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Monday October 21st, 2013

From Text to Tube: Why Popular Lit Can Make for Great TV

By Rachel Bennett
Contributor

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When a book becomes a hit, topping bestseller lists and leaving store shelves vacant, one question always quickly follows: “When will it be turned into a movie?”

Audiences have seen this time and time again, with major examples being Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lord of the Rings series, among many others.

Adapting literature to film can be a win-win situation, as it provides an original story with a built-in audience that will likely buy tickets come opening day. At the same time, not every book translates to box-office success, with some vehicles being better suited to a smaller medium — like TV.

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Sunday February 24th, 2013

The Best Broadcast Pilot Orders of the 2013-2014 Season: NBC and CBS

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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It’s pilot season, which means your favorite out-of-work TV actors, actresses, creators and writers are getting a chance to return to the small screen once more.

Although we have yet to know what new series we’ll see next year, the networks have been busy selecting projects to consider for their schedules. So far, almost 100 scripts have been chosen, and audiences will only get to see a handful actually come to fruition.

Several are duds, but there are a few promising prospects that I hope network executives will keep around for the 2013-2014 season — even if it means they have to cancel old favorites to make room (just keep Parks and Recreation, OK, NBC?).

Check out my choices for the best prospective pilots NBC and CBS have ordered, and come back tomorrow to see my picks for ABC and Fox:

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Friday February 15th, 2013

TV Rewind: Sarsgaard Joins ‘The Killing’, ‘Happy Endings’ Moves Again, ‘Hannibal’ Sets Premiere Date

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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• Notable film actor Peter Sarsgaard is making his way to TV. He’s joining the third season of AMC’s The Killing as “a lifelong convict born into poverty and crime who has been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10. Never wanting to appear weak, every interaction for Tom is a challenge and one he must dominate.”

• ABC is moving its struggling comedy Happy Endings to Friday nights beginning March 29, where two episodes will air back-to-back until the season ends. This is not a promising sign, but at least it’s not canceled … ?

• Finally, NBC is giving its new drama Hannibal a premiere date. The series, which is being helmed by Bryan Fuller (ABC’s Pushing Daisies), will bow Thursday, April 4 at 10 p.m.

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Friday December 7th, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘Breaking Bad’ Grabs Guild Noms, ‘The Killing’ Scribes Return, Sterling ‘Girls’ Trailer Hits The Web

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!

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TOP STORIES

• The 2013 Writers Guild Awards nominees are out, with AMC’s Breaking Bad emerging as the most-nominated program. The drama received five nominations (You know what this means).

• AMC’s The Killing appears to be officially coming back, as showrunner Veena Sud as well as executive producers Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich are writing the third season.

• Oh boy, am I excited for the new season of HBO’s Girls ever since the first trailer debuted online.

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Friday November 30th, 2012

Twice Bitten: ‘Teen Wolf’ and the ‘Teen Wolf’ Fandom

By Adam Carlson
Pop Culture Contributor

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I like Teen Wolf — but I love its fans.

The series, a helter-skelter constellation of shirtless supernatural angst, wrapped up its second season on MTV at the end of the summer. The writing was better, the acting was better and the plotting — thank God, the plotting — was better.

But the fans, man. The fans have always been great — and they, like the show, are getting even better.

Sure, they’re liable now to bombard both show creator Jeff Davis and his cast with questions, criticisms and general, all-caps FEELINGS. But they’re also full-body participants in the process of loving the show, producing the usual derivative works (fan art, fan fiction, cosplay, etc.) and loving the show some more.

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Thursday September 20th, 2012

Stephen Chbosky on Epic Journey of Bringing ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ to Big Screen (Video)

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

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On Friday, Summit Entertainment will release the highly-anticipated big screen adaptation of Stephen Chbosky‘s 1999 best-selling novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (trailer). The film chronicles a school-year in the life of Charlie, a troubled and lonely high school freshman who begins to come out of his shell thanks to the friendship and support of two seniors who are also outcasts in their own ways, Patrick, who is gay, and Sam, who has been the victim of abuse.

Chbosky adapted and directed himself, which provides the first post-Harry Potter starring role for Emma Watson as Sam, and which also features standout performances from Logan Lerman as Charlie and We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s Ezra Miller as Patrick. The film had its world premiere last week in Toronto, which is where I caught up separately with Watson (watch video of our interview here) and with Chbosky.

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Monday May 7th, 2012

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ Midnight Box-Office

By Scott Mendelson

The unofficial midnight gross for Marvel’s The Avengers is $18.7 million. That’s the eighth-biggest midnight haul on record. The seven ahead of it are The Hunger Games ($19.7 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($22 million), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I ($24 million), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($26 million), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($30 million), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part I ($30 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($43 million). Obviously The Avengers was never going to top the midnight-grossers list, and its worth noting that the film earned more on its midnight debut that pretty much every prior Marvel Studios movie combined (Offhand, Thor earned $3.5 million, Captain America earned $4 million, and Iron Man 2 earned $7.5 million in their respective midnight debuts). It’s a larger midnight, just barely and likely due to inflation and the 3D-price bump, then The Dark Knight, which broke a midnight record four years ago with $18.5 million on its way to a $67 million opening day and a $158 million opening weekend (both records at the time).

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Monday April 9th, 2012

‘Hunger Games’ Tops Box-Office for Third Week in a Row

By Scott Mendelson

The Hunger Games has topped the box-office for the third weekend in a row, dropping a perfectly reasonable 43% from last weekend, and taking in a weekend haul of $33.5 million. This gives the film a massive $302 million in 17 days, which is the second-largest haul for a film outside of summer in history. It’s also the fifth-biggest 17-day total in history, and 11 days ahead of Alice In Wonderland, the closest non-summer competitor and just two days behind Avatar. Forget Twilight comparisons (it’s already passed Eclipse, which is the highest-grossing entry in the series), and forget the majority of the Harry Potter series, as it’s $14 million away from surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and has already tied the $303 million 17-day total of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, with significantly larger second and third weekends to boot. At this point, it’s playing like Spider-Man 2 and the last Harry Potter film, with stronger weekends but lighter weekday grosses. The second Spidey pick ended its third weekend with $302 million and ended its domestic haul with $373 million, while Harry Potter 7.2 ended with $381 million.

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Monday April 2nd, 2012

‘The Hunger Games’ Tops Weekend Box-Office Again

By Scott Mendelson

As expected, The Hunger Games topped the box-office for a second straight weekend, and its relatively strong hold suggests that it may be a bit mightier than a conventional Twilight/Harry Potter sequel. With $61 million in weekend two (the eighth-biggest non-opening weekend ever, ahead of all the respective Harry Potter and Twilight films), the film dropped 60% and ended day ten with a whopping $251 million. That’s the biggest 10-day total for a non-sequel ever, and the fifth-biggest ever. It came in above the $240 million ten-day total of Spider-Man 3, and it is that film which its performance most resembles. Spider-Man 3 opened with $151 million in May of 2007 before dropping 61% for a $58 million weekend. Spidey took a drop on weekend two despite having no new releases to compete against because it wasn’t exclaimed critically-acclaimed among the fanbase. The Hunger Games had two big releases this weekend, plus the loss of its IMAX screens which represented about 7% of its theaters and 10% of its gross last weekend. No other mega-opener on this level that benefited from IMAX has had to deal with the immediate loss of those premium screens, so it bares mention when comparing it to the respective second weekends of The Dark Knight ($75 million off a $158 million debut) or Alice In Wonderland ($62 million off a $116 million debut). Spider-Man 3 ended its domestic run with $336 million, and its ten day total represented 71% of the gross. Giving The Hunger Games a similar pattern would give this franchise-starter a final domestic cume of $353 million. We’ll see how it weathers the 3D reissue of Titanic next weekend. Oh, and it’s up to $365 million worldwide, all on a mere $90 million budget.

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Friday February 3rd, 2012

‘Woman in Black’s’ Daniel Radcliffe Reflects on Co-Stars, Directors and the Bizarre Place He Became Harry Potter (Exclusive Video)

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to conduct an hour-long interview with Daniel Radcliffe, the 22-year-old British actor who starred as the title character in the Harry Potter film franchise that encompassed eight films over 11 years (2001-2011), grossed over $7.7 billion at box-offices around the world for Warner Bros., and single-handedly revived the faltering British film industry.

Our conversation was part of a tribute to Radcliffe from the New York branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which wished to commemorate the end of his Potter era (which came to a close with the July 15 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, the series’ most critically acclaimed and commercially successful installment, and an Oscar nominee for best art direction, best makeup, and best visual effects) and the beginning of his next film chapter (which kicks off today with the release of The Woman in Black, his first post-Potter film, in theaters across America).

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