‘Eden,’ ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘St. Vincent’ Set For Zurich’s Gala Premiere Section

September 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent” are among the 30 films set to unspool at Zurich Film Festival’s Gala Premiere section. “Eden,” helmed by French up-and-comer Mia Hansen-Love and sold by Kinology, charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music trend... Read more

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TV Review: ‘The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story’

September 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

So it turns out “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” is really just Lifetime for “Sharknado.” The network opted not to screen the movie in advance, presumably assuming the nostalgia/live-tweeting factor would only be undermined by the realization this wasn’t so much a movie as a music montage interrupted by reenactments from a mediocre... Read more

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Intruders Star Mira Sorvino Waits Until Her Kids Are Asleep to Binge on Banshee

September 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Mira Sorvino Age 46 Accomplishments Oscar-winning actress, currently starring in The Intruders on BBC America (Saturdays at 10/9c); United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking Base Los Angeles

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Jim Parsons Hits the Stratosphere

September 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Honestly, if this keeps up, they’re just going to have to rename the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy the Jim Parsons Award. Last week, the 41-year-old won the prize for a fourth time for his role as Sheldon Cooper, main character on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory . It was a busy August for Parsons. Two weeks earlier, he and his cast mates Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting signed a three-year deal with the show for $1 million per episode each, and more than one observer suggested CBS should be happy to pay so little. (Big Bang returns for Season 8 on Sept. 22.) Jim Parsons was photographed Aug. 27 by Randall Slavin on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles. Parsons in particular is worth it. The sitcom is the most-watched show on broadcast, averaging a 6.2 rating in the dollar demo (the next-most popular show gets a 4.4). It’s also an incredibly valuable rerun, bringing in $2 million per episode for studio Warner Bros. Domestic TV. In many ways, it’s the swan song of the multicamera, laugh-track comedy era, with Parsons’ Sheldon at its center. Parsons, an accomplished stage actor, took time between seasons to play Tommy Boatwright in a revival of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking autobiographical play about the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart, in 2011, and then again in 2013 to reprise the role for Ryan Murphy’s adaptation for HBO . Over the phone, Parsons is warm and deferential, discussing his career successes the way you’d talk about finding a $50 bill on the ground. But it’s clear after a moment or two of conversation that he’s also a guy who takes nothing for granted. Adweek: You started your career on the stage, and you’ve come back to New York to work in The Normal Heart on Broadway in between seasons. Do you miss that part of your career? Parsons: Yes, without a doubt

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Lily Collins-Sam Claflin Romantic Comedy ‘Love, Rosie’ Gets U.S. Distribution

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution are teaming on U.S. distribution early next year of Constantin Film’s romantic comedy “Love, Rosie,” starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. “Rosie,” based on the novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, is directed by Christian Ditter, produced by Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Canyon Creek Films’... Read more

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5 Summer Box Office Takeaways: Marvel Rules, China Rises and Stars Matter

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade. To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to... Read more

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Telluride Awards Wrap: No Slam Dunk, But Lots of Possibilities

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As the four-day Telluride Film Festival wraps Sept. 1, the big awards question is: Did we see the 2014 Oscar best-pic winner? Since Telluride has screened the winner in five of the last six years, it’s a valid question. The answer is that there was no slam dunk. But three films that debuted here are clear possibilities... Read more

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North Korea Condemns U.K. TV Series as ‘Despicable Burlesque’

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — The government of North Korea has condemned a TV political thriller about the country that has been commissioned by U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4. The series, “Opposite Number,” centers on a British nuclear scientist who is taken prisoner in North Korea. It has been penned by British playwright and screenwriter Matt Charman, who... Read more

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Digital Domain Remains on the Sick List

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HONG KONG — Visual effects group Digital Domain does not look much healthier than it did a year ago, when it was given a back door share listing in Hong Kong. The VFX businesses were largely responsible for pushing the listed company, previously called Sun Innovation, and now renamed Digital Domain Holdings, into the red.... Read more

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And the Year’s Hottest TV Show Is…

September 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Big Bang Theory. True Detective. Orange Is the New Black. The Walking Dead. Which was the year's must-see show, on TV or the Web?

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