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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Television Cancellations at 5-Year Low

Here's why the lack of cancellations on broadcast television is historically significant.
For those of you who tuned in to our Fall Television Preview, you know how many broadcast networks were premiering new shows. After the bloodbath of 2013 - in which 5 show were cancelled by October 15th, everyone knew that ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and CW had a lot of work to do. And while a couple of shows are rumored for the chopping block, it seems that viewers have supported new shows in droves.

In fact, four weeks into the Fall television season, we're still waiting for our first cancellation. Why is that news significant? Consider that over the past 6 years prior to the current season, broadcast television had cancelled on average 3 shows by this time, or 18 total shows. Last year and 2011 experienced the highest cancellations with 5 each, while 2009 enjoyed 0 and 2010 had only 1.

So why the sudden love for broadcast television? Here are a couple of possibilities:
There Aren't Many Replacements Available
With January too far away to rush production on Winter releases - and online options offering rejected shows new chances for life - perhaps broadcast television doesn't have the bench of go-to's it once had. That's also good for us, because they might be taking bold chances on programs that normally would have been given the yank. but then again, some shows are dogs and according to our friends at TVBytheNumbers, the cancellation bear will hunt!

The "Trickle-Down' Effect from Pay Television
Pay channels like HBO have done nothing less than redefine television - you know that. What you may not realize is that some pay networks like Showtime have parent partners (CBS) that are more than a little nervous to have you tune elsewhere. That's why it might be possible that the threat of competition have forced broadcaster to develop (and ultimately shell out the cash for) better television. Fancy that...broadcast television actually giving a damn about you and me...

There's a lot of good new television our there.
The real reason is usually right in front of you, and we're inclined to believe that audiences like many of the new shows, simply because they're good. From How to Get Away with Murder to The Flash, we're seeing scrappy newbies joining quality veterans to make nearly every night worth watching. That doesn't mean some shows aren't on the bubble (AtoZ, Selfie, Bad Judge), but the issue we faced last year simply isn't there...yet. We may still see a run of shows getting the axe like Mulaney, but for now it looks like audiences aren't cooling down their DVR's and HULU Plus subscriptions in search of better content.

That has to make network execs very happy.

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Concept Art From Star Wars: Episode VII Leaked Online


Nearly three dozen concept art images from Star Wars: Episode VII have leaked online, giving us an intriguing look at what we’ll get to see in a galaxy far, far away.

These images come from an ImageShack account (via Superhero Movie News) and follow in the wake of the description of those different pieces of leaked concept art that was floating around the net just yesterday.

And while these are not in glorious HD, they do offer us some very tantalizing glimpses into those new Star Wars characters (especially Daisy Ridley’s), at landscapes and vehicles (TIE fighters, pod jumpers, landspeeder, pod bike, pod falcon, the Millennium Falcon), stormtroopers, Chewbacca, some lightsaber battles and what looks like Darth Vader’s severed head being held by Adam Driver’s big bad villain character, apparently called the Grave Robber.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

#Grimm Season 4 Clip

New clip from Grimm season 4 premiere.

"Grimm" is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales. After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.

"Grimm" season 4 will premiere a week from now. And it's not like "Grimm" fans were left all these months to wonder what would happen in the fourth season — there were constant updates and spoilers to keep them yearning for what's ahead.

Season 4 will have a bunch of new things for fans. For one, the pilot episode is entitled "Thanks for the Memories." And for another, there will be new cast members joining the show. First is Toni Trucks who will play Deputy Janelle Farris. She will be a sheriff who will help Nick with the investigation of a highway crime.

The other new cast member is Erick Avari from "The Mentalist," and he will play the role of a salvage-yard owner. Nick will take interest in his character's business, especially because of the ongoing investigation of highway disappearances.

In the wake of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee's (Bree Turner) wedding, things have never been more chaotic. Nick, having lost his Grimm abilities, must dig deep and decide what type of person he wants to be, while Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) continues to try to come to grips with Nick's recent "betrayal." Monroe and Rosalee find themselves having to put their honeymoon plans on hold to try to not only figure out what happened to Nick, but also how to reverse it.

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Could Jena Malone Play A Female "Robin" In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will reportedly feature a female Robin, with actress Jena Malone rumored to be playing Carrie Kelly, according to a local news station in Detroit.

WILX-10 News station reporter Kirk Montgomery spoke with one of the extras at Michigan State University, where a scene involving Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) was being filmed this week.

“I’ve also learned that the character of Robin is now female,” he said alluding to the film’s top secret script.

Warner Bros. declined to comment.

Malone, who appeared in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” has been seen on the WB set and recent movie premieres sporting a new red hairdo.

Casting rumors for “Batman v Superman” have been in high demand since director Zack Snyder revealed the project at Comic-Con last year.

The anonymous extra who spoke to WILX faces a hefty fine of $5 million after signing a non-disclosure agreement with Warner Bros.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” co-starring Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, opens March 25, 2016.

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Giveaway: @BestOfMeMovie Prize Pack

Relativity is offering a great giveaway to one of our lucky fans in celebration of their film THE BEST OF ME

Movie is in theaters now.

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

THE BEST OF ME prize pack including the following items:

  • Branded hoodie
  • Branded lip balm
  • Branded tote bag
  • Branded Kleenex box
  • Branded coffee mug
  • "The Best of Me" book by Nicholas Sparks
  • Soundtrack from the film
  • Mini Poster
  • $25 Fandango gift card

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#SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque Tour Information

SuicideGirls, the online community that celebrates alternative beauty and indie culture. Have a much anticipated ALL NEW 2014 Blackheart Burlesque tour taking off today and heading to every major city in the US.

SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour Dates:

Oct 14 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
Oct 15 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
Oct 16 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
Oct 17 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
Oct 18 - Sauget, IL - Pop’s Nite Club
Oct 19 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
Oct 21 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
Oct 22 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Oct 23 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave II
Oct 24 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
Oct 25 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 26 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Oct 28 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
Oct 29 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Oct 30 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
Oct 31 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Nov 1 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
Nov 2 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Nov 4 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
Nov 5 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
Nov 6 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 7 - Providence, RI - Fete Ballroom
Nov 8 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Nov 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Nov 11 - Richmond, VA - The National
Nov 12 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
Nov 13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Nov 14 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
Nov 15 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Nov 16 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
Nov 18 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
Nov 19 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Nov 20 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Nov 21 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
Nov 22 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Nov 23 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Nov 25 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Nov 26 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Nov 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Nov 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - Infinity Event Center
Nov 30 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Dec 2 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
Dec 3 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Dec 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Dec 5 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
Dec 7 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues

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Third Poster For #SAW Release

Only TWO MORE WEEKS until the hair-raising and jaw-dropping games of the infamous serial killer Jigsaw return to theaters! To commemorate the 10th anniversary of this highly acclaimed horror film, SAW, a THIRD headtrap poster has been revealed.

SAW will be returning to theaters on OCTOBER 31, 2014 [late shows beginning October 30th]!

The return of Jigsaw and his twisted, deadly games is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat this Halloween, so make sure you find SAW at a theater near you on OCTOBER 31st! If you want to be the first one to catch it – head to theaters for the early showing at 10pm, Thursday, October 30th!

SAW will be returning to theaters on OCTOBER 31, 2014 [late shows beginning October 30th]!

With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.

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New Clip From #JohnWick & Interactive Video

Only ONE WEEK until the critically acclaimed, action-packed thriller, JOHN WICK debuts in theaters and IMAX nationwide! To help fuel the excitement we're giving you a sneak peek of Keanu Reeves and the gorgeous Adrianne Palicki as an unexpected guest in this BRAND NEW clip. See what happens below, and be sure to watch JOHN WICK at a theater near you on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24TH!

Also, head here to experience the JOHN WICK 'Interactive Video': https://zentr.cc/gcofID
Viewers have the opportunity to click a series of graphic overlays and hot spots to launch character info, quotes, infographics, and share functionality.

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".

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#BirdmanMovie Playing In Select Theaters in NY & LA

Fox Searchlight's highly anticipated film, BIRDMAN, is flying into select theaters in New York and Los Angeles TODAY! Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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Special Look At Disney's FEAST

A special look at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new short FEAST is here.

FEAST will open in theaters in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios' new action-packed, big-screen adventure BIG HERO 6 on November 7, 2014.

“Feast,” a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short opens on Nov. 7, 2014, in front of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.” For more information, like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DisneyAnimation, and follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP Oct 29, 2014 7:00 pm in Sacramento.

A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life - as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).

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Go to GOFOBO.com and enter: SAND9ECQ

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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