Tokyo Festival: James Gunn Points Laser At Asian Cultural Influences

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Guardians" director gets geeky, misses 'Ultraman'

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Film Review: ‘23 Blast’

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Faith is literally blind in inspirational sports drama “23 Blast,” the fact-based tale of a high-school football player who suddenly loses his sight, but not his place on the team. Drawn up using equal parts genre playbook and Good Book, actor Dylan Baker, making his directing debut, and thesp Bram Hoover (who co-wrote the script... Read more

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Broadway Review: ‘Disgraced’

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It always makes Broadway look good to have a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama on the boards. “Disgraced” won the 2013 prize for scribe Ayad Akhtar and fits the bill for an intellectually engaging play on a politically provocative topic.  The sordid subject matter — the unconscious  prejudices of liberal New Yorkers — flares during a dinner... Read more

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ABC Adds Episodes for ‘Goldbergs,’ ‘Black-ish’ and 6 Other Shows

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC has padded the episode orders for comedies “The Goldbergs,” “Black-ish” and six other shows as the Alphabet surveys its needs following a solid start to the 2014-15 season. “The Goldbergs” (pictured), the Sony Pictures TV family comedy in its sophomore season, has added two episodes for a total of 24. ABC Studios’ “Black-ish” is... Read more

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Studios to Reap $6.8 Billion From SVOD Syndication in 2015

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime are going to be a godsend to Hollywood’s major studios in the coming years, if projections issued Thursday from RBC Capital Markets are any indication. Analyst David Bank estimates that the three biggest subscription VOD services will spend a collective $6.8 billion on programming in 2015. Not only does... Read more

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‘Laggies’ Director Lynn Shelton on the Need for More Flawed Women on Screen

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton didn’t direct her first film until after she’d turned 40, but she’s been plenty active since her 2006 debut, “We Go Way Back.” In addition to helming episodes of television shows like “Mad Men” and “New Girl,” she’s directed six films. Her latest, “Laggies,” comes out in wide release this week after... Read more

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New York Television Festival Launches Production Arm, Pacts with A&E, Fox, History, Orchard

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The New York Television Festival is expanding its reach with the launch of a production unit, fortified by development pacts with several of the fest’s longtime partners. NYTVF Prods. opens its doors with deals in place to help this year’s winners develop projects for A&E Network, Fox and digital network the Orchard. History is on... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Big Hero 6′

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In “Big Hero 6,” an obscure Marvel Comics title gives the Mouse House’s toon division just enough raw material to assemble its own superhero franchise.

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Elijah Wood Returns to Middle-earth with Air New Zealand for Final ‘Hobbit’

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Elijah Wood is returning to the Shire on board Air New Zealand. The actor who starred in New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is helping hype the final installment of “The Hobbit” films with an appearance in Air New Zealand’s newest safety video themed around the fantasy series. There are the requisite dwarves,... Read more

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Jerry Brown Appoints Thomas Davis, Michael Nyman to Film Commission

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Hollywood labor leader Thomas Davis and PR exec Michael Nyman to the California Film Commission. Davis, 56, is the third international VP of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Executive Board and business manager at IATSE Local 80, which reps grips, craft service, first aid and warehouse workers. A... Read more

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