Broadway Box Office: Business Surges with ‘Curious Incident’ Off to Good Start

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Broadway bounced back from its annual post-Labor Day downturn last week, gaining steam in a frame that added three new shows — including the transfer of London hit “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” — and saw the return of one more. September is usually a fallow time on the Main Stem thanks... Read more

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NBC ‘Today’ to Livestream First Digital-Only Concert with Phillip Phillips

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC’s “Today” morning program will bow its first digital exclusive concert, featuring singer Phillip Phillips, on Tuesday. Carson Daly, host of the show’s social media offshoot, “The Orange Room,” will lead an hour-long special kicking off Tuesday, Sept. 16, beginning at 7:20 a.m. Eastern. The digital coverage, to stream live on Today.com, will feature an acoustic performance from... Read more

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Life in a Fishbowl’

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The lives of three characters intertwine in "Life in a Fishbowl," a strongly acted, sensitively directed drama that reps a big step forward for Icelandic director Baldvin Zophoniasson.

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Media and Entertainment Sector Profitability Forecast to Rise Again in 2014

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Big media and entertainment companies worldwide are expected to average 28% profit margins this year, up from 26% last year, according to a forecast from consulting firm EY. That’s better than major stock-market indices, and the highest level since it began tracking sector-wide profitability in 2006. Of the 10 media and entertainment sectors EY tracks, cable TV leads the pack.... Read more

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Alibaba’s IPO May Be Biggest In History

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Analysts are divided over Chinese e-commerce giant, but with shares priced at $60-66 each, it measures up against Internet rivals.

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Atlanta Theater Review: ‘Bull Durham,’ The Musical

September 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sex, baseball and religion come together in a pleasurable but uneven new tuner based on the 1988 film “Bull Durham,” preeming at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater. Like the Bulls, the North Carolina farm team of the title, the show has its scruffy charms, renegade spirit and occasional dazzle. But there’s still work to do before this... Read more

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Syfy’s ‘Z Nation’ Premiere Piracy Levels Skyrocket

September 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A little-known new zombie series from cable network Syfy came out of nowhere Friday to emerge as a big global piracy draw over the weekend, according to new data from piracy tracking firm Excipio. The premiere episode of “Z Nation” was devoured by approximately 300,000 unique IP addresses in the first 24 hours since its... Read more

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Cub’

September 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jonas Govaerts' first feature is a pastiche of familiar horror elements that's well-crafted throughout, but falls prey to the common dilemma of finding a payoff worthy of the buildup.

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‘No Good Deed’ Uses Star Power, Social Media to Top Box Office

September 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Star power and social media savvy propelled “No Good Deed” to the top of the box office this weekend. The $13 million film nearly doubled its production budget in its first three days of release, pulling in an impressive $24.5 million. The home invasion thriller was able to trump box office predictions because Sony and... Read more

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Japanese Actress Shirley Yamaguchi Dies at 94

September 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese-born star had a life that was as dramatic as many of her movies

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