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Update: Intl Box Office: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Awakens To $31.1M Overseas; ‘Transformers’ Adds $102M; More

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Update, 2:10 Pm Pt: With the World Cup winding down tonight, next week will see Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes expand significantly to key markets where attention has been largely focused on football in the past month. In the meantime, the Top 10 studio titles this frame were down 1% on last weekend and 10% versus the same frame in 2013. Playing atop the international box office last year was Despicable Me 2 with an added $55.5M in its 4th frame. Pacific Rim debuted internationally with $53M and Monsters University was in its 4th […] »


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TCA: Katherine Heigl On NBC’s ‘State of Affairs’ And State Of Her Career

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Katherine Heigl’s appearance at Summer TV Press Tour 2014, to discuss her return to series TV, was as dramatic as you’d expect. The hall was packed with media to hear Heigl talk about her new NBC series State of Affairs, in which she plays a CIA analyst who presents the U.S. President’s daily briefing on security issues facing the country. Heigl, you’ll remember, is the actress who became a major star on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, then left that series to focus on her film career  — but only after alienating some on Grey’s for, among other incidents, telling the media she had […] »


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Specialty B.O.: ‘Boyhood’ Spectacular Bow While ‘Begin Again’ Strong In Expansion

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Boyhood bowed spectacularly this weekend, piling audiences into five theaters for the initial run of Richard Linklater‘s tour de force that was 12 years in the making. As we mentioned earlier this morning, the IFC Films title is coming in with a $360 – 385K weekend estimate for a stratospheric $72K to 77K PTA, depending on how the dust settles Sunday. Friday and Saturday numbers were buoyed by Q&As in both New York and La, but none are scheduled today. IFC Films was actually conservative reporting their numbers Sunday morning, with an initial $359K gross ($71,800 PTA) though others tracking […] »


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Bart & Fleming: On PC Apologies, O&A, Kim Jong-Un, And Melissa McCarthy

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Bart: Has there ever been a moment when there were more mixed messages out there about political correctness? Films like Tammy or 22 Jump Street all but burst with in-correctitude, yet the moment a celebrity or politician utters anything remotely off-color, the cadre of ‘crisis managers’ materializes with their ritual apologies. I don’t need Pharrell Williams’ ‘regrets.’ Permanently pre-pubescent Justin Bieber spends more time apologizing than performing. There’s […] »


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Box Office: 20th Century Fox First To Cross $1Billion Domestically

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Fox just announced that it was the first studio to cross the billion dollar mark at the box office this year with a total tally of $1.015B, thanks to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pushing it past that threshold this weekend with what is expected to be a $73M to $74M three-day. The tally, according to the studio, does not including Fox Searchlight. It does include, however, one of the biggest hits of the summer (and the year) — X-Men: Days of Future Past which has grossed a total of $229M+ since opening May 23 with a $90M […] »


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‘Boyhood’ The Big Man With Year’s Second-Best Specialty Box-Office Debut

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IFC FilmsBoyhood had momentum and expectations building as it headed into its opening weekend after a tremendous run of festival awards and word-of-mouth screenings. Opening in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, it proved to be a very big boy indeed, with one of the year’s biggest box-office debuts among Specialty releases, second behind only Searchlight’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opened March 7 with a nearly $203K PTA in four theaters. Boyhood, directed and written by Richard Linklater and filmed over 12 years as its star Ellar Coltrane grew up, grossed $360K to $385K for a spectacular per-theater average […] »


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Comic-Con 2014 Film Schedule: Paramount, Legendary, TWC Attending

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Comic-Con has announced its film schedule in full. Here are a few events we think you should get in line for. Check back for updates. Wednesday, July 23 10 Pm, Gaslamp Theater Screening of Warner Bros. Into the Storm Thursday, July 24 11:30 Am – 1 Pm, Hall H DreamWorks Animations Penguins of MadagascarBenedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, directors Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell Home: director Tim Johnson 12:30-1:30 Pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Sony Pictures GoosebumpsJack Black, director Rob Letterman Pixels:  director Chris Columbus 1:30-2:30 Pm, Hall H Weinstein Co.: Walden Media The Giver: Jeff BridgesBrenton ThwaitesOdeya Rush, director Phillip […] »


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Box Office: Monkey Business Is Big Business As ‘Apes’ Swings In With $73M To $74M Weekend

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8th Update, Sunday, 7:30 Am: Fantastic debut for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which, by all accounts this Am, grabbed another $25.78M last night and could land anywhere between $73M and $74M+, depending on the percentage drop that Sunday moviegoing brings. If it drops only 20% today, it will hit $74.2M but if it drops 25% it will be around $72.85M. That’s the math behind the determination. It’ll likely fall somewhere in between. By the way, although it didn’t have IMAX, about 8% of the gross (or $5.8M) was generated by large format screens with 36% generated by […] »


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(Non) Shocker! SAG-aftra Board Approves New Contract

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As expected, the national board of SAG-AFTRA voted overwhelmingly tonight to approve the terms of a new three-year film and TV contract. It now will go to the union’s 165,000 members for final ratification. The new contract had been unanimously recommended to the board by the union’s negotiating committee, which included SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard and National Executive Director David White. The board tonight voted 90% to 10% to approve the new contract, which achieved the major goal of the union going into the talks: the unification of its two separate television contracts. Related: Guild Official: Merging SAG And AFTRA […] »


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Update: Tracy Morgan Released From Rehab Center, Suing Wal-Mart Over Crash

12 July 2014 12:26 PM, PDT

9th Update, 12:26 Pm: Morgan’s publicist released the following statement this afternoon, “Tracy has been released from the rehabilitation center and will continue his recovery efforts at home with an aggressive outpatient program.  He asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point.  He would also appreciate some privacy during this crucial point in his recovery. In regards to the reports of a lawsuit, I can confirm that Tracy, along with the other victims of this horrific accident, have filed suit.” 8th Update, July 11: Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart over the June 7 crash in […] »


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Mike Nichols: It Took Me 50 Years To Figure Out That ‘The Graduate’ Is ‘Phedre’

11 July 2014 7:42 PM, PDT

Broadway‘s John Golden Theatre was Sro Friday evening with invited guests and fans who’d scored tickets through a lottery to hear directors Mike Nichols and Jack O’Brien talk movies — specifically Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967), Nichols’ freshman and sophomore efforts following an extraordinary run of Broadway hits that included Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The Park and The Odd Couple. The first film earned him an Oscar nomination for best director; with the second film, he took home the statuette. The conversation, which was being filmed for HBO, began a day earlier, in private, and covered his […] »


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After 21 Years, Natalie Portman And Aleen Keshishian Change Rep Relationship

11 July 2014 5:17 PM, PDT

One of the longest running talent-rep relationships in Hollywood has come to a climax. As Natalie Portman transitions to a move to Paris, she and Brillstein Entertainment partner Aleen Keshishian will be parting ways, sort of. Portman is relocating to be with husband Benjamin Millepied. A dancer she met while making Black Swan, Millepied is taking the job as director of the Paris Opera Ballet. Portman, who just made her directorial debut on the Hebrew-language adaptation of the Amos Oz novel A Tale Of Love And Darkness, will still star in some films. But she intends to make the most […] »


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‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ Uploads YouTuber Anna Akana

11 July 2014 5:14 PM, PDT

Exclusive: YouTube host and actress Anna Akana is the latest online personality to jump to the big screen. She’s joined Sally Field and New Girl‘s Max Greenfield in the cast of Haven Entertainment and Red Crown’s Hello, My Name Is Doris, the indie comedy directed by Michael Showalter from his script with Laura Terruso. Akana’s the YouTuber behind recent viral videos like the make-up tutorial spoof How To Put On Your Face, which has garnered 1.4M views in less than a month. (Watch it below.) She’s a prolific online creator whose channel boasts 60 million views and 900,000 subscribers, and […] »


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Relativity Nabs Sci-Fi Spec From ‘Cliffhanger’ Scribe Joe Gazzam

11 July 2014 4:36 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Relativity has optioned an untitled sci-fi-tinged spec for development from screenwriter Joe Gazzam. It’s the latest score for Gazzam, who sold action-thriller Shadow Run to Sony in February and won the coveted gig writing Cliffhanger for Neal Moritz and StudioCanal in May. I’m hearing the sale came out of a competitive situation and closed this week. The log line is being kept under wraps but project is described as a Man On Fire-type story of a father and son, with a science fiction element. Producers are Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, and Ahmet Zappa along with Devon Schiff. Gazzam is […] »


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‘Harry Potter’ Actor Found Dead In Death Valley

11 July 2014 3:21 PM, PDT

Harry Potter actor and mixed martial artist Dave Legeno died this week in California’s Death Valley in a suspected heat-related incident, according to a report from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department. He was 50. The British thesp/athlete had starred as werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2 and played Broch in Snow White And The Huntsman. Legeno’s body was found Sunday morning by hikers and airlifted out of a remote section of Death Valley near Zabriskie Point, where temperatures can reach as high as 120 degrees. […] »


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Oscar Watching: The First Sure-Fire Best Picture Nominee Has Just Arrived And It’s Only July – Let The Race Begin

11 July 2014 3:15 PM, PDT

Emmy nominations may only have been released yesterday, and I know it’s still just July, but with the opening of Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood today I am declaring July 11th the new official start of the Oscar season (at least for this year) with a film that I predict will occupy one of those prized Best Picture slots when Academy Award nominations are announced six months from now. It’s a bold statement considering last year’s first of nine eventual Best Picture nominees, Gravity, wasn’t released until October 4th, and generally with few exceptions of late , most of the nominees still come in the Fall season (although […] »


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Update: Herb Allen’s Sun Valley Retreat – Bloomberg Shines; John Kerry Panel Glitch

11 July 2014 2:40 PM, PDT

3Rd Update, Friday, 2:50 Pm: People actually enjoyed the Michael Bloomberg panel today at the Herb Allen Sun Valley conference as the 72-year-old answered questions from journalist Willow Bay, wife of Disney’s Robert Iger. The former mayor of New York whose fight for reasonable gun laws is well-documented, spoke about his philanthropy efforts and giving back to society. Through Bloomberg Philanthropies, the billionaire does just that in the areas of education, the arts, gun issues, governance and public health. He spoke about how dysfunctional the current U.S. system is politically and otherwise to get things done — no doubt as […] »


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Hot Fantasia Trailer: Matthew Gray Gubler & Kat Dennings In ‘Suburban Gothic’

11 July 2014 12:33 PM, PDT

Here’s a taste of what’s going on this month at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest, where over 160 genre features are screening at the annual confab. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been added as a July 29 Fantasia sneak peek joining a line-up of festival genre faves and world premieres, including the debut of horror-comedy Suburban Gothic starring Criminal MindsMatthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings. Richard Bates, Jr., who sold his first feature Excision out of Sundance, directs and co-wrote the pic about Raymond (Gubler), who moves back in with his parents and finds new purpose by putting his ability […] »


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Authentic Adds Pair Of Managers

11 July 2014 11:53 AM, PDT

The West Coast office of Authentic Talent and Literary Management has added a pair of managers to its growing roster. Alissa Feldman joins eight years at Magnolia Entertainment and Jason Egenberg has become a manager after spending the past five years at UTA. Both will work from the company’s Culver City headquarters and brings the number of La-based managers to eight. That includes Anne Woodward, who joined in January and brought in Brie Larson and other clients, and Wme talent agent Sean Elliott, who joined a year ago to spearhead the La office bringing James Marsden, Chris Lilley and others. […] »


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Colin Farrell In Talks For HBO’s ‘True Detective 2′

11 July 2014 10:24 AM, PDT

Since the staggering success of HBO’s limited series True Detective with Emmy nominees Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson,  speculation has been rampant about who might take part in the show’s second season. I can tell you that Colin Farrell is deep in negotiations to play one of what is expected to be three main roles in Season Two. HBO has been mum about cast so far, as rumors have swirled that Jessica Chastain and some others will be one of the other leads. HBO would not confirm any of the potential castings, but I am confident that Farrell will be […] »


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