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Lionsgate Stock Jumps on Report of CBS Offer to Buy Starz

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Lionsgate Stock Jumps on Report of CBS Offer to Buy Starz
Shares of Lionsgate have jumped nearly 15% in the wake of a report that CBS Corp. has made an informal, $5 billion bid for the company’s Starz cable network.

Lionsgate stock surged $2 to close at $15.60 in Friday trading on the New York Stock Exchange, then gained another 10 cents in after-hours trading.

According to the Information, CBS is looking at a deal as a potential complement to Viacom — which CBS is considering acquiring. The report said CBS interim CEO Joseph Ianniello made the offer several weeks ago to Lionsgate executives, who turned it down. Despite being spurned, CBS remains interested in a deal for Starz.

CBS and Lionsgate separately declined to comment. Shares of Lionsgate have declined by 36% in the last 12 months, with a 52-week high of $27.88.

Lionsgate reported in February that its earnings and operating income had topped Wall Street projections, thanks to growth from Starz. Revenues were down 18% to $933.2 million,
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TV Plays the Procrastination Game As End of Emmy Eligibility Looms

The last few weeks of the TV season always have been a mad crush of season finales, major events, and streaming show drops, and that’s especially true this year. Beleaguered TV fans, snowed under by promising new shows and big episodes, might not dig their way out until September.

But as television finds itself transitioning into a year-round proposition, where new seasons can drop at any time, in any place, then why is there still such a mad crush of content jamming itself into the final two weeks of May?

Blame the Emmys.

May 31 marks the final day of the 2018-2019 Emmys eligibility window, which means that content providers are scrambling to make their last-ditch bids for awards glory, not unlike a procrastinating student pulling an all-nighter in the hours before a term paper is due.

It’s all just the latest iteration of an ever-growing TV arms race:
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Lionsgate Shares Jump Amid Report CBS Kicking Starz’s Tires

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With another potential delve into merger talks with Viacom on the horizon, CBS is looking to bulk up and has expressed an extemporary desire to acquire Starz.

The whisper of such a deal certainly was an immediate boon for the premium cabler’s parent company Lionsgate. News of the offer, first broken by the site The Information, has sent shares of Lionsgate up nearly 15% to 15.60 at the end of trading Friday on the Nasdaq.

While spokespersons for both CBS and Lionsgate declined comment on any possible sale of Starz to the Black Rock crew, a conversation was certainly had by by interim CBS CEO Joe Ianniello and Lionsgate chief Jon Feltheimer in recent weeks. In that context, our understanding is that there hasn’t been and may not be any formal offer by CBS, yet.

However, we also hear that informally top-tier execs at both companies did discuss a more
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How the TV Show American Gods Differs From the Book

If you’ve watched the show American Gods, or read the book, or done both, then you understand just what it’s like to be looking back and forth and trying to figure out just where and why the two failed to meet in the grand scheme of things. You might chalk it up to nothing more than the fact that this happens on a regular basis when books make it to the big or small screen, but with this show it seems that a lot of stuff got switched around in a big way. The book was something unusual and eye-catching

How the TV Show American Gods Differs From the Book
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Starz TV Show Ratings (updated 5/14/19)

While Starz execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.

Scripted Starz shows listed: American Gods, Ash Vs Evil Dead, Black Sails, Blunt Talk, Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, The Girlfriend Experience, The Missing, Now Apocalypse, Outlander, Power, The Spanish Princess, Survivor's Remorse, Sweetbitter, Vida, and The White Princess.

Last update: Most recent ratings added for The Spanish Princess and Now Apocalypse.

There's lots of data that execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of the
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New Hollywood Podcast: ‘American Gods’ Star Yetide Badaki Loves Leaning Into Geek Culture

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New Hollywood Podcast: ‘American Gods’ Star Yetide Badaki Loves Leaning Into Geek Culture
In American Gods, Yetide Badaki plays Bilquis a Goddess Queen, a character that has a very powerful way of getting what she wants — especially from men. Outside of the fantasy series, Badaki isn’t like Bilquis in that way, but she connects with the character just like she did when she read the Neil Gaiman novel on which it was based. She sat in the hot seat on the New Hollywood Podcast to unpack what Bilquis means to her.

In addition to talking to us about the popular series, she shared her experience as an immigrant and arriving to L.A. with a dream and cardigan. She’s also not afraid to let her geek flag fly. She is very much into Star Wars and Star Trek culture and if we had more time we would have taken a deep dive into those two franchises. Badaki also appeared in This Is Us
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Tanya Saracho (‘Vida’) on Queer and Latinx representation and having ‘skin in the game’ now on TV [Exclusive Video Interview]

Tanya Saracho (‘Vida’) on Queer and Latinx representation and having ‘skin in the game’ now on TV [Exclusive Video Interview]
“The first season was like a three hour pilot in a way– now the story really gets going,” explains Tanya Saracho, the creator and showrunner for the Starz series “Vida.” In our exclusive interview (watch the video above), Saracho looks back at the show’s first season and explains how the upcoming second season, which premieres May 23, “redefines what is a family.”

Vida” tells the story of two estranged sisters (Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada) forced to work together after the unexpected death of their mother. As they navigate their own complicated relationships, they must also deal with their mother’s failing business and the revelation that she was married to a woman. The show takes place against the backdrop of gentrification and queer politics, something Saracho argues is important in terms of minority audiences seeing themselves represented. “A lot times Latinx, queer characters are sort of the punchline, like comic relief,
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Emmys 2019 exclusive: Starz categories for ‘Outlander,’ ‘American Gods,’ ‘The Spanish Princess’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Starz. For this season, the premium network has newcomer “Now Apocalypse” (Kelli Berglund), “Counterpart” (J.K. Simmons), “Outlander” and “Vida” and limited series “The Spanish Princess” (Charlotte Hope) as part of their 2019 campaign.

Below, the list of Starz lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedies, dramas and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

SEESam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are gorgeous in green in this first photo from ‘Outlander’ Season 5

America To Me

Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Gods

Drama Series

Drama Actor – Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle

Drama Supporting Actress – Yetide Badaki, Emily Browning

Drama Supporting Actor – Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Bruce Langley, Pablo Schreiber

Drama Guest Actress – Laura Bell Bundy,
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Starz Plans Emmy Fyc Activation in June at Westfield Century City Mall (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Starz is shaking up its Emmy campaign plans, partnering with the Westfield Century City mall to create a pop-up “For Your Consideration” activation next month.

The event, dubbed “Starz Fyc: Creativity, Culture, Conversations,” will include an immersive installation showcasing some of the behind-the-scenes crafts on series such as “Power,” “American Gods,” “Vida” and “Outlander,” as well as a day of panel discussions with casts and producers.

On Saturday, June 1, the exhibit will be open to the public to explore costumes, sets, music, VFX displays and more. The next day, on June 2, only Television Academy members will be invited back to not only check out the installations, but also see a day of panels that will also include “Now Apocalypse,” “The Spanish Princess” and “America to Me.”

“For us it was trying to create a moment, to focus on our programming,” said Starz executive vice president of communications Lauren Townsend.

Experiential
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Supernatural Horror Drama ‘The Harrowing’ & Margaret of Anjou Project Lead Fremantle-Backed Storyglass Scripted Podcast Slate

Supernatural Horror Drama ‘The Harrowing’ & Margaret of Anjou Project Lead Fremantle-Backed Storyglass Scripted Podcast Slate
Storyglass, the scripted podcast label set up by American Gods producer Fremantle, has launched its latest slate of shows including a supernatural horror drama and a project based on Margaret of Anjou.

It comes after it unveiled its debut series last year including Chris O’Dowd homelessness story Baby It’s Cold Outside.

The company was set up by Fremantle’s Shotglass banner in the UK and the company’s global drama division. It will commission and develop original scripted audio ideas from a range of storytellers from around the world and will lead by Creative Director Robert Delamere, who recently wrote and directed Hang Ups, the UK adaptation of Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy.

Robert Delamere, Creative Director, Storyglass, said: “Podcasting provides an exciting medium to develop and test new ideas with audiences, and the market is wide open for imagination-grabbing drama series. This first season of commissions are
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Jon Favreau Reportedly Returning To Develop The Mandalorian Season 2

2019 is shaping up to be an awesome year for Star Wars fans! We’ve got Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming, the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and then the project I’m most excited about… The Mandalorian live action series!

According to Discussing Film, Lucasfilm and Disney are planning on moving forward with a second season of the highly-anticipated show and they are reportedly bringing back showrunner Jon Favreau to develop it!

While the series hasn’t even aired yet, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that The Mandalorian is getting a Season 2. The fans at Star Wars Celebration completely flipped over the footage that was shared at the event and this is bound to be a huge hit with the fans. This series might actually be the thing that unites the Star Wars fans again.

While I haven’t even seen The Mandalorian,
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American Gods on Starz: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch:

What in heaven's name is going on? Has the American Gods TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Starz? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of American Gods season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  

What's This TV Show About?

An Americana fantasy drama series on the Starz premium cable channel, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Mousa Kraish, Omid Abtahi, and Demore Barnes. The season two cast also includes Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, Kahyun Kim, Devery Jacobs, Sakina Jaffrey, and Dean Winters. The story centers on Shadow Moon (Whittle), Mr. Wednesday (McShane), and a pantheon
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Ian McShane and Orlando Jones on ‘American Gods’ & Their Excitement for Season 3

In the Starz series American Gods, adapted from the best-selling novel written by Neil Gaiman, the battle between the Old Gods, or the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world, and the New Gods, who reflect society’s modern devotions, has heated up in a way that’s forced Shadow (Ricky Whittle) to figure out what he really believes in. And while Mr. World (Crispin Glover) plots revenge, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) attempts to get the Old Gods on board for all-out war. During this interview with Collider, …
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Interview: Keanu Reeves & Chad Stahelski At The Gala Screening Of ‘John Wick 3’

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It arrives in cinemas later this month, but the cast and filmmakers of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum have started their international publicity tour for the new sequel, and this very evening both Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski took to the red carpet for a gala screening in London.

Official synopsis: In this third instalment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

Also starring in the new sequel is Laurence Fishburne (Boyz n the Hood, The Matrix Trilogy); Lance Reddick (White House Down, American Horror Story); Tobias Segal (Sneaky Pete, Mindhunter) and Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods). They
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Fremantle Takes International Rights To Stp Productions’ Doc ‘Notre-Dame: In Flames’

Fremantle Takes International Rights To Stp Productions’ Doc ‘Notre-Dame: In Flames’
American Gods producer and distributor Fremantle has taken the international rights to a one-off documentary about the Notre Dame fire.

The company will shop Notre-Dame: In Flames, which features exclusive footage of the recent tragic events in Paris, to international broadcasters and digital platforms after acquiring the global rights from Stp Productions.

The doc has been reversioned for international by TV Presse, a division of Fremantle’s French production arm.

The building suffered a devastating fire on April 15 that destroyed its wooden roof and spire and sparked an international outpour of grief. The film includes video footage shot by the firefighters, Paris Police Department and tourists who witnessed the event unfold, as well as several exclusive interviews including the organist and priest of Notre-Dame, who were inside the building when the fire began.

Paris’ deputy mayor described the damage to the cathedral as “colossal” and efforts had been underway
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Michael Chiklis to Star on Paramount Network Series Coyote

Joseph Baxter May 1, 2019

Paramount Network eyes a Breaking Bad dynamic for border crime series Coyote, which will star Michael Chiklis.

Michael Chiklis, a name widely associated with acclaimed crime shows, is set to star in Coyote, an intriguing TV project brandishing a premise pertinent to today’s news headlines, for the burgeoning cable channel, Paramount Network.

Coyote will see Chiklis – in a way akin to his legendary run as tortured bent cop, Vic Mackey on The Shield – headline in a dark character study, as Variety reports. Here, he will play United States Border Agent Ben Clemens, who on the day of his mandatory retirement, discovers a tunnel used for black market smuggling into the United States from Mexico. After choosing to take advantage of this Narnia-like portal for illicit activity, Clemens finds himself targeted by an old enemy made on the job, a criminal mastermind he’s spent his career chasing.
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The Mandalorian star discusses George Lucas’ involvement with the Star Wars series

Giancarlo Esposito, one of the stars of The Mandalorian, has detailed George Lucas’ involvement in the TV show.

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Star Wars and new Disney+ TV series The Mandalorian is going to be a big part of that. One thing that many fans will certainly be pleased to hear is that franchise creator Geoge Lucas has had some involvement in the show.

Speaking about this to Collider, star Giancarlo Esposito, revealed the extent to which Lucas was involved:

“Well you know what’s cool about Mandalorian is you figure a guy who wrote it, who figured it out with George Lucas, would direct every episode. That would be all ego, right? He has amassed some incredible directors from different parts of the planet to give their take on an episode. I find that to be so phenomenal because then we have new and fresh ideas every single episode,
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Hellboy is completely obliterated at the box office by Avengers: Endgame

As expected, Marvel Studios completely dominated the box office this past weekend with the release of the hugely-anticipated superhero epic Avengers: Endgame, the film pulling in an incredible $357 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide to absolutely smash any and all records.

Naturally this didn’t spell good news for the other poor unfortunate titles going up against the Marvel juggernaut – save for Captain Marvel, which actually climbed back up to second place with an $8.3 million weekend taking its domestic total to $8.3 million.

Wisely, studios opted against throwing any other big new releases up against Endgame, but the Infinity War follow-up sucked the life from rival DC superhero movie Shazam!, the Dceu release dropping 66.1% and three places in the U.S. chart.

The biggest casualty however was perhaps Lionsgate’s Hellboy; the poorly-received big screen reboot of the Dark Horse Comics character plunged 91% in its third weekend, grossing just $354,575 to take its
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Details on the Tech Jon Favreau Used to Develop The Mandalorian and George Lucas' Involvement

I’m more excited about Jon Favreau and Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian more than any other Star Wars project in development right now. I’ve hardly seen any footage from it, but I’ve been hearing some incredible things about what was shown during Star Wars Celebration.

Thanks to actor Giancarlo Esposito, we have some new information to share with you regarding the series, his role, the cutting-edge technology used to develop the series, and he even discusses George Lucas’ involvement. When talking about the tech used in the series with Collider, he says:

“Jon Favreau’s brilliant. Technically, this show has a new technology [that’s] never really [been] refined as much as it is right now. We’re in a place called The Volume, where we do most of our acting, where set pieces are brought in, where we can control the physical atmosphere of what is projected on the walls
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American Gods Season 2 Finale Review – ‘Moon Shadow’

Martin Carr reviews American Gods’ season 2 finale…

Belief is strange as it ceases to be believed if people cease to believe in it. Adversely knowledge stems from experimentation and morphs into fact, while faith depends on interpretation leaving room for charlatans, tricksters and con artists. Media outlets either terrestrial, digital or radio harbour the most hucksters who run interference to gain an advantage. That mass media manipulation sits at the centre of this final forty minutes of outstanding television, reminding you why American Gods is essential viewing.

Effortlessly tapping into the paranoia of a modern age dictated by instant gratification, attention deficit disorder and communication breakdowns, it’s nice that Orson Welles is their touchstone of choice. Ahead of his time at the time Welles sent America into meltdown with a radio broadcast and reportedly had people evacuating their homes in terror. Cinema was still in its infancy, radio was
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