the first three months of 2015: Investors favored exhibition companies in an otherwise uninspiring quarter for media stocks. AMC Entertainment led the way among the companies we follow most closely, with shares up 35.6% from the end of 2014. Carmike (+27.9%) followed in the exhibition group, along with Cinemark (+26.7%) and Regal Entertainment (+6.9%). They stood out in a period when the Dow Jones U.S… Read


‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared’ Trailer: Centenarians Rule

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared

“If you want to kill me, you better hurry because I’m a hundred years old.” Allan has led quite a full life, including facing down a Soviet inquiry about the atomic bomb. Alas, now he finds himself in a nursing home. But bingo just ain’t this guy’s thing, so he escapes on his 100th birthday to chase new adventures. Meanwhile, flashbacks take us on a trip to his wild past — which includes hangs with Reagan and Stalin. Robert Gustafsson stars as our aged but not caged hero… Read


‘Ingress’ TV Series Based On Google Game In Works With ‘The Expanse’ Producer


Google’s augmented reality game Ingress is eyeing a leap to television. I’ve learned that the web giant has teamed with The Sean Daniel Company, which produces Syfy’s upcoming space opera The Expanse, to develop a TV drama series based on Ingress, a game which uses real locations and social media interactivity to bring its 10 million players together in a global sci-fi mystery. This would mark Google’s first foray into television. The Sean Daniel Co. is meeting with… Read


History Eyeing Vietnam Series ‘The Boys Of ’67’ From ‘Die Hard’ Scribe

Boys Of 67

History has gone into development on The Boys Of ’67, a potential scripted series about the First Platoon of Charlie Company, 9th Infantry Division, the only unit raised, trained and deployed en masse to service in Vietnam. Die Hard and The Fugitive scribe Jeb Stuart is reuniting with the network to write and executive produce the project, based on the book by Andrew Wiest. No other details are available, but among his recent credits Stuart just finished adapting The Liber… Read


CBS Spurns Intern Lawsuit, Seeks Dismissal Of Class Action

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EXCLUSIVE: Some of the names have changed, but the aims have not — and for CBS that means go hard. In a blunt, brisk and not really giving-an-inch response to the class-action-seeking complaint former CBS Radio intern Camille Demere first filed on January 26, the company said today it wants the whole thing tossed out. "Defendants respectfully request that this Court: (a) dismiss the Complaint in its entirety, with prejudice; (b) deny each and every request for relief set… Read


UTA Lands Chris Pratt: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Star Moves From CAA With Longtime Agents

Chris Pratt

EXCLUSIVE: The first big shoe has dropped after the exit of five senior CAA comedy agents to UTA. I’m told that Chris Pratt has followed his reps Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak to UTA. When Pratt began working with those agents, he was a comedy client, a cast member on Parks And Recreation. That series has just finished its run, and now Pratt has become so much more than that. He has emerged as perhaps the brightest leading man to come along in a long time. He starred in Gu… Read


CBS, ‘General Hospital’ Lead Daytime Emmy Noms

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Nominations for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards are out today, and CBS and PBS are way ahead of the field network-wise. The Eye scoring 62 nominations to lead the field, with the pubcaster landing 50. ABC is third with 35, and NBC has 20. Nickelodeon tops the cable field with 18. While there’s no denying that the face of daytime TV has changed dramatically during the past decade, it’s still the soap operas that attract the most attention from the National Academy of… Read


‘The Americans’ Renewed For Season 4

The Americans S3 debut

Philip and Elizabeth may keep going all the way to the end of the Cold War. FX has ordered a 13-episode fourth season of its praised 1980s Russian spy drama The Americans. The pickup comes four episodes remaining in the current third season, which will conclude with the finale on April 22. "Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons,” FX’s Nick Grad said. “The series has cemented it status with critics as… Read


‘Longmire’ Producers Implement Safety Measure Following Accident


EXCLUSIVE: Netflix and Warner Horizon Television has undertaken new measures on the set of their wildly popular crime drama series Longmire to help ensure the safety of their production crew by providing charter buses to take the crew to and from remote shooting locations. The decision is welcome news to crew members. The move follows the death last year of 48-year-old Longmire crew member Gary Joe Tuck. He fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his car on a New Mexico… Read


‘Midnight Rider’ Producer Film Allman Contests Safety Citation In Court

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Lawyers for Film Allman arrived in federal court today in Savannah, GA to contest a safety violation and fine imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the Midnight Rider set accident that resulted in the death of 27 year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones. The production company Film Allman, LLC was set up by director/producer/co-writer Randall Miller and producer/co-writer Jody Savin to film the biopic based on rocker Gregg Allman. Lawyers for… Read


‘Apostle Paul’ With Hugh Jackman Sainted By Warner Bros.

Hugh Jackman acknowledges applause during a curtain call for his Broadway play in New York

EXCLUSIVE: A new faith-based project with A-list stars involved is coming now from Warner Bros. The project, Apostle Paul, is being developed at the studio for Hugh Jackman to star in the role as the Jewish man of God (also known as Saul of Tarsus) who crossed over to speak to the Romans and preach the word. Jackman would produce, along with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck under their Pearl Street banner. A screenplay is currently being penned by Matt Cook (Triple Nine, By Way… Read


‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ On Netflix Sets Cheo Hodari Coker As Writer & Showrunner


Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third series in Marvel’s four-series package at Netflix, is bringing a new Marvel character to the TV superhero ranks and a new writer-producer to the TV showrunner ranks. Ray Donovan co-executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner on Luke Cage. He also will build the show’s story by writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016. Luke Cage stars Mike Colter (The Good Wife) as the… Read