Golden Harvest Confirms Profits Slump

April 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New cinemas in mainland China are a profits drag for pan-Asia cinema group.

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Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to Direct ‘Godzilla 2016′

April 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top Japanese filmmakers Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi will team up to co-direct “Godzilla 2016”, the new Japanese version of the iconic Godzilla monster movie franchise. The Toho studio, which licensed remake rights to Warner Bros. for the hit 2014 revival by director Gareth Edwards, produced the seemingly terminal “Godzilla: Final Wars” back in 2004.... Read more

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‘Bloodline’ Gets Second Season at Netflix

March 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has renewed freshman thriller “Bloodline” for a second season, the streaming service announced Tuesday. Season 2 goes into production later this year, and is set for a 2016 release on Netflix. “Bloodline” stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett and Enrique Murciano. The drama follows the... Read more

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Netflix, Marvel Pick ‘Luke Cage’ Showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker

March 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix and Marvel Television announced that Cheo Hodari Coker (“Ray Donovan,” “Southland”) will serve as exec producer and showrunner of “Luke Cage,” the street-hero series slated to premiere next year. It was previously announced that Mike Colter (“The Good Wife,” “American Horror Story: Coven”) will play Luke Cage in the series. Coker is writing the first two... Read more

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Tribeca Film Festival to Showcase Sinatra with ‘On the Town,’ Live Performances

March 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will fete Frank Sinatra’s centennial with “Sinatra at 100,” a programming series centered around a screening of the digital restoration of Sinatra movie-musical “On the Town” followed by performances by Tony Bennett, Savion Glover and other talent. Charles Walters’ “High Society” (1956) and Vincente Minnelli’s “Some Came Running” (1958), two more... Read more

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Comcast CFO to Step Down, Launch Investment Firm with Cable Giant

March 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Comcast is making a big change in its senior management team as chief financial officer Michael Angelakis is stepping down to launch a technology and media investment firm with $4 billion in backing from Comcast. “This is a time of tremendous change and opportunity in our core technology and media industries, as well as in... Read more

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Johnny Depp’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Halted in Australia, Say Reports

March 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Production of “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” in Australia has been halted due to the hand injury sustained by Johnny Depp earlier this month. The film’s star departed Australia for the U.S. on March 10 following an injury that happened in Queensland, though not while shooting. Filming has continued on scenes not involving Depp. But,... Read more

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Comedy Central Justin Bieber Roast Isn’t Very Well Done

March 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Given that roasts represent something of a cultural dinosaur, Comedy Central is perhaps to be forgiven for engaging in blatant demographic pandering, as it did by devoting its latest litany of one-liners to Justin Bieber. For Bieber, of course, the showcase represented an opportunity to show off a lighter side given his public-relations woes, while... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Mavis!’

March 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Gospel music great, rhythm-and-blues icon, civil rights activist and all-around living legend Mavis Staples is celebrated with the infectiously joyful enthusiasm of a passionately devoted fan in “Mavis!,” a spirited and captivating bio-doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title. Director Jessica Edwards adroitly entwines archival material, newly filmed interviews and live performances... Read more

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China’s Alibaba Signs Music Deal With BMG

March 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Music rights giant BMG has struck a “wide-ranging distribution deal” in China with e-commerce giant Alibaba.

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