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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt Has No Regrets About His Surreal Upfront Duet with Dolly Parton

May 12, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt hates sitting through upfront events as much as you do. "I think those upfronts tend to be just mind-numbing for the audience. They go on too long, and we show clip after clip and they become routine and formulaic," Greenblatt said. So as NBC was preparing for last May's presentation at Radio City Music Hall, Greenblatt was eager to shake things up. "I thought, is there something that we can do that just feels different?" The result was surprising and surreal : partway through the proceedings, Greenblatt introduced Dolly Parton, who performed her song "Coat of Many Colors," which was the basis for the first of several movies NBC was going to make based on her life and music. Then, she asked Greenblatt to join her on "I Will Always Love You" —and he did. While the exec held his own on the piano ("He usually sings with me," Parton said), it didn't make the spectacle any less bizarre. "People thought, 'What is he thinking?'" said Greenblatt. Still, the duo received a standing ovation as Parton cracked to advertisers, "we're looking forward to many projects, so get that money out!" A year later, Greenblatt said he "can't articulate" what prompted him to make the movie deal with Parton. "It was just kind of a gut instinct, even though doing a holiday family movie with Dolly Parton probably sounded as silly as doing a live musical called Sound of Music," said Greenblatt. "It seemed like a good idea. I've known her for years, and I've done other things with her"—including producing the Broadway musical based on her film 9 to 5, which Parton wrote the music and lyrics for—"so I knew that there's a certain base level of belovedness for her." It was that same gut instinct that led to last year's upfront duet. "I wanted to do something at the upfront that was going to not only get attention, but be fun for us and for the audience," Greenblatt said. "And that was organic and seemed to be a good idea at the time, and it worked." It did, but it also became a running punch line through the rest of the week's upfronts. "Oh yeah, like Jimmy Kimmel calling me a fool, I think he said," recalled Greenblatt

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Film Review: ‘The Angry Birds Movie’

May 7, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A fast, fizzy and frenetically entertaining extension of the manic gaming franchise that, at its zenith, had children of all ages glued to their smartphone screens

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Western Australia Launches $12 Million Film Fund

May 6, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Western Australia has launched a US$12 million (A$16 million) film fund intended to attract and increase inbound production.

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IMAX Strikes 10-Theater Deal With Shanghai Bestar

May 3, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shanghai Bestar Cinemas Management has signed a deal to open 10 IMAX theaters in China.

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Korea Box Office: Unprecedented Opening Gives ‘Civil War’ $29 Million Win

May 2, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Captain America: Civil War” opened on unprecedented 1,989 screens, giving it a $29 million win at the Korean box office.

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‘A Melody to Remember’ Wins Audience Award at Udine

May 1, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lee Han's "A Melody to Remember" scooped the audience award at the 18th edition of the Far East Film Festival, which unspooled April 22-30 in Udine, Italy.

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Don’t Look Down’

April 30, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Unseen footage of Richard Branson’s daredevil hot air balloon trans-oceanic flights offer genuine thrills, but “Don’t Look Down” plays like a rah-rah promo for the adventurous businessman.

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Film Review: ‘Check It’

April 25, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer’s engrossing, well-crafted docu could parlay its attention-grabbing subject beyond the fest circuit into niche theatrical and broadcast exposure.

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Korea Box Office: ‘Time Renegades’ Stays on Top

April 25, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Thriller “Time Renegades” remained on top of the Korean box office for the second week ahead of “Zootopia.”

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Argentina’s ‘Paulina’ Wins Prizes at Beijing Film Festival

April 24, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Argentinian thriller “Paulina” (“La Patota”) won the Tiantan Award at the Beijing International Film Festival

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