Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB to Merge with German and Italian Sister Companies to Create Pay TV Giant

July 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rupert Murdoch-controlled U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB announced deals on Friday to take control of its German and Italian sister companies to create a pan-European pay TV giant. The total value of the deals will be £5.35 billion ($9.09 billion). Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox owns a 39% stake in BSkyB, 100% of Sky Italia and... Read more

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Comic-Con: ‘Penny Dreadful’ Season 2 Villain Will Be a Familiar Face

July 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Penny Dreadful” will be “very different” in season two, according to creator John Logan, who joined stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway for a Q&A at Comic-Con on Thursday evening. “The cosmology, the theology of the show gets much larger [in season two] — they’re thrown into a much more threatening supernatural world,”... Read more

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First Look at Leprechaun from WWE Studios’ ‘Leprechaun: Origins’

July 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

WWE Studios has provided a first look at the creature from “Leprechaun: Origins” that Lionsgate will release straight to VOD and Digital HD platforms on Aug. 26. The company made the reveal during its Comic-Con panel in San Diego. Directed by Zach Lipovsky, the film stars Dylan Postl, better known as WWE wrestler “Hornswoggle,” Brendan... Read more

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Mayim Bialik to Host TV Land’s ‘Candid Camera’ Reboot

July 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mayim Bialik has reason to smile: She’s on “Candid Camera.” The “Big Bang Theory” star will host TV Land’s “Candid Camera” reboot alongside Peter Funt, son of show creator and original host Allen Funt, the network confirmed Thursday. The formal announcement will come later Thursday. Bialik, who rose to fame in “Blossom,” also tweeted the... Read more

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Comic-Con: New Image of Ben Affleck as Batman in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’

July 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

DC Entertainment has released a new image of Ben Affleck in the Batsuit in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The image is part of a 75th anniversary montage of Batman images created for Comic-Con that shows the character’s various representations on film, TV and as games, toys and clothing. The photo can be seen... Read more

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COMIC-CON Live Blog: DreamWorks Animation

July 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Follow the latest happenings from Hall H as DreamWorks Animation kicks off San Diego Comic-Con, which runs July 24-27.

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Heather Graham to Star Off Broadway in Neil LaBute’s Hollywood Comedy

July 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Heather Graham will play a movie star in Neil LaBute’s Off Broadway play “The Money Shot,” the Hollywood comedy getting its world premiere this fall from MCC Theater. Terry Kinney, who directed LaBute’s “Reasons to Be Pretty” on Broadway, will helm a cast that also includes Callie Thorne (“Necessary Roughness”), Frederick Weller (“Mothers and Sons”) and... Read more

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Ballesteros, Echarri Set For ‘America’s Affaire’

July 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BOGOTA – Colombia’s Anderson Ballesteros (“Our Lady of the Assassins”) and Argentina’s Pablo Echarri (“Plata Quemada”) are attached to topline “America’s Affaire,” a movie about the meeting of the founding fathers of Latin American independence: Argentina’s Jose de San Martin and Venezuelan Simon Bolivar. Echarri plays San Martin, Ballesteros Bolivar, the celebrated freedom-fighting idol of... Read more

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‘Marshland,’ ‘Magical Girl,’ ‘Loreak’ Face Off For San Sebastian’s Golden Seashell

July 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID — Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland,” Carlos Vermut’s “Magical Girl” and “Loreak,” from Jose Mari Goenaga and Jon Garano, will face off in competition at the 62nd San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world. With a special screening of Iciar Bollain’s “En tierra extrana” also in the mix, the three titles lead... Read more

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Screen Australia Cuts Staff, Revamps Production Support

July 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Finance for production to be spread thinner, but made quicker and grants increased

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