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Oscars 2018: With AFI Fest Closing This Week Which Movies Out Of The Fall Festivals Still Have Academy Mojo?

AFI Fest closes this week, marking the end of the Fall Festival season that began with a bang with the August/September triple-feature that is Venice, Telluride and Toronto, at which the vast majority of major Oscar hopefuls were unveiled. Which is not to say there weren't a few films from the first eight months of the year still in the mix; like the box office and critical smashes Black Panther and A Quiet Place, or at Cannes, where Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman looked… Read

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Ennio Morricone Slams Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood And The US – Or Does He?

UPDATE: Ennio Morricone has issued a statement claiming that they got it all wrong in the Playboy Germany interview. He has issued the following statement: “It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy. I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films — and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I… Read

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Producer’s Guild Co-Presidents: No Turning Back From #MeToo – Produced By NY

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Producers Guild of America co-presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher opened the Guild's "Produced By: New York" conference with a chat that covered the shifting role of pitching and selling product today—a role that seems to be changing faster than the time it takes to log into Netflix. While much of the hour-long panel was devoted to how streaming services have disrupted traditional models for both television and film, the other great disruption—#MeToo—was addressed by… Read

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‘SNL’ Weekend Update: Pete Davidson In Top Form, Zings Politicians – But Not Ariana Grande

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SNL’s Weekend Update brought out Pete Davidson for some hot takes on some of the candidates that are on the ballot for Tuesday’s midterm elections. Davidson was in fine form, zinging Greg Pence, Andrew Cuomo and others for their resemblance to certain body parts and situational embarrassments. Even Davidson had a hard time not laughing during the parade of faces. But the real surprise came at the end of the bit, where he broke away from politics and gave a surprisingly… Read

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Friday Ratings: ‘Last Man Standing’ Demo Boosts Fox, But ‘Blue Bloods’ On CBS Continues To Draw

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Fox’s Last Man Standing was the big demo winner in the network’s return from World Series coverage, scoring a 1.1/5 in ratings/share and six million viewers. The bad news is both were down from previous weeks, but still enough to lead the night. The strong beginning at 8 PM saw The Cool Kids (4.23 million viewers and 0.9/4) and Hell's Kitchen (2.61 million and /0.7/3) holding steady, and Fox won the night’s overall demo with an 0.9/4, drawing 4.29 million viewers overall… Read

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New Fox May Reacquire Regional Sports Networks From Disney

With plenty else to chew on during this busy week of earnings, stock volatility and political strife, the media business now enters the weekend with a fresh round of speculation about a key piece of the overall M&A puzzle. The  portfolio of 22 regional sports networks owned by 21st Century Fox must be divested by Disney as a condition of federal regulators’ approval of its $71.3 billion purchase of most of Fox. A CNBC report today, citing anonymous sources, asserted that… Read

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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

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Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke Talks TV, Film Biz At USC Forum

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who oversees film and TV series for the streaming service, isn’t shoveling dirt on broadcast TV. "I don't think that it's on its deathbed," said Salke, speaking today at the Gould School of Law’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, a media summit at USC. "I think it is evolving quickly. But I still believe, knowing the amount of people we were reaching at NBC, that there's a huge audience that still comes." Driving that traffic… Read

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The Steady Rise (And Perfect Timing) Of David Nevins

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In summer 2015, CBS was facing a rare Entertainment President opening when Nina Tassler informed her longtime boss, CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves, of her intention to leave. Moonves reached out to one of the star executives within the company, then-Showtime president David Nevins, who was not interested. Instead, Nevins leveraged his position to sign a new contract that made him CEO of Showtime. He sensed the upside potential at the pay cable network, one of the biggest profit… Read

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Broadway League Report Finds Audience Getting Younger, With More Kids And Teens Attending Shows

Broadway used to be the province of the blue hairs. But lately, the blue hairs attending shows are as likely to be kids and teens as they are the ladies who lunch. The Broadway League's annual demographics report, The Demographics of the Broadway Audience 2017–2018, has been released, comparing current Broadway theater-going habits in New York City to previous seasons. The Broadway League was founded in 1930 and is the national trade association for the industry. From… Read

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Stunt Coordinator Musical Chairs On ‘Five-O’, ‘MacGyver’ & ‘Magnum’ Raises Liability Questions In Wake Of Accidents

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There had been bad blood between Justin Sundquist and Jeff Cadiente before they landed plum stunt coordinating assignments within weeks of each other on two CBS reboots from executive producer Peter Lenkov, the network's most prolific writer-producer. All three men had been involved in a lawsuit stemming from a 2016 accident on Hawaii Five-0 – another CBS reboot Lenkov executive produces – in which Sundquist blamed Cadiente, the show's stunt coordinator, for a stunt that… Read

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‘Meet The Press’: Ex-CIA Head John Brennan Calls Saudi Leader And Hollywood Player “Authoritarian”

Former Director of the CIA John Brennan today likened Saudi Arabian crown prince and major Hollywood player Mohammed bin Salman (nicknamed MBS) to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking on NBC-TV’s Meet The Press, Brennan – a one-time station chief in Saudi Arabia for the CIA –  was responding to a question from show host Chuck Todd, who asked whether “you put MBS in the same column as Putin and Kim Jong Un?” Brennan responded, “I would put… Read