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Lionsgate Stock Falls on ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Debut

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Lionsgate’s stock dropped slightly Monday morning after “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ missed box office projections. The third film in the hit franchise earned $123 million, the biggest debut of 2014 and the fifteenth largest opening of all time, but analysts had expected it to top $150 million and Lionsgate had predicted a… Read more »

ITV Greenlights Bear Grylls, ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Shows

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LONDON — U.K. broadcaster ITV has ordered a Bear Grylls nature series, as well as a “Jekyll & Hyde” drama adaptation from writer Charlie Higson, best known for “The Fast Show” and the “Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)” remake starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Grylls’ production company Bear Grylls Ventures has teamed with Jane Root’s… Read more »

Redbox to Hike Rental Price of DVDs by 25%

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Redbox next week will raise the daily rental prices of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, followed by a 50% jump in videogame rental fees in January — moves that parent company Outerwall expects to have an “adverse impact” on rental volumes. As of Dec. 2, 2014, the daily rental rate for DVDs will increase from $1.20… Read more »

Rome’s Cinecitta Studios Lures ‘Ben Hur’ Redo And Other Hollywood Pics

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ROME – Rome’s Cinecitta Studios is boasting a burst of biz prompted by tax incentives which are luring back Hollywood majors, including Paramount and MGM with their “Ben Hur” remake more than five decades after the Charlton Heston original shot at the famed facilities. A portion of the upcoming 24th James Bond film is also… Read more »

Shout! Factory Takes N. America on ‘Legend of Longwood’

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LONDON — Global Screen has sold the adventure family feature “The Legend of Longwood” to Shout! Factory for the U.S. and Canada. The deal was closed at the American Film Market and marks the second pact between the Munich-based world sales company and the American independent distributor within a few weeks, with Shout! Factory having… Read more »

China’s BesTV and Oriental Pearl Merge To Create New Media Giant

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Shanghai Media Group, a Chinese state-controlled conglomerate, has merged two of its listed subsidiaries to form a new group, that it claims will be the largest Internet media conglomerate in China. SMG is one of largest media and entertainment conglomerates in China and last week announced an expansion of its relationship with Disney. SMG is… Read more »

‘Homeland’: Stakes and Emotions Run High in ‘There’s Something Else Going On’

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“Homeland’’s” ninth episode, “There’s Something Else Going On,” was a combustible mix of action, nail-biting tension and plot twists and turns. In the middle of all this, the show has made its way back to holding a mirror up to U.S. foreign policy actions to examine them in the harsh glare of a naked florescent… Read more »

Katy Perry Officially Confirmed as Super Bowl Halftime Headliner

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Though the information had been out there since October, neither NBC nor the NFL had officially confirmed that Katy Perry would be the halftime headliner for Super Bowl XLIX. However, the announcement finally came on Sunday, confirming that Perry would follow in the footsteps of Beyonce, Madonna and other pop stars who played at the TV juggernaut…. Read more »

Why Chrysler Treated ABC’s ‘American Music Awards’ Like The Super Bowl

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ABC’s “American Music Awards” isn’t the biggest event on TV, but one of its sponsors treated the awards show as though it was. Chrysler Group ran four 30-second spots during the two-hour special, each featuring portions of music videos featuring new music from Interscope Records artists. Fergie promoted Chrysler while highlighting her song “L.A. Love.”… Read more »

‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: Double ‘Crossed’

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Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Walking Dead” season five, episode seven, titled “Crossed.” Compared to the streamlined narratives of the past few episodes, which focused on small groups of characters to achieve maximum dramatic impact, “Crossed” revisited all of our scattered survivors in an attempt to weave the disparate story… Read more »