Posts Tagged ‘news’

North Carolina Film-TV Incentives Sliced Amid Conservative Tide

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

North Carolina legislators have ditched the state’s longtime film and TV incentives program amid a conservative push to cut back on such government support. “We knew that this would be an uphill battle and we were cautiously optimistic,” said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington [North Carolina] Regional Film Commission. “The problem was that a... Read more

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HBO Exec Defends Scenes of Sex and Violence in ‘Game of Thrones’

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, has defended the inclusion of graphic scenes of sex and violence in “Game of Thrones.” Lombardo told delegates at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival that the pay TV operator had more freedom than free-to-view broadcasters, but used that freedom responsibly, the Guardian reported. Lombardo argued that the... Read more

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Inside the Emmy Parties: Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt Rev Audi Party

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Thursday, Aug. 21: 7:15 p.m. Ty Burrell is the first one on the carpet at Audi’s pre-Emmys... Read more

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‘Survivor’ Editors Ratify Deal with Mark Burnett

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Post-production editors on “Survivor” have ratified a contract with Mark Burnett’s Island Post Prods. Inc., a day after negotiators reached a tentative deal. The new agreement for about 30 editors provides full health and pension benefits, an eight-hour day, a 40-hour work week with time and half after eight hours and double time after 12... Read more

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‘Motown’ Says Goodbye to Broadway — For Now

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Broadway’s “Motown” is taking a breather. Producers of the musical have made the unusual decision to close the tuner in New York — but only temporarily, planning to bring the show back to the Main Stem a year and a half after it shutters in January. Meanwhile, an ongoing U.S. tour — which just finished... Read more

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Watch: ‘Parks and Recreation’ Releases Season Six Blooper Reel

August 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Coupled with the release of the show’s sixth season on DVD, NBC has posted a blooper reel for “Parks and Recreation’s” most recent cycle. Featuring everything from miniature horses dressed as the cast as an homage to the fictional town’s fallen comrade, Li’l Sebastian, to outtakes of the cast playfully flubbing lines and laughing at each other’s mistakes, the reel highlights some favorite... Read more

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Netflix Hacks Up 3D Virtual-Reality Demo Using Oculus Rift (VIDEO)

August 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Someday, you might be able to sit down to watch Netflix’s “House of Cards” with a virtual-reality helmet strapped to your head, to see around corners and experience the political machinations in a 3D environment. Or maybe not. Whether VR is the future of entertainment — or just a passing fad — Netflix is among... Read more

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Berenice Bejo Joins Robert Pattinson Drama ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ (EXCLUSIVE)

August 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Berenice Bejo will play the matriarch in the upcoming drama “The Childhood of the Leader,” Variety has learned. Juliette Binoche was originally cast in the part, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The film, which focuses on the early years of a post-World War I ruler, is the directorial debut of actor... Read more

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CBS Giving ‘Madam Secretary’ A Second Premiere-Night Airing

August 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS is giving viewers two chances to catch the premiere of drama “Madam Secretary” on Sept. 21, slotting a quickie repeat of the Tea Leoni series for later that night. Cable networks often replay episodes of shows on the night they premiere — sometimes more than once — but that’s not a luxury that broadcasters,... Read more

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China’s Hottest New Director, Han Han Accused of Plagiarism

August 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

State-owned paper rips celebrity blogger, sparks Internet storm, then recants

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