Sex in the City Supercut Shows How Much It Loved Name-Dropping Brands

July 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sex in the City's leading ladies—Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte—turned everything from Manolo heels to sex swings into household names during the series' run on HBO. To show the womens' love affair with consumer culture, artist Pierre Buttin

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Ad of the Day: The End Is Nigh in Brilliantly Bleak Ad for FXX’s Simpsons Mega-Marathon

July 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The world is really going to having a cow when FXX enacts its insane plan to air every Simpsons episode ever, back to back, beginning Aug. 21. In fact, there may be no cows—indeed, no world—left by the end. In the wonderfully dark promo below, we enter on a kitchen sink whose faucet has been left on, filling up the house with several feet of water as slack-jawed couch apes gape at the boob tube. Turns out the whole world has stopped moving, as everyone is glued to their sets and cell phones, watching the marathon that never ends. (Well, it will end after 12 days. But who will survive, and what will be left of them?) The whole thing could be the plot of a Simpson's Halloween special. Much of the spot's joy comes from the perfect syncing of Simpsons clips to the "total d'oh-vastation" (FXX's words) we're witnessing—from Mr. Burns saying "Release the hounds!" as feral dogs run through the abandoned streets, to Homer demanding a burrito at an empty food truck in a world where no burritos will be made again. There's no denying those who made this promo are fans of the show. They're also good at sound design, as the clip expertly layers in every famous creepy Simpsons laugh, from Krusty to Nelson, over the sounds of chaos. (It ends with one of Homer's trademark little-girl screams.) And visually, it's gloriously bleak, with everything bathed in a sickly green hue, except for the on-screen Simpsons footage, which, in its normal colors, really pops—but also adds to surreal, haunted feeling. Just hearing the clips is bringing it all back. I'm going to have Simpsons PTSD after this thing airs, if I don't already have it. Truly, there is no God. After the dust has settled on Sept. 2, FXX will air regularly scheduled Simpsons episodes, including thematic eight-episode mini-marathons every Sunday. After that, you'll be able to get on-demand access to every Simpsons episode at SimpsonsWorld.com and on the FXNOW app. I guess some people just want to watch the world burn.

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Ad of the Day: The End Is Nigh in Brilliantly Bleak Ad for FXX’s Simpsons Mega-Marathon

July 23, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The world is really going to having a cow when FXX enacts its insane plan to air every Simpsons episode ever, back to back, beginning Aug. 21. In fact, there may be no cows—indeed, no world—left by the end. In the wonderfully dark promo below, we enter on a kitchen sink whose faucet has been left on, filling up the house with several feet of water as slack-jawed couch apes gape at the boob tube. Turns out the whole world has stopped moving, as everyone is glued to their sets and cell phones, watching the marathon that never ends. (Well, it will end after 12 days. But who will survive, and what will be left of them?) The whole thing could be the plot of a Simpson's Halloween special. Much of the spot's joy comes from the perfect syncing of Simpsons clips to the "total d'oh-vastation" (FXX's words) we're witnessing—from Mr. Burns saying "Release the hounds!" as feral dogs run through the abandoned streets, to Homer demanding a burrito at an empty food truck in a world where no burritos will be made again. There's no denying those who made this promo are fans of the show. They're also good at sound design, as the clip expertly layers in every famous creepy Simpsons laugh, from Krusty to Nelson, over the sounds of chaos. (It ends with one of Homer's trademark little-girl screams.) And visually, it's gloriously bleak, with everything bathed in a sickly green hue, except for the on-screen Simpsons footage, which, in its normal colors, really pops—but also adds to surreal, haunted feeling. Just hearing the clips is bringing it all back. I'm going to have Simpsons PTSD after this thing airs, if I don't already have it. Truly, there is no God. After the dust has settled on Sept. 2, FXX will air regularly scheduled Simpsons episodes, including thematic eight-episode mini-marathons every Sunday. After that, you'll be able to get on-demand access to every Simpsons episode at SimpsonsWorld.com and on the FXNOW app. I guess some people just want to watch the world burn.

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Lionsgate Invests $2 Million in Finnish App Developer Next Games

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate has formed a partnership with Finland-based games developer Next Games under which it will invest $2 million in the startup, as the studio looks to extend entertainment franchises like “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Divergent” into the segment. Next Games announced the first part of its external investment round earlier this year, raising $6 million in financing... Read more

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Lionsgate Invests $2 Million in Finnish App Developer Next Games

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate has formed a partnership with Finland-based games developer Next Games under which it will invest $2 million in the startup, as the studio looks to extend entertainment franchises like “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Divergent” into the segment. Next Games announced the first part of its external investment round earlier this year, raising $6 million in financing... Read more

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Hamptons Film Festival’s SummerDocs Series Adds Two Sundance Titles

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival’s annual SummerDocs series of documentary programming will round out its 2014 slate with Rory Kennedy’s “Last Days in Vietnam” and Jesse Moss’ “The Overnighters,” both of which screened at Sundance earlier this year. Alex Baldwin, who usually hosts SummerDocs events, will moderate conversations with Kennedy and subject Stuart Herrington for... Read more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Join ‘Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes’

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Guardians of the Galaxy are joining “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.” The characters — Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora and Groot — will be featured in a new play set this fall for the second iteration of Disney Interactive’s video game, that combines on screen game play with physical figures. Inspired by the Marvel... Read more

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India’s Dev Benegal Wins NAFF Project Prize at Korea’s PiFan

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

'Man Who Copied Himself' claims double honors at genre film market

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Endemol Inks Drama Pact with Tally Garner’s Mam Tor Prods.

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Endemol, one of the world’s largest independent television companies, has inked an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with U.K. drama producer Mam Tor Prods., which is headed by Tally Garner. Endemol will provide development funding and deficit financing as part of the three-year deal. Endemol Worldwide Distribution, the world sales arm, will handle international... Read more

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WATCH: New ‘Dear White People’ Trailer Makes Pointed Observations

July 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Six months after the movie’s premiere at Sundance, the new trailer for Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” is making pointed observations about how black and white people interact. “Dear white people,” says a black radio DJ at the fictional Winchester College. “The minimum number of black friends to not seem racist has been raised to... Read more

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