Oscar Best Picture: What’s Wrong With Well-Crafted Entertainment?

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

What do voters have against movies that are well-made — and also as entertaining as hell? Among this year’s typically serious and/or weighty crop of frontrunners, there are at least three dramas set during wartime (“Unbroken,” “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game”) and a slew of biopics (all three of the previously mentioned films, “Selma,” “The Theory... Read more

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Mike Nichols’ Wit and Wisdom Showed in Timeless Films, Plays

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Is there a more enduring image in American movies of youthful idealism giving the finger to “plastic” adult conformity than the final moments of “The Graduate?” And yet, as the wedding usurper Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) and his runaway bride Elaine (Katharine Ross) make their victory run from a Santa Barbara cathedral on to a... Read more

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‘Red Band Society’ to End Production After 13 Episodes

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The prognosis is mixed for Fox’s quirky dramedy “Red Band Society.” The ABC Studios/Amblin TV series about a group of hospitalized teenagers facing serious illnesses will wrap production on its first season next month after completing 13 episodes. “Red Band” will air tonight and next week in its Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot, taking the... Read more

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Hollywood Fights Against Ferguson Decision with ‘Blackout Friday’

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood leaders are supporting a nationwide protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, under the social media hashtag #BlackoutFriday and organized through the collective Blackout for Human Rights. “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler, “Selma” helmer Ava DuVernay, “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams, Russell... Read more

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CNN Scores Rare Ratings Victory In Key Demo Tuesday, Winning Every Hour

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As interest in the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting case ruling continued on Tuesday, CNN scored a rare ratings feat by winning every hour of the day in the key news demo. Nielsen estimates that CNN’s coverage of the protests to denounce a Grand Jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson... Read more

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Seth Rogen to Get Stoned with Colorado Audience Before Screening

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Seth Rogen is taking his stoner persona to an even higher level next month for a Colorado screening of his new movie, “The Interview.” The actor, currently promoting the Sony film on the West Coast, apparently tweeted that he would “get baked” with the entire audience in Denver, Co. before watching the action-comedy together. We... Read more

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Jay Leno Prize Sparks What-Ifs After the Latenight Wars

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Friends and admirers said all the right things in presenting Jay Leno the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for comedy, an event commemorated with a 90-minute PBS special. Leno “did it clean. He did it with dignity,” said Robert Klein. “Thanks for making standup first,” said “The Daily Show’s” Al Madrigal. The former “The Tonight Show”... Read more

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Paul Schrader Preps Web Series ‘Life on the Other Side’

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MAR DEL PLATA – An an illustration of talent’s diaspora from conventional movies, legendary helmer-scribe Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo”) is prepping a 10-episode web-series, “Life on the Other Side,” each seg 10-minutes long, inspired by the episodic structure of “La Dolce Vita,” Schrader confirmed at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival. Giving a Tuesday... Read more

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Hong Kong and Korea Sign Entertainment Industry Pact

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hong Kong and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to lead to greater co-operation in cultural industries including film and TV. The deal was signed in Seoul by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-deok, and HK’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So.... Read more

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China’s Wanda and Korea’s Busan set up $90 Million Production Fund, say Reports

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New fund would take advantage of co-production treaty between the two countries.

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