March Madness Ratings Surge To 25-Year Highs Thursday

March 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

March Madness remains hot for CBS and Turner Sports, with Thursday’s third-round action of the men’s college basketball tournament soaring to its highest overnight rating in 25 years and likely contributing to declines for dramas “Scandal” and “The Blacklist.” According to Nielsen metered-market overnights, last night’s coverage generated the highest rating for the Sweet 16... Read more

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‘Fancy Nancy’ Set to Become Disney Junior Movie, TV Series

March 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Fancy Nancy” is about to step up her game in a wide-ranging deal with Disney. Disney Junior has cut a deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books for rights to the hugely successful book series about a plucky little girl who likes to be “fancy” in all aspects of her life. Disney Junior plans an animated telepic... Read more

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FICCI-Frames: Indian Media Grows 12%, But Film Industry Slows, Says Report

March 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Indian film industry’s revenues grew by just 0.9 % from 2013 to 2014, says KPMG.

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Matthew McConaughey to Star in ‘Billionaire’s Vinegar’

March 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Matthew McConaughey will star in Sony’s “The Billionaire’s Vinegar” with Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment producing. The project is based on the Benjamin Wallace book, which traces the history of vintage Bordeaux bottles believed to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson that were auctioned by wine company Christie’s for exorbitant prices. Many experts have concluded that... Read more

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Review: ‘New York Spring Spectacular’ at Radio City Music Hall

March 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Don’t start spreading the news just yet: Arriving one year late, extensively retooled, and with a surfeit of undeniably impressive stagecraft ($25 million worth), Radio City’s “New York Spring Spectacular” still feels like more of a tourist-trap one-off than a kitsch perennial to rival the music hall’s venerable Christmas show. A gaudy valentine to iconic... Read more

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COLCOA Unveils Short Films Competition

March 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– COLCOA, the Los Angeles film festival dedicated to French cinema, has unveiled its lineup of 20 Gallic shorts set to compete at the upcoming 19th edition. Taking place from April 20-28 at the Directors Guild of America, COLCOA will showcase a short before each film presentation, while the entire shorts competition will be hosted... Read more

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Film Review: ‘The Barber’

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A slick but ultimately underwhelming psycho chiller in which a younger man stalks the older serial killer whose evasion of justice scarred the former’s life.

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Cannes: New Movies from Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24). In keeping with his longtime habit of... Read more

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Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Experimenter’ Bought by Magnolia for U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year. The film portrays Stanley Milgram’s experiment, in which subjects were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to others in order to test why people will cede... Read more

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Emma Suarez, Adrian Ugarte Set For Pedro Almodovar’s Next, ‘Silencio’

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID – Spanish actresses Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte will topline “Silencio,” the next film from Pedro Almodóvar, a “female universe drama,” in Almodovar’s words, charting one woman’s life between 1985 and the present-day. “Silencio” will go into production in May, shooting over much of Spain. In it, Ugarte, who broke through with 2013 period... Read more

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