European Pay TV Giant Sky Sees Revenues Rise 7% to $15.8 Billion

July 28, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Revenues at European pay-TV giant Sky Group for the year ended June 30 grew 7% to £11.96 billion ($15.8 billion). More to follow.

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Film Review: ‘Swallows and Amazons’

July 23, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Based on British author Arthur Ransome's popular children's books of the 1930s and 1940s, "Swallows and Amazons" is, on the face of it, a fairly conservative film.

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Zendaya in Talks for Hugh Jackman’s ‘Greatest Showman on Earth’

July 12, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Zendaya is in talks to join Hugh Jackman in the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” The project has been in development since 2009 with Jackman attached. The contemporary musical is being produced by Chernin Entertainment, Laurence Mark and Jackman. Zac Efron and Michelle Williams are also in negotiations for the project. Michael...

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John Malone’s Virgin Buys Irish Broadcaster UTV

July 11, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

U.K. cable company Virgin Media, a subsidiary of John Malone’s Liberty Global, has signed a deal with British TV group ITV to buy Irish free-to-air commercial broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million ($11.1 million). More to follow.

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘We’re Still Together’

July 9, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The "we" of "We're Still Together" may refer to sorely tested individuals trying to keep their own disordered lives in one piece.

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GKids Buys U.S. Rights to Annecy Winner ‘Miss Hokusai’

July 7, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

GKids has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Japanese animated drama “Miss Hokusai,” which won the jury prize at the recent Annecy Film Festival. “Miss Hokusai” will be released on Oct. 14 in New York and Los Angeles prior to a North American expansion. The production company is Production I. G. The film, directed by..

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Kamper’

July 5, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The thesis that many thirtysomething men these days are essentially still children in larger (and often dirtier) T-shirts is hardly a revelatory one in the age of Judd Apatow, but "Kamper" nonetheless restates the obvious with self-effacing good humor and a sincere lump in its throat.

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‘Top Gear’ Host Chris Evans Steps Down

July 4, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — High-profile “Top Gear” host Chris Evans has stepped down from the rebooted series after just six episodes. More to follow…

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Blush’

July 4, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Blush" is perhaps not the most apposite English-language title for writer-director Michal Vinik's fresh, frank look at coming out and coming of age in contemporary Israel: It's a film that shows little shyness in tackling a variety of sexual, political and domestic tensions.

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Film Review: ‘The Have-Nots’

July 3, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"The Have-Nots" deserves praise for revealing an often transparent truth: that the ties that bind us to each other are irrevocably influenced by events over which we have no control.

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