Archive for February, 2011

Discop Africa discovers telenovelas

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Gathering discusses ways to fund new shows -- Broadcasters, distribs and TV producers from across Africa gathered in Ghana last week to discuss business, debate issues and find a way forward for the continent's growing telenovela market.

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Doctor Zhivago

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit Reviews: The creators of "Doctor Zhivago," the musical, have learned much from their 2006 run, where audiences reportedly felt history dwarfed the central story.

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‘Tomorrow’ sequel to shoot in Sydney

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Stuart Beattie drama was Australia's highest-grossing pic of 2010 -- SYDNEY -- After a year of virtually no big international productions Down Under has two big films to look forward to this year after it was announced on Saturday that the sequel to "Tomorrow, When the War Began" will join Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" lensing in Sydney.

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‘Tomorrow’ sequel to shoot in Sydney

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Stuart Beattie drama was Australia's highest-grossing pic of 2010 -- SYDNEY -- After a year of virtually no big international productions Down Under has two big films to look forward to this year after it was announced on Saturday that the sequel to "Tomorrow, When the War Began" will join Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" lensing in Sydney.

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Sony schedules three pics for summer 2012

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Sandler's 'Dad,' 'Total Recall' remake on tap for busy season -- Sony is stockpiling its summer 2012 slate with three additional releases, starting with Adam Sandler-Andy Samberg starrer "I Hate You, Dad" on June 22.

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Oscars: Go big or go home

February 26, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Nominees with 'the most' are typically favorites -- Accepting the Cinema Audio Society's Filmmaker Award last week, helmer Taylor Hackford mused, "When I watch the Academy Awards, the Oscar for Best Sound always goes to the 'boom!' movies. Boom! Boom! The sound effects that win always have the loudest explosions."

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Apple Developing LTE Products Says Verizon Wireless CEO [Voices]

February 25, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Shayndi Raice, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Verizon Wireless sold more iPhone 4s during its initial launch than any other product in the carrier’s history, said Chief Executive Daniel S. Mead. Mead also said he expects Apple to offer mobile devices on the carrier’s 4G technology, although he declined to specify the nature of those products or when they would be released. Verizon’s fast fourth-generation wireless network, which it recently launched, runs on a technology known as Long-Term Evolution, or LTE. “You’ll see more coming from Apple on LTE,” he said. “They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be a part of it.” Read the rest of this post on the original site

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The Socialized and Appified Oscars [NetworkEffect]

February 25, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s not just that movie about social networking that will be featured at this weekend’s Oscars. There are also social media and mobile app tie-ins up the wazoo. Here’s a sampling of what’s up for the big night: Fans can tweet and Facebook post their way into the pre-show ABC red-carpet coverage by asking questions of @TheAcademy on Twitter or going to the TheAcademy Facebook page . A start-up called Mass Relevance is helping filter the questions for hosts Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Krista Smith and Maria Menounos. (Facebook itself, which often hosts its own red carpet live chats for similar events, will not have a company presence at the Oscars.) The official ABC Oscar Backstage Pass app for Apple devices costs $0.99 and gives viewers additional live camera angles from the red carpet, backstage and the after party. For $4.99 you can get additional content on the Web, like a “360 cam” to assess attendees’ ball gowns and tuxes from all angles. E!’s Live From the Red Carpet for iPhone and Android carries the network’s coverage of special events like the Academy Awards. If you want to remind yourself of all the contenders, YouTube has compiled the trailers here . The most-watched best picture nominee trailer was “Toy Story 3,” with 15 million views. If you need some virtual validation on Sunday evening, check-in to receive stickers from GetGlue for tuning into E!, Oscars.com and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jimmy Kimmel is also releasing one of his celeb-studded made-to-go-viral videos on his post-Oscars episode. Here’s a preview of “Hottie Body Humpilates”:

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The Socialized and Appified Oscars [NetworkEffect]

February 25, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s not just that movie about social networking that will be featured at this weekend’s Oscars. There are also social media and mobile app tie-ins up the wazoo. Here’s a sampling of what’s up for the big night: Fans can tweet and Facebook post their way into the pre-show ABC red-carpet coverage by asking questions of @TheAcademy on Twitter or going to the TheAcademy Facebook page . A start-up called Mass Relevance is helping filter the questions for hosts Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Krista Smith and Maria Menounos. (Facebook itself, which often hosts its own red carpet live chats for similar events, will not have a company presence at the Oscars.) The official ABC Oscar Backstage Pass app for Apple devices costs $0.99 and gives viewers additional live camera angles from the red carpet, backstage and the after party. For $4.99 you can get additional content on the Web, like a “360 cam” to assess attendees’ ball gowns and tuxes from all angles. E!’s Live From the Red Carpet for iPhone and Android carries the network’s coverage of special events like the Academy Awards. If you want to remind yourself of all the contenders, YouTube has compiled the trailers here . The most-watched best picture nominee trailer was “Toy Story 3,” with 15 million views. If you need some virtual validation on Sunday evening, check-in to receive stickers from GetGlue for tuning into E!, Oscars.com and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jimmy Kimmel is also releasing one of his celeb-studded made-to-go-viral videos on his post-Oscars episode. Here’s a preview of “Hottie Body Humpilates”:

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Universal buys Paula Pell, Tina Fey pitch

February 25, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: 'SNL' writer and alum behind comedy -- Universal Pictures has acquired an unititled comedy pitch from longtime "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" writer Paula Pell and attached Tina Fey to produce through her Little Stranger shingle.

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