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'Takers' overtakes 'The Last Exorcism' for box office No. 1

About those reports that The Last Exorcism was the top film at the box office this weekend? Never mind! In a nail-biter of a finish between two movies no one will likely remember a month from now, Takers ended up besting Exorcism once the revised studio numbers were released. Takers‘ take of $20.5 million puts it just ahead of The Last Exorcism‘s $20.4 million, whereas yesterday’s estimates had Exorcism ahead by $300,000.

YouTube considering streaming feature films

It’s become the go-to site for watching short video clips. Now YouTube is considering streaming entire feature films. Citing a Financial Times story, The Hollywood Reporter says that representatives from the site have been meeting with Hollywood studios to discuss arrangements for running full-length movies at around $5 each to compete with the likes of Hulu and Apple.

Miramax sold to group of investors, including Rob Lowe

The Miramax name and film library has been sold to a group of investors, which includes actor Rob Lowe, for an estimated $660 million. Lowe’s involvement comes by way of a media investment fund he started with Colony Capital investment firm head Tom Barrack. “The acquisition of a classic brand like Miramax is an exciting first step in my partnership with Tom Barrack and Colony Capital,” said Lowe. “This represents an exciting new chapter for me.” New films included in the sale include the Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman flick The Switch and the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

'Mad Men' premiere delivers record ratings

Last night’s season four premiere of Mad Men scored drew 2.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched season premiere of the Emmy-winning series. Its viewership was up 5 percent from the 2.76 million people who watched last season’s debut episode. Mad Men‘s first season averaged 925,000 viewers.

Google reportedly invests in Zynga

Google has invested over $100 million in the social gaming site Zynga, anonymous sources told TechCrunch and Variety. Zynga, which created FarmVille, FrontierVille, MafiaWars, and other popular Facebook and social networking games, could become a cornerstone of Google Games, a yet-unofficial project. Neither company would comment on the possible investment.

Jon Bon Jovi recovering from torn calf muscle

Jon Bon Jovi sustained a torn calf muscle on Friday night during a concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. A spokesperson for the band tells EW, “The injury will not prevent Bon Jovi from playing any of their upcoming stadium dates this summer.”

Agent Ed Limato dies


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Ed Limato, one of the most powerful and successful Hollywood agents of a generation, died today of natural causes at age 73 at his home in Beverly Hills, has confirmed. Limato, most recently a senior agent at William Morris Endeavor, helped guide the careers of such heavyweights as Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Steve Martin, and Claire Danes. He also became known for throwing a huge A-list bash at his home during Academy Awards weekend. “I became friends with Ed because of his Oscar party,” Elton John, one of his closest friends, tells “He hardly ever traveled outside of America, but he used to come every summer to stay with us in France. He was the gentleman agent and the last of a dying breed. He was such a wonderful man. I don’t think we’ll see the likes of him again.” Limato had been battling lung problems for the last several years.

Heads of Overture Films resign

According to Variety, the CEO and COO of Overture Films have stepped down. Danny McGurk and Chris Rosett resigned over “strategic differences” with parent company Starz Media; McGurk was also CEO of home video company Anchor Bay. Peter Adee, Starz president of worldwide marketing and distribution, will step in to oversee Overture.

David Duchovny to make New York stage debut in Neil Labute play

David Duchovny is set to make his New York stage debut in Neil Labute’s new play The Break of Noon at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 28. According to the press release, the Californication star will play John Smith, “a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. … A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?” Labute’s (The Shape of Things) longtime collaborator Jo Bonney will direct.

Hollywood futures exchange gets green light...for now

Federal regulators have given the go ahead to the Cantor Exchange, one of two online futures markets that would allow the public to wager real money on box-office results of Hollywood films, according to the Associated Press. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission gave their approval to the exchange on Monday, two weeks after a second market, Media Derivatives’ Trend Exchange, also got the green light. But hold onto your credit cards and your box-office hunches for now. Both markets face an uphill battle later this week when legislation banning the trading on box-office tallies goes before congress as part of a broader financial regulation vote. As the markets have made their way through the regulatory process over the past few months, both the six major Hollywood studios and the MPAA have come out strongly against them. Stay tuned….

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