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Verizon Posts 32% Gain In Quarterly Profit Q1, Helped By Tax Reform

Telecom giant Verizon said its first-quarter net income rose 32% to $4.55 billion, or $1.11 a share, in the first quarter thanks in part to benefits from federal tax reform. The results compared with $3.45 billion, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier. Total revenue in the period rose nearly 7% to $31.8 billion. In Verizon's media business, Oath, a seasonal decrease in display advertising caused gross revenue to decrease 13% from the fourth quarter (the best comparison… Read


Viacom’s Channel 5 Aims To Lift The Curse Of ‘The New Wife’ By Handing ITV Studios New Casting Challenge

EXCLUSIVE: Britain's Channel 5 is still searching for a New Wife after the Viacom-owned broadcaster engaged a third production company to cast the controversial entertainment format. The UK commercial broadcaster has been attempting to crack the show, which is described as Wife Swap-meets-Divorce Hotel, since commissioning it in June 2016. However, a series of missteps has meant that it has struggled to find contestants willing to appear on the show, which sets out to… Read


A Subdued Lars Von Trier Talks Cannes Comeback Movie & Addiction: “I Felt Horrible During Filming”

Filmmaker Lars von Trier remains his own worst enemy. That was one of the obvious takeaways from an engrossing but also slightly concerning new discussion with the polarizing director. In a rare interview given this month to the in-house TV channel of Denmark's arts platform The Louisiana Museum, a pale, hirsute and subdued von Trier discussed his on-going battle with addiction and his now infamous expulsion from Cannes in 2011. "I felt horrible during filming for this… Read


BAFTA Sets Film Awards Dates; ‘Nowhere’ Starts Lensing In Canada – Global Briefs

BAFTA has set the dates for its next EE British Academy Film Awards and their LA-based cousins, the British Academy Britannia Awards. The BAFTAs will be held in London on Sunday February 10, 2019 honoring the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens. The Britannias will be handed out at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Friday October 26, 2018. That ceremony is BAFTA’s most prestigious event outside the UK, where Brits and anglophiles celebrate… Read


‘Big Brother’ Commissioner Steve Regan Set To Leave Viacom’s UK Net Channel 5

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Regan, who oversees Big Brother for British broadcaster Channel 5, is on his way out of the Viacom-owned broadcaster. I understand that the company’s top entertainment commissioner is leaving the network and has been telling top-level execs in the UK. A number of producers at the recent Mip TV market in Cannes told me that Regan is no longer at Viacom's Camden HQ. Regan is one of the most senior entertainment buyers in the UK, having overseen Endemol… Read


Quentin Tarantino Steals The Show At Sony’s Slick Presentation Of A Pretty Dark Slate And Very Special Dog – CinemaCon

From my perspective, truly the most exciting and personally anticipated piece of footage of upcoming films touted at tonight’s kick-off Sony Pictures CinemaCon presentation was for a movie for which not one foot of film has yet to be shot. Picking up the pieces after the Harvey Weinstein debacle, Sony and movie savvy chairman Tom Rothman nabbed a big one when they got the rights to Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming L.A.-set 1969 fantasia, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood… Read


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Clip: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Debuts Exclusive Look At Marvel’s Ultimate Team-Up Pic

A new, never before seen clip from the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War dropped tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live ahead of the movie’s release on April 27. The exclusive clip kicked off  “Avengers: Infinity War Week” on the late-night talk show at ABC. Tonight was an appropriate night to debut the clip as the ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe team-up pic was making its World Premiere across the street from show. The clip featured Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk aka Mark… Read

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Sony At CinemaCon: Will Ferrell Sings Celine Dion; ‘Holmes & Watson’, ‘White Boy Rick’ & More

At last year’s CinemaCon, it was all about the jaw-dropping footage from Blade Runner 2049 which Sony had foreign on, but this year the Culver City lot started with the funny, specifically Holmes & Watson star Will Ferrell and built to star-studded end session that included Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams from Venom and Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio chatting about their next collaboration Once Upon a Time in Hollywood due out Aug. 9, 2019. The studio’s emphasis to… Read


‘The Equalizer 2’s Antoine Fuqua, Jason Blumenthal On Franchise Potential & How The Film Speaks To Women – CinemaCon

Antoine Fuqua is once again reteaming with Denzel Washington on the second installment of Equalizer, a film which marks the first sequel for both Washington and Fuqua. “He's a mysterious character. You don't really get to see these types of films where you have an amazing actor like Denzel Washington playing a role like this; where he is a superhero but very grounded and very real,” Fuqua told Deadline before hitting the CinemaCon stage during Sony’s presentation. On… Read

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Sony Dates ‘Jumanji’ Sequel For December 2019 – CinemaCon

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During the tail end of Sony’s film slate presentation at CinemaCon, chairman Tom Rothman announced the release date for the next Jumanji installment for December 2019. “Don’t give all your screens to Star Wars,” Rothman said to the exhibitors seated in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, the reboot of the 1995 Robin Williams-starring adventure pic, is officially the studio's highest-grossing film ever at the domestic box office, overtaking Sam… Read


Christina Aguilera, Melissa McCarthy Hit High Notes In James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special”

James Corden’s The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special received the diva treatment as Christina Aguilera joined the talk show host to sing some of her greatest hits. And while they were singing her seminal hit Dirrty, Melissa McCarthy popped up from the backseat just in time to spit the rhymes of Redman’s portion of the song. While on their song-filled ride (before McCarthy’s cameo), Aguilera and Corden gave the late night talk show host a lesson in diva… Read

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Quentin Tarantino & Leonardo DiCaprio Make Surprise Appearance At CinemaCon To Talk ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

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Sony capped off its CinemaCon 2018 presentation with a surprise: Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio took the stage at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace to chat about their upcoming feature Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which they haven’t shot a frame of yet. Tarantino said that the pic takes place in LA in 1969 during the counterculture explosion and “block by block” this summer he’ll take LA back to that era. “It takes place during the 1969 Hollywood era at the… Read