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Jerry Levin Q&A: Ex-Time Warner Chief Decries Fox Mega-Merger And Lack Of Creative Guts And Corporate Vision

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As we watch Rupert Murdoch attempt a colossal Time Warner takeover, who better to evaluate its merit than Jerry Levin. He steered Time Warner as chairman/CEO for many years, adding Ted Turner and AOL along the way. A retired philanthropist and chairman of StartUp Health, Levin is still paying attention and is therefore better suited than most to explain the complexities of Murdoch’s ambitious plan and its far reaching impact. He was gracious with his time and wasn’t interested in sugarcoating, so buckle up. Deadline: Rupert Murdoch sees a match in Fox and Time Warner. All I see is a […] »


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Intl Box Office: Russia Leads Space Race With $3.2M Open For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’; Day 1 Overseas Cume At $11M

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With $11.2M in domestic late nights, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy bested the studios’ own start for Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year. And it was a similar story abroad where the James Gunn-directed space chase earned $11M across its first day on Thursday. In total this weekend, Gotg hits about 40 markets. Among the openings yesterday were the UK, Russia, Korea, and Brazil. Those are key markets which were among the top consumers of Cap 2, and that’s one of the movies that Disney is using as a key comp today when it points to the strong […] »


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Box Office Late Nights: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Highest Of 2014 With $11.2M; ‘Get On Up’ $371K

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Updated, Friday, 7:46 Am: The Star Lord has arrived — I’m speaking not of the industry’s new superstar Chris Pratt, but of writer/director James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy has rocketed in late nights soaring to $11.2M which is north of Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Thursday’s for Disney/Marvel — and for the rest of the industry which is laying hopes that the summer offering will boost box office out of its slump. It started its late nights at 7 p.m in roughly 80% to 85% of its total weekend runs or 3,260 to 3,400 locales. The Captain went […] »


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London Drama ‘A Hundred Streets’ Rolls With Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton; Jim O’Hanlon Now Helming

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Idris Elba boarded UK indie feature One Square Mile as a producer in June 2013, but at the time it was unclear if he would star as well. A little more than a year later, the movie has undergone a title change to A Hundred Streets, found a new director, firmed its cast, and is beginning production. Elba is starring alongside Gemma Arterton in the drama about four people with extraordinary stories that are all lived out within a square mile in contemporary London. Michael Caton-Jones was due to helm the film, but has left for another project. Stepping in […] »


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‘Preppie Connection’ Hooks Huffman, Evers-Swindell On ‘Wrong Side Of Right’

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Joe Castelo‘s ’80s private school drug ring film The Preppie Connection has accepted actor Logan Huffman into its click.  Huffman will play Ellis Tynes, one of the wealthiest men at the school who is dating popular girl Alexis Hayes (Lucy Fry).  Huffman instagrammed this photo. At first Ellis looks at Toby Hammel (Thomas Mann) with disdain, but soon takes to him after learning that the lower class scholar is a drug dealer. After learning that Alexis is falling for Toby, Ellis sets out to sabotage a big drug deal that is going down. Huffman’s credits include We Gotta Get Out Of This […] »


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Heeding The Call: 20.9 Million Catch ‘Call Of Duty’ YouTube Trailer To Top Q2 Charts

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With some Frank Underwood-esque delivery help from a virtualized Kevin Spacey, the “reveal” trailer for the next installment of Activision Blizzard’s behemoth game franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, easily topped YouTube’s charts of the second quarter’s most-watched trailers. Cod’s 20.9 million views were nearly 3 million more than the No.2 trailer, for X-Men:Days of Future Past, and two to three times the views of No. 3, the game Mortal Kombat X, and No. 4, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Though it’s difficult to be definitive, the trailer’s massive audience, accrued between its May 1 debut and the end of the quarter on June 30, suggests Activision will have yet […] »


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David Singh Joining 20th Century Fox After Leaving Sony Marketing

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Exclusive: David Singh, who has worked in creative advertising at both Disney and most recently at Sony Pictures Entertainment, is going to 20th Century Fox after leaving Sony two weeks ago. He is expected to be named exec vp of creative advertising working under Marc Weinstock, head of domestic marketing. He had served at Sony for three years working on a number of campaigns and left on his own volition. He previously worked at Disney for 10 years.  Singh will work alongside Arnaldo D’Alfonso, executive vice president and creative director. Weinstock and Singh worked together at Sony and D’Alfonso and […] »


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Update: Javier Bardem Also Clarifies Gaza “Genocide” Stand: “We Detest Anti-Semitism”

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Update, Thursday 3:34 Pm Pt: Following a statement yesterday by his wife Penelope Cruz, Oscar winner Javier Bardem has weighed in with his own clarification of an open letter to which both were signatories earlier this week regarding the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Bardem says his signature on the controversial letter accusing the Israeli military of “genocide”  ”was solely meant as a plea for peace. Destruction and hatred only generate more hatred and destruction.” The letter the couple signed, along with director Pedro Almodovar and other luminaries of the Spanish industry, has made headlines, and in some cases elicited harsh criticism of […] »


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Specialty B.O. Office Preview: ‘Calvary’, ‘Rich Hill’, ‘Child Of God’, ‘The Strange Little Cat’

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Fox Searchlight has had two great box office wins with this year’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Belle, though some challenge with I Origins. Calvary from John Michael McDonagh with Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd will be the distributor’s next title opening this weekend in a summer season that has heated up in recent weeks among Specialties with films like Boyhood. Sundance documentary winner Rich Hill will also join this weekend’s newcomers with a New York bow via The Orchard, while writer-director-star James Franco‘s Child Of God will open in 10 locations courtesy of Well Go USA. KimStim will open German […] »


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Saban Films Continues Ramp-Up With Exec Hires

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Saban Films launched just before Cannes in May and made a statement by acquiring Tommy Lee Jones’ Competition title The Homsesman, which it will release in the U.S. via Roadside Attractions. It was the first glitzy step in a plan to release 8-10 commercial, talent-driven features per year via a distribution partner. Now it has more help under the division’s president Bill Bromiley: Jonathan Saba has been tapped as VP Marketing and Azniv Taschyan as VP Finance. Saba most recently helped launch the distribution division of the Criterion Collection at Anchor Bay and Image Entertainment. He oversaw the managerial, administrative and […] »


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Universal’s Snow White Prequel ‘Huntsman’ Targets April 2016 Release

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The Huntsman, Universal‘s Snow White And The Huntsman prequel, is getting an April 22, 2016 release date. That means a later release for the studio’s The Mummy, which originally had that date but is moving to June 26 of that year. Both projects have been making news. Frank Darabont last month came aboard to direct Huntsman, a prequel that reveals how the fates of two characters — The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna — intersected before they met Snow White. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are back for those roles, and Darabont has written the most recent draft of the script that […] »


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Hot Trailer: Michael Keaton Takes Wing In Venice Film Festival Opener ‘Birdman’

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Below is the international trailer for Fox Searchlight’s Birdman. The Alejandro González Iñárritu-helmed black comedy is world premiering as the Venice Film Festival opener in competition on August 27. Michael Keaton leads an ensemble cast that includes Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan and Andrea Riseborough. Keaton plays an actor, famous for having portrayed an iconic superhero, who struggles to mount a Broadway play. Venice chief Alberto Barbera told me last week that he was excited for the film, which he says marks a departure for the helmer of Babel, 21 Grams and Biutiful. “It’s inventive […] »


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Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Gets November 7 Release Date

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We’ll see what Jon Stewart‘s hiatus from The Daily Show was all about on November 7, when Open Road Films kicks off its platform rollout of his feature directorial debut Rosewater. Open Road acquired U.S. rights in May to the pic after it was show to select buyers in Cannes. The pic is adaptation of the Maziar Bahari book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Stewart wrote the script and took a summer break from his Comedy Central show to direct it. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Bahari. The plan unveiled today comes […] »


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‘Doctor Who’ Blasting Off Season Premiere With Chris Hardwick, Theatrical Screenings

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For the Saturday, Aug. 23 season launch of Doctor WhoBBC America is pulling out all the stops with a slew of televised and theatrical events.  It’s all a part of celebrating actor Peter Capaldi’s first season as the mysterious, time-travelling Doctor. Similar to his respective Walking Dead and Breaking Bad fan/guest chat shows, Talking Dead and Talking Bad, Chris Hardwick will host Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show at 7:30 Pm Et prior to the 8Pm Et premiere and Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11:00 Pm Et following the first episode of BBC America’s new Mira Sorvino series Intruders. The pre-show and post-show will feature an array of […] »


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‘Blurred Lines’ Stunner Emily Ratajkowski Lands Lead Opposite Zac Efron In ‘We Are Your Friends’

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Exclusive: Emily Ratajkowski, the model who parlayed a risque appearance in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video into a GQ cover stamping her the next big thing, and a lead role opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, will star alongside Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends, a film that will be directed by Max Joseph, co-star of MTV’s Catfish series. Joseph makes his directing debut on a script he wrote with Meaghan Oppenheimer from a story by Richard Silverman. Working Title Films partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Studio Canal is financing, and […] »


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Sony Promotes Mike Pavlic To Run Worldwide Creative Advertising

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Update, 10:24 Am Pt: Here’s the deal on Mike Pavlic, who takes that top post as president of Worldwide Creative Advertising, the one beloved vet Tommy Gargotta relinquished yesterday. Pavlic had been Evp Creative Advertising, and he will report to Dwight Caines, President of Domestic Theatrical Marketing for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Pavlic will oversee domestic and global creative advertising team in all films released under the Sony umbrella. “Mike is a talented and passionate creative executive whose instincts are as strong as his commitment to great work,” said Caines. “I am thrilled that he will be mentoring and leading […] »


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Dimension Films Getting ‘Demonic’ In December

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Dimension Films said it will release the supernatural thriller Demonic on December 12. Maria Bello and Frank Grillo star in the pic based on an original idea by Saw and Insidious co-creator James Wan, who’s becoming a go-to guy in the genre and most recently directed Fast & Furious 7 for Universal. Wan and Lee Clay are producing and Will Canon directed. Pic centers on the aftermath of a massacre where five college students/amateur ghost-hunters were murdered inside an abandoned home and a pair of detectives try to figure out what went down. »


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Manga ‘Soul Reviver’ To Get New Life As Live-Action Film From Zwick & Herskovitz

31 July 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are partnering with Fields Corporation and All Nippon Entertainment Works on a live-action English-language adaptation of Japanese manga Soul ReViver. The supernatural action series was originally created in 2012 by Tohru Fujisawa and Manabu Akishige and has featured in Hero’s, a monthly Japanese comic magazine. The story centers on Jin and Clara, two soul revivers who have the ability to move between the worlds of the living and the dead and to bring certain people back whose mission on Earth was not complete at the time of their demise. There are currently four editions of […] »


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Hot Trailer: Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’

31 July 2014 9:55 AM, PDT

Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine star in Disney‘s adaptation of James Lapine’s Broadway musical Into The Woods. It follows the classic tales s of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall directs the pic that bows on December 25. Check out the first trailer that dropped this morning: »


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Paramount Decides Having Michael Bay Stick Around Is A Good Idea

31 July 2014 9:08 AM, PDT

Tentpole director-producer Michael Bay has extended and expanded his first-look agreement with Paramount Pictures. The new deal, just announced, extends the current agreement with Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes for an additional three years, and also expands it to cover Bay Films. The pact begins immediately. This seems like a no-brainer for the studio: Bay’s pics have made more than $6 billion at the global box office, and his hits for Paramount include the Transformers series, the latest of which, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, is at $966.4 million worldwide since its release a month ago. In all, the four pics have […] »


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