New Game and New Head of Lucasfilm. Luxury Movie Theatre invade East Coast Affluent Market. Horn at the helm. Should CNN Go Back to being a News Channel? Cut the commercials and audiences will watch your program. "Hatfields and McCoys" brave new territory for History Channel. 'Snow White' ready to rule. New Movie Head for Disney.
The circuit plans to debut a new multiplex in Bethesda, Md., its first outside of California. Construction of its 16-screen theater will begin early next year with an expected opening in 2014, company executives said.
Bethesda’s new complex, which will be housed in the city’s newly renovated Westfield Montgomery shopping mall, is among several theaters that ArcLight plans to open in the next two to three years. To continue reading in the Los Angeles Times click on More..
After the coffee. Before deciding which pilots to watch first.
The Skinny: I've got a lot of pilots to try to get through this weekend. Lets hope some of them are good. Friday's headlines include Alan Horn's return to active duty as head of Disney's movie unit, a preview of the weekend box office and a settlement in the "Call of Duty" lawsuit.
Daily Dose: History's "Hatfield & McCoys'" huge numbers can be attributed to a strong cast (Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton), strong marketing and good scheduling. But one other thing History did to hook viewers into the three-part miniseries early was go light on the commercial breaks. It opened with almost 40 uninterrupted minutes and only had six breaks in the first two hours, instead of the typical eight.
LucasArts has announced its first new game in nearly two years, "Star Wars 1313," set to be unveiled at the E3 conference next week in Los Angeles. (LucasArts / June 1, 2012)
After virtually disappearing from sight since late 2010, George Lucas' video game company is attempting a comeback by plunging back into the Star Wars universe.
LucasArts on Friday announced that it has been developing a new title, "Star Wars 1313."
Set to be unveiled at the E3 conference next week in Los Angeles, the game puts players in control of a bounty hunter ensconced in a "ruthless criminal underground," according to a company statement.
Unlike the plethora of Star Wars titles aimed at kids, the company is describing "Star Wars 1313" as a "mature-themed video game."
Many in the industry have wondered about the future of LucasArts following the disappointing sales and critical reception of "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II" in late 2010. Around the same time, the San Francisco company laid off about 80 of its 250 employees.
Since then, it has released only one game, "Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars," which was developed by an outside company.
LucasArts has not yet announced a release date for "1313" and has no other upcoming titles on its slate.
However, representatives for the company were at Game Developers Conference events earlier this year in San Francisco seeking to recruit new talent.
In addition to internal developers at LucasArts, staffers from the Lucas-owned special effects company Industrial Lights & Magic, along with LucasFilm Animation and Skywalker Sound, are working on "Star Wars 1313." More..
Kathleen Kennedy has been named co-chair of Lucasfilm.
Kathleen Kennedy to succeed George Lucas atop Lucasfilm
Lucas plans to remain chief executive and will become co-chairman, working alongside veteran producer Kennedy as she assumes her new role as Lucas' replacement.
"I've spent my life building Lucasfilm and as I shift my focus into other directions I wanted to make sure it was in the hands of someone equipped to carry my vision into the future," Lucas said in a statement. "It was important that my successor not only be someone with great creative passion and proven leadership abilities, but also someone who loves movies."
Kennedy is a seven-time Academy Award nominee who is best known for her many partnerships with Lucas' close friend and collaborator Steven Spielberg.
Along with producing partner Frank Marshall, she produced the "Indiana Jones," "Jurassic Park" and "Bourne" series, as well as Spieberg's recent film "War Horse" and upcoming biopic "Lincoln."
"George and I have talked about the opportunities that lie ahead for the company and as George moves toward retirement I am honored that he trusts me with taking care of the beloved film franchises,'' Kennedy said in a statement. "I feel fortunate to have George working by my side for the next year or two as I take on this role -- it is nice to have Yoda by your side." More..
Mindy Kaling, one of the stars of NBC's "The Office," landed her own sitcom, "The Mindy Project," at Fox for this fall. (Lawrence K. Ho / May 31, 2012)
The News Corp.-owned network -- which last week finished the regular TV season in first place for the eighth consecutive year in marketers' preferred demographic of viewers ages 18 to 49 -- has accepted advertising orders from movie studios and car companies for the upcoming season, an executive familiar with the discussions said Thursday.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" is expected to finish first this weekend. (Universal Pictures / June 1, 2012)
Tooting their Horn. Walt Disney Co. has tapped Alan Horn to head its movie division. Horn, who's been around awhile, used to be president of Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he was instrumental in developing the "Harry Potter" franchise, and before that was a co-founder of movie and television production company Castle Rock. The hiring of Horn is seen as Disney's effort to bring an elder statesman in to stabilize its movie studio, which struggled under previous president Rich Ross, who was pushed out earlier this year. More from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Deal reached. Those looking for courtroom drama in the case of video game maker Activision and the co-creators of its "Call of Duty" franchise and more than three dozen developers were disappointed as the two sides settled the case Thursday. While terms were not disclosed, the settlement was seen as good news for Activision in part because the case was a distraction and threatened to reveal some embarrassing material. One analyst pegged the settlement at around $140 million. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times.
Getting serious. Satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM and Liberty Media, its largest shareholder, are in negotiations that could result in Liberty spinning off its stake to its shareholders. Liberty had previously indicated that it was interested in taking control of Sirius. That did did not please Sirius chief executive Mel Karmazin, who has expressed concern about Liberty not giving shareholders maximum value. Details on the talks from the Wall Street Journal.
CNN's prime-time ratings performance, which has been a bigger disappointment than Facebook stock. No one is asking, but I think CNN should go back to basics and embrace an all-news radio approach. No high-priced anchors, no political talk. Just straight news from around the globe done in a compelling fashion. Yes, I'm available. More on Kent's remarks from Broadcasting & Cable.
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