Film Review: ‘Happy Times’

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

What makes “Happy Times” stand out, and lends it considerable charm, is that it also acknowledges how contradictory human beings and their relationships can be.

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Tinker Bell Movie Directed by Shawn Levy

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Melissa McCarthy is on board to star as Tinker Bell in a comedy-adventure set up at Fox with Shawn Levy directing. Levy will produce the untitled project through his Fox-based 21 Laps production company. McCarthy will also produce via her On The Day banner. Nicholas Stoller will write the script from an idea by Levy... Read more

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Google Play Offers Free Download of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Soundtrack for One Day

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The colorful soundtrack to “Guardians of the Galaxy” is easily one of the most memorable parts of the film — who can forget Peter Quill’s routine to “Come and Get Your Love”? — and for one day only, fans can nab the soundtrack to Marvel blockbuster for free. On Wednesday, “Awesome Mix, Vol. 1,” which... Read more

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Gravitas Buys Spike Lee’s Kickstarter-Funded ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ for U.S.

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s horror-comedy “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” which was backed by a Kickstarter campaign last year. Starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” is a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 “Ganja and Hess.” It debuted earlier this year at the American... Read more

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Warner Bros. Locks Down Multi-Year Deal to Distribute WWE Homevideo Titles (EXCLUSIVE)

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

WWE has a new distribution partner to release its homevideos. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has signed a multiyear pact that will have the studio distribute WWE’s library of titles, pay-per-view events and documentaries in the U.S. on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats starting Jan. 1. WBHE replaces Cinedigm, who itself, inherited the WWE distribution deal... Read more

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Emma Thompson to be Feted at British Independent Film Awards

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Emma Thompson is to receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes the outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, at the Moet British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 7 in London. The award, which was introduced in 2002, has previously gone to John Hurt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon, among others. Thompson,... Read more

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Off Broadway Review: ‘By the Water’

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“By the Water,” a play by Sharyn Rothstein with something original to say about unhappy families, was an excellent choice for the first production collaboration between MTC, a high-profile subscription house, and Ars Nova, an innovative developmental theater. Instead of drawing on the usual pretexts for gathering a fractious family together (Christmas, Thanksgiving, a funeral,... Read more

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Netflix Pulls Bill Cosby Special Amid Rape Allegations

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has decided to postpone its Bill Cosby special as the embattled comedian faces several accusations of sexual assault, the latest from former supermodel and TV host Janice Dickinson. “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77′,” a Netflix spokesman said on Tuesday. The announcement came... Read more

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Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall Starring in Thriller ‘When the Bough Breaks’

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall will star in the thriller “When The Bough Breaks” for Screen Gems. Variety reported Oct. 29 that Jon Cassar would direct “Bough” with former New Line toppers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne producing. Story follows a professional couple that is unable to conceive a child and decides to hire a... Read more

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AEG to Broadcast Coachella, Four Other Live Music Festivals, on AXS TV

November 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A.E.G. has become the latest concert promoter to make its lineup of live events a little more entertaining. The company, which owns and produces the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rock on the Range Music Festival, and Firefly Music Festival, will broadcast the events on... Read more

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