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'Avengers: Endgame' Set for Global Domination, Can It Deliver a $300M Domestic Debut?

'Avengers: Endgame' Set for Global Domination, Can It Deliver a $300M Domestic Debut?
In 2008 we saw the birth of what has come to be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Iron Man. Eleven years, 21 films and $18.6 billion in worldwide ticket sales later, that universe has come to redefine the idea of the modern blockbuster. This weekend Avengers: Endgame will give audiences the ending they were promised all those years ago, concluding the events that began with last year's record-breaking release of Avengers: Infinity War, en route to a sure-fire record breaking performance of its own. Before a single frame outside of the trailers had been seen, Disney and Marvel Studios's Avengers: Endgame began breaking records. In its first seven days of pre-sales, the film sold "five times" as many tickets as Avengers: Infinity War according to online ticket retailer Fandango.com and since then it remains the company's top pre-seller of all-time. Further more, the film will open
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The CW Renews ‘All American,’ ‘The 100,’ ‘In The Dark’ and ‘Roswell, New Mexico’

The CW Renews ‘All American,’ ‘The 100,’ ‘In The Dark’ and ‘Roswell, New Mexico’
The CW has announced a flurry of renewals.

Three of the network’s freshman shows, “All American,” “Roswell, New Mexico” and “In The Dark,” will return for second seasons, as well as “The 100,” which gets a seventh outing. This means that all five of The CW’s first-year shows, including the previously-renewed “Legacies” and “Charmed,” have been picked up for a sophomore run, a first for the network.

The sixth season of “The 100” is set to premiere on April 30, and will see the characters descending to a new planet after being frozen in stasis pods on a spaceship for decades,
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” is breaking records in China, raking in more than $100 million on its opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom.

Disney forecast that its new tentpole would end the day with about $107.2 million (RMB719 million), including midnight and wee-hour showings that began Tuesday night and ran into early Wednesday. By about 9 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Marvel finale had hauled in $102 million (RMB681 million), according to China Box Office. That easily gives “Endgame” the record for the biggest opening day in Chinese history, surpassing domestic film “Monster Hunt 2” (which did not have midnight previews).

“Endgame” had also already set a new all-time record for ticket pre-sales, selling more than $110 million worth ahead of its Tuesday night midnight opening to beat “Monster Hunt 2,” which sold $59.6 million. It
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‘Homeland’ Creators Ink Multi-Year Overall Deal at Sony

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‘Homeland’ Creators Ink Multi-Year Overall Deal at Sony
Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have signed a multi-year overall deal at Sony Pictures Television, Variety has confirmed.

The new deal means the duo will depart their longtime home at 20th Century Fox Television. In addition to Gordon and Gansa, Sony’s current roster of creators under overall deals includes Norman Lear, Anthony Hemingway, Gloria Calderon Kellett, and Vince Gilligan.

Gordon and Gansa are best known for creating the critically-acclaimed Showtime series “Homeland,” based on the Israeli “Prisoners of War.” “Homeland” has received 39 Emmy Award nominations across seven seasons, picking up eight wins in total. The eighth and final season of the series is set to air later this year. Their other credits include “24,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The X-Files.”

Gansa and Gordon’s new deal was negotiated by Wme and Gendler & Kelly.

This is the latest in an ever-growing strong of top creators signing rich new deals
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Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Movies to Watch

Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Movies to Watch
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday with a slate of movies from up-and-coming filmmakers and established directors that tackle hot-button issues such as gun violence, homophobia, and gender discrimination.

The annual celebration of film was originally founded by Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal to encourage people to return to a corner of Manhattan that was still reeling from the 9/11 attacks. Well, downtown is largely rebuilt, but the festival is still going strong, with a particular emphasis on inclusion and representation. Of the more than 100 features that will debut at this edition of Tribeca, 40% are directed by women, 29% by people of color and 13% by Lgbtq filmmakers.

Now in its 18th year, Tribeca has grown to encompass television series, shorts, gaming, and virtual reality. But it’s the indie movies that provide the biggest sizzle. Here’s a look at nine acquisition titles that could have buyers circling.
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‘Swamp Thing’ Trailer: There’s Something in the Water in the DC Universe

‘Swamp Thing’ Trailer: There’s Something in the Water in the DC Universe
The comic book character Swamp Thing hasn’t appeared in film or television in a significant way since the 1990s, but that’s about to change when he gets his own live-action series on the DC Universe streaming service this summer. We caught a quick glimpse of the character in a brief teaser last week, but now […]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Surpasses $100 Million in China on Opening Day
Avengers: Endgame” is breaking records in China, raking in more than $100 million on its opening day Wednesday – two days ahead of the U.S. – and putting itself firmly on track to become the biggest Hollywood title ever in the Middle Kingdom.

Disney forecast that its new tentpole would end the day with about $107.2 million (RMB719 million), including midnight and wee-hour showings that began Tuesday night and ran into early Wednesday. By about 9 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Marvel finale had hauled in $102 million (RMB681 million), according to China Box Office. That easily gives “Endgame” the record for the biggest opening day in Chinese history, surpassing domestic film “Monster Hunt 2” (which did not have midnight previews).

“Endgame” had also already set a new all-time record for ticket pre-sales, selling more than $110 million worth ahead of its Tuesday night midnight opening to beat “Monster Hunt 2,” which sold $59.6 million. It
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Animated ‘Star Trek’ Series Greenlit at Nickelodeon

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Animated ‘Star Trek’ Series Greenlit at Nickelodeon
An animated “Star Trek” series has officially been given the greenlight by CBS Television Studios and Nickelodeon, Variety has learned.

The new CG-animated series will follow a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.

As Variety previously reported, the series hails from Kevin and Dan Hageman, the pair behind “Trollhunters” and “Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu,” as well as Eye Animation Productions (CBS’ new animation arm), Secret Hideout, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Ramsey Naito, Evp of animation production and development at Nickelodeon, will oversee the show.

“‘Star Trek,’ Nickelodeon, and the state of animation are doing incredibly ambitious things as of late. We couldn’t be more excited to jump aboard,” said Dan and Kevin Hageman.

Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers on the project alongside the Hagemans. Aaron Baiers
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"Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Creators Prepping Art Drama at Amazon (Exclusive)

Emmy-winning "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino have identified their next project for Amazon.

Amazon has optioned author Mary Gabriel's Ninth Street Women for the Palladinos to develop under their overall deal with the studio.

Published in September 2018, Ninth Street Women is set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times and chronicles five women — Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler — who dared to enter the male-dominated world of 20th century abstract painting as artists (and not muses). These women changed American art and ...
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Amazon’s ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Sets Summer Release

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Amazon’s ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Sets Summer Release
Brittany Runs a Marathon” will be rushing to theaters on Aug. 23.

Amazon Studios dated the comedy on Wednesday. The pic, starring Jillian Bell, won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. The flick follows the titular Brittany, who decides to run around New York City in order to improve her failing health when her party-girl lifestyle catches up with her.

Paul Downs Colaizzo, an award-winning playwright, makes his directorial debut with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” based on the real-life experiences of his best friend Brittany.

Amazon bought the movie following its Sundance premiere in a massive $14 million deal. In his review for Variety, Dennis Harvey said the pic “earns every emotional beat that might seem formulaic in four out of five similar enterprises.”

Alice Lee (“Sierra Burgess Is a Loser”) plays Brittany’s aspiring Instagram-influencer roommate Gretchen, while Micah Stock (“Escape at Dannemora”) portrays a new friend from Brittany’s running group.
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Ken Kercheval, J.R. Archrival Cliff Barnes on 'Dallas,' Dies at 83

Ken Kercheval, J.R. Archrival Cliff Barnes on 'Dallas,' Dies at 83
Ken Kercheval, the stage-bred actor who portrayed Cliff Barnes, the oil tycoon who was repeatedly bested by Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing, on the long-running CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, has died. He was 83.

A spokeswoman at the Frist Funeral Home in the actor's hometown of Clinton, Indiana, confirmed his death in a brief conversation Wednesday with The Hollywood Reporter but would not divulge any details. His talent agent, Jeff Fisher, also confirmed the news. Messages left for two of Kercheval's children were not immediately returned.

The Daily Clintonian newspaper reported that he died Sunday evening.

In the 1960s,...
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Disney Channel’s ‘Andi Mack’ Ending After 3 Seasons (Video)

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Disney Channel’s ‘Andi Mack’ Ending After 3 Seasons (Video)
Disney Channel’s comedy-drama “Andi Mack” will end after three seasons, the network said on Wednesday.

The series will return for its final episodes on June 21 and air its series finale on July 26.

“‘Andi Mack’ was a labor of love for a room of impassioned, inventive writers, a talented and dedicated crew, and an extraordinary, miraculous cast who inspired us all. We had the honor of breaking a lot of new ground for Disney Channel,” said creator and executive producer Terri Minsky. “We were its first serialized show, its first series centered around an Asian American family, and its first to feature an LGBTQ character who spoke the words ‘I’m gay.’ But the best part of making ‘Andi Mack’ was our audience, who let us know we mattered to them. The series finale is for them.
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Broadcast Bubble Shows 2019: What’s Coming Back, What’s Not

While many broadcast shows have already been picked up for next season, plenty of favorites are still waiting to learn their fates.

Given that the broadcasters are currently evaluating this year’s crop of comedy and drama pilots, some current shows will unfortunately have to shuffle off to that great network in the sky, where they say there are no notes from executives and everything gets a back nine orders.

Read on to see which shows will most likely return and get canceled.

ABC

Already Renewed

Dramas

-“The Good Doctor

-“A Million Little Things

-“Agents of Shield
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Kaley Cuoco Breaks Out the Tissues in Emotional Behind-the-Scenes Look

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Attention, “Big Bang Theory” fans and savvy investors; now might be the time to snap up some Kleenex stock.

With the CBS sitcom rapidly drawing to an end, series star Kaley Cuoco shared an emotional set of behind-the-scenes glimpses with fans on Wednesday, suggesting that she’s shed more than a few tears this week.

The first behind-the-scenes look posted to Cuoco’s Instagram account on Wednesday offered a photo of a script watermarked with her name. Text on the script read, “End of Series.”

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“Yea, didn’t sleep,” Cuoco wrote of the image.

Cuoco also shared a photo of herself on set and seemingly in tears with the message, “Post table read for @bigbangtheory_cbs finale episode.”

A third image depicted a script opened up on a table, accompanied by a place card bearing Cuoco’s name,
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Elizabeth Olsen Says Disney+ Series ‘WandaVision’ Is Set in 1950s

Elizabeth Olsen Says Disney+ Series ‘WandaVision’ Is Set in 1950s
Avengers: Endgame” star Elizabeth Olsen tells Variety that “WandaVision,” the forthcoming Disney+ series about her superhero character, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, will be set in the 1950s.

“There’s quite a few other comic books that we’re pulling from and it’s going to be Wanda and the Vision, and I think at the Disney+ launch chat, they showed a photo of us in the ’50s,” Olsen says.

“Paul [Bettany] and I are really excited. They have a great group of writers. I think it’s going to be a total of six hours,” she continues. Olsen also says shooting would begin in the fall.
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CBS Chiefs: Former Exec’s Claim Network ‘Has a White Problem’ Is ‘Disheartening,’ ‘Painful’

CBS Chiefs: Former Exec’s Claim Network ‘Has a White Problem’ Is ‘Disheartening,’ ‘Painful’
Susan Zirinsky, president of CBS News, and Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, sent emails to staff Tuesday expressing concern over claims made in an essay published in Variety in which CBS veteran Whitney Davis detailed racist discrimination and sexual harassment she witnessed and was subjected to at the network.

In response, Zirinsky said Davis’ letter serves as a reminder to CBS senior leaders “to check ourselves” and to “take our culture as seriously as we take our journalism.” Kahl said that the letter shows how much work the network still needs to do to be fully inclusive.

CBS had
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BBC Studios Making Prince Charles Series for ITV

ITV has greenlit a BBC Studios-produced series about Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. “Inside the Duchy” (working title) will follow the Prince of Wales over two one-hour episodes to mark his 50th year as the holder of the title of Duke of Cornwall.

The producers said the series will give an unprecedented insight into the workings of the Duchy, the royal estate given to Charles as the duke, which generates £20 million ($26 million) a year in income. A film crew was embedded with the prince and staff and tenants of the Duchy, capturing the running of the estate.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Fans and Theaters Assemble for Biggest Marvel Movie Ever

For San Diego resident Shawn Richter, “Avengers: Endgame” is more than the conclusion to a monumental period in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the West Coast branch chair of Avengers Initiative, a cosplay charity that raises money for causes like the Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities, the comics of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are deeply woven into Richter’s identity. On Monday, Richter and girlfriend Lisa Lower were invited to the world premiere of “Endgame.” As they walked down the purple carpet packed with everyone from Chris Hemsworth to Brie Larson, Richter popped the question. Spoiler alert: she said yes.

As Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, and the surviving Avengers gear up to battle the marble-skinned baddie known as Thanos, superfans are bracing for what is expected to be the highest-grossing weekend in moviegoing history.

It would be an understatement to say anticipation for “Avengers: Endgame” is sky-high.
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African American Film Critics Association to Launch New TV Awards Ceremony

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The African American Film Critics Association (Aafca) is unveiling a new awards ceremony just for television, the association announced Wednesday.

Kicking off on August 11 with a luncheon at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, the Aafca TV Honors will present awards in seven categories.

The Drama of the Year award will go to a drama series, limited series, documentary series, television movie or otherwise that stands out for its quality and cultural significance, while the Comedy of the Year will be bestowed to a comedy series, limited series, television movie or special that stands out for its quality and cultural significance.

Also Read: Reginald Hudlin to Receive Aafca's 'Salute to Excellence Award'

The Discovery of the Year award will go to an actor, creator or project that stands out as a ground-breaker or game changer in the television landscape. The Icon Award, meanwhile, will recognize a veteran of
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TV News Roundup: Hulu Releases Trailer for George Clooney’s ‘Catch-22’ (Watch)

In today’s roundup, Hulu releases the official trailer for George Clooney’s “Catch-22,” and Disney Channel announces its “Andi Mack” series will end after season 3.

Dates

Gabriel Iglesias will star as a high school history teacher in the Netflix multicam comedy “Mr. Iglesias,” launching on June 21. The comedian teaches gifted, but misfit students and helps them unlock their full potential in the 10-episode first season. Sherri Shepherd, Jacob Vargas, Maggie Geha and Richard Gant are among the cast members.

The political thriller “Designated Survivor” will premiere its third season on its new Netflix home on June 7. Kiefer Sutherland plays
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