Posts Tagged ‘news’

Meg Ryan to Lend Voice to ‘How I Met Your Dad’

April 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS’ “How I Met Your Dad” pilot has found a … mother. “Sleepless in Seattle’s” Meg Ryan will narrate the story of the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff, a la Bob Saget’s involvement in the original. Greta Gerwig has already been tapped to star in the project as Sally, a woman with Peter Pan syndrome... Read more

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CANNES: European Film Promotion Unveils 24 Participants

April 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Twenty-four up-and-coming European producers have been selected to take part in European Film Promotion’s networking platform Producers on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival. The event, which runs May 17-19, aims to help the producers work together to push forward projects. The program receives coin from the European Union’s Media Program and... Read more

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Russian Hockey Doc ‘Red Army’

April 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to “Red Army,” on the heels of the sports documentary being tapped for the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Screening Section. The film, directed by Gabe Polsky, centers on the Red Army hockey team from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov and... Read more

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Valerie Bertinelli Set To Join Food Network Daytime Lineup

April 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Scripps Networks International’s flagship Food Network will unveil 20 new series across primetime and daytime in the months to come, enlisting Valerie Bertinelli for a new daytime series and expanding its “Chopped” franchise to a new teen-oriented format. “Increasing our development slate to satiate the audience demand for entertaining and informative programming has been our... Read more

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Cannes: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Cold in July’ Set to Screen at Directors’ Fortnight

April 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" and Jim Mickle's "Cold in July," two well-received American dramas that world premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival, are among the 19 features set to screen in the 46th annual Directors' Fortnight sidebar at Cannes.

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‘Last Comic Standing’ Hit by Editors Strike

April 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Non-union editors and assistant editors working on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” have struck the show in an effort to unionize the post-production work. Monday’s strike took place a few weeks before its scheduled May 22 premiere. J.B. Smoove (pictured above) is hosting with Roseanne Barr, Russell Peters and Keenan Ivory Wayans judging. NBCUniversal had no... Read more

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Film Czar Ken Ziffren to Be Honored By L.A. Zoo Association at Beastly Ball

April 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s Beastly Ball will honor L.A.’s new film czar, Ken Ziffren, with this year’s Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award. Ziffren, an entertainment attorney, will receive the award June 14 at the 44th annual Beastly Ball at the L.A. Zoo. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in local or global wildlife and environmental... Read more

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Michael Grindon to Head Worldwide TV Distribution Unit for Legendary

April 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Former Sony Pictures TV exec Michael Grindon is heading to Legendary TV to oversee a new worldwide TV distribution unit. Grindon will work with Legendary TV and Digital prexy Bruce Rosenblum in building out the company’s small screen business. The hiring of Grindon, who spent more than 15 years as president of Sony Pictures TV... Read more

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‘Spider-Man 2′ To Swing Across NBCU’s TV Networks In Promotional Pact

April 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Spider-Man can swing from city skyscrapers, subdue villains like Doctor Octopus and Electro, and climb up walls like the insect after which he is named. Yet in all his escapades, he has never been able to force a major media conglomerate to run ads for his movie across multiple TV networks – and then tailor... Read more

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Miike Takashi to Direct Yakuza-Vampire Picture

April 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Say good-bye to wimpy and boring Japanese movies," says cult Japanese director

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