Apple Beats Fiscal Q4 Earnings Estimates, as Wall Street Eyes Huge iPhone Sales Pipeline

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple handily topped analyst expectations for its September quarter, as the tech giant reported sales of 39.3 million iPhones — and Wall Street anticipates an even bigger surge for the smartphone business during the 2014 holiday shopping season. The company posted revenue of $42.1 billion and earnings per share of $1.42 for fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, which ended Sept. 27. Financial... Read more

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USA Renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for Season 3, Sets Holiday Special

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

USA Network loves the Chrisley clan. The cabler has given a third-season renewal to “Chrisley Knows Best,” the comedy-reality series following a larger-than-life father, Todd Chrisley, a wealthy businessman who heads sprawling family of five children and two grandchildren in Atlanta. The series opened its second season last week to strong ratings rivaling USA’s original... Read more

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Why Halloween is Looking Like a Box Office Graveyard

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood’s worst fear is being realized this Halloween. The ghouls-and-goblins holiday falls on a Friday, an accident of the calendar that will likely result in a box office bloodbath. Moviegoing will be low on the list of people’s entertainment priorities, robbing the exhibition industry of one of the busiest nights of the week. It marks the... Read more

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Netflix Pacts for Original Canadian Thriller Series ‘Between’

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has cut a three-way deal for original survivalist thriller series “Between,” under which the streaming service will premiere it alongside its debut on Canadian TV and subscription VOD. The first season of “Between,” with six hour-long episodes, will premiere on Rogers Broadcasting’s City stations and Canadian SVOD service Shomi as well as on Netflix... Read more

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BBC to Launch ‘Doctor Who’ Online Game for Children

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — U.K. public broadcaster the BBC is to launch “The Doctor and the Dalek,” an online game voiced by “Doctor Who” star Peter Capaldi. The game sees the Doctor thrown into a dangerous quest in an unlikely alliance with a Dalek, one of his most devious of enemies, in a stand-alone story from Phil... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Son of a Gun’

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At least three entertaining films are jostling for position in Australian writer-director Julius Avery's messily propulsive debut feature "Son of a Gun" — and if none ultimately emerges dominant, the red-blooded tussle between them is never dull to watch.

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Fox Trims ‘Mulaney’ to 13 Episodes

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It looks like there will be a little less “Mulaney” than originally planned. Fox has cut the new comedy from 16 episodes to 13. The call came as the series wrapped production on its 13th episode, before it started its 14th. A rep for the Lorne Michaels-produced show clarified that “Mulaney” will stay in its... Read more

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‘Undercover Boss’ Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary on CBS

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

During the Mipcom TV market, All3Media Intl. and Variety feted the success of reality show “Undercover Boss” at a party on the Najade, a boat in Cannes harbor. The show, which is produced by Studio Lambert, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on CBS. There are 20 localized versions of the show around the globe, and... Read more

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Why Technology is the Friend, Not the Enemy, of Hollywood (Guest Column)

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Like many Hollywood stories, mine started with Harvey Weinstein. Well, sort of. In 2004, during my freshman year of college, I was lucky enough to land a summer internship at Miramax in New York. As a film school reject, this was the holy grail, and the closest I figured I’d ever get to a movie... Read more

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Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Bang Bang’ Sets Box Office Record

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hrithik Roshan starrer “Bang Bang,” a Fox Star remake of Tom Cruise-toplined “Knight and Day,” has set a box office record for Bollywood films in North America by reaching a total gross of $2.56 million making it the top Hindi movie of the year in the continent. Co-starring Katrina Kaif, the film in its third... Read more

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