Robert Walak Exiting The Weinstein Co
EXCLUSIVE: Well-respected executive Robert Walak officially joined The Weinstein Co in May 2013 and has been involved in several key deals across both film and television for the U.S. and international markets. Looking to explore other opportunities that are more UK-focused, and also take a bit of time off to spend with family, the London-based President/Managing Director Europe, Production, Acquisitions and Television, has opted not to renew his contract when it expires… Read
Kanye West Auditions For ‘American Idol’
In addition to getting political advice from Barack Obama on Saturday when the President visited San Francisco, aspiring POTUS/Speaker of the House candidate Kanye West surprised American Idol judges when he turned up at auditions in the Golden Gate city. Leaving aside whether the whole thing was choreographed or not, West performed an a cappella version of his hit “Gold Digger” to the delight of judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and host Ryan… Read
Here Are ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’ New Season Sizzle Reels – New York Comic Con
The CW’s Arrow and The Flash both returned last week with their respective fourth and second seasons, and to celebrate, the network debuted new sizzle reels for the upcoming season today at New York Comic Con. If you’re bummed you couldn’t make it to NYCC, or just a fan feeling feeling impatient for the next episodes, you can watch them here now.
The Flash‘s sizzle reel is, well, sizzling, giving us our first look at both new ally Jay Garrick (AKA the original Flash), and… Read
‘Imitation Game’ Helmer Morten Tyldum Acquires Bobbie Peers’ Children’s Novel ‘William Wenton And The Luridium Thief’
EXCLUSIVE: In a preemptive deal on the eve of the Frankfurt Book Fair, The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum and his production company Norse Code have acquired screen rights to William Wenton and the Luridium Thief. That is a debut children’s novel by Bobbie Peers, the writer/director whose 2006 short film Sniffer won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Norse Code will develop William Wenton as a directing vehicle for Tyldum. It is the first novel in a series… Read
Tegna-Dish Accord Restores Stations To Customers In 38 Markets – Update
UPDATE, 11:19AM Sunday: Well that took a bit longer than customers would have liked. Tegna announced a new multi-year agreement for Dish to carry its TV stations after pulling the plug on Friday. Tegna said all of its affected stations will return to Dish’s lineup immediately.
PREVIOUSLY, 7:40PM Friday: The fight between Dish Network and Virginia-based Tegna, Inc. heated up today as Tegna rejected Dish’s contract extension offer, which included ‘true-up’ for new rates… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host Amy Schumer, Up Versus Last Year
Saturday Night Live with host Amy Schumer and musical guest The Weekend + Nicki Minaj last night drew a 3.9 household rating in the metered markets and a 1.9 among adults 18-49 in the local people meters. That was down -13% in HH and -5% in 18-49 from last week’s season premiere hosted by Miley Cyrus. Vs. last season’s second episode which, like last night’s outing, was hosted by a racy female comedian, Sarah Silverman, SNL was up a tad, +3% in HH and +6% in 18-49. SNL is… Read
‘Steve Jobs’ Wows Like The Unveiling Of A New Apple Gadget, ‘Goodbye Mr. Loser’ Earns Green Card: Specialty B.O.
The cult of Steve Jobs continues to reign even at the box office. Fresh out of its New York Film Festival splash, the film directed by Danny Boyle easily became the year’s best theater average debut, topping out with over $130K PTA. The Universal film, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, ranks in the top 15 of all time best opening weekend theater averages. The numbers are all the more impressive given the crowded slate of openers and holdovers. Much more down… Read
George R.R. Martin Producing ‘Skin Trade’ Drama At Cinemax Based On His Novella
Cinemax has optioned the rights to The Skin Trade, the 1988 offbeat “werewolf noir” novella by George R.R. Martin, for a TV series project, which the Game Of Thrones author will executive produce. Written/executive produced by Kalinda Vazquez (Once Upon A Time), the drama, titled Skin Trade, will center on Willie Flambeaux, a collections agent who happens to be a werewolf, and his friend, Randi Wade, a private investigator, who discover a dark secret behind a series of… Read
Awards Contender Doc ‘Cartel Land’ Hauls In $550K From VOD In 2 Weeks
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor The Orchard has released on-demand figures for its documentary Cartel Land, a likely strong contender as awards season ramps up. Altogether, the Sundance Film Festival 2015 debut by Matthew Heineman, has amassed an estimated $550K in just two weeks on VOD. The company also said its VOD gross for another 2015 documentary, Dior And I, has come to $400K since becoming available on-demand in July.
The Cartel Land numbers are actually more impressive… Read
‘Underground’: First Images Reveal Keys To Epic Escape In WGN America Drama Series
We’re getting a first look at Underground, WGN America’s upcoming pre-Civil War series about the Underground Railroad, via six character posters featuring stars Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw and Amirah Vann. Underground’s story is told through a group of plantation slaves who band together for the fight of their lives—for their families, their future and their individual freedom. Each poster (see above and below) has… Read
Amy Schumer’s Slutty School Teacher Bit Undone By Aidy Bryant – ‘Saturday Night Live’
Kyle Mooney and Aidy Bryan collaborated with Saturday Night Live host Amy Schumer last night on a pretty tired spoof of a standard-issue porno scenario, the hotted-up teacher who keeps the delinquent student after class to teach him a “lesson.” You know, a lesson — get it? In this case, the not-so-seductive seduction was repeatedly interrupted by Bryant’s earnest student, who kept returning for advice on the upcoming quiz-test-oral something-or-other.
Like Bryant’s dim… Read
Guns, Guns Everywhere Targeted In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Spot
Most of Team SNL got into the act — including host Amy Schumer — for a classic TV-ad parody that would have been hilarious if it weren’t so poignantly timely: With heartstring-tugging scenes of family gatherings, first-love and a newborn babe right out of a telephone company or airline commercial, the bit quickly revealed the one thing that unites us all:
“We love family…connection…a sense of purpose…and also…guns,” the voiceover announced in dulcet tone. “Guns are… Read