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20th Century Fox developing Sesame Street movie

Bert, Ernie, Elmo Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street gang are headed to the big screen again. Heat Vision | THR is reporting that 20th Century Fox has picked up the movie rights to the children’s television show with series writer Joey Mazzarino on board to write the screenplay. Shawn Levy, Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady are producing.

This would be the third time the series reaches the big screen, having been previously adapted in 1985 (“Follow That Bird”) and 1999 (“The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland”).

TNT’s Falling Skies launches second season with 4.5 million viewers

TNT‘s epic drama series Falling Skies, basic cable’s #1 new series last year, launched its second season Sunday night with strong numbers. The two-hour season premiere drew a total of 4,461,000 viewers in Live + Same Day delivery. Falling Skies, which comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg and stars Noah Wyle, helped TNT rank as basic cable’s #1 network for the night with a 2.3 household rating according to early metered-market data.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading TNT’s Falling Skies launches second season with 4.5 million viewers

ABC’s Megastunts draws mega numbers on Friday night

With coverage surrounding Nik Wallenda’s highwire walk directly over the precipice at Niagara Falls, ABC won Friday evening by huge margins over its nearest competitors with Total Viewers (+89% – 8.7 million vs. 4.6 million – CBS), Adults 18-49 (+110% – 2.1/8 vs. 1.0/4 – NBC) and Adults 25-54 (+117% – 2.6/8 vs. 1.2/4 – NBC). ABC’s night was anchored by Josh Elliott and ESPN’s Hannah Storm, and featured reporting from Elliott, Storm, Bill Weir and Sam Champion.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Paramount Pictures delays Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles reboot to May 2014

Paramount Pictures has announced that they’ve postponed the release of the upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. The project, executive produced by Michael Bay, was originally set for release on Christmas Day, 2013 but has been pushed back nearly five months to May 16, 2014.

Jonathan Liebesman is still attached to direct from a screenplay written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec.

Jonah Hill joins Django Unchained + Rosie Huntington-Whitely joins Mad Max: Fury Road

Quentin Tarantino is currently in production on his Western Django Unchained, but The Weinstein Company has cast Jonah Hill for a role in the film. It’s unknown what role Hill will be playing in the film, which is scheduled to hit theaters December 25, 2012, but Hill was originally eyed for a role earlier but had to turn it down due to a busy schedule.

In other casting news, Just Jared reports that Model/Actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”‘) has been cast in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Huntington-Whiteley will play one of the “five wives” in the film, described previously by fellow star Zoe Kravitz in an interview last year to MTV:

“There’s a group of five women being taken from one place to another place, and I’m one of those women,” she teased. “So they call us the five wives. There are five women who are five wives. No, I’m not playing all five wives.”

Riley Keough plays another of the wives. Mad Max: Fury Road is expected to begin shooting next month. Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult star.

Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilcos Show renewed through 2016

NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution hit talk show franchises “Maury,” “The Jerry Springer Show” and “The Steve Wilkos Show,” have all been sold through September 2016 to station groups including Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst and Sunbeam, it was announced today by Barry Wallach, President, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.

All three talk shows have been extended for an additional two seasons beyond the existing deal which will keep them in national syndication for at least four more seasons through 2016. The shows now have been sold for the additional two seasons (2014-2016) to top stations representing over 60% of the U.S. which include WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles, WGN Chicago, WPHL Philadelphia, WLVI Boston, KDAF Dallas, WPGH Pittsburgh, WTTE Columbus and WKCF Orlando.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilcos Show renewed through 2016

TNT’s Dallas rides tall with 6.9 million viewers

[Sunday] night’s eagerly anticipated premiere of TNT’s Dallas struck it rich with 6,863,000 viewers, to rank as the #1 scripted series premiere on all of cable for the year-to-date. This marks the third consecutive summer TNT has scored a chart-topping series launch, following Rizzoli & Isles in 2010 and Falling Skies in 2011.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading TNT’s Dallas rides tall with 6.9 million viewers

NBA Finals delivers highest-rated, most-viewed Game 1 ever on ABC with 16.2M viewers

The 2012 NBA Finals – Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Miami Heat to take 1-0 series lead – delivered the highest-rated, most-viewed Game 1 in ABC history. It generated a 9.9 household rating, 16,195,000 viewers (P2+) and 11,318,000 household impressions, all records, according to Nielsen.

The records surpass the previous marks set for Game 1 of the 2004 Finals – Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers – 9.8 rating, 15,352,000 viewers and 10,634,000 households. Last night’s game was also the highest-rated telecast of the night, propelling ABC to win the night across all networks (broadcast and cable) in viewership, household impressions and all key demos.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading NBA Finals delivers highest-rated, most-viewed Game 1 ever on ABC with 16.2M viewers

New Photos: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and EW has released eight new photos  plus two cover art shots. The new photos give us our first look at Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee) and Myanna Buring and Judith Shekoni (of the Amazon coven) along with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Cameron Bright, Kellan Lutz, Casey Labow, Myanna Buring, Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro. Check out the photos after the jump.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on November 16, 2012.

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Lionsgate announced The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released in IMAX November 22, 2013 with feature sequences filmed with IMAX cameras

IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, today announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the wildly popular franchise, will be released in the immersive IMAX® format on November 22, 2013.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading Lionsgate announced The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released in IMAX November 22, 2013 with feature sequences filmed with IMAX cameras

Showtime announces eighth and final season of Weeds

The show that introduced America to a pot-dealing soccer mom and changed the face of the network is sparking up its final toke: after eight unforgettable, jaw-dropping seasons, WEEDS is coming to an end. SHOWTIME will air the final 13 episodes beginning Sunday, July 1st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, the series will achieve a much-coveted television milestone: the 11th episode of the season will mark the series’ 100th. Created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Lionsgate, WEEDS has been honored with multiple award nominations, including 21 Emmys(R), 10 Golden Globes(R) and six SAG(R) Awards over the course of its seven seasons on air. Its success put SHOWTIME on the map as a destination for top-quality original series and set the stage for hits like DEXTER(R), NURSE JACKIE, CALIFORNICATION and HOMELAND.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading Showtime announces eighth and final season of Weeds

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel to launch in IMAX 3D and feature key sequences filmed with IMAX cameras

IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom Inc., today announced that the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on May 17, 2013. The film represents the second feature in the ground-breaking franchise to be released in IMAX following Star Trek, which grossed more than $375 million at the worldwide box office.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel to launch in IMAX 3D and feature key sequences filmed with IMAX cameras