Here Comes the Julian Assange Internet Dating Pic, Pick Your SXSW Panel: Biz Break

In Monday afternoon's round up of news briefs, SXSW is inviting audiences to propose panels for their 2013 event via online. BB takes a quick look at final weekend box office numbers. Samuel L. Jackson will host an upcoming awards show, while Fandango and MSN team up. And which book will be the next box office golden child?

SXSW Accepting Panel Proposals for 2013
The South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals are now accepting programming proposals for next year's edition. The event's "PanelPicker" interface is an online tool that allows the SXSW attendees to have a voice in programming Music, Film, and Interactive conference activities through an open proposal and voting process. SXSW 2013 takes place March 8 - 17. Step One allows users to submit proposals for programming at the SXSW website beginning Monday, June 25 and continuing through Friday, July 20. Step Two allows participants to browse proposals and rate which ones they think are the best fit for SXSW. Community voting begins Monday, August 13 and will continue through Friday, August 31.

Final Box Office Numbers for the Weekend
Actual numbers are in and Brave rests comfortably at the top of the box office. It's Friday through Sunday total came to $66,323,594 in 4,164 locations for a screen average of$15,928. Next up was fellow animation, Madagascar 3 with $19,712,315 in 3,920 theaters. That was a 42% drop in gross from the previous week and a per screen average of $5,029. It's three week total is $157,086,037. [Source:]

Around the 'net…

Julian Assange Internet Dating to Become a Film
Documentary filmmaker Cyril Tuschi will direct a film about a series of fictional dates involving the Wikileaks founder. Shooting will take place in Germany. Casting is pending, The Guardian reports.

Samuel L. Jackson to Host BET Awards
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Usher, 2 Chainz and Big Sean are scheduled to perform, in addition to comedians Kevin Hart and Cedric the Entertainer, Washington Post reports.

Fandango Partners with MSN for Movie Tix
Fandango is working with MSN to be the web portal's official online and mobile movie ticketer. MSN's sites reach more than 100 million U.S. users per month, Deadline reports.

One of These Books Is the Next Hunger Games
Hunger Games has cleaned up at the box office and now the studios are looking at which other books out there may be the next golden franchise. The Seventh Son, The Wardstones Chroicles and Maximum Ride are all contenders, The Wrap reports.


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