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June 29-July 1 Weekend Actuals

1. Ted (Universal) NEW [3,239 Theaters] R
Friday $20.6M, Saturday $17.9M, Sunday $16.0M, Weekend $54.4M

2. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) NEW [2,930 Theaters] R
Friday $19.4M, Saturday $11.4M, Sunday $8.4M, Weekend $39.1M

3. Brave 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 2 [4,164 Theaters] PG
Friday $10.4M, Saturday $13.3M, Sunday $10.4M, Weekend $34.1M (-49%), Cume $131.8M

4. Madea’s Witness Protection (Tyler Perry/Lionsgate) NEW [2,161 Theaters] PG13
Friday $10.1M, Saturday $9.4M, Sunday $5.9M, Weekend $25.4M

5. Madagascar 3 3D (DWA/Par) Week 4 [3,715 Theaters] PG
Friday $3.6M, Saturday $4.7M, Sunday $3.6M, Weekend $11.8M (-40%), Cume $180.0M

6. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D (Fox) Week 2 [3,109 Theaters] R
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.3M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $6.0M (-63%), Cume $29.0M

7. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus) Week 6 [854 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, Sunday $1.5M, Weekend $4.9M (+45%), Cume $18.5M

8. Prometheus 3D (Fox) Week 4 [1,951 Theater] R
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, Sunday $1.6M, Weekend $4.9M (-50%), Cume $118.3M

9. Snow White & The Huntsman (Universal) Week 5 [2,337 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $1.8M, Sunday $1.4M, Weekend $4.5M (-44%), Cume $145.7M

10. Marvel’s The Avengers (Marvel/Disney) Week 9 [1,757 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $1.8M, Sunday $1.3M, Weekend $4.4M (-38%), Cume $606.5M

11. People Like Us (DreamWorks/Disney) NEW [2,055 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.5M, Saturday $1.7M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $4.2M

‘Spider-Man’ Opens Foreign: Bigger Than ‘Avengers’ In Some Markets
‘Ice Age 4′ Box Office Already Breaking Records Overseas
‘Ted’ Opens ‘Off The Charts’ In Australia

SATURDAY PM, 7TH UPDATE: Rentrak tonight was having trouble obtaining AMC’s grosses so numbers were delayed. But my sources say the top new movies took … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Ready For Love’ Signs IATSE Pact

By | Saturday June 30, 2012 @ 9:52pm PDT

NBC’s Ready For Love matchmaking show is now under IATSE contract after coming to terms to avoid a threatened work stoppage, according to the union’s Facebook page. The union said producer Ticking Time Productions has signed an agreement providing for health and pension benefits retroactive to hiring dates for roughly 100 crew members who will also have “enhanced turnaround and weekend turnaround provisions.” According to the show’s website, it’s produced by Renegade 83, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal Television. Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Jason Ehrlich (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette), Greg Goldman (Secret Millionaire, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!), David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe (both of Blind Date, The 5th Wheel) serve as executive producers on Ready For Love.

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Quentin Tarantino, ‘Iron Man 3′, ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Pacific Rim’, Juice Comic-Con Saturday

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15.

Ever since 20th Century Fox showed the naked wrestling scene from Borat a few years ago at Comic-Con, the convention has been a lot stricter about R-rated clips, and companies like The Weinstein Co. and Lionsgate have scheduled off-site events for edgier genre fare such as Machete and the later Saw sequels. But when an icon of pop culture asks for a panel at the biggest pop-cultureDjango Unchained convention, well, you give Quentin Tarantino a Saturday slot in Hall H to show Django Unchained clips. Cast members who’ll attend were not announced in the Saturday lineup posted today. That may mean they probably don’t know if Jamie Foxx’s schedule will allow it for sure (last time I remember him coming down was for Stealth. Remember that one?). Similarly, the special guests for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 panel also remain anonymous so far, though I’ll be amazed if Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t show up, as he tends to make appearances every year. Expect that Marvel panel to also show something for Thor 2, and maybe make a more formal announcement about Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man and the Russo brothers’ Captain America sequel.

Related: ‘Elysium’ Brings Jodie Foster To Comic-Con As Movies Rub Elbows With TV Series

The Warner Bros-Legendary panel is shaping up as the must-see of the show, with footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Zack Snyder’s Superman movie Man Of Steel the obvious draws, and Pacific Rim (aka Guillermo del Toro’s “giant fucking monsters against giant fucking robots”) likely to please. Rumors have been circulating that there may be another giant monster in the house, as Legendary has a Godzilla remake in the pipeline. Read More »

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Elizabeth Mitchell Joins J.J. Abrams-Eric Kripke NBC Series ‘Revolution’ As Regular

By | Saturday June 30, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lost alumna Elizabeth Mitchell is reuniting with the ABC drama’s co-creator/executive producer JJ Abrams. Mitchell is joining Abrams/Eric Kripke’s upcoming NBC series Revolution as a regular. The action drama, which landed NBC’s marquee post-The Voice time slot, follows a group of people, led by Miles (Billy Burke) struggling to survive in a world where all forms of energy have ceased to exist. In a recasting, Mitchell will play Rachel Matheson, the mother of Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) and Danny Matheson (Graham Rogers). The Rachel character, played in the pilot by Andrea Roth, will appear in the series in flashbacks. Mitchell joins another new regular just cast in Revolution, Daniella Alonso. Mitchell, repped by IFA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon, most recently starred on ABC’s V.

Related: JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke Series Revolution Casts Daniella Alonso As Regular

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Olympics Trials Easily Win Night For NBC

By | Saturday June 30, 2012 @ 11:39am PDT

NBC SportsNBC dominated Friday evening with NBC Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which swept the night’s six half-hours in 18-49 demos and total viewers and represented the No. 1 and No. 2 shows of the night in both categories. From 8-9 p.m. ET, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Swimming Finals (1.5/6 in adults 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) delivered NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period since October 8, 2010 (Dateline NBC, 1.6) and biggest overall viewer total in the hour since March 2, 2012 (Who Do You Think You Are?, 7.369 million). U.S. Olympic Team Trials led the hour among repeats on ABC (Shark Tank 1.1/5 in 18-49, 4.23 million total viewers) CBS (Undercover Boss, 1.0/4, 4.74 million) and Fox (House, 0.5/2, 1.84 million) in all key ratings categories – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, as well as total viewers.

From 9-11 p.m. ET the Gymnastics Women’s Qualifying trials (2.3/8 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) generated the highest 18-49 rating for NBC in the time period since February 26, 2010 (Vancouver Winter Olympics, 6.9) and biggest overall viewership in the slot since March 25, 2011 (Dateline, 8.150 million). The U.S. Olympic Team Trials led the time period beating ABC (20/20, 1.0/4, 4.26 million) CBS (CSI:NY, 0.8/3, 4.66 million) and Fox (Bones, 0.5/2, 2.14 million) in all key ratings categories – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. In the 10-11PM hour NBC also surpassed ABC (20/20, 1.1/4, 4.5 million) and a CBS repeat (Blue Bloods, 0.7/2, 5.2 million). Read More »

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Netflix, Other Web-Based Services Interrupted By Storms In East

By | Saturday June 30, 2012 @ 10:41am PDT

Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest services in the Northeast were interrupted last night when Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud in Northern Virginia went offline because of severe thunderstorms, Forbes reports. Amazon EC2 servers handle web traffic for numerous companies in addition to those mentioned. Service was disrupted at around 11:21 PM Eastern time according to Amazon: “We are investigating connectivity issues for a number of instances in the US-EAST-1 Region.” Affected users aired complaints on Twitter and Facebook. Storms that caused the outages also knocked out power in broad swaths from Indiana to New Jersey, according to the Washington Post. Netflix appeared to be back online as of 1:15 am Eastern time. Mashable reports that Pinterest, Instagram (whose pending purchase by Facebook awaits regulatory approval) and Heroku were still down this morning in some areas. Amazon reported most services had been restored before dawn Eastern time. Last night’s outage follows a 6 1/2-hour outage on Amazon’s EC2 two weeks ago. Forbes pointed out that one of the selling points of “cloud computing” is that there are redundancies to prevent just such occurrences.

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Deadline Advisory: Nellie Leaving Town

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 8:38pm PDT

Deadline’s indefatigable TV Editor Nellie Andreeva will be on vacation out of the country with her family from Monday, July 2nd, until Monday, July 23th. (She will cover the Emmy nominations inbetween.) If humanly possible, please refrain from phoning, emailing, or texting her during this period. She deserves some time off! If it’s a big breaking TV story, please contact or me at I’ll try to be nice if you give me news first.

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‘Elysium’ Brings Jodie Foster To Comic-Con As Movies Rub Elbows With TV Series

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15.

Comic-ConJodie Foster at Comic-Con? Absolutely believe it. She and Matt Damon will be part of a panel that day for Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, which launched its initial ad campaign at Comic-Con (“this restroom is for humans only”) a year before actually showing footage there that really hyped things up. This is the biggest unknown quantity announced so far, the “we didn’t even know to be excited about it yet” item that could end up being the big-buzz item a la 300 (or, ahem, Sucker Punch). This news emerged today as Comic-Con continued its day-by-day rollout of what’s in store this year, releasing its schedule for Friday July 13. Elysium is surrounded on the Sony panel by Total Recall (they gave that a big push last year, and movies about to open seem less interesting to Con-goers) and Looper, which got a great reaction at Wondercon. Screen Gems’ latest Resident Evil sequel, which shared space with Looper and The Amazing Spider-Man at Wondercon, gets a panel all to itself, featuring all the usual regulars from the movies plus Michelle Rodriguez, somehow returning despite being killed in the first film. Read More »

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Fox Pilot ‘Guilty’ Extends Options On Actors As The Network Mulls Pickup For Fall 2013

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 7:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Legal drama pilot Guilty is staying in contention at Fox as the studio behind it, Warner Bros. TV, has moved on to extend the options on four actors, including star Cuba Gooding Jr. Pilots that are kept alive post-upfronts after missing the cut to series are usually put in midseason consideration. But in an interesting twist, I hear that Fox is exploring different scenarios for Guilty, including a potential fall 2013 launch, so the actors’ extensions are longer than normal. Of the five regulars in the pilot, WBTV has extended the options of Cuba Gooding Jr., Jay Harrington, Eva Amurri Martino and Julian Morris. The option on Sharon Leal was not  extended.

Guilty, from WBTV, Berlanti Prods. and Wonderland Sound and Vision, centers on a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney (Gooding Jr.) who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling and to ultimately exact revenge on the man who set him up. Guilty was written by Marc Guggenheim and directed by McG, who executive produced it with Greg Berlanti and Peter Johnson. The pilot came in strong, with Gooding Jr. testing very high. It didn’t make it to the schedule after the network decided to pick up only two new drama series for next season because of limited shelf space. But Fox brass remained interested in Guilty, leading to continuous conversations … Read More »

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Lifetime Relegates Bristol Palin’s Reality Series To 11 PM

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 7:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was two and out of primetime for Lifetime‘s new reality series Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp. After two dismal airings, the cable network has pulled the show from its Tuesday 10 PM slot, relegating it to 11 PM. Life’s A Trip opened to an underwhelming 726,000 total viewers last week — falling dramatically from lead-in Dance Moms. Life’s A Tripp, which had received mostly negative reviews, fell to 586,000 viewers this week. A Dance Moms repeat will take over the slot, leading to Life’s A Trip at 11 PM.

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Disney Developing Marvel Animated Movie

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 6:17pm PDT

Walt Disney Animation Studios is in early development with Marvel on an animated feature film based on the comic book series Big Hero 6. This one hit the rumor mill and the studio acknowledged that it’s on the drawing boards. Big Hero 6 is one of the lesser known of Marvel’s 4,000+ titles. The characters are Sunfire, Silver Samurai, GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Hiro Takachiho, and Baymax. They were created by the Japanese government to protect the country from all threats. As the project is in preliminary development, it’s too early to speculate about its future prospects or release date, but it’s unlikely that any additional details will be revealed at Comic-Con as some expect.

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Jason Katims Inks New Deal With Universal TV, Hires Michelle Lee As Development Exec

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 5:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Katims, the Emmy-winning writer-executive producer behind Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, has extended his relationship with the studio behind both series, Universal Television, in a new overall deal. Under the two-year pact, Katims will continue as executive producer on NBC’s Parenthood, in addition to developing new projects through his banner which he plans to build up into a full-fledged production company. As a key initial step, Katims has hired his first executive. Michelle Lee, VP at Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci K/O Paper Products, will join Katims’ company as head of development. “Jason Katims’ gift of writing deep, rich, complicated characters and relationships is a rare quality,” Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria said. “We are excited to develop new shows with him this year and to continue to go on a journey with his characters on the new season of Parenthood.”

Katims said his great experience collaborating with other writers over the years, most recently with FNL‘s David Hudgins this past season, was key in his decision to take the next step and launch a production company. In the company’s first cycle, Katims plans to develop something for himself to write as well as supervise a couple of projects from other writers. “Michelle and will focus on quality as opposed to quantity and will start with a small slate of projects that we are passionate … Read More »

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AMPTP, Basic Crafts Unions Announce Tentative Three-Year Contract

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 5:20pm PDT

June 29, 2012 – The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and Basic Crafts Unions announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The Basic Crafts Unions are Teamsters, Local No. 399, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 40, Plumbers, Local No. 78, Studio Utility Employees, Local No. 724, and Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local No. 755. The terms of the settlement will be subject to ratification by members at a later date.

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‘Unforgettable’ Will Return To CBS With 13-Episode Order For Summer 2013

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Unforgettable Renewed CBSEXCLUSIVE: Unforgettable lives! CBS has picked up the procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, which was cancelled in May after one season, with a 13-episode order targeted for next summer.

Related: CBS In Talks To Bring Back ‘Unforgettable’ With 13-Episode Order For Summer 2013

Following the cancellation by CBS, Sony Pictures TV, which co-produces Unforgettable with CBS TV Studios, began actively shopping the series to other networks, including TNT and Lifetime, while also pursuing a resurrection at CBS where it eventually started renewal negotiations. Unforgettable centers on Carrie Wells (Montgomery), a New York detective with the ability to visually remember everything, who works for a team led by her ex-partner and boyfriend, Lt. Al Burns (Walsh). Unforgettable will mark the highest-profile summer original scripted series to air on CBS in a long time. The network, which sticks mostly to unscripted fare and scripted reruns in the off-season, recently had some success with another crime procedural, Canadian import Flashpoint, which started in the network in the summer.

The axing of Unforgettable was surprising and one of the closest calls this upfront season. In its first season, Unforgettable averaged 12.1 million viewers and a 2.5/7 among adults 18-49 and was the most-watched series on any network to get the hook. The series was created by Ed Redlich and John Bellucci for … Read More »

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ESPN’s UEFA Euro Semifinals Up 46%

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 3:57pm PDT

ESPN presentation of the UEFA EURO 2012 semifinal matches on Wednesday and Thursday was seen by an average of 1.907 million viewers, an increase of 46 percent compared to the two semifinals watched by 1.307 million viewers in 2008. The weekday afternoon telecasts delivered an average of 1.457 million television households, up 46 percent versus 995,000 households in 2008.

Wednesday’s semifinal match between Spain and Portugal, a 0-0 tie won by Spain 4-2 in a penalty shootout, delivered ESPN’s largest audience ever in the semifinals of the European Football Championship – 1.475 million households and 1.952 million viewers, based on a 0.7 US rating.

Audiences for UEFA EURO 2012 and 2008 semifinals:

Through 30 matches (group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals) of the UEFA EURO 2012, ESPN’s live English-language presentation is averaging 932,000 households and 1,202,000 viewers — up 60 percent and 61 percent, respectively, versus the same 30 matches in 2008 (582,000 households and 745,000 viewers).

The top 10 metered markets through the group stage include: New York (2.0), Miami-Ft. Lauderdale (1.9), Providence (1.6), Los Angeles (1.4), Washington, DC (1.4), San Francisco (1.3), Las Vegas (1.3), Richmond, Va. (1.2), Atlanta (1.2), and Austin, Texas (1.2)

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Co-Host Erin Andrews Leaving ESPN

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 3:49pm PDT

After being with the sports network for eight years, Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN. The sports network’s VP of Communications Josh Krulewitz tweet this afternoon that “Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.” Andrews’ contract with ESPN expires tomorrow. Sports Illustrated reported earlier that Fox Sports was talking to Andrews about the host coming over to them. Andrews, who joined ESPN in 2004, has been the co-host of the network’s College GameDay since 2011. Andrews hasn’t actually appeared on-air for ESPN since March when she reported on a college basketball tournament. The host, who appeared on Dancing With The Stars in 2010, was also a contributor to Good Morning America, though she hasn’t appeared on the show since covering the 2011 Academy Awards.

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A&E’s ‘Longmire’ Renewed For Season 2

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 3:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Four weeks into its freshman run, I’ve learned that A&E’s new drama series Longmire has been renewed for a second season. The Western-flavored series starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff premiered with 4.1 million total viewers to become the A&E’s most-watched scripted series debut of all time and the highest-rated new cable scripted drama of 2012 among total viewers and adults 25-54 (1.4 million viewers). Over the first four airings, Longmire has averaged 3.9 million total viewers and 5.3 million viewers with Live +7 data for the first 2 weeks.

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Max Winkler & Matt Spicer Adapting ‘The Coward’

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 3:20pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Max Winkler and Matt Spicer are on board for The Coward. The duo will co-write the adaptation of Nick Jones’ comic play about 18th century English aristocrats. Winkler will direct and Spicer will executive produce the Big Beach Films project. American Work’s Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nanden, along with Big Beach’s Mark Turtletaub and Peter Saraf, will produce. The duo, along with Jason Reitman, worked together on 2010’s Ceremony, starring Uma Thurman. Winkler has also been attached to direct a crime comedy with Steve Carell for Warner Bros.  Both Winkler and Spicer are repped by CAA and Principato Young.

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Lionsgate’s Rob McEntegart Leaving To Start Own Company

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 2:45pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that Lionsgate’s well liked and highly respected Senior Executive Vice President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Rob McEntegart, will be leaving that studio in the next few weeks. ”His departure follows a planned transition period and is very amicable,” an insider just told me. McEntegart was responsible for overseeing the business side of Lionsgate feature films, including the recent blockbuster The Hunger Games, in terms of rights and talent deals. He also had operational responsibilities, some of which will now be handled by longtime Lionsgate executive Steve Beeks, who was recently appointed President of the Motion Picture Group.

McEntegart is going out on his own and launching First Reel Media, a firm which will partner with filmmaker and, production companies and other content creators to help with the business side of development, production, financing and distribution on feature projects and other content. First Reel Media’s first initiative will be the formation of a not-for-profit company through which top talent and filmmakers can develop and fund commercial projects involving progressive themes

McEntegart came to Lionsgate in 2007 when the studio acquired Joe Drake’s company Mandate Pictures. His departure now follows Drake, who was Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group President until its recent acquisition of Summit Pictures. McEntegart had been working with Drake since the founding of Mandate where he was EVP of Business Affairs. Among his negotiations there was a multi-picture deal for Mandate with Sony, plus the Fox Searchlight deal for Mandate’s hit Juno. Prior to Mandate, McEntegart served … Read More »

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