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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL Preseason Preemptions Tackle Primetime

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On the last Thursday before the 2014 NFL season kicks off, primetime was a field of preseason preemptions on the Big 4. With 16 games in local markets all across the county, every network had a match-up, including Super Bowl champs the Seattle Seahawks who lost to the Oakland Raiders. That game was seen on Fox affiliates in San Francisco and in the Emerald City and on the CW in the midnight hour. All of which is to say that the preliminary ratings today are essentially… Read

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Enver Gjokaj & Chad Michael Murray Cast In ABC Series ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’

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Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) and Chad Michael Murray (Fruitvale Station, One Tree Hill) are set to co-star opposite Hayley Atwell in Marvel's Agent Carter, ABC's new series designed to serve as a bridge between the fall and spring runs of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, the series stars Captain America's Hayley Atwell as… Read

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Box Office Preview: ‘As Above, So Below’ $470K In Late Nights, ‘November Man’ Weak At Start Of Long Labor Day Holiday

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UPDATE, FRIDAY, 8:08 AM: Universal Pictures released its late-night numbers this AM. The first offering from its deal with Legendary Pictures, the horror film As Above, So Below, scared in $470,000 in late shows starting at 8 PM. Oculus, released in April at 10 PM, opened to late nights with $475,000 and went on to gross $12M for the three-day. As Above, So Below was in 1,805 theaters last night. That gross, of course, will be added to their Friday gross number this… Read

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HBO Miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Sets November Premiere Dates

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HBO has firmed up the premiere dates for its miniseries drama Olive Kitteridge. The first two parts are set to debut on Sunday, November 2 at 9 PM, followed by the final two installments at 9 PM Monday, November 3. Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, North Country) and Oscar-nominated Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, HBO's Six Feet Under) star in the mini based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning… Read

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Global Showbiz Briefs Chinese Web Giant Youku Launches Heyi Film; eOne Acquires ‘Seed’ Producer Force Four; More

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Joining the growing trend of Chinese companies seeking out a role in the movie business, Internet giant Youku is launching Heyi Film. A wholly owned film production subsidiary, it will make films "to the tastes of the Chinese audience" and "improve film marketing and distribution," Tech in Asia reported. Heyi is eyeing major theatrical releases and helping online talent branch out. Among the first projects are Bad Sister, starring Ivy Chen; Vacation In Paris, starring… Read

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Jena Malone, Douglas Smith Lead ‘Bottom Of The World'; Nick Braun Heads To ‘Stanford'; David Coussins Joins ‘Good Kids’

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Jena Malone (The Hunger Games sequels, Hatfields & McCoys) and Douglas Smith (Terminator: Genisys, Ouija) have landed lead roles the indie horror pic Bottom Of The World for director Richard Sears. Malone and Smith play Scarlett and Alex, a young couple who stop at a desert motel on their way to start a new life in L.A. When she vanishes, Alex desperately tries to find her but is plunged into a nightmarish world where he finally realizes that he must be in a dream — but… Read

Awards

Oscars: Season’s First Academy Award Winners A Worthy Group Who Represent Moviemaking At Its Best

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For the first two or three years of the now six-year-old Governors Awards, I regularly wrote a column “suggesting” who I considered to be a deserving choice for Honorary Oscars, people who have been overlooked in their fields over the years. Related: Big Names, Deserving Recipients For 2013 Governors Awards On every one of those lists, three names would appear: Angela Lansbury, Maureen O'Hara and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere. Last year, thankfully, the Academy… Read

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XLrator Media, New Artists Alliance Ink 3-Picture Sci-Fi Pact

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EXCLUSIVE: Indie distributor XLrator Media is diving into content creation with John Suits and Gabriel Cowan's film production shingle New Artists Alliance. The companies have inked a three-picture production and distribution deal to co-produce low-budget science fiction action thrillers, starting with the Brandon Routh-Caity Lotz astronaut pic 400 Days, now in post-production. After seeing a self-described successful digital and VOD return on the $1.5 million-budgeted… Read

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ABC Nabs Medical Drama From David Marshall Grant & Vendetta As Put Pilot

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In a very competitive situation, ABC has landed a medical advocate drama project from David Marshall Grant (Nashville, Smash). The project, produced by Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, has received what I hear is a high-end put pilot commitment. The project is inspired by the real story of Turner's former agent, Byrdie Lifson-Pompan. Lifson-Pompan was a top CAA literary agent whose roster included such heavyweights as Brett Ratner… Read

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Cantinflas’, ‘Life Of Crime’, 4 More

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As many industry insiders head to Venice and Telluride as the last vestiges of summer wind down Labor Day weekend, new Specialty releases are nevertheless in abundance as another Awards season begins to ramp up. Lionsgate and its partnered distributors Pantelion and Roadside Attractions will have the weekend's biggest roll outs for Cantinflas and Life Of Crime respectively. Pantelion hopes to replicate the success it had last year with Instructions Not Included, targeting… Read

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WME Signs ‘Goosebumps’ Star Dylan Minnette

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EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Minnette has signed with WME ahead of his roles in two upcoming studio releases. The 17-year-old built a burgeoning film and TV career with recurring roles on Fox's Prison Break and ABC's Lost. He next stars opposite Steve Carell in Disney's October adaptation Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, helmed by Miguel Arteta and produced by Shawn Levy. Minnette also stars in Sony's chiller Goosebumps opposite Jack Black as author R.L… Read

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NBC Buys Conspiracy Drama From Greg Berlanti & Martin Gero

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NBC, which has the Greg Berlanti-produced dramedy The Mysteries of Laura launching this fall, has bought a new hourlong project from the prolific producer. Drama Blindspot, from Berlanti Prods and Warner Bros TV, where the company is based, has received a script commitment with a hefty penalty. Written by L.A. Complex creator Martin Gero, Blindspot centers on an FBI agent who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac is found in Times Square covered in… Read

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