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Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart’s ‘Jumanji’ Maintains ‘Soul’ of Robin Williams Original

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 51 min ago
The always-smiling Dwayne Johnson said he felt a bit stressed at Monday night’s premiere for Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at the TCL Chinese Theatre. “I wasn’t nervous when we started shooting last year, but I’m a little nervous now that we’re going to open in a week,” he admitted. Sony opens the action-comedy […]

TV Ratings: ‘Better Late Than Never’ Season 2 Debuts Down Double Digits

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 9 min ago
“Better Late Than Never” made its Season 2 debut on NBC down significantly in both key measures, according to Nielsen overnight data. Airing at 10 p.m in a special preview, the travelogue series averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers. That is down approximately 31 percent in the key demo and 24 […]

Film Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 19 min ago
Surely, all “Star Wars” fans hope each new installment will be the best ever. But in the case of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” that seemed like an actual possibility. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, a Sundance alum who established his serious-filmmaker bona fides with his 2005 indie debut, “Brick,” before graduating to young […]

Pras to Helm TV Series Inspired by Real-Life Stories of Hip-Hop Cops

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 19 min ago
Musician, producer and actor Pras Michel (pictured above, at right) is teaming with Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television production company, for a TV series inspired by the real-life story of the Rap Intelligence Unit, the controversial NYPD division formed in 1999 — following the murders of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur — which was […]

Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 21 min ago
Ari Sandel has been brought on board to direct a sequel to “Goosebumps,” Variety has learned. It is unclear, however, if this “Goosebumps” follow up will be the next one to hit theaters or if it will even get made at all. Sony, which is backing the movie, has two versions in development. One of […]

Film Publicists Organize New York City Fundraiser for Rescue Dogs

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 30 min ago
Tails will wag at the IFC Center next week. The indie movie theater is partnering with a pair of film publicists on a benefit to raise money for Muddy Paws Rescue, a New York-based shelter and dog adoption agency. As part of the Dec. 19 event, there will be a red carpet complete with some […]

How the Palme d’Or Went Missing, Briefly: Star of Cannes Winner ‘The Square’ Explains

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 39 min ago
The director of “The Square,” which won the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, lost the trophy, the Palme d’Or, briefly, the film’s lead actor Claes Bang told Variety in a video interview at the Dubai Film Festival. This week the Swedish film picked up a Golden Globe nomination and six European Film […]

‘Walking Dead’ Posts Lowest Midseason Finale Ratings Since Season 2

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 46 min ago
“The Walking Dead” Season 8 midseason finale on Sunday failed to give the AMC series a substantial lift in the Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings. The episode averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers. That is up a few percentage points in both measures from last week’s season low (3.3, 7.5 million) […]

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Becomes Fandango’s Top 2017 Ticket Seller

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 3 min ago
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has become Fandango’s top advance ticket-seller of the year, topping previous record-holder “Beauty and the Beast.” “Even though the film doesn’t officially open till Friday, Fandango’s pre-release ticket sales for ‘Last Jedi’ have already eclipsed the total pre-release ticket sales of any other movie on Fandango this year,” the […]

Mike De Luca, John Legend Will Produce ‘Long Way Down’ for Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 6 min ago
Universal has optioned the rights to “Long Way Down,” beating out several other studios for the chance to make a movie based on the best-selling novel. As part of the package, Michael De Luca will produce alongside John Legend for their respective banners, Michael De Luca Productions and Get Lifted Film Co. The book was […]

Sophie Turner’s Drama ‘Josie’ to Launch Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 13 min ago
Sophie Turner’s independent drama “Josie” has been selected as the opening night film for the inaugural Mammoth Lakes Film Festival on Feb. 8, Variety has learned exclusively. The film, formerly titled “Huntsville,” also stars Dylan McDermott and Jack Kilmer. It’s directed by Eric England from a screenplay by Anthony Ragnone II. The script, which made the […]

Five-Star Podnerships

JohnAugust.com - 7 hours 16 min ago

John and Craig discuss showrunning, remaking existing IP, staffing, and fan behavior with Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Michael Green (Bladerunner 2049, American Gods, Murder on the Orient Express, Logan), and Justin Marks (Jungle Book, Counterpart).

In light of the big Fox/Disney merger, we contemplate which other podcasts we should consider teaming with to preserve our market share and bottom line. We also take a look at some questionable five-star reviews.

Recorded with a live audience at LA Film School as a benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation. Huge thanks to everyone who came and supported the show.

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Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.

‘Today’ Ratings Continue to Surge After Matt Lauer Departure

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 30 min ago
Rather than give up on “Today” in the wake of veteran co-anchor Matt Lauer’s departure, viewers are flocking to it. For the second consecutive week, the first two hours of the NBC morning program surged ahead of the show’s main rival, “Good Morning America” – not only capturing its usual lead among people between 25 […]

Pandora Names Aimée Lapic Chief Marketing Officer

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 50 min ago
Pandora today announced that Aimée Lapic will join the company as chief marketing officer, effective December 13. According to a press release, Lapic will lead the company’s consumer brand strategy, market positioning, performance-based and partnership marketing through digital, social and mobile marketing initiatives. She comes to the company after 13 years at Gap Inc., where she […]

Trump Slams Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Suggestive Tweet

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 3 min ago
WASHINGTON — A day after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for President Donald Trump’s resignation in the wake of renewed sexual misconduct allegations, he fired back at her, claiming that she was once “begging” him for campaign contributions and that she “would do anything for them.” He wrote, “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky […]

Disney, Fox Deal Expected for Thursday (Report)

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 29 min ago
A mega deal between Disney and Fox will be announced on Thursday, according to a new report on CNBC. The $60 billion-plus pact will see Disney acquire key entertainment and sports assets from 21st Century Fox, including its film and TV studio. The CNBC report follows a Monday announcement that Comcast has opted out of […]

Netflix Takes Sean Bean Drama ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ for the U.S., Global Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 51 min ago
Netflix will take Sean Bean’s cult hit “The Frankenstein Chronicles” to the U.S. and further afield after striking a deal for the U.K.-produced drama series Variety has learned. The streaming service has taken both six-episode seasons and is expected to run the series as a Netflix Original in the U.S. “The Frankenstein Chronicles” is a […]

How to Fix the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 19 min ago
Dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: When you were founded back in 1983, there was no question who or what rock ‘n’ roll was — it meant the founding fathers (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, B.B. King, Bill Haley, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Muddy […]

Entertainment One Inks Production Pact With Emily Mortimer’s King Bee  

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 20 min ago
Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola have struck a production and distribution pact with eOne. Through their King Bee banner, the husband and wife team will take TV drama projects to eOne, which will serve as the studio and also take worldwide rights to the pair’s scripted shows. “King Bee is now at a moment where […]

Nintendo Switch Has Sold 10 Million Units to Date

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 19 min ago
Nintendo is boasting that its Switch hybrid console has sold 10 million units worldwide in the first 10 months of release, helped by Black Friday promotions. The console’s relatively robust sales come as Nintendo has encountered some manufacturing bottlenecks in its supply chain, which the company has moved to address. The Nintendo Switch carries a […]
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