Posts Tagged ‘film’

BUSAN: Korean Execs Agree: Online Growth Needs Shared Data

October 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

South Korea has seen a dramatic increase in the number of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) subscribers in the past six years, but the lack of cooperation between the players and transparency of viewing patterns are hindering further development in the field of online-digital market for films, according to speakers at a KOFIC-organized talk Tuesday. Giant... Read more

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Russia Set to Toughen Up Anti-Piracy Laws

October 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian lawmakers are set to toughen up anti-piracy laws by the end of the year. Websites that are repeat offenders when it comes to hosting illegally sourced films and TV shows will be shut down. Sergey Semenov, legal counsel to the Russian Film and TV Producers’ Assn., told delegates at the... Read more

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Legendary Entertainment Names Deborah Kaufmann VP, Literary Affairs

October 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legendary Entertainment has tapped longtime publishing and literary executive Deborah Kaufmann as VP, literary affairs. In the newly created role, will pursue book adaptations for Legendary’s film, television and digital divisions. She will be based in New York City, and report to Legendary’s Alex Garcia, executive VP, creative affairs, and Peter Johnson, executive VP, scripted... Read more

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Sony Near Deal for ‘Robin Hood’ Pitch (EXCLUSIVE)

October 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After a heated bidding war, Sony is in talks to acquire a pitch set in the world of “Robin Hood.” Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott brought the pitch to Sony and sources say it sold in the low seven-figure range. Sony had no comment. Plot details are vague other than that it’s a re-imagining of... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Silent Heart’

October 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bille August is in one of his most productive phases but not, alas, one of his more creative ones.

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‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Annabelle’ Show Strength of Female Audiences

October 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Female audiences powered “Gone Girl” and “Annabelle” to the top of the box office charts this weekend, showing the ticket-buying heft of a demographic that Hollywood ignores at its own peril. Women made up 60% of “Gone Girl’s” opening crowd and 51% of “Annabelle’s” premiere audience. The films bowed to $38 million and $37.2 million,... Read more

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BUSAN: ‘Revivre’ Actresses Brought to Tears

October 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The atmosphere was somber at the Sunday press conference following the press screening of Im Kwon-taek’s “Revivre,” the Korean veteran director’s 102nd feature. The film, first shown out of competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival, revolves around a middle-aged man torn between his dying wife and a secret passion for a much younger colleague.... Read more

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New York Film Festival: Paul Thomas Anderson is an Actor’s Director with ‘Inherent Vice’

October 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Clean. Soft. Mellow.” That’s how Jena Malone describes the set of “Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s film version of the Thomas Pynchon novel. At the New York Film Festival’s Oct. 4 world premiere of the starry film — with a cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon, among many others... Read more

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Taiwan Int’l Documentary Festival Celebrates Chinese Underground Films

October 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Censorship of the media and political interference in festivals are hot button topics throughout Asia and Asian festivals. Operating under the slogan “truth cannot be confined,” the 9th edition of the Taiwan Intl. Documentary Festival will kick off next week in Taipei (Oct. 9-19) with a whole lineup of “underground” films. With territories including China,...

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‘Gone Girl’ Headed for $38 Mil Weekend Win, ‘Annabelle’ Tops Friday Box Office

October 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Ben Affleck’s star power is clearly here to stay. “Gone Girl” opened to $13.2 million Stateside on Friday, on its way to a higher-than-anticipated $38 million this weekend. Although the thriller stands to come out on top this weekend, it was overtaken by horror pic “Annabelle” at the Friday box office. New Line-Warner Bros.’s “Annabelle”... Read more

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