Berlin Film Festival Chief to Meet North Korean Ambassador after ‘Misunderstanding’ Over ‘The Interview’

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Dieter Kosslick, the chief of the Berlin Film Festival, is to meet the North Korean ambassador in Berlin on Thursday over a “misunderstanding” about “The Interview.” The North Korean government had issued a statement Wednesday alleging that screening the film at the festival would encourage “terrorism.” The fest has confirmed to Variety that... Read more

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Vimeo Pacts with Web Publishers to Sell VOD Titles on Their Sites

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Call it “Vimeo everywhere”: The Internet-video company has opened up its paid video-on-demand catalog of 16,000 titles to let third-party web publishers sell or rent them directly on their sites. Vimeo has inked pacts with three online publishers — CBS Interactive, The Atlantic and TEN: The Enthusist Network — for the Vimeo On Demand Publisher Network. Under the... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Mortdecai’

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Should the recent surge in male facial hair as a fashion accessory stall in 2015, barbers would be within their rights to blame “Mortdecai,” a perky but obstinately unfunny heist caper with a hero irksome enough to make any happily mustachioed man reconsider his life choices.

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‘The Sound of Music’ Kicks Off 50th Anniversary With Screenings of Restored Version

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Sound of Music,” which earned five Academy awards in its 1965 debut, is returning to the bigscreen to celebrate its half century legacy. “The Sound of Music” will show at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival on March 26, with Robert Osborne hosting a Q&A with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Twentieth Century Fox has... Read more

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‘Empire’ Showrunner: Women Creating TV Are ‘Doing It Fabulously’

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Shonda Rhimes praises your show, you know it’s a hit. A huge series debut, plus a ratings boost in week two, raking in 10.3 million viewers, and an early Season 2 renewal doesn’t hurt either — and that’s been the whirlwind premiere experience for “Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken who’s admittedly a huge Shondaland fan. “So fabulous” is the... Read more

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Sundance: Cantinas Entertainment Buys Mission Pictures

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film financier Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures to form Cantinas Distribution as a wholly owned subsidiary. Mission Pictures co-founder Cindy Bond will assume oversight of Cantinas Distribution, which seeks to acquire positive, life-affirming films for North American theatrical release. Bond and her team plan to have a major presence in film markets including the... Read more

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Eyeworks USA Relaunches as 3 Ball Entertainment

January 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Indie unscripted production company Eyeworks USA is relaunching as 3 Ball Entertainment. The move follows the acquisition of Eyeworks’ foreign operations by Warner Bros. last year. Reinout Oerlemans is chairman of 3 Ball. Todd Nelson and Ross Weintraub will serve as co-CEOs. JD Roth, who co-founded the company as 3 Ball Prods. with Nelson in... Read more

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Film Review: ‘I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced’

January 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Though clumsy at times and more successful at straightforward narrative than nuance, “I Am Nojoom” boldly presents the problem of Yemen’s child-bride culture through the real story of Nojood Ali.

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Sachiin Joshi to Produce Aishwarya Rai’s Comeback Film ‘Jazbaa’

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

INDIA – Actor Sachiin Joshi will now don an independent hat – that of a producer. The film in question is the much in the news comeback of the former beauty queen Aishwarya Rai. Rai makes a return to cinema after a three and a half year hiatus, in the film “Jazbaa” which also features other... Read more

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‘Interstellar,’ ‘Guardians’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Interstellar,” “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Unbroken” have been selected as the nominees for best sound mixing for a live-action film by the Cinema Audio Society. The sound mix for “Interstellar” had generated complaints that loud music overwhelms dialogue in scenes, but the filmmakers asserted that was their intention. Winners will be... Read more

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