‘Thor: The Dark World’ Crosses $500M In Global Box Office

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 11:09am PST

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World had already eclipsed the worldwide gross of its predecessor and officially crossed $500M globally yesterday, Disney confirmed this morning. It’s the distributor’s third title to top that milestone this year following Marvel’s Iron Read More »

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Ron Burgundy Endorses Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (Sorta): Video

The classiest anchor in San Diego also happens to be the busiest promoter of Paramount‘s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Will Ferrell has appeared as Ron Burgundy in Dodge ads, is getting Emerson College’s journalism school renamed The Ron Burgundy School of Communication (OK, for one day), … Read More »

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Warner Bros Renames Sandler-Barrymore Pic – Again

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 4:21pm PST

First the romantic family comedy was Blended, then it was changed in the summer to The Familymoon. Now today it’s been re-titled Blended. The release date is still May 23, 2014. I’ll just rewatch Adam Read More »

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MSLO Appoints Daniel Dienst CEO

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 9:14am PDT

Five years ago stock of Martha Stewart Living Ominmedia traded at around $36 a share and founder Martha Stewart‘s TV shows were all over first-run and syndication. Today shares are trading at $2.40 after the company’s board of directors announced that Daniel Dienst has been named CEO to spearhead the strategy of “renewed growth” at the media company, which has its hands in magazines, books, TV and radio. Former CEO Lisa Gersh said in December she was stepping down after having been in the job only a few months. Dienst is a turnaround guy but not in the media field: He most recently was CEO of Sims Metal Management. He had been on the MSLO board chaired by Stewart and will remain there. Here’s the release:

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2013 — Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“MSLO”) (NYSE: MSO) and its Board of Directors today announced that Daniel W. Dienst has been named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dienst is a highly accomplished CEO who has successfully repositioned and grown publicly-held companies. Mr. Dienst was recently appointed to the MSLO Board of Directors and will continue to serve in that role.

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Music Box Acquires Japanese Serial Drama ‘Penance’ For Big Screen Run

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s psychological thriller Penance (Shokuzai) first aired on Japanese TV early last year as a serial drama. Music Box Films will release it theatrically in summer 2014 after snagging distribution rights for the U.S., Canada, … Read More »

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Syfy Orders Competition Series ‘Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge’

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT

Syfy has greenlighted eight episodes of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, which will pit 10 aspiring creature creators competing in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts. The winner gets $100,000 … Read More »

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Joan Rivers Settles With WGA East Over ‘Fashion Police’ Dispute

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 11:43am PDT

As part of the deal struck today between Joan Rivers and the WGA East, the Fashion Police host said that she will not “render any writing services even though as a comedian and SAG-AFTRA host, I often write material for myself.” The WGA East had set an October 14 disciplinary hearing in New York to determine whether the E! host violated the union’s rules by writing and performing showrunner duties for the E! Network show during its current writers strike. Action could have resulted in Rivers becoming the first member of that guild to be tossed, and she had called the trial board hearing “a bunch of bullsh*t“. Former writers for show have been on strike since mid-April for over $1 million in back wages and overtime. Rivers and the network contend have that Rivers played no part in the situation that led to the dispute. Read More »

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WME Appoints Former OMGPOP Boss Head Of Digital

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 9:16am PDT

Daniel Porter made his mark in the gaming space with OMGPOP and Zynga and now will be tasked with overseeing all of WME‘s online and mobile initiatives and help identify digital opportunities for clients. Based … Read More »

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Andy Roddick Joins Fox Sports 1 Team

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT

Newly retired tennis pro Andy Roddick will co-host Fox Sports Live, the network’s flagship news and highlights show, when Fox Sports 1 launches August 17. He joins Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, the Canadian duo … Read More »

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NHL Sets Kings-Ducks Outdoor Game At Dodger Stadium

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT

The real fun might not be seeing the LA Kings against rival Anaheim Ducks in Chavez Ravine but instead those poor workers and Zamboni drivers trying to keep the ice from melting on a potentially hot LA day. That’s what first came to mind when the NHL today announced the Jan 25, 2014, game as part of its expanded outdoor schedule last year. The Stadium Series as it’s now called was spawned by the successful annual Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day, which has boosted awareness of the sport, and provided NBC a killer TV alternative to college bowl game blowouts. Toronto plays Chicago at Soldier Field on March 1, and other matchups are to be announced including likely Yankee Stadium games featuring the NY Rangers, NY Islanders and NJ Devils. Read More »

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ESPN Writer Clarifies Remarks On Gay NBA Player As Media Adjust To New Reality

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 12:44pm PDT

Chris Broussard became part of the story yesterday with his outspoken comments about NBA player Jason Collins‘ coming-out in a Sports Illustrated column, making the journeyman center America’s first openly gay major sports figure. Broussard, a Christian and a longtime respected NBA beat writer who now works for ESPN The Magazine, called homosexuality a sin during a segment on the network’s newsmagazine OTL discussing Collins’ revelation. Not sure why anyone is surprised that a TV commentator provided commentary — agree or disagree with his take that’s what they pay the guy for, and he won’t be the last to offer an opposing view in this debate — but it prompted an apology from ESPN last night and a clarification by Broussard via Twitter:

Today on OTL, as part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today’s news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.

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Xfiniity On Demand Pacts With Tribeca Film Festival For Special Access

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 10:47am PDT

PHILADELPHIA – April 16, 2013 – Starting today, Comcast’s Xfinity TV and Tribeca Film® will bring Xfinity TV customers special access to the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival® on Xfinity On Demand. This offering includes four films available before they make their debut during the Tribeca Film Festival, which begins on April 17: The English Teacher, Fresh Meat, What Richard Did, and Greetings from Tim Buckley along with past Tribeca Film favorites that have screened at the Festival including Newlyweds, Grave Encounters, Janie Jones, Struck by Lightning, and over a dozen more.

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Winner Jeanine Mason Joins Fox Pilot ‘Delirium’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 3:14pm PST

Jeanine Mason, who won Season 5 of Fox‘s competition series So You Think You Can Dance, has been cast in the network’s drama pilot Delirium. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment and based … Read More »

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Why Did San Francisco Ignore The 49ers During The Super Bowl?

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 12:09pm PST

As media outlets race to determine who was at fault for the half-hour power outage during Super Bowl XXLVII — does it really matter now if it the power … Read More »

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Ryan Murphy And Jason Blum To Produce MGM Remake ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’

Jen Yamato is a Deadline contributor.

Ryan Murphy spilled details at a screening last night for the season finale of FX’s American Horror Story. “The movie that I was most freaked out by as a child was this movie that … Read More »

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Sundance: Icarus Film Acquires Docu ‘The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear’

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 1:01pm PST

ICARUS FILMS announced today its acquisition of all North American distribution rights to the Sundance Film Festival, World Documentary Competition entry THE MACHINE WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR, directed by the young Georgian filmmaker Tinatin Gurchiani. The deal was inked

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Big Names Tackle Big Subject Matter In HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 3:15pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Phil Spector is, in a sense, being retried in the court of artistic expression in the HBO biopic Phil Spector that debuts this spring featuring the typically impressive HBO pedigree: Al Pacino in the title role as Spector and Helen Mirren as his co-star. Oh, and David Mamet as writer-director. At the afternoon TCA panel promoting the film, defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden, who defended Spector in his first trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and served as a consultant on the film, remains unconvinced that her client did in fact commit the crime. “It was not proven,” she believes, “and to some degree that’s what this movie explores. What does reasonable doubt mean in a jury trial? Mamet, too, remains unconvinced of Spector’s guilt. “All I knew when we started the project is that he was a freak who killed some girl,” he said. But by the time he finished watching a documentary about Spector, Mamet admits he had changed his tune, to the point where he was almost equally convinced that Spector was extremely bright, misunderstood — and quite possibly not guilty. But his marching orders were “don’t indict the victim,” so he worked to make sure that was the case. Read More »

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Dane DeHaan Joins ‘Spider-Man’ Sequel As Harry Osborn

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 11:59am PST

Dane DeHaan has appeared in four films this year — Lincoln, Lawless, Jack & Diane and Chronicle — and will play Harry Osborn in Columbia’s sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man alongside Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and … Read More »

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DirecTV CEO Takes On Sports Programming Costs In Lakers Fight: “The Industry Is Broken”

DirecTV CEO Mike White is no stranger to taking a stand against rising programming costs, pulling 16 Viacom channels off his service during the summer for 10 days before reaching a carriage deal. Now his company and Dish Network are the lone pay TV providers serving Southern California who don’t have an agreement to carry the LA Lakers’ newly created TV homes: Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes. The satellite companies are balking at the $3.95-per-sub-per-month price that TWC reportedly wants. (Verizon, AT&T, Charter and, as of today, Cox Communications have made deals and are carrying the channels.) DirecTV, with about 1.2 million subs in SoCal, also is holding out on making a deal for a third rookie regional sports net, the Pac-12 Networks. It says that costs are out of control. (A fine Sports Business Journal report on the LA mess calculates providers must pony up about $10 per sub per month to carry all the RSNs in town). White was, well, direct during his company’s earnings call yesterday when asked about negotiations. Sounds like the Lakers, who play their fifth game of the season tonight in Utah, won’t be on DirecTV anytime soon:

In terms of Los Angeles, I think it’s another example of how broken this system is. People take the same content, package it up, bid it up for 3 times the national average on a per-game basis and then try and stick it back to the other distributors in the geography. And I think that’s very unfortunate. We have a system of very carefully tracking churn by day to look at kind of what we think our customers will be most interested in. We are continuing to have active discussions about the Lakers network. We hope to have a deal on that content. But all of these new channels that – everybody here wants a new channel and they want to stick it into the bundle, is not right. I mean we are taxing most of our customers who wouldn’t be willing to pay for that content. And I’ve said before, I think the regional sports network structure in the industry is broken. And it is. But I’m probably not going be able to change that overnight. But adding other stuff to the bundle that the average consumer can’t pay for without allowing it to be sold to those that want to pay for it is just not right. So we’ll continue to stand strong for our customers.

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