Sunday’s Game of Thrones draws 8 million viewers; The Weinstein Company acquires the French film Happy People Read and Drink Coffee; DreamWorks Dragons: race to the Edge premieres on Netflix June 26


Welcome to the Game of Thrones premiere edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!



Last Sunday was the season 5 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones as viewers tuned in to continue where the show left off back in season 4. It was also simulcast on HBO Now on their Apple devices. How many viewers tuned in last week Danny?




Danny Angelfish (via Entertainment Weekly)- The highly anticipated April 12 season 5 premiere of Games of Thrones reached 8 million live and same-day viewers, according to The New York Times.

The number, reported by Nielsen, reflects Game of Thrones’ status as HBO’s most-watched original series ever. Its season 4 finale in June averaged 19 million cumulative viewers.

The season 5 premiere viewership will likely continue to increase thanks to fans who watch via recording or on demand, including the premium cable provider’s new streaming service, HBO Now. These numbers come in spite of a leak that released the first four episodes of the new season on Monday.

Silicon Valley and Veep, which followed Game of Thrones with season premieres of their own on Sunday, respectively drew 2.1 million and 1.1 million viewers each.



The Weinstein brothers added another flick in their collection based on the hit novel that hit French bookstores. Do they have a chance to make box office gold that could slip past 50 Shades Jim?




Jim Fish (via The Wrap)- French self-publishing success “Happy People Read and Drink Coffee” will see new life in the United States with The Weinstein Company (TWC) picking up rights to publish the book and adapt it for the big screen, the company announced Tuesday.

French writer Agnes Martin-Lugand’s debut novel was a self-publishing smash success in France, where the book outsold “Fifty Shades of Grey” and landed at the top of the French Kindle bestseller list in 2013.

The story follows Diane, who is still mired in grief, her cafe no longer a sanctuary, after the loss of her husband and daughter in a car accident a year prior. Searching for a way to remain close to her husband, Diane takes a trip to a place he always wanted to visit: Ireland. Once there, Diane discovers a whole new sanctuary in the form of a bitter and mysterious neighbor, and must decide whether she is ready — or able — to love again.


Weinstein Books, a joint venture between TWC and the Perseus Books Group, is set to publish the novel in the U.S. in Spring 2016.

The film adaptation will be produced by Maeva Gatineau and Sebastien Fechner of Source Films, who brought the material to TWC. Negeen Yazdi, President of International Production, and Julie Oh, VP of Production & Development, will head production from the TWC side.


“As lover of French culture, I couldn’t be more excited to be on board with Agnes Martin-Lugand’s fantastic novel,” said Yazdi in a statement. “It’s a huge thrill to bring the book stateside and we greatly look forward to working with Maeva, Sebastien and the Source Films team in giving the book’s millions of fans a big screen adaptation.”

French publisher Michel Lafon will release Martin-Lugand’s second novel “Entre mes mains le bonheur se faufile” in France on Apr. 26.



You last saw Team Hiccup in DreamWorks Dragons Riders of Berk. Now the story continues on demand as they go in search for a mysterious treasure. When will the team start their journey Dan?




Dan Barry (via Animation World)- In this new original series, premiering worldwide on June 26, Hiccup and Toothless lead the Dragon Riders as they soar beyond the borders of Berk and discover the mysterious Dragon Eye — an ancient artifact filled with secrets that will lead them to new lands filled with undiscovered dragons.  But the heroes find themselves pursued by marauding dragon hunters, who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dragon Eye.

Thirteen episodes of the all-new DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge premiere exclusively on Netflix on June 26.



Checking the Penguins tally, 1,720 fans sign in as Team Skipper continues crunching box office numbers for Furious 7.



And speaking of Fast 7, the biggest hit is still gunning in record territory all week as it grosses toward 800 million smackers. We’ll see how’s it doing in this weeks box office report. Until then, see you soon for another edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.

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