TF1 DA Preps Almodóvar Restoration Roll Out

October 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LYON – Pedro Almodóvar’s primal colors looks set to soon be seen even more vibrant, as TF1 DA, the 700-title library sales operation of broadcaster TF1, plans to have 2K-restored DCP copies of the Spanish meller maestro’s early 12 movies –save “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down” – ready to be launched on the worldwide... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Default’

October 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

t’s not always totally clear why protags are being allowed to videotape the situation by their captors, and pic sometimes cheats (albeit almost unnoticeably) on its own aesthetic premise. Still, editing, camerawork and claustrophobically escalating crises keep intensity level high enough that most viewers won’t care.

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Hollywood Classics Plans ‘Zabriskie Point’ Re-bow

October 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International film licensing outfit Hollywood Classics will re-release the 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni drama “Zabriskie Point” in the U.K. starting Oct. 24, in anticipation of the first new album in 20 years from the band Pink Floyd, whose music is featured in the film. A commercial and critical bomb at the time of its release, the... Read more

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‘Twin Peaks’ Sequel Novel To Explore Show’s Characters Ahead of Showtime Revival

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Ahead of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival, slated to hit screens in 2016, series co-creator Mark Frost will write a tie-in novel that will span the period between the original ABC series and the new season. Titled “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,” the novel reveals “what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we... Read more

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Al Pacino to Return to Broadway in New Play by David Mamet

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Al Pacino, one of only a few big-name actors who have proven consistent draws at the Broadway box office, has made plans for his Main Stem return, starring in a new play by David Mamet, “China Doll,” lined up for fall 2015. Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony for her recent revival of “Who’s Afraid... Read more

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Time Warner vs. Netflix Analysis: Never Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Time Warner reminded Wall Street Wednesday that while new media has flash, old media packs heat. The talk among investors and Hollywood cognoscenti centered on Netflix after the streaming service announced it was taking on the feature film world with deals to back four Adam Sandler projects and to simultaneously release a sequel to “Crouching... Read more

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DiCaprio Foundation Gives $2 Million to Ocean Conservation

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced a $2 million donation Thursday to the international funders’s collaboration Oceans 5, which works to establish marine reserves and stop overfishing in the world’s oceans. The grant will provide support to projects including: A new coalition of four conservation groups, working to strengthen controls on illegal fishing in the European... Read more

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Film Review: ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shined-up studio remakes of grindhouse horror classics are usually best appreciated by viewers unfamiliar with the original films' scruffy textures, but Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's tricksy take on "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" may be an exception.

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Mipcom: ‘Alisa’ Sells to Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Israel (EXCLUSIVE)

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CANNES – “Alisa Knows What to Do!,” a new Russian 3D children’s animated series being offered for the first time at TV market Mipcom, has been sold to Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Israel. The series, which is produced by Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs, the Riki Group and Animation Studio Moskva, will be aired on free TV in... Read more

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Mipcom Asia briefs: BBC/NHK, Celestial Tiger/Media Asia, ‘Lupin III’ Series Reboot

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Japanese and British public broadcasters NHK and the BBC are to co-produce natural history series “Wild Japan.” A three-part, blue-chip documentary series, it will explore the diverse and untamed regions in Japan, the creatures that inhabit them, and show how the Japanese people have learned to live in unpredictable landscapes. The BBC’s Natural History Unit and... Read more

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