Ex-Lionsgate Co-President Steve Beeks Tapped by Lantern Entertainment Ahead of Weinstein Co Deal Closing

Ahead of finalizing its $289 million deal to buy The Weinstein Co., Lantern Entertainment has tapped industry veterans Steve Beeks, Alexa Platt and Lauren Zalaznick to consult for the company as it looks to revive the film studio.

Lantern Capital co-founders Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, which owns and operates Lantern Entertainment, said in a statement that in their roles as advisors, they will “help position the new company for a creative and strategic future in the development, production and delivery of quality content across all platforms.”

“As we close this transaction in the coming days, these industry experts will help us implement a thoughtful strategy to launch Lantern Entertainment,” Mitchell and Brajovic said. “We have such tremendous respect for Alexa, Lauren and Steve. This further underscores our commitment to engage the best in the business in this formative stage of the new company.”

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Beeks has helped lead multiple turn-around efforts and most recently served as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Lionsgate Entertainment. There he coordinated all aspects of production, acquisition and distribution. Beeks was instrumental in leading growth from approximately $380 million in revenue to $4.3 billion in 14 years at Lionsgate.

Platt was previously chief financial officer for Open Road Films, and head of finance at AwesomenessTV where she managed the financial operations and strategic planning for the YouTube multichannel network. Prior to Open Road, Platt worked at Paramount and TWC.

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Zalaznick is an award-winning indie film producer and recently served as executive vice president at NBCUniversal. She led the entertainment and digital networks portfolio. During her tenure, Zalaznick was integral in Telemundo securing the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. Zalaznick led Bravo Media to garner the first-ever Emmy Award nominations and a win for a cable network in the primetime category of Competitive Reality, for “Project Runway” and “Top Chef.”

Last week, Lantern and TWC reached an agreement with the unsecured creditors committee to resolve their concerns.

The companies said the sale price would be reduced to $289 million, cutting the initial $310 million price by $21 million, rather than the $23 million reduction the companies had previously considered.

“The resolution also includes, among other things, Lantern’s agreement to make numerous cure payments for contracts it is assuming in the sale — an issue that was important in resolving the concerns of unsecured creditors,” TWC said in a statement last week.

The sale is expected to close on Wednesday, but is subject to approval by a bankruptcy court following a hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. Eastern on July 11.

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Beavis and Butt-Head Return to Mock Bearded Indie Band: ‘This Much Pretension’ (Video)

Alt rock band Portugal. The Man. is opening their shows on tour with one of their music video, featuring a custom edit from “Beavis and Butt-Head” creator Mike Judge.

In the clip, Beavis and Butt-Head, of 1990s animated sitcom fame, provide a running commentary for the band’s music video of the chart-topping “Feel It Still,” which received the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

“This does suck, but this sucks so hard that it sucked a hole through the dimensional wall into awesomeness,” Butt-Head says in the video. “When you compress this much crap under the force of this much pretension, you create a beautiful diamond.”

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Butt-Head goes on to declare Portugal. The Man. as “the greatest band that has ever walked the Earth,” adding, “but they do not walk the Earth, they float above it, for they are as Gods. They are better than The Beatles, better than The Rolling Stones, better than Silverchair, almost as good as Pantera. They are our rightful lords and masters. Ladies and gentlemen, bow down to the greatest band in the world, Portugal. The Man.”

“Beavis & Butt-Head” ran on MTV from 1993 to 1997, and was later renewed for an eighth season in 2011. Judge edited the music video featuring the characters’ return himself, earning a thank-you from Portugal. The Man. on Twitter.

Mike Judge is fantastic and we love him for this. https://t.co/GzyoyoUZP4 – Beavis & Butthead Concert Opening. ⁦@brooklynvegan⁩ ⁦@consequence⁩ ⁦@Dazed⁩ ⁦@Complex⁩ ⁦@PigsAndPlans⁩ ⁦@pinwheelempire⁩ ⁦@trailblazershttps://t.co/5mffiMUSiL

— LORDS OF PORTLAND (@portugaltheman) June 26, 2018

Portugal. The Man formed in Alaska in 2002 and spent years touring the country, but their ascent to fame came in 2017, when they shot to the top of the charts with their smash hit “Feel it Still,” which has been streamed more than 200 million times and became the first song to hold the top spot on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for more than 20 weeks. The band performed on the main stage of Coachella ahead of headliner Eminem in April and is now in the middle of an international tour.

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Paramount Players to Develop ‘Creepy Crawlers’ Feature Film

Paramount Players has picked up the film rights to “Creepy Crawlers,” the iconic toy brand owned by JAKKS Pacific, the two companies announced Wednesday.

“Creepy Crawlers has been an iconic brand since the 1960’s and we are honored to work with Neal Moritz, Paramount Players, and the Nickelodeon-Viacom Family in bringing it to life on the big screen,” said Stephen Berman, chairman & CEO of JAKKS Pacific. “We, and the studio, envision the property to be developed into a family adventure film in the vein of ‘Jumanji.’”

Neal H. Moritz is set to produce alongside Marc Gurvitz. Toby Ascher and Berman will serve as executive producers.

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Plot details are unknown at this time, but the film is set to be based on the toy molds developed originally by Mattel in the early ’60s. The toy was then reimagined by ToyMax in the ’90s and allowed to children to create various bug-like creatures.

JAKKS Pacific’s other brands include BIG-FIGS, Max Tow, Disguise, Moose Mountain, Funnoodle and Kids Only!

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Ali Bell and Royce Reeves-Darby will be overseeing for Paramount Players. In recent years, Paramount has taken popular toys like Transformers and G.I. Joe and made them into movies.

Additionally, Moritz recently adapted the popular kids’ book series “Goosebumps” for Sony.

A spokesperson for Paramount has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Hulu Signs Exclusive Deal With Vice Media, Adds 15 Viceland Shows to Lineup

Hulu is adding 150 hours of original Viceland shows after the company announced a deal on Thursday making it the exclusive streaming home of Vice Media’s youth-focused cable channel.

The subscription video-on-demand partnership is the first of its kind for Vice. Hulu will add 15 Viceland shows to its lineup as part of the deal, including “Gaycation,” the Ellen Page-hosted look at LGBTQ communities, Gloria Steinem’s “Woman,” and “What Would Diplo Do?” featuring James Van Der Beek in a parody of the famous DJ.

The Viceland slate will be available on Hulu on June 8.

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“Our viewers love watching thought-provoking reality series on Hulu, and partnering with Viceland is yet another way we’re building the most valuable content offering for fans of unscripted programming,” said Lisa Holme, Hulu’s VP of content acquisition, in a statement. “Viceland has consistently created and produced stories that explore the cutting-edge, culturally-relevant topics that Hulu’s young and passionate audience craves, and we’re excited to be the very first to offer their shows in a subscription on-demand environment.”

Viceland launched in 2016 as a joint venture between Vice and A+E Networks. The channel focuses on millennial and Gen Z viewers, with its “Desus and Mero” show and partnerships with celebrities like Action Bronson among others. Viceland has struggled to gain a ratings foothold in its two years on air, although the company said in a release that its ratings have increased 26 percent year-over-year for the 18-49 demo.

“Viceland is a key part of expanding on VICE’s ongoing commitment to create the most compelling and unique content young viewers can’t find anywhere else,” said Viceland president Guy Slattery in a statement. “We’re excited to have Hulu as a platform partner to continue widening the audiences for our shows.”

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The deal comes as part of an affiliate agreement that Hulu and A+E Networks signed in March 2017, bringing six original A+E brands to the streaming service.

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Hulu Circles ‘Looking for Alaska’ Limited Series from Josh Schwartz, Paramount TV

Josh Schwartz is finally getting John Green’s “Looking For Alaska” off the page and onto the screen.

Hulu is in the midst of closing a deal with Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Paramount Television for an eight-episode limited series based on the book, insiders with knowledge of the project tell TheWrap.

“The O.C.” producer, who has been working to adapt Green’s best-selling young adult novel for over a decade, penned the pilot and will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Green, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill will also executive produce, along with Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski as co-executive produce.

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“Looking for Alaska” is told through the perspective of teen Miles “Pudge” Halter, as he enrolls in a boarding school to try to gain a deeper understanding of life. He meets Alaska Young, a student who he falls in love with while she guides him through his personal “labyrinth of suffering” throughout the school year. When Alaska unexpectedly dies, Miles must work through his grief as he and his other close friends work to uncover the truth behind Alaska’s death.

The project has gone through many incarnations since Schwartz first received the then-unpublished manuscript for “The Fault in Our Stars” author’s debut novel in 2005, with former Paramount Pictures boss Gail Berman originally purchasing the rights for Schwartz to write and potentially direct a feature and Paramount TV president Amy Powell helping to move the project from the feature division to TV.

The limited series marks Schwartz and Savage’s second project at the streaming service, along with “Marvel’s Runaways,” which was renewed for a Season 2.

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Schwartz, Savage and Fake Empire are repped by WME and attorney Joel McKuin. Schwartz is additionally repped by Mikkel Bondesen.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Fall TV 2018: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

It’s that time of year again! As the broadcast networks prepare for their annual upfront presentations to advertisers, they’ve begun to winnow down which current shows will return next season and which will come to an end.

Below is every scripted show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far, along with those still awaiting their fates. We’ve also included descriptions of the new shows that have been picked up so far.

Check back throughout the coming weeks for updates.

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Renewed Series: “Superstore,” “The Good Place,” “Good Girls,” “Will & Grace,” “This Is Us”

Canceled Series: N/A

Series Awaiting Decisions: “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot,” “The Brave,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order True Crime,” “Rise,” “A.P. Bio,” “Champions,” “Timeless,” “Taken,” “Great News”

Newly Ordered Series: “The Enemy Within,” “The Village,” “New Amsterdam”

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Here are the official descriptions for the new 2018-19 NBC shows:

“The Enemy Within”
In this fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one.

The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey and Kelli Garner.

Ken Woodruff will write and executive produce. Mark Pellington will direct and executive produce the pilot. Vernon Sanders also executive produces. “The Enemy Within” is produced by Universal Television.

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“The Village”
Welcome to the Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.

The cast includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.

Mike Daniels will write and executive produce. Minkie Spiro will direct and executive produce the pilot. Jessica Rhoades also executive produces. “The Village” is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.

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“New Amsterdam”
Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before. Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital — the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the President of the United States under one roof — and return it to the glory that put it on the map.

The cast includes Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine.

David Schulner will write and executive produce. Kate Dennis will direct and executive produce the pilot. Peter Horton also executive produces. Dr. Eric Manheimer will produce. “New Amsterdam” is produced by Universal Television, Pico Creek Productions and Mount Moriah.

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Renewed Series: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “MacGyver,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Ransom,” “SEAL Team,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Young Sheldon”

Canceled Series: “Me, Myself & I,” “Wisdom of the Crowd,” “Living Biblically”

Series Awaiting Decisions: “Criminal Minds,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With a Plan,” “Life in Pieces,” “9JKL,” “Superior Donuts,” “Instinct,” “Scorpion,” “Code Black,” “Elementary”

Newly Ordered Series: “F.B.I.,” “Murphy Brown”

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Here are the official descriptions for the new 2018-19 CBS shows:

Explores the inner-workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The cast includes Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki, Connie Nielsen and Ebonee Noel.

Craig Turk will write and executive produce. Niels Arden Oplev will direct and executive produce. Dick Wolf, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski are also executive producers. “F.B.I.” is produced by Universal Television and CBS Television Studios.

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“Murphy Brown”
In a revival of the 1988 sitcom, Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.

The cast includes Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Jake McDorman and Nik Dodani

Original series creator Diane English will write and executive produce. Pam Fryman will direct and executive produce. Bergen also executive produces. “Murphy Brown” is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bend in the Road Productions.


Renewed Series: “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family,” “Roseanne”

Canceled/Ending Series: “The Mayor,” “The Middle,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal,” “Ten Days in the Valley”

Series Awaiting Decisions: “Alex Inc.,” “American Housewife,” “Black-ish,” “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “Designated Survivor,” “For the People,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “Speechless,” “Splitting Up Together,” “Station 19”

Newly Ordered Series: “The Rookie,” “Take Two,” “Goldbergs” spinoff

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Here are the official descriptions for the new 2018-19 ABC shows:

“The Rookie”
At an age where most are at the peak of their career, John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) casts aside his comfortable, small town life and moves to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.

The cast includes Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter, Richard T. Jones, Melissa O’Neil, Titus Makin, Alyssa Diaz and Mercedes Mason.

Alexi Hawley will write and executive produce. Liz Friedlander will direct and executive produce. Fillion, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are also executive producers. “The Rookie” is a MGCo and ABC Studios co-production.

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“Take Two”
An entertaining private investigator procedural with a unique balance of comedy and drama. Sam Swift (Rachel Bilson), the former star of a hit cop series is fresh-out-of-rehab following a bender of epic proportions. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Though lone wolf Eddie resents the babysitting gig, high-spirited Sam proves herself to be surprisingly valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective.

The cast includes Rachel Bilson, Eddie Cibrian, Aliyah O’Brien, Xavier de Guzman and Alice Lee

Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe will write an executive produce. Rola Bauer and Tim Halkin also executive produce. “Take Two” is produced by ABC Studios, Tandem Productions, StudioCanal and Milmar Pictures.

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Untitled “Goldbergs” spinoff
The spinoff will be set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Principal Glascott (Tim Meadows), Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen) and Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) – who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.

Marc Firek will write and executive produce, with story by Firek and “The Goldbergs” creator Adam F. Goldberg. Doug Robinson also executive produces. The untitled series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.

Renewed Series: “The Gifted,” “9-1-1,” “The Orville,” “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy,” “Empire,” “The Resident”

Canceled Series: “New Girl,” “The X-Files”

Series Awaiting Decisions: “L.A. to Vegas,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Gotham,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Star,” “The Mick,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Exorcist,” “Ghosted,” “Lucifer”

Newly Ordered Series: “The Passage”

Here are bullet points on “The Passage”:

  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Television, 6th & Idaho, Scott Free
  • Format: One-hour drama
  • W/EP: Elizabeth Heldens
  • D: Jason Ensler Marcos Siega
  • EP/NW: Matt Reeves, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Adam Kassan
  • Logline: Based on author Justin Cronin’s best‐selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an epic, character‐driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. The series focuses on a 10‐year‐old girl named Amy Bellafonte, who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment and Brad Wolgast, the Federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.
  • Cast:
    • Mark‐Paul Gosselaar ‐ “Brad Wolgast”
    • Saniyya Sidney ‐ “Amy Bellafonte”
    • Vincent Piazza ‐ “Clark Richards”
    • Brianne Howey ‐ “Shauna Babcock”
    • Jamie McShane ‐ “Dr. Tim Fanning”
    • Caroline Chikezie ‐ “Dr. Major Nichole Sykes”
    • Emmanuelle Chriqui ‐ “Dr. Lila Kyle”

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The CW
Renewed Series: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Dynasty,” “Arrow,” “Supernatural,” “Riverdale,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Black Lightning,” “The Flash,” “The 100”

Canceled Series: “Life Sentence,” “Valor”

Series Awaiting Decisions: “iZombie”

Newly Ordered Series: N/A

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We’ll know the fate of pretty much everything by next Thursday, which is when the broadcast television upfronts conclude.

Here is next week’s upfront presentations schedule:
NBC (Monday)
Fox (Monday)
ABC (Tuesday)
CBS (Wednesday)
The CW (Thursday)

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Here’s Everything That’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in May

Next month, enjoy plenty of sports-related flicks with the addition of the Oscar-nominated “I, Tonya,” on May 31 and all the “Rocky” movies on May 1.

Other highlights include the Hulu original series “All Night,” out May 11, which chronicles teens trying to make their high school dreams come true during an all-night grad party, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 2017  remake of “Baywatch,” available May 12.

Catch Season 4 of FX’s “The Strain” on May 16 and the complete first season of TNT’s “Claws” on May 11.

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See everything that’s coming and leaving below:

Available May 1

3 Ways to Get a Husband (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

Baby Boom (1987)

Back to School (1986)

Barefoot (2014)

201 (2017)

The Box (2009)

Booty Call (1997)

Breakable You (2018)

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Bull Durham (1988)

The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

The Crow (1994)

The Crow II: City of Angels (1996)

The Crow III: Salvation (2000)

The Crow IV: Wicked Prayer (2005)

Demolition Man (1993)

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Eight Men Out (1988)

Elizabethtown (2005)

Emperor (2012)

Executive Decision (1996)

Foxfire (1996)

Gator (1976)

Godzilla (1998)

The Hangman (2017)

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Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits (2017)

Hot Boyz (2000)

The House I Live In (2012)

Immigration Tango (2010)

Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack (1995)

Kalifornia (1993)

Lost in Vagueness (2017)

Love is a Gun (1994)

Malena (2000)

Man of the House (2005)

Manhunter (1986)

Mansfield Park (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Men in Black II (2002)

Men with Brooms (2002)

Never Back Down (2008)

New Guy (2002)

New Rose Hotel (1998)

Ninja Masters (2009)

No Greater Love (2015)

The Pallbearer (1996)

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Pret-A-Porter (1994)

Priest (2011)

Race for your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky III (1982)

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky V (1990)

School Ties (1992)

Set Up (2011)

She’s All That (1999)

Starting out the Evening (2007)

Strategic Air Command (1955)

The Swan Princess Christmas (2012)

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The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure (1998)

Thief (1981)

To Rome with Love (2012)

Traffic (2000)

Untamed Heart (1993)

Valkyrie (2008)

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Available May 5

Drunk History: Complete Season 5A (Comedy Central)

Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin: Complete Season 1 (Sunrise)

The Longest Week (2014)

Warrior (2011)

Available May 6

I’m Dying Up Here: Season 2 Premiere (*Showtime)

Available May 7

Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Complete Season 3 (Disney XD)

Available May 8

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)

Available May 9

T@gged: Complete Season 2 (AwesomenessTV)

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Available May 11

All Night: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)

Claws: Complete Season 1 (TNT)

Bleeding Heart (2015)

Into the Fade (2018)

Available May 12

Patrick Melrose: Series Premiere (*Showtime)

Baywatch (2017)

Frank Serpico (2017)

Jane (2017)

Still Mine (2012)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Available May 13

Tonight She Comes (2016)

Available May 15

Animals (2015)

How to be a Latin Lover (2017)

It’s A Disaster (2012)

Periods. (2012)

Soul of a Banquet (2014)

Take Every Wave (2017)

The Other F Word (2011)

The Snapper (1993)

The Strange Ones (2018)

Available May 16

12 Monkeys: Complete Season 3 (Syfy)

The Strain: Complete Season 4 (FX)

Knights of the Damned (2018)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

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Available May 19

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Shooters (2002)

Available May 21

American Folk (2017)

Neat (2017)

Available May 23

Half Magic (2018)

Available May 24

Curvature (2017)

Available May 25

Hollywood Game Night: Red Nose Dat Special (NBC)

Mad to be Normal (2017)

Available May 27

The Wedding Plan (2016)

Available May 30

America’s Got Talent: Season 13 Premiere (NBC)

World of Dance: Season 2 Premiere (NBC)

Available May 31

American Ninja Warrior: Season 10 Premiere (NBC)

I, Tonya (2017)

Please Stand By (2018)

Rain Man (1988)

And here’s everything that’s leaving: 

May 31

1984 (1985)

The Accused (1988)

A Feast at Midnight (1997)

Antitrust (2001)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Boulevard (2015)

Branded (2012)

Breakdown (1997)

Captivity (2007)

Chaplin (1992)

Diablo (2016)

The Doors (1991)

Earth Girls are Easy (1988)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Finder’s Fee (2003)

Fluke (1995)

Forces of Nature (1999)

Fred: The Movie (2010)

Fred: Night of the Living Fred (2011)

Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012)

The Glass Shield (1994)

Glitter (2001)

Gordy (1995)

Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Harriot the Spy (1996)

Hart’s War (2002)

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He Named Me Malala (2015)

Hesher (2010)

High School (2010)

Honey (2003)

Honey 2 (2011)

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Jennifer 8 (1992)

John Q (2002)

Kingpin (1996)

Love Crimes (1992)

Show of Force (1990)

Manhattan (1979)

Manny (2015)

The Million Dollar Hotel (2001)

National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie (2011)

National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea (2006)

No Stranger Than Love (2016)

Outlaws and Angels (2016)

The Pick-up Artist (1987)

Regarding Henry (1991)

The Secret of N.I.M.H. (1982)

Southie (1998)

Sprung (1997)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

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Sounds Like Dolph Ziggler May Be Leaving WWE Soon – And Possibly for Fox News (Audio)

“The Showoff” Dolph Ziggler may soon be taking his show off of WWE’s “SmackDown Live,” and where the former Kent State standout says he might take his Zig-Zag and Superkick will surprise the hell of out you.

The WWE Superstar guested on the “E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness” podcast Friday, when Ziggler told retired pro-wrestlers Edge and Christian that he’s unsatisfied with his role at Vince McMahon’s wrestling promotion.

“I hate it,” the former world champ said of his one-note losing ways lately. “But also I’m someone who — I hate that I’m not the champion. I hate that the show’s not about me, because that’s the mentality you should have if you’re in the business.”

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Ziggler, considered one of the best in-ring workers in the business, has been more of a “gatekeeper” in recent years — he’s primarily used to “put over” young talent. In non-wrestling speak, that means Ziggler’s mainly there to make those promoted from WWE’s minor league system NXT look strong — he’s currently doing exactly that in a program with Bobby Roode.

Not a whole lot of (predetermined) winning comes with such a gig — especially not on TV. The somewhat-undersized Ziggler isn’t against the construct, but match producers and management are going about it all wrong, he said.

“If I lose for eight consecutive months before [the new guys] show up, they’re no longer getting that pat on the back from me to go up a notch,” he told the hosts, who certainly know what Ziggler’s talking about.

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That lack of “credibility” (Adam “Edge” Copeland’s word) has Ziggler considering an exit — something he was very close to doing two-and-a-half years ago. Back then, ownership asked Ziggler to stay and “help out,” and he agreed.

After all, “I love it, they treat me well, they pay me well … I travel comfortably,” Ziggler explained.

Those little airline bottles of Tito’s vodka he referenced in the conversation may not be enough for the rare talent to ink another contract extension, however — a decision looming over Ziggler like the holidays.

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“I have a very short amount of time left to figure out if I want to do that again or if there’s something to reach for,” Ziggler told his old pals. “All I could reach for is having fun-a– matches and tearing it down on the [non-televised] weekends, because there doesn’t seem to be a specific, great prize to reach for here that I can attain.”

“It’s really weird that I can’t get more,” he added, “but trust me when I say that every day I’m knocking on the door and demanding more.”

So, where would Ziggler go? New Japan Pro Wrestling? Impact? Ring of Honor? Try Fox News.

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“I’ve been doing things with Fox News and Fox Business that I really enjoy,” the former Political Science major said, adding that he’s “about to have a recurring segment” on the latter.

That last part is up for debate, however. Though he’s appeared roughly six to eight times this year as a guest on the cable channel’s “Kennedy,” a Fox News and Fox Business Network insider denied to TheWrap that either cable channel is in talks with Ziggler as a contributor. WWE did not immediately respond to our request for comment on this story.

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Viacom grew its top and bottom-line financials for both the fourth-quarter and full-year 2017, but the company’s disbursed profit for its most recent three months wasn’t enough to satisfy Wall Street’s short-term plan. Blame the falling-through of its film-financing deal with China’s Huahua for much of that.

You see, media analysts had forecast Q4 earnings per share of 86 cents on $3.23 billion, per a Yahoo Finance poll. Viacom actually reported 77 cents per share on $3.32 billion — so the home to Paramount Pictures, MTV and Comedy Central raked in a higher overall revenue than predicted, but ended up with lower net income per share versus the early estimates.

A week ago, Viacom disclosed a $59 million expense associated with the now-dead $1 billion funding deal with the Chinese company. News of that big cost and lost opportunity came out too late to be considered for at least some analysts contributing to the 86-cent consensus.

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Zooming out a bit, part of the problem at Viacom continues to be cord-cutting. The company’s revenue would have been even better had it not been for lost cable subscribers. While Viacom certainly isn’t alone in this battle — just ask Disney’s ESPN — it has one of the more susceptible channel lineups when it comes to skinny bundling.

Back to the big screen, Paramount had a forgetful quarter at the box office, which was magnified when compared to the final quarter of fiscal 2016. Last year’s comparable 90-day period housed “Star Trek Beyond” — Viacom’s Filmed Entertainment segment simply had nothing this summer to maintain that momentum.

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“In the fourth quarter and full year, we made strong progress against our plan to fundamentally stabilize and revitalize Viacom, with top line gains in both Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment segments driven by continued execution on our strategic priorities,” Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement accompanying the Q4 and full-year financials. “We saw significant ratings increases across the portfolio, which drove sequential improvement in domestic advertising; our international business continues to expand, delivering double-digit revenue increases; and Paramount is demonstrating growth across multiple revenue streams as it rebuilds the theatrical slate and continues to grow its TV production business.”

“Additionally, we have completed several multi-year renewals of major distribution contracts — including our recent agreement with Charter — which secure broad, long-term carriage of Viacom’s networks for subscribers and expand our relationships with distributors through new, forward-looking advanced advertising and content production partnerships,” he continued. “We realized these achievements and established a stable base while reducing debt, improving free cash flow and strengthening our balance sheet.”

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Shares of VIAB closed Wednesday at $24.61, up 7 cents on the day. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Viacom executives will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter and full fiscal year in greater detail.

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