Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

PopPolitics: Reza Aslan on Why Iranians Love Hollywood, But the Regime Fears It (Listen)

March 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Author and scholar Reza Aslan, who just signed on to host a new series for CNN, says that average Iranians see the prospect of an agreement between the U.S. and Iran over that country’s nuclear program as an important step toward lifting sanctions and opening up their society. “For most Iranians it is not just... Read more

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‘Outlander’ Boss Ron Moore Talks ‘Harrowing’ Final Episodes at PaleyFest

March 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The cast and creators of Starz’s “Outlander” were on hand at the show’s packed PaleyFest panel in Hollywood’s Dolby Theater on Thursday night, where eager fans got a first look at the show’s midseason premiere almost a month before the show’s broadcast return on April 4. Stars Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser),... Read more

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‘Homeland’ to Jump Ahead in Time, Shoot in Europe for Season 5: PaleyFest

March 7, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Carrie Mathison hanging up her CIA badge? That appears to be happening in the upcoming fifth season of “Homeland.” During the opening session of PaleyFest at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood Friday night, “Homeland” showrunner Alex Gansa dropped a few tidbits about the Showtime drama’s fifth season during the Q&A session with star Claire Danes... Read more

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Zelda Williams, Patricia Arquette Honor Family Members at Noble Awards

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In light of the #AskHerMore campaign that arose this past awards season — which contends that celebrities in Hollywood should be asked about more than their red carpet style — the 3rd Annual Noble Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday could not have been more relevant. The awards honored celebrities such as Kristen Bell, David... Read more

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After a Rocky Few Years, Hasbro’s TV Strategy Is Changing Again

February 23, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

What looks like an entertainment company, spends like an entertainment company and programs like an entertainment company? It's Hasbro, a toymaker. Hasbro makes not just toys but also hugely popular intellectual property, which for decades has been key to its bottom line. But as kids' consumption patterns change radically with the advent of new technologies, the company has struggled to find a balance between its core business and its entertainment properties. Over the last few years, the company has poured billions of dollars into (and received billions of dollars from) big-budget movies and triple-A video games, plus a joint-venture cable network called The Hub (a costly misstep), which since was rebranded and partially sold back to partner Discovery. And now, Hasbro is trying something new. TV product created and licensed by Hasbro is going in a number of different directions this year.

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Oscars Live Blog: Red Carpet Photos, Interviews and More

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Welcome to our 87th Academy Awards live blog. Follow Variety’s award-winning staff for all of the behind-the-scenes action from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood!

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Sneak Peek: Apple’s Oscar Commercial with Martin Scorsese

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple is using the Academy Awards to remind Hollywood that the iPad is a powerful filmmaking tool. The tech giant enlisted Martin Scorsese for a spot scheduled to run during the Oscar telecast that will feature real-life high-school students using the tablets to shoot and edit their own work. Apple donated iPads to the Los Angeles... Read more

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Holland-Dozier-Holland Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

February 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Songwriters, like writers of all stripes, are often prone to finding themselves left out of the spotlight. But for a select few, their names became a de facto seal of approval, a little parenthetical trademark on the middle of the record that lets listeners know they’re in for something good: Lennon-McCartney, Kander-Ebb, Bacharach-David. And of... Read more

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Rick Nicita and Paula Wagner List BevHills Compound

February 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SELLERS: Paula Wagner and Rick Nicita LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA PRICE: $12,500,000 SIZE: 6 bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Hawk-eyed informant Rick Wrinklebottom has kindly clued Your Mama in via digital communiqué that one of Hollywood’s premiere power couples, Paula Wagner and Rick Nicita, have just today heaved their walled and gated compound high in the mountains above... Read more

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How Are These 13 Classic TV Shows Still Not on Streaming?

February 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix struck a streaming coup last month when it added every episode of Friends, then scored another win this month by adding the first five seasons of MASH. So what's left? A surprising number of modern classics are still padlocked under pay-per-episode arrangements, meaning they could (and likely will) still come to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or Crackle. Some of the most highly demanded shows still airing—The Simpsons and Game of Thrones, say—are already available on streaming for those with cable subscriptions. But that still leaves many programs up for negotiation. Such discussions are, of course, usually kept quite secret, so we (Adweek digital managing editor David Griner and TV writer Sam Thielman) decided to create out own wishlist. Check it out below and let usk now which shows you'd most want added. 13. Saved by the Bell Sam Thielman:

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