ABC Orders Drama Pilot From ‘Scandal’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Producer

January 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC has ordered drama pilot “Flesh and Blood,” from exec producer and writer Jenna Bans. The series will follow the return of a local politician’s son who was presumed dead, after disappearing more than a decade earlier. While the mysterious young man is welcomed back to his family and community, his presumed murderer and neighbor is released from prison, and the... Read more

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NBC Orders ‘Strange Calls’ Comedy Pilot From ‘Cougar Town’ Producer

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC has given the greenlight to its ninth comedy pilot for the 2015-16 cycle. “Strange Calls” from “Cougar Town” exec producer Blake McCormick follows an affable but unlucky police officer who’s transferred to a rural town and soon realizes, with the help of a strange and elderly night watchman, that the bizarre town may be supernatural. McCormick will... Read more

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Rock Artists Lead U.S. Album Chart, Fall Out Boy Claims No. 1 Spot

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rock titles made most of the noise on the U.S. album chart, as Fall Out Boy’s “American Beauty/American Psycho” led the charge to No. 1. A total of 218,000 units (comprising sales, track equivalent albums and streams) took the quartet’s Island Records album to the top, according to Nielsen Music data for the week ending... Read more

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With so much time to kill waiting for the Batman-Superman movie, Warner Bros. continues to feed the DC Comics base red meat with its direct-to-Blu-Ray animated movies, creating a satisfying superhero experience on the relative cheap. Enter “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis,” an adaptation of the graphic novel that brings together the team to defend... Read more

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BBC Films to Receive BAFTA Honor on 25th Anniversary

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series... Read more

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Berlin: M-appeal Picks Up ‘How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)’ (EXCLUSIVE)

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — M-appeal World Sales has picked up “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time),” which plays in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. The film, which is the directorial debut of Josh Kim, is adapted from the U.S. bestselling book “Sightseeing” by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Pic tells the coming-of-age drama of two brothers struggling to... Read more

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Umrika’

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Prashant Nair's sophomore feature is a straightforward, ingratiating drama that builds toward a satisfyingly expansive close.

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics to Pick Up ‘Grandma’

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony Pictures Classics is nearing a deal for worldwide rights to “Grandma,” Variety has confirmed. The comedy features a standout performance from Lily Tomlin that could factor into future awards races. The pact is in the $2 million range. The film co-stars Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer and Julia Garner. Paul Weitz (“Admission”) directs. In... Read more

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Taiwan’s Catchplay Backs New Regency Slate

January 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lineup includes Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio-starring "the Revenant"

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Sundance: Fox Searchlight Acquires ‘Brooklyn’ Starring Saoirse Ronan

January 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Brooklyn,” a heartwarming and emotional story about an immigrant’s journey to New York, has sold to Fox Searchlight, Variety has confirmed. The bidding for the project, which sparked interest from a number of studios including The Weinstein Co., Focus Features and Roadside, went for $9 million. “Brookyln” premiered on Monday night, to both sniffling and... Read more

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