Ann Hui’s ‘Golden Era’ To Represent Hong Kong in Oscar Race

September 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Ann Hui's "Golden Era," which was the closing film at this month's Venice film festival, has been selected to represent Hong Kong in the foreign-language Oscar race.

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China Box Office: ‘Apes’ Swings it by a Whisker

September 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Tight three-way race over the weekend, but two stand-outs over the whole week. Hollywood scores strongly.

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Fox’s Maria Bartiromo Follows Everyone From Matt Damon to Matt Drudge on Twitter

September 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Maria Bartiromo Claim to fame:

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Film Review: ‘Perfect Obedience’

September 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mexican helmer Luiz Urquiza’s debut feature, “Perfect Obedience,” examines the pedophilic relationship between the spiritual leader of a Catholic seminary and the comely, naive young lad he selects as his newest disciple.

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French Resistance Crumbles in Netflix Debut

September 15, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix broke through some heavy French telecom resistance today as it debuted its video-on-demand service in six more European countries. One of France’s major telecom companies, Bouygues, announced that it would integrate Netflix in its TV set-top boxes starting in November, according to the Nasdaq news. Bouyges' move is just the news Netflix wants to hear because its video-on-demand service counts on reliable broadband pipelines, and the set-top boxes are how French TV viewers access their programming. France’s largest telecom company, Orange SA, has also signaled it would consider offering Netflix if the service is successful, according to the Nasdaq report. This last-minute breakthrough comes amid reports last week that European countries didn’t have the bandwidth to handle Netflix, an assertion flatly denied by a company spokesperson. Just to be safe, Netflix is increasing its server capacity in Paris. The pieces appear to be coming together from a technical standpoint, but when it comes to content, there is ample French pushback

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Broadway Box Office: Business Surges with ‘Curious Incident’ Off to Good Start

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Broadway bounced back from its annual post-Labor Day downturn last week, gaining steam in a frame that added three new shows — including the transfer of London hit “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” — and saw the return of one more. September is usually a fallow time on the Main Stem thanks... Read more

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4 Things Marketers Should Know About This Season of Dancing with the Stars

September 15, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

By David Schwab, managing director of Octagon First Call Entering its 19th season tonight, ABC's Dancing with the Stars features a new judge (former pro dancer turned actress Julianne Hough), a large crop of new pros, and of course, a brand new cast. As marketers tune in this season, here are four things to keep top of mind throughout this cycle. • Contestants to Watch At first glance, season 19's most interesting name seems to be Bethany Mota, a YouTube star with a massive millennial fan base. She may not be a household name now, but her star has risen quickly as one of the faces of YouTube's national ad campaign, and she recently landed the cover of Seventeen magazine. DWTS will help boost her profile from computer screen to mainstream. We expect beauty, young fashion and technology brands to be playing close attention to her

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NBC ‘Today’ to Livestream First Digital-Only Concert with Phillip Phillips

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC’s “Today” morning program will bow its first digital exclusive concert, featuring singer Phillip Phillips, on Tuesday. Carson Daly, host of the show’s social media offshoot, “The Orange Room,” will lead an hour-long special kicking off Tuesday, Sept. 16, beginning at 7:20 a.m. Eastern. The digital coverage, to stream live on Today.com, will feature an acoustic performance from... Read more

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Life in a Fishbowl’

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The lives of three characters intertwine in "Life in a Fishbowl," a strongly acted, sensitively directed drama that reps a big step forward for Icelandic director Baldvin Zophoniasson.

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Media and Entertainment Sector Profitability Forecast to Rise Again in 2014

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Big media and entertainment companies worldwide are expected to average 28% profit margins this year, up from 26% last year, according to a forecast from consulting firm EY. That’s better than major stock-market indices, and the highest level since it began tracking sector-wide profitability in 2006. Of the 10 media and entertainment sectors EY tracks, cable TV leads the pack.... Read more

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