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TLC Stocks Up On ‘My 600-lb Life’

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TLC announced today the renewal of My 600-lb Life, which it says follows “the transformational journeys of individuals each weighing over 600 pounds and attempting to regain control of their lives.” TLC notes Season 3’s 1.2 rating among women 25-54 was its highest date in that demo. The series averaged 1.4 million viewers overall; if you missed the drama, you can catch the reruns weekdays at 11 AM ET. TLC has ordered, from Megalomedia, 10 more episodes of “compelling… Read


Some Food For Thought From Paul Schrader On The Shifting Tides Of TV And Prestige Pics


Writer/director Paul Schrader, on a byproduct of the growth of Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Amazon Prime and other non-theatrical showcases for content that once went theatrical, and how it is impacting dark prestige product like the new film Child 44 that continues to brave the theatrical release. “An example of how much the critical perception of movies v. TV has changed,” Schrader wrote this morning in a Facebook posting. “In today’s NYT review of Child 44 A.O. Scott closes… Read

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‘Paul Blart’ Chases In $450K, ‘Unfriended’ Friends $656K In Late Night Thursdays – Box Office

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UPDATED, Friday, 8:08 AM: Sony Pictures’ just reported late night Thursday numbers for its Kevin James-starring comedy Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 which segwayed in with a preview gross of $450K. The comedy bowed in a 7 PM preview on roughly 2,619 screens. It’s been difficult to find a comp for this one, but general thinking among people smarter than I is to look at Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. That one grossed $5.3M on Friday in October of last… Read


Israeli Helmers Join Call On Locarno Fest To Drop ‘Israel Film Focus'; Tessa Ross Quits National Theatre: Global Briefs

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More than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals have signed a petition calling on the Locarno Film Festival to drop a planned Israel Film Focus, organised in partnership with the state-backed Israel Film Fund. Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Sally El Hosaini as well as Israeli filmmakers Simone Bitton, Eyal Sivan and Rachel Leah Jones were among the signatories, who expressed, “our deep concern with the fact that the Locarno festival is choosing to partner with the Israel Film… Read


Alan Rickman Charms Audience During BAFTA Life In Pictures Event

Alan Rickman

August actor-director Alan Rickman effortlessly charmed audiences on a balmy London evening as he took a stroll down memory lane for the latest in BAFTA’s Life in Pictures series. Recalling a career that has seen him work with some of the film industry’s most talented and eclectic directors, including Neil Jordan, Alfonso Cuaron, Tim Burton, Ang Lee and the late Anthony Minghella, Rickman mused on his late start in the film business. “To be perfectly honest, having a film… Read


Sharknado, Eat – Er, Meet – Archie

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In the nearly two years since its orgy of bad special effects, scenery chewing and dubious plot points was first foisted on an unsuspecting public, Syfy’s Sharknado already has spawned a line of boxer shorts, jewelry, Halloween costumes, drinkware, car decals, holiday stockings, video games and a survival guide (How To Survive A Sharknado And Other Natural Disasters, Random House). And now, a comic book: Archie Vs. Sharknado. Seems that while the latest shark-infested… Read


Arnaud Desplechin’s ‘My Golden Years’ Lands In Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes

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Cannes Film Festival watchers reacted with dismay yesterday at the exclusion of Arnaud Desplechin’s Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse from the Official Selection. But fans of the Jimmy P, Un Conte De Noël, and Rois Et Reine helmer can now take solace that his latest film will play in Directors’ Fortnight next month. Going by the English title My Golden Years, it’s set to screen on May 15. Billed as an excruciating and glowing quest for time and lost loves, the drama stars… Read


Alan Rickman, Olivia Cooke And Douglas Booth To Star In ‘The Limehouse Golem’

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Alan Rickman (Harry Potter), Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) and Douglas Booth (The Riot Club) have boarded Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s best-selling novel Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem, with Lionsgate acquired UK and Ireland rights. The film, which will be directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless), will simply be called The Limehouse Golem. Set in 1880 London, it’s a gothic murder mystery described as being in the style of David Fincher’s… Read


Michael Douglas Goes ‘Beyond The Reach'; James Franco, Jonah Hill Tell ‘True Story': Specialty Box Office Preview

Jeremy Irvine, Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine are hunter and hunted in their new film, Beyond The Reach, which hits theaters and on-demand this weekend via Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions. The movie, developed by Douglas’ Furthur Films, should get some support from Q&As attended by Irvine and director Jean-Baptieste Léonetti at the Hollywood Arclight this weekend. They will be live-streamed to other locations. The biggest “limited release” of the weekend, however, is Fox Searchlight’s… Read


Shia LaBeouf Shows Off New Doc At Tribeca, But His Outspoken Remarks Steal The Spotlight

Shia LaBeouf

After an enigmatic, teary-eyed piece of performance art last year and an incident at Broadway’s Cabaret that wasn’t so artsy, Shia LaBeouf made an appearance today at the Tribeca Film Festival to show that he has turned a page in his career. The actor, whose filmography collectively has amassed $3.9B at the worldwide box office, appeared onstage at the SVA Theater as the executive producer/financier of a work-in-progress documentary Love True from director Alma Har'el. … Read


Big Theatre Chains Face Federal Scrutiny Over Exclusive Booking Demands

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The nation’s largest theater chains are under increased scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Justice over exclusivity agreements between the exhibitors and studios that limit the number of theaters allowed to screen certain movies in some locations, the Wall Street Journal reports. The “clearance” agreements have become increasingly frustrating for smaller theater chains that say the practice violates antitrust law, limits consumer choice and is used to muscle competitors… Read


‘Batman v. Superman’ Trailer Leaks On YouTube, Is Quickly Yanked

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You have to admire (grudgingly if you work at one of the studios) the tenacity of fanfolks trying to grab and share even the slightest glimpse of something ahead of officially sanctioned releases. Barely a day after Warner Bros and Imax trumpeted the Monday debut exclusively on Monday in Imax theatres of a trailer for the upcoming superhero super-struggle Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, shaky subtitled versions surfaced on YouTube and elsewhere. They were quickly… Read