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The Disney, Fox Deal Just Set Off a Studio Arms Race

The Disney, Fox Deal Just Set Off a Studio Arms Race
Disney’s $52.4 billion purchase of Fox is sending shockwaves throughout the movie business, with many industry observers believing that the marriage between the two iconic companies could inspire a fresh round of media mergers.

“The word tectonic has been overused to describe many deals, but in this case it applies,” said Hal Vogel, a veteran media analyst. “It’s one of those rare times you can feel the tectonic plates moving.”

The combined companies will have access to a blue-chip list of popular film franchises; their vault will encompass the Simpsons, X-Men, the Avengers, Avatar, Family Guy, Star Wars, Alien, and scores of family entertainment titles. That leaves the likes of Sony and Paramount looking downright scrawny in comparison. It also helps explain why Lionsgate tried to merge with Hasbro earlier this year only to abandon the plan after a dispute arouse over the price.

“These studios are all looking a lot smaller than they used to
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Chicago P.D.'s Sophia Bush Set to Headline Pilot for 20th Century Fox

Chicago P.D.'s Sophia Bush Set to Headline Pilot for 20th Century Fox
Five months after abruptly vacating her starring role on Chicago P.D. adieu, Sophia Bush is set to headline a pilot for 20th Century Fox TV as part of an exclusive talent holding and development deal, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedDick Wolf on Sophia Bush’s Chicago P.D. Departure: ‘She Wanted to Leave’

The eventual project will either be a drama or comedy — Bush previously flexed her comedic muscles on CBS’ short-lived Partners — for the upcoming pilot season. Additionally, she will develop projects on which she will serve as an executive producer.

“Now more than ever, vital female voices need to be heard,
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Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a
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Pilot Error: NBC Passes on 3 Comedies, Including What About Barb?

Pilot Error: NBC Passes on 3 Comedies, Including What About Barb?
NBC has begun thinning the 2017-18 pilot herd.

TVLine has learned that three comedy projects — Bill Lawrence’s Spaced Out, film-to-tv remake What About Barb? and Max Mutchnick’s sibling sitcom Relatively Happy — will not be ordered to series.

Scroll down to refresh your memory about the ill-fated trio (and head here to see what remains in contention):

Spaced Out

Writer: Adam Sztykiel

Other EPs: Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold

Cast: Matt Shively (The Real O’Neals), Christine Woods (Hello Ladies), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Brett Goldstein, Ken Kirby

A single-cam workplace comedy that centers on a working
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Will & Grace Revival Order Increased

Will & Grace Revival Order Increased
Someone buy Karen a few more bottles pallets of vodka: The Will & Grace revival is going to go on longer than originally planned.

NBC has ordered two additional episodes of the NBC comedy’s continuation, our sister site Deadline reports, bringing the total order to 12.

PhotosWill & Grace Cast Reunites On Set: ‘Just Like Riding a Bike’ — See Photos

In January, the Peacock Net ordered 10 new Will & Grace installments, with all four of the series’ Emmy-winning stars — Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes — reprising their roles of Grace, Will, Karen and Jack. Series creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick
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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ to Tear Down ‘The Great Wall,’ Beat ‘Fist Fight’

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ to Tear Down ‘The Great Wall,’ Beat ‘Fist Fight’
Holy, box office champ! “The Lego Batman Movie” is heading for a dominant $41 million at the North American box office this Presidents Day weekend, taking in more than the combined haul of three new entries, early estimates showed Friday.

Action-fantasy “The Great Wall” was heading for $18 million at 3,325 sites for the Friday-Monday period, while high school comedy “Fist Fight” looks likely to finish around $14 million at 3,185 locations. Meanwhile, horror-thriller “A Cure for Wellness” was scaring up a modest $5 million at 2,704 screens.

The second weekend of “Fifty Shades Darker” appeared likely to challenge “The Great Wall” for runner-up as the erotic sequel saw patronage plunge by about 67% from its opening weekend. The follow-up to “John Wick” may also contend for second with a projection of $16 million.

“Lego Batman,” Warner Bros.’ spinoff of 2014’s “The Lego Movie,” is playing at 4,088 sites and will wind up the weekend with more than $103 million in its first 11 days.
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‘Fist Fight’ Director Richie Keen to Helm ‘Partners’ for New Line

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‘Fist Fight’ Director Richie Keen to Helm ‘Partners’ for New Line
Fist Fight” director Richie Keen is set to direct “Partners” for New Line, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. New Line and Keen partnered on “Fist Fight,” which is the director’s first feature film and stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell. It opens in theaters this Friday. “Partners” will follow an Lapd detective who falls for a woman after a one-night stand, but soon learns she is an FBI agent and his new boss on a high-profile case. Also Read: Tracy Morgan to Join Ice Cube, Charlie Day in New Line Comedy
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'Fist Fight' Director to Helm New Line's Action Comedy 'Partners'

'Fist Fight' Director to Helm New Line's Action Comedy 'Partners'
Fist Fight helmer Richie Keen is set to direct New Line's Partners, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The action comedy centers on an Lapd detective who falls for a beautiful woman after a one-night stand but then learns that she is an FBI agent and his new boss on a high-profile case.

Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was originally penned by Evan Turner.

Keen made his directorial debut with the Warner Bros. label's Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell. He previously helmed episodes of Fox's New...
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Tracy Morgan on Filming ‘Fist Fight’ Post-Accident: I Could ‘Start Being Funny Again’

Tracy Morgan on Filming ‘Fist Fight’ Post-Accident: I Could ‘Start Being Funny Again’
Tracy Morgan was in a reflective mood Monday at the world premiere for New Line’s comedy “Fist Fight” at the Village Theatre.

Fist Fight” was shot in late 2015 in Atlanta — Morgan’s first movie after the near-fatal 2014 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, caused when his limousine was struck by a Walmart truck, which resulted in him requiring extensive therapy. He was accompanied on the red carpet by his wife, Megan, and their daughter, Maven, and said both were key in helping him heal after the accident,

“I am just happy to be alive,” he admitted. “The key thing for me was to forgive that driver. My wife told me about forgiveness before I started back — that you have to forgive everything and everybody or you can’t move forward.”

Morgan also gave a shot0-out to co-stars Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Jillian Bell, and “Fist Fight” director
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Aubrey Plaza Leads a Hilarious Cast of Sexually Deviant Nuns In Jeff Baena’s ‘The Little Hours’ — Sundance 2017 Review

Aubrey Plaza Leads a Hilarious Cast of Sexually Deviant Nuns In Jeff Baena’s ‘The Little Hours’ — Sundance 2017 Review
You know you’re in for a good time when a trio of nuns turn to the genial farmer who greets them one morning with the retort, “Don’t fucking talk to us!” That’s the underlying charm of “The Little Hours,” in which every joke stems from people talking the last way you’d expect of them. Matching a crackling wit with the absurd dissonance of time and place found in the best of Monty Python and Mel Brooks, “Little Hours” is so eager to please that its one-note humor lands with ease.

Writer-director Jeff Baena’s improv-laden twist on “The Decameron,” in which wily 13th-century nuns speak in raunchy contemporary dialogue and engage in sexual deviance, milks its premise for as many jokes as possible and then keeps going, with uneven but mostly hilarious results. Overall, it’s a perfectly satisfying snapshot of subversive comedy that delivers where it counts.
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Box Office: 'Office Christmas Party' Takes $950K Thursday

Box Office: 'Office Christmas Party' Takes $950K Thursday
Paramount's holiday comedy Office Christmas Party rang in the holiday season with $950,000 Thursday night.

The ensemble film, starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Corddry, Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Aniston, is this weekend's only new release and is tracking to earn in the high-teen millions, although Paramount is being more cautious in suggesting $13 million-$15 million.

Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, the film follows a group of co-workers who try to throw a crazy holiday bash to impress a potential client and save the company. Partners on the $45 million...
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Chicago International Film Festival 2016’s “After Dark” Lineup Includes The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, Raw

  • DailyDead
The Chicago International Film Festival 2016 announced its full lineup, and it includes Julia Ducournau's Raw, the previously announced 4K restoration of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Eyes of My Mother, and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, starring Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch.

Press Release: Chicago (September 13, 2016) ­ The Chicago International Film Festival today announces Opening and Closing Night selections, as well as the full slate of films included in the Festival’s U.S. Indies, Spotlight: Musicals and After Dark categories. Chicago will play host to gala screenings of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival as respective bookends to the 52nd Festival, opening on October 13th and closing on October 27th. A full list of these newly announced programs is below and at www.chicagofilmfestival.com. Tickets for these events and all film screenings go on sale September 21st for Cinema/Chicago members
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‘Finding Dory’ Could Be Pixar’s Biggest Opening

‘Finding Dory’ Could Be Pixar’s Biggest Opening
Finding Dory” is on pace to give Pixar the biggest opening in its history when it hits theaters on June 17. The sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo” is eyeing a debut of between $115 million and $120 million, a massive number that should help reinvigorate a sluggish summer box office.

“We’re pretty bullish on it,” said Shawn Robbins, senior box office analyst with BoxOffice.com. “It’s way ahead of pace in terms of where other Pixar releases have been. Given ‘Finding Nemo’s’ status as a modern classic, it’s going to be huge.”

It’s a return to form for the animation company after last fall’s “The Good Dinosaur” became the first Pixar release to lose money. Prior to that rare misstep, the studio had developed a reputation for quality and commercial success that has rarely been equaled. Its hits include “Wall-e,” “Inside Out” and “Toy Story,” films that
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Jon Cryer dishes 'Pretty in Pink,' 'Superman 4' and Charlie Sheen anecdotes on 'Howard Stern'

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Jon Cryer dishes 'Pretty in Pink,' 'Superman 4' and Charlie Sheen anecdotes on 'Howard Stern'
Jon Cryer was on Howard Stern Tuesday morning to promote the paperback edition of his 2015 memoir So That Happened, a book that laid bare a number of juicy details from his life in the Hollywood trenches. After breaking through as the lovable "Duckie" in Pretty in Pink, Cryer's career went into virtual freefall as his next several films -- including the legendary flop Superman IV: The Quest for Peace -- tanked at the box office. His fortunes turned only when he booked the soon-to-be-mega-hit series Two and a Half Men in 2003, but the years in between were filled with major missed opportunities and various other career disappointments -- by his own admission, he worked just three weeks as an actor over a three-year period. So what dirt did he have to spill during the Stern Show sit-down? Below I've rounded up the juiciest portions of the interview, from his Pretty in Pink
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Jason Reitman, Sebastian Silva Films Among Sundance Short Film Selections

Jason Reitman, Sebastian Silva Films Among Sundance Short Film Selections
Sundance Institute has announced the full lineup of the 72 short films for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Jason Reitman and Bryce Dallas Howard are among those with short films at the festival. Howard’s “Solemates,” which also screened at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, is told through the perspective of shoes, while Reitman’s docu short “Roast Battle” chronicles the Comedy Store event.

Nasty Baby” director Sebastian Silva and Canadian helmer Don McKellar are among other established filmmakers going the short route at this year’s fest.

The shorts selection has been home to several films that have had influential careers, including “World of Tomorrow,” “Whiplash,” “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” and “Fishing Without Nets.” This year’s lineup will include both a Midnight and New Frontier section, tying into the festival’s other programming.

“Our longstanding showcase of short films has become a home for audiences who love watching these rowdy,
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‘The Good Dinosaur’: Pixar May Suffer First Loss at Box Office

‘The Good Dinosaur’: Pixar May Suffer First Loss at Box Office
The Good Dinosaur” is shaping up to be a novelty. After 16 films, including such classics as “Toy Story” and “Wall-e,” the story of a young Apatosaurus’ quest to reunite with his family is shaping up to be Pixar’s first box office failure.

With a production budget of $200 million and roughly $150 million spent on marketing, industry analysts and executives say that Pixar and its parent company Disney must make $500 million to break even theatrically. Currently, the film has made $131.3 million globally and is showing signs of fading fast. At this point, many project that “The Good Dinosaur” will be lucky to crack the $400 million mark. That would make it the lowest grossing Pixar film since “A Bug’s Life” made $363.4 million worldwide in 1998.

“It’s not resonating like a typical Pixar film,” said Erik Handler, an analyst with Mkm Partners. “It’s on a path where they’re going to
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"Good Dinosaur" To Be Pixar's First Flop?

After sixteen films, Pixar might finally be facing one of its first misfires with Variety reporting that the recently released "The Good Dinosaur" is "shaping up to be Pixar's first box office failure."

With a production budget of $200 million and a further $150 million spent on marketing, analysts have indicated the film has to make $500 million at the global box-office to break even theatrically.

At present, the film has made just $131.3 million globally and is already fading faster than Pixar's other fare in the markets it has already opened in. Scoring soft reviews, it also opened to just $39.1 million in its initial weekend before dropping by more than 60% in its second weekend. Most Pixar's fall less than 50% in the same period.

Mkm Partners analyst Erik Handler says: "It's not resonating like a typical Pixar film. It's on a path where they're going to need home entertainment to drive profitability. Usually with Pixar,
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Twins (2005)

Twins

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Created by David Kohan, Max Mutchnick

Produced by KoMut Entertainment, Warner Bros Entertainment

Aired on The WB for 1 season (18 episodes) from September 16, 2005 – March 3, 2006

Cast

Sara Gilbert as Mitchee Arnold

Molly Stanton as Farrah Arnold

Melanie Griffith as Lee Arnold

Mark Linn-Baker as Alan Arnold

Show Premise

Highly successful lingerie company owners and married couple Alan and Lee Arnold decide to retire from their CEO position and name their non identical twin daughters as their successors. The two sisters, Mitchee and Farrah, couldn’t be more different from one another if they tried. Oddly, the two take after their parents almost exactly, with Mitchee taking after her father, who is brainy, uptight, and reserved, while Farrah takes after Lee, an alluring, uninhibited, and seemingly vapid blonde. It would seem that for the parents, the notion of “opposite attracts” is what brought them together, but for the two sisters,
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Summer Box Office Set to Cool Down

Summer Box Office Set to Cool Down
The summer box office has peaked.

Nothing, not “Fantastic Four” nor “Straight Outta Compton,” will allow it to suck in the rarefied air it was breathing in May and June. Over the next few weeks, domestic ticket sales will struggle to keep pace with the previous year’s numbers.

Although the summer of 2014 was one of the worst in decades, August was uncharacteristically robust. “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” formed a potent duo, jump-starting multiplexes and powering ticket sales for the month past the $1 billion mark for the first time in history.

This go round, while “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Sinister 2″ may have their fans, there’s nothing on the horizon that seems likely to repeat that trick.

“‘Guardians’ was obviously one of the biggest movies of the year and there’s nothing here that matches that,” said Phil Contrino, vice
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David Krumholtz to headline new show on IFC

While David Krumholtz’s most prominent television role to date has been in the CBS show Numb3rs, the performer has also displayed an adeptness in comedic roles, from movies such as Superbad to guest appearances on Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 and The League, as well as a leading role in the short-lived sitcom Partners. Krumholtz’s next project will see him dive into comedic waters once again, as IFC has given a straight-to-series order for his new show, titled Gigi’s Bucket List.

The first season will consist of eight episodes, each episode being half an hour long, and will make its premiere on IFC later in the year. Krumholtz is slated to play the titular character, a 76 year old woman named Gertrude Rotblum, aka Gigi, who comes across a secret stash of millions and decides to use it to gain experiences she missedo out on previously.
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