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London — U.K. network ITV has ruled out a bid for the TV division of The Weinstein Co., according to a report in Broadcast magazine.
It had previously been reported by several outlets that the U.K. commercial channel was lining up an offer of $970 million for TWC’s TV arm.
ITV has been on a buying spree in the U.S. and Europe over the past five years, acquiring major stakes in producers of both scripted and unscripted shows. In 2013, for example, ITV took a controlling stake in Thinkfactory Media, the U.S. producer of reality, entertainment and drama shows, including the Emmy award-winning “Hatfields & McCoys,” and “Texas Rising,” which premiered Monday on History.
TWC has ramped up its TV activity in the past few years both in the scripted and unscripted arenas. The company’s roster includes Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” VH1’s “Mob Wives,” National Geographic TV »
- Leo Barraclough
God comes to Broadway this month in the form of Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who will portray the Almighty in the new comedy An Act of God. But he’s not the first to portray the man upstairs. Here’s a history of Gods in movies, TV, and theater.Rex Ingram, The Green Pastures, 1936 Ingram starred as “De Lawd” in this adaptation of several Biblical stories, which featured an all-black cast. Charlton Heston (voice), The Ten Commandments, 1956 Heston wasn’t just Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s classic. He also provided God’s booming voice. John Huston (voice), The Bible, 1966 Along with directing and playing Noah, Huston handled voice-over duties for the Almighty. Jeff Chandler, Elizabeth I, 1972This Broadway show told the story of Elizabethan performers trying to mount a play about their queen. Among other characters, Chandler played an actor playing God. Stephen Elliott, The Creation of »
- Adam K. Raymond
John Compton, who appeared in the classic 1945 melodrama Mildred Pierce and then starred in a Jack Webb-produced TV crime series, The D.A.’s Man, has died. He was 91. Compton died May 12 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his niece, Susan Long, told The Hollywood Reporter. Compton also had small roles in such prominent pictures as Pride of the Marines (1945), starring John Garfield; San Antonio (1945), with Errol Flynn; Night and Day (1946), starring Cary Grant; and The Ten Commandments (1956), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. He appeared opposite Jane
- Mike Barnes
Avengers: Age of Ultron has been in cinemas across the globe for close to two weeks, and now that the dust has settled – and everybody has seen it at least twice (or three or four times) – it’s time to cast an eye on the future with regards to the upcoming sequel.
Avengers: Infinity War has been confirmed for a 2018 release, of course, and will find itself split – in that annoying Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games way – into two parts, the second of which will make its way into theatres in 2019. Unlike those book adaptations, though, Marvel are free to do as they wish, which bodes well for a two-parter.
Age of Ultron was met with mostly positive reviews, of course, but it wasn’t perfect. There were a lot of things about Joss Whedon’s sequel picture that could have been improved; whilst some aspects from the original movie were noticeably better, »
- Sam Hill
Tis I, Jason from Mnpp, here, with another week's new edition of our "Beauty vs Beast" series. So over the next several days The Film Experience is going to be diving into the cinematic realm of Artificial Intelligence (known as "A.I." to people in a hurry and Haley Joel Osment fans), and to get the ball rolling I figured we'd make ourselves like science-fiction and hop in the way-back machine to the year 1927, when a little chap who went by the name Friedrich Christian Anton Lang, known to his friends as Fritz, made a little movie called Metropolis. In case you don't know the story, it goes like this: Boy meets Girl, Girl Gets Clones Into Evil Robot, Dystopian Nightmare Explodes, and a Kiss, The End. Somewhere in there dancing happens, and it is crazy awesome.
But thanks to a ferocious performance from actress Brigitte Helm you really couldn't get »
On a sluggish Sunday night for the Big Four, NBC’s “A.D. The Bible Continues” stood as the night’s top broadcast show in the demos despite losing about one fourth of its premiere-night audience, while the net’s “American Odyssey” slid as well. CBS won the night thanks to the conclusion of golf’s The Masters.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “A.D. The Bible Continues” averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall — down 26% in the demo from last week’s Easter night premiere (2.3) and likely impacted by the return of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Its History miniseries predecessor “The Bible” also dropped off in its second part, but that remained its lowest night.
Despite the declines, “A.D. The Bible Continues” was Sunday’s top broadcast entertainment series in 18-49 and was 55% higher in the demo and 65% higher in total viewers than the »
- Rick Kissell
One week after AMC’s “The Walking Dead” ended its season, the Final Four college basketball contest between Wisconsin and undefeated Kentucky towered over all other programs in the weekly rankings.
The Badgers’ upset victory over the Wildcats on Saturday night averaged a big 5.8 rating/19 share in adults 18-49 and 16.8 million viewers on TBS. But if you include the simulcasts on both TNT and truTV, the Turner networks combined to do a 7.3/23 in the demo and drew 22.63 million viewers overall — the largest audience for the round in 23 years.
That made it especially dominant in a holiday frame that saw reduced ratings for several shows later in the week. CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” for example, returned Thursday after a two-week hiatus to easily its lowest scores of the season. It wasn’t alone, though, as ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” also hit lows on the night.
Last week »
- Rick Kissell
ITV has set its sights on acquiring Weinstein Co.’s TV division.
The U.K. giant is said to be in talks to buy out Weinstein Co.’s television operation for an estimated $300 million. ITV declined comment, while Weinstein Co. reps could not immediately be reached for comment.
If completed, the deal would include incentive- and performance-based payments over time that could greatly increase the value of the deal to Weinstein Co. It is expected that the company would continue to run autonomously under the direction of TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and other execs.
ITV has been scooping up independent production companies left and right during the past few years as it looks to bolster its assets as a global content provider to complement its network presence in the U.K. Recent purchases at lofty valuations have included John de Mol’s Talpa Media, “Teen Wolf” producer Diga Vision and “Pawn Stars” producer Leftfield Pictures. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sunday, April 5, 2015 ratings — New episodes: Dateline NBC, American Odyssey, Ad: The Bible Continues, 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and Battle Creek. Specials: The Ten Commandments. Reruns: The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, and The Last Man on Earth.
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Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 5, 2015. NBC's "The Bible" sequel "A.D. The Bible Continues" delivered Sunday's best individual ratings, but "The Ten Commandments" still helped ABC score a slim Sunday win in the key demo, while CBS' dramas scored a slim victory overall. Because of the Easter holiday, all of CBS' originals are deemed "specials" within Nielsen semantics, which probably doesn't matter to you, but certainly matters to CBS, since "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife" tied series lows and "Battle Creek" hit a low. In addition to the decent launch for "A.D.," NBC also premiered "American Odyssey," which launched better than such early spring debacles as "The Slap" and "Allegiance," but launched lower than last spring's "Crisis" and suffered a decline at the half-hour. Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.4 rating for Sunday night, edging out NBC's 1.3 rating in the key demographic. CBS »
- Daniel Fienberg
NBC scored a strong start to the smartly scheduled event series “A.D.: The Bible Continues” on Easter Sunday, though coupled with the soft debut of “American Odyssey” and a pair of “Datelines,” the network couldn’t top ABC in the key demo or CBS among total viewers. ABC won among adults 18-49 simply by airing movie “The Ten Commandments,” another timely and topical programming choice. For CBS, originals of “Madam Secretary” and “Battle Creek” dropped double digits, though the episodes were coded as specials due to the holiday. Also Read: ‘A.D.’ Is ‘Game of Thrones’ Meets the Bible, »
- Tony Maglio
NBC scored on Easter Sunday with the premiere of “A.D. The Bible Continues,” which was the night’s top-rated program even if it wasn’t as strong as the 2013 version of “The Bible” on cable network History. It was slower going, though, for the net’s launch of “American Odyssey” in the night’s closing hour.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “A.D. The Bible Continues” averaged a 2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, more than doubling its lead-in from “Dateline” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and also more than doubling the Peacock’s recent average in the Sunday-at-9 hour with specials (1.1). One week after AMC’s “The Walking Dead” wrapped, the NBC newcomer figures to stand as Sunday’s No. 1 program in both 18-49 and 25-54 (3.0/7).
Among all NBC series premieres this season, “A.D.” ties with comedy “Marry Me »
- Rick Kissell
The premiere of NBC’s A.D. The Bible Continues on Sunday drew 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.3 demo rating, topping all broadcast competition in both measures.
That marks the Peacock network’s highest-rated drama debut sans a Voice lead-in since The Cape in January 2011.
RelatedNBC’s American Odyssey: Will You Continue on Odelle’s Journey?
At 10 pm, American Odyssey debuted to 5.4 mil and a 1.2, retaining barely half of its lead-in. TVLine readers gave it an average grade of “B.”
CBS | Madam Secretary (9.1 mil/1.1) fell 21 percent in both measures, tying its series low in the demo. The Good Wife »
Hey, "Revenge" peeps. Yes, it's true guys. We regrettably have to inform you that your favorite show will not be apart of the ABC primetime line up, tonight. It turns out that since it's Easter Sunday, ABC thinks a running of the classic "The Ten Commandments" movie would be a better viewing option. So, that's what's happening. You guys can expect to see the new episode 19 titled, "Exposure," next week, Sunday night, April 12th at 9pm central time, so be sure to jot that date down on your TV calendars. ABC did release the promo/spoiler clip (below) for episode 19, last week, in case you haven't seen it yet. The official plot description for episode 19, reads like this: Emily's Shocking Declaration Threatens Everything She Has Accomplished. Plot description number 2: Emily is going to face a promising future as Amanda Clarke until Victoria uncovers devastating new secrets from her past. »
- Andre Braddox
Hey, "Once Upon A Time" peeps. Yes, it's true guys. We regrettably have to tell you that ABC has other plans in store tonight, and airing your favorite show, isn't one of them. Instead, you'll get an eyeful of the classic "The Ten Commandments" movie since it's Easter Sunday and all. You guys will be treated to the new episode 17 labeled, "Heart Of Gold" next week, Sunday night, April 12th at 7pm central time, so be sure to jot that date down on TV calendars. ABC did release the promo/spoiler clip (below) for episode 17, last week, in case you haven't checked it out yet. The official plot description for episode 17, reads like this: "Emma is going to still be reeling after learning the truth of her parents' history with Maleficent, but she is going to have to focus on finding the Author, who is running loose in Storybrooke, before Gold does. »
The massive success History had with The Bible miniseries in 2013 was a road to Damascus moment in many ways for broadcasters and Hollywood studios. While Mel Gibson had hit big box office with The Passion Of The Christ in 2004, faith-based productions weren’t heavily explored by the industry until Mark Burnett and Roma Downey came along with their series, which was partially inspired by the married couple watching The Ten Commandments together. Despite skeptics and… »
So much of movie magic these days is green screen and CGI — the work of animators and special effects artists. Given the fakery we’ve come to expect, when a movie comes along that pulls off some spectacular visuals on-set without a lot of post-production tweaking, that kind of movie magic makes us take notice. The latest wowing practical stunt: “Furious 7.” The “Fast and Furious” franchise has always made its mark with impressive action sequences done practically. If the seventh installment was trying to top the previous six in that department, it succeeded. This time featuring Dominic Toretto and his team drive skydiving cars out of a plane. To shoot the critical scene, the “Furious 7” stunt team actually dropped real live cars out of an airplane. Aerial cameramen followed the jump, doving with their own parachutes. The cars dropped first from an altitude of 12,000 feet in Colorado mountains, »
- Emily Rome
Debuting appropriately on Easter Sunday on NBC, the latest Bible-based epic from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will face a very busy April 5 with the return of Mad Men on AMC, the debut of Wolf Hall on PBS and the premiere of its own lead-out American Odyssey, and of course ABC’s annual broadcast of The Ten Commandments among others. But, as my video review above says, the 12-part A.D. The Bible Continues is a sophisticated and layered series that can more than hold its… »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Those of us of a certain age will recall that, while kooky religious cults have always been part of the American experience, in the mid-to-late 1970s there seemed to go through a boom period. Seemingly every week a new fringe fad movement would emerge, many of which were steeped in inexplicable psycho-babble about helping adherents "find oneself" and enrich their "inner beings". During this period I was approached in a Jersey City bowling alley, of all places, by a card-carrying member of one such cult/religion, the name of which I have happily forgotten. Upon being asked to sign up for the movement, I decided to conduct a bit of an experiment to prove a point to my girlfriend (now wife): that the gullible people associated with these groups are just vulnerable souls who can be easily manipulated by virtually any person possessed with a modicum of self-assurance, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Is Hollywood making room for Jesus? Everyone at Monday night’s Los Angeles premiere of Pure Flix’s “Do You Believe?” at the ArcLight seemed to hope so.
Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Big Valley”), who plays J.D. in the theological film, thinks the incredible success of Pure Flix’s last film forecasts more religious projects. “There’s a hunger and a thirst for this kind of film in Middle America, as ‘God’s Not Dead’ proved with a million-dollar budget (from which) it made $62 million. I think Hollywood is going to look at (the topic) more closely, and I don’t know why they don’t do more,” Majors reasoned.
Cybill Shepherd, who plays Teri in the film, echoed Majors’ pro-faith sentiments. “In old-time Hollywood, they used to do faith-based movies all the time,” Shepherd said. “’The Ten Commandments’ was the first movie my parents took me to. »
- Marianne Zumberge
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