IFC Buys Paul Schneider’s ‘Goodbye to All That’

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to comedy-drama “Goodbye to All That” five months after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is directed by Angus MacLachlan from his own screenplay and stars Paul Schneider, who won the best actor in a narrative feature award at Tribeca. Anna Camp, Michael Chernus, Heather Graham, Ashley... Read more

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SoftBank Eyes Legendary Stake as DreamWorks Animation Talks Simmer

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SoftBank, the Japanese telecommunications conglomerate that recently flirted with buying Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation Studios, appears to have found another monster opportunity in Hollywood. Sources confirm that the company is in talks to acquire a stake in Thomas Tull’s Legendary Entertainment. The deal would involve a sizable investment, but would not be for a majority... Read more

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FCC Wants Some Online Providers to be Treated as Cable Operators

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The FCC is drawing up rules that would ensure that certain online video providers would be treated the same as cable and satellite operators, a move that could open up the multichannel marketplace to a whole new source of competition, an FCC official said on Monday. Such a move would give the burgeoning sector of... Read more

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‘Dallas’ Star Jesse Metcalfe Leads Cast in Legendary’s ‘Dead Rising’ Movie for Crackle

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert will star in “Dead Rising: Watchtower,” the feature-length film that Legendary Digital Media is producing for Crackle. The movie, based on Capcom’s videogame franchise, will start lensing Sept. 30 in Vancouver, under the helm of “Leprechaun: Origins” director Zach Lipovsky. The 90-minute movie is Legendary’s first film produced... Read more

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The 5 Artiest Simpsons Couch Gags

September 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

All hail the dark lord of the twin moons! How quickly we forget what an art school nerd Matt Groening is. Every so often, producers of The Simpsons get one of their stranger pals to offer a unique spin on the characters to open an episode, and invariably, those ideas are as good as or better than the episode itself. Groening's high-art bonafides are real—he and illustrator

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Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Closes Second Season With Series-High Ratings

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” which picked up ratings steam midway through its second season, wrapped Sunday with the show’s largest audience to date. According to Nielsen estimates, the Liev Schreiber starrer “Ray Donovan” averaged about 2 million viewers for its regular-timeslot airing — a big 40% gain over its first-season finale (1.4 million) and 61% higher... Read more

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TV Review: AOL’s ‘Makers’

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Makers,” an AOL-backed initiative to chronicle women’s strides in traditionally male-dominated fields, kicks off with a decidedly entertainment-industry flavor, with the first two hours devoted to “Women in Comedy” and “Women in Hollywood.” Those broad topics, admittedly, represent a lot to chew on in just an hour, but this PBS series does a credible job... Read more

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Thom Yorke Solo Album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ Downloaded 400,000 Times Over Weekend

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Downloads of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s first solo album in eight years, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” topped 400,000 in the first three days of he surprised fans with its release on the BitTorrent file-sharing network. Album downloads had hit about 408,000 as of 10 a.m. Eastern on Monday, according to BitTorrent. It became available Friday at... Read more

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‘Mad Men’ Star Jon Hamm Joins ‘Black Mirror’

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, “Game of Thrones” thesp Oona Chaplin and Rafe Spall will co-star in the “Black Mirror” feature-length special due to air on U.K. free-to-air channel Channel 4 this Christmas. The special, which has three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia, will start filming in the U.K. this week. Hamm’s character... Read more

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Samantha Morton, John Hurt to Star in ‘The Last Panthers’

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON – Samantha Morton, John Hurt and Tahar Rahim will topline the cast of six-part crime drama “The Last Panthers,” which has been greenlit by U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB and French counterpart Canal Plus. The series opens with a diamond heist before plunging into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of... Read more

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