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March 2013 Archive


‘Glee’s Cory Monteith Goes To Rehab With The Series Still In Production On Season 4

UPDATE: Glee co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy tweeted support for Monteith this morning. “I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100%,” he wrote. PREVIOUS: Glee star Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab for substance addiction. The Fox musical dramedy has two more episodes from its current fourth season left to shoot. Filming on them will proceed as scheduled, with the sudden absence of Monteith’s Finn explained. “Cory is a beloved member of… Read

Box Office

Specialty Box Office: ‘Pines’ Best Average

On the Specialty box office front, this Easter Weekend showed strong debuts for Focus Features’ The Place Beyond The Pines and IFC Films’ documentary Room 237 while Renoir painted a passable opening leaving silent feature Blancanieves and Wrong to start with less gusto. Pines director Derek Cianfrance  showed with his film’s star Ryan Gosling up at a Film Society Of Lincoln Center party for New Directors. (The same duo caught Oscar chatter back in 2010 with Blue Valentine… Read


Oscars: What Is The Academy’s Unprecedented Membership Meeting Really All About?

Speculation has been swirling this Easter holiday weekend in the media and among Academy types just exactly what the Save The Date for the “special event”  the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences just sent out to their members (in an email from President Hawk Koch and CEO Dawn Hudson) actually means. In a highly unusual move for the Acad the organization is holding a general membership meeting for its approximately 6000 members on May 4. The bi-coastal event taking… Read

Box Office

‘G.I. Joe 2’ Debuts 2013’s Best Overseas & 2nd Best Easter Weekend Here; ‘The Croods’ Holds Strong, Tyler Perry’s ‘Temptation’ Seduces; ‘The Host’ Weakens

SUNDAY 12 PM, 10TH UPDATE: No peace on Easter Weekend because Hollywood studios are now fighting over records. Disney is insisting that it had 2013’s biggest global opening for Oz The Great And Powerful of $148M worldwide. The Paramount record is for 2013’s best international so its exec was overreaching by claiming G.I. Joe: Retaliation had the year’s best global gross. SUNDAY 9 AM, 9TH UPDATE: Paramount now says that G.I. Joe: Retaliation opened with a global gross of… Read


WonderCon Video: Fox’s ‘Axe Cop’

Fox today released a trailer for Axe Cop, one of the quarter-hour series that will launch Fox’s late-night alternative animated programming block Animation Domination High-Def, which premieres Saturday, July 27. It is based on the Axe Cop web comic, created by then five-year-old Malachai Nicolle, who did the writing, and his 29-year-old brother, Ethan, who drew it. It chronicles the adventures of an axe-wielding police officer and his loyal team of allies as they fight… Read


WonderCon Video: NBC’s ‘Revolution’

As part of a Revolution panel at WonderCon today attended by most of the series’ stars, there was this reel with highlights from the conclusion of Revolution‘s freshman season. Helicopters, Humvees and modern guns take center stage as the battle for electrical power continues. The footage includes potential plot spoilers so proceed with caution: // < ![CDATA[ LimelightPlayerUtil.initEmbed('limelight_player_386734'); /… Read


David Tennant & Billie Piper Returning For ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary

Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations have added David Tennant who will reprise his role as the tenth Doctor for the first time since 2010. Billie Piper and John Hurt are also coming on board. They will join current Doctor, Matt Smith, and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who joined the series this season as the new companion. The latest Doctor Who series picks up again tonight in both the UK and the U.S. Tennant, currently starring in ITV drama Boradchurch – which will air on B… Read

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ Down, ‘Touch’ Hits Series Low, ‘Fashion Star’ Up, ‘Happy Endings’ Falls, CBS Wins Night With NCAA

After weeks of repeats this month, Shark Tank (1.7/5) returned to Friday night with some new bite. The 9 PM entrepreneurial reality completion show saw an update from a couple who received a deal with all the Shark judges earlier this season and an eager teen seeking investment in her skincare line. The new bite didn’t chew off anything new however ratingswise. Perhaps it was the basketball on CBS, Daylight Savings or just being off for a few weeks but Shark Tank also saw… Read

NY State Extends Film Tax Credit, Budget Includes TV Incentives

New York has made it a lot easier for The Tonight Show to return to the Big Apple. The 2013-2014 budget given final approval by the Assembly late Thursday extends the state’s Film Tax Credit program through 2019 and expands it to include certain types of TV production. And it seems to be squarely aimed at luring Tonight back to NYC. An amendment to shoot down the TV tax incentive was debated but ultimately failed, Reuters reports. We’ll see what happens. Related: Jimmy Fal… Read


Daily Beast Co-Founder To Run Time Web

Daily Beast co-founder Edward Felsenthal is becoming managing editor of the Time website despite lots of uncertainty as Time Inc spins off from Time Warner. The news was first released via Twitter. Felsenthal replaces managing editor Cathy Sharick who took a buyout as part of a recent 6% company-wide layoff.  Read


Fox & ‘American Idol’ Creator Resolve ‘X-Factor’ Lawsuit

The legal battle between American Idol creator Simon Fuller and Fox over The X-Factor is over. Sources confirm to Deadline that the two sides have reached a confidential settlement and are moving to have the case dismissed with prejudice. Fuller filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the network and the production company Freemantle Media over The X-Factor just before it was set to debut in America. The July 20, 2011 complaint claimed that Fox and Fremantle went back… Read