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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Signs First-Look Deal with Datari Turner

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films has signed a first-look deal with independent producer Datari Turner. Codeblack will have all distribution rights to Turner’s microbudget film productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Turner will produce all films through his Datari Turner Productions banner. “Datari has quickly established himself as a prolific producer with a keen ability to make… Read more »

‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ Moved to 2015

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Paramount Pictures is shaking up the order of its parade of horribles. “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” is being moved from Oct. 25, 2014 to a March 13, 2015 opening. The film was previously entitled “Paranormal Activity 5,” but it sounds like this haunted house tale is being treated like a spin-off instead of a… Read more »

Christian Rapper Lecrae Notches First No. 1 Album in Soft Sales Week

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Leading soft post-Labor Day sales that saw no six-figure debuts, Christian rapper Lecrae notched his first No. 1 album with “Anomaly.” The Reach Records title moved 88,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sept. 14. The performer (born Lecrae Moore) previously saw a career peak when “Gravity” bowed at No. 3… Read more »

‘Star Wars’ Provides Disney with a ‘Huge Opportunity’

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Walt Disney Studios is quick to admit it doesn’t have an awareness problem with “Star Wars” when it starts releasing new movies, beginning with next year’s “Episode VII.” But it also knows the future of the franchise at the Mouse House, however, relies on getting the film right for fans and newcomers. “This title is… Read more »

Survey: 81% of TV Directors Are White, Only 14% Are Female

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Minorities and women haven’t achieved significant progress in directing series TV, according to a survey from the Directors Guild of America, with Caucasian directors accounting for 81% of all primetime episodes while female directors were hired on only 14% during the past season. The DGA survey covers more than 3,500 episodes and includes broadcast, basic… Read more »

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Episodes Land at Vimeo, Which Has Exclusive on Future Releases

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A collection of 80 episodes of cult comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” featuring a man and his robot sidekicks riffing on especially terrible B-movies and assorted shorts, is now available on Vimeo. In addition, under Vimeo’s pact with Shout! Factory for “MST3K,” the online-video service has exclusive rights to any newly cleared episodes launching… Read more »

TNT Locks Down Next Five Marvel Movies Starting With ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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TNT has locked down the commercial TV rights to Marvel Studios’ next five movies, beginning with “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Marvel’s movies had previously aired on cabler FX since 2008. The new slate of Marvel films, which also include the third “Captain America,” will become available on TNT two years after their theatrical release…. Read more »

Beyond ‘The Walking Dead': Mining Darker Comics to Find a Hit

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Contrary to what broadcast television’s fall schedules might suggest, the revamped trend of using comicbooks as source material for TV shows has been hot for a while — even if the brains behind the networks’ programming slates have a hard time remembering that. “It’s funny — if you talk to the people at the networks,… Read more »

Why Martial Arts Might Be the Next Big TV Trend

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Forget kryptonite. The real killer for the superhero TV genre might be oversaturation. Geoff Johns, CCO of DC Entertainment, is aware of this risk and is battling it through a diversification plan. This fall, the Warner Bros.-backed company will have four shows on three networks. It also has a fifth, the quirky, femme-skewing “iZombie,” in… Read more »