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Vice Chief Creative Officer Tom Punch Exits For Role At Spring Studios

In the latest executive shuffle at Vice, Chief Creative Officer Tom Punch has exited to take a similar position at Spring Studios, an ad agency and production company with offices in the U.S., UK and Europe. Vice, the maverick, Montreal-born brand that was once the darling of the media business, has entered a more choppy period and is restructuring under new chief Nancy Dubuc. When Disney announced its earnings last week, it divulged a writedown of $157 million on its… Read

Box Office

‘Network’ Previews, ‘King Kong’ Opens As Broadway Scores $37M

Bryan Cranston arrived on Broadway to two full houses last week, as the much-anticipated Network played a couple previews at the Belasco Theater and contributed $293,220 to Broadway’s $37,230,401 total for Week 24 (ending Nov. 11). Overall box office for the 38 Broadway productions reflected a 13% jump in receipts over the previous week, with attendance of 306,015 showing a 9% bump. While Network, directed by Ivo van Hove and co-starring Tony Goldwyn and Tatiana Maslany… Read


The Bart & Fleming Podcast: The Facts Behind Fact-Based Movies

The Bart & Fleming Podcast

Awards season is in swing, and we are back in podcast mode. Today, we weigh in on a plethora of fact-based films, and the question of how authentic they really are. The main topics: Green Book, a road trip through the Jim Crow-era deep South that unites two unlikely partners in a brilliant black classical pianist named Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his burly Italian Copacabana bodyguard Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen); and The Front Runner, with Hugh Jackman as Sen… Read


‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Sets Holiday Special On Netflix

Netflix is expanding its holiday content with some dark Christmas cheer from Sabrina and her coven. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will air a special holiday episode titled “A Midwinter’s Tale” on Friday, December 14. Check out a couple of short clips from the episode in the sizzle reel above. According to the logline, “A Midwinter’s Tale” is set during the Church of Night’s celebration of the winter solstice. On the longest night of the year, families gather around the… Read


YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Warns Against “Unintended Consequences” Of EU’s Article 13

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is once again raising concerns about the European Union’s proposed update to copyright law, warning it would have profound unintended consequences. This is the second time in two months that Wojcicki has written about Article 13, which would make online platforms liable for copyright infringement. She argues that the European Parliament’s approach — which places responsibility on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other websites to ensure… Read


Mark Dindal To Direct ‘Garfield’ Animated Movie For Alcon Entertainment

The Emperor's New Groove and Chicken Little helmer Mark Dindal is set to direct a Garfield animated feature set up Alcon Entertainment, which acquired the rights from the creator Jim Davis, who will serve as an exec producer. Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove co-wrote the screenplay. Debuting in 1978, the Garfield comic strip centers on a cynical, lazy, lasagne-loving orange cat and his interactions with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and fellow pet Odie, the lovable dog. John Cohen… Read


‘Veronica Mars’: Clifton Collins Jr. & Izabela Vidovic To Recur On Hulu Revival

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Westworld’s Clifton Collins Jr. and Izabela Vidovic (Wonder) are set for recurring roles in Hulu's eight-episode Veronica Mars revival set for premiere in 2019. The reboot returns star Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring to the series that ran for three seasons on UPN and the CW from 2004-2007. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town's lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired… Read


Stan Lee’s Marvel Movie & TV Cameos – A Photo Gallery

Stan Lee, who died Monday at age 95, is known for creating hundreds of characters for Marvel Comics, many of which became famous in their film or TV incarnations. That success created a second Stan Lee industry: cameo-ing in films and shows based on characters he helped create. Like Alfred Hitchcock before him, Lee became his own Easter egg in movies for the likes of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Avengers (Disney), X-Men (Fox) and Spider-Man (Sony) series. That includes… Read


‘Widows’ Review: Viola Davis Leads Strong Ensemble In Heist Film With A Social Twist

In 1983 director Steve McQueen, eventual Best Picture Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave, became obsessed with a British miniseries called Widows about a group of women who decide to finish a robbery that their criminal husbands died trying to pull off. In a collaboration with Gone Girl screenwriter Gillian Flynn, McQueen finally has found a way to bring it to the big screen while switching gears from his gritty indie movies to the action genre; moving the locale from… Read


Jimmy Kimmel Lands Michelle Obama’s First Late-Night Stop On ‘Becoming’ Book Tour

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! has landed Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s first late-night stop in promotion of her new book, Becoming. Kimmel gets first chance to get the late-night TV take on Obama’s book remark about not forgiving President Donald Trump for having put her family in danger with his birther movement. Back when Trump was a reality TV star on NBC, he also headed the birther movement, claiming President Barack Obama held the office illegally because he was not… Read


David Spade To Headline Comedy Series From Diablo Cody & Jason Reitman In Works At HBO

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EXCLUSIVE: HBO has put in development a half-hour comedy series starring and produced by David Spade. The project hails from frequent collaborators Diablo Cody and her Vita Vera Films and Jason Reitman and his Right of Way Films. Written by Cody, the as-yet untitled comedy centers on Calvin Wash, played by Spade, who in the 90s was a semi-famous grunge musician hooked on heroin. Now he's clean, sober and working as a waiter in the Valley. When he meets troubled… Read


Disney’s Bob Iger & Marvel Studios Boss Kevin Feige On “Genius” Of Stan Lee

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The death of Stan Lee today has brought wide praise and mourning for the comic legend, especially from the CEO of Disney and the president of Marvel Studios. “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created, said Bob Iger on this holiday Monday. “A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect,” added Iger, who instigated the in hindsight very lucrative purchase of Marvel in 2009 for $4… Read