Posts Tagged ‘news’

Karl Urban: Filmmakers ‘Working Very, Very Hard’ To Make ‘Dredd 2′ a Reality

April 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Karl Urban continues to keep the faith alive for “Dredd 2.” In his latest update to fans, the actor said that he’s working tirelessly with the movie’s original screenwriter-producer Alex Garland and DNA Films to make the dream of a sequel a reality. “I just wanted to say on behalf of everyone involved with the... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Captain America’ Breaks April Record With $37 Million Friday

April 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With a Friday bow of $37 million, Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” not only obliterated its competition, but April domestic daily records. The sequel is set to also break the weekend record for the highest-grossing April Stateside opening with $95 to upwards of $100 million this weekend. This could put the superhero pic almost... Read more

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David Letterman Retirement News Sparks Frenzy of Successor Speculation

April 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

David Letterman’s decision to retire next year has predictably set off a storm of speculation about successors to his “Late Show” throne. Stephen Colbert (pictured) has had quite a reversal of fortune in the past seven days. Last week he was forced to defend his Comedy Central series from accusations of racial insensitivity stemming from... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Captain America’ Racing to $100 Million in U.S. Debut

April 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is marching toward a record for the top April debut with a U.S. opening that could reach $100 million this weekend. Friday forecasts showed an opening-day launch in the $36 million-$39 million range, including $10.2 million from late Thursday shows — leading to projections of $95 million or more... Read more

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Comic JB Smoove Signs First-Look Reality TV Deal With Storyville

April 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Converge Media Group, the management, production and branded entertainment company launched by comedian-writer JB Smoove, Rick Dorfman, Conan Smith and Adam Benowitz, has inked a first-look co-production deal with reality TV producer Betsy Schechter’s Storyville Entertainment. This is the first co-production deal for both companies (Coverage was founded in 2013 and Storyville launched last month)... Read more

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Whoopi Goldberg Has Limits on Where She Takes Her Smartphone Calls

April 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Whoopi Goldberg Age 58 Accomplishments Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress; co-host of ABC’s The View; star of the Lifetime original movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short (premieres Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.) Base New York What’s the first information you consume in the morning? The first information I consume in the morning is, “Who do I need to respond to?” and then the news. I turn everything off at 7 o’clock [p.m.], so I don’t answer any emails until the morning. People get really insane with the emails—if you really need me, call me, but don’t email me 50 times and then expect that I’m going to respond instantaneously. I don’t take my gadgets into the bathroom with me! You know how many people do that? And you’re talking to them and then you hear a flush in the background and it’s like, “Wow! I don’t think I needed to know that!” How do you get your news briefings for The View? We all bring stuff that we found or thought of, and [the producers] also give us a packet. The five of us sit together and whittle it down. We don’t talk about everything to death in the makeup room, but everybody has their point of view. And then we start taping, and it’s all ad-lib, baby! You’re on Twitter—what are your other go-to social media platforms?

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David Letterman Announces His Retirement During Late Show Taping

April 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, because David Letterman is hanging it up after his contract expires at the end of next year. The 33-year late night veteran and host of CBS’ flagship Late Show with David Letterman broke the news to his studio audience during the taping of Thursday night’s show. Letterman in October extended his contract with CBS for a single year, committing to the show through 2015. At the time , Letterman joked that he needed the extra year to ensure that his final bridge was burned behind him.“[CBS Corp. CEO] Les [Moonves] and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” Letterman cracked. The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal . In a nicely odd twist, news of Letterman’s announcement was tweeted out by former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who is a guest on tonight’s show.

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David Letterman to Retire from CBS in 2015

April 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

David Letterman is preparing to announce his retirement from CBS next year. Letterman is expected to discuss his plan to retire in about a year on Thursday’s edition of “The Late Show.” Last year, Letterman re-upped his latenight contract with the Eye network in a two-year deal that was expected to be his last. As... Read more

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Will Ferrell to Star in Tennis Drama About 1973 Battle of the Sexes Match (EXCLUSIVE)

April 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Having already taken on roles set in the world of semi-pro basketball and little league soccer, actor and sports fan Will Ferrell looks ready to hit the tennis courts for his next sports-themed pic. Ferrell is attached to star in ”The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” scribe Steve Conrad’s “Match Maker,” which is about tennis’ legendary battle of... Read more

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Peter Chan Starts Chinese Kidnap Drama ‘Children’

April 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"American Dreams" director sticks to contemporary drama register

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