Global Showbiz Briefs: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Musical Headed To Japan; Steve McQueen Set For European Film Academy Honor; More
Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company are bringing Aladdin to Tokyo. This is the first international production of the Broadway musical comedy and is hitting a market where Disney's feature animation Frozen recently grossed a record-breaking $250M. Performances will begin in May at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20 and features music by… Read
TV Academy’s Ed Sullivan Statue Stolen From Hall Of Fame Plaza
A statue of Ed Sullivan was taken from its pedestal at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood on Sunday. The solid bronze statue, which weighs about 20 pounds and stands 18 inches tall, was being displayed in an outdoor exhibit, along with several other TV personalities and pioneers who have been inducted into the Academy's Hall of Fame. No value was given for the statue, but the LAPD considers it grand theft. Burglary detectives… Read
Xbox One Now Selling In China, But What Games Will They Play?
Microsoft's Xbox One started selling today in thousands of Chinese stores, the first videogame console legally available in the country since 2000. Now comes the hard part, figuring out what games will actually pass muster with China's stringent censorship rules on things like anti-authoritarian behavior, violence, criminality and even fantasy and science-fiction themes.
The tight rules mean no Destiny, no Call of Duty and so definitely no Grand Theft Auto, all… Read
New TV Market-Research Firm C4 Names Ben Spergel To EVP Post
Recently launched market-research firm C4 has named former Ipsos and Interpret executive Ben Spergel as EVP Consumer Insights. The firm - which specializes in the TV, digital and videogame industries - is a so-called software-as-a-service company, providing script analysis, screening research, tracking and advertising testing. C4's CEO is Vincent Bruzzese, formerly a longtime executive with research firms MarketCast and MPG.
Spergel will oversee C4's online and offline… Read
Cindy Chupack Sells Girlfriends Comedy To ABC
Sex And The City alumna Cindy Chupack is working on another single-camera comedy about female friends. Inspired by Chupack's real-life experiences, Dish revolves around three female friends in Venice, CA - one single, one married, one a single mother - who meet once a week at a restaurant called Dish to dish about life, love, career, and the myth of “having it all.” They do “have it all” among the three of them, just not individually. (Does that count?) Dish comes from ABC… Read
‘Godzilla’ Roars To Top of DVD and Blu-Ray Sales Charts
Godzilla fans complained the big fella wasn't in his latest movie enough, but the old fire-breather sure showed up in Rentrak's latest rankings of DVD and Blu-ray sales, taking the top spot with the franchise's latest debuting on disc.
Godzilla was one of seven new properties to make the sales top 10, including TV season compilations of Arrow, The Big Bang Theory and Castle.
Perhaps the big winner, though, was at No. 2, where The Fault In Our Stars continued its somewhat… Read
Steven Knight BAFTA Lecture: On Working In Hollywood And A Possible Ending For ‘Peaky Blinders’
BAFTA's 2014 series of Screenwriter Lectures - marked by disparate talks from the likes of James Schamus and Emma Thompson - wrapped tonight in London with Brit Steven Knight running through a practical discussion about his approach to the craft. The writer behind The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things, Lock eand Eastern Promises talked through his process, discussing a distaste for structure, the rocky road from script to screen and his plans for the end of Peaky… Read
Lena Dunham Tweets She Will “Compensate” Book Tour Performers After Website Shaming
HBO star Lena Dunham tweeted this today about paying opening-act performers on her book tour.
Some good points were raised and I've ensured that all opening acts will be compensated for their time, their labor and their talents.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 29, 2014
It all started yesterday when the New York Times reported details of Dunham's 12-city book tour beginning this week, noting nearly 600 people responded to an open call for video auditions for… Read
Jesse Metcalfe, More Set For Zombie Vidgame Flick ‘Dead Rising’
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Entertainment and Sony-owned Crackle have set Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives, Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children) to star in zombie chopper Dead Rising: Watchtower, the first project out of Legendary's Digital Media division.
Leprechaun: Origins helmer and VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky is directing Dead Rising from a script by Tim Carter, based on the bestselling Capcom… Read
Shonda Rhimes’ Shows Crowd Top Of Twitter TV Ratings; Jeter Tweeterers Say Long Goodbye
Shonda Rhimes' Thursday-night trio - Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and newcomer How To Get Away With Murder - collectively dominated the first week of fall TV ratings, coming in at Nos. 1, 4 and 6 respectively on this week's table for series and specials.
On the sports side, Derek Jeter's last game proved enough of a conversation starter that the matchup, between two teams with no remaining playoff hopes, poked past all but one of a raft of NFL games and a college… Read
Fred Goss Family Comedy Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment
Actor Fred Goss got his break as a writer with family comedy Sons & Daughters, which went to series at ABC. Now he is back at ABC with a new family comedy project, Funhouse, which has received a put pilot commitment from the network. The show is produced by ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville.
Based on a true story, Funhouse centers on Jack Babbit, who kidnaps his estranged father from a nursing home along with his 24-hour male nurse and brings them to his home. This… Read
‘Ray Donovan’ Finale Ratings Hit Series High; ‘Masters Of Sex’ Down
One Showtime series saw a kid's birthday party and some partnerships come to an end, while the other heralded the beginning of John F. Kennedy's presidency. However, Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex wrapped their second seasons last night with one way up and one not so much.
With 2 million watching the 9 PM show, the Season 2 finale of Hollywood fixer series Ray Donovan was up 40% from the 1.41 million who tuned in for the Season 1 ender on September 22 last year,… Read