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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (08.24.15)

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What with a weekend of low-earnings and some small, unexpected wins, it looks like the summer season is truly at a close. Compton suffered from a 56% drop, while Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation fell only 33%.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (8.21.15)

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Your Complete Weekend Box Office Tracking, Predictions, & Analysis (08.20.15)

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Even with three more openers this weekend–Sinister 2, American Ultra, and Hitman: Agent 47–Straight Outta Compton has nothing to fear. Let’s be real, none of them have the amazing word of mouth, the inventive marketing, or the wide audience.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (08.17.15)

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In another stellar example of Universal making all the right calls this year, Straight Outta Compton shot to an unexpected $60 million this weekend. Ahead of both Ant-Man‘s $57 million opening weekend and Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation‘s $55.5 million.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (8.14.15)

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (08.13.15)

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Universal’s looking at yet another win with Straight Outta Compton this weekend, as the biopic is receiving a lot of positive word of mouth. Rogue Nation will keep killing it, even with some competition in the action/espionage realm from opener The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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E.B. Rhee’s “The Garden” Will Grow Into Feature At Polymorphic Pictures

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E.B. Rhee’s epic sci-fi short The Garden is set to become a feature at Polly Johnsen’s Polymorphic Pictures, with eyes to develop the story into the next big science fiction franchise.

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YOUR COMPLETE LINEUP TO THE 2015 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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We’ve got the full lineup to the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Demolition will open the festival, which runs from September 10th – 20th.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (08.10.15)

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Continuing a string of disappointing box office opening weekends, Fantastic Four might be the roughest of them all. At a rumored $120 million budget, Four limped to a pitiful $25.7 million over the weekend. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation claimed the top spot for its 2nd week out, falling less than 50% from last weekend.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (8.07.15)

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (08.06.15)

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There’s enough opening this weekend to rattle the box office, even if any summer sizzle has fizzled out and there’ll be nothing truly shaken up. Even with stellar talent involved, Fantastic Four isn’t looking so hot in early reviews.

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Reese Witherspoon And Bruna Papandrea Ink 2-Year TV Deal With ABC Studios

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Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea have signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios to develop and produce exclusively broadcast television series under their Pacific Standard banner. Witherspoon and Papandrea will bring in a dedicated TV executive to work with Pacific Standard’s creative executive Jeanne Snow.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (08.03.15)

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation held its breath to a $55 million opening, far better than hoped for given early projections, but right in line with our thoughts last Thursday. That puts Rogue Nation right behind Ant-Man‘s $57 million opening and a little ahead of San Andreas‘s $54.6 million.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (7.31.15)

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (07.30.15)

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Vacation doesn’t have a shot against Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, but it doesn’t need to given its much more modest budget ($35 million to $150 million). Plus, Vacation will at least avoid Pixels’ embarrassment of finishing second to Ant-Man last week.

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (07.27.15)

boxofficecollageEven after dropping 56% in its 2nd week, Ant-Man reigned, shutting out Pixels by only $0.9 million. As predicted, this weekend had a lot of close calls, with the front-runners all within $8 million of each other. Pixels was hampered by extremely negative reviews.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (7.24.15)

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VidCon 2015 Update

vidconday1VidCon 2015 officially kicked off today, with appearances by YouTube’s biggest stars, including iJustine, Lindsey Stirling, Colleen Ballinger (Miranda Sings) and Rhett & Link. Click here for some of the highlights.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (07.23.15)

Pixels-2Now that Jurassic World’s become the 3rd highest grossing film ever, and officially moved out of the top 5, there’s no real contender for a little while. In the meantime, Pixels and Paper Towns will keep the box office steady for now.

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6th Annual VidCon To Take Place July 23-25

VidConCollageThe sixth annual VidCon kicks off tomorrow at the Anaheim Convention Center and runs from July 23-25. Founded by the “Vlogbrothers” Hank and John Green, it is a celebration of all forms of online video and content. More than 300 of the most innovative and influential YouTube creators are scheduled to appear with more than 20,000 attendees.

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Original Productions Splashes Down With Back-to-Back Hollywood Beer Pong Championships

beer pongOriginal Productions won the 11th Annual Hollywood Beer Pong Tournament on Saturday, July 18th at Busby’s East Sports Bar on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, giving the reality-powerhouse production company back-to-back championships. The event was sponsored by ScriptNoted and benefited charity Lights Camera Cure.

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“Star Wars,” “Captain America,” “Finding Dory” And More At Disney’s D23

disney d23Disney’s D23 Expo will attempt to challenge Comic Con’s pop culture dominance with sneak-peaks of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Alice Through the Looking Glass, the live-action Jungle Book reboot and more.

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Casey Patterson Leaves Viacom To Launch Production Company

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Casey Patterson, a longtime Viacom executive will form her own production company, Casey Patterson Entertainment. She will still retain close ties to her former company and already has a multi-year deal with Viacom Music and Entertainment Group to develop live music, variety and comedy material.

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Announcing The 2015 Launch Pad Feature Mentorship Program

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With 66 writers signed in the last two years via the Launch Pad competition we’ve had an amazing run of talent begin their careers here. This year we’re proud to present Ian Shorr (Cristo, Capsule, Marble Hornets), Eric Koenig (Matriarch) and Launch Pad Alum Santa Sierra (Chico Grande, In Search of Our Father Sylvester Stallone) as our newest Launch Pad Mentors.

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“PAPER TOWNS” Writer John Green Signs First-Look Deal With Fox 2000

The hugely popular YA writer of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns has a new deal with Fox 2000

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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ACTUALS (07.20.15)


Minions took much more of a hit than predicted, settling in 58% down at $49 million, $8 million behind Ant-Man. Universal is still smiling today as it has pushed past the 5 billion dollar worldwide box office mark faster than any other in history.

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THE EXEC SHUFFLE – THE BLOTTER RECAP (7.17.15)

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Keshet International To Open U.S.-Based Scripted Studio

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The successful Israeli media group behind Homeland is setting up shop in the States.

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YOUR COMPLETE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TRACKING, PREDICTIONS, & ANALYSIS (07.16.15)

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It’ll be a close race, but Ant-Man might surprise us like Guardians of the Galaxy did last August. It won’t be a big, showy victory, because Ant-Man simply isn’t showing the audience draw that Minions has, but it’ll be proof positive for Marvel that taking risks pays off.

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2015 Emmy Awards: And The Nominees Are…

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Streaming shows are taking the awards by storm, and Comedy Central is feeling more love this year.

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