KEVIN FEIGE RESPONDS TO MARTIN SCORSESE SLAM: Marvel's chief creative officer Kevin Feige is responding to Martin Scorsese's now-infamous remark in October that Marvel films are more akin to theme parks than cinema. Feige told The Hollywood Reporter: "I think that's not true. I think it's unfortunate," Feige says when asked about the notion that superhero movies are a negative for cinema. "I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people." Four of the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time have come from Marvel.
HIS DARK MATERIALS FALTERS: His Dark Materials, written by Jack Thorne and starring Ruth Wilson, got off to a great start for the BBC and HBO last week, but appears to be faltering in its second outing. About 5.7 million viewers tuned into the BBC this past Sunday, down from 7.2 million who watched the series premiere. The episode aired on HBO Monday night. In its first foray, it snagged 700,000 viewers, one of the cabler's best Monday debuts.
E! TO REVIVE THE SOUP: Brazilian-born comedian Jada Catta-Preta will helm E!'s revival of Talk Soup, Variety reports. The franchise was launched in 1991 with a comedic take on daytime talk show highlights, reality TV series and Internet videos. "We're excited to bring this beloved franchise back to the network, with a new take on an old favorite," said Rod Aissa, head of production and development for Oxygen and E!. "Jade's quick wit and keen observations will provide a much-needed voice in today's pop culture landscape delivered in a way that only The Soup can." The show is expected to bow early next year as a weekly half-hour series.
GAME OF THRONES EP FRANK DOELGER TEAMS UP WITH PETER BERRY, MIKE WALDEN ON ZDF DRAMAS: Game of Thrones' exec producer Frank Doelger is partnering with Gangs of London writer Peter Berry and The Frankenstein Chronicles scribe Mike Walden on a pair of drama series for Germany's ZDF. Doing Good explores moral compromises when trying to do good in a bad world; Concordia explores a world in which every moment of citizens' life is monitored and crimes are prevented before they can happen.