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  • 'Fifty Shades of Grey' director quits the franchise Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:15 AM ET
    'Fifty Shades of Grey' director Sam Taylor-Johnson

    "Fifty Shades of Grey" director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct a sequel.

  • Ferrell, Hart defend 'Get Hard' after a jolt of criticism Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— In the annals of film festival flops— from unexpected boos to red-carpet gaffes— the premiere of the Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" will go down as a doozy. After the film premiered last week at the South By Southwest Film Festival, during a Q&A with director Etan Cohen, an audience member voiced not so much a question as a harsh judgment.

  • ALLAHYAR, Iran— Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it. The movie "Muhammad, Messenger of God" already recalls the grandeur— and expense— of a Cecil B. DeMille film, with the narrow alleyways...

  • Lionsgate collaborates with China   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Lionsgate collaborates with China

    Lionsgate entered a deal with China's Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary. Insight to the collaboration, with Michael Burns, Lionsgate vice chairman.

  • John Malone joins Lionsgate's board   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 11:42 AM ET
    John Malone joins Lionsgate's board

    Discussing the "Divergent" series, and John Malone joining the board, with Michael Burns, Lionsgate vice chairman.

  • Jon Hamm: More jobs for actors, harder to stand out

    "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm speaks about the end of Don Draper, the evolving world of original content and why he isn't involved with social media.

  • 'Where're the men?': Film industry asks Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 9:40 AM ET
    Disney's "Cinderella"

    Box office sales, which have been driven young men, are now being driven up by women, The New York Times reports.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 22- "Insurgent" topped the weekend box office with $54 million, but its opening will likely fall just short of the numbers put up a year ago by the first film in the "Divergent" series. Going into the weekend, Lionsgate had been projecting an opening of between $57 million to $60 million. "Insurgent" cost $110 million to produce, roughly $25 million more...

  • 'Insurgent' seizes top spot; 'The Gunman' misfires Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 12:06 PM ET

    The second installment in the "Divergent" series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. Penn's geopolitical thriller stumbled with only $5 million. Many predicted a bit of growth for this second film, which sees the return of stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet to author Veronica...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 22- "Insurgent" topped the weekend box office with $54 million, but its opening will likely fall just short of the numbers put up a year ago by the first film in the "Divergent" series. Going into the weekend, Lionsgate had been projecting an opening of between $57 million to $60 million. "Insurgent" cost $110 million to produced, roughly $25 million more...

  • Can Cupertino kill cable?   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 5:36 PM ET
    Can Cupertino kill cable?

    Apple is reportedly releasing a Web TV service this Fall. Discovery founder John Hendricks is launching "CuriosityStream" on Wednesday, and explains what Apple could be after in the streaming space.

  • Apple TV service could fuel more hardware sales Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 4:07 PM ET
    Watching TV on a tablet computer

    Apple is reportedly in talks with programmers to offer an online TV service—a service that could help sell more devices.

  • 'Cinderella' story: Why Disney's at all-time highs Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 2:06 PM ET
    Still from the movie "Frozen"

    The Disney brand is stronger than ever, bolstered by movies, TV, consumer products, digital properties and theme parks.

  • Let it go (again)! Disney announces 'Frozen 2' Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 8:50 AM ET
    Still from the movie "Frozen"

    Let it go (on)! The Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to make a sequel to the animated mega-hit "Frozen."

  • Disney's magic content kingdom   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 7:14 AM ET
    Disney's magic content kingdom

    David Bank, RBC Capital Markets, discusses how Disney has been able to expand its empire by growing its franchises.

  • Top 3 reasons Disney's 'crushing it'   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 7:13 AM ET
    Top 3 reasons Disney's 'crushing it'

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports on Disney's winning strategy of building or buying brands and exploiting them across their properties, including movies, theme parks and consumer products.

  • Why Disney looks promising   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 7:34 PM ET
    Why Disney looks promising

    Martin Pyykkonen, managing director of Rosenblatt Securities, discusses Disney's outlook following the announcement of new installments in both the "Star Wars" and "Frozen" film franchises.

  • 'Frozen 2' is happening; 'Star Wars' gets a date Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 1:55 PM ET
    The Millennium Falcon and TIE fighters as seen in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser.

    Disney said an eighth installment in the "Star Wars" film franchise is set for release in May 2017.

  • Get your own life-size Avenger for $40K Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    For only $39,929, one company is giving Avengers fans the chance to own a life-size Iron Man statue, including the latest uniform, the Mark 43.

  • Fresh off Oscar wins, these films are flying high Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, winner of Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture for 'Birdman' attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

    Despite declining viewership, the Academy Awards still stands as one of Hollywood's most effective box office tools.

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