UPDATE:Glee co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy tweeted support for Monteith this morning. “I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100%,” he wrote.
PREVIOUS:Glee star Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab for substance addiction. The Fox musical dramedy has two more episodes from its current fourth season left to shoot. Filming on them will proceed as scheduled, with the sudden absence of Monteith’s Finn explained. “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment,” Glee producer 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement. “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.” Along with Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, Monteith has been prominently featured this season despite his character graduating from McKinley High last May. This is not Monteith’s first stint in rehab. The actor has been open about his addiction problems in the past and two years ago revealed that he entered rehab when he was 19.
On the Specialty box office front, this Easter Weekend showed strong debuts for Focus Features’ The Place Beyond The Pines and IFC Films’ documentary Room 237 while Renoir painted a passable opening leaving silent feature Blancanieves and Wrong to start with less gusto. Pines director Derek Cianfrance showed with his film’s star Ryan Gosling up at a Film Society Of Lincoln Center party for New Directors. (The same duo caught Oscar chatter back in 2010 with Blue Valentine after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.) Pines opened in a pair of runs in both New York and Los Angeles with a winning $67,564 average. Noted Jack Foley, Focus Features president of distribution: “It’s a testament to the appeal of this incredible cast, and also to Derek Cianfrance’s vision as a great storyteller, that audiences came out to see Pines this weekend. It’s epic, powerful and just great entertainment. Smart audiences want great movie options all year and you saw that with this weekend’s terrific numbers.”
IFC Films’ documentary centered on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining also made an impressive showing over the weekend. That’s good news for the distributor, which saw the exit of its long time SVP of Marketing and Publicity Ryan Werner who is one of the most important backers of international and indie cinema in America. The film Room 238 averaged $18K in two NYC theaters. Noted Werner: It’s an amazing film that says so much about the way we watch movies today. … Read More »
Speculation has been swirling this Easter holiday weekend in the media and among Academy types just exactly what the Save The Date for the “special event” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences just sent out to their members (in an email from President Hawk Koch and CEO Dawn Hudson) actually means. In a highly unusual move for the Acad the organization is holding a general membership meeting for its approximately 6000 members on May 4. The bi-coastal event taking place simultaneously in L.A., NY and San Francisco at 10AM (PT) and 1PM (ET) is titled “The Future Of Our Academy” and will include questions and conversation among those attending either in L.A. or likely via satellite hookups in the other two cities from what I understand. The actual specifics are being worked out and will be detailed later but clearly the Academy wanted to get this on the out there now for planning purposes. Officially the Acad is mum on any of this except to acknowledge it is happening.
Since the Academy is prominently using the word “future” in promoting this fairly unprecedented event to its elite membership we can probably assume it will not be a post-mortem on the recent – and controversial - Oscar show hosted by Seth MacFarlane which drew strong ratings but a highly mixed response inside and out of the Academy. One member who showed me his “save the date” on his iphone yesterday described … Read More »
SUNDAY 12 PM, 10TH UPDATE: No peace on Easter Weekend because Hollywood studios are now fighting over records. Disney is insisting that it had 2013′s biggest global opening for Oz The Great And Powerful of $148M worldwide. The Paramount record is for 2013′s best international so its exec was overreaching by claiming G.I. Joe: Retaliation had the year’s best global gross.
SUNDAY 9 AM, 9TH UPDATE: Paramount now says that G.I. Joe: Retaliation opened with a global gross of $132 million (including previews, which is +35% ahead of the worldwide opening of the first installment. The studio revised its international estimate to $80.3M based upon Saturday’s excellent play for what is the best international opening of 2013. (It surpassed Oz The Great And Powerful by 15% despite only opening in 75% of the world.) Refined domestic figures are up slightly – $41.2M for the three-day Easter Weekend because Saturday came in stronger than expected, with a 4 1/2-day cume of $51.7M. Exit polling of audiences showed that 68% was male and 59% over age 25. Until now, no title had even cracked the $70M mark overseas this year. The sequel’s international opening was almost double the disappointing first installment G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra for the same territories. This weekend’s release represented about 75% of the world, with major … Read More »
Fox today released a trailer for Axe Cop, one of the quarter-hour series that will launch Fox’s late-night alternative animated programming block Animation Domination High-Def, which premieres Saturday, July 27. It is based on the Axe Cop web comic, created by then five-year-old Malachai Nicolle, who did the writing, and his 29-year-old brother, Ethan, who drew it. It chronicles the adventures of an axe-wielding police officer and his loyal team of allies as they fight bad guys. The first five installments of Axe Cop were put online on January 25, 2010 and went viral in a matter of days, spawning a graphic novel by Dark Horse Books. Axe Cop was developed for television by Fox’s animation unit head Nick Weidenfeld and Judah Miller. Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser serve as executive producers/showrunners. The series ensemble cast includes Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt, Ken Marino and Peter Serafinowicz.
As part of a Revolution panel at WonderCon today attended by most of the series’ stars, there was this reel with highlights from the conclusion of Revolution‘s freshman season. Helicopters, Humvees and modern guns take center stage as the battle for electrical power continues. The footage includes potential plot spoilers so proceed with caution:
Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations have added David Tennant who will reprise his role as the tenth Doctor for the first time since 2010. Billie Piper and John Hurt are also coming on board. They will join current Doctor, Matt Smith, and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who joined the series this season as the new companion. The latest Doctor Who series picks up again tonight in both the UK and the U.S.
Tennant, currently starring in ITV drama Boradchurch – which will air on BBC America Stateside – was the tenth Doctor over three series. He’ll next be seen on BBC America in the two-part Spies Of Warsaw that starts April 3. Piper played companion Rose Tyler for two series following the reboot in 2005.
The Doctor Who anniversary special will form part of major celebrations planned by the BBC for November. The special is produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC One, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran. Filming starts this week.
After weeks of repeats this month, Shark Tank(1.7/5) returned to Friday night with some new bite. The 9 PM entrepreneurial reality completion show saw an update from a couple who received a deal with all the Shark judges earlier this season and an eager teen seeking investment in her skincare line. The new bite didn’t chew off anything new however ratingswise. Perhaps it was the basketball on CBS, Daylight Savings or just being off for a few weeks but Shark Tank also saw a drop of 15% from its last original on March 8, 2013. After the live NCAA tournament on CBS, whose fast nationals are approximate, Shark Tank got the biggest return from Adults 18-49 on Friday and was the most watched series on TV last night with 5.98 million tuning in. Happy Endings began its new slot on Fridays with back-to-back episodes last night. At the same time as it has started a campaign to have fans save the comedy, ABC’s plan is to have Happy Endings sit at the end of the week for the remainder of its season. The 8 PM (0.9/3) and the 8:30 PM (0.7/3) were down 25% and 46% from its last two originals on January 29. ABC ended the night with a new 20/20 (1.4/2), which was down two tenths from last week’s broadcast.
Fandango Portobello Closes Up Shop In London Sales and finance outfit Fandango Portobello has officially shuttered its London office, the company said on Twitter. Cineuropa reports that execs Janine Gold and Sarah Nuttall are exiting. Production operations will be shifted back to the company’s headquarters in Rome and sales will fall to the office in Denmark. On Fandango Portobello’s most recent slate was Matteo Garrone’s Reality. The Grand Prize winner in Cannes last year was released in the UK via Independent on March 22. It also handled Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam (We Have A Pope). Sundance Selects recently capitalized on the media frenzy surrouding the real new pope, Francis, to re-release the comedy in New York on March 20.
Chinese Animation Studio Sues Apple Shanghai Animation Film Studio has sued Apple in a Beijing court alleging that Apple sold its movies without consent. The state-owned studio is seeking just over $500,000, saying Apple and its Chinese subsidiary sold more than a hundred of its films including Calabash Brothers and Black Cat Detective, according toThe South China Morning Post. Apple’s taken a bit of a bite in China recently. In September, a Beijing court ordered the company to pay China Encyclopedia Publishing $84,000 in compensation for providing download services without approvals and earlier this week, it was in court in a patent infringement … Read More »
New York has made it a lot easier for The Tonight Show to return to the Big Apple. The 2013-2014 budget given final approval by the Assembly late Thursday extends the state’s Film Tax Credit program through 2019 and expands it to include certain types of TV production. And it seems to be squarely aimed at luring Tonight back to NYC. An amendment to shoot down the TV tax incentive was debated but ultimately failed, Reuters reports. We’ll see what happens.
Daily Beast co-founder Edward Felsenthal is becoming managing editor of the Time website despite lots of uncertainty as Time Inc spins off from Time Warner. The news was first released via Twitter. Felsenthal replaces Time.com managing editor Cathy Sharick who took a buyout as part of a recent 6% company-wide layoff.
The legal battle betweenAmerican Idol creator Simon Fuller and Fox over The X-Factoris over. Sources confirm to Deadline that the two sides have reached a confidential settlement and are moving to have the case dismissed with prejudice. Fuller filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the network and the production company Freemantle Media over The X-Factor just before it was set to debut in America. The July 20, 2011 complaint claimed that Fox and Fremantle went back on a 2005 promise to put in writing that Fuller would receive an executive producer credit and a hefty fee on any American version of X Factor. At that time Fuller was suing X-Factor creator and now former American Idol judge Simon Cowell in the U.K. for copyright infringement and breach of contract over what the Idol creator calls “striking similarities” between the Pop Idol and X Factor formats. The 2005 agreement was intended to make peace between the two Brits as Idol started to explode Stateside The peace held six years until Cowell moved to … Read More »
A federal judge has ruled tentatively in Angelina Jolie‘s favor in a lawsuit that alleged she took key elements of a book on the Bosnian War for her 2011 filmIn The Land of Blood and Honey. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee today said there were not enough similarities between James Braddock’s book The Soul Shattering and the film to prove violation of copyright. Braddock was therefore ordered to show cause why the action should not be dismissed with prejudice by no later than April 12. Braddock sued the Oscar-winning actress, GK Films and distributor Film District on December 2, 2011 for copyright infringement, three weeks before the film about a love affair during the Bosnian Civil War came out in America.
Need For Speed will open wide on March 14, 2014, five weeks later than its original date of February 7, 2014. The pic now avoids going up against Warner Bros’ Lego and Sony/Columbia’s Robocop and so far has the March 14th spot to itself. The Scott Waugh-directed Need For Speed focuses on ’70s-style fast-paced, high-octane cars and Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who races at impossible speeds from New York to LA to get revenge on the man who killed his best friend. It also stars Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots.
It’s been a tense month-and-a-half for troubled VFX studio Rhythm & Hues. After filing for Chapter 11 in February, bringing global scrutiny to the tough economics of the US VFX industry, a federal bankruptcy judge today approved the company’s sale to an affiliate of India-based Prana Studios, 34×118 Holdings Inc. The new buyer won a drawn out auction for the Oscar-winning Life Of Pi company late last night with a winning bid valued at about $17 million. Prime Focus and Chinese company Brave Vision, represented by China Lion President and co-founder Jiang Yanmin, were also in the running, with Brave Vision tentatively approved today as backup bidder, pending documents to be provided to the court before final sale. (Other outlets misreported China Lion as a bidding company yesterday, but it was not involved.) Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In a rare TV stint, Matthew Broderick has signed on as the lead in CBS‘ untitled Tad Quill multi-camera comedy pilot directed by James Burrows. The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Jack (Broderick), a recently widowed father who raises his 12-year old son while jumping back into the dating pool. CBS originally developed the project and ordered it to pilot three years ago but it was shelved because of difficulties casting the lead role, which is considered crucial to the project. After a lengthy courtship, the producers were able to land Broderick who is regularly offered pilots but rarely engages as he is busy doing theater. I hear he committed to the pilot after meeting with creator Quill. Broderick is a familiar face on CBS, the network that carries the Tony Awards. Broderick has had a regular presence at the Tonys, winning twice and co-hosting the show with Nathan Lane in 2001. On TV, he most recently guest starred on Modern Family and 30 Rock. The actor, repped by CAA, is currently starring on Broadway in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Here’s a glimpse of the upcoming Lifetime biopic Ring Of Fire about the life of June Carter Cash. Jewel stars as the country icon and Matt Ross (American Horror Story) is set to play music legend Johnny Cash, Carter Cash’s husband. It’s set to premiere on Monday, May 27 at 8 PM.
EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Fallon is negotiating a new deal with NBC that would pave the way for him to take over The Tonight Show. But he’s doing it without his longtime manager Management 360′s Eric Kranzler by his side. I’ve learned that Fallon fired Kranzler the day after the Oscars while the talk show host’s team was in preliminary conversations with NBC about a new contract for him. That ended Fallon’s second stint with Kranzler who originally managed the actor for three years during Fallon’s tenure on Saturday Night Live in the early 2000s. After a brief hiatus, Fallon re-signed with Kranzler in 2008, a year before the launch of his late-night NBC show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. During the past five years, Fallon also branched out into producing and hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards. He continues to be represented by CAA, which is handling his negotiations with NBC.
Universal’s 2 Guns is directed by Baltasar Kormákur from a script by Blake Masters. The action thriller stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as two undercover federal operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. Pic opens in theaters August 2nd: