Rainn Wilson Shares His Favorite Super Bowl Ad (He Just Can’t Remember What It’s For)

January 27, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Rainn Wilson Age 49 Claim to Fame

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Sony Pictures Animation Hires Kristine Belson as President

January 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired DreamWorks Animation veteran Kristine Belson to the newly created post of president of Sony Pictures Animation. Belson, who received an Oscar nomination for “The Croods,” will report to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. “I’m thrilled to have Kristine join... Read more

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TV Review: TruTV’s ‘Breaking Greenville’

January 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As TruTV continues redefining its niche, “Breaking Greenville” seems to offer an example of the network’s direction, for good and (mostly) ill. Basically a reality sitcom – think “The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s” newsroom setting meets “Green Acres” – the show centers on dueling newscasts in the tiny TV market of Greenville, Miss. (No. 190... Read more

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Film Factory Picks Up Pablo Trapero’s ‘The Clan’ (EXCLUSIVE)

January 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Zeroing in on one of the most anticipated Latin titles this year, in the run-up to the Berlin Film Festival, Spain’s Film Factory Ent. has acquired world sales rights outside Latin America to “The Clan,” an ‘80s –set suspense thriller which marks the next film from Argentina’s Pablo Trapero (“White Elephant,” “Lion’s Den”). Film Factory... Read more

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Take Me to the River’

January 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Clouds of displaced sexuality hover over the flowing rivers, fertile fields, and little girls on big horses in tyro helmer Matt Sobel’s Midwestern gothic tale.

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CBS Orders ‘Rush Hour’ Drama Pilot, 2 More Comedies

January 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS has ordered a drama pilot based on the “Rush Hour” action pic franchise starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. The Warner Bros. TV pilot was written by comedy vets Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian are exec producing with Lawrence, McCormick and Jeff Ingold of Lawrence’s... Read more

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This Winter’s Timeslot Battles Feature Some of the Strangest Shows on the Dial

January 27, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Broadcast networks are pitting their bench players against each other after a particularly poor showing in the fall. Some matchups are anyone's guess, and some are just plain weird. Interestingly, there's more new content than usual on the air this winter, quite a bit of it from ABC. With the distraction of the Super Bowl soon to be over, these shows have to perform well, and quickly: May, and cancellation, isn't far away.

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Sundance: Lionsgate Close to Picking Up Keanu Reeves’ ‘Knock Knock’ for $3 Million

January 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate is nearing a deal to pick up Keanu Reeves’ latest, “Knock Knock,” in a $3 million deal, sources confirm. The thriller is directed by “Hostel” helmer Eli Roth, who wrote the script along with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo. Reeves stars as a married man who lets two attractive women into his home while... Read more

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Nascar Legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Loom Large in New Campaign

January 26, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Stock car legends Richard "The King" Petty and the late Dale "The Intimidator" Earnhardt won the most Nascar season titles with seven apiece—putting them in rarified air among the many drivers who have raced over the decades. Richard "The King" Petty provides voiceover in new spots. | Photo: Tom Pennington/Nascar via Getty Images Nascar and title sponsor Comcast will tap into their regal racing legacy to position the renamed Nascar Xfinity Series as the proving ground where future legends are born. Four out of five Nascar fans are also NFL fans. Comcast will use the spotlight around this weekend's Super Bowl XLIX to promote the kickoff of the 2015 Xfinity series Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. Comcast and Nascar gave Adweek an exclusive look at the new campaign by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco. The new spot will break Jan. 30 during NBC Sports Network's coverage of Nascar Hall of Fame ceremonies, then re-air on NFL Network's Super Bowl Saturday Night and NBC's coverage of the NFL Honors show the night before the Big Game. Called "Out There," the first 30-second spot features a voiceover by the folksy Petty. The King notes there's some aggressive young Xfinity driver out there, right now, who could "intimidate The Intimidator."

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Josh Hartnett Lists Minneapolis Victorian

January 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SELLER: Josh Hartnett LOCATION: St. Paul, MN PRICE: $2,395,000 SIZE: 5,056 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: The fine, hearty and winter-frozen folk at the Minneapolis Star were the first to reveal that heavy-browed and beau-hunky actor Josh Hartnett, currently starring in the gleefully macabre cable television series “Penny Dreadful,” hoisted his... Read more

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