Sony Returns to Loss in Second Quarter

October 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mobile communications and goodwill impairments again hit Japanese electronics and entertainment group Sony, dragging the company back into loss for the first half of the year — after it reported surprise profits in the first quarter. Sales in the second quarter of the year grew by 7% to $17.4 billion. Net losses for the July... Read more

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Oscars: 9 Under-the-Radar Performances that Deserve Buzz

October 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

If you believe the awards season chatter, the Oscar race is practically over—even if it’s only just beginning. There’s already been a lot of talk about the frontrunners this year (from “The Imitation Game’s” Benedict Cumberbatch to “Wild’s” Reese Witherspoon). But the Academy always throws a few curveballs into the mix come January. Here are... Read more

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Stacey Snider to Be Named 20th Century Fox Co-Chairman as Start Date Nears (Exclusive)

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a sign that Stacey Snider is preparing for life after DreamWorks, the executive has visited the 20th Century Fox studio lot to check out her new office space and introduce herself to the leaders of Fox Searchlight, according to people familiar with the matter. By next week, Snider is expected to be extricated from her... Read more

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Here’s a Supercut of the Most Hilarious Matthew McConaughey Lincoln Ad Parodies

October 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to parodies of Matthew McConaughey's earnestly enigmatic Lincoln campaign, something tells me people are just making fun of the guy. At least, he's drawn the attention of several satirists who've turned in their own entertaining versions.

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Joel McHale Extends ‘The Soup’ Hosting Gig Through 2016

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Actor and comedian Joel McHale will continue to offer his take on pop culture, extending his agreement to host E!’s “The Soup” through 2016. McHale’s Free Period Prods. will also continue its production development deal with E!, which gives the network first-look rights to ideas for non-scripted series. “Whether he is entertaining the audience with the... Read more

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World Series Closes Big For Fox Wednesday, Logging Net’s Best Non-NFL Night in Three Years

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

This year’s World Series matchup between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals didn’t generate much heat early, but audiences tuned in to the winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday, as Fox dominated the ratings race with some of its best non-NFL numbers in recent years. In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2... Read more

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces That He’s Gay

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple chief Tim Cook said that he is “proud to be gay,” becoming the most high-profile CEO to come out, in a column Thursday that he said he felt compelled to write in order help establish equal rights for people regardless of sexual orientation. In a column in Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook said he’s been open with many people about... Read more

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China’s Baidu Sees Profit Growth at 27%

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HONG KONG – Baidu, China’s search engine giant, saw net earnings grow by 27% in the third quarter, less than stock market forecasts, as revenues rose by 52%. Total revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were RMB13.5 billion ($2.20 billion) in the three months to end of September. Net attributable income was RMB3.88 billion... Read more

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Alibaba Signs Video Marketing Deal With Youku Tudou

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

hinese online video group Youku Tudou and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will work together to drive the adoption of big data in marketing

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BAFTA/LA Receives $20,000 Donation for Scholarship Fund

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

On the eve of the Britannia Awards, BAFTA/LA was feted at an afternoon soiree Wednesday at the Chateau Marmont. Variety cover subject Eddie Redmayne hosted the event to celebrate Blighty’s cultural contributions to showbiz. At the event, Vanity Fair and Burberry announced a $20,000 donation for BAFTA/LA’s Scholarship Fund, assisting British students studying the art... Read more

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