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How Miramax & Blumhouse Brought ‘Halloween’ Back From The Dead

The horror franchise reboot craze which Hollywood reaped off during the early part of the millennium looked as good as dead last year. Than this weekend, Universal/Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween, the 11th sequel in a 40-year-old franchise, opened to $76.2M, making it the best start ever for the John Carpenter franchise, second-best domestic debut for a horror movie and the second best October opening; Sony’s Venom setting an $80.2M record three weekends ago. It’s an age… Read


Choice Of Sharp New Oscar Producing Team Gives The Academy A Chance For Serious & Successful Makeover: Analysis

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Well, the mystery of who gets the enviable — or unenviable — job of producing the 91st annual Academy Awards, airing February 24 on ABC, has been answered. And in choosing Oscar winner and multiple nominee Donna Gigliotti as producer and live TV and awards show veteran Glenn Weiss as “co-producer,” as well as director for the fourth consecutive year, Academy President John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson have assembled a strong team that should be well-equipped to deliver what… Read


Louis C.K. Accuser Rebecca Corry Challenges Apologetic Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman predicted to Howard Stern today that she’d regret commenting about Louis C.K. and his masturbation habits, and it’s happened faster than even she could have guessed. Within hours of Silverman telling Stern that her old friend C.K. had masturbated in front of her – with her consent – when both were just starting their careers (when the two were equals in terms of professional power), comedian and C.K. accuser Rebecca Corry called her out on Twitter. See all… Read


NBC Buys LAPD Policewomen Drama From Liz Brixius & Debra Martin Chase

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NBC has put in development a female police drama from Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius, prolific film and TV producer Debra Martin Chase and Universal TV, where both are under deals. Written by Brixius, the Untitled Police Women Project explores the personal and professional lives of four LAPD women officers who have been best friends since the police academy. Brixius and Chase executive produce. Universal TV produces in association with Brixius’ Delong Lumber and… Read


YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Attempts To Rally YouTubers Against Tougher EU Copyright Law

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is attempting to rally its users against a proposed update to European copyright law that would make online platforms liable for copyright infringement. “This legislation poses a threat to both your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world,” Wojcicki wrote in a blog post published Monday. At issue is Article 13 of the new Directive on Copyright, which won the support of the European Parliament in September. This directive… Read


Skydance Hires Ex-Global Road Exec Jun Oh To Run Biz & Legal Affairs

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Jun Oh, most recently president of business and legal affairs at Global Road Entertainment, has been hired by Skydance Media as Head of Theatrical and Interactive Business and Legal Affairs. In his new post he will oversee all business and legal affairs related to feature film development and production, as well as interactive and emerging gaming platforms. The move comes as Skydance builds on a slate that already includes upcoming movies Top Gun: Maverick, 6 Underground… Read


Donna Gigliotti To Produce 91st Oscars; Glenn Weiss Is Co-Producer

And the Oscar producing gig goes to … Donna Gigliotti. The veteran producer won the Best Picture Academy Award for 1998’s Shakespeare in Love and has been nominated three times since, for The Reader, Silver Linings Playbook and Hidden Figures. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also said today that Glenn Weiss — who famously proposed to his girlfriend during his acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards last month — will co-produce and direct the Academy Awards… Read


MMA Murder Mystery Pic ‘A Violent Man’ Starring Ex-NFLer Thomas Jones Acquired By GVN For January Bow

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EXCLUSIVE: GVN Releasing has acquired writer-director Matthew Berkowitz’s A Violent Man, a murder mystery drama set in the world of mixed martial arts that stars former NFL running back Thomas Q. Jones. The distributor will release the film day and date in theaters and VOD on January 18, 2019. Isaach De Bankole, MMA icon Chuck Liddell, Denise Richards and Bruce Davison also star in the pic, which has elements of a contemporary noir. Jones (Luke Cage), the former NFL Pro… Read

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Broadway Box Office Rings Up $34M; ‘The Ferryman’, ‘Lifespan Of A Fact’ Get Warm Welcomes

Broadway box office continued apace as fall settled on the theater district, with a raft of recent arrivals helping to push grosses up a slight 3% over last week to $34,344,693. Attendance for Broadway’s Week 21 (ending Oct. 21) was up from the previous week by the same percentage to 269,065, a strong 90% of capacity. The week saw two opening nights: The Lifespan of a Fact at Studio 54 and The Ferryman at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (pictured above), both filling a… Read


‘Pose’s Evan Peters Is Helen Reddy’s Dealmaker Husband Jeff Wald In ‘I Am Woman’

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EXCLUSIVE: Evan Peters is set to star in I Am Woman, the film about the rise of empowering ’70s female singing star Helen Reddy that’s about to get underway in Australia. Unjoo Moon (The Zen of Bennett) is directing a script by Emma Jensen. Tilda Cobham-Hervey had already been set to play Reddy, and Peters has just signed to play Jeff Wald, who married Reddy and helped build her career as her manager. Along with a list of clients that included Donna Summer, George Carlin… Read


Oculus Co-Founder Brendan Iribe Leaving Facebook, Which Is Discontinuing Movie Rentals On The Rift – Update

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UPDATED to add analysis and news of Facebook shutting down Oculus Rift movie store: Brendan Iribe, who co-founded Facebook’s VR unit Oculus in 2012, announced he is leaving the company. While Iribe’s Facebook post (read it below) on Monday doesn’t refer specifically to any of the recent turbulence hitting the parent company, his exit follows those of the founders of Facebook-owned Instagram, and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum in recent months. While still a colossus… Read


‘Party Of Five’: Leads Cast In Freeform Reboot Pilot With Immigration Twist

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Brandon Larracuente (13 Reasons Why), Emily Tosta (Mayans M.C.), Niko Guardado (The Goldbergs) and newcomer Elle Paris Legaspi have been cast as the four older Buendía siblings in Party of Five, Freeform’s immigration-themed pilot reboot of the popular 1990s family drama that revolves around Mexican-American siblings. The original series, which aired on Fox, was about the five Salinger siblings who become orphans after their parents are killed in a car accident caused by… Read