Cannes: New Movies from Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24). In keeping with his longtime habit of... Read more

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Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Experimenter’ Bought by Magnolia for U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year. The film portrays Stanley Milgram’s experiment, in which subjects were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to others in order to test why people will cede... Read more

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Emma Suarez, Adrian Ugarte Set For Pedro Almodovar’s Next, ‘Silencio’

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID – Spanish actresses Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte will topline “Silencio,” the next film from Pedro Almodóvar, a “female universe drama,” in Almodovar’s words, charting one woman’s life between 1985 and the present-day. “Silencio” will go into production in May, shooting over much of Spain. In it, Ugarte, who broke through with 2013 period... Read more

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Film Review: ‘The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Even those unfamiliar with the subject may find sufficient entertainment value in this portrait of a band whose umpteen personnel changes and interpersonal conflicts make for a colorfully convoluted history.

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Multi-Ethnic Coalition Denounces Controversial Deadline Article

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A coalition of several organizations issued a statement on Wednesday condemning a Deadline Hollywood article that sparked controversy for its characterization of the TV industry’s casting practices regarding minority actors. The coalition, comprised of American Indians in Film and Television, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, NAACP Hollywood Bureau and National Hispanic Media Coalition, condemned Deadline for... Read more

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‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Sales Chart

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Three new releases debuted in the top three spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending March 22, led by the 20th Century Fox-distributed “Penguins of Madagascar,” from DreamWorks Animation. “Penguins” bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and... Read more

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CNN Launches on Apple TV

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Turner Broadcasting’s CNN has made its Internet network service, CNNgo, available on Apple TV set-tops. CNNgo — which requires a subscription to a participating pay-TV partner — provides access to the news cabler’s live TV feed and on-demand shows. Those include CNN originals “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” “Finding Jesus,” Mike Rowe’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” “Morgan Spurlock:... Read more

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NBC Orders New Bear Grylls Survival Series ‘The Island’

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bear Grylls is getting more adventure time at NBC. The Peacock has ordered six episodes of man vs. nature series “The Island,” presented by Grylls, Variety has learned exclusively. The hourlong series puts 14 ordinary American men to the test when they are stripped of their modern-day conveniences and lifestyles to survive on a deserted island with... Read more

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TV Review: ‘Killing Jesus’

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series brings its most inherently commercial title — “Killing Jesus” — to National Geographic Channel, and at least with this topic, nobody needs to worry about O’Reilly claiming to have been there. Produced by Ridley Scott’s company, an outfit that’s no stranger to epics, the production lends a straightforward quality to the... Read more

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Leads Nominations for BAFTA Television Craft Awards

March 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful” leads the race for BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards with five nominations. There are four nominations each for “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and documentary “Life & Death Row,” while “Strictly Come Dancing,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” each received three nominations. In the week that James Corden... Read more

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