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Hulu Show Yanked Out of NC Over LGBT Law

Gov. Pat McCrory has 'tainted the film industry'

(Newser) - First San Francisco banned non-essential travel to the Tar Heel State. Now TV and movie production companies are continuing their exodus out of North Carolina over a new law preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules. Filming for the Hulu comedy Crushed was to kick off in May in Charlotte,... More »

Hunger Games, Frozen Shatter Thanksgiving Record

Catching Fire pulls in $110.2M over 5 days

(Newser) - Sorry, Harry: Katniss Everdeen has broken your $82.4 million Thanksgiving record. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gobbled up $110.2 million over the five-day weekend, Wednesday to Sunday, breaking the spell cast by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Catching Fire also had the fourth-biggest second weekend in... More »

Amazon Instant Video Nabs Big Blockbusters

Because Netflix let its exclusive deal with Epix expire

(Newser) - Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service is getting a shot in the arm, with a slate of blockbusters that include The Avengers, Hunger Games, Super 8, and more, in a deal that signals trouble for Netflix. The movies are all coming thanks to a new deal with Epix, a... More »

Director of Next Hunger Games Is...

Francis Lawrence, assuming he accepts offer for Catching Fire

(Newser) - News that Hunger Games director Gary Ross wouldn't be back for the sequel had Lionsgate execs searching for a replacement; it seems they've found one. The studio hopes Francis Lawrence, who directed I Am Legend and Water for Elephants, will sign on for Catching Fire, the Hollywood Reporter... More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Western

Lionsgate's 'Last Stand' takes a chance on scandal-plagued ex-governor

(Newser) - Can a post-scandal Arnold Schwarzenegger still fill a multiplex? Lionsgate is about to find out. According to Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood , the studio has signed the former Governator to star in Last Stand, a western that’s long languished in development. The damaged Schwarzenegger will reportedly make a whole... More »

Sheen Loses a Goddess, Wins Sitcom

Lionsgate producing new Sheen show for cable

(Newser) - It's been a quiet couple of weeks in Sheenland, but the actor's love life and professional life are inevitably back in the news. Natalie Kenley, one of the two so-called goddesses who accompanied Sheen on his 'Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour, has moved out of his home,... More »

Deal Secures Mad Men's Future

Creator Matthew Weiner signs contract for 3 more seasons

(Newser) - Mad Men will be back with creator Matthew Weiner at the helm for two more seasons and possibly a third. After tough negotiations, Weiner has signed a deal with AMC and Lionsgate believed to be worth around $30 million, reports the New York Times . The cable hit's fifth season will... More »

Dying MGM Taking Bids

Struggling studio could be picked up by Time Warner

(Newser) - MGM Studios, once the stuff of Hollywood legend, is on the chopping block: The first bids from potential buyers are expected in the next few weeks, reports Variety . MGM made only one film this year—the poorly-performing Fame—and, possibly even sadder, its future projects include the grim-sounding Hot Tub ... More »

Mad Men Creator Will Stay On

(Newser) - The creator of the AMC hit Mad Men will stay on at the show after strained negotiations with the network yielded him a seven-figure deal, Variety reports. Matthew Weiner's two-year commitment, covering the third and fourth seasons of the '60s-era drama, is said to include a commitment to develop a... More »

Weinsteins Sign 7-Year Deal With Showtime

Films will replace slate lost when Paramount bailed in April

(Newser) - Showtime and the Weinstein Company have inked an exclusive 7-year movie deal, giving the pay TV network a replacement for the slate of films it lost when Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate decamped in April and teamed up to launch a rival network, Variety reports. Showtime had balked at what it... More »

Vudu to Match DVD HD Releases

Service will offer HD downloads same day DVDs hit stores

(Newser) - The Bourne Ultimatum, the Matt Damon action movie, will be available online Tuesday - the same day as the DVD reaches video stores. AP reports it's the first of many high-definition movies to be released by Vudu, the on-demand video service. Vudu, which sells its set-top box for $399, will... More »

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