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With exactly one week to go until the arrival of Star Wars Battlefront launches in North America, EA has revealed the file size of Dice’s licensed title across all three platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Interestingly, the required space varies quite substantially across each system, and though this is nothing unusual for a Aaa title of Battlefront‘s nature, those picking up the shooter on PC might want to clear some space.
@cristianvaca_ Star Wars Battlefront will be a 23Gb download on PS4, 19Gb on Xbox One and 27Gb on Origin.
— EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) November 9, 2015
What remains unclear, though, is whether fans will be able to pre-load Star Wars Battlefront prior to its anticipated debut, while news of a day-one update is surely just around the corner considering the online-centric nature of Dice’s stunningly realistic shooter.
For those who pre-order the game, both EA and Dice have noted »
- Michael Briers
Elizabeth Banks will return to direct Pitch Perfect 3 for Universal Pictures. Banks, who made her directorial debut with this year’s Pitch Perfect 2, will position herself as the Pitch Perfect 3 director, though it’s not known if she will star in the movie as commentator Gail (though the IMDb does list her as returning to that role too). The news of her returning to the director’s chair was confirmed earlier by Variety.
Anna Kendrick, Britanny Snow and Rebel Wilson have been confirmed to return to complete the trilogy. Pitch Perfect 2 also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Adam DeVine, Katey Sagal, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle and Hana Mae Lee, though it is not known if they will return as yet.
The first film in the »
- Paul Heath
Wondering what you’ll watch when The Hunger Games franchise is over? We’ve got some ideas…
As well as sequels, remakes, and comic book adaptations, there’s one kind of movie you can feel fairly sure is going to keep popping up at a cinema near you: young adult adaptations. Stories about teenagers are still doing big business in the book trade, and thanks to Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, Hollywood is convinced of the genre’s appeal, too.
A couple of new franchises have already been kicked off – there’s still at least another Divergent sequel on the way, and another Maze Runner sequel – but what’s more interesting is the list of Ya novels that have been optioned and may soon be taking over the box office. Now, not all of the adaptations on this list will see the light of day, »
Simon Cowell's Judges' Houses will be held at a French palace. The 55-year-old music mogul - who has previously hosted the next stage of 'The X Factor' from his home in Los Angeles and a villa in Marbella - reportedly ordered staff to find a venue ''fit for a king''. A source said: ''Simon's judges' house has often been in the Us or further afield, but logistics meant it was better to stay in Europe this year. ''After Simon told them he wanted a lavish, regal-style castle in France they found a location that seems to be perfect.'' Simon - who is usually joined »
ABC is continuing its affair with Mistresses.
RelatedMistresses Finale: EPs Talk Crazy Killer Reveal, Karen’s Alternate Fate and (Fingers Crossed) Season 4 Plans
After ending Season 3 with a crazy cliffhanger — squirrelly Wilson, dressed in Calista drag, pointed a gun at Joss after she realized he was Luca’s real killer (and also bats–t insane) — the network announced Friday that it has renewed the on-the-bubble soap for a fourth season spanning 14 episodes (one more than its 2015 run).
Mistresses‘ Sept. 3 finale drew 2.7 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating.
PhotosFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 43 Returning Favorites!
Both Fox series will bow internationally within 24 hours of their debut in the U.S. The global launch strategy is increasingly becoming the norm for high-profile U.S. series as studios seek to capitalize on the value of the cascade of social media activity that accompanies the launch of buzzy shows. Fox has the biggest international platform of all the major with more than 300 channels spread across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
“Hollywood is waking up to how instrumental it is to harness the collective voices of outspoken international fans, especially for water-cooler shows like ‘Empire’ and ‘Scream Queens,’ ” said Fox International Channels president Hernan Lopez.
- Cynthia Littleton
Dancing With the Stars has always been filled with some well-known names, some "Oh yeah, him" stars and the "Who?" and season 21 is no different. This year, the ABC reality competition is filled with the likes of Gary Busey, Paula Deen, Bindi Irwin, and the series has also snagged a recent headline sensation—but those headlines didn't come from the tabloids. Alek Skarlatos, one of the three men who subdued Ayoub El Khazzani after he allegedly started firing a weapon on a Paris-bound train, will hit the dance floor this season. He was awarded the Legion of Honor, France's highest honor, after the events on the train. Skarlatos, an Army National Guard Specialist, is just 22. He was in Europe with »
This week isn’t done quite yet, and neither is the steady stream of Star Wars news. After the jump: Star Wars Celebration Europe is already sold out for Saturday Disney Infinity 3.0 developer on bringing Star Wars Rebels characters to life Star Wars Rebels may have finally set a return date Get details on the […]
- Angie Han
London — Global production and distribution giant FremantleMedia has acquired Wildside, a leading Italian television and film production company. Wildside is producing Paolo Sorrentino’s TV drama “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton.
Under the deal, FremantleMedia will have a 62.5% holding with the opportunity to acquire the remaining shareholding in the future.
Based in Rome, the company was founded in 2009 by producers Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani, and script writers and directors Marco Martani, Fausto Brizzi and Saverio Costanzo, following the merger of Wilder and Offside production companies.
Recent TV productions include the Italian version of “In Treatment” and “1992,” both commissioned by pay TV operator Sky. Movies include “Hungry Hearts,” directed by Saverio Costanzo and starring up-and-coming talent Adam Driver, who was recently cast in “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens,” the 2014 European Film Award best comedy winner “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer,” directed by Pif, »
- Leo Barraclough
The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week has unveiled its lineup, comprising ten first works – eight of which world preems – featuring new pics from continental Europe, Turkey, the U.K., Singapore, Australia, China and, for the first time ever at the event, Nepal.
As previously announced, the independently run Venice sidebar will open with a tribute to Scottish multihyphenate Peter Mullan, whose 1998 directorial debut “Orphans” will screen with Mullan (pictured) in tow. It has been selected as the best bow ever from the section dedicated to new directors, celebrating its 30th edition this year.
The seven works competing in the section, which is headed by Italo film critic Francesco Di Pace, are:
“Motherland,” Turkish director Senem Tuzen’s feature debut portraying a modern Turkish woman torn apart by feelings of both love and hatred for her traditional mother (also in Locarno).
“Banat” (“Il Viaggio”) by Italy’s Adriano Valerio, who »
- Nick Vivarelli
London — Cannes-set television market and conference Mipcom will world premiere “The Last Panthers,” a six-hour diamond-heist television drama based on real events. A new trailer has been unveiled.
The show stars Samantha Morton, who was Oscar nominated for “In America” and “Sweet and Lowdown”; John Hurt, who was Oscar nominated for “Midnight Express” and “Elephant Man”; and Tahar Rahim, who won France’s top cinema prize, the Cesar, for “A Prophet.” It also features a breakthrough role for Balkan actor Goran Bogdan (“Broj 55”).
“The Last Panthers” opens with a daring diamond heist bearing all the hallmarks of a gang known as the Pink Panthers. The death of a girl during the raid sets on a collision course a British insurance agent, a French-Algerian cop and a Serbian diamond thief.
The show plunges “the audience into a Europe gripped by new forms of crime and featuring the interplay between traffickers, »
- Leo Barraclough
Supergirl is apparently super at keeping secrets in real life, too: Incoming CBS star Melissa Benoist has reportedly been married to her former "Glee" costar, Blake Jenner, for several months after wedding in an under the radar ceremony.
According to Us Weekly, Benoist and Jenner's marriage was more of an open secret, since Jenner has been sporting a wedding band since April. But the site says that the pair -- who got engaged in 2013 after dating for about a year -- has never openly acknowledged the nuptials, until Benoist spilled the beans while in San Diego to promote "Supergirl" at Comic-Con.
"Benoist was spotted wearing a thin silver band on her ring finger ... over the weekend, and told several people at the annual event that her wedding day had already happened," Us reports. The site continues:
"A source tells Us that Benoist, 26, and Jenner, 22, tied the knot in late March after filming for Supergirl wrapped. »
- Katie Roberts
1,2, Bughuul's coming for you. Last weekend Sinister 2 took over Comic-Con and will continue to spread terror nationwide in theaters on August 21st. Also: an excerpt from Freda Warrington's The Dark Arts of Blood and a trailer for Nerdist Presents: The Hive.
If you were at Comic-Con this weekend you weren’t far from gruesome #SinisterSightings lurking around any corner.
Terrifying twins took over San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter frightening unsuspecting Comic-Con attendees with a slew of sinister projections of homemade inspired kill films starting Thursday, July 9th until Saturday, July 11th from the time the sun went down until well after midnight.
Sinister 2 opens nationwide from Gramercy Pictures on August 21st, 2015.
Story: The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister, »
- Tamika Jones
London — The hostility of the U.K.’s right-wing government toward the BBC, one of the world’s largest broadcasters, was raised a notch Sunday with the invitation to its commercial rivals to critique the publicly-owned network. Meanwhile, the BBC’s senior executives and their allies have started to fight back.
The government signals the start of a rigorous re-evaluation of the way the BBC operates and is funded with the publication this week of draft proposals, known as a Green Paper, that set out how it will go about reviewing the BBC’s operations. The review will culminate in the passing into law of a new 10-year charter for the broadcaster, which will come into force at the beginning of 2017. This charter protects the BBC’s freedom, and imposes on it a requirement to be politically impartial, but also restricts the scope of its operations and defines the way it is funded. »
- Leo Barraclough
[Updated] Miss Universe has been dealt two more blows in the wake of the Donald Trump controversy.
Burke cited NBC’s previous decision to pull the event due to its connection with the real estate mogul-turned-presidential candidate who is currently battling negative reactions to comments he made about immigration.
“In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year’s Miss USA pageant as its co-host,” Burke said in a statement. “Effective today I have withdrawn from my duties with Miss USA. Although I will not be there in person, I wish all of the contestants much luck as I know how »
- Whitney Friedlander
Earlier this week, we learned that Hannibal was canceled after just three seasons. Immediately after the news was made public, creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller sent Twitter into a frenzy with his #SaveHannibal campaign. The horror drama based on the popular movie and novel series revolving around cannibal Hannibal Lecture soon garnered much interest from outside parties looking to pick-up Season 4. Bryan Fuller has now confirmed that talks are happening with Netflix and Amazon to bring the series back. No deals have yet been made, with Bryan Fuller stating the following to Variety.
"I know there have been discussions on a couple of fronts with Netflix and Amazon. But I believe our deal with Amazon precludes a Netflix component so I think Netflix, who has expressed interest and has expressed great enthusiasm for the show... I don't think contractually with our Amazon contract, they can pick up the show. »
Monte Carlo TV Festival, which hosted the inaugural edition of the Content and Multimedia Experience confab in June, is on board to organize a second edition with an expanded scope.
The festival’s CEO Laurent Puons told Variety that his team will likely be introducing workshops to highlight innovation for content creators.
“Next year, we will also be seeing more integration of the series, content, experiences and trends discussed in the Cme featured throughout the festival programming, bringing them to reality for the public (screenings, meet and greets, etc.),” said Puons.
While the first edition wasn’t quite packed, the Cme program nevertheless drew major players such as Jens Richter, FremantleMedia International CEO, and Christophe Riandee, Gaumont’s vice CEO, as well as wide-ranging media industry execs such as Alison Norrington, CEO of Story Central; Rebecca Denton, digital content exec producer; Jody Smith, commissioning editor of Channel 4’s multiplatform and online video; Jeff Pope, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
Sue Sylvester suffered the most crushing setback of her career on Friday’s Glee, but like a majestic phoenix (with hepatitis), she rose from the ashes to claim an even loftier throne.
It all began when a scorned Becky exposed Sue’s hurt locker to the superintendent, thus revealing her many twisted ambitions — her Klaine reunion blueprints seemed even crazier from an outsider’s perspective — and getting her fired from McKinley. This forced the once-great Ms. Sylvester to go where all disgraced lunatics inevitably turn up when they »
London — Europe’s top entertainment business, Rtl Group, kept revenue stable in 2014 at €5.81 billion ($6.42 billion), the company reported Thursday. Ebita was steady too, at €1.15 billion ($1.27 billion), buoyed by a profit hike at its German operations, Mediengruppe Rtl Deutschland.
Higher revenue from Mediengruppe Rtl Deutschland and acquisitions was offset by lower advertising sales in France, the effect of the disposal of the French e-commerce service Mistergooddeal, and lower revenue from its production business FremantleMedia and Ufa Sports.
Mediengruppe Rtl Deutschland scored its best financial result ever, with Ebita up 5% to €650 million ($718 million). This was mainly driven by significantly higher TV advertising revenue in the second half of the year and a growing digital distribution business.
The French net TV advertising market was stable in 2014. The Ebita of French broadcaster Groupe M6 rose slightly to €209 million ($231 million). Dutch broadcaster Rtl Nederland’s Ebita was steady at €103 million ($114 million), while the Ebita of »
- Leo Barraclough
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