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RLJ Entertainment Makes Kurt Russell Western ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Its First Buy

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Bob Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment acquired all U.S. and Canada rights to “Bone Tomahawk,” a Western starring Kurt Russell, the company announced Tuesday. This is the first title acquisition under the RLJ Entertainment Brand, previously known as Image Entertainment. Set in the small town of Bright Hope, the film follows a gun-slinging sheriff (Russell) who sets… Read more »

MLB Inks $600 Million Pact with NHL to Handle TV, Streaming Distribution

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Major League Baseball’s media division announced a six-year deal with the NHL, under which MLB Advanced Media will take over the hockey league’s TV broadcasting and Internet-streaming operations. Under the terms of the pact, MLBAM will pay the NHL about $100 million per year for the rights to distribute the league’s out-of-market telecasts in the U.S…. Read more »

Study: Audiences Want Metal Detectors in Theaters, But Won’t Pay Extra (EXCLUSIVE)

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Despite the recent shooting at a Louisiana screening of “Trainwreck,” Americans still believe movie theaters are among the safest public places. Three quarters of moviegoers say they feel extremely or very safe in a theater, according to a new study from research firm C4. Although they feel secure, there are certain security measures that customers… Read more »

YouTube Comedian Hannah Hart Joins Kin Community

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Hannah Hart is bringing her YouTube comedy series “My Drunk Kitchen” and other creations to Kin Community, a femme-targeted multichannel network. Hart had previously been affiliated with Collective Digital Studio. She is repped by Brent Weinstein at UTA, Ken Treusch at Bleeker Street Entertainment and Ryan Pastorek at Morris Yorn. Under the in multiyear pact… Read more »

The CW’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Casts Casper Crump as DC Villain Vandal Savage

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“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” has found its Vandal Savage in Danish actor Casper Crump, who will make his debut as the iconic comicbook villain in crossover episodes of “Arrow” and “The Flash” before continuing the recurring role on the CW’s super-powered spinoff at midseason. Vandal Savage is immortal, having spent the past 6,000 years moving… Read more »

ABC’s Paul Lee: On Demand Viewing, Content Ownership Redefining Broadcast TV Economics

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How much has the world changed for broadcast networks in the past five years? In discussing the state of ABC at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Tuesday, ABC Entertainment Group chief Paul Lee noted the vast swings in programming landscape in the half-decade since he took the reins of the Alphabet. “We’ve seen… Read more »

Netflix Sets Japan Launch Date

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Netflix is set to debut in Japan on Sept. 2, marking the No. 1 streaming service’s first foray into Asia as it continues its strategy of reaching virtually every country in the world. The Netflix Japan service will include a number of Japanese films and TV series, as well as original series including “Marco Polo”… Read more »

Latido Brings ‘Anarchy’ to the International Market

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Spanish sales agency Latido Films has taken international distribution rights to Julio Hernández Cordón’s male love story “I Promise You Anarchy,” which will world preem as part of the International Competition at the 2015 Locarno Film Fest. A Mexico-based Guatemalan writer-director, Hernández Cordón made a name for himself with previous features “Gasoline,” “Dust” and “Marimbas… Read more »

Watch: Giovanni Ribisi Cons Bryan Cranston in ‘Sneaky Pete’ First Trailer

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Giovanni Ribisi cons Bryan Cranston in the first trailer for Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete.” Cranston makes a cameo in the show’s pilot, which he exec produced. “I’m a very reasonable man. I’m trying to help you,” Cranston’s character tells Ribisi. “You got seven days to give me my money.” Ribisi plays a criminal who steals his… Read more »