TV Review: ‘Killing Jesus’

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series brings its most inherently commercial title — “Killing Jesus” — to National Geographic Channel, and at least with this topic, nobody needs to worry about O’Reilly claiming to have been there. Produced by Ridley Scott’s company, an outfit that’s no stranger to epics, the production lends a straightforward quality to the... Read more

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Leads Nominations for BAFTA Television Craft Awards

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful” leads the race for BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards with five nominations. There are four nominations each for “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and documentary “Life & Death Row,” while “Strictly Come Dancing,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” each received three nominations. In the week that James Corden... Read more

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Hong Kong Film Economy Worth $2 Billion, But Could Do Better

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Trade associations call for copyright legislation, more action on piracy

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‘Empire’ Breaks Records on Twitter, Cast’s Following Grows

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox’s hit “Empire” isn’t just breaking ratings records. It’s making waves on social media, too. Tweets from last week’s “Empire” finale — which drew in a whopping 17 million viewers overall — were viewed more than 112 million times by about 5.9 million people, according to Nielson data. Its 2.3 million tweets generated overall makes... Read more

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Sundance Winner ‘Meru’ Sold to Music Box, Showtime for U.S.

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Music Box Films has bought North American movie rights to mountain-climbing documentary “Meru” and plans to release the film in late summer to qualify for Academy Awards consideration. Showtime acquired the U.S. television rights to “Meru,” which won the audience award for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Mongrel Media bought Canadian rights.... Read more

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‘Paris Call Girl’ Romantic Thriller Set with Brett Ratner, Sentinel (EXCLUSIVE)

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and Sentinel Pictures are teaming on romantic thriller “Paris Call Girl” with commercials director Jake Nava directing, Variety has learned exclusively. Ratner and John Cheng will produce for RatPac Entertainment. Adam Brawer and David Beitchman will produce for Sentinel Pictures. Agustine Calderon will serve as a co-producer. Sentinel financed the development... Read more

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Bradley Cooper in Talks to Direct ‘Star Is Born’ Remake

March 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bradley Cooper is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the third remake of the musical “A Star is Born.” The project, based on 1937’s Janet Gaynor-Fredric March drama, centers on a fading movie star who helps a young aspiring actress while his own career spirals. Cooper will produce through his 22 Green banner along with Jon... Read more

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‘Home and Away’ Actor Stephen Peacocke Joins MGM’s ‘Me Before You’ (EXCLUSIVE)

March 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Stephen Peacocke has joined the cast of MGM and New Line’s “Me Before You” starring “Game of Throne’s” Emilia Clarke and “The Hunger Games” actor Sam Claflin. Thea Sharrock will direct “Me Before You,” which is based on the Jojo Moyes novel and revolves around a girl in a small town who forms an unlikely... Read more

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Mulder and Scully Are Returning for The X-Files Miniseries

March 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back! Actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have agreed to reprise their iconic roles for an upcoming six-episode reboot of The X-Files on Fox. "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," series creator and executive producer Chris Carter said in a release on the show's newly updated website ,

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Showtime Orders Damian Lewis-Paul Giamatti Drama ‘Billions’ to Series

March 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Showtime has given a 12-episode series order to high-finance drama “Billions,” starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Series revolves around politics and power in the world of Wall Street and New York investment firms. “Billions” was created by screenwriters Brian Koppleman and David Levien and author/New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who all exec... Read more

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