Cheers For The Landmark: Saving Indie Film In Grim West L. A.

That might save the neighborhood, after a fashion. But it’s far from clear that a couple of thousand techies with their own rooftop garden and a Gensler-designed “indoor-outdoor environment” can revive an entertainment-friendly commercial district, where you could once see a movie, buy a book, and watch them shoot scenes for Clueless in the food court next door.
To penetrate the ArcLight or AMC theaters in Santa Monica means a fight with traffic, parking restrictions, and the occasional bomb scare or suicide jumper. Even people who live in Santa Monica don’t often make the effort—and now, as reported on Deadline, all or part of the Laemmle chain, which operates the indie-oriented Monica, seems to be up for sale.
And $15 dollars seems high for an hour and 35 minutes of Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice, as delightful as it is. The parking escalators have been broken for weeks. Those purple and black staff outfits are a bit somber.
Nothing left but a google-eyed helmet-head painted on a wall. Across the street and around back, there’s a new cannabis outlet. On the upside, the guy who was using his reflection in the window of the Pico Blvd. robot store to shave a couple weeks ago was gone; but so was the robot store.
Two and a half cheers for the Landmark Theatres in West Los Angeles.
Those are everywhere now. And they seem to be busier than the cocktail lounge at the Landmark, where I counted one customer on Thursday.
So it pretty much comes down to the Landmark, which would be fine, if so much of once-vibrant West L.A. weren’t collapsing around it. But most of the center closed for renovation in 2018, and won’t re-open until (optimistically) 2022, when it will become an office complex leased by Google. The multiplex is located in what used to be a shopping center, the Westside Pavilion.
Actually, “flag flying” is the wrong metaphor. Outside, you’ll see a lot of grit, grime and “For Lease” signs. Cohen—feels more like a storefront church in a broken down neighborhood. Inside, you can still get a free cup of lemon-flavored ice water, and spend a couple of hours dwelling on Brittany Runs A Marathon or The Goldfinch. Lately, the Landmark complex—part of a chain that was acquired last year by the Cohen Media Group’s Charles S.
Meanwhile, things are looking mighty grim here in La La Land. As of Thursday, Wadatsumi, Islands, Lenny’s Deli, and the Colony Café (owned by Lilly Tartikoff and daughter Calla) were shuttered. Upstairs 2 at the nearby Wine House had a “good-bye” sign up, but still does catering. Outside the Landmark, restaurant after restaurant has bitten the dust. What used to be Norm’s, a diner up the street, had turned into a vacant lot with a four-foot high stand of native scrub brush.
But it isn’t easy. Of course, there are still other places to see movies in the Western reaches of Los Angeles, where so much of the film community lives.
But the Landmark, so far, has kept the flag flying for independent movies, and for those who love to watch them on real movie screens.
You can’t get there from here. But road crews have made Westwood Village a no-go zone. There’s an iPic multiplex on Wilshire Blvd. Easier to avoid the AMC complex there. in Westwood. Theaters in The Grove or Playa Del Rey might as well be on the moon. Century City and its never-ending construction projects are intimidating.
A.” /> Cohen can keep his flag flying, or church open—and maybe get the escalators fixed—while we wait for Google, or someone, to save independent film in West L. But I’m sure things picked up later in the day. I only hope Mr.

MoviePass Shutting Down, Parent Company ‘Unable To Predict If Or When…Service Will Continue’

exhibition. Where to begin to regale the tales of MoviePass? CEO Mitch Lowe (who had worked at Netflix) spearheaded a Netflix-esque all-you-can-eat pricing model for moviegoing, something that was commonplace in Europe but previously all but unknown to U.S. Created in 2011 by Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt, the flat-price subscription movie ticket service looked to have a renaissance when tech company Helios and Matheson Analytics took a huge stake in the service in August 2017.
Helios and Matheson Analytics (HMNY), the parent company of MoviePass, announced today that they're pulling the plug on the famed monthly movie ticket subscription service which offered unlimited tickets for $9.95 a month. It's over.
HMNY today said that it formed a strategic review committee comprised of independent directors, to identify, review and explore all strategic and financial alternatives for the company. Options include a sale of the company in its entirety, a sale of company assets like MoviePass, Moviefone and MoviePass Films. Today, MoviePass notified its subscribers that it would be "interrupting the MoviePass service" effective September 14 because its efforts to recapitalize MoviePass have not been successful.
A month before the Fallout fallout that would sink the company, a MoviePass-backed film became of the worst-reviewed titles of 2018: the John Travolta mob biopic Gotti. In just the past year alone, it elicited a fraud investigation by the state of New York; restated its financial results due to accounting errors; parted ways with its CFO and top operational executive; executed unusual (and unsuccessful) reverse-splits of its stock; and doubled down on investments in film production and financing. Getting delisted — often a fatal setback for companies with HMNY's ambitions — was far from the only blemish in the checkered record of MoviePass, which became a real-time case study in mismanagement.
The theory was that the percentage of members actually going to the movies each month would be a minority, meaning the company would not have to fork over cash for tickets to fulfill orders. (Many compared this setup to the way many health clubs work.) How the company would become profitable was an immediate question in the distribution and exhibition sectors. For a time, the stock market agreed, and Helios stock traded at nearly $30 a share by late-2017. Lowe and HMNY boss Ted Farnsworth believed that rapid subscriber growth would deepen its data pool and give it leverage in Hollywood. Neither studios nor theaters wanted to give up any share of their box office to this third-party firm, which said it would ultimately profit through the use of data.
Finally, in July 2018, during the opening weekend of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, MoviePass officially blacked out. The once-high-flying HMNY stock took a swan dive and never recovered. Following the Mission: Impossible debacle, MoviePass decided it would no longer cover big studio tentpoles on their opening weekends, instead allowing only indies and holdovers. At one point MoviePass had bragged it had nearly 3M subscribers. That ratio of active users to total members didn't fall into place. Instead, the company found itself having to run up huge deficits because it had promised access to any movie and was on the hook to provide tickets and fulfill its promise. Subscriber levels dropped to 225K as of last April.
HMNY stock, which has traded over the counter since being delisted by the Nasdaq in February, closed Friday at .93 of a cent, essentially where it has been for the past few months.
"The company is unable to predict if or when the MoviePass service will continue," HMNY said in a press release. There can be no assurance that any such financing will be obtained or available on terms acceptable to the committee." "The company is continuing its efforts to seek financing to fund its operations.
Over time, each circuit started their own successful monthly subscription movie ticket programs, which were able to feed concession sales and enhance their existing data-mining operations. AMC's put a cap on the amount of tickets for $20 per month for any kind of film. Regal, like Cinemark, restricted theirs to 2-D films. As MoviePass peaked and blew up, AMC and Regal eyed it warily and, in the case of AMC's outspoken CEO, Adam Aron, took public shots at it.
I think it was largely a defensive move on their part.”” /> Despite its demise, MoviePass leaves a legacy, serving as a disruptive force that pushed entrenched theater circuits to change their ways. Imax CEO Rich Gelfond, speaking at an investor conference earlier this week, said AMC opted for the see-anything approach with its Stubs A-List subscription program “largely because MoviePass came on the landscape.
Netflix reached that milestone in 39 months. In late December 2017, MoviePass celebrated passing 1M subs in four months. To celebrate, Lowe and Farnsworth took a photo outside AMC's Empire 25 in New York, laughing at the No. Now, AMC has the last laugh. 1 chain in the world. AMC tried to sue the service and shut them down.
In July, the company had suspended the service to work on what it said were technical improvements as well as an effort to recapitalize the operation, which at its peak had burned through tens of millions of dollars a month.

Euro Cinema Chain Vue Won’t Show Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Pic ‘The Irishman’; UK Network Picturehouse Also Says No

“Despite The Irishman being directed by one of the true giants of cinema, Netflix has chosen not to give this film the full theatrical big screen release it deserves. Our policy is to only show titles launching with a full theatrical release, which is a well-known industry practice that creates and profiles cultural blockbusters, provides a more engaged and immersive experience for audiences and showcases exceptional content the way it was intended to be shown and enjoyed.”
Vue operates in UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Taiwan.
European cinema chain Vue, which has more than 228 cinemas and 2,000 screens across Europe, has told us it will not be showing the movie due to its curtailed theatrical window. EARLIER EXCLUSIVE AT 10:22 AM PST: As anticipated, not everyone is on board with the rollout plan for Martin Scorsese and Netflix's The Irishman. The exhibitor issued the below statement:
We also have word out to UK arthouse network Picturehouse. Given that the former owns Regal (which won't show it) and the latter is owned by AMC (which won't show it) it seems logical that neither will host the movie. We're waiting to hear back from other leading Euro chains such as Cineworld and Odeon as to whether they'll show the film. UK boutique chain Curzon will likely show the film as it has given many Netflix movies a short run in the past.
That's another 23 UK theaters that won't be showing the anticipated Scorsese film. UPDATE 13:29 PM PST: Cineworld-owned UK arthouse chain Picturehouse won't be showing The Irishman either, the company has confirmed to us.
It may prove trickier than many fans would like to find a multiplex showing the film. In the U.S., major movie chains including AMC, Cineplex, Regal and Cinemark won't show the movie. Netflix will be relying on smaller indie chains for penetration. It could be a similar story in Europe.
In the UK, the movie is due to launch on November 8. before it makes its streaming service bow November 27. The film will have a 27-day theatrical window from November 1 in U.S. The Irishman will mark Netflix's most ambitious theatrical rollout for one of its original productions and the service has been working hard to win over exhibitors in recent months.
Hoffa’s body has never been found and Sheeran’s admission is one of numerous theories of the union boss’s demise.” /> Anticipated crime-epic The Irishman tells a sprawling story that culminates in the murder of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa — played by Al Pacino — as seen through the eyes of WWII vet Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a hustler and hitman who claims he ended Hoffa’s life on orders of mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci).

Exhibition Giant AMC Lays Off 35 Workers As “Profit Improvement Plan” Begins

During a conference call with Wall Street analysts earlier this month, AMC chief Adam Aron said the company was launching what he called a "formal profit improvement plan." While the plan is expected to have only "modest impact" this year, Aron said the company sees it adding $50 million or more in operating income.
Top exhibitor AMC Entertainment, following through on previously announced cost-cutting plans, has laid off 35 office staffers and will not fill 15 more positions.
"Because of AMC’s leadership position in the operation of cinemas and its proactive desire to operate more efficiently, AMC is confident that its future is a bright one," the statement concluded.
Aron said the company has identified ideas for about $50 million in cost savings and $25 million in revenue enhancement. "While most of the ideas will be realized, some will not," Aron mused.
Financial results were strong in the second quarter ending in June, thanks to Avengers: Endgame and other blockbusters, but exhibition is facing several challenges to its traditional business model. Streaming of big-budget films by Netflix, Amazon and others has not yet blown up the theatrical release window but the threat is a serious one.
Anticipating analysts' questions about the timing of the restructuring, Aron said, "Any time and all the time is a good time for a company to think creatively about its revenues and its costs." He added, "Think of us as a leaner, but not a meaner AMC."” />
The company noted that since its current headquarters building opened in 2013, the workforce there has gone from fewer than 400 associates to "well over 600." Even after the cuts, there will still be more than 600 workers in Leawood. The exhibitor, which is partly owned by private equity and China's Wanda Group, employs several thousand workers around the world. In a statement furnished to Deadline, AMC acknowledged the "difficult but necessary organizational changes" at its headquarters in Leawood, KS.

‘The Walking Dead’ Adds Thora Birch And Kevin Carroll For Season 10 – Comic-Con

Carroll will be playing a character named Virgil who Hurd said encounters the group but is "desperately trying to get home to his family."  Hurd adds, "We look forward to sharing their stories and these fine actors with you.” Birch will be playing a character named Gamma who is a member of the Whisperers who is wildly protective of Alpha.
In addition, Hardwick said that AMC will kick off 10 weeks of Walking Dead season 10 reveals leading up to the October 6 premiere.” />
Hurd was joined on Hall H stage by showrunner Angela Kang as well as fellow executive producers Robert Kirkman, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero. The announcement was made during the panel that debuted the October 6 premiere date for season 10 as well as a trailer. Stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Ryan Hurst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Avi Nash, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, and Cailey Fleming also took the stage to talk about the zombie series.
During The Walking Dead panel, executive producer Gale Ann Hurd revealed that Thora Birch (Ghost World, American Beauty) and Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers) will be joining the cast of the AMC zombie series.

New ‘The Walking Dead’ Series Casts Annet Mahendru & Aliyah Royale

AMC has rounded out the cast for the third The Walking Dead series. AMC announced the casting news today immediately following the show's panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Annet Mahendru (Huck) and Aliyah Royale (Iris) join previously announced Alexa Mansour (Hope), Nicolas Cantu (Elton) and Hal Cumpston (Silas) as cast members in the third series of the franchise which begins production in and around Richmond, VA next week.
The untitled third series will focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad. Some will become villains. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (You’re the Worst, Kong: Skull Island) will direct the series co-created by Scott Gimple and The Walking Dead veteran writer and producer Matt Negrete who will serve as the series showrunner. Some will become heroes. In the end, all of them will be changed forever.
Produced and distributed by AMC Studios, the series will premiere on AMC in spring 2020.
Her other credits include TNT's Major Crimes, Bounce TV's Mann and Wife and the NBC TV movie Strange Calls. Royale is known for her work on The Red Line. She's repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Dream Talent Management.” />
She's repped by Paradigm, Bohemia Entertainment and Nelson Davis LLP. She also appeared in a season-long arc on FX's Tyrant. Known for her role as Nina Kilova on FX's The Americans, Mahendru most recently appeared as Elena Evanovich in Amazon's The Romanoffs. On the film side, Mahendru played Isabelle in writer-director Randy Moore’s controversial indie feature Escape From Tomorrow and voiced the role of Eva in Penguins Of Madagascar.

Outkast’s André Benjamin Joins Jason Segal’s AMC Anthology Series ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’

He also created and led the voice of cast of Nickelodeon's mid-2000s kids series Class of 3000. Along with his hitmaking history with Outkast alongside Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Benjamin appeared in John Ridley's ABC anthology American Crime and features including High Life, Dominique Belongs to Us and starred as guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in 2013's Jimi: All Is by My Side.
André Benjamin, aka André 3000 from hip-hop duo Outkast, has joined the cast of Dispatches from Elsewhere, AMC’s 10-episode anthology series created by and starring Jason Segel.
Also, Alethea Jones has signed on to executive produce and direct several episodes of the series, which begins production this week in Philadelphia.
They will come to find that the mystery winds far deeper than they ever imagined. Dispatches from Elsewhere is about a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. Segel directs the first episode and executive produces with Scott Rudin, showrunner Mark Friedman, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush, Jeff Freilich and Jones.
She is currently attached to direct the musical Big Gay Jamboree for Margot Robbie's LuckyChap and Paramount. Jones is repped by Paradigm, 3 Arts and Lichter Grossman.” /> Australian director-producer-writer Jones recently directed Facebook Watch's Catherine Zeta-Jones series Queen America along with episodes of the upcoming second season of the AMC dramedy Lodge 49 and Hulu's Dollface, starring Kat Dennings, Shay Mitchell, and Brenda Song.

New ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Casts Its First Three Leads

Mansour recently wrapped shooting a guest starring role on CBS' Madam Secretary and previously starred in the horror film sequel Unfiltered: Dark Web for Blumhouse Productions.
Produced by AMC Studios, the spinoff is slated to start production on 10 episodes this summer in Virginia. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead universe, the spinoff will be run by Matt Negrete, who has been a writer and producer on The Walking Dead for the past five seasons. Co-created by Scott M.
Alexa Mansour (Unfriended: Dark Web), Nicolas Cantu (The Amazing World of Gumball), and Hal Cumpston (Australian comedy Bilched) are set as leads on AMC's new Walking Dead spinoff series, set for premiere in 2020, Deadline has confirmed.
Cumpston starred in, wrote, and produced Australian coming of age comedy series Bilched.
Variety was first to report the castings.” />
The new spinoff will feature two young female protagonists and will focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it, according to the description by AMC. The hook will be to see who remains good and who turns evil. Details of the roles are being kept under wraps.
He has also appeared in series The Good Place, Sydney to the Max and Bizaardvark. and Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. Cantu has voiced roles on The Amazing World of Gumball, Sofia the First, Future-Worm!

AMC At Comic-Con: ‘The Walking Dead’ Take Over (Plus Seth Rogen, George Takei, Zachary Quinto)

The Terror: Infamy (4:45pm, Room 6A) Preview panel for the horror anthology's Season 2 tale include cast members Derek Mio, George Takei, Kiki Sukezane, and Cristina Rodlo, along with co-creators Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein.
AMC will also bring key cast members and the producers of Preacher, NOS4A2, and The Terror: Infamy to the San Diego expo for pop culture and and genre entertainment. A quick overview of AMC's full-court press at this year's 50th edition of Comic-Con:
Fear the Walking Dead (noon, Hall H) Packed panel includes stars Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Danay Garcia, Maggie Grace, Jenna Elfman, Alexa Nisenson, Austin Amelio, Rubén Blades, and Karen David. Also aboard: Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of The Walking Dead Universe; showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg; executive producers Robert Kirkman, Dave Alpert, Gale Anne Hurd, and Greg Nicotero; and director and co-executive producer, Michael Satrazemis.
If AMC has their way this year's Comic-Con International will be swarmed by zombies in historic fashion. The stars and creative team behind The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will be turning out in force in San Diego and AMC hopes zombified fans will do the same for promotions such as the new and improved DeadQuarters fan zone, a Walker Horde photo opp, gaming demo previews, and a canned-food drive for Feeding San Diego.
Also on board: Gimple, showrunner  Angela Kang; executive producers Kirkman, Alpert,  Hurd, and Nicotero. The Walking Dead (1pm, Hall H) Panelists include stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Ryan Hurst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Avi Nash, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, and Cailey Fleming.
Preacher (7pm, Hall H) Panel previewing the fourth and final season of the Vertigo Comics adaptation includes executive producer Seth Rogen, stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Graham McTavish, and Mark Harelik.
NOS4A2 (5:30pm, Room 6A) Panelists include cast members Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings, along with showrunner Jami O’Brien and executive producer Joe Hill.
AMC also invites fans to dress as zombies for an official Walker Horde moment at Petco Park on July 20 (doors open at 9am). Attendees will help recreate a walker scene for a photo that will be part of an official marketing campaign for the 10th season of The Walking Dead.
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This year's edition ” will feature a curated walk through of settings (including "Winter Escape" from the Season 9 finale of The Walking Dead) as well as an elaborate treehouse and plane crash site inspired by Season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead. DeadQuarters will be open to the public July 18-20, 11:00am-6:30pm and for July 21 from 11:00am-4:00pm. Beyond the convention's panel programming, AMC will host DeadQuarters (at 4th Avenue and L Street) the "official fan zone" of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Video game demos and previews will also be on site.

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Debut Ratings Down From Last Year’s ‘TWD’ Crossover Opener; ‘NOS4A2’ Starts OK In Live+3

Drilling down more and with a mild tease of its own about the fate of Andrew Lincoln’s character, the June 2 FearTWD “Here To Help” debut snared 1.2 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic and 1.5 million among adults 25-54.
In the law of diminishing returns in today’s ratings environment, AMC sees a small win in all this when comparing the FearTWD premiere to the overall average of the second half of Season 4. In that context, the Season 5 opener is down 6% from the Season 4 finale of September 30 last year, while it had a 4% viewership uptick in Live+3 numbers from the “People Like Us” midseason premiere of August 12, 2018.
The series based on Joe Hill's novel and starring Ashleigh Cummings and Zachary Quinto drew 1.9 million total viewers and an audience of 887,000 in the 25-54 demo.” /> On another footing and also on June 2, the kickoff of AMC’s new horror series NOS4A2 delivered reasonable results as the second-best cable drama opener this season.
With 3 million total viewers in Live+3 results from Nielsen, The Walking Dead spinoff was down a hard 47% from the delayed audience numbers of the Season 4 opener, which had the much hyped The Walking Dead Season 8 finale and the disappearance of Rick Grimes as its lead-in.
The return of Fear the Walking Dead for its fifth season on Sunday may have been the third-best cable drama premiere of the season, but compared with last year, it bit.

‘Humans’: AMC & Channel 4 Cancel Kudos-Produced Sci-Fi Drama After Three Seasons

The Humans cast and crew were and are the best and we wouldn’t have got a second season without their talent and dedication, let alone a third. The pair wrote, “Sadly, there won’t be a fourth season of Humans. We got to make the show we wanted to make, for 24 episodes. We can’t name anyone without naming everyone, and that would mean we’d have to do this in an even smaller front – so here’s to every last actor, director, writer, producer, exec, commissioner, DoP, editor, composer, crew member and the unfailingly generous Swedish team behind the original version.” They supported the show brilliantly and above all – let us make three seasons. We’re gutted, of course, but we were so lucky. In this age of unprecedented choice and competition, we can have no complaints. Channel 4 and AMC were the perfect partners.
Season three of the show launched in the U.S.  It is set one year after the dawn of consciousness, where a decimated and oppressed synth population fights to survive in a world that hates and fears them. last June and in the UK the month before that.
Thanks for watching,” they added.” /> DM us Elon. Last year, exec producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd told Deadline that there was no end in sight for the drama, which ended with a surprise. The pair admitted that they “know we left some threads hanging”. If there’s anyone out there with a few million quid and an interest in AI stories, we’re all ears. “That was the way we always wrote the show. Maybe one day we’ll get a chance to pick them back up.
The worst thing about this is that we can’t keep the story going for the people that love it,” they noted. “Thank you so much for the messages, support, podcasts, bespoke mugs and for never setting up a petition to make us redo something. It means more than anything to see the show resonating with you like it did. The pair added that the last word has to go to the show’s fans.
The news came via a blog posted to social media by creators and writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent.
The Gemma Chan-fronted series has been cancelled after its third season. AMC and Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans is coming to an end.

AMC Stubs A-List Hits 800,000 Members, Becoming No. 1 Subscription Movie Ticketer

AMC Theatres' Stubs A-List subscription service has added 200,000 members in 2019 to date, passing 800,000 total subscribers.
A subsequent series of missteps saw the company get de-listed from the Nasdaq amid a welter of troubles ranging from accounting issues to a federal fraud investigation. 1 subscription moviegoing service in North America. MoviePass initially wore that crown, reaching as many as 3 million subscribers in 2018. The company said the level is well ahead of its initial Year One target of 500,000 members, and also makes it the No. The Moviepass ticketing service still exists but is not as widely used as it once was.
The AMC program, which launched last June, allows up to three movies a week, in any format, in addition to discounts on other tickets and concessions.
“With AMC Stubs A-List, we believe we’ve cracked the code to make this concept successful for AMC, our shareholders, our studio partners and most importantly, our guests," CEO Adam Aron said in a press release. Members are seeing many more movies than they did before A-List was created, they are seeing movies more than once and they’re bringing their friends and family members along, who are paying for their tickets at full price. "While others have tried and failed in this space, A-List is only getting stronger.
A-List is contributing to AMC's bottom line, particularly at the concession stand, Aron added.” />

3-Hour Runtime Doesn’t Choke ‘Avengers: Endgame’: Record $140M+ Opening Day; Unprecedented $315M-$330M Weekend – Midday B.O. Update

It's Imax's third-highest previews behind The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and is tracking 17% ahead of Avengers: Infinity War. Endgame was the second film in history to be shot entirely with Imax cameras, and it grossed $4.8M last night at 412 of the large-format exhib's hubs.
AMC wants everyone to be able to participate in this national cultural event of seeing Avengers: Endgame now on the big screen. So, at AMC Theatres, we have set aside approximately 10 million seats and 58,000 showtimes for this historic event. AMC has dedicated more seats and more showtimes behind this film’s opening than for any other movie in our history. While ticket sales to date have been incredibly robust, we still have millions of available seats for those making last-minute decisions to go to the movies in theaters this weekend and share in the euphoria.” Said AMC CEO Adam Aron this morning: "With wildly enthusiastic critic and fan reviews, interest in Avengers: Endgame has continued to grow beyond even the most optimistic projections.
3rd UPDATE, Friday 9:02 AM: One exhibition source says that the amount of business that Avengers: Endgame is doing "is ridiculous." Off of 9 AM shows alone today, big venues like the AMC 25 Empire in NYC are making $175K, NYC Lincoln Square counts $161K, Regal E-Walk has $78K, while the Edwards Irvine is seeing $145K.
2nd UPDATE, Friday AM: A three-hour-plus running time didn't prevent Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame from beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($57M) for the top-grossing Thursday preview ever in the U.S. After a sleepy Easter weekend, the big-screen business is alive and kicking. and Canada, making $60M.
Many believe Endgame will feasibly break that. That pic's $39M Thursday repped 37% of its Friday ($106.3M), which resulted in the domestic opening weekend of all-time with $257.6M. Note that Endgame previews started an hour earlier than Infinity War's, which were at 7 PM.
Even more impressive, they'll own 11 of the top 12 openings of all time by Sunday. The results here of Avengers: Endgame also raises the stakes for other rivals to build movies of Endgame proportions. Um, don't think so. Streaming crushing the theatrical business? This is what happens when you have a great movie that the entire world wants to see, and exhibition and theatrical truly work together to make it a major success. That said, Disney/Marvel has already raised the stakes, and they will own 13 of the top 20 domestic openings of all time by Sunday. (Universal's Jurassic World opening at $208.8M is the only rival ranked in the top 12.)
Off early-evening shows, Endgame already has set a Marvel Thursday night/preview record, besting the $39M made by Avengers: Infinity War a year ago. UPDATED EXCLUSIVE, Friday AM after Thursday 7:04 PM post: As of early last night Los Angeles time, Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame grossed $43M from showtimes that started at 6 PM, however, this morning, many believe that a record-toppling Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Thursday night ($57M) is in store. Disney typically reports around 8 AM.
She is benefiting greatly from Endgame. 2 pic of the weekend is Disney's own Captain Marvel in its eighth week with $7M and a $412.5M running cume by Sunday. The No. A year ago, Black Panther ranked fourth against the opening of Infinity War with $4.7M in Weekend 11 and a running $688.3M total.
Exhibition has added every seat and screen to accommodate the demand and will continue to do so if need be, which mitigates the film's three-hour running time. Should Endgame miss the $300M threshold and recess due to frontloading, well, big deal: Disney will have notched another record domestic opening weekend, besting Infinity War's $257.6M, and exhibition is rolling in rental dough and popcorn money.
Industry estimates are seeing $130M-$140M for Friday including $60M in previews. "I don't see how the pic doesn't get to $300M-plus," said one rival distribution exec.
and The Curse of La Llorona are fighting over third with $6.5M apiece right now. That will put Shazam! in Weekend 4 at $132.1M stateside and Llorona in Weekend 2 at $40.2M. Disney/Fox's faith-based title Breakthrough in Weekend 2 is eyeing $6.2M, off 45%, for a 10-day of $26M. New Line's Shazam!
Fifty-four percent of those who watched Thanos and company last night said it's part of a franchise they like, while close to a third said they're going to see it a second time in a theater, with 27% saying they'll buy the Russo Brothers-directed sequel on Blu-Ray.
Also, Fandango reported today that Endgame was their top preseller ever, from Hawaii to New Hampshire, with exhibitors scrambling to add new showtimes. Thursday's gargantuan numbers for the Avengers grand finale make sense: Deadline learned from industry sources earlier this week that overall pre-sales were between $120M-$140M before opening.
Screen Engine/ComScore PostTrak exits exploded with 5 stars and a huge 83% definite recommend. General audiences made up 79% of the crowd, with kids numbering 11% and parents at 9%. Leading general demos were men over 25 at 35% (90% positive), men under 25 at 30% (loved it the most at 94%), with females under and over 25 equally split at 18% (women under loved it at 90%, while over gave the pic 89%). Parents gave the pic 4 stars, and kids under 12 were pleased, giving it 5 stars.
Fifty percent of Force Awakens' Friday came from Thursday previews, so it wouldn't be a shocker if the Russo Brothers-directed sequel lands the best opening day of all time with $120M-plus, beating Star Wars Episode VII's $119.1M. We'll see what the front-loading looks like as the weekend goes on. Read below for the pic's awesome exits and frenzy Thursday night.
Giving Endgame some cushion are K-12 schools on break: 11% were off Thursday and 13% today. Force Awakens' Thursday repped 48% of its first day Friday of $119.1M for a $247.9M three-day. There's also 4% colleges on break.
Last night's box office figures do not come from Disney but from Deadline sources.
Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame is tearing up all the record books with a $140 million-$150 million opening day, blasting away Star Wars: The Force Awakens' first-day and single-day records of $119.1M. 4th UPDATE, Friday Midday: It's even bigger than originally seen this morning. The entire industry is in a complete state of shock. Industry estimates have Endgame's weekend between $315M-$330M, but don't be stunned if it goes higher.
showtimes with 3D midnight shows sold out. available. and 3:30 a.m. Meanwhile, across the street at the Regal, shows were sold out into the wee hours of the morning, with only 3:30 a.m. As of midnight in New York City on 42nd Street in the famed intersection between AMC 25 and the Regal, the AMC had Endgame showtimes available into the late night with 1:45 a.m., 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.
Captain Marvel's running total through seven weeks is $405.5M. 1 last night? Meanwhile, among films already in full play, guess what was No. Captain Marvel, which made an estimated $1.3M to New Line's The Curse of La Llorona's $998K.
Diversity breakdowns were 44% Caucasian, 22% Hispanic, 15% African American (they gave Endgame a 100% score) and 15% Asian.
As Nancy reported yesterday, Avengers: Endgame amassed $169M overseas in its first day which includes China's opening day record of $107.5M.” />

How AMC Theatres Is Prepping For The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Onslaught This Weekend

Avengers: Infinity War owns the domestic opening-weekend record with $257.6M nearly a year ago. Stateside, box office analysts believe that Endgame should make between $260M-$270M domestically this weekend, with a shot at $300M.
“AMC guests have already purchased more tickets to Avengers: Endgame than we’ve ever sold in advance of a film’s release – and our first shows aren’t until Thursday evening,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming for AMC. In fact, there are multiple AMC locations that will be operating around the clock from Thursday night through Sunday.” “With a desire to satisfy as many Marvel fans as possible on Thursday and through the weekend, AMC’s programming team is reviewing ticket sales theatre by theatre and adding showtimes later and later.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ $200M+ Promo Campaign Is Marvel’s Biggest Ever, Surpassing ‘Infinity War’ & More
With Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame busting every imaginable presales record in AMC's history, the world's No. 1 exhibitor is making sure the Russo Brothers pic is available on as many screens as possible with millions of tickets still available stateside.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ $200M+ Promo Campaign Is Marvel’s Biggest Ever, Surpassing ‘Infinity War’ & More” />
This afternoon AMC reported that 29 of its theaters are scheduled to be open around-the-clock this Thursday through Friday for Endgame, with 18 open nostop from Thursday through Saturday. And on top of that, 17 additional AMC locations will be opening between Thursday night and Sunday for 72 hours straight.
As far as those AMC locations showing all 22 titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe this week, there are three in the U.S.: AMC Lincoln Square 13  in New York City, AMC River East 21 in Chicago and AMC Metreon 16 in San Francisco.
2 and 3 chains Regal and Cinemark — are estimated to be driving 90% of the $120M-plus advance ticket sales for Endgame, according to industry sources. That figure far exceeds the $100M presales made by Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it opened in December 2015. As Deadline reported earlier, AMC — together with the No.

New ‘Killing Eve’ Showrunner Suzanne Heathcote Inks Overall Deal With AMC

She is returning to the AMC fold after serving as Executive Story Editor for the flagship network's Fear the Walking Dead. In addition to running Killing Eve, Heathcote will develop new series projects for AMC Networks/AMC Studios.
She has written a number of plays, including Plot 10, Unspoken, Taken, So., I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile. She has been a recipient of the New York Stage and Film Founders Award and the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award, among other honors. Heathcote's writing career began at the Royal Court Theatre, where she attended the Young Writers Program and Advanced Writers Group.
She is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and Jackoway Tyerman.” /> In TV, Heathcote has developed for HBO and Freeform and most recently served as a writer/producer for Steven Knight’s upcoming Apple TV series See.
Under the pact, she has just joined acclaimed BBC America drama series Killing Eve as lead writer and executive producer for its newly ordered third season. The second season of the thriller debuted last night and is simulcast on AMC Networks' BBC America and AMC. British writer Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead) has signed a two-year overall deal with AMC.

Danai Gurira Is Latest Big Name That Will Exit ‘The Walking Dead’

AMC announced the Season 10 renewal for the series based on Robert Kirkman's comics on Monday. The latest TWD news, which THR had first today, comes ahead of the return of the show's Season 9 on Sunday.
Her exit is the third major one among the main cast of the zombie apocalypse drama series, after Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan. AMC declined comment on Gurira's exit, but Gurira's deal seems similar in nature to what the producers are trying to work out with Cohan, who might also return for occasional episodes going forward.
Gimple going into production as early as this year.” /> There are now several offshoots of the franchise already in play, including the current Fear the Walking Dead series as well as potential multiple stand-alone films starring Lincoln as Grimes and written by Scott M. Lincoln, who played Rick Grimes, and Cohan, who played Maggie, both exited during the current Season 9 of the series, at one time TV's most-watched show and still a big hit for AMC.
Danai Gurira, who plays the tougher-than-zombies Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead, will exit the series for good after Season 10.
Sources confirm that Gurira, also a playwright and one of the stars of Disney/Marvel's Best Picture Oscar nominee Black Panther, has signed a deal in which she will appear in only a handful of episodes for TWD's next season.

Marti Noxon Inks Overall Deal With Netflix

“Her work is often both brave and vulnerable, with a distinct voice, sense of humor and tone that is uniquely her own.” “Marti Noxon is a brilliant and visionary creator who explores emotional depths to reveal the inner lives and struggles of complex, modern women,” said Cindy Holland, VP, Original Content at Netflix.
Another top TV showrunner is headed to Netflix with a rich overall deal. Marti Noxon has signed a multi-year overall pact with the streaming giant to exclusively produce new series programming through her Tiny Pyro production banner. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on Noxon’s feature projects.
As a writer-producer, Noxon has worked on such series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, Glee, and Grey’s Anatomy. She has collaborated with Netflix before on the feature side — she wrote and made her feature directorial debut with the Netflix original film To The Bone, which premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Following Noxon to Netflix is Maria Grasso who will continue in her role as President of Tiny Pyro. Noxon most recently had an overall deal at Skydance, the company behind one of her latest series, Dietland at AMC.
“Not only do they continually produce ground-breaking and visually stunning content, they've developed a platform that's so influential its become a verb. I Netflix at home, happily, and now I'm even more excited to Netflix for a living." "Who can resist the allure of Netflix?” said Noxon.
Noxon is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.” />
Her most recent series as creator-showrunner include Sharp Objects at HBO, Dietland at AMC as well as the Peabody Award-winning first season of Lifetime's UnReal. As a creator, Noxon is known for shows with strong female protagonists.

AMC Networks Centralizes Executive Structure, Upping Sarah Barnett, David Madden And Linda Schupack; 40 Positions Eliminated

The restructuring will result in about 40 layoffs, or about 2% of the workforce at the entertainment networks, sources tell Deadline. AMC Networks did not comment on any job losses.
The company’s lifestyle network, WE tv, will continue to be managed by WE tv President and
Mac McKean, EVP, Innovation, who will continue to oversee AMC Premiere and expand his responsibility for digital, gaming and new products across AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC.
"We wanted to see the entire marketplace from one seat." "We wanted a structure that would make us as nimble as possible," Carroll said, eliminating duplicate pitches under the same roof.
They include: Other executive are getting new promotions and titles and will report to Barnett.
In the official press release announcing the changes, Caserta said the new structure "will enable us to better operate and leverage the strength of our entertainment networks as we continue to position the company to take advantage of new opportunities.”
She will now lead all marketing functions for AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC, reporting to Barnett. Linda Schupack, who is EVP of Marketing for AMC and SundanceTV, has been promoted to the new role of President of Marketing, Entertainment Networks.
On matters relating to AMC Studios programming, he will report to Carroll, as will other top execs at the studio. Madden, a two-decade veteran of the Fox broadcast network and studio, is currently president of programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. As head of network programming for the company’s four entertainment networks, Madden will report to Barnett. The reorg will give him responsibility for BBC America and IFC programming.
Tom Halleen, EVP, Programming Strategy, Acquisitions and Scheduling, AMC and SundanceTV, who is expand his purview to include BBC America, IFC and WE tv.
Asked about how the state of the zombies may have played into the reorganization, Carroll said, "It's always good to sharpen the programming lens." But he noted the meteoric ratings for the show since nearly its inception still leave it far ahead of nearly every competitor on TV, even in its ninth season. He also said breakthroughs in 2018 such as Killing Eve on BBC America have pointed the way forward for AMC. "We have a lot of great opportunities ahead of us," Barnett added.” />
The shift comes less than a month after the announcement that AMC vet Charlie Collier is heading to New Fox, replacing Gary Newman as entertainment chief of the slimmed-down entity.
"We will be retaining the same brand filters for all of our networks," she said. Barnett emphasized that the goal is not homogenization but rather operational efficiency.
But linear ratings across the landscape have been eroding as viewers take advantage of technology to seek other entertainment options. It still makes good money from carriage fees and advertising via the traditional pay-TV bundle from its network portfolio of AMC, IFC, Sundance, We TV and BBC America. As with other programming-centric media companies like Viacom and Discovery, AMC is trying to move quickly to diversify its revenue streams. AMC Networks reported solid third-quarter financial results last Thursday, beating Wall Street estimates and also announcing the completion of its acquisition of streaming specialist RLJ Entertainment.
Former IFC chief Jen Caserta, who was promoted last spring to Chief Transformation Officer, will continue in that newly created position. Blake Callaway, Executive Director, will continue to oversee IFC, and Jan Diedrichsen, Executive Director, who will continue to oversee SundanceTV and the Sundance Now streaming service. Some key execs will continue in their existing roles after the changes.
The handling of scripted programming is the primary focus of the changes, Carroll and Barnett said in an interview with Deadline, which is why WE tv is largely unaffected. General Manager Marc Juris, reporting to Carroll.
Marnie Black, EVP of Public Relations, who will continue to oversee all consumer PR functions for AMC, SundanceTV and Sundance Now, adding BBC America and IFC to her responsibilities.
AMC Networks has centralized its operations, promoting Sarah Barnett to president of entertainment networks and upping senior executives David Madden and Linda Schupack.
analyst Doug Creutz in a note to clients. Declining viewership for flagship franchise The Walking Dead has raised some alarms on Wall Street in terms of AMC's future. "With both advertising and affiliate dollars earned per viewer in line with peers, there is less low-hanging fruit for the company to harvest." One bright spot, Creutz noted, is that the company is considered a potential acquisition target. "The company has had a mixed track record of developing new hit programming and has not licensed a new hit franchise in nearly 10 years," wrote Cowen & Co.
Courtney Thomasma, who is being promoted to Executive Director, overseeing BBC America.
She will also lead AMC Premiere, the company’s subscription service offering ad-free versions of original series and other perks for fans. Barnett will continue to report to Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks. Barnett, the current president and GM of BBC America who previously had that role at SundanceTV, will add oversight of AMC, SundanceTV and IFC.

‘Walking Dead’ Suit “Minor” Profit Reports Tug-O-War Ends; AMC Lets Go Of Rope

"As we said previously, this was much ado about nothing," Bard referencing Gibson Dunn attorney Snyder told Deadline of the three page letter that CAA & Darabont lawyer BlankRome’s Jerry Bernstein of NYC-based BlankRome sent to Bransten on October 22. "We are happy to resolve this routine and minor discovery issue, he added. That correspondence from Bernstein accused the cabler of withholding vital production cost reports and profit participation documents related to the 2010 debuting and Darabont developed series from the plaintiffs.
That seems to be a non-issue now thanks to AMC's new stance, but, with the kind of money involved, expect the fragile peace to turn to pitched battle again.” />
"Accordingly, Plaintiffs’ request for a pre-motion conference is now moot." "We are happy to inform the Court that, while we do not agree that the documents requested in Plaintiffs’ October 22 Letter are within the scope of proper discovery in this matter, we have nonetheless decided to produce those documents in order to avoid burdening the Court with a discovery dispute," said AMC attorney Orin Snyder in a brief letter to New York Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten yesterday (read it here).
Three days after lawyers for CAA and former The Walking Dead showunner Frank Darabont went after AMC for a series of supposedly vital documents in their long ongoing multi-million dollar lawsuits, the latest dust-up has settled – until the next time.
With a new suit added in January of this year and creator Robert Kirkman and other EPs launching their own profits participation suit last year, the battle over profits from the series based on Kirkman's comics now sees Darabont, who was kicked to curb by AMC just as TWD Season 2 was starting up, and CAA seeking around $300 million from TWD and franchise spinoffs. This succinct straightforward response is a bit of a welcomed surprise after the acerbic manner the two sides have often communicated to each other since The Shawkshank Redemption director and his uber-agency launched their action back in late 2013.
With TWD awaiting the final two episodes of departing OG Andrew Lincoln's performance as Rick Grimes and the lawyers still awaiting a summery judgement ruling from the court, CAA and Darabont’s legal crew wanted a portion the already scheduled October 30 compliance conference before soon to retire Justice Bransten to address the pre-motion letter.

‘The Terror’: Derek Mio To Star In AMC Anthology Series

Mio, a fourth generation Japanese American, has a personal connection to this story. His other grandfather was from Hawaii and served in the U.S. One of his grandfathers was from Terminal Island and sent to Manzanar internment camp after Pearl Harbor. Military Intelligence Service and was stationed in Japan during the Occupation as an interpreter and cultural liaison.
Throughout the season, Nakayama transforms from a naïve kid to a war hero. Mio will play Chester Nakayama, the son of Japanese born immigrants who has dreams of leaving his insular Japanese-American community and joining the army.
The Terror season two is executive produced by Ridley Scott and is an AMC Studios production, produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 36.
The next iteration will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific. The 10-episode Season 2 is expected to air on AMC in 2019. Season 2 is co-created by Alexander Woo (True Blood) and Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island) with Woo, who is currently under an overall deal at AMC Studios, set as showrunner. Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos) will direct the first episode.
He's repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and manager, Susan Yoo. Mio will next be seen in Medal of Honor, Netflix's upcoming docuseries produced by James Moll and Robert Zemeckis. His previous TV credits include Hawaii Five-O, Rosewood, Lethal Weapon and CSI: Cyber.
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EXCLUSIVE: Derek Mio has been cast as the lead in Season 2 of AMC’s anthology series The Terror.

‘The Man In The High Castle’: Marc Rissmann To Recur In Season 4

Percival and Scarpa are co-showrunners for season four. Ridley Scott (The Martian), David W. Dick’s Electric Dreams), Daniel Percival (Banished) and David Scarpa (All the Money in the World) serve as executive producers for season four. Zucker (The Good Wife), Richard Heus (Ugly Betty), Isa Dick Hackett (Philip K.
Dick’s award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. Developed by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) based on Philip K.
He will also appear in Miss Atkins’ Army, opposite Stana Katic. Rissmann can next be seen in the anticipated role of Harry Strickland, commander of the Golden Company, in HBO's Game of Thrones Season 8 as well as Overlord for Paramount, opposite Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbaek, and Jovan Adepo.
The series stars Alexa Davalos (Mob City), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), DJ Qualls (Z Nation), Joel De La Fuente (Hemlock Grove), Brennan Brown (Focus), Bella Heathcote (The Neon Demon) Chelah Horsdal (You Me Her) and Jason O’Mara (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Revenge) and Rufus Sewell (Victoria).
Rissmann will play German-born Obergruppenführer Wilhelm Goertzmann, a formidable new force in the Nazi Reich. Goertzmann’s confident and measured charm rankles John Smith (Rufus Sewell). Goertzmann proves himself to be a worthy adversary and a very dangerous threat – not just to Smith, but to Himmler himself.
German actor Marc Rissmann (Into the Badlands) is set for a recurring role on the fourth season of Amazon’s Emmy-winning drama series The Man in the High Castle.
Rissmann is coming off roles in AMC’s Into the Badlands and Netflix’s The Last Kingdom. He’s repped by ROAR and Hatch in the UK.” />

‘Dietland’ Canceled By AMC After One Season

Plum also finds herself in the middle of two warring factions—one sisterhood who may be responsible for the attacks on male harassers, and the other which preaches female empowerment. At the same time, everyone is buzzing over news reports about men, accused of sexual abuse and assault, who are disappearing and meeting untimely, violent deaths. Struggling with self-image and fed up with how she’s treated by her boss and society, Plum sets out on a wildly complicated road to self-awakening. It followed Plum Kettle (Nash), a ghost-writer for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines. She straddles these two groups, trying to make sense of the changing world and her part in it.
Similarly, Aisha Tyler and our friends at Embassy Row delivered a unique companion show that led with fresh voices and important topics. “Dietland garnered critical acclaim and passionate fans but unfortunately we will not be able to continue with a second season.” "We are beyond proud of our partnership with Marti Noxon, Joy Nash, Juliana Margulies, Skydance and everyone else involved in bringing Sarai Walker’s story to the screen. “Dietland is bold, original and brave," AMC said in a statement.
Dietland was a co-production between AMC Studios and Skydance Television.” />
AMC has opted not to order a second season of Dietland.
Described as equal parts revenge fantasy and heartfelt journey to self-acceptance, the 10-episode satire from Marti Noxon (UnReal) was a darkly comedic story that explored a multitude of issues faced by women today – including patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards.
It started with 262k in adults 18-49 for the premiere, slipping to a 158k in 18-49 for the finale. Season 1 averaged a paltry 203k adults 18-49 in live+3 ratings.
The network of The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul took a swing with the female-centric Dietland, starring Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies, but the series had a hard time drawing a wide audience. The network brass explored different options for keeping the show alive but in the end pulled the plug.

‘The Walking Dead’ Adds Ryan Hurst For Season 9 As Beta

Hurst is probably best known for his role as 'Harry 'Opie' Winston on FX's Sons of Anarchy, and he also starred as Li'l Foster Farrell on WGN America's Outsiders. AMC would not immediately confirm Hurst's casting on The Walking Dead when contacted by Deadline early Monday morning.
Hurst, who is recurring on Amazon's Bosch, is repped by UTA and Piper Kaniecki Marks.” />
Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead has been the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons.
Sons of Anarchy and Outsiders alum Ryan Hurst has joined AMC’s The Walking Dead in a recurring role for the upcoming ninth season.
He will play Beta, a key member of The Whisperers, which is led Alpha (Samantha Morton). He joins another recent recurring cast addition, Cassidy McClincy, who plays Lydia.

MoviePass Bears Licking Their Chops; Selloff Of Parent Stock Continues After Latest Resuscitation Effort

In a research note this morning about the strong early showing by AMC's A-List, a rival subscription service, RBC Capital Markets analyst Leo Kulp said AMC has a far better chance to profit from fixed-price movie plans. Given the fixed price of a subscription and the need for the company to shell out hefty bulk ticket prices, "it's always been hard to see how the economics work. "The MoviePass news supports the view that its business model is unsustainable," he wrote. The exhibitor subscription plans are much more economically favorable as they only have to pay the film rent portion of the ticket price and can monetize the attendance through concessions."” />
After MoviePass this morning announced drastic changes to its service, including a hike in its monthly subscription price from $10 to $15 and the exclusion of some major movies from the service, investors have pounced.
The reverse split that took effect a week ago briefly accomplished its goal of propping up shares above $1 and put the stock, adjusted for the 1-to-250 split, in its best shape since November. The good times did not last, however, and the shares have since given up nearly 95% of their value. That brings a de-listing by the Nasdaq back into play — though, as Deadline's Anthony D'Alessandro has reported, there are increasing signs that the company might not be around long enough to suffer that fate.
Down 28% to 57 cents in the final stretch of the trading day, the stock is on pace for its sixth consecutive session of double-digit declines. The already-bloodied and battered shares in its parent company, Helios & Matheson Analytics, briefly spiked $1 to $1.81 on the resuscitation effort but soon retreated into red figures.

‘The Walking Dead: Samantha Morton Cast As Villain Alpha In Season 9 – Comic-Con

Series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman announced the casting Friday during the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
Oscar-nominated Morton's other credits include Sweet and Lowdown, In America, The Messenger, and Her among others.” /> Morton was most recently seen on the big screen as Mary Lou in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and also plays the role of Margaret Wells in Harlots, currently in its second season on Hulu.
Morton's casting confirms the Whisperers' arrival in Season 9 and also puts to rest the much-speculated question of who would play Alpha in the series. In the comics, the Whisperers are a mysterious group of survivors who disguise themselves with roamer skin to blend in and not get noticed, and in the series are formidable adversaries of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies.
Samantha Morton (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them) is joining Season 9 of The Walking Dead as a new series regular playing iconic villain Alpha, leader of the Whisperers.
The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season on October 7 on AMC.

BBC Unveils First Look At Drama Slate Featuring John Malkovich’s ‘The ABC Murders’ & HBO Co-Pro ‘Gentleman Jack’

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says, “When I took on the role as Controller of BBC Drama, I pledged to create drama that was unexpected, drama for everyone, and drama which experimented with the innovative and bold. I am proud that over the past year we have taken bigger risks than ever before, and developed a diverse slate of dramas which I believe stand-out in a crowded landscape. I can’t wait for you to see the finished shows which begin airing on BBC One, Two and Three this autumn.”
The British public broadcaster launched the trailer on BBC One following its coverage of the World Cup final and has also put it online above. The BBC has unveiled the first clip of its forthcoming slate of dramas – many of which will air on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, PBS and AMC in the U.S.
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It features shows including John Malkovich-fronted Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders, which will air on Amazon, PBS co-pro Les Misérables, which stars Dominic West and David Oyelowo, AMC’s Alexander Skarsgård-fronted co-pro The Little Drummer Girl from the team behind The Night Manager, Netflix pair Wanderlust, starring Toni Collette, and Michaela Coel’s Black Earth Rising and Sally Wainwright’s Suranne Jones-fronted period drama Gentleman Jack for HBO.
Elsewhere, it has given a glimpse of PBS co-pros including Ruth Wilson’s Mrs Wilson and Mike Bartlett’s Press, Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes’ Bodyguard, Mammoth Screen’s remake of The War of the Worlds, David Heyman’s The Long Song and Jenna Coleman’s The Cry.

Yvette Nicole Brown Replaces Chris Hardwick For ‘Walking Dead’ Comic-Con Panel

A frequent presence at the San Diego confab, Brown will be making her Hall H moderating debut at the early afternoon panel featuring AMC's TWD and spinoff Fear the Walking Dead.
Brown’s pick as TWD moderator will only raise speculation that the ex-Community actor will end up as the host of Talking Dead when it returns in the fall along with Season 9 of TWD.
After remaining mum for a few days, AMC said at the time that “while we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC.” Hardwick has denied the allegations from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, but the Talking Dead frontman did “step aside” from his TWD and Doctor Who SDCC moderating duties on June 16.
Hardwick was accused of emotional abuse and sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend last month. While the cabler hasn’t said anything publicly, Deadline has learned that the Talking Dead regular and Mom actor will replace longtime TWD SDCC panel host Chris Hardwick for the July 20 panel in Hall H.
Details are still being finalized, but the 11:15 AM-1:15 PM gathering in the San Diego Convention Center’s biggest venue is expected to include Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, FearTWD's Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo and Lennie James plus EPs Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and new TWD showrunner Angela Kang among others. If past years are an indication, also expect to learn the premiere date of TWD's new season and see a sneak preview of what is expected to be Lincoln’s final year on the show.
Comic-Con 2018 runs July 19-22 in San Diego. Stay hydrated.” />
That decision came at the eleventh hour as Season 2 of Talking with Chris Hardwick was set to premiere June 17.
EXCLUSIVE: Listening to the pleas of fans, AMC has asked mega-fan Yvette Nicole Brown to take over moderating The Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con later this month.

MoviePass Parent’s Stock Hits New Low On Latest Financial Angst

"If we maintain our access to capital, we expect the rapid growth of MoviePass to continue for the foreseeable future." The company said it could become cash-flow positive by early 2019, "assuming we are able to maintain our access to capital, of which there is no assurance." "We expect to continue raising debt or equity capital to achieve our objectives, as and when available," the company said.
The SEC filing about the bond issue included some passages that gave investors even more indigestion, adding to an already spicy 2018. Many financial and movie business vets have groused in recent months that if the company fails, it could damage the already delicate theatrical exhibition sector.
Last Thursday, the company announced a series of moves aimed at countering the fixed-price subscription plan introduced by top exhibitor AMC. Among them were the sale of $164 million in bonds and the introduction of surge pricing as a potential way to enhance the revenue potential of the $10-a-month MoviePass service. subscribers and predicts it will have 5 million by year-end, it is losing money at an alarming clip. While MoviePass recently hit 3 million U.S.
Further thickening the plot today was a deep dive by Business Insider into Helios & Matheson's extensive ties to an Indian company that had been forced to liquidate after fraud allegations.
The MoviePass model requires the company to shell out for tickets even as subscription revenue remains capped, though the SEC filing said both usage and expenses In order to fuel the growth of the MoviePass subscription service as well as financing and production arms, the company said it could require more than $1.2 billion in capital, a higher total than it has ever previously conceded. "MoviePass continues to be a hypergrowth company," the filing humblebragged. The company has had an average monthly cash deficit since September of $25 million, and it swelled to $45 million this month due to strong box office for studio summer titles.
As the stock was cratering, an email blast went out from the Media and Entertainment Services Alliance. The topic: "Disruption in the Entertainment Industry; Monetizing the MoviePass Effect."” /> If the cash crunch is causing any internal anxiety at the company, it is difficult to discern. Promoting a July 24 conference in New York, the trade group said Helios chairman and CEO Ted Farnsworth is scheduled to deliver a keynote.
A rep from Helios & Matheson did not respond to a request for comment from Deadline about the Business Insider article or the movement of the stock.
They have fallen more than 25% since Thursday and have spent most of the past two months below $1 a share, putting the company at risk of being delisted by the Nasdaq. After starting the year at $7.23 (down from a peak of around $32 last fall), shares have plunged into dangerous territory.
Shares in MoviePass parent Helios & Matheson Analytics fell another 15% to close at a new all-time low of 24.62 cents as Wall Street continued to digest unsettling disclosures about its finances.

MoviePass’ Reaction To AMC’s New Ticket Sub Plan? Sour Grapes & Smack Talk

The notion that leading exhibitor AMC, which counts 2,2K screens stateside, would introduce a monthly subscription program was inevitable having shopped one to studios last fall (which they largely dismissed). Exhibitors and studios have a problem with allowing a third-party like MoviePass to take a cut in a long-lived two-party owned box office stream.
This was followed up by "AMC has repeatedly disparaged our model as a way to discourage our growth because all along they wanted to launch their own, more expensive plan. We want to make movies more accessible, they want more profit," said MoviePass in a second tweet as their parent company Helios & Matheson's stock nosedives at $0.32/share with news of financial re-structuring.

"We all saw what happened with Facebook!," snarked another distrib chief today. Aron said today that the chain will spend $5M toward digital marketing in an effort to upgrade its current members to A-List and attract new subscribers. Meanwhile, AMC, too will be able to provide insights to its exhibition partners and studios about the 15M households who are members of AMC Stubs. MoviePass has sold itself on providing data to studios and exhibition about its 3M subscribers who head to the movies.

There's not enough to go around in that box office model." "There was never enough juice in the orange," says one distribution insider, "if you look at exhibitors' profit margins, they're not so big. How are the studios going to make money and exhibition partners going to make money if they let MoviePass in?
We have been an advocate of sustainable movie ticket subscription offerings for last 4 years, and when we look at the details of the AMC plan we fear that this will devalue the movie experience and simply is not sustainable. Said Rifat Oguz CEO and founder of Sinemia: "We are happy to see new entrants in the market who understand that movie ticket subscriptions are the future of moviegoing, and AMC is a great example of this. However, we have concerns over their strategy. We think that this plan may even result in the cannibalization of AMC’s own customer base. We will continue to develop the Sinemia service and mobile app to be the best solution for both moviegoers and the movie industry…We strongly believe that Sinemia is still the only sustainable model in the movie ticket subscription market, and the best option for consumers with 3D-IMAX options, advanced ticketing, and no limit to only one theater chain."” /> That said, competitors always push us forward, and we welcome AMC into this market. We believe that, with three tickets per week at a $20 price point and limited to a single theater chain, AMC’s plan is trying to reach a niche segment of super moviegoers.
Twice the price for 1/4 the theater network and 60% fewer movies. Thanks for making us look good AMC," MoviePass snarked in an initial tweet. "Heard AMC Theaters jumped on board the movie subscription train.
Sinemia offers various tiers: for $14.99/a month a members gets three free tickets (with format upgrades) to AMC's three free a week, while for $9.99/a month consumers get two tickets monthly with format upgrades. In addition today, monthly movie ticket upstart here in the states Sinemia, who MoviePass is suing, also had its two cents about the world's largest exhibitor's plans for a new membership program, calling AMC's reach "a niche segment of super movigoers." What are monthly movie ticket members other than frequent customers?
In response to MoviePass' ding at AMC's Stubs A-List program, one Twitter handle replied, "How about following AMC example and let us have repeat viewings" while another tweeted "And also allow us to watch movies in premium formats like 3D, Dolby, and IMAX (even if we have to pay more."
And today MoviePass had something to say about AMC's new $19.95/a month movie ticket program, Stubs A-List, which gives its members three tickets a week to any film, in any format Imax, 3D, or Dolby at any time. AMC and MoviePass have been at each other's throats since last August when the latter rebooted its brand with a $9.95/a month unlimited ticket service.
“Our program will be profitable while others struggle to be profitable," said AMC CEO Adam Aron today on an analyst phoner referring to MoviePass' struggle with its current $9.95/a month one-movie-ticket-a day plan which has been severely questioned by financial analysts about its longevity.

MoviePass later turned those big city theaters back on in its mobile app. Last summer AMC looked into legally blocking MoviePass at their theaters, but couldn't get around the Mastercard debit card loophole of it all. Meanwhile earlier this year, in an attempted shot across the bow, MoviePass refused to service some of AMC's bigger metropolitan venues, a move which many in distribution say ticked off MoviePass' own consumers, not necessarily the big chain.

AMC Silences Chris Hardwick Talk Show & Comic-Con Panels After Abuse Claims

Hardwick’s former longtime girlfriend Dykstra wrote a first-person account of their three-year relationship Friday on Medium. While the TV personality and host never mentioned Hardwick by name, details about the “mildly successful podcaster” who grew into “a powerhouse CEO of his own company” and the timeline of the relationship suggested strongly that she was referring to him – an implication that Hardwick obviously confirmed in his response.
A day after allegations of emotional abuse and sexual assault were leveled against Chris Hardwick by an ex-girlfriend, AMC has decided today to officially pull the plug on their long time host's talk show and appearances at San Diego Comic-Con next month.
"We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. “We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years," said the home of The Walking Dead in a statement on Saturday, one day before Season 2 of Talking With Chris Hardwick was set to debut. While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.”
The Comcast-owned net has not responded to request for comment on allegations or Hardwick's status with the broadcaster. In March, NBC renewed its Hardwick-hosted game show The Wall for a 20-episode third season later this year.
Dykstra also alleged that after she left him, Hardwick and a female colleague had her successfully blacklisted from a lot of the industry, calling companies she worked for “to get me fired by threatening to never work with them."
Filmed over a month ago, the first episode of the eight-episode second season of Talking features Atlanta and Solo star Donald Glover as the guest.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom star Chris Pratt, Bill Hader of HBO’s Barry, Ethan Hawke, and Preacher EPs Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg  were also set to appear on Talking With Chris Hardwick in its now shuttered or dimmed second season.
Clearly in crisis mode, Hardwick himself waited until late late on Friday to address the allegations.
Additionally, as Legendary Entertainment quickly wiped all mention of Harwick from the Nerdist site he founded and once owned, AMC found itself up against Hollywood heavyweight Talking guests who wanted no association with Hardwick and the looming SDCC realities. Maintaining radio silence all day yesterday, the cabler had been under increasing pressure to address the premiere of Talking and its overall relationship in lieu of the disturbing claims that Chloe Dykstra made public online early on Friday.
With Hardwick having been announced on Thursday as the moderator of the first Comic-Con panel of the first female Doctor Who and widely presumed to be handling similar duties, as he has in past years, for TWD panel in the massive Hall H, the accusations swirling around the host now threatened to knee cap a prime promotional platform for AMC.
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It also claimed that she was the victim of sexual and emotional assault by Hardwick The posting by Dykstra detailed a three-year relationship in which she was restricted from going out at night, having male friends or speaking in public places, among other controlling behavior by the unnamed Hardwick.
“I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post," Hardwick said in his own statement. "Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”
As well as not indicating if the Hardwick hosted Talking Dead will be back in the fall, AMC today gave no indication if the Glover episode or any other episode of Talking With Chris Hardwick will ever now see the light of cable day. Yet, Talking is still shown on the schedule that AMC has on its site as being on tomorrow night. Nor did the cabler reveal what will be replacing Talking tomorrow night at 11:02 PM EST. However, the presence of Talking on AMC's official website has been dramatically scaled back since yesterday with multi-media and other elements now gone.