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Levity Entertainment Launches YouTube ‘Wait For It’ Comedy Channel (Exclusive)

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Levity Entertainment Group, the comedy-production company whose backers include Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden Entertainment, has launched YouTube channel “Wait For It” aimed at featuring its own talent as well as up-and-coming Internet comedians. Created and managed by LEG Digital, “Wait For It” will feature exclusive content with segments from the company’s own stable of 300-plus… Read more »

Digital Tracking: ‘San Andreas’ to Shake Up Box Office This Weekend

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Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix… Read more »

‘San Andreas’ Heads for $40 Million-Plus Opening, ‘Aloha’ Eyes $12 Million

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Dwayne Johnson’s disaster drama “San Andreas” is anything but a disaster, dominating moviegoing at the U.S. box office with early projections showing a $40 million-plus opening weekend. The opening of Sony’s “Aloha” is likely to finish the frame at around $12 million, or the mid-range of recent forecasts that have been tamped down as negative… Read more »

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Finishes Season Strong, But Still Third

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After hitting a rough ratings patch, television’s longest-running program — NBC’s “Meet the Press” — seems to have turned a corner and ended the season on a high note. The Sunday morning public affairs show, which has been moderated by Chuck Todd since last September, posted nice year-over-year ratings gains for the May sweep. According… Read more »

For Peabody Jurors, the Message Is the Medium

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On the face of it, it might be surprising to learn than a CW series based on a telenovela would take home a prestigious Peabody Award. Yet Peabody’s jurors look beyond the surface to honor shows that expand horizons, defend the public interest and encourage empathy with others. The Peabody Awards began in 1941 as… Read more »

Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Hudson Join HBO’s ‘Confirmation’

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HBO has lined up more notables for key roles in “Confirmation,” the telepic revisiting the drama of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill showdown in 1991. Greg Kinnear is set to play Joe Biden, who was a prominent voice in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Thomas during his tenure as a senator from Delaware. Jennifer Hudson… Read more »

Chris Farley Documentary Set for Summer Release

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Virgil Films has acquired “I Am Chris Farley” and will release the documentary in the late summer in key markets nationwide. The film, directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, includes interviews with Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade. It will debut on Spike on August 10, followed… Read more »

Matt Weiner on ‘Mad Men’ Finale: ‘I Had a Ton of Doubts’

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Even though viewers would ultimately embrace the hotly anticipated finale of “Mad Men,” series creator Matt Weiner confessed that he was plagued by increasingly gnawing worries over how they would react. “I had a ton of doubts,” Weiner revealed during the panel at the Writers Guild Foundation event “Inside the Writers Room with Mad Men,” where he was… Read more »

NBCU, Comcast to Host First Code and Content Hackathon in London

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NBCUniversal and Comcast are crossing the pond for their next “hackathon,” inviting developers in England to the companies’ first-ever media competition outside the U.S. The NBCU/Comcast hackathon in the U.K. will be held at the Westminster Impact Hub in London June 6-7. Themed “The Future of Content Creation, Distribution and Monetisation in a Connected World,”… Read more »

Cannes Film Review: ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’

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“In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call ‘photographs of people talking,’” Alfred Hitchcock told his awestruck French interlocutor, critic-cum-helmer Francois Truffaut, in the indispensable monograph whose 50th anniversary inspired film historian Kent Jones’ “Hitchcock-Truffaut.”