Orion Pictures Label Returns for First Time in 15 Years

September 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Orion Pictures, the distributor of ‘80s and ‘90s independent hits such as “RoboCop,” “The Terminator” and “The Silence of the Lambs,” is making its first theatrical appearance in 15 years. “The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” a horror pic from “American Horror Story” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, features the Orion label in a trailer released Wednesday, its first... Read more

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Shuffle: Michael Che to Replace Cecily Strong as ‘Weekend Update’ Anchor

September 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong on the “Weekend Update” anchor desk for “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th season. NBC confirmed the change late Thursday. Che will serve as co-anchor alongside Colin Jost, who joined the desk opposite Strong about halfway through last season. Strong and Jost were installed on “Weekend Update last season after longtime... Read more

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Verizon to Join ‘Virtual MSO’ Fray in Mid-2015 with Wireless TV Service

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Verizon Communications expects to launch a wireless TV service late in the first half of 2015, which would combine broadcast networks and an a-la-carte collection of cable and digital media channels, topper Lowell McAdam said at an investor conference Thursday. According to McAdam, among cable programmers, there’s been an attitude shift among cable programmers toward... Read more

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Weinsteins Developing Thriller ‘The Bye Bye Man’

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s TWC-Dimension has acquired worldwide rights to Intrepid Pictures’ supernatural thriller “The Bye Bye Man.” The deal includes a proceed-to-production commitment. Stacy Title (“The Last Supper”) will direct from a script adapted by Jonathan Penner from the short story “The Bridge to Body Island” by Robert Damon Schneck, chronicling the harrowing events... Read more

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Studios Need to Alter Their Mind-Set to Keep Productions in California

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

On a trip to Vancouver a few years ago, one TV producer surveyed the myriad projects being shot there and labeled the town Hollywood Sleep-Away Camp. Those visitors were drawn less by British Columbia’s natural beauty than by the siren song of its tax credits, along with Canada’s favorable monetary exchange rate. Having witnessed a... Read more

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Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol, Christopher Ecclestone Drama ‘Fortitude’ Sells Wide

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Sky Vision has pre-sold the crime drama series “Fortitude,” which stars Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol, Christopher Ecclestone and Michael Gambon, to several leading broadcasters. Sky Vision, which is the international distribution arm of U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB, has inked deals with Canada’s Super Channel, France’s Canal Plus, Denmark’s TV2, Sweden’s SVT, Finland’s... Read more

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‘Rising Star’ Talent Show to Rise in China

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Interactive game show to launch in country with half billion smart phone users

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Forger’

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Nothing feels fresh here — not even Christopher Plummer hamming it up as a crusty-coot grandpa — and Philip Martin's routinely polished direction only underscores the cliche-composting of Richard D'Ovidio's script.

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Batmobile Revealed in First ‘Real’ Photo from Zack Snyder

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Here’s the first official photo of the new Batmobile from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Director Zack Snyder tweeted the image Wednesday evening after an unofficial picture leaked online earlier in the day. Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile. i.imgur.com/nBZU3Ch.jpg http://t.co/Ez1ILa8JeE—

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Toronto: Tobey Maguire’s Chess Movie ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Sells for U.S.

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Pawn Sacrifice,” the chess drama starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber as Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, has found a U.S. home. Andrew Karpen’s newly minted distribution company Bleecker Street has  acquired the domestic rights to the movie, which is directed by Ed Zwick from Steven Knight’s screenplay about the 1972 iconic Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland.... Read more

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