Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview
Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend.
Citizenfour, directed by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guard… Read
Elizabeth Banks To Produce & Direct ABC Comedy From Caroline Williams
On the heels of Elizabeth Banks making her feature directorial debut with the upcoming sequel Pitch Perfect 2, the actress is setting her sights on television. ABC has put in development The Greater Good, a single-camera comedy, which Banks is executive producing and attached to direct in what would be her TV directing gig. Written by Miss Guided creator Caroline Williams, The Greater Good is described as comedic X-Files, a relationship/workplace comedy set in the world… Read
‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Scares Up First Teaser – Video
Focus Features has launched its Insidious: Chapter 3 marketing campaign by dropping a first teaser for Insidious 3, right in the midst of October's horror season. The film marks the directorial debut of writer Leigh Whannell, who cut his teeth penning the first three Saw flicks and the first two Insidiouses for director James Wan. The first Insidious grossed $97 million on a $1.5 million budget; Insidious 2 was made for $5 million and took in $161 million. Now Insidious: C… Read
‘High Profits': New CNN Series Profiles Colorado Pot Business Owners
High Profits follows the owners of Breckenridge Cannabis Club as they build their marijuana business. Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire are described by the network as “two business-minded, dream-seeking, relentless visionaries with a plan unlike any other - to franchise marijuana.” The eight-part series will be produced by Austin-based Bat Bridge Entertainment. In the months since Colorado became the first state in the country to legalize the use and sale of recreational… Read
AMC Networks Pays $200M For 49.9% Of BBC America
Start now with any jokes about the The Walking Dead meeting Dr. Who. This deal, which has been in the wind for months, is now official. AMC Networks paid $200 million and will receive 49.9% of the equity in BBC America and have operational control including affiliate and advertising sales. AMC says it will “run it consistent with BBC's editorial standards and policies” and will include financials in its quarterly results. BBC America will continue to be managed as a… Read
Aereo’s Last Legal Hope Dashed As Court Grants Nationwide Injunction
Having pursued the Barry Diller-backed service through the courts for more than two years and beaten it at the Supreme Court in June, the broadcasters today basically TKO'd Aereo. “Following the Supreme Court's decision, this Circuit's law with respect to Aereo's live or near-live retransmission no longer conflicts with the law of its sister circuits,” Judge Alison Nathan ordered Thursday (read it here). “Plaintiffs are entitled to a nationwide injunction.”
The U.S… Read
Ex-NBA Star Baron Davis Gets Comedy About His Life Produced By Jake Johnson
The story of former NBA all-star Baron Davis is heading to television as a single-camera comedy at Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and the Walcott Co., the studio-based shingle of New Girl's co-star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler.
The untitled project, written by Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show), is loosely based on Davis' life. It is about a kid from South Central who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious suburban school and has to find a balance between… Read
Chiwetel Ejiofor Lands On ‘The Martian’
Add 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejoifor to 20th Century Fox's The Martian, the Ridley Scott-directed film that stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. Ejiofor plays Venkat Kapoor, the Director of the Mars Mission. Michael Pena, Kate Mara and Sean Bean also are cast.
The script is adapted by The Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after… Read
Kiernan Shipka, Meg Ryan Board Teen Comedy ‘Fan Girl’
Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom's Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.
Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6)… Read
DirecTV Picks Up ‘Downton Abbey’ Parody Series ‘The Britishes’ From Electus Digital
Electus Digital's video content studio Big Breakfast, the production team of CollegeHumor Originals, has teamed with DirecTV for original comedy The Britishes starring Peter Serafinowicz and Will Sasso. A collection of eight sketches, The Britishes parodies the world depicted on hit British costume drama Downton Abbey in a style inspired by the absurdist sensibility of another staple of British television, comedy classic Monty Python's Flying Circus. The series, written… Read
Amazon Shares Fall After Q3 Losses Exceed Expectations
UPDATE, 2:41 PM: Amazon's results include a $170 million charge mostly due to the anemic sales of its Amazon Fire phone, CFO Thomas Szkutak told analysts after the company's Q3 earnings release. He also says that the e-retailer suffered from a shift, especially in textbooks, to rentals from purchases. On original content, the CFO says that Amazon spent $100M in Q3 and is upbeat about Transparent. “We're still certainly in investment mode there but we like what we see and… Read
Electric Entertainment To Co-Fi Anthony Hopkins Pic ‘Go With Me’
Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment will co-finance and take world rights to Go With Me, a Daniel Alfredson-directed adaptation of the Castle Freeman Jr novel. The film will star Anthony Hopkins. Pic will be sold at AFM. Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs wrote the script, and Rick Dugdale will produce with Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Gregory Jacobs. Hopkins also will be a producer. It's a modern fable set in the Pacific Northwest logging community. A young… Read