Film Review: ‘Christmas, Again’

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As Yuletide offerings go, Charles Poekel’s “Christmas, Again” might as well be called “It’s a So-So Life” — a downbeat but never outright depressing reminder that the holidays tend to look a lot less jolly from the vantage of those peddling Christmas cheer.

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Inside the Emmy Parties: Ian Somerhalder, George R.R. Martin, ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Veep’ Casts on the Scene

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Friday, Aug. 22: 6:35 p.m. “Classy” is a good word to describe “The Good Wife,” and it’s the perfect... Read more

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Film Review: ‘The Possession of Michael King’

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The seven stages of grief don’t allow for the sort of madness afflicting the title character in “The Possession of Michael King.”

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North Carolina Film-TV Incentives Sliced Amid Conservative Tide

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

North Carolina legislators have ditched the state’s longtime film and TV incentives program amid a conservative push to cut back on such government support. “We knew that this would be an uphill battle and we were cautiously optimistic,” said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington [North Carolina] Regional Film Commission. “The problem was that a... Read more

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Hulu Acquires ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Exclusive Streaming Rights

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the first season of Fox’s Emmy-nominated series “Sleepy Hollow,” available to subscribers of the company’s $7.99-per-month subscription service. Starting Friday, Hulu Plus is the exclusive home the entire first season of “Sleepy Hollow” season one, ahead of its season 2 premiere Sept. 22 on Fox.

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Showtime Renews Masters of Sex, Ray Donovan

August 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Showtime announced today that Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan will both be renewed for a third season, with twelve episodes slated for each series, according to The Hollywood Reporter . Production on the new episodes will reportedly begin early next year. The announcement comes just several days before the Emmy Awards, for which Ray Donovan co-star Jon Voigt received a nomination for best supporting actor and Masters of Sex received five nominations. Actress Allison Janney already won the Emmy award for her guest role on Masters of Sex. Lizzy Caplan received a nomination for lead actress for her role on the show, and the show was also nominated for guest actor (Beau Bridges), main title design and art direction for a period series, miniseries or movie. The critically acclaimed period drama was also nominated for four Critics Choice Television Awards and two Golden Globes this year. "Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,"said Showtime Networks President David Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter. "These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come."

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MSNBC Aired More Initial Coverage of Ferguson Turmoil Than Fox News, CNN: Study

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBCUniversal’s MSNBC cable outlet spent more time covering the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., than rivals CNN or Fox News Channel in the first week the story broke, according to a new study. In the six days after Brown’s Aug. 9 death, Fox News devoted about half the airtime that... Read more

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Warner Bros. Moves Forward on ‘Past Due’ with ‘Trouble with the Curve’ Director (EXCLUSIVE)

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Warner Bros. has come on board “Past Due,” setting up the action project with Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood’s longtime producing partner. The studio acquired Thompson Evans’ Blacklist script as a possible directing vehicle for Lorenz, who made his feature directorial debut on 2012’s “Trouble With the Curve.” “Past Due” is described as a female version... Read more

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HBO Exec Defends Scenes of Sex and Violence in ‘Game of Thrones’

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, has defended the inclusion of graphic scenes of sex and violence in “Game of Thrones.” Lombardo told delegates at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival that the pay TV operator had more freedom than free-to-view broadcasters, but used that freedom responsibly, the Guardian reported. Lombardo argued that the... Read more

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Inside the Emmy Parties: Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt Rev Audi Party

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Thursday, Aug. 21: 7:15 p.m. Ty Burrell is the first one on the carpet at Audi’s pre-Emmys... Read more

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