Posts Tagged ‘news’

The 10 Best Guilty Pleasure Movies of 2014

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Pauline Kael wrote “movies are so rarely great art, that if we can’t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go,” she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with varying degrees of success, these ten titles make... Read more

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Critics’ Week Readies Its Next Step Program

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– Critics Week is getting ready to launch Next Step, a mentoring program for 10 directors whose short films were selected at last year’s Cannes sidebar. Organized in partnership with TorinoFilmLab and backed by the National film board CNC,  the five-day program will welcome Jonas Carpignano (“A Cambria”) from Italy, Carlos Conceicao (“Goodnight Cinderella”) from Portugal, Gaëlle Denis from the U.K.... Read more

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Craig Ferguson Signs Off ‘Late Late Show’ with Jay Leno, Homage to Classic TV Finales

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A wistful Craig Ferguson wrapped a 10-year run on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” on Friday with a surprise closing segment that paid tribute to a handful of classic TV series finales. SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven’t seen Friday’s edition of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Ferguson signed off after 2,058... Read more

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China’s Wanda Opens First Movie Theme Park in Wuhan

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese property and entertainment giant lays down $1 billion challenge to Disney, DreamWorks as it unveils 'Twin Treasures' theme park and Han Show.

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Digital Tracking: ‘The Hobbit’s’ Five Armies to Plunder Box Office

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in... Read more

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Obama Administration Denies Advising on Decision to Pull ‘The Interview’

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

President Obama sat for an interview Friday with CNN and rebutted any notion that Sony Pictures consulted with the White House on pulling “The Interview” from theaters after the news channel aired excerpts of a separate interview in which the studio’s chairman, Michael Lynton, described reaching out to the Administration. In addition, a source close... Read more

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London-Based Secret Cinema Sets Screenings to Protest Pulling of “The Interview”

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

U.K.-based Secret Cinema, which stages events that combine live performances involving audience participation with the screening of a film, is staging a one-off Secret Screening in London on Sunday, Dec. 21, to protest the attack on “The Interview” by hackers and the subsequent pulling of the film from theaters by Sony Pictures. All proceeds from... Read more

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Craig Ferguson: Latenight’s Uniquely Intimate Host Signs Off, For Now

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A year of big transitions in latenight TV comes to a close tonight with Craig Ferguson’s sign off of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” The shuffle of talent and shows that will continue into next year has brought new comedic flair to the sturdy latenight talkshow format. But even with more variations on the latenight... Read more

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Sony Japan Plays Down Hack, While Social Media Skews Nationalistic

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Cyber attack on Sony has largely been treated as an American problem

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Dear Twitter: Sony and Theater Owners Aren’t to Blame

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s been a rough month for Sony Pictures Entertainment, to say the least. First came the calamitous hack, then came damaging leaks, which were amplified by massive media coverage and, finally, the withdrawal of “The Interview” from theaters (and any other kind of release). All of this was unavoidable. But what came next wasn’t. News... Read more

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