‘2 Blart 2 Furious': Kevin James Keeps Those Street Racer Punks In Line, Sort Of
Just in time for April Fools’ Day comes this little vignette that drafts this week’s Furious 7 heat. 2 Blart 2 Furious features Kevin James and his Segway keepin’ it real as he handles an unruly group of ne’er-do-wells who are causing a ruckus in the street. His street. Don’t these crazy kids know who he is? After watching this, we’re sure you want to be reminded that Sony’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is headed to a mall-locked megaplex near you on April… Read
HBO Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’ Clocks 1.65M Viewers In Premiere
Going Clear, HBO’s docu profiling eight former Church of Scientology members, clocked 1.65 million viewers in its Sunday premiere. The film opened theatrically in L.A., New York and San Francisco ahead of its HBO premiere and, of course, HBO does not issue same-day stats because, the network accurately insists, the stats are a very poor reflection of the performance of its product even on its own schedule. Many other networks also have stopped issuing these early stats… Read
Electric Entertainment Taps Craig Gates; Tyler Ross Books ‘Officer Downe’
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has hired former Millennium Entertainment head of business affairs Craig Gates as VP Business & Legal Affairs, Worldwide Distribution. He had been a consultant the past few months and already has sealed deals for the film and TV outfit, recently helping acquire international rights to the Ridley Scott-produced PBS television series Mercy Street and co-financing the feature Go With Me starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia… Read
‘Honeymooon In Vegas’ Finally Folds On Broadway, Will Close Sunday
UPDATE, 5 PM: Adds more information below.
The Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman musical transferred to Broadway in November on the wings of great reviews and a leading performance by Tony Danza that drew praise for its Rat Pack suavity. But the happily retro, unpolitically-correct show, based on Bergman’s 1992 Castle Rock comedy, stubbornly refused to ignite with audiences and lost hundreds of thousands dollars every week it remained open. On Tuesday evening, the… Read
Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Legends & Lies’ Debuting April 12 On Fox News Channel
Dermot Mulroney will be doing the voice-overs for Fox News Channel’s first crack at what it’s calling a “run of historical episodic specials,” Legends & Lies: The Real West. The 10 hour-long episodes will recount stories of well-known characters of this country’s Western expansion in the 19th century including Jesse James, David Crockett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid. FNC promises the project will, in each case, “separate the legend from the lie.”
Bill O’Reilly is exec… Read
‘It Follows’ Chases Spring Break Crowds; Expands To 1,655 Theaters Friday
David Robert Mitchell’s cult horror film It Follows, which saw a whopping 1,005% surge this weekend at the box office after going from 32 to 1,218 theaters, is upping its count to 1,655 this Friday.
The expansion couldn’t be happening at a more perfect time as spring break is in full swing: Per Rentrak, 78% of K-12 schools and 37% colleges are off on Good Friday with Easter Monday seeing 48% K-12 off and 12% colleges out.
It Follows, which bowed at last year’s Cannes… Read
What Do Bill O’Reilly And Keith Olbermann Have In Common? Union Owes Them Cash
Bill O’Reilly has been distracted lately, so it’s no surprise he has overlooked the fact that SAG-AFTRA owes him money. Same with such familiar TV faces as his archnemesis Keith Olbermann, Savannah Guthrie and Chris Wallace. They and… Read
‘The Blacklist’ Promotes Hisham Tawfiq To Series Regular For Season 3
Dembe Zuma will not be leaving Raymond Reddington’s side anytime soon. Hisham Tawfiq, who has been recurring on The Blacklist, playing Red’s bodyguard and protector, has been promoted to a series regular for NBC drama’s recently picked up third season. Introduced in the first episode after the pilot, Tawfiq’s Dembe has appeared in virtually every episode since. His backstory revealed that he shares a special bond with Red who years before had saved him from the world of… Read
‘Bloodline’ Renewed For Second Season By Netflix
Just days after releasing the first season of its latest original drama series Bloodline, Netflix has renewed the family thriller for a second season. The series, created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Damages), will go back into production later this year for a 2016 release in all Netflix territories.
In Bloodline, when the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the… Read
MSNBC Ratings Crater To All-Time Lows, Fox News Tops Q1 Results, CNN Up
Talk about a tale of two cable news networks. With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined, according to Nielsen.
Contrast that to the fate of the NBCUniversal-owned MSNBC, which not only… Read
Relativity Picks Up Eric Bress’ Spec ‘American Drifter’
Eric Bress, the writer-director of The Butterfly Effect and scribe of Final Destination 2, has sold the spec American Drifter to Relativity Studios. Deal marks the second script Bress has sold in four weeks, the last being American Hostage to Bill Block at Merced Media.
American Drifter centers on a man who loses his father, a guy who has taught him to use his mind to do the impossible. Feeling guilty about his death and watching the love of his life go blind in an… Read
Justin Bieber Roast Lures 4.4M Viewers On Comedy Central, Sets Social Aflutter
The first airing of Comedy Central’s Roast Of Justin Bieber was the No. 1 program on cable last night among the 18-49 demo, pulling a 3.3. The 10 PM insult-a-thon drew 4.4 million total viewers and added 1.4 million in its repeat. The network said the show did best among the 18-24 crowd (5.8) and topped all of TV in a number of younger demos including 18-34, 18-24 and men and women of both age ranges. Another 420,000 folks dialed up the live stream, the cable net said… Read