Monday, April 22, 2013

Cannes: Critics' Week Unveils Lineup, 'Oblivion' Wins Weekend Box Office, News Corp. Settles Shareholder Lawsuit

Cannes: Critics' Week Unveils Lineup, 'Oblivion' Wins Weekend Box Office, News Corp. Settles Shareholder Lawsuit

Cannes: Critics’ Week Unveils Lineup

The 52nd Cannes’ International Critics’ Week announced its lineup via webcast  from Paris this afternoon; the eleven films in the sidebar are first and second feature efforts. (THR)

'Oblivion' Tops the Box Office, While '42' Slides Into Second

Universal’s Oblivion won the weekend with a better-than-expected $38.2M - and the second highest domestic opening for Tom Cruise apart from the Mission: Impossible franchise - while 42 delivered $18M for second place. (HOLL)

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Settles Shareholder Lawsuit for $139 Million

The March 2011 suit originally centered on the company’s $214M purchase of Shine Group Ltd. that was being run by Elisabeth Murdoch; the suit was later amended to include the alleged failure of the News Corp. board to properly handle the hacking claims from its U.K. newspaper assets. Settlement terms are subject to a judge’s approval. (THRE)

Has Demand for Broadcast TV Inventory Already Topped Out? Looking At A Flat Upfront

Analysts expect the networks to come in slightly under the $9.75B they secured last year, mostly due to sentiment that other options are available beyond broadcast-centered plans. Cable is expected to hit $10B. (AW)

'Futurama' To End Seven-Season Run On Sept. 4

Comedy Central has opted not to renew the resilient animated series, with the final 13 episodes of its current season starting June 19. (EW)

Primetime Pilots: The Latest Buzz

A preliminary look at pilots, by network, that are picking up steam so far. (DH)

Divinyls Lead Singer Chrissy Amphlett Dies At 53

Amphlett, co-founder of the Divinyls and a film/stage actress, died at her New York home yesterday. Her husband Charlie Drayton released the statement: "Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity." (PEO)

Which of Amazon’s TV Pilots Should Go to Series?

A ranking of the best and worst of the 14 pilots to be chosen by viewers. (TDB)

A Look at Twitter #Music's First 24 Hours

Web data and analytics provider Attensity Media’s report on first day statistics; consumer sentiment was split 50-50 for positive and negative reaction, with most negative feedback focusing on the lack of an Android app. (BB)

The Music Goes On In The Desert

A wrap-up of the closing weekend of Coachella 2013. (LAT)

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