Private Film Fund Based in Canary Islands Launches (EXCLUSIVE)

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a bid to tap the hefty 38% tax breaks of Spain’s Canary Islands, Beverly Hills-based Defiant Pictures, run by producers Lucas Jarach and Nicolas Veinberg, has launched a private capital film fund in partnership with Spanish investment firm Grupo Eneas. Fund will disburse coin for an annual slate of five Canary Islands-based pics with... Read more

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Kevin Spacey Tries to Take Over the World … in His Ads [Video]

July 22, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With two Oscars to his name, and a current starring role in one of the most celebrated TV series on the air, Kevin Spacey already has the world at his feet. But it's clear he wants more. Or at least, so it appears from his advertising work. We recently looked at the commercials he's done and noticed a theme. He always seems to portray a man of mystery on the hunt—whether playing a secret agent for for E*Trade, a power-hungry kingpin for Call of Duty or a man seeking perfection on American Airlines. Is Spacey being typecast in his ads? Or could he bring a greater range than advertisers give him credit for? Check out the video above, and judge for yourself.

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Sam Worthington Starrer ‘Hunter’s Prayer’ Nabs $25 Million from Screen Yorkshire

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hitman thriller “Hunter’s Prayer,” which stars “Avatar” thesp Sam Worthington, has received a $25 million investment from U.K. regional film and TV org Screen Yorkshire. The pic, which was previously known as “For the Dogs” and will be helmed by Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), will shoot in Northern England and Hungary... Read more

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Comcast’s 2Q Net Income Soars Nearly 15% On Sale of Web Services

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Comcast said second-quarter net income rose about 15% as more of its cable customers opted to take a higher degree of service to get  high-speed connections to the Internet as well as other business-related products. The boost to the company’s bottom line comes despite a small reduction in video customers after two quarters of gains and... Read more

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China Box Office: Big Time for ‘Tiny Times 3,’ as ‘Transformers 4′ Passes $300 million

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese tween franchise delivers $50 million opening weekend

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Shanghai Film Corp. Places 19-Theater IMAX Order

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese company becomes IMAX's fifth largest partner in the world

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Disney in Talks With Mike White to Direct Gorilla Tale ‘The One and Only Ivan’ (EXCLUSIVE)

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Walt Disney Pictures is in negotiations with Mike White to direct and write the adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s children’s gorilla story “The One and Only Ivan.” The book, published by HarperCollins in 2011, centers on the silverback gorilla Ivan, who is in a cage at a shopping center with an elderly elephant named Stella and... Read more

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The Upfront Will Be Down More Than 6%

July 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

No, all that money that didn't go to broadcast networks is not showing up on cable. New Jersey-based agency MDI says the upfront will be down 6.1 percent this year to $18.1 billion—the first time the market will have dipped since '09-10 when the TV industry pulled back sharply on ad spending, in part due to the longer-term effects of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Woo Hoo! FXX Will Show All 25 Seasons of The Simpsons in One Gigantic Marathon

July 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

FXX is celebrating its acquisition of the exclusive cable rights to rebroadcast episodes of The Simpsons by airing a marathon of every episode of the show, as well as The Simpsons Movie, in chronological order. All 25 seasons, or 522 episodes of the series, plus the movie, will air for 24 hours a day for 12 days, starting on Aug. 21. FXX claims that this will mark the longest marathon in television history, and no one seems to be stepping up to dispute the claim. The marathon also precludes the launch of FXX's "Simpsons World" this October, its new fully searchable on-demand streaming service. According to Entertainment Weekly , the service will allow "authenticated" FX users "to search for specific quotes, curate their own own personalized playlists, and share their favorite show clips and quotes" while accesing "Simpsons World" from their computer, iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android phones and tablets or Smart TVs. In other words, many may find their Simpsons DVD library suddenly useless. "I don’t want to over-promise, but this website can provide you with affordable health care," joked Al Jean, a longtime executive producer on the show and co-writer (with Mike Reiss) of such classic episodes as "Stark Raving Dad" and "Lisa's Pony."

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Variety Debuts Artisans, Targeting Hollywood’s Below-the-Line Community

July 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Variety is launching Artisans, a newly-branded feature devoted to comprehensive coverage of individuals who work behind the scenes in the entertainment business and the issues they grapple with on a daily basis. Artisans will debut on July 29, running regularly in the weekly magazine and on Variety.com. The new report will focus on the art... Read more

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