‘Madea’ Gets Saturday Treat As ‘Jack Reacher’ Trips; ‘Joneses’ Lower Than ‘Masterminds’ – Sat. PM Udate
UPDATED, Sat. 11:22 PM: Strong matinees turned into a formidable Saturday night for Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween as the Lionsgate film rose 20% from Friday night to take an estimated $11.3M, which means its three-day cume is now hovering around $26.8M. Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will chase in about $8.5M after dropping roughly 4% Saturday following flat matinee business. The estimated cume is around what we were hearing this afternoon — $22.7M. That… Read
Matthew McConaughey To Be Honored At Napa Valley Film Festival
Matthew McConaughey will receive the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute at the 6th annual Napa Valley Film Festival, the festival organization has announced. The award honors outstanding contributions to the art of acting and cinematic story-telling.
Along with the tribute, McConaughey’s upcoming film Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana), is set for a private VIP screening Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 AM at the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. The… Read
Dan Porter, WME’s Head Of Digital, To Exit Agency
EXCLUSIVE: Dan Porter, who led the charge in building William Morris Endeavor’s digital business over the past three years as head of its department, is leaving the agency. He will exit on Nov. 30 to concentrate on his own company and to help grow his sports app, Overtime (which WME was an early investor in).
In Porter’s absence, WME partner Chris Jacquemin will lead digital content/talent for WME while Beth Ferreira will continue to lead WME Ventures. Porter was a key… Read
AT&T And Time Warner Unveil Merger Terms Calling It A “Perfect Match”
Updated with information from conference call: The AT&T-Time Warner deal is now official, and here are the key terms:
The telco agreed to pay $107.50 a share, half cash and the other half in stock. That comes to $85.4 billion, or $108.7 billion if you include Time Warner’s debt.
When it’s done, Time Warner shareholders will own as much as 15.7% of AT&T. The entertainment assets will account for about 15% of AT&T’s revenues.
They expect the deal to close by the end of next… Read
Kathryn Adams Dies; ‘Saboteur’ Actress Was 96
Kathryn Adams, an actress who appeared in such notable films as Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur and the Charles Laughton-starring The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and who retired from Hollywood upon her marriage to Leave It To Beaver‘s Hugh Beaumont, died October 14 at 96.
Other film credits include 1939’s Fifth Avenue Girl, 1940’s The Invisible Woman and 1946’s Blonde For a Day. In 1942, she played Mrs. Brown, a young mother, in Hitchcock’s Saboteur.
In 1942, Adams married… Read
‘Loving’ To Inaugurate Film Screenings At National Museum Of African American History & Culture
Focus Features’ Loving will be the first theatrical film to screen at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.. Monday evening’s invitation-only screening of the Jeff Nichols drama at the newly opened museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater will be preceded by a reception and panel discussion with the writer/director and stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.
Loving, set for a November 4 limited release with a subsequent expansion, is a biopic… Read
Matt Damon, Cheo Coker Among Featured Speakers At Produced By New York 2016
The Producers Guild of America has announced additional speakers for the 2016 edition of Produced By: New York Conference. New speakers for the event include M. Blair Breard, Cheo Hodari Coker, Matt Damon, Donna Gigliotti, Julie Goldman, William Horberg, Jon Kilik, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Franklin Leonard, John Lyons, Lori McCreary, Chris Moore, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Joshua Safran, Allyn Stewart, among others.
The conference has also announced additional panels… Read
Director Tim Miller, Ryan Reynolds Part Company On ‘Deadpool 2’
EXCLUSIVE: After a series of creative differences between Deadpool director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds, Miller has exited Deadpool 2. He hadn’t formally signed a deal to continue, but he was developing the script and by all accounts had planned to return behind the camera for a film Fox will release in 2018.
I’ve confirmed from studio insiders this exit was over mutual creative differences, but this all ended amicably and the studio is very high on Miller and the… Read
Kevin Meaney Dies: Veteran Comic And Actor Was 60
Tributes from colleagues and friends poured out tonight following the news that comedian Kevin Meaney has died. The veteran stand up comic, whose acting credits include numerous animated television series and the Tom Hanks film Big among others, and who also made dozens of appearances on late night television, was 60. He was found in his home today in Forestburgh, New York.
“So kind. So damn funny. So sorry for his loved ones for his loss,” said Bob Saget about Meaney on… Read
Ex-State Sen. Ron Calderon Sentenced In Film Incentives Bribe Case
Former Democratic California State Sen. Ron Calderon has been sentenced to 3½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for performing official acts as a legislator – including $60,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as independent filmmakers who wanted changes to California's film incentives program.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Calderon agreed to support an expansion of a state… Read
‘Neruda’ Trailer: Life On The Run For Chilean Poet & Political Firebrand
Best known here in the U.S. as the author of some of the greatest – if not the greatest – poetry of the 20th century, Chile’s Pablo Neruda was considered in his country one of the most dangerous men alive. His romantic and erotic poems scandalized conservatives which was bad enough, but Neruda was also a communist activist and politician whose poetry electrified Chile’s working classes. That gained him the permanent enmity of the country’s fascists and… Read
Time Warner Sale To AT&T Shows Distribution, Not Content, Is King
You can bet that Time Warner execs will say that their agreement to sell the cable and studio company to AT&T confirms the showbiz cliche that content is king. But the terms, with AT&T as the survivor, demonstrate just the opposite.
The telco has agreed to pay about $85 billion, or about $110 a share, Reuters Read