Darrell Hammond Rejoins ‘Saturday Night Live’ As Announcer

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The new “voice” of “Saturday Night Live” is going to have a familiar tone. Darrell Hammond, the versatile impressionist who held forth on the program between 1995 and 2009 – the longest tenure of any cast member on the show – will return to the venerable program as its announcer, Hammond and show executive producer... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Samba’

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After the runaway success of “The Intouchables,” French directing duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache were positioned to tackle nearly any project they pleased, especially if comedic muse Omar Sy agreed to be involved.

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James Franco Accidentally Makes Comedy in AOL’s ‘Making a Scene’ Movie Mashups

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

James Franco, famous multihyphenate, wasn’t trying to make a string of comedic sketches for AOL. But that’s how his latest project, “Making a Scene with James Franco,” turned out. The writer-director-producer-actor-poet-professor was promoting “Making a Scene With James Franco,” a 10-episode series that mashes up famous movie scenes, at a launch event Wednesday night in New... Read more

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‘Captain America’ Easily Conquers Video Sales

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a big week for new releases, five newcomers made it into the top 10 on Nielsen VideoScan’s weekly overall disc sales chart for the week ending Sept. 14. Walt Disney Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the action sequel that grossed nearly $260 million in U.S. theaters, was an easy winner, debuting at No.... Read more

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Disney on Premium VOD: ‘Nothing Substantial Has Come of It’

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite attempts by Disney to explore the premium VOD window — which offers up home video versions of movies closer to their theatrical release — “nothing substantial has come of it,” the studio said. That should give theater owners a little bit of relief as exhibitors worried that earlier than usual VOD releases would leave... Read more

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Beyond ‘The Walking Dead’: Mining Darker Comics to Find a Hit

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Contrary to what broadcast television’s fall schedules might suggest, the revamped trend of using comicbooks as source material for TV shows has been hot for a while — even if the brains behind the networks’ programming slates have a hard time remembering that. “It’s funny — if you talk to the people at the networks,... Read more

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For First Time Ever, Panama Joins Oscar Race, with ‘Invasion’

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID – Panama has joined the foreign language Oscar race for the first time ever with, moreover, an acclaimed film which, as the U.S. considers sending ground troops to Iraq, takes a questioning stance on the efficacy – plus humanity – of American armed intervention in foreign lands. Panama’s first Oscar submission for the Academy... Read more

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Jackie Chan’s Son Jaycee Now Put Under Official Arrest

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jaycee Chan was Wednesday put under formal arrest on drug charges, Beijing courts said.

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Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 Staffing Up with Former Warner Bros. Exec

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jeff Robinov’s Sony-based Studio 8 has been ramping up staffing, hiring former Warner Bros. exec VP Robert Brassel and Mythology Entertainment exec Jon Silk. Studio 8 closed its distribution deal with Sony on Sept. 8 with plans to release six films a year. Robinov, the former Warner Bros. studio chief, said at that point that he... Read more

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China’s Huayi to Pay $125 Million for D-Cinema Group GDC Technology

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Huayi Brothers Media is to pay up to $125 million for GDC Technology, a manufacturer of servers and equipment for digital cinema

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