China’s Fosun in Funding Pact With Shanghai Film Group

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Conglomerate backing Jeff Robinov takes further step in entertainment

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‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Set Up as Movie Franchise at Warner Bros.

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Warner Bros. is launching development of a movie franchise based on the sci-fi series “Dragonriders of Pern.” The studio has optioned the 22-volume book series from the estate of American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who died in 2011. It has yet to set up the project with a producer. The books are set in a pre-industrial... Read more

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Ireland Welcomes Film and TV Production With Incentives

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Emerald Isle is about to dispense more green. In 2015, the location for “Game of Thrones” and “Penny Dreadful” will boost its cash rebate from 28% to 32% in order to attract an even greater number of international productions. Plus, the program will have no restrictions on nationality-based eligibility, no requirements to team with... Read more

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DirecTV Refuses to ‘Bail Out’ Time Warner Cable in Dodgers Standoff

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite a threat from the FCC to begin arbitration, DirecTV refuses to back down in its standoff with Time Warner Cable over rights to the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA channel. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the satellite provider again pushed Time Warner Cable to agree to a deal in which DirecTV could offer the games... Read more

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Awards Race Shaping Up for Below-the-Line Talent

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Artisans account for 10 of the Academy’s 17 branches. Yet most Oscar handicappers tend to focus on the best pic and/or acting races. Those pundits don’t know what they’re missing. For one thing, the artists are often more fun to talk with than the stars. More important, this year’s craft races have already seen some... Read more

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Fatih Akin to Receive Douglas Sirk Award at Filmfest Hamburg

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Filmfest Hamburg is to honor Hamburg-based director Fatih Akin with its Douglas Sirk Award, which is presented to a personality for outstanding achievements within film culture and the film industry. Festival director Albert Wiederspiel said the award was in recognition of Akin’s work as both a director and a producer. “His films, which... Read more

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Bryan Singer’s Accuser Dropped by Lawyer Amid $100K Settlement Report

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jeff Herman has withdrawn as the attorney for Michael Egan, the plaintiff who accused director Bryan Singer and Hollywood executives of sexual assault in the late 1990s, when he was a minor. In a statement, Herman said that his firm is “in the process of withdrawing from representing Mr. Egan in all his cases and... Read more

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Toronto Film Fest to Premiere ‘Tusk,’ Amanda Knox-Inspired ‘Face of an Angel’

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Kevin Smith’s horror comedy-drama “Tusk," Michael Winterbottom’s hot commodity “The Face of an Angel,” and doc-comedy “The Yes Men Are Revolting” are among the titles set to world preem at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.

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Film Review: ‘Paris of the North’

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Paris of the North” is a small but appealing, character-driven dramedy about emotionally handicapped men.

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‘The Bachelorette’ Finale Sex Secret Shocks Live Audience

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Bachelorette” contestant Nick Viall stunned his former TV flame on Monday Night by revealing to a live studio audience that he had sex with her during the 10th season of the popular series. In discussing their brief relationship on”After the Rose,” an emotional Viall, who earlier tried but failed to talk to “Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman,... Read more

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