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Jennifer Grey Will Have the Time of Her Life Once Again

She'll star in a new 'Dirty Dancing' movie

(Newser) - Jennifer Grey will get to have the time of her life yet again. She's hopping on the nostalgia train for Lionsgate Studios' new version of the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing. The 60-year-old Grey—who played Frances "Baby" Houseman in the original, set in 1963—will star again and...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Deal Signed for 3 More Seasons of Mad Men
 Deal Secures Mad Men's Future 

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...

Dying MGM Taking Bids
 Dying MGM Taking Bids 
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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 ...

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...

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...

Vudu to Match DVD HD Releases
Vudu to Match DVD HD Releases

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...

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