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May 2, 2013
That sound of 1,000 trains roaring toward you? No, it’s not the tornado next door. It’s the sound of “Iron Man 3,” the summer movie season’s first big popcorn flick, roaring through box offices around the globe, reports Deadline’s Nikki Finke here:
“Iron Man,” which opens in the U.S. tonight (more or less after midnight, though as Nikki points out, distributors increasingly are doing screenings before the traditional Friday debuts for big movies), has already racked up $300 million worldwide and is on target this weekend to pile up more than half that again just in the United States.
Oh, and Deadline’s Pete Hammond talks with me in today’s “Deadline Awards Watch” about “Iron Man” and what he likes about it (hint: they were really smart in the guy they cast as Tony Stark). That podcast should be posting any time now, so keep your eyes peeled, will you?
We’ve also begun posting our podcasts with both David and Awards Columnist Pete Hammond (along with occasional podcasts with other Deadline writers) on SoundCloud. You can find those here: https://soundcloud.com/deadline-com
You can subscribe at either site for a regular heaping helping of David’s deep understanding of the business of big media, or just visit us on Deadline.com each week (though David won’t have a new podcast this week for the holidays).
Okay, this is mostly just exciting for us at Deadline and our corporate cousins throughout PMC:
Sometime later this year, we’ll all be moving in together into one very big, very cool building on the Westside of Los Angeles, taking over much of a high-rise building (pictured here) on Santa Monica Boulevard by the 405 Freeway.
David looks at what are likely to be some of the biggest trends in Big Media in 2013, particularly regarding big changes around the business of getting video to your door, dear consumer.
For instance, will DirecTV and Dish Networks merge, and will it be open season this year on underperforming cable channels? Netflix may have another big year, but is it in danger of overextending itself? And what about that darned Apple TV? Will it come this year, and does it have any real chance to remake TV As We Know It?
David and I discuss it all. And lets us know your thoughts. What’s your pick for the most likely biggest Big Media story of 2013?
Deadline founder Nikki Finke continues her rolling updates on the box office in this odd mid-week holiday session that makes unusual records possible, records that “Les Miserables” can claim with its excellent first couple of days of box office.
"I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s a completely meaningless awards show from a scandal-riddled organization aired by a production company desperate for money on a network praying for ratings."
Deadline.com founder Nikki Finke, with what our editors are titling “2013 Golden Globes: Nikki’s Annual Censure.”
It is safe to say she has a low opinion of the Globes and the organizations behind it, beginning with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Perhaps it’s not a surprise that one of the few YouTube original-content channels to actually jump up in Deadline’s rankings during a week that started on Thanksgiving was Hungry, which showed videos on what to do with all that food that was making you Not Hungry Anymore.
Otherwise, Deadline’s David Lieberman reports, it was a pretty desultory week for online video (and based on what I saw for Deadline, other social media too). Guess you guys were lost in a turkey haze, all busy with the leftovers, and the shopping.
Anyway, check out the rest of the rankings here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/deadline%E2%80%99s-youtube-channel-rankings-3/
Pete and I talk about the impact the Independent Spirit Awards may have on the Oscar prospects of nominees announced yesterday, particularly ”Silver Linings Playbook” and last summer’s “Moonrise Kingdom.”
We also look at the very strong response in initial awards screenings for heavyweight contenders “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Les Miserables,” and the excellent box office and word of mouth being generated by another “top-rank” contender, “Life of Pi.”
"It is certainly an instant major contender, a thrilling cinematic realization of the legendary musical that has taken 27 years to reach the screen."
Deadline’s Pete Hammond on “Les Miserables,” one of the last of the major awards-worthy films to screen (they only finished editing the darned thing about 10 days ago). Pete says the film was screened in Los Angeles and New York to hosannas, and now will be shown intensively to voters for the Oscars and all the many run-up awards votes.
Pete also got on the phone with director Tom Hooper and star Hugh Jackman and includes their observations of the film and its awards chances.
Read it all here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/oscars-les-miserables-huge-reaction-first-hugh-jackman-interview/