TV / Movies & Industry news – 24th March – 28th March





  •          BBC iPlayer results  show Jan 2014 was biggest month ever for BBC iPlayer with over 315m TV and Radio requests. Sherlock’s Ep 1 generated 3.6m requests (3rd best requested show)


Hannibal’s SVOD marketing provides food for thought

NBC and Amazon host  #13HourDevour event inviting fans to a mass binge-view complete with exclusive content, contests and live tweets from the cast. (in USA)


24: Live Another Day release new trailer


Justin Long and Nick Frost join new Fox pilot ‘Sober Companion’


Bravo to allow fans to vote for scenes they want to watch – one of several digital initiatives the NBCUniversal cabler is launching in 2014.


Fox’s / JJ Abram’s Almost Human comes to the UK – will air on Watch


Game Of Thrones: first episode of the new series will be broadcast at the same time in the UK and the US.




Facebook buy Oculus Rift (that’s what that thing is above) – Virtual Headset Maker – for $2billion.

Might seem to have nothing to do with movie theaters or films…yet.

Zuckerberg said Oculus has the potential to be the most social platform ever,” he said. ‘“Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.”
Virgin Media in talks with Amazon Prime to link content to TiVo

Envisions including a link to Amazon Prime via Virgin’s TiVo set-top boxes’


Amazon NOT offering a free TV and Music streaming service. They say…




Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…trailer finally drops! (Released today)  

Has Michael Bay written all over it. TURTLE POWER!  etc… (Released in the US May. UK – Oct)

The Purge: Anarchy trailer now out


Number of 18-24 year-old movie-goers dropped by 21%

…but 2-11 year-olds grew by 54% in 2012. (USA)

Chris Dodd (head of Motion Pictures Association) dismisses putting the blame on tech and makes some good points the footnote being: ‘“We can embrace technology, and use it to complement our offerings,”  (IPads in cinemas for example… )


Into The Storm (think Twister meets Paranormal Activity)  premieres trailer on Digital Spy


Warner Bros release Bat Man 75th anniversary logo (below)



Kevin Spacey to play Winston Churchill

Madonna to direct Adé: A Love Story(Africa-set romance adapted from the novel by Rebecca Walker, daughter of Color Purple author Alice Walker)


Promethius 2. With multiple Fassbenders!



Pierce Brosnan to appear in The Expendables sequel



Grand Budapest tops Need For Speed at UK Box Office  (Earns £6.31 in just 17 days after cinema release expanded)


Huge opening weekend in the US for Divergent $56m

Muppets Most Wanted…not so much ($16m)


Frozen Easily Tops Home Vid Sales Chart (Frozen is out on Monday in the UK


Noah set to flood box office with $40 opening in the US (despite mediocre reviews)


Movies: TODAY’S MAJOR THEATRICAL RELEASES (click title for trailers)

20 Feet From Stardom (Altitude)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney)

Legend Of Hercules (Lionsgate)

Muppets Most Wanted (Disney)

 Afternoon Delight (House Distribution UK)

UK WEEKEND Box Office (21st – 23rd Mar)


Rank Title Country of Origin Weekend Gross Distributor % change on last week Weeks on release Number of cinemas Site average Total Gross to date
1 The Grand Budapest Hotel UK/USA/Ger £1,267,408 20th Century Fox -3 4 458 £2,767 £6,309,128
2 Need for Speed USA/Ind £988,255 eOne Films -51 2 477 £2,072 £3,691,108
3 The Lego Movie USA £815,020 Warner Bros -18 6 517 £1,576 £31,128,785
4 300: Rise of an Empire USA £785,538 Warner Bros -36 3 419 £1,875 £6,868,104
5 Non-Stop UK/USA £697,128 StudioCanal -23 4 421 £1,656 £8,097,443
6 Starred Up UK £495,181 20th Century Fox 1 316 £1,567 £495,181
7 A Long Way Down UK/Ger £361,901 Lionsgate 1 363 £997 £361,901
8 Labor Day USA £278,726 Paramount 1 319 £874 £278,726
9 Ride Along USA £211,644 Universal -50 4 267 £793 £3,945,786
10 Mr Peabody and Sherman USA £198,623 20th Century Fox -18 7 398 £499 £12,600,160
11 Under the Skin UK/USA/Sui £196,769 StudioCanal -18 2 75 £2,624 £596,070
12 About Last Night USA £173,376 Sony Pictures 1 209 £830 £173,376
13 Escape from Planet Earth USA/Can £160,505 Entertainment -38 3 370 £434 £925,940
14 Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy USA £144,077 Disney -24 6 364 £396 £5,459,408
15 The Book Thief USA/Ger £136,547 20th Century Fox -52 6 311 £439 £3,743,526
  Total   £6,910,698   5,284 £1,308 £84,674,642





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