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Hollywood Center Studios Betting on Production in L.A.

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Hollywood Center Studios, one of the oldest lots in California, is making a $50 million bet on continued demand for its soundstages at a time when the state is sweetening its incentive program. “Although film production has largely left L.A., a lot of TV production remains here due to the creative talent that resides in… Read more »

Thursday Ratings: Sluggish Bow For CBS’ ‘McCarthys’ as ‘Big Bang’ Hits Season Lows

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CBS had an unspectacular premiere for its Thursday comedy lineup, with “The Big Bang Theory” easily topping the night but at season lows and “The McCarthys” looking lackluster in its debut behind the solid “Two and a Half Men.” ABC, off to a hot start on the night this fall opposite football on CBS, stayed… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Nightcrawler’ Opens with $515,000 at Thursday Night Screenings

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler” came to life with $515,000 at 2,766 locations in pre-Halloween Thursday night screenings in the U.S. Distributors began showings at 7 p.m. With trick-or-treating and celebrations taking place Friday, the weekend’s ticket sales are expected to be mild. Forecasters have estimated Open’s Road’s  “Nightcrawler” and Universal’s second weekend of “Ouija” will battle… Read more »

‘Annihilation’ Movie Gains Momentum at Paramount with Alex Garland (EXCLUSIVE)

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Paramount’s moving forward on its thriller “Annihilation,” tapping “Ex Machina” writer-director Alex Garland to adapt the script and direct the project. The studio and Scott Rudin acquired movie rights to Jeff VanderMeer’s “The Southern Reach” trilogy last year. The first book, “Annihilation,” was published in March. It was followed by “Authority” in May and “Acceptance”… Read more »

TV Review: Cartoon Network’s ‘Over The Garden Wall’

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“Over the Garden Wall” aspires to, and in part achieves, true whimsy, which doesn’t make the outlook for this animated, not-so-grim fairy tale for adults any less cloudy. Patrick McHale’s creation has been expanded into a 10-part miniseries (each night runs a half-hour, consisting of two chapters), which Cartoon Network will air over consecutive nights…. Read more »

AFM: Rob Zombie Sets Halloween Horror Movie ’31’

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Horror icon Rob Zombie is launching production of  “31” — a movie taking place on Halloween — in February. Protagonist is introducing to the international marketplace at the American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and represents North American rights. Production companies are Spectacle Entertainment Group, with Bow + Arrow Entertainment and… Read more »

Marriott Signs Content Deals with YouTube, Snapchat Stars, ‘Ghost Whisperer’ Producers Through New Studio (EXCLUSIVE)

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Marriott International has added YouTuber Jack Harries, Snapchat star Casey Neistat, and the producers of “Ghost Whisperer,” Ian Sander and Kim Moses, to its roster of content creators that will provide the hotel operator with entertainment it can use to attract a younger next-generation of traveler to its 18 brands. The company last month launched Marriott Content… Read more »