‘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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Digital-Video Startup Whistle Sports Raises $28M from Emil Capital, Sky, Liberty Global, Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Whistle Sports Network, which distributes video content aimed at millennial sports fans across 225 YouTube channels and social networks, announced that it has raised $28 million in Series B financing. The funding, which brings Whistle Sports to $36 million raised to date, was led by Emil Capital Partners, an affiliate of the Tengelmann Group. Also participating... Read more

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Berlin Film Festival to Screen Francesco Rosi’s ‘Uomini Contro’

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — The Berlin Film Festival is to pay tribute to the achievements of Italian director and screenwriter Francesco Rosi, who died Saturday at the age of 92. In his memory, the festival will screen “Uomini Contro” (Many Wars Ago, 1970). Rosi’s anti-war drama takes place on the mountainous Austrian-Italian front during World War I.... Read more

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Number of Female Directors Falls Over 17 Year Period, Study Finds

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood’s gender gap is growing wider. “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and “Unbroken” director Angelina Jolie may be earning critical raves, awards and strong box office returns for the dramas they made last year, but female filmmakers remain the exception to the rule. Over the past 17 years, the number of women directing the top 250... Read more

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China Box Office: ‘Night at the Museum 3′ Beats ‘Miss Granny’ remake

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Night At The Museum 3” headed the Chinese box office with a $26.2 million week. It beat a strong Korean-Chinese opener “Twenties Once Again” (aka "Miss Granny").

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