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‘Mockingjay Part I’ Preys Upon $33M In 2-Day Overseas Debut: Int’l Box Office

Lionsgate earlier today reported that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I was tracking 5% over last year's Catching Fire overseas. In 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire did slightly better abroad than domestically at about $440M vs $425M. Show More Summary

Charles Sipkins Exiting Sony As Corporate PR Head

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton just issued an internal notice that SVP Communications Charles Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities. “We thank him for his contributions and wish him success the...Show More Summary

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Moves From NBC To Netflix With 2-Season Pickup

Netflix has stepped in to cancel cancelled series — The Killing and most recently Longmire. Now the streaming service is taking over a series that has not yet premiered, midseason NBC comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Netflix has doubled the 13-episode order the series had at NBC. Show More Summary

Exhibitors Agree To ‘Landmark’ ADA Compromise On Closed Captioning

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act could have cost movie exhibitors as much as $275 million for equipment and services. That burden may lighten, however, as a result of a compromise proposed today by the National Association...Show More Summary

SAG Pension & Health Plan Whistleblower Craig Simmons Wasn’t First To Ring Alarms

EXCLUSIVE: Fully two years before whistleblower Craig Simmons alerted the U.S. Department of Labor to alleged malfeasance at the $3 billion SAG Pension & Health Plans, fellow employee Gary Mathis made virtually identical allegationsShow More Summary

WME Signs ‘Starry Eyes’ Directing Duo

EXCLUSIVE: Writing and directing partners Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer have signed with WME as their dark thriller Starry Eyes continues to climb the iTunes charts. The partially crowdfunded indie about a wannabe Hollywood actress...Show More Summary

Latin Grammys Ratings: Preempted By Obama Speech, Univision Broadcast Steady With 2013

The 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards may have started a little late with Univision covering President Barack Obama's immigration speech live but the show didn't suffer at all in the ratings. On a Thursday of fall finales and other strong competition, 4.8 million viewers watched the 3-hour live show from Las Vegas last night. Show More Summary

Court Blocks FCC On Content Deals, Cutting Outsiders’ Access To Program Terms

The deals that CBS, Fox, Disney, and Time Warner have with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, AT&T and DirecTV will remain private, at least for now. The U.S. Court of Appeals in DC today granted an emergency stay that...Show More Summary

Jean-Marc Vallee To Direct Amy Adams In Janis Joplin Biopic

BREAKING: Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee is signing on to direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin in the untitled biographical film that has a script by Ron and Theresa Terry script and will shoot mid-2015. It will be the next film by Vallee, who just helmed Reese Witherspoon in Wild. Show More Summary

‘NSYNC’s JC Chasez Cast In Topher Grace Movie Musical

EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace's musical comedy One Shot has added another crooner to its cast. Singer-songwriter and record producer JC Chasez, a founding member of the seminal boy band NSYNC, will join Grace and Taye Diggs in the film about...Show More Summary

Ellen Barkin To Guest Star In Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Pilot

Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin is set to guest star in Showtime comedy pilot Happyish. She'll play Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Steve Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is best described as the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project. Show More Summary

‘Queen Latifah Show’ Cancelled After Two Seasons

Sony Pictures TV has cancelled its syndicated talker The Queen Latifah Show after two seasons. It will continue airing originals until the end of March. Said SPT: “We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of. Show More Summary

Brandon Thwaites Boards ‘Pirates 5? Ship For Disney

We reported on Halloween that Brandon Thwaites was among  a handful of heartthrobs Disney was courting for the role of British soldier Henry in the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean romp. Now the studio in is final negotiations with the young Aussie, who played Prince Philip in the studio's Maleficent this year. Show More Summary

Finding The Kid Who Could Stand Up To Bill Murray: Ted Melfi On ‘St. Vincent’

'St. Vincent' writer/director/producer Ted Melfi talks at Deadline's The Contenders event about, literally, first having to track down the notoriously elusive Bill Murray. That task behind him, Melfi then had to find, as he puts it in this video shot at Deadline's Oscar showcase The Contenders, a kid who could stand up to Bill Murray. Show More Summary

‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Animated Fairy Tale

The first trailer has dropped for Lucasfilm's next project, animated fairy tale Strange Magic. Goblins, elves, fairies and imps collide, sparked by the battle over a powerful potion., Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth,...Show More Summary

Katee Sackhoff Gets ‘Girl Flu’

EXCLUSIVE: Katee Sackhoff has been set to join Jade Pettyjohn, Jeremy Sisto, Heather Matarazzo, Judy Reyes and Isaiah Mustafacast in the indie dramedy Girl Flu. Directed by Dorie Barton, Girl Flu focuses on Bird (Pettyjohn), a 12 year old in crisis. Show More Summary

James Corden Makes First CBS Late-Night Appearance Visiting David Letterman: VIDEO

James Cordon visits David Letterman's CBS late night show tonight and talked about how wowed his dad was to learn his son was going to host an American TV show. Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson on CBS's Late Late Show in March. "Well,...Show More Summary

Fast National Ratings Scrambled By Obama Speech, NFL Preemptions

Thursday fast national ratings already are impacted regularly by local NFL pre-emptions. Add to that coverage of President Obama's immigration speech by local stations, and you get a set of highly unreliable fast nationals. Because a...Show More Summary

Duggar Show Cancellation Campaign Sparks Petition Warfare On

A petition launched in August urging TLC to cancel the Duggar family reality series 19 Kids and Counting, over a robocall recorded by Michelle Duggar, now has more than 131,000 signatures after it got noticed by the media. In response,...Show More Summary

Millenium Entertainment Bolsters Digital With Amplify LA

Millenium Entertainment continues to beef up it digital distribution capabilities with the acquisition of Amplify's Los Angeles operation, the multi-platform distrib banner financed by Preferred Ventures and Digital Media investor Chris...Show More Summary

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