John Woo’s ‘The Crossing’ To Be Released In 3D

April 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BEIJING — John Woo’s upcoming epic “The Crossing” is to be presented in stereoscopic 3D. Release in China is scheduled for December this year. The decision to convert to 3D, along with its star cast that includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei almost guarantees the pic will be a massive hit... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Transcendence’

April 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Transcendence” is a most curious name for a movie that never shakes free from those hoary old cliches about the evils of technology and the danger by which man plays at becoming a god.

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Jay Z, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to Announce Music Festival

April 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z on Wednesday are expected to announce a two-day music festival for Labor Day weekend in the city’s Grand Park, a first-of-its-kind event underscoring the revival of downtown as a cultural destination. The Budweiser Made in America Music festival has been talked about for weeks, and in... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Soul Food Stories’

April 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A warm, witty exploration of gender, tradition and togetherness in the Bulgarian village of Satovcha.

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AMC, Smithsonian Execs Talk Second Screen at Film Finance Forum East

April 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When it comes to the “second screen” or co-viewing, television execs think it’s just a matter of time. Digital Kitchen co-founder and president, Don McNeill, said its an inevitability that advertisers and television networks alike will come to embrace viewer distraction and place content on mobile devices and tablets which will in turn create to... Read more

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Wes Anderson, Tom Hiddleston on Working With Tilda Swinton

April 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Wes Anderson “Tilda was at Sundance for ‘Orlando’ when we showed our short film of ‘Bottle Rocket’ there in 1993. I had never seen — as an audience member and also, from a snowy distance, in person — anyone remotely like her. And like everyone else in Park City, I was immediately captivated.” Bong Joon-ho... Read more

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Central European Media Enterprises Appoints John K. Billock as Chairman

April 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — John K. Billock has been tapped as chairman of broadcast network Central European Media Enterprises. Gerhard Zeiler, Iris Knobloch and Doug Shapiro have joined the board. CME, which is traded on the NASDAQ, operates 35 television channels in six Central and Eastern European markets: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic... Read more

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‘Frozen’ Outlasts ‘Eternal’ at Japan Box Office

April 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney cartoon becomes 2014 top title, but challengers are queuing up.

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Hollywood’s Growing Faith in Religious Movies

April 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases. Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this... Read more

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Human Capital’

April 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzi as one of Italy's more dynamic directors.

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