Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

NBC Shuts Down The Michael J. Fox Show

February 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC’s beleaguered Thursday prime-time lineup continues to give the network fits, and as of this evening, the night’s

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Hugh Jackman Helped Make Broadway the Star-Magnet It Is Today

January 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Hugh Jackman hits Broadway next season in Jez Butterworth’s play “The River,” it’ll mark his fourth stint on the Gotham boards in a dozen years. His return not only underscores his remarkable commitment to stage work for an in-demand thesp with a busy Hollywood sked, but it also serves to highlight a decade-long shift... Read more

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How IFC Got Alex Prager to Shoot Portlandia Ads in the Style of Her Fine-Art Photos

January 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

IFC just released the key art for season 4 of Portlandia, and the photos are fantastic. Not only did the network get the great young photographer Alex Prager on board—she decided to shoot the ads in the style of her "Face in the Crowd" photos (many of which are on display through March 9 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and at Lehmann Maupin in New York through Feb. 22). It's almost like getting a couple of non-advertising Prager originals as gift. AdFreak spoke on Thursday with Blake Callaway, IFC's svp of marketing, about how Prager got involved, and how the two photos will be used differently in the media buy. How did Alex get involved with this

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Disney India Expands Release Slate

January 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney will this year release seven Hollywood titles in India through its market-leading Disney UTV subsidiary. A further four Indian movies will also go out under the Disney brand.

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Diane von Furstenberg Parties with Hollywood’s Finest Before the Golden Globes

January 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Designer Diane von Furstenberg opened an exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress with a perfectly-timed pre-Golden Globes party intersecting power players and starlets with fashion’s finest. The chic Hollywood crowd, mostly clad in DvF, included Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Uma Thurman, Rooney Mara, Allison Williams, Julie Delpy and Robin Wright (with... Read more

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Katherine Heigl, ‘The Nut Job’ Premiere Show Off Animal Magnetism

January 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s not everyday you see a groundhog, a rat, a trio of hedgehogs and an adorable pug on the red carpet, but there they were right along with the Hollywood elite at Regal L.A. Live on Jan. 11, for the premiere of Open Road’s 3D animated heist pic “The Nut Job.” Star Katherine Heigl got... Read more

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Stallone, De Niro KO’d at the Box Office

December 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are two of the most championed fighters in Hollywood history, starring in 1970s and ’80s boxing pics “Rocky” to Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull,” but this year, the duo have struggled mightily at the box office. “Grudge Match,” which opened Christmas day and stars the veteran actors, finished in 11th... Read more

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Robots’ New Challenge: Pentagon Boot Camp

December 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

They have been portrayed by Hollywood as deadly Terminators. They have been vilified as future automaton armies, hunting humans without conscience. But these imposing robots, their makers say, are just here to help. If all goes as planned, machines named THOR, Valkyrie and Atlas will rush in where humans fear to tread, rescuing earthquake victims and turning off potentially catastrophic radiation leaks. To help developers come up with the rescue robots of the future, the Defense Department has embarked on a multimillion-dollar campaign. Competitors squared off Friday on a Nascar racetrack in Florida, where they engaged in a kind of slow-motion robot contest for survival—and for more Pentagon money. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Video Is the Future of Social

December 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This past spring, at the YouTube Upfronts in New York City, Google vice president Robert Kyncl stood in front of a packed audience of brand marketers and made a seemingly simple, but revelatory, declaration: “ TV is one-way. YouTube talks back .” What is happening on YouTube and on places like Vine (which is doubling monthly average users month over month) and Instagram, is something that many of us who study the social Web have known for some time: Video is the future of social. Why video? Why not text or photos — permanent or ephemeral? Is it simply the combination of sight, sound and motion? The clues to the answer are all around us. This past week, news of the tragic death of actor Paul Walker sparked tens of thousands of people to reach out on social media to express pain and sadness, and send prayers to his family and friends. For a 48-hour period, Twitter was trending with the news, and Facebook feeds were crowded with thoughts and condolences. As activity on Facebook and Twitter waned, the heartfelt vigils have continued to grow on YouTube, where more than 6,000 tribute videos had been uploaded within 100 hours of the tragedy. These beautiful videos, along with news videos of the tragedy found on YouTube, have touched more than 170 million people. Ultimately, the tribute videos will live forever, and will be added to the vast collection of images from the star’s “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, which an audience of more than six million fans enjoy monthly on the platform. This social media outpouring on YouTube highlights the fact that the shelf life of a Tweet or a Facebook post is now vanishingly small, evidenced by the fact that a Facebook post gets half its reach within 30 minutes of being published. By comparison, more than half of YouTube videos’ lifetime views come after three weeks of uploading. Take a look at any popular video from any year, and you’ll find recent comments that continue the conversation well into the future. Yes, Facebook and Twitter are driving some of the extended activity on YouTube videos. As of last year, Facebook is driving more than 500 years of YouTube viewing every day, and on Twitter, more than 700 YouTube videos are shared every minute. But the fact is that one minute of watching, creating, sharing or commenting on a video is one minute less to engage in other social mediums

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Caryn Mandabach Taps Michael Besman to Head L.A. Office

December 10, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Film producer Michael Besman (“About Schmidt”) has been tapped to head up the L.A. office of Caryn Mandabach, the U.K.-based Hollywood producer, whose credits include “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “That 70s Show” and “Nurse Jackie.” Besman, who joins Caryn Mandabach Prods. with the remit to develop and produce... Read more

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