As studios produce more summer tenptoles based on established brands, they’re looking to take a larger share of the nearly $50 billion in licensed merchandise sales generated from film and TV characters in the U.S. and Canada in 2012. Last year, Disney dominated the entertainment category with 80% marketshare, generating $39.4 billion. Company again ranked… Read more »
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Universal is having fun this year with hits like “Fast and Furious 6,” and the studio is hoping “Kick Ass 2″ will continue that streak when it bows later this summer. The studio’s latest trailer features main characters Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) beating up more bad guys with the help of… Read more »
LOS ANGELES-Prosecutors won’t be filing charges of vandalism against “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor Jeff Garlin after he was accused of smashing a car window in a dispute over a parking space. Instead, the 51-year-old will receive a hearing at the Los Angeles city attorney’s office where he will be advised about the law and how… Read more »
Matt Damon is certainly earning his stripes in the first photo from Terry Gilliam’s latest film, “The Zero Theorem.” Damon sports an all-white crew-cut hairdo and zebra print suit in the shot, which debuted Monday afternoon on Bleeding Cool News. “The Zero Theorem,” co-starring Christoph Waltz and David Thewlis, follows Waltz’s character who is trying… Read more »
LONDON — Amazon’s VOD service LoveFilm has inked a deal with Disney to stream a host of the studio’s pics on a branded on-demand service to auds in Blighty and Germany. Dubbed Disney Movies on Demand, LoveFilm members will be able to watch titles such as “Wall-E,” “Ratatouille,” “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “Dumbo,” Sword… Read more »
Fox and Ridley Scott are getting closer to returning to space as Jack Palgen (“Transcendence”) is in talks to write the follow-up to last year’s sci-fi blockbuster, “Prometheus.” Scott will produce again through his Scott Free banner though it’s unknown at this time if he will direct. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are also expected… Read more »
What could have been – a roundup of the stars who circled some of the summer’s biggest roles.
The soon-to-launch cable sports outlet, Fox Sports 1, will not broadcast the Super Bowl next year. Yet executives behind the scenes are making a play for the new network to get its share of Super Bowl advertising dollars.
Marvel fans could not be happier that Joss Whedon is making the rounds to plug his indie “Much Ado About Nothing” because with each new interview, “The Avengers” helmer seems to dribble out an update on the impending sequel. In his latest interview for Empire Magazine’s podcast, he says that Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston,… Read more »
Universal has extended its contract with Stephanie Sperber re-upping the executive’s deal to remain as president of Universal Partnerships & Licensing through 2016. New deal comes a year and a half before her current contact was set to expire. Sperber has been key in growing Universal’s relationships with brands, bringing them on as promotional partners… Read more »