‘Ouija’ To Scare Up No. 1 At Box Office, ‘John Wick’ Another Test For Keanu – B.O. Preview
Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Danger, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 PM in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to… Read
Archie Comics Drama Series ‘Riverdale’ Set At Fox With Greg Berlanti Producing
EXCLUSIVE: After Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, Greg Berlanti is helping bring another set of iconic comic book characters to television: Archie, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats. Riverdale, a live-action drama based on the characters from the Archie comics, has landed at Fox with a script deal plus penalty. Warner Bros TV is producing with with studio-based Berlanti Productions.
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Riverd… Read
‘Constantine’ Review: Dominic Patten Says Demon Drama Doesn’t Catch Fire
With Halloween just on the horizon, NBC is bring Constantine to the small screen on October 24 as part of its darkly themed Friday night. Unfortunately, as my video review states, where the adaptation of the hugely successful and influential Hellblazer comic series should burn, it barely smolders.
The series is executive produced by David S. Goyer, the go-to screenwriter for DC Comics, with the Dark Knight trilogy, Man Of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of J… Read
Mary McCormack & Alicia Witt Join ‘House Of Lies'; Lindsey Gort In ‘Self Promotion’
Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Alicia Witt (Justified) are set to guest star on the fourth season of Showtime comedy House Of Lies. McCormack will play Denna Altshuler, a tough, highly successful white knight investor who Marty (Don Cheadle) recruits to help save Kaan & Associates. Witt will play Maya Lindholm, a brilliant engineer who comes to Marty's rescue when he's in a bind. McCormack, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, recently wrapped indie features The… Read
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization
UPDATE 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:
It's been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.
Courtney Love To Guest Star In Fox’s ‘Empire’
Courtney Love (The People Vs Larry Flynt) has been tapped as a recurring guest star on Fox's midseason drama Empire. The hip-hop industry drama from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a music superstar who is about to take his company public. The singer-songwriter/musician/actress will play Elle Dallas, a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment's stable of artists. She'll join previously announced guest… Read
Is Wall Street Starting To Doubt That Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Will Close?
Many investors are growing concerned, MoffettNathanson Research's Craig Moffett says today. The vehemence of the opposition to the $45B stock deal “seems to be spooking investors, who are for the first time taking seriously the idea that yes, even a deal that doesn't reduce the number of competitors in any one market could be found to be either anticompetitive (by the DOJ) or not in the public interest (FCC),” he says. Yesterday, the FCC stopped its informal clock on the d… Read
‘SNL’ Intern Lawsuit Settlement: NBCU To Pay $6.4M With $1.2M Going To Lawyers
There is one fewer potential intern class action against one less media company now. Almost a year and a half after Monet Eliastam filed a proposed class action complaint against NBCUniversal, the former Saturday Night Live intern and the Comcast-owned giant have finalized a deal.
"Subject to Court approval, Plaintiffs Monet Eliastam, Alexander Vainer, and Rheanna Behuniak ("Plaintiffs") and Defendant NBCUniversal Media, LLC ("Defendant" or "NBCUniversal") (together with… Read
Potential ‘Rupert’ Actors Shunning Plum Role Fearing Murdoch, Play Producer Says
A West End stage production of David Williamson's revue-style play Rupert is evidently having a hard time finding someone to fill the role of the eponymous Rupert Murdoch. Playwright Williamson told the BBC on Wednesday, "We've found that some actors are actually scared of playing Rupert on stage.” That's a bit of a surprise considering actors' general affinity for meaty parts, and especially given that Murdoch's own paper, The Australian, gave the play largely positive… Read
‘Good Morning America’ Ratings Lead Morning Infotainment Race
ABC's Good Morning America topped another week in the morning infotainment show ratings, outperforming NBC's Today by 745,000 total viewers and 158,000 in the news demo. Today posted its largest total viewer and news demo deliveries in nearly four months, though, season to date, GMA is still showing its widest season margins over Today in more than two decades.
For the week, GMA logged 5.446 million viewers — 2.042 million demo viewers; Today clocked 4.701 million viewers… Read
Oscar Producers Blast Trade Story That Called Neil Patrick Harris An “Also-Ran” And Not First Choice To Host
An anonymously sourced Hollywood Reporter story Wednesday headlined “Also-ran Academy Host?” in their print edition gossip column, as well as an expanded online version blatantly headlining “Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't Academy's First Choice To Host The Oscars,” has been flatly denied by Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The story, credited in the online version to writer Seth Abramovich, claims 2014 host Ellen DeGeneres was “begged” by the producers to… Read
Rebecca Creskoff Joins HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ As New Regular
Hung standout Rebecca Creskoff is returning to the premium cable network with a series regular role on another HBO comedy series, Mike Judge's Emmy-nominated Silicon Valley.
On the second season of Silicon Valley, a comic look at the modern-day high-tech gold rush through the prism of a startup company, Creskoff will play Laurie Bream, an executive at Raviga Capital. She joins returning cast members Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin… Read