‘Second Coming’: Controversial Jesus Christ Comic Book Finds New Publisher   Other

Ahoy Comics will step in to publish Second Coming, the satirical series that depicts Jesus Christ returning in modern times as a superhero-in-training. The spoof series from writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace was dropped from the March release schedule of Warner-owned DC Comics after its announced premise sparked online protest, pundit fury, and a major CitizenGo
‘Sacred Lies’: Blumhouse TV Series Redefines Cult Following On Facebook Watch   Other

The way that fans interact with their favorite serialized entertainment brands is shifting and changing all the time in this social media era but the goal of actually incorporating fans into the creative process in a meaningful way has been the most elusive of social media’s many promises. An intriguing vanguard on that front right now comes from the Facebook Watch
‘Captain Marvel’-ous: Opening Soars To $302M Overseas, $455M Global As MCU Nears $18B – International Box Office   Other

SUNDAY UPDATE, Refresh for latest…: Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel has soared to an estimated $302M at the international box office for her debut weekend. Combined with domestic, the worldwide launch cume for the flying ace with the supercharged fists is $455M. Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers reached the scores higher, further and faster than pre-opening projections
‘Captain Marvel’ Tramples Internet Trolls & Skyrockets To $157M-$160M Opening – Update   Other

SATURDAY AM WRITETHRU after Friday 9:30 PM UPDATE: With updated chart Don’t believe the trolls on Rotten Tomatoes’ audience score, or the zany, small white dude contingency misconstruing Brie Larson’s call for diversity in film critics for man-hating: There is absolutely no question, Disney’s Captain Marvel is a huge hit, with an industry estimated $62M Friday
Channel 4 Scores 2.1M Viewers For Michael Jackson Doc ‘Leaving Neverland’ As UK Ratings Top U.S. Numbers   Other

Channel 4 has scored a hit with Leaving Neverland as the controversial Michael Jackson documentary was watched by 2.1M viewers. The which was directed by The Paedophile Hunter director Dan Reed, peaked with 2.4M viewers and won the slot for 16-34 viewers with a 20.5% share. This was above the numbers posted by HBO earlier this week; the Amos Pictures-produced two-parter
R. Kelly To CBS’ Gayle King On Double Jeopardy: “When You Beat Your Case, You Beat Your Case”   Other

R. Kelly is out on bail after pleading not guilty to multiple sexual abuse charges, and the R&B star sat with CBS News’ Gayle King tonight to give his side of the story. It’s the embattled R&B singer’s first interview since being jailed and arraigned on a 10-count grand jury indictment of aggravated criminal sexual assault involving minors in Illinois. In
‘Bless This Mess’ Comedy Series Recasts Role Ahead Of ABC Debut   Other

EXCLUSIVE: Single-camera comedy Bless This Mess has recast a series regular as it is starting production on its six-episode midseason order by ABC. Child actress Madison Curry, currently seen in Jordan Peele’s Us, has been cast as Constance Terry’s (Pam Grier) daughter Cherry. A decision was made at the time the Bless This Mess pilot was picked up to series by
Jussie Smollett Skewered By ‘Saturday Night Live’ Over Alleged Staged Attack   Other

Saturday Night Live did not go easy on Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, who was recently charged with filing a false police report for allegedly staging the assault on him, originally perceived to be possible hate crime. In a Shark Tank parody skit, Shark Tank: Legal Edition, Smollett, played by SNL‘s Chris Redd, was one of two contestants to appear in front of four
SAG-AFTRA Pickets BBH’s Non-Union Samsung Ad Shoot   Other

SAG-AFTRA has taken its ongoing strike against the Bartle Bogle Hegarty ad agency to a quiet neighborhood street in Brentwood, picketing outside a house there where BBH is shooting a non-union commercial for Samsung. The agency had been signatory to SAG-AFTRA’s contract for nearly 20 years but said in September that it was going non-union. The labor action comes as
Industry Celebrates Life Of Samuel Hadida At LA Event For Late Distributor/Producer   Other

EXCLUSIVE: Members of the international industry community gathered on Thursday night in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Samuel Hadida, the veteran French producer and distributor who passed away suddenly in November. The event was hosted by a group of companies that included Constantin, FilmNation, Lionsgate, Participant, eOne, Sierra/Affinity, IMR, Millennium