Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

China Box Office: ‘Terminator’ Ends Blackout Period With a Bang

August 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The first Hollywood film to be allowed to release in China for two months, "Terminator: Genisys" opened strongly.

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Hollywood Studios Collaborate for Betty Zhou Show on China’s iQIYI

August 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Online video platform iQIYI has begun airing “Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou,” a show backed by four of the leading U.S. studios.

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China’s Huayi Brothers Welcomes STX’s Box Office ‘Gift’

August 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Chinese group that pacted with emerging Hollywood studio STX Entertainment, is looking forward to its share of revenues from “The Gift.”

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Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno Weigh In on Paul Newman in Racing Documentary

April 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Racers and car enthusiasts rolled over to the charity screening of “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film — preceded by a red carpet and followed by an after-party, both held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — celebrated actor Paul Newman’s passion for racing with archived... Read more

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Big Softie Harvey Weinstein Opens ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway At Last

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Harvey Weinstein throws a Broadway opening, Hollywood shows up. There was Bryan Cranston, sporting a mustache and a full head of hair, chatting at intermission. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford walked the red carpet too. Opening nighters could also spot Christoph Waltz, not to mention Anson Elgort and Olivia Wilde. Gloria Estefan, at work... 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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A Filmmaker Gets an Opportunity of a Lifetime

April 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In 2005, Wieden + Kennedy provided a fresh start for Sarah Gertrude Shapiro after she literally fled her reality TV job on The Bachelor —and Hollywood. A decade later, the agency has changed her life yet again: helping her co-create her own Lifetime series about, yes, a Bachelor-like show. "It's very much outside the purview of any advertising agency to be able

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Academy Buys ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Shuttle for $344,000

March 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It looks like the Academy is ramping up their collection for their upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, nabbing the Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle from “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Academy bought the model at the Premiere Prop’s Hollywood Extravaganza Auction on Saturday for a sizeable $344,000. The shuttle can be seen at length... Read more

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Multi-Ethnic Coalition Denounces Controversial Deadline Article

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A coalition of several organizations issued a statement on Wednesday condemning a Deadline Hollywood article that sparked controversy for its characterization of the TV industry’s casting practices regarding minority actors. The coalition, comprised of American Indians in Film and Television, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, NAACP Hollywood Bureau and National Hispanic Media Coalition, condemned Deadline for... Read more

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Mulder and Scully Are Returning for The X-Files Miniseries

March 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back! Actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have agreed to reprise their iconic roles for an upcoming six-episode reboot of The X-Files on Fox. "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," series creator and executive producer Chris Carter said in a release on the show's newly updated website ,

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