Archive for July 19th, 2014

Zendaya Didn’t Feel ‘Morally Okay Moving Forward’ With Aaliyah Biopic

July 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Zendaya Coleman (better known as simply Zendaya) posted a string of Instagram videos explaining why she dropped out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic following the announcement of her replacement, Alexandra Shipp, on Friday. The Disney star said that her decision wasn’t based on her not being “talented enough” or “black enough.” “The production value wasn’t there,... Read more

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Qplay, Internet Set-Top Startup Formed by TiVo Founders, Shuts Down

July 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Qplay, the Internet video-device and app startup launched by the founders of TiVo, is closing its doors less than six months after launching its first product. The company announced Saturday that its last day of service will be Friday, July 25 . “Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to keep developing and running the service,” Qplay marketing... Read more

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Durban Fest, AfriDocs Throws Spotlight on Local Nonfiction Pics

July 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Documentary filmmaker Don Edkins is at the helm of the Durban Festival’s Finance Forum, mentoring a selection of 10 documentary projects from South Africa, Egypt, Rwanda, Uganda and Mozambique. Subjects range from the history of 1970s funk in Durban (“Afterglow” by Amber Lalloo) to violent crime in Cape Town (“Alison” by Amy Nelson and Uga... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Planet of the Apes’ Outnumbers Newcomers for $35 Million

July 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

UPDATE: 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is still king of the jungle, according to early box office estimates. With a projected $35 million weekend, Fox’s holdover leads newcomers “The Purge: Anarchy,” “Sex Tape” and “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” all of which should play above high teens to $20 million in... Read more

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Watch the First Trailer for ‘Homeland’ Season 4

July 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Carrie Mathison is back in action in the first trailer for season 4 of Showtime’s “Homeland.” The new season, which premieres Oct. 5, is largely set in Pakistan and Afghanistan and features stars Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin as well as newcomers Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) and Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”).

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Watch the First Trailer for ‘Homeland’ Season 4

July 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Carrie Mathison is back in action in the first trailer for season 4 of Showtime’s “Homeland.” The new season, which premieres Oct. 5, is largely set in Pakistan and Afghanistan and features stars Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin as well as newcomers Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) and Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”).

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ to World Premiere at New York Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

July 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" has been selected as the centerpiece gala at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival.

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Film Review: ‘Among Ravens’

July 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The rare dysfunctional-family melodrama that might just make you long for a second viewing of "August: Osage County."

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