‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Conjures $31M In Two Days Overseas – International Box Office
FRIDAY UPDATE: Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald apparated in another 45 markets yesterday and conjured $18.4M to bring the international box office cume to $31M after two days.
Playing on 24,350 screens, the David Yates-directed film is No. in 54 of the 55 markets that released Wednesday and Thursday, and is tracking ahead of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Not included in the $31M above is the first flash estimate out of China which… Read
Christopher G. Cowen Launches Station 10 Media In Joint Venture With Boardwalk Pictures
Christopher G. Cowen (CNN’s Decades series, The History of Comedy) is launching Station 10 Media, a television, feature documentary and branded content company, as part of a joint venture with Boardwalk Pictures. Under the deal, Boardwalk Pictures will offer production and post production support on Station 10 projects. Cowen will serve as the President of Station 10 and will Executive Produce alongside Boardwalk Founder Andrew Fried (Chef's Table, Last Chance U). Both… Read
‘The Village’ Casts Nadine Nicole; Reshma Shetty Joins ‘Instinct’
Nadine Nicole (Casual, The Expanse) has been cast in a recurring role in NBC’s The Village. Written/executive produced by Mike Daniels (Sons of Anarchy), The Village, from Universal TV and 6107 Productions, revolves around the residents of an apartment building in Brooklyn. Despite differences in age, race, culture and lifestyle, the residents find that the more their lives intertwine, the more complex and compelling their connections become, thus proving life's… Read
WME Signs Lightbox Duo Simon Chinn & Jonathan Chinn
WME has signed multiple award-winning documentary producers Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn and their Lightbox. Based in Los Angeles and London, the production company is behind such acclaimed recent nonfiction fare as LA92 and Whitney.
The Chinn cousins shared an Emmy for the LA92, a look back at the untold stories of the Los Angeles riots 25 years later, and Jonathan Chinn won another for 2000’s American High. Simon Chinn has a pair of Documentary Feature Oscars to his… Read
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Concedes “Some Softness” At Nickelodeon: “We Are Actively Working On It”
While Viacom’s fourth-quarter earnings showed some positive signs, edging Wall Street’s estimates and delivering evidence of a turnaround at Paramount, CEO Bob Bakish conceded Nickelodeon has shown “some softness.”
As evidenced by the recent leadership change that saw Brian Robbins succeed Cyma Zarghami as head of Nickelodeon, “we are actively working on it,” Bakish said during a conference call with analysts.
The flagship network, along with MTV, BET, Comedy Central and… Read
‘Requiem’ & ‘The Missing’ Outfit New Pictures Options Dystopian YA Novel ‘The Territory’
EXCLUSIVE: Requiem and The Missing producer New Pictures has optioned the screen rights to female-fronted dystopian YA novel The Territory by Sarah Govett.
New Pictures’ Elaine Pyke acquired the rights from Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in a deal brokered by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsay on behalf of the Jane Turnbull Agency.
The well-received novel, set in 2059, follows Noa Blake, a member of ‘The Territory’, a safe haven in the midst of the disease ridden ‘Wetlands… Read
Netflix Reteams With ‘The Little Prince’ Director Mark Osborne For Animated Feature ‘Escape From Hat’
Netflix is moving ahead with Escape From Hat, an animated feature from two-time Oscar-nominated director Mark Osborne, who directed The Little Prince and co-directed Kung Fu Panda. Production will start this month in New York for a scheduled release in 2022.
Osborne will direct and produce with Jinko Gotoh. They previously worked on The Little Prince, a film Netflix acquired from Paramount in March 2016. Gotoh also serves as a producer on the 2019 Netflix animated feature… Read
CNN, Jim Acosta Take Victory Lap After Judge Tells White House To Return Press Badge Pronto
"We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days,” CNN and its Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta said in a prepared statement issued moments after prevailing with TRO bid in U.S. District Court.
“Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press," CNN and Acosta said after a federal judge told Donald Trump’s White House to immediately restore Acosta’s press… Read
William Goldman Remembered By Hollywood: ‘Princess Bride’, ‘Butch Cassidy’ Writer Was “The Best Ever”
Refresh for updates William Goldman, who won two Oscars for screenwriting (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men), massive respect for his smart storytelling (Marathon Man, Misery), gratitude for the wisdom of his books about film (Adventures in the Screen Trade) and the stage (The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway) and the hearts of several generations (and counting) of Princess Bride fans, is being remembered today by friends, colleagues and… Read
Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre Names Meghan Lantzy As New General Manager
Signature Theatre, one of Off Broadway’s premiere companies, has named Meghan Lantzy as its new general manager. She arrives at the Signature from Lincoln Center Theater, where she worked for 12 years.
"There's always a lot of exciting activity happening at Signature and The Pershing Square Signature Center, and I'm confident Meghan's management expertise and thoughtful approach will help us continue moving forward and realizing the possibilities inherent in our unique… Read
CNN Wins Round 1 Of Battle With Donald Trump White House Over Jim Acosta Press Badge
UPDATED with Jim Acosta remarks outside court: “I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week, and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today. Let’s get back to work!” CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta crowed, minutes after a federal judge ruled the White House had to immediately return to Acosta the press badge it pulled abruptly this week.
President Donald Trump's biggest punch-back at the missed its mark Friday… Read
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Steals $9.1M+ In Thursday Night Previews – Update
UPDATE FRIDAY 7:35AM: Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald came in much higher last night with $9.1M. Note that’s not an exact like-for-like with the $8.75M Thursday night previews of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘s from two years ago at this time. The figure includes Tuesday sneaks at 600 locations which minted around $3M we hear. The David Yates-directed movie is off to a great start. Showtimes began at 5PM and played at roughly 3,300 locations. The… Read