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ITV Half-Year Earnings Rise Amid Dip In UK Viewing; ITV Studios Profits Up 18%


The home of Downton Abbey will lose that flagship show at the end of the year, but growth at ITV continues across the board with double-digit profit increases in each sector — and the outlook is positive. Despite a 4% drop in UK viewership, there was a 5% hike in advertising revenues in the half-year ended June 30, and a 6% increase is expected on the horizon through September. Total revenues for the broadcaster and aggressively acquisitive content company were £1.356B… Read

Rachel McAdams In Early Talks For Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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Rachel McAdams has confirmed she is in early talks to play the female lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Speaking to the LA Times, McAdams, who can currently be seen wielding a knife in Season 2 of True Detective, mentioned it was “early days” but that she is considering boarding the project opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. There is still some way for this deal to get set but it would make an interesting change of pace for McAdams. Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange… Read

‘Minions’, ‘Ant-Man’ Grow In Actuals; ‘Pixels’ Powered By Latin America – Intl B.O. Final

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3RD UPDATE, MONDAY 3:45 PM PT: Actuals are in from the studios, with Sony’s Pixels confirmed at $21.03M, down slightly from the $21.4M projected yesterday, and performing solidly in Latin America with many markets (including China, a co-financier) still on deck. That film came in 6th overall at the international box office on Sunday, including local-language pics which continue their strong run in China. Monster Hunt, the biggest of them and the No. 1 movie overseas for… Read

‘Minions’ Milestone: Henchmen Serve Up $500M At International Box Office

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Kevin, Stuart and Bob are making their masters very happy. With today’s grosses, Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s Minions is poised to cross the $500M mark at the international box office. Sunday estimates had the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed origins stoy at $497.8M, and actuals now put the offshore cume at $499.4M. Combined with the domestic total of $262.5M, the worldwide booty is $761.8M. The Despicable Me 2 spinoff has been the top movie at the global box… Read

AXS TV Schedules ‘Nashville’ Saturday “Binge Watching” Starting September 26

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AXS TV will launch its Nashville telecasts on September 26 at 8 PM ET, and will air three episodes in succession each week on Saturday nights, to emulate the “binge-watching experience.” The network in June snagged a multi-year licensing deal with Disney-ABC Television Group for off-network cable rights to the first three seasons of ABC's music drama, as Deadline previously reported, which was by far the most notable deal for the channel. The deal is in line the deal… Read

China’s Stock Market Suffers Biggest Loss Since 2007; Wanda, Huayi Bros, Alibaba & Fosun Hit

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China’s box office market may be going from strength to strength, but its stock market just tanked, with the Shanghai Composite Index losing more than 8% of its value in a single day. That’s the worst loss since 2007 and is spreading uncertainty throughout the marketplace. The plummeting market comes even after the Chinese government intervened directly to stabilize shares following weeks of instability. Several media companies took big hits, with Alibaba Pictures down… Read

Golshifteh Farahani, Louis Garrel & Pierre Niney Board Atiq Rahimi’s ‘Ports Of Call’

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EXCLUSIVE: Golshifteh Farahani, Louis Garrel and Pierre Niney are attached to star in Atiq Rahimi’s Ports Of Call. The project is an adaptation of Amin Maalouf’s bestselling novel about two ill-starred lovers who meet in Paris during World War II: Ossyane, the principal narrator and Muslim Ottoman prince, and Clara, a Jewish freedom fighter from Vienna. Ports Of Call is a fable of madness and family ties, of love and despair, of mixed and uncertain identities set against… Read

‘Monster Hunt’ Seizes China Record; Blackout Pics Begin To Close Gap With H’wd

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China’s media authority, SAPPRFT, has been relatively quiet during the past blackout month at the box office, but piped up over the weekend to tout the monster returns of smash hit Monster Hunt. The CGI/live-action fantasy adventure film has led the international box office for two frames in a row, beating out comers like Minions and Ant-Man (which are yet to travel to China), and now tallying more than 1.27B yuan ($205M) through Sunday. Those are the official figures… Read

Venice Jury: Pawel Pawlikowski, Elizabeth Banks Join Alfonso Cuaron On Lido Watch

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The Venice Film festival is due to unveil its full lineup on Wednesday this week for the 72nd running of the world’s oldest such event. So far, we know that Working Title and Universal’s Everest is on opening night duty September 2, out of competition, with a special out-of-competition screening of Johnny Depp-starrer Black Mass on deck for the first Friday. Venice has found renewed vigor in the past few years, highlighting movies that have gone on to awards-season glory… Read

‘Pixels’ Chomps Abroad; Hits Records For Sony & Sandler In Argentina, France– Overseas B.O. Update

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Sony’s Adam Sandler pic Pixels started its game overseas in 56 markets, which reps about 40% of all foreign markets. To date, the sci-fi comedy has racked up $26M overseas along with another $9.2M stateside for a current global cume of $35.2M. Stateside, Pixels looks to be on course for a FSS of $23.8M per industry calculations, which puts it at the lower end of Sandler bows (his best fare is north of $40M+ in regards to bows), but that’s not as low as last summer’s Blende… Read

Studios Sue MovieTube Websites For Illegal Streaming And Downloads

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The six major studios have gone after a group of nearly 30 or more movie streaming and download sites operated under the name MovieTube. Disney, Paramount, Sony/Columbia, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros on Friday filed suit in federal District Court in New York, charging various MovieTube entities with copyright and trademark infringement. Identities of the MovieTube operators are not known so the lawsuit targets John and/or Jane Does and companies XYZ and so… Read

China-Backed Hero Films Launches With Adrien Brody-Ni Ni Romantic Comedy

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EXCLUSIVE: Plenty of China-U.S. co-production ventures are trying to get off the ground in the fight to find a foothold in the lucrative Chinese film market, and plenty start with high expectations but no product. Here’s a new outfit that might be bucking that trend: A group of Chinese investors have launched Hero Films, run by chairman Peter Luo, which has a deep pool of resources and has opened offices in Melbourne and Los Angeles. The company plans to finance 3-5 films… Read