Sony Hacking Spells Diplomatic Farce As China Weighs In With Equivocal Position

December 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese media blames Sony for causing crisis, but military shows increasing frustration with North Korean regime.

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Dr. Evil Returns on ‘SNL’ to Talk Sony and North Korea

December 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“SNL” veteran Mike Myers returned to the show on Saturday as Dr. Evil to mock North Korea’s cyber war with Sony Pictures. The Austin Powers nemesis, appearing in the show’s opening sketch, ripped everyone from the hackers (“There’s already a GOP and they’re already an evil organization”) to Sony, who, according to Dr. Evil “hasn’t... Read more

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Fox News, Fox Business Removed From Dish In Carriage-Rights Spat

December 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are not currently available on satellite-broadcaster Dish Network, the result of an impasse in carriage talks between the two companies. Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned... Read more

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‘Henry & Me’ Director on Yankee Cameos, Cutting Alex Rodriguez

December 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Among the 20 animated films that have qualified to be considered for an Academy Award nomination is the little film “Henry & Me,” a heartwarming story about a young Yankee fan battling a serious illness with the help of a magical friend that’s hoping to make it to the big leagues against some pretty heavy... Read more

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Republicans Urge Theaters to Show ‘Interview’: ‘We Cannot Be Bullied Into Giving Up Freedom’

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Republican National Committee is urging theater owners to play the “The Interview” following Sony’s decision to pull the plug on the controversial comedy, CNN reports. RNC chairman Reince Priebus has send a letter to the CEOs of 10 major theater chains asking them to show the film, which has been the source of hackers’... Read more

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Watch: ‘Bates Motel’ Recreates Classic ‘Psycho’ Peep Hole Scene

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The upcoming third season of A&E’s “Bates Motel” may resemble Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” the film it takes inspiration from, even more than usual. The first promo for season three teases Tracy Spiridakos’ sexy debut. Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates peeps through a hole in the wall as Spiridakos’ Annika Johnson — a mysterious new hotel guest... Read more

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The 10 Best Guilty Pleasure Movies of 2014

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Pauline Kael wrote “movies are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go,” she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with varying degrees of success, these ten titles make... Read more

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Critics’ Week Readies Its Next Step Program

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– Critics Week is getting ready to launch Next Step, a mentoring program for 10 directors whose short films were selected at last year’s Cannes sidebar. Organized in partnership with TorinoFilmLab and backed by the National film board CNC,  the five-day program will welcome Jonas Carpignano (“A Cambria”) from Italy, Carlos Conceicao (“Goodnight Cinderella”) from Portugal, Gaëlle Denis from the U.K.... Read more

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Craig Ferguson Signs Off ‘Late Late Show’ with Jay Leno, Homage to Classic TV Finales

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A wistful Craig Ferguson wrapped a 10-year run on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” on Friday with a surprise closing segment that paid tribute to a handful of classic TV series finales. SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven’t seen Friday’s edition of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Ferguson signed off after 2,058... Read more

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China’s Wanda Opens First Movie Theme Park in Wuhan

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese property and entertainment giant lays down $1 billion challenge to Disney, DreamWorks as it unveils 'Twin Treasures' theme park and Han Show.

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