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Hulu Picks Up WWII Drama ‘Das Boot’ For U.S.

World War II drama series Das Boot, co-produced by Bavaria Fiction, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment, has been sold to more than 100 territories worldwide. Hulu has picked up rights for the U.S. The series will premiere in Sky territories Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK and Ireland beginning November 23 and Italy in December. Territories sold to date include StarzPlay in France; AMC in Spain and Portugal; Epix/Viasat in Russia, Central & Eastern Europe; DI and MA… Read

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‘Lizzie,’ ‘Science Fair’ & ‘Museo’ Surface in Pool of Numerous Newcomers; ‘The Wife’ Dutiful in Expansion: Specialty Box Office

The weekend was packed full of specialty roll outs, and audiences appear to have divided their dollars, though a few titles grabbed their share. Chloë Sevigny's Lizzie went to four theaters, grossing just under $49K with a $12,473 average. On its heels was National Geographic Documentary Film doc Science Fair, with an exclusive showing at $12,250, but Vitagraph's Museo with Gael Garcí Bernal topped out at $17,500 from one location reporting numbers. On the opposite end… Read

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Jack Ma Confirms Alibaba Exit: “I Still Have Lots Of Dreams To Pursue”

Jack Ma has formally confirmed his retirement from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., detailing plans on passing control to CEO Daniel Zhang in 2019. Ma, Asia’s richest man, plans to exit on his 55th birthday next year, but will remain on the Alibaba board until 2020. He plans to focus on philanthropy and education, he said in a statement. He also mentioned unspecified “new dreams” in his statement, which leaves open the door for a potential expansion into Hollywood or… Read

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Roadside Attractions Takes ‘The Last Full Measure’ Starring Sebastian Stan – Toronto

Roadside Attractions is planning a wide 2019 theatrical release for Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights on the Vietnam drama that stars Avengers: Infinity War‘s Sebastian Stan along with Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Peter Fonda, Diane Ladd, Amy Madigan, Jeremy Irvine and Bradley Whitford. The film recounts an untold story about the heroism of American soldiers in Vietnam. Irvine plays William… Read

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Friday Ratings: A Three-Way Tie, But Adjustments For NFL Games May Determine Winners

It was a night of close races in the preliminary tallies of the Friday ratings wars, as real-life ruled. As of Saturday morning, the overall network rating/share race for the night is a three-way tie between NBC, ABC, and CBS, all with matching scores of 0.6/3 on the judging card. NBC currently has the total viewership win with 3.25 million. However, pre-season NFL games took over some key slots in big cities, so check back on Monday afternoon for the final ratings… Read

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CTV Adds ‘The Conners’ To Its Tuesday Night Lineup

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CTV has acquired the new Roseanne spinoff comedy The Connors, which will anchor its Tuesday night lineup. The Conners will air on CTV at 8 PM ET/9 PM MT. "Were excited to deliver this exceptional spin-off to Canadians who made an appointment with the Conners family in record numbers earlier this year," said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. "We're confident this timely addition to the Tuesday night lineup will once again anchor a big comedy… Read

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YouTube Targets International Markets With Local Language Original Programs

YouTube will target Germany, Japan, Mexico, France and India with scripted series and other original programming in hopes of bolstering its paid subscription service. The move puts YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc., into competition with Netflix and Amazon, both also investing in local language programming for online audiences. Programming under consideration includes reality series, music documentaries, talk shows and scripted series, said Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global… Read

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Spectrum Cable, Internet And Phone Service May Be Booted From New York

New York’s public service commission is trying to remove Spectrum, the state’s largest TV and Internet service provider, because it allegedly reneged on commitments and has failed to properly serve customers. The state commission has given Charter Communications, the owners of Spectrum, 60 days to come up with an exit plan while the state seeks a new service provider. The state also fined the company $3 million and said it must provide uninterrupted service during the… Read

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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

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Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011. Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday… Read

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Netflix India Petitioned To Delete Content From ‘Sacred Games’ Series

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Netflix is being taken to court in India and asked to delete certain “offensive scenes” and remarks about former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in its original series, Sacred Games. The Delhi High court is studying a petition filed by Nikhil Bhalla against Netflix, which is producing Sacred Games as its first Indian original series. Bhalla is a member of the opposition Congress party, which Gandhi led until his assassination in 1991. Sacred Games is set in Mumbai and… Read

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Blockbuster Video’s Last Two Alaska Stores To Close, Leaving A Lone Oregon Outlet

And then there was one. Blockbuster Video, once a ubiquitous part of America’s landscape and leisure time, is down to one Oregon location after it was announced today that its two remaining Alaska stores are closing. The final Blockbuster video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks are closing their rental business on Monday, July 16, but will reopen on Tuesday through the end of August to sell-off their inventory. That leaves a lone Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon as the last… Read

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Univision Vs. Dish Networks Carriage Dispute Escalates, As Univision Goes Dark

Univision has gone dark on three channels programmed for the DishLatino and Dish networks, a new escalation in the ongoing carriage dispute with the satellite and Internet provider. Univision and UniMás (including local affiliates) and Galavisión were the three channels affected. Univision has also blocked Sling customers from accessing all of its channels on the service. "Univision's attempted price hikes target Hispanics despite the fact that fewer members of our… Read