Lionsgate Developing ‘Dust’ Movie with ‘Lego’ Producer

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate is developing “Dust,” a movie based on Paolo Parente’s graphic novel of the same name, and has set up the fantasy project with “The Lego Movie” producer Dan Lin. Rawson Marshall Thurber, whose credits include “We’re the Millers” and “Dodgeball,” is attached to direct. “Dust” is set in an alternate-history universe in which World... Read more

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Justin Willman Lands Comedy Central Special from Chris Hardwick

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Comedy Central will air a special with comedian and magician Justin Willman, Variety has learned. Exec produced by Chris Hardwick, the special titled “Sleight of Mouth with Justin Willman” features sketch comedy, magic, field pieces and cannabis-fueled social experiments with guest comedians Doug Benson and Paul Scheer. “Only on Comedy Central can a guy do magic for... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Unfinished Business’

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A comedy with its heart in the right place and everything else bizarrely out of joint, “Unfinished Business” finds director Ken Scott following 2013’s “Delivery Man” with another dubious attempt to sell audiences on Vince Vaughn’s sensitive side. Playing a down-on-his-luck family man who takes an ill-advised business trip to Berlin with two unfunny sidekicks... Read more

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Indian Parliament Erupts After Rape Documentary is Banned

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Convicted rapist blames women for rape in interview. Minister claims to be personally hurt by the film, launches enquiry into how it obtained permit to shoot inside jail.

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U.K. TV Network ITV Sees 8% Rise in Revenue, 18% Growth in Profit

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — U.K.-based TV broadcast, production and distribution group ITV has reported an 8% rise in revenue to £2.6 billion ($3.99 billion) for 2014, and an 18% growth in profit (EBITA) to £730 million ($1.12 billion). Adam Crozier, ITV chief executive, said: “ITV is now a high-growth business with increasing emphasis on international content creation... Read more

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‘Agents of SHIELD’ Postmortem: How Long Can Skye Keep Her Secret?

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” Season 2, Episode 11, titled “Aftershocks.” In the “Agents of SHIELD” midseason premiere, we saw Skye (Chloe Bennet) locked in quarantine for most of the hour as the team broke down around her, each member reacting to the devastating aftermath of the... Read more

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Singapore’s MM2 Poised to Buy Animation Firm Vividthree

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Deal would be first post-IPO acquisition for Melvyn Ang's growing empire

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10 respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday. Marvel’s summer box-office smash, “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the... Read more

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Major Theater Chains to Boycott Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Major theater chains will boycott the release of “Beasts of No Nation,” the Cary Fukunaga drama that Netflix bought this week for $12 million, because the company is debuting the film simultaneously on its streaming service. Four of the country’s four largest exhibitors — AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike — do not plan to show the... Read more

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TV Writers See Little Diversity Progress, WGA Reports

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Women and minority writers have seen minimal progress in television, the Writers Guild of America West has reported. The guild’s television staff brief found that female writers accounted for 29% of TV staff employment during the 2013-14 season, down from 30.5%. Minorities accounted for 13.7% during the 2013-14 season, down from 15.6%. “Over the years,... Read more

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