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Endemol, Shine & Core Joint Venture Gets Name, Sets More Top Execs, Merges Distribution & International Operations

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21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management today announced they have completed transaction of merging Endemol, Shine Group and CORE Media.The newly created joint venture, of which 21at Century Fox and Apollo both will each own 50%, will initially operate under the name Endemol Shine Group beginning January 1. Fox and Apollo also announced more members of the team that will lead the new company under Sophie Turner Laing and Endemol's Tim Hincks who had been previously… Read

Box Office

‘Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ Conquers In Tuesday Night Previews – B.O.

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Talk about a great start. Peter Jackson's final installment of The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies rang up $11.2M in its 7 PM Tuesday night previews at 3,100 theaters, besting the $8.8M Thursday night of last December's The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, as well as the $8M Tuesday night charted by 2003's The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King. By Friday, Five Armies will be in 3,875 venues, 85% of which can play the film in 3D or premium large format. In IMAX alone… Read

TV

Jon Stewart Uses Bill Cosby To Explain Congress’ New $1.1 Trillion Budget – Video

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The Daily Show's host noticed the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress includes a lot of non-budgetary issues: white potatoes declared a fresh vegetable, ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs ended, D.C. stopped from legalizing marijuana, two birds tossed from the endangered list. Lawmakers, CNN explained, tend to use a must-pass bill to add in special-interest provisions they otherwise could not get passed  — including some added in the middle of the… Read

TV

Brad Siegel Named TV One President

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Brad Siegel has been named president of TV One network, and will lead all business and creative aspects with chairman and CEO Alfred C. Liggins III, to whom he will report. The appointment was announced by Liggins and Radio One founder and chairperson Cathy Hughes. "After a comprehensive search of a broad and diverse slate of candidates, we are pleased to have identified someone with Brad's unique balance of industry leadership and engagement with the entertainment… Read

Film

‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Checks In With New Trailer

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The sequel to Fox Searchlight's 2012 sleeper hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, has registered a new trailer today that pulls the curtain back a bit more than the one we saw back in August. Richard Gere, Tamsin Greig and David Strathairn are the newest guests at the Indian inn for the “elderly and beautiful” which Dev Patel and Maggie Smith are successfully running. Patel's Sonny is looking to expand, but it's making more claims on his time than he has available —… Read

International

Jackie Chan’s Cameraman Drowns While Filming ‘Skiptrace’

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A cameraman working on the latest Jackie Chan pic Skiptrace has drowned while filming, according to local reports. Fifty-one-year-old Chan Kwok-hung died after a vessel carrying his film crew capsized off Lantau Island this morning, writes the South China Morning Post. Chan Kwok-hung and Jackie Chan had previously worked together on Stephen Chow Sing-chi's 1996 comedy God of Cookery. Chan Kwok-hung had also previously worked as an assistant cinematographer for directors… Read

Film

‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry

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Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, Arthur Penn's Little Big Man, John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year's list brings the number of films in the registry to 650. Also on the list… Read

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‘The Interview’ NYC Premiere Canceled

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BREAKING: Landmark Theatres said tonight that the New York premiere of Sony's controversial comedy The Interview has been canceled. The event was set for Thursday night at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side. Earlier tonight, Sony had told exhibitors that they could pull the Seth Rogen-James Franco pic if they were worried about the terrorist threat issued this morning by the group that attacked Sony Pictures. Carmike Cinemas was the first chain to say it wouldn't s… Read

Business

Roadshow Grabs One-Third Interest In FilmNation

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Australia's Village Roadshow Ltd said its distribution unit has acquired a roughly one-third stake in FilmNation, the U.S.-based film sales and output unit run by CEO Glen Basnet. Village Roadshow will inject $18M worth of equity into the company during calendar 2015, with the lion's share of the investment going to expand FilmNation's development slate and the rest slated for content creation and/or acquisitions. The deal takes effect January 1. Roadshow Films will… Read

Awards

Serbia’s Oscar Entry ‘See You In Montevideo’ Recaps Lively First World Cup

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"In the last 10 years of Serbian cinema, there have been movies about war and crime - subjects that nobody likes, especially if you're trying to find escape from the cinema," See You in Montevideo director Dragan Bjelogrlic told Deadine's Dominic Patten at last night's Awardsline screening for Serbia's foreign Oscar entry. In providing the ideal cinematic escape for Serbian moviegoers, Bjelogrlic created a sports epic that harkens back to a simpler time in his country's… Read

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Writers Guild “Concerned” About Intellectual Property Leaks In Sony Hack

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Concerned that its members' scripts and personal data have been compromised, the Writers Guild of America West says it is following the attack on Sony Pictures very closely. "The security of the intellectual property created by guild members and the protection of their personal information are very important issues for us," a WGA spokesman told Deadline. "We are also concerned about the effects that a breach like this has on Sony and other legitimate businesses." Deadline… Read

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Da’vine Joy Randolph & Sheaun McKinney Cast In Danny McBride HBO Series ‘Vice Principals’

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Selfie regular Da'vine Joy Randolph has been cast as a female lead in Vice Principals, HBO's 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. Also cast in the series, created by McBride and Hill, is Sheaun McKinney (Graceland). Vice Principals tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals, one of them played by McBride. Randolph plays Dr. Belinda Brown, the confident & powerful new Principal at… Read