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Blog Profile / Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily

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Box Office End of Summer: Some Profitable Hits In An Overall Blah Season

The summer frame, defined this year as May 2 through Labor Day, is down an estimated 14.8% versus the same period in 2013, when the industry was headed to a record year. In 2013,Iron Man 3 was phenomenal on the domestic front, grossing $409M to be the summer's top film. Show More Summary

Pete Hammond’s Telluride Q&A With Makers Of ‘The Imitation Game’ [Video]

Deadline's Pete Hammond is in Telluride for the film festival, busily seeing (and writing about) as many awards contenders there as he can. But Pete also took a bit of time after watching The Imitation Game to sit down with the film's producers...Show More Summary

‘Meet The Press’ Introduces Chuck Todd: VIDEO

NBC News this morning began warming up the Meet The Press audience for its new host Chuck Todd, who debuts a week from today. The canned piece features Brian Williams, Todd's mother, Savannah Guthrie, Todd's wife, and Tom Brokaw — who said he not only wants to extend good wishes to Todd, but also to the guy NBC News dumped to give him the slot, David Gregory. Snap! Watch…

‘Cantinflas’ Sails Decently In Specialty Box-Office Bow

As with the major releases, the specialty film box office this Labor Day holiday weekend is comparatively more tepid than last year's. In 2013, Pantelion began a record-breaking run with Instructions Not Included, the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever in…

Holy Macau…Casino Short Film Lineup: Scorsese, De Niro, DiCaprio, Pitt

EXCLUSIVE: How many short films have ever boasted this kind of star wattage? RatPac Entertainment is producing a short being directed by Martin Scorsese that will be used as a campaign for Lawrence Ho and James Packer's Melco-Crown Entertainment (MCE) global resorts and casino brand. Show More Summary

Fandor, Telluride Premiere TED Video Director’s Sci-Fi Short After Ai Wei Wei Relents

The 9-minute short was shot in secret in Beijing and had its Kickstarter campaign temporarily shut down by star Ai Wei Wei, China's most prominent artist and dissident, after producer/writer/director/editor Jason Wishnow oversteppedShow More Summary

Venice Spotlight: Ami Canaan Mann On ‘Jackie & Ryan’

Since she is the daughter of iconic filmmaker Michael Mann, it seems surprising that director Ami Canaan Mann's first screenplay would focus on a modern day train jumper musician who sneaks onto freight cars, armed with guitar and sterno...Show More Summary

Int’l Box Office: ‘Lucy’ Crosses $150M Overseas; ‘Hercules’ Over $100M; More

Lucy crossed $150M at the international box office this weekend for a cume of $151.6M. It added $27.2M at 4,700 Universal dates in 48 territories bringing the studio's portion of the cume to $107.2M. Combined with grosses from Luc Besson's...Show More Summary

‘Doctor Who’ Down 1.59M UK Viewers In Sophomore Outing

Into The Dalek, the second episode of Doctor Who's new season averaged 5.2M viewers on BBC One on Saturday night from 7:30-8:15PM local. The sophomore turn by Peter Capaldi as the 12th Time Lord earned a 24.7 share. It was BBC One's most watched show of the day, but 1.59M, or 23.4%, down on last week's season 8 launch. Show More Summary

Simon Cowell’s Return To ‘X Factor UK’ Scores Best Launch Since 2011 With 9.5M Viewers

In a much ballyhooed return, creator Simon Cowell is back on the judging panel of ITV's singing competition show The X Factor UK. The 11th cycle kicked off last night with 9.49M viewers and a 43 share from 8-9:25PM local. Over the last...Show More Summary

FT Vet Rona Fairhead Expected To Be First Woman To Chair BBC Trust

Former Financial Times Group chief executive Rona Fairhead is understood to have been selected by the British government as the next chair of the BBC Trust, the body that oversees the BBC. Fairhead still has to be questioned by the Culture,...Show More Summary

‘The Voice’ Season 7 Contestants Have A New Advisor: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift will be joining season 7 of NBC's The Voice which debuts on Sept. 22 and will be advising contestants across all four teams in a role similar to Coldplay's Chris Martin last season.  Swift will be working with Voice vets...Show More Summary

Telluride: Oscar Host To Oscar Contender? Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Wins Standing Ovation At Festival

I ran into a producer and Academy voting member after this morning's smash screening of  The Daily Show host Jon Stewart's impressive writing and directorial feature debut, Rosewater.   He – and his wife – were raving about it, but also...Show More Summary

Exclusive Venice Clip: The Vibrant Bluegrass Music In Ami Canaan Mann’s ‘Jackie & Ryan’

EXCLUSIVE: Having screened earlier today at the Venice Film Festival and premiering tomorrow night, Jackie & Ryan, is the third feature from director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael Mann), which follows a train hopper, Ryan (British actor Ben Barnes), who is set on becoming a musician during the millennium's recession in Utah. Show More Summary

Hot TV Trailer: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5; UK Premiere Set For September 21

ITV has set a premiere date for the next trip to the Grantham estate. Season 5 of Downton Abbey will debut in the UK on Sept 21 at 9PM local. (The U.S. premiere was previously announced for January 4, 2015 on PBS Masterpiece.) Season 5 kicks off in 1924 as Ramsay MacDonald becomes Britain's first ever Labour Prime Minister. Show More Summary

Venice: Al Pacino Waxes On Depression, The Actors Studio & The “Amazing” ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

It's Al Pacino day here on the Lido. The actor is in town for two very different films, Barry Levinson's out-of-competition The Humbling and David Gordon Green's competition entry Manglehorn. Pacino stars in the former as an aging theater actor at a crossroads who has an affair with Greta Gerwig's younger woman. Show More Summary

Venice: ’99 Homes’ Takes On The 1% With Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon (Video)

Prepping his Venice Competition title 99 Homes, helmer Ramin Bahrani says he was made “dizzy by the corruption” in the Florida foreclosure system. The film is set in 2010 Orlando and follows Andrew Garfield as an unemployed construction worker and single father whose family loses its home. Show More Summary

Telluride: Weinstein Company Jumps Back Into Oscar Game With Strong ‘Imitation Game’ Screening

On a day chock full of World Premieres here in Telluride, The Weinstein Company which has used this festival for North American launches of The King's Speech  and The Artist  and saw both go on to win Best Picture Oscars,  just might...Show More Summary

Global Showbiz Briefs: DreamWorks Signs 4- Series Deal With South Korea’s Studio Mir; Veteran Aussie Actor Bill Kerr Dies; More

DreamWorks Animation has inked a deal with Studio Mir for the latter to produce as many as to four cartoon TV series during the next four years. The South Korean animation studio, known for 2D fantasy series The Legend Of Korra, which...Show More Summary

Los Angeles City Council Votes To Waive Film Fees

In another move to make L.A. more film friendly, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to renew its waiver of film fees at many city facilities and sites. The moratorium on film fees had expired June 30, and the City Council's action will make the waiver retroactive to that date. Related: L.A. Show More Summary

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