Academy Elects 5 Newcomers to Board of Governors

July 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences board of governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning. The re-election of Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the PR branch is no surprise, but it paves the way for her re-election as AMPAS president.... Read more

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Alibaba Hires China Film VP To Head Film Division

July 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hiring underlines e-commerce giant's lofty ambitions in entertainment sector

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Silvio Berlusconi Sex Conviction Overturned

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LONDON — TV mogul and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has won the appeal against his conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power. The billionaire, who heads the Mediaset TV empire, was sentenced by a court in June 2013 to seven years in prison following the guilty verdict,... Read more

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Korea’s PiFan Lines Up Festival of Monsters and Sex Maniacs

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Fantasy festival boasts effective genre film market, alongside the likes of Tinto Brass and "Godzilla"

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Durban Festival: Restless Producers Move Into High-End TV

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London-based producer Tendeka Matatu has been keeping busy ahead of this month’s Durban film fest. In May, he and partner Marie Lora-Mungai announced the launch of Restless Talent Management, a global management company for African talent, and the pair are currently working on a TV drama about the drug trade set in West Africa. “Cold... Read more

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Durban Festival: Restless Producers Move Into High-End TV

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London-based producer Tendeka Matatu has been keeping busy ahead of this month’s Durban film fest. In May, he and partner Marie Lora-Mungai announced the launch of Restless Talent Management, a global management company for African talent, and the pair are currently working on a TV drama about the drug trade set in West Africa. “Cold... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

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Romance blooms under the sun and the stars in Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight,” a high-spirited bauble that goes down easy.

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Durban Festival: Opening Night Memories of a Troubled Past

July 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The 35th Durban film fest kicked off July 17 with the crime drama “Hard to Get,” pictured above, a steamy, Bonnie-and-Clyde-style romance set on the mean streets of Johannesburg that marked an auspicious debut for first-time helmer Zee Ntuli. Ntuli, who’s earned buzz with a number of critically acclaimed shorts, called the night “nerve-wracking, but... Read more

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‘Battle Creek’: Vince Gilligan, David Shore Talk Teaming for CBS Cop Drama

July 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s been 12 years since CBS bought Vince Gilligan’s script for an odd-couple cop drama. Now, with the help of “House” creator David Shore and others, “Battle Creek” will finally make its way to TV this winter as part of the Eye’s midseason lineup. While this is a lesson on hope for all struggling screenwriters... Read more

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Beyonce Leads MTV VMA Nominations

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