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Variety, iHeartMedia Launch New Film Podcast ‘The Big Ticket’ With Marc Malkin

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Variety, iHeartMedia Launch New Film Podcast ‘The Big Ticket’ With Marc Malkin
Variety and iHeartMedia have announced the premiere of “The Big Ticket,” a new weekly film-focused podcast hosted by Marc Malkin, the magazine’s senior film awards and events & lifestyle editor.

The podcast will feature sit-down interviews with Hollywood’s hottest stars and filmmakers talking movies, the business and more. New episodes will be released every Thursday on iHeartRadio.

“The Big Ticket” kicks off April 25 with episode one of a three-part “Avengers: Endgame” special featuring guests Scarlett Johansson and Brie Larson. The second episode with Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and directors Joe and Anthony Russo drops on April 26, followed by release of the third episode with Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle and Karen Gillan on April 27.

Upcoming guests include Halle Berry, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Costner, Ron Howard, “Broad City” stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, and Elisabeth Moss.

“Variety’s partnership with iHeartMedia has allowed us to significantly expand the reach of
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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland)

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‘Field of Dreams’ Turns 30: Why the Baseball Classic Still Holds a Special Place in America’s Hearts (and Heartland)
Humphrey Bogart never said, “Play it again, Sam” in the 1942 Oscar-winning classic “Casablanca.” In fact, no one says it in the movie.

And the mysterious voice in the adored 1989 fantasy film “Field of Dreams” does not tell Kevin Costner: “If you build it, they will come.”

Released 30 years ago on April 21, 1989, “Field of Dreams” stars Kevin Costner and Amy Madigan as Ray and Annie Kinsella, a couple raising corn on a bucolic Iowa farm with a young daughter, played by Gaby Hoffman, who went on to star in “Transparent.”

At dusk one evening, Ray hears a voice saying “If you build it, he will come.”

But according to the film’s writer/director Phil Alden Robinson, there is a whole group of people who insist it’s “they.”

“It’s called the Mandela effect — people who swear they’ve seen something that really didn’t happen,” noted Robinson.

Or in this case,
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How Broadcast Networks Fight Streamers to Cast Top Stars in Their Pilots

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How Broadcast Networks Fight Streamers to Cast Top Stars in Their Pilots
In a matter of weeks, the broadcast networks will go through the annual process of ordering pilots to series for the fall season.

The casts of this year’s pilot crop feature many broadcast mainstays and strong performers, but also illustrate that cable networks and streaming platforms are now the go-to destination for marquee stars looking to make a splash in TV.

That’s not to say that there are no big names working on broadcast pilots this year. Some notable stars in the arena this year include Heather Graham, Edie Falco, Michael Sheen and Kal Penn.

According to David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, getting big stars for broadcast pilots is no harder than it has been.

“I don’t know that it’s any more difficult if you have good material,” Stapf told Variety. “Case in point: We had a great script from Paul Attanasio about the
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International drives record Q1 subscriber growth for Netflix

The global streamer added 7.86m subscribers internationally, to reach 148.86m globally.

Reaffirming its reliance on international growth, Netflix has reported a record gain of 9.6m paid subscribers around the world in the first quarter of 2019, with 7.86m of them coming from outside the Us.

The gains leave the streaming giant with 88.63m paid subscribers in international markets and 60.23m in the Us, for a global total of 148.86m, 25.2% up on the total at the end of the first quarter of 2018.

Netflix is predicting that it will add another 5m paid subscribers in the second quarter of 2019, 0.3m in the Us and 4.7m internationally.
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Netflix Promises More Viewership Data As Part Of Greater “Transparency”, Ted Sarandos Says

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If Hell hasn’t frozen over today, it got distinctly colder as Netflix brass promised to start revealing a lot more of their actual viewership.

“Over the next several months, we’re going to be rolling out more specific and granular data and reporting, Ted Sarandos said on Tuesday following the first quarter earnings report by the streamer. “First to our producers, then our members and, of course, to the press over time and be more fully transparent about what people are watching on Netflix around the world.

The statement by the Chief Content Officer comes after Netflix dropped a few more data details about how its Umbrella Academy superhero series, the Frye Festival documentary and the Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson- led The Highwaymen film did.

Besides numbers for the Sandra Bullock starring Bird Box and a few other shows, the streamer has vigorously kept the data vault
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Ben Affleck’s ‘Triple Frontier’ Was Watched by More Than 52 Million Accounts in First Month, Netflix Says

Netflix revealed a few choice viewership details on Tuesday, with the streaming giant reporting that more than 52 million accounts watched the Ben Affleck action thriller “Triple Frontier” in the first four weeks after its release on the platform.

The heist thriller, with Oscar Isaac starring alongside Affleck, enjoyed a limited theatrical run before hitting the streaming service on March 13 — and became the platform’s biggest (reported) original hit since Sandra Bullock’s “Bird Box” late last year. “Bird Box” still holds the Netflix record for biggest first-month performance with 80 million viewers between December and January.

As TheWrap’s Trey Williams pointed out on Twitter, 52 million “Triple Frontier” viewers would’ve equaled more than $470 million at the box office, based on 2018 average ticket price.

Also Read: The Streaming Wars Heat Up: Just How Big a Threat Is Disney+ to Netflix?

If that’s true (whatever viewership means), that would equate to $473.7 million,
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Netflix Reveals Viewing Data For ‘Umbrella Academy’, ‘The Highwaymen,’ ‘Triple Frontier’ & ‘Fyre’ Doc

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Netflix is continuing to shout about some of its successes, handing out some viewing data for titles including The Umbrella Academy, Triple Frontier, The Highwaymen, its Fyre Festival documentary and the David Attenborough-narrated Our Planet.

In its first-quarter earnings report Tuesday, the streaming company revealed that in the first four weeks on the service, Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comic book adaptation of Umbrella Academy was watched by 45 million households.

Following the release of numbers for Bird Box last quarter, which was watched by 80 million households in its first month, Netflix today also revealed that The Highwaymen, starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, was watched by more than 40M households in its first month. This was surpassed by action heist movie Triple Frontier, starring Ben Affleck and directed by J.C. Chandor, which hit 52M households in the same time period.

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, about the controversial music festival,
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‘Oklahoma!’ Being Adapted For TV; John Lee Hancock & Bekah Brunstetter To Write After Skydance Partners With Rodgers & Hammerstein

Hit Broadway musical Oklahoma! is coming to television for the first time after Jack Ryan producer Skydance Television partnered with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and music firm Concord. The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock and This Is UsBekah Brunstetter are writing the present-day adaptation.

The series will be set in America’s heartland and include music by the legendary team of Rodgers & Hammerstein as well new tunes as it is reimagined for a contemporary audience.

It marks the first small screen adaptation of the musical, which was originally written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. The original Broadway production opened in 1943 and ran for over 2,200 performances. It was previously adapted into a feature film starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones in 1955.

Set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1906, it tells the story
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Skydance Television to Develop ‘Oklahoma!’ Inspired Series

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Skydance Television announced Tuesday that it has partnered with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and Concord to develop an original television series inspired by the Broadway musical “Oklahoma!”

The present-day series will be set in America’s heartland and include music by the legendary duo Rodgers & Hammerstein, reimagined for a modern audience, as well as new music to support the story. The show is written by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side”) and Bekah Brunstetter.

“Oklahoma!’s artistically revolutionary position in American culture has both kept it at the forefront of theatrical performances and allowed for various new innovations. This first-time ever television series will expand on the life of this remarkably resilient show,” said Ted Chapin, the chief creative officer of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, which was acquired by Concord in 2017.

Hancock will also direct the first episode and serve as executive producer of the series along with Brunstetter and fellow executive producers Chapin,
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Sandy Climan Joins Lazard as Senior Advisor

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Lazard Ltd has named longtime Hollywood player Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan as a senior financial advisor, Variety has learned exclusively.

Based in Los Angeles, he will serve as an advisor to Lazard’s Global Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group. Climan has more than 35 years of experience in senior management in the media and entertainment industry, holding key roles in both creative and business management.

He is president of Entertainment Media Ventures, which he founded in 1999 to help bridge the worlds of media and entertainment with technology. Climan was a top agent at CAA before launching investment vehicle Entertainment Media Ventures. He was a producer on Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” and an executive producer on “Robbery Homicide Division.”

Climan also served as corporate executive vice president and president of worldwide business development for Universal Studios, where he oversaw corporate international strategy, strategic marketing and five studio operating divisions. He started his entertainment career at MGM,
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Lesley Manville, Kayli Carter Join Kevin Costner Drama ‘Let Him Go’

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Lesley Manville, Kayli Carter Join Kevin Costner Drama ‘Let Him Go’
Lesley Manville, Kayli Carter, Jeffrey Donovan and Will Brittain are set to join the cast of “Let Him Go,” a suspense thriller starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.

Focus Features has tapped Thomas Bezucha (“The Family Stone”) is set to direct from his own screenplay, based on Larry Watson’s novel of the same name. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan of the Mazur Kaplan Company will produce alongside Bezucha. Costner will executive produce with Kimi Armstrong Stein, Jeffrey Lampert and Rod Lake. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide.

Costner will play a retired sheriff and Lane will portray his wife. After the loss of their son, the couple leaves their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas. When they arrive, they discover the family has no intention of letting the child go.
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Lesley Manville, Will Brittain Join Kevin Costner Thriller 'Let Him Go' (Exclusive)

Lesley Manville, Will Brittain Join Kevin Costner Thriller 'Let Him Go' (Exclusive)
Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville, Kong: Skull Island actor Will Brittain, Indie Spirit Award nominee Kayli Carter and Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan have joined the cast of Let Him Go, a suspense thriller that Thomas Bezucha is directing for Focus Features.

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane star in the feature, which is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Larry Watson and is now shooting in Calgary.

Per Focus, the script, written by Bezucha, sees retired sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of the ...
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7th heaven? Benedict Cumberbatch could tie this Emmy record with a nomination for ‘Brexit’

7th heaven? Benedict Cumberbatch could tie this Emmy record with a nomination for ‘Brexit’
Benedict Cumberbatch is sitting just outside the top six in our Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor odds in seventh place, but seven could be his lucky number this year. If the Emmy winner makes it in for his HBO film “Brexit,” he’d tie Hal Holbrook‘s record of seven nominations in the category.

Cumberbatch’s potential haul might be even more impressive than that of Holbrook, who collected his bids in a 11-year span. Cumberbatch, meanwhile, has been nominated six times in the last seven years. 2015 was the only year he missed, and that’s just because he didn’t have anything that year. In other words, if Benedict Cumberbatch has a TV project in play, Benedict Cumberbatch gets an Emmy nomination.

His hot streak started in 2012 with his turn as the famed detective in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia,” losing to Kevin Costner in “Hatfields & McCoys.
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The Real Frank Hamer: The Man Who Killed Bonnie And Clyde

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What most people know about Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas lawman who tracked down and killed Bonnie and Clyde, has probably been derived from Denver Pyle's memorable portrayal in the classic 1967 film. There, Hamer was presented as a tough, stalwart agent of the law who doggedly pursues the outlaw couple and sets up the fatal ambush that costs them their lives. More recently, the Netflix show "The Highwaymen" presents a more accurate (though still somewhat fictionalized) depiction of Hamer through Kevin Costner's portrayal. For the real story, however, listen to the episode of the Washington Post's Retropod podcast that is devoted to Frank Hamer. It's a fascinating, though not very pretty picture. The only difference between Hamer and the killers he hunted is that he wore a badge. He was shot many times in the course of duty but more than balanced the scales by killing a couple of dozen suspects.
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Damon Lindelof, Jason Blum’s ‘The Hunt’ Adds Jim Klock, Charli Slaughter, Dean West to Cast (Exclusive)

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Damon Lindelof, Jason Blum’s ‘The Hunt’ Adds Jim Klock, Charli Slaughter, Dean West to Cast (Exclusive)
Green Book” actor Jim Klock, Charli Slaughter and Dean West are joining the cast of Universal Pictures’ action-thriller “The Hunt” from “The Leftovers” collaborators Craig Zobel, Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse.

Plot details for the film have been kept under wraps by the studio, but it’s expected to explore the escalating aggressiveness between the political right and left in America.

Klock, Slaughter (“The Haunting of Hill House”) and West will join a cast that includes Justin Hartley, Emma Roberts, Betty Gilpin and Glenn Howerton. The studio recently added Ike Barinholtz to the film’s cast.

The script for the film was written by “Lost” and “The Leftovers” creator Lindelof and collaborator Cuse. Zobel will direct the film, which Universal plans to release in theaters on Oct. 18.

Jason Blum will produce “The Hunt” for his Blumhouse Productions,
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‘Yellowstone’ Project’s Real-Life People Lured Kevin Costner To Show – The Contenders Emmys

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‘Yellowstone’ Project’s Real-Life People Lured Kevin Costner To Show – The Contenders Emmys
For most of his career, Kevin Costner has been known for his work on the big screen in films like The Bodyguard and Hidden Figures. But it was getting out in nature to tell the story of a family of ranchers that lured the star into a television project for Paramount Network titled Yellowstone.

Costner said there aren’t enough stories in the mainstream about real life people that work the land like his character John Dutton, during a presentation at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys on Sunday.

“The idea of seeing wide open spaces, when the land was almost like the Garden of Eden,” Costner said about why he decided to work on the series. “I think that we see a lot on TV and really great TV. To know that places like this still exist in our country, adding drama against its backdrop, and actually understand in the realest
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‘Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Amy Poehler On Nearly Leaving NYC & “Wonderful 10-Year Journey” – The Contenders Emmys

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‘Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Amy Poehler On Nearly Leaving NYC & “Wonderful 10-Year Journey” – The Contenders Emmys
Broad City creator-star Abbi Jacobson and executive producer Amy Poehler reunited after saying goodbye to the Comedy Central hit on March 28. At Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys on Sunday, the duo discussed the importance of featuring a strong female friendship at the heart center of the series.

“It was such an extremely beautiful exploration of female friendship,” Poehler said during her panel. “I know that the people that relate to that show feel the same way, like they own a part of the friendship. And so, a lot of the journey has been friendship and discovery.

“Broad City was the first show I ever produced outside of working on Parks and Recreation,” she added. “It’s been a wonderful 10-year journey for us from beginning to end.”

Jacobson and fellow creator-star Ilana Glazer knew how the story would end, but there were a few details that needed to be ironed out.
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‘Catch-22’ Ep Compares “Absurdity” In Trump White House To Events In Hulu’s War Series – The Contenders Emmys

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If you’ve followed the news at all today, you know Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen abruptly resigned amid tension in the Trump administration over its failure to stop Central American migrants from crossing the southern border.

President Donald Trump tweeted news of Nielsen’s departure at 6:02 p.m. Et. He wasted no time lining up an acting replacement and immediately announced on Twitter: “Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for Dhs. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”

Catch-22 executive producer Grant Heslov compared the “absurdity” of what was happening in Washington to events in the Hulu limited series he co-produced with George Clooney.

“When George and I came aboard this, we sort of talked about the idea that there’s never really a bad time to talk about the absurdity of war,” Heslov said
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‘The Act’: Patricia Arquette’s Perfect Mom Turns Toxic Parent – The Contenders Emmys

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Hulu’s The Act launched in March with a focus on true crime, a format like True Detective and a star from True Romance. On Sunday at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys, that star, Patricia Arquette, told moderator Pete Hammond that the show’s allure is a reminder that fact is often stranger (and more messed-up) than fiction.

“In cases of extreme co-dependency, who are you if you don’t have a strong sense of self and you have to show to the world, ‘Look I deserve to be here’?” said Arquette, who portrays Dee Dee Blanchard in the season-long tale of murder in Springfield, Mo. “It’s a case of extreme co-dependency mixed with extreme narcissism.”

The suspect is her teen daughter, Gypsy Blanchard, who was medically mistreated by her mother in an effort to earn sympathy and acclaim as the doting mother of a chronically ill child. “If
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Jason Bateman Teases A Marty Byrde Meltdown On ‘Ozark’ – The Contenders Emmy

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On today’s The Contenders Emmys panel featuring the stars of Netflix drama Ozark, moderated by Mike Fleming Jr., Jason Bateman said he had some fun throwing away some of his Marty Byrde character’s “icy, no-emotion” demeanor to show a few frayed edges in the series’ second season.

Bateman said that as Marty, a financial adviser who brings his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug lord, he was “trying to keep the wheels on the road kind of thing” in the first season. In Season 2, he added, ‘I was meant to start wobbling a little bit.”

Bateman, who appeared on the panel with co-stars Laura Linney and Julia Garner, won a SAG Award for best performance by a male actor in a drama series.

Bateman described Marty as the representative for the audience’s perspective, and
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