Screenvision, A Major Cinema Advertising Player, Heads Toward Sale–Report

Screenvision Media, the No. 2 player in cinema advertising, is likely to be sold as soon as this summer.

According to a report in the New York Post, the company’s current owner, private equity firm Shamrock Capital, has brought in investment bank Moelis & Co. to explore a possible sale. The paper’s sources said a deal would likely be valued significantly higher than the $375 million that rival National CineMedia offered for the company in 2014. That bid was squashed by federal regulators, who considered it anti-competitive.

Shamrock acquired a 50% stake in Screenvision for $80 million in 2010, later increasing its controlling interest as others cashed out. It is privately traded, while National CineMedia is a public company.

At a time when TV networks and digital players alike have experienced frustration over measurement, ratings erosion and brand safety, movie theatres have posted gains as a venue for ads. Healthy box office of late, and theatres’ reach with millennial moviegoers, also has bolstered ad rates. Earlier this month, the company offered media buyers a way to target the biggest blockbusters heading to theatres.

According to the Cinema Advertising Council, total industry revenue hit $758.3 million in 2016, up almost 6% from 2015 levels. While that is a fraction of the $70 billion brought in annually by TV networks, the distraction-free nature of movie theatres continues to elicit interest from many brands battling for consumers’ attention.


Saluting DuVernay and All Peabody Winners, Host Rashida Jones Vows, ‘Truth Will Stay the Course’

The dozens of winners at tonight’s 76th Peabody Award winners had been announced last month, but the official ceremony drew a tony, star-flecked crowd to New York’s Cipriani Wall Street.

Host Rashida Jones, star of TBS comedy Angie Tribeca, established some context early in the evening. “There are nobodies, there are somebodies, and there are Peabodys,” she quipped. Given the many honored works exploring a issues across the socio-political spectrum, she also noted the evening’s larger purpose of shining a light on work that brings about greater understanding and effects change. “Truth will stay the course and truth will prevail as long as we have the courage to seek it,” she said.

Decorated shows included Atlanta, Veep and Horace and Peete, with news and documentary honors going to titles from PBS, CBS, ESPN, Netflix and CNN, among others. Norman Lear received a special career honor. Non-episodic work, per tradition, also got shoutouts, ranging from public radio’s This American Life to Beyonce’s “Lemonade” video. Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all made appearances. Local TV stations, podcasters and public media types also took bows and filled the vast event hall, and that annual Peabody blend of A-list-ness and earnestness created a night that is wholly unique on the awards circuit.

Al Franken, the comedy writer turned Democratic Senator from Minnesota, closed the ceremony with an appearance to present Veep with its award. According to tweets from attendees, he described the HBO show’s plot focusing on “a lying narcissist surrounded by a gang of hangers-on. Sound familiar?” He also joked to cast members: “Do not think what you do is any less important than what I do … except it is.”

PBS and Fusion will both air an edited broadcast of the show on June 2. The full list of all winners is here.


Arnold Schwarzenegger Channels Werner Herzog For First Doc Narration ‘Wonders Of The Sea 3D’ – Cannes Video

Arnold Schwarzenegger decamped to the Croisette this week for a career-first, bringing a documentary he has narrated to the Marche. Wonders of the Sea 3D is directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau & Jean-Jacques Mantello and is produced by Francois Mantello and Schwarzenegger. The film takes a trip under the ocean, capturing spectacular footage of sea creatures and warning heavily about the threat from climate change. It continues the Cousteau family legacy started by Jean-Michel’s father Jacques Cousteau.

At a beachside bar this morning in Cannes, Schwarzenegger expounded on his involvement in the film and was amused by a suggestion that he was channeling German auteur Werner Herzog with his narration. “Oh he does some good documentaries,” he said. “I think, if you have a certain voice, that is not just reading off a script, but really drawing in the people and acting enthusiastically about the whole thing, then you draw them in and they really get entertained.”

In the video above, he and Francois Mantello discuss the importance of protecting the ocean, and the film which Schwarzenegger hopes will do for marine conservation what Saturday Night Fever did for disco dancing and the Schwarzenegger-starring Pumping Iron did for gym memberships.

And below, Jean-Jacques Mantello and Jean-Michel Cousteau team up to explain the purpose behind their picture. “I’ve been diving for 72 years since my father pushed me overboard as a kid,” said Cousteau. “I can see things on a screen that I could never see with the naked eye when I go diving. Thanks to the equipment, we’re able to focus in slow motion on tiny little creatures, and you see their behavior.”

Schwarzenegger reflected on his time as California’s governor, noting that under his administration, California had become one of the first states to introduce measures designed to protect coastlines. “California is the 6th largest economy in the world,” he noted. “We’re a good example that you can do both; protect the environment, protect the ocean and at the same time have the most booming economy.”

It was up to individual states, he said, to put these plans in place, as the environmental policies of country-wide administrations came and went.

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Watch the Weirdest Star Wars Videos Ever Unearthed

Star Wars isn’t just a movie. It’s a way of life. Hell, J.J. Abrams even called it a religion. And anything that sacred is ripe for parody, rip-offs and all sorts of bizarre offshoots, just like all the more legitimate, and not so legitimate religions before it. This means there is an awful lot of Star Wars related video swimming around our own universe. Some of it is sanctioned by LucasFilm, a lot of it is not. But now, it is all being compiled into one brain-breaking mixtape called Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars.

This Mixtape does have a trailer, which shows off some of the best it has to offer. This lovely video tribute comes direct from Cinefamily. And we have it embedded below for your prying eyes to witness. All thanks to Youtube. Says Cinefamily about this truly unique and itchy experience.

“On May 25th, 1977, a film was released that would become the intergalactic phenomenon known as The Star Wars. Exactly 40 years later, the Cinefamily celebrates the anniversary of Star Wars with their own loving tribute.”

The mixtape was compiled to celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, the franchise that will never die. The big anniversary happens this Thursday. And you can get in on the fun early with this quick teaser. It starts off showing Jar Jar Binks saying, ‘Messa Back!’ Before being gloriously blown to bits. What falls is a quick barrage of some of the weirdest Star Wars footage ever created by human hands. Of course the Star Wars Holiday Special is accounted for. But there is so much more that you have probably never seen.

Cinefamily will be showing off the mixtape on the big screen in Los Angeles. The event is happening on May 25, the day the original Star Wars landed in theaters. And it runs 70 minutes in total. Held within this framework is a truly bizarre Japanese canned chicken commercial, slammed upside some very cheap Star Wars porn. And sandwiched in between is everything you can possible think of and stuff you never even imagine existed. Or will believe after you see it with your very own eyes. At some point during the proceedings, C-3PO will go gangsta and even rap. Cinefamily creative director Hadrian Belove had this to say about this wicked creation.

“What is more universal and global than the imagery of Star Wars? More people probably recognize Darth Vader than Jesus Christ. And there’s something about Chewbacca speaking English and drunk Ewoks that makes us laugh.”

All of your favorite Star Wars characters will be on hand. If you live in Los Angeles, or are planning to be in the area, you can still get tickets here. You can enjoy the trailer along with some of the highlighted clips that will be seen during the mixtape presentation.

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New Minion Mutiny Mel Revealed in Despicable Me 3

After two Despicable Me movies and their own spin-off, fans still aren’t tired of the little yellow pill-shaped Minions. And in Despicable Me 3, their story will get expanded and widened, and grow. Just like any character in a sequel should. On top of that, we’re getting a brand new Minion and his name is Mel.

Mutiny Mel, if you want to be specific, and he’s leading a revolt in Despicable Me 3, as he tries to get his friends unionized. Mel calls for a revolution against Steve Carell’s reformed supervillian Gru, as the once dastardly man attempts to settle into domestic bliss. As it turns out, the Minions aren’t pleased with everything being so cheerful and nice around Gru’s household. Says sequel co-director Kyle Balda.

“The Minions have been patiently waiting for Gru to get over this phase of being good, but when that doesn’t come to fruition, Mel is the one who can’t take anymore and is speaking out, and so all the other Minions get behind him to be like, ‘Preach it!’ He’s a character who personifies the voice of objection against Gru’s life choices. I think of him as sort of the head of the union. Collectively, the Minions are a character themselves, and it feels stronger when we can pull out an individual personality to rise up.”

Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, who lead the Minions spin-off movie, won’t be back in Despicable Me 3, which could come as a disappointment to fans of all-ages. The trio never appeared in the first two original movies, and they were last seen meeting a young Gru in the 60s. So there wasn’t a reason to bring them back yet.

“Really, our feeling is that we haven’t seen Kevin, Stuart, and Bob specifically in Despicable Me 1 or 2 anyway, and we wanted to be faithful to the timeline. Are they still doing their own thing? Or are they here with Gru and the other Minions? Or, like, is Bob an adult now? We didn’t want to bring that out into the open too much and start to continue a storyline with characters that we hadn’t seen set up earlier.”

You don’t have to worry about the yellow trio, they will be back in 2020 when Minions 2 hits theaters. But their absence is one of the reasons a more personable Minion was created in Mel. Illumination founder and Despicable producer Chris Meledandri served as the inspiration for Mutiny Mel, name, haircut and all. He’ll be incredibly independant, yet he still speaks the same old Minion language, and he is voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin, who does the voice of all the lackies.

Mel is different from the rest of the group, because he believes that the rest of his team should go independant with their criminal indeveaors. Problem is, these creatures have always been pretty dependent on thier leaders. And without Gru there to guide them, they all quickly land behind bars. Thus the prison jumpsuits you see in the photos below. Balda goes onto say this.

“The main core of the relationship between Gru and the Minions has been that they love each other and need each other, but in any long-term relationship, there are quirks and frustrations. I think of them as an old married couple. They both have their list of complaints against each other from a long life together, and they have that one argument that goes one step too far but instantly regret it.”

The Minions will serve as key players in this new storyline, and aren’t just background comedy relief.

“We learned more about the commitment that the Minions have, and what’s the next level of their values. The first value we learned in Minions is that they want to follow a big boss and do crimes, but the thing that’s always ironic is that there’s nothing inherently evil about the Minions. Their idea of being bad is slapping one another. But they just think they have it in their DNA to go and be villains. And since they’ve ended up destroying every boss they’ve had, part of what makes Gru the chosen one is that he’s able to survive them, so what we’re exploring now is, what does that look like years later, when all the history has built up? The Minions want to lead a life of villainy, but they’ve imprinted on Gru in a unique way, so what happens when that relationship changes? And you can see that on Mel…just because it’s impossible to show that over 500 characters.”

It won’t be long before the Minions are back in theaters, tearing things up. Despicable Me 3 is arriving at the end of June, and will also introduce Gru’s twin brother Dru, who has a luxurious head of hair and is also voiced by Steve Carrell. Trey Parker of South Park fame will be voicing the main villain this time out, Balthazar Bratt, a former child star from the 1980s who is obsessed with the character he once played. A new trailer will debut for National Brothers Day on May 24. Take a look at Mel as he leads his mutiny.

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Alec Baldwin Teases ‘SNL’ Visit; Teaches Daughter How To Play Trump

Alec Baldwin will bring his Donald Trump to NBC’s Saturday Night Live tonight – as if there was ever a question, after the president’s parody-ready week.

Baldwin tweeted “One more time,” along with a photo of himself as Trump (no other hints though as to content or set-up – the picture is an old one).

Even better, Baldwin prepped for the SNL season finale with a little at-home rehearsal, teaching three-year-old daughter Carmen the finer points of Trump play-acting. See the brief video Instagrammed by Baldwin’s wife Hilaria today.

“Carmen, what day does daddy play Donald Trump?” mom asks.

After getting the correct answer, Baldwin then shows Carmen how to do the presidential hand gestures. It’s all pretty adorable, and a nice appetizer for tonight’s show, hosted by Dwayne Johnson, with musical guest Katy Perry.

Take a look.


Deadpool 2: What We Know

It was a little over a year ago that Deadpool was released and effectively changed the comic book movie game entirely. With all of the talk of superhero fatigue and things of that nature, the fact that a very non-traditional, ultraviolent, R-rated, vulgar movie that was more a love story than anything else wound up being one of the biggest hits of 2016 said a lot. Luckily the movie was great and it worked out very well for Fox, because that means we are getting a sequel next year in the form of Deadpool 2.

Ryan Reynolds had been trying to get Deadpool 2 made for the better part of a decade, but Fox was hesitant to pull the trigger. At the time, perhaps understandably so. The only other onscreen appearance that Wade Wilson made was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and that is considered by many to be the worst movie in the X-Men franchise. That said, a lot of that had to do with the fact that the character of Deadpool was treated so poorly and mishandled in that movie. Still, from the studio’s perspective, making a movie centered on a character that audiences didn’t take to in the movie he appeared in was a risk. Luckily, they eventually took that risk. Now we are getting Deadpool 2, and assuming that does well, which it almost certainly will, many other movies featuring the Merc With a Mouth.

Fox has every reason to believe that Deadpool 2 will do well. The successes of the first movie have been discussed heavily, but they really are worth talking about. Not only was the movie a surprise critical success, boasting an 84 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an even more impressive 90 percent audience rating. But it is the box office take that really makes Deadpool such a landmark movie. On a budget of just $58 million, Deadpool grossed $783 million worldwide. For a movie Fox was very unsure about making in the first place, that is truly impressive.

However, with success comes pressure. Since the audience and critics really took to Deadpool, there is tremendous pressure for Deadpool 2 to at least match, if not surpass the quality of the first. That is a tall order and it seems like the creative team seems to understand that. They will be delivering the movie in a reasonably timely manner, but they definitely aren’t rushing things. As impatient as we all are feeling, that is probably for the best.

With Deadpool 2 set to invade theaters next year, we are not all that far away from some more Wade Wilson action. Even though the plot details for the movie are being kept under wraps, we actually know quite a bit about the highly-anticipated sequel. So here’s everything we know about Deadpool 2.

Ryan Reynolds will return as Wade Wilson.

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson in <em>Deadpool 2</em>

As was proven in the first Deadpool, it would be impossible to make Deadpool 2 without Ryan Reynolds. The man championed the project for more than a decade and, when he finally got the opportunity, he knocked it out of the park. And even putting it that way may be a bit of an understatement. Since the movie was a truly massive success, Fox has locked him down for several future installments and this franchise is officially on his back. So, we will see Ryan Reynolds back in the red suit as the Merc With a Mouth in Deadpool 2, but there is much more to his role than just spending a lot of time on screen. This is more his movie than anyone else’s, no matter who is directing it and no matter which bigwigs at Fox are involved in the decision making process. He has been working hard on the movie during every step of the process so far, from producing to casting and everything in between. He is not taking this lightly. There is a lot of pressure for Deadpool 2 to succeed and a very hefty amount of that pressure rests squarely on the shoulders of Ryan Reynolds. Maximum effort.

David Leitch is directing.

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There are a lot of people who contributed to the success of Deadpool, but director Tim Miller was easily one of the biggest factors that can be attributed to that success. He was one of the core members of the team trying to get the movie off the ground for a very long time before Fox finally gave the go ahead. Sadly, he departed Deadpool 2 late last year over “creative differences,” so someone had to step in and take over that very important position. That man is David Leitch. While he may not be a household name, the man has the resume for the job. He co-directed John Wick, which is easily one of the best action movies to come along in the last decade or so. He also has done a ton of second unit directing on movies like Captain America: Civil War, so he knows how to handle a large scale production. It may be a bummer for some that Tim Miller isn’t coming back, but bringing in some fresh blood and a fresh perspective could help prevent Deadpool 2 from being a rehash of the first movie. Like it or not, David Leitch is the man in the director’s chair, but this feels like a positive thing.


Ant-Man 2 Star Promises Mind-Blowing Action

Marvel hasn’t released a movie yet that hasn’t been successful enough to not warrant a sequel. And even though 2015′s Ant-Man is on the low end of the box office spectrum for the Disney superhero mega-franchise, we’re still going to see Paul Rudd in a follow-up. And he’ll be bringing his partner in crime David Dastmalchian with him. While Dave couldn’t whisper too many secrets to Entertainment Weekly, he was able to share a few precious details.

Most notably that this Ant-Man sequel is going to be a brain melter when it comes to some of the key action sequences that will play out. Ant-Man and the Wasp is going to be bigger and crazier than its predecessor. But what that looks like is anybody’s guess right now.

David Dastmalchian is under sworn oath not to share any plot details. We’ll have to wait until closer to the movie’s 2018 release date. But while attending the Los Angeles premiere of Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival, he was able to say this.

“I can say Ant-Man and The Wasp is going to do things in the Marvel universe that they haven’t gotten an opportunity to do yet and I just got some tidbits the other day and they’re mind-blowing. It’s going to be really cool.”

Do you need more of a teaser? As you may remember, Dastmalchian played friend to superhero Scott Lang, serving as a member of Lang’s criminal team. Along with Paul and Dave returning, Evangeline Lilly will also be back, reprising her role as Hope van Dyne. And as the title suggests, we will be seeing her transform into the Wasp this time out.

Also on the call sheet for this somewhat anticipated Marvel sequel are Michael Douglas reprising his role as original Ant-Man Hank Pym. Peyton Reed will return to the director’s chair, and he previously teased that fans will be seeing some cool new tech in the movie. And that Ant-Man is getting a new suit. Said Reed at a recent Marvel open house.

“There was one idea that Hank Pym has forwarded the shrinking and growing technology so that it’s not just necessarily the suits that are the vessels. Maybe it could be vehicles or something else as well. For Ant-Man specifically, in that first movie, the suit, intentionally so, is kind of a relic. It represents his past, so this is really the new iteration that is the modern version of the tech.”

During the Marvel open house, the Marvel staff showed off some cool concept art that revealed the Wasp’s reworked costume along with the original Wasp costume worn by Hope’s mom Janet. It is suspected that Sharon Stone is playing Hope in the movie, but Reed wouldn’t confirm that to be true at this time. Jermey Runner is also expected to show up as Hawkeye, with his appearance in the movie sited as the reason he had to bail on Mission: Impossible 6. The movie is in theaters next summer.


King Conan Movie Is Still Happening

Earlier this year, Universal canceled The Legend of Conan, which would have had Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his iconic role from the original 1982 classic. Also known in some circles as King Conan, the movie was believed to be dead. Not true, says Schwarzenegger. As far as he’s concerned, the movie is still happening.

Schwarzenegger was at Cannes this weekend to promote a new underwater documentary. But the talk quickly turned to his impending slate, which includes a recently announced Terminator reboot that James Cameron will be producing and the Twins sequel Triplets. King Conan was almost completely waxed over. But Arnie stopped short for an update, confirming that things are moving forward.

“It’s being rewritten…the idea is to do it.”

What we don’t have confirmed from the action icon is whether or not the sequel is still at Universal. Arnold has been teasing this movie since 2012, which is actually not that long in Hollywood years.

Arnold first played the role in the John Milius directed 1982 adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s most famous creation. And in 1984, he returns in the less-violent, somewhat disappointing Conan the Destroyer. Legend of Conan is supposed to return Arnold and the Conan character back to its bloody, R-rated roots.

The first attempts at a true third sequel never materialized before Arnold became the Governor of California. This resulted in a one-off reboot from Lionsgate, which starred Aquaman Jason Momoa as a slimmed down version of the Barbarian.

Legend of Conan hasn’t happened yet due to a lack of trying. Many writers have attempted to tackle the screenplay over the years, including Will Beall, who is credited with co-writing Momoa’s Aquaman movie. Longtime Fast and Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan also swung for the fences in penning a new adventure for Arnie and his barbaric after ego. Alas, this never came to fruition.

Chris Morgan was the one who delivered a death blow to King Conan a few months back. He had this to say at the time, which is a direct contradiction to what Schwarzenegger said this weekend. Asked if the sequel would ever happen, or if it was still in development, the writer declared this.

“Not so much. At the end of the day, the studio decided that they weren’t gonna make that. I gotta say, it’s honestly a heartbreak. I love that first movie so much, it’s one of my favorite movies. We had Will Beall do a draft on [the Legend of Conan script]. He killed it.”

The writer went onto reveal what the movie would have been about. He offered these exciting details.

“Our take was Conan, 30 years later, a story like the Clint Eastwood Unforgiven. It was so awesome. Ultimately, the budget was big, the studio was not really sure of the title, and the relevance in the marketplace. They ended up letting it go. I think they’re gonna look to do a TV show or something with it. But just to be associated with it, pitch it to Arnold, have him get so excited, there was a moment of magic for me, personally [laughs]. You never know, down the road we may revisit!”

And indeed, that’s what it looks like may be happening. King Conan is being resurrected from his development grave, and it sounds like he may rise again after all. While at Cannes, Arnold did say he was possibly hooking up with Netflix for an original project. Could it be a King Conan TV series? That would be amazing. And not out of the realm of possibility. Netflix just this past week announced a 10-episode prequel series for The Dark Crystal, another fantasy epic that also arrived in 1982. So The Legend of Conan Netflix series definitely isn’t something to sneer at as an impossibility.

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