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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Continues To Set Records With $44.8M In Two Days

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UPDATED, Friday, 9:18 AM PT: Grosses are rolling in after Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opened yesterday in an additional 15 markets to bring its estimated two-day tally to $44.8M. It continues to sit at No. 1 in all markets — 26 in total — and continues to bust records. Three more markets will open today which will make up about 55% of its total international release before next weekend. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens Stateside with a preview on Thursday, April… Read

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Annie Mumolo Reunites With Melissa McCarthy In ‘Michelle Darnell’

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Annie Mumolo has joined the cast of the Universal comedy Michelle Darnell. She reteams with Melissa McCarthy, as Mumolo co-wrote Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig and got Oscar nominated. Michelle Darnell also stars Peter Dinklage, and it’s directed by Ben Falcone. Since co-writing Bridesmaids (Wiig didn’t want to do a sequel), Mumolo has gained traction as an actress. She currently stars in the NBC comedy About A Boy and recently shot the pilot The 46 Percenters for Warner… Read

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Brooklyn Sudano Joins Hulu’s ’11/22/63′

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Brooklyn Sudano has joined the cast of 11/22/63, Hulu's adaptation of Stephen King's 2011 best seller that stars James Franco. The story centers on Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal and goes on a quest to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself — which doesn't want to be changed. Sudano, repped by APA and Greenlight… Read

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Richard Corliss Dies: Time Magazine Film Critic Was 71

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Richard Corliss, film critic at  Time magazine for 35 years, died Thursday day from complications following a stroke he suffered a week ago. He was 71. Born in Philadelphia, Corliss received his Master’s degree from Columbia before embarking on a diverse career beginning in the 1960s that included stints with New Times, MacLean’s, Soho Weekly News and four years writing for The National Review, despite his self-avowed liberal beliefs. He also served for a time as Editor… Read

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Intrigue Inks First-Look Format Deal With Pomodoro

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Intrigue has closed its largest format deal to date, inking with Pomodoro Stories for first-look rights to a selection of its catalog of scripted formats. The deal also includes format rights to Pomodoro’s catalog from Germany's Beta Film, which contains more than 4,000 titles. Kelly Pancho, the VP of Television at Tariq Jalil's Intrigue, negotiated the agreement with Brendan Fitzgerald’s Pomodoro and will help oversee the development of the titles. Intrigue sold four… Read

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Jake Tapper Named ‘State Of The Union’ Anchor At CNN

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Jake Tapper has been named anchor of CNN’s Sunday Beltway show State Of The Union. He will take over the program in June, replacing Candy Crowley, who stepped down in December; various CNN talent have filled in since. Tapper will continue as CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and the anchor of weekday afternoon newscast The Lead. Tapper’s not new to the gig, having served as interim anchor of Sunday  Beltway show This Week in 2010 when he was at ABC News. He joined… Read

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Comcast Makes It Official: The TWC Deal Is Dead

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And that’s that: Following a board meeting last night, Comcast terminated its $45.2 billion plan to buy Time Warner Cable. “It wasn’t going to happen,” CEO Brian Roberts told Comcast-owned CNBC this morning. “That’s the judgment that we heard and the government had reached.”  He declined to say whether the views of the Justice Department and FCC were shaped by reports that Comcast influenced its partners at Hulu to not auction off the online service, potentially turning… Read

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ARC Entertainment Lands ‘Phantom Halo’

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ARC Entertainment acquired US rights to the crime thriller Phantom Halo. It’s directed by Antonia Bogdanovich, the daughter of helmer Peter Bogdanovich, and she wrote it with Anne Heffron. Pic stars Maze Runner‘s Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rebecca Romijn, Luke Kleintank, Sebastian Roché, Tobin Bell and Clare Grant. ARC Entertainment will be releasing the film on VOD and in theaters on June 19, 2015. ARC Entertainment's Scott Moesta, made the deal with Michael E. Morales… Read

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Kander & Ebb’s ‘The Visit’ And D’Amour’s ‘Airline Highway’ Send Broadway Into Tony Season On A Dark Note – Review

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UPDATE, Friday A.M.: Corrects production history of Hot l Baltimore in last paragraph. Outcasts and losers link The Visit and Airline Highway, the two final entries in 2014-2015 Tony Awards sweepstakes (the nominations for this year’s awards will be announced on Tuesday morning). Seeing them — the former is a musical, the latter a play — made me feel as though I’d taken a walking tour of Desolation Row. John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally began working with Chita Ri… Read

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Content In Deal With ‘Devil In The Deep Blue Sea'; ‘Spiral’ Unspools At Col-Coa – Global Briefs

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Content Media has acquired international rights to romantic drama The Devil In The Deep Blue Sea starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Orlando Jones, Paul Reiser and Mary Steenburgen. Currently in post, it's directed by Bill Purple (New Girl) from a script he wrote with Robbie Pickering and is described as a "deeply emotional, funny, and, ultimately, a life-affirming tale about the human spirit and the power of life and love." Biel produced through her… Read

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‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Creator & Cast Remember Sawyer Sweeten

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UPDATED: Sawyer Sweeten and his twin brother Sullivan were one year old when they were cast, along with their older sister Madylin, on the CBS family comedy Everybody Loves Raymond, inspired by the life of star Ray Romano, also a father of twins. The Sweeten brothers spent virtually their entire childhood on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond, growing up in front of America’s eyes. The twins were 10 when Raymond ended its run in 2005 after nine seasons, and had stayed… Read

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Feature Doc Set About Former NFL Player Steve Gleason, Afflicted With ALS

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IMG, the sports and media business acquired by WME last year, is stepping up to finance and market a full-length feature documentary about former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason who was stricken with ALS at the age of 34. Joining IMG in The Gleason Project is Seth Gordon, the producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated who will produce. J. Clay Tweel (Print the Legend) will direct. Gleason, a former football star, is considered one of the… Read