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Lionsgate Stock Jumps on Takeover Speculation

Lionsgate stock jumped nearly 7% to an all-time high closing price on Thursday on speculation that it could be a takeover target.

Shares of the studio rose $2.22 to $34.50 following a report that potential buyers include Amazon, Verizon, and a combined CBS-Viacom. Lionsgate did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The takeover rumors have emerged amid Wall Street’s expectation for more consolidation among major media and entertainment companies — particularly since Disney’s announcement of a $52.4 billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox assets.

Additionally, speculation is being fueled further by Apple’s reveal on Wednesday that it will bring back the vast majority of the $252 billion in cash that it held abroad under the provisions of the new tax code that President Donald Trump signed into law last month. Other tech giants like Microsoft are expected to follow suit.

Under a CBS-Viacom-Lionsgate combination, the movie businesses would give the new company enough scale to compete
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Amazon Cancels ‘I Love Dick’, ‘One Mississippi’, and ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Signaling Shift in Direction

Amazon made waves when it entered the original TV series space, but the streaming service has now made a trio of high-profile cancellations. Amazon announced yesterday that it was cancelling Jean-Claude Van Johnson, I Love Dick, and One Mississippi, with the latter two being shows about and written by women. I Love Dick was the new series from Transparent creator Jill Soloway, while One Mississippi was the brainchild of Tig Notaro. Optics-wise, these cancellations don’t look great. All three of these shows were developed by Roy Price, who was fired last year following a sexual harassment …
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Amazon Studios Cancels ‘One Mississippi,’ ‘I Love Dick,’ and ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’

Three comedies have gotten the axe from Amazon Studios. On the heels of the renewal of superhero comedy The Tick, the streaming service has cancelled three other shows, One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Amazon has cancelled Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical comedy One Mississippi, the provocative comedy from Transparent creator Jill Soloway I Love Dick starring Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn, and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s satirical Jean-Claude Van […]

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Sundance 2018 Indie Episodic Preview: The Most Anticipated TV Pilots and Premieres at This Year’s Festival

Don’t let the title fool you: The Sundance Film Festival has been featuring television programs for years, be it the slew of documentaries that end up on HBO, Showtime, and Netflix or pilots that earn a special showcase like “Animals.” did in 2015.

But 2018 is special. This year, Sundance is dedicating an entire section to episodic programming, including short-form series, docu-series, traditional pilots, and more experimental premieres. It’s all coming together under the Indie Episodic banner, and it’s all designed with one clear mission:

“There is no clear path to series if you’re trying to do it independently — if you’re going to try and shoot your own pilot, and then try and get picked up,” Sundance programmer Charlie Sextro told IndieWire. “There’s a clear way [in] making an independent film: It gets picked up at Sundance, and then it gets out to the world. It’s
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Carrie Brownstein: 'It's Ok to make art for the sake of making people laugh'

The musician, author, and co-creator of Portlandia talks about Sleater-Kinney’s place in the feminist movement and arguments her show is ‘ruining Portland’

We generally think of Hollywood triple-threats as entertainers who can sing, dance, and act. But what about quadruple-threats? Or quintuple threats? As far as they go, Carrie Brownstein – the actor-singer-guitarist-screenwriter-memoirist – stands pretty much alone.

The star, co-creator and co-writer of Portlandia, which returns for its eighth and final season on 18 January, can also be found in early seasons of Transparent, on stage with the revered indie-rock heroines of Sleater-Kinney, or in bookstores as the author of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, a witty, bare-boned account of Brownstein’s coming-of-age in the punk-feminist enclaves of the Pacific north-west.

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Amazon cancel three more shows

Kirsten Howard Jan 18, 2018

Amazon's new outlook finds comedy series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, I Love Dick and One Mississippi wanting...they've all got the boot.

The bodies are piling up at Amazon after the company splashed some seriously insane cash to develop the Lord Of The Rings TV series last year.

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Comedy shows Jean-Claude Van Johnson, I Love Dick and One Mississippi have joined more high-brow dramas like The Last Tycoon and Z: The Beginning Of Everything in the category marked 'expendable' - Amazon cancelled all three in one wave this week, Variety reports.

The Kevin Bacon-starring I Love Dick arrived from Jill Soloway last May after she'd made a decent success of Amazon's Transparent, but the numbers were nowhere near what they were hoping for, and with a fifth season of Transparent
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Amazon Cancels ‘I Love Dick,’ ‘One Mississippi,’ ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’

Amazon has dropped the axe on three of it’s original series. The freshman comedies “I Love Dick” and “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” as well as Tig Notaro’s two-season series “One Mississippi” have all been canceled by the streamer. The news comes as Amazon continue to decide on the future of its programming slate following the departures of Amazon Studios executives Roy Price and Joe Lewis. The remaining comedies at Amazon include “Catastrophe,” “Transparent,” “Fleabag” and “The Tick,” which was renewed for a second season earlier today. Amazon also has the hourlong comedy-drama “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, which...
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Sharon Horgan Signs Overall Deal With Amazon Studios

Horgan on “Conan”

“Catastrophe” co-creator and star Sharon Horgan will be sticking around Amazon for the foreseeable future. Deadline reports that the Emmy nominee has inked an overall deal with the streamer. Amazon Studios also signed a first-look deal with Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s media company, Merman. The latter agreement “gives the studio first-look rights to Merman concepts to which Horgan is attached and remake rights to Merman-produced television series.”

“Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers, and directors working in television today,” stated Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content. Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows.”

“Amazon is at the forefront of groundbreaking television and Merman is delighted to be part of
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Carrie Brownstein Is Adapting Her Memoir for Hulu

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Portlandia” co-creator and Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein is set to revisit her roots in the Pacific Northwest. The multi-hyphenate is adapting her best-selling memoir as a half-hour comedy pilot for Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Published in 2016, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” chronicles her experiences as a young musician growing up in Washington. The Hulu project is titled “Search and Destroy” and will be “loosely based” on Brownstein’s book. Annapurna Television is producing.

“The pilot is about a young woman, a band, and a community learning how to be unafraid of their own noise,” THR writes. Brownstein was part of the influential riot grrrl movement in the ’90s.

At this time, the Peabody winner doesn’t have an on-screen role in the project, but she will write and direct the pilot.

Best known for writing, directing, and starring in sketch comedy series “Portlandia,” Brownstein’s
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Final Girls Berlin Film Festival Announces 2018 Films

Returning for another year the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival brings women directed horror and gore to the forefront 1st – 3rd February.

The 3rd edition of Final Girls Berlin Film Festival will take place in Berlin, Germany from the 1st to the 3rd of February 2018, with a program consisting of 5 feature films, six curated short blocks, a horror storyboarding workshop, a talk on vampires and women, and a filmmaker panel. Final Girls Berlin Film Fest showcases horror films that were directed, written, and/or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers.

Festival co-director Eli Lewy says “this year we have selected a range of unnerving feature films – most of which are also exclusive German premieres!” Fellow co-director Sara Neidorf adds “we’re excited for another three days of communal fear and challenging discussions with filmmakers and spectators. Underground horror cinema is alive and well with the works of women who are
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Amazon, Hulu, Netflix Achieve Near-Sweep Of Top TV Categories At 2018 Golden Globes

Over the past few years, the Golden Globes have been kind to the streaming video industry, and in 2018, that trend continued. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's list of winners included shows from Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu, which took home five of the six most important trophies in the Globes' TV section.

Among the major Svod players, Amazon in particular has typically performed well at the Globes, with shows like TransparentMozart in the Jungle, and Goliath received awards recognition in the past. This time, the Amazon series in the spotlight was The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which was selected as the year's best comedy series. Its star, Rachel Brosnahan, also snagged a win.

The most-feted Svod series of the past 12 months, however, has been Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, which continued its extraordinary run at the Globes. It took home a trophy for best drama, and its star Elisabeth Moss went home with hardware as well.
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Golden Globes: Why Big Little Lies Is Switching Directors for Season 2

Golden Globes: Why Big Little Lies Is Switching Directors for Season 2
Yes, yes, Big Little Lies won just about every Golden Globe in sight on Sunday night — but what will it look like when it comes back?

The acclaimed HBO drama won a whopping four Golden Globes — including Best Limited Series/TV Movie and acting trophies for stars Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern — and it finally confirmed last month that it will be returning for a second season. But when it does, it’ll be without Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed all seven episodes of Season 1.

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Rachel Brosnahan’s Win For ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Keeps Amazon’s Golden Globes Roll Going

Updated with video: Rachel Brosnahan’s starring turn in Amazon’s rookie comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel earned her a Golden Globe tonight, taking the strong Best TV Actress in a Comedy or Musical category. The Globes have been kind to Amazon series, which have received Comedy/Musical wins for Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle in the short time the streaming giant has been doing original series. Mrs. Maisel is also up for Best Comedy/Musical tonight. Brosnahan’s…
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Will & Grace review – welcome return for smart, irrepressible foursome

The 90s sitcom radical for its central gay characters is back with White House pillow fights and celebrity satire for the age of Trump

That’s right, honey! Will & Grace (Channel 5) is back! After an 11-year hiatus, the snarky foursome are in Will’s apartment, playing a hyper-current game of Celebrity to remind us that we are in 2018. Unfortunately, there’s even more scope for gags now than in 1998. Will: “He’s a man but he’s aged into a lesbian.” Grace: “Newt Gingrich?” Will: “We want to love her but she makes it impossible.” Grace: “Caitlyn Jenner!”

The kind of man Karen worships is now president of the United States, but, apart from that, everything in the show – once credited with helping to educate Americans on same-sex marriage – is just the same. Ish. To get round the problem of reviving a classic but tired 90s network sitcom in the age of Trump,
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Golden Globes 2018 Predictions: Who Will Win TV Categories

Golden Globes 2018 Predictions: Who Will Win TV Categories
Which TV favorite will come out on top at the Golden Globes?

The 75th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, airs this Sunday on NBC, and unlike the Emmys, which are easier to predict when it comes to the winners, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association likes to be unpredictable with who they mint the year's best on the small screen.

Will Amazon's critically-acclaimed new dramedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, sweep the comedy series and comedy actress categories? Will Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale bring home the top drama prize? Does anyone stand a chance in pulling an upset over Big Little Lies? It's anyone's guess when it comes to the Globes!

With just three days to go before the big day, Et predicts who will win and who should win the TV categories at the Globes.

Best TV Series, Drama

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

This Is Us

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Amazon Prime Begins Its Major Makeover, Starting With ‘Mrs. Maisel’; Now, Here’s What’s In Store for 2018

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Amazon Prime Video wants to be the Amazon of streaming services. As a retailer, Amazon is a giant. But as a TV programmer, Amazon has lagged in buzz and attention — which is why it’s in the midst of a programming overhaul, particularly on the scripted side.

That means moving out of the art house business and into the big tent — focusing on more big-budget, buzzy series that might better capture the attention of viewers, giving them a reason to keep their Prime membership, beyond that infamously free two-day shipping.

Shows like “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle” gave Amazon critical acclaim and credibility inside Hollywood. Yet Amazon hasn’t yet morphed into a true competitor to streaming leader Netflix, as ratings for those shows and others have lagged. Like Netflix and Hulu, Amazon’s ratings aren’t readily available to the public — but anecdotal evidence, including reports by third-party measurement agencies,
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Golden Globes 2018: who will win – and who should win – the TV categories

The small-screen categories suggest that it’ll be a big night for dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale and the A-list stars of Big Little Lies

While last year’s ceremony found itself dominated by elegant Brit dramas The Crown and The Night Manager, the 2018 TV Golden Globes nominations suggest this is likely to be a more scattered and open race. The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies did good business at the Emmys in September, and it’s likely that we’ll see a repeat of at least some of that, though the Golden Globes are much more ripe for an upset. With the surprising absence of Veep, and no Transparent or Orange Is the New Black, which have had a strong showing up until now, the comedy categories are particularly up in the air. What with the influx of Hollywood A-listers to TV, this year will be particularly starry,
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Golden Globes 2018: who will win – and who should win – the TV categories

The small-screen categories suggest that it’ll be a big night for dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale and the A-list stars of Big Little Lies

While last year’s ceremony found itself dominated by elegant Brit dramas The Crown and The Night Manager, the 2018 TV Golden Globes nominations suggest this is likely to be a more scattered and open race. The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies did good business at the Emmys in September, and it’s likely that we’ll see a repeat of at least some of that, though the Golden Globes are much more ripe for an upset. With the surprising absence of Veep, and no Transparent or Orange Is the New Black, which have had a strong showing up until now, the comedy categories are particularly up in the air. What with the influx of Hollywood A-listers to TV, this year will be particularly starry,
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Surprise Golden Globes Nominations and Wins Rooted in Awards Race Reality

Surprise Golden Globes Nominations and Wins Rooted in Awards Race Reality
When we consider the Golden Globes, we often focus on the surprises: That time in 2011 when not only did the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominate “The Tourist” for best picture — musical or comedy, but also its star, Johnny Depp, for lead actor.

While the nominations can seem mercurial, the long view shows that the HFPA generally reflects more middle-brow Hollywood tastes without too much foreign flavor. And, peering over our shoulders to last year, they ushered “Moonlight” and “La La Land” — best picture drama and best picture — musical or comedy, respectively — off to the Oscars for the biggest finish line fumble in Academy history. One can say that the swamis at the HFPA virtually anticipated the climactic Academy Awards snafu.

The biggest shocker this year on the film side is that the HFPA didn’t catch the industry’s wave of female empowerment and nominate a single woman for director honors, which remained
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