Patrick Stewart Portraying White Supremacist in ‘Green Room’

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Broad Green Pictures has tapped Patrick Stewart to portray a white supremacist in “Green Room” opposite Anton Yelchin. Stewart will play the leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest. Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Macon Blair also star. The thriller... Read more

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‘The Flash’ Preview: Meet Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond (EXCLUSIVE)

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

On “The Flash,” Grant Gustin’s titular hero isn’t the only character with special abilities, and in the Oct. 21 episode, we’ll meet another DC Comics icon: Robbie Amell’s Ronnie Raymond, aka one half of Firestorm — DC’s “Nuclear Man.” In the series, Ronnie is an engineer on STAR Labs’ particle accelerator, the device that imbues... Read more

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Mesa Global Taps Kevin Covert as Managing Director

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mesa Global is expanding its Los Angeles presence and has tapped veteran banker Kevin Covert as its managing director. Covert joins Mesa from Covert & Co., an investment bank he founded and oversaw as CEO. He will advise on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital, and will focus primarily on digital media and technology. Mesa... Read more

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Australia to Simplify Co-Production Rules

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Making movies as co-productions with Australia is to become easier, following a simplification of the regulations

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Sony Takes Stake in Telenovela Channels in Israel, Indonesia

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Sony Pictures Television is to acquire 50% of Israel’s VIVA and VIVA Plus cable channels, and online service VIVA Walla, along with 50% of Baby TV in Indonesia. Deals are part of an agreement inked with Dori Media Group. The VIVA branded telenovela channels, VIVA and VIVA Plus, are carried by all Israeli... Read more

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Korean Blockbuster ‘Roaring Currents’ Flows to China

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Roaring Currents,” the period action film which became the highest grossing movie of all time in Korea, is to open in China.

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‘Guardians’ Claims China Box Office Crown

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office in its second week on release. It flew to a $38 million week and a ten day cumulative score of $69.0 million. The previous week “Guardians” charted only in second place behind local comedy phenomenon “Breakup Buddies,” but it won the... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed’

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed” is an easygoing seriocomic flashback starring Javier Camara as a Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher who pursues a chance to actually meet John Lennon in 1966 Spain.

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Apple Beats Fiscal Q4 Earnings Estimates, as Wall Street Eyes Huge iPhone Sales Pipeline

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple handily topped analyst expectations for its September quarter, as the tech giant reported sales of 39.3 million iPhones — and Wall Street anticipates an even bigger surge for the smartphone business during the 2014 holiday shopping season. The company posted revenue of $42.1 billion and earnings per share of $1.42 for fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, which ended Sept. 27. Financial... Read more

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USA Renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for Season 3, Sets Holiday Special

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

USA Network loves the Chrisley clan. The cabler has given a third-season renewal to “Chrisley Knows Best,” the comedy-reality series following a larger-than-life father, Todd Chrisley, a wealthy businessman who heads sprawling family of five children and two grandchildren in Atlanta. The series opened its second season last week to strong ratings rivaling USA’s original... Read more

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