Posts Tagged ‘film’

IFF Panama: Anarchy Triumphs as Primera Mirada Jury Award Two Cash Prizes

April 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PANAMA – Julio Hernández Cordón’s “Te Prometo Anarquía,” won the lion’s share Tuesday of IFF Panama’s pioneering Central America/Caribbean pics-in-post showcase, Primera Mirada. “Te Prometo Anarquía,” a Guatemalan-Mexican co-production was awarded a cash prize of $20.000 by the jury on behalf of the festival, while $5.000 was awarded to Costa Rica’s “The Sound of Things”... Read more

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Producer Mark Gordon to Be Honored at Fulfillment Fund Stars Gala

April 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film and TV producer Mark Gordon will be recognized with the Tom Sherak Award at the Fulfillment Fund’s Stars 2015 benefit gala on October 14. The nonprofit is devoted to helping Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to achieve a college education. The 21st edition of the event will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Gordon... Read more

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Sanford Panitch Leaves Fox to Head Sony’s International Film and Television Division

April 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sanford Panitch is leaving 20th Century Fox to become president of international film and television at Sony Pictures, the studio said Monday. Newly appointed Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman is familiar with Panitch’s work. The two worked together for two decades when Rothman ran Fox’s film division. Panitch served as president of Fox International Productions,... Read more

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‘Furious 7′ China Debut Equals North American Opening

April 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Sunday theatrical debut of “Fast & Furious 7” came within a wheel length of the action thriller’s North American debut. Some data sources put it ahead, others less than a bumper behind.

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Korea Box Office: ‘Furious 7′ Tops for Second Session, Local Dramas Make Soft Starts

April 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BUSAN — UPI’s “Fast & Furious 7” remained on top in its second week at the Korean box office, accounting for 43% of weekend revenue. With a drop of 35%, it earned $4.46 million and achieved $15.9 million from 2.13 million admissions after two weekends, according to data from the KOBIS tracking service. Korean comedy... Read more

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James Patterson Conquers the Hollywood Jungle

April 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

"Nobody tells you when you pay six figures for a lion for a couple days that, to perform, they have to eat a lot of meat. The problem is they eat so much they get lazy and stop being scary after a couple days, so then you have to bring in a second lion. Now we have one lion who's great at snarling and snapping and roaring, and another one that's great at running." Bill Robinson, co-president of James Patterson Entertainment, is talking about Zoo, one of two projects it is currently working on for CBS. ( Zoo premieres June 30 , while For Justice, a mystery pilot set in the 1960s South, has not yet been ordered to series.) Along with fellow co-president Leopoldo Gout, Robinson runs the enterprise that manages everything with the superstar author (300 million-plus books in print) and former adman's name on it, which also includes a TV series in development with Paramount based on one of Patterson's most popular characters, Alex Cross. Patterson on the set of Zoo outside New Orleans James Patterson's empire is a vast one , and the movies and TV shows based on his work myriad. With the dual CBS series, the Alex Cross project and, a little further down the road, a film called Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, distributed by Lionsgate and produced by Participant Media, the Patterson brand is connected to a whole array of entertainment properties, stories and characters—including those lions, named Felix and Major. Oh, and there are wolves, too. "The best part of casting animals is that when we cast the wolves, we cast the wolves from The Grey," Robinson reports. "They already had a credit. And a resume." (No wolves straight out of Juilliard for CBS!) Zoo is not just a TV show but a multimedia extravaganza. It's also a novel and a comic book, all of its iterations riffing on Patterson's high concept: Every animal on earth goes crazy and turns on humans. It is not an apocalypse anybody has seen before, so it makes sense the suits at CBS would jump at it

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Box Office: ‘Furious 7′ Tops $800 Million Globally in Less Than 2 Weeks

April 12, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Furious 7″ shot past the $800 million mark globally after less than two weeks in theaters. Its performance essentially ensures that it will become the first film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise and the first Universal Pictures release in history to top $1 billion. “Furious 7″ easily topped foreign box office charts, picking up... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Furious 7′ Dominates Competition With $60.6 Million

April 12, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It wasn’t even a contest. “Furious 7″ roared to the top of the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, picking up $60.6 million and driving its stateside total to a massive $252.5 million. That ranked as a 59% drop from the Universal Pictures release’s record-breaking $147.2 million debut and puts “Furious... Read more

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‘Furious 7′ Heads for $60.2 Million Weekend, Crossing $250 Million Mark

April 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Furious 7” is blowing the competition out of the water on its second lap at the box office, despite a sharp drop from its historic debut last weekend. The Universal sequel earned $18.8 million on Friday in the U.S., putting it on track for a second weekend of $60.2 million. As expected, that’s miles ahead... Read more

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IFF Panama: Central America on the Right Track for Growth

April 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PANAMA – As the leaders of the Americas, including U.S. President Barack Obama, meet in Panama City for the seventh Summit of the Americas, they will be all too aware that it is the economies of Central America that are leading growth in the region. And, according to a report published on Tuesday (April 7)... Read more

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