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Argentina’s Kommander Takes FiGa/Br’s ‘August Winds’ (EXCLUSIVE)

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MAR DEL PLATA – FiGa/Br, the Brazilian sales division of L.A.-based sales-distribution-production company FiGa Films, has clinched its first sales on Gabriel Mascaro’s “August Winds,” which world premiered at Locarno Fest and plays in International Competition at Argentina’s Mar del Plata. In early trading, Ivan Granovsky’s Kommander Distribution has picked up Argentine rights, while Nitrato... Read more

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Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dies at 79

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Frank Yablans, the president of Paramount Pictures during the fertile early ’70s era of films such as “The Godfather” and “Chinatown,” died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans. He was 79. Renowned for a hearty sense of humor and temperamental outbursts, in... Read more

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Ferguson, ‘Black Male Crisis’ Documentary in the Works from Oscar Nominee (EXCLUSIVE)

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg and actor Nate Parker are teaming on a “Black Male Crisis” documentary in the U.S. in the wake of the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. in August. Berg, Parker and writer-director Matthew Cooke launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday — two days after the announcement of a... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Off to Healthy Holiday Start With $14.6 Million

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Hunger Games” has become a veritable “Turkey Day” tradition. Katniss Everdeen set new standards for gorging when “Catching Fire” became the highest-grossing Thanksgiving release ever. This year, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ is also feasting on the holiday box office, earning $14.6 million on Wednesday to kick off a five day bonanza, according to estimates.... Read more

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Oscar Best Picture: What’s Wrong With Well-Crafted Entertainment?

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

What do voters have against movies that are well-made — and also as entertaining as hell? Among this year’s typically serious and/or weighty crop of frontrunners, there are at least three dramas set during wartime (“Unbroken,” “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game”) and a slew of biopics (all three of the previously mentioned films, “Selma,” “The Theory... Read more

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Mike Nichols’ Wit and Wisdom Showed in Timeless Films, Plays

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Is there a more enduring image in American movies of youthful idealism giving the finger to “plastic” adult conformity than the final moments of “The Graduate?” And yet, as the wedding usurper Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) and his runaway bride Elaine (Katharine Ross) make their victory run from a Santa Barbara cathedral on to a... Read more

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Seth Rogen to Get Stoned with Colorado Audience Before Screening

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Seth Rogen is taking his stoner persona to an even higher level next month for a Colorado screening of his new movie, “The Interview.” The actor, currently promoting the Sony film on the West Coast, apparently tweeted that he would “get baked” with the entire audience in Denver, Co. before watching the action-comedy together. We... Read more

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Hong Kong and Korea Sign Entertainment Industry Pact

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hong Kong and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to lead to greater co-operation in cultural industries including film and TV. The deal was signed in Seoul by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-deok, and HK’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So.... Read more

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China’s Wanda and Korea’s Busan set up $90 Million Production Fund, say Reports

November 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New fund would take advantage of co-production treaty between the two countries.

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‘Homeland,’ ‘The Affair’ Hit Live Ratings Highs Even as Delayed Viewing Dominates

November 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

For evidence of the delayed-viewing sea change in television this year, look no further than two of premium cable’s hottest shows: “Homeland” and “The Affair.” Showtime’s Sunday dramas are both generating more than two-thirds of their total viewing on a time-shifted basis. Both shows also hit live ratings highs for the season this past Sunday.... Read more

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