Posts Tagged ‘news’

TBS Orders Reality Show Following NBA Vet Kenny Smith

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TBS has greenlit “The Smiths,” an unscripted series following NBA star Kenny Smith, his wife Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith and their five children. The series is set to shoot in Los Angeles and Atlanta. It’s produced by Good Clean Fun, with Jason Carbone (“The Bachelor”), Nick Lee (“The Bachelor”), Jeff Altrock (“The T.O. Show”) and Smith (pictured... Read more

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‘Crouching Tiger 2’ Deal Reinforces Netflix’s Rebel Brand

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix doesn’t need every single one of its subscribers to have a burning desire to see the sequel to a 14-year-old Asian martial arts movie — nor does it really matter to the company that few in the U.S. may actually be able to see it on the bigscreen. Its goal with the landmark deal with The Weinstein Co.... Read more

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‘1001 Grams’ and ‘Heaven Knows What’ Head Tokyo Festival Competition

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TOKYO — The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled a 15-film competition section with five world premieres and a strong contingent of films from other autumn festivals. Pick-ups from Toronto include Bent Hamer’s Norwegian Oscar contender, drama “1001 Grams,” Cedric Jimenez’s crime thriller “The Connection,” Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s school drama “The Lesson,” and Joshua and Benny Safdie’s... Read more

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FCC Wants Some Online Providers to be Treated as Cable Operators

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The FCC is drawing up rules that would ensure that certain online video providers would be treated the same as cable and satellite operators, a move that could open up the multichannel marketplace to a whole new source of competition, an FCC official said on Monday. Such a move would give the burgeoning sector of... Read more

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Thom Yorke Solo Album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ Downloaded 400,000 Times Over Weekend

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Downloads of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s first solo album in eight years, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” topped 400,000 in the first three days of he surprised fans with its release on the BitTorrent file-sharing network. Album downloads had hit about 408,000 as of 10 a.m. Eastern on Monday, according to BitTorrent. It became available Friday at... Read more

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Samantha Morton, John Hurt to Star in ‘The Last Panthers’

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON – Samantha Morton, John Hurt and Tahar Rahim will topline the cast of six-part crime drama “The Last Panthers,” which has been greenlit by U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB and French counterpart Canal Plus. The series opens with a diamond heist before plunging into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of... Read more

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Gerard Butler’s ‘London Has Fallen’ Finds Swedish Director

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Scandinavian director Babak Najafi is in talks to be the director for Millennium’s “London Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. He replaces Fredrik Bond, who left the “Olympus Has Fallen” sequel project in mid-September over creative differences. Christian Gudegast, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are penning the script. Focus has dated... Read more

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Former BSkyB Topper to Lead Merged Endemol-Shine-Core Group

September 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Sophie Turner Laing, former managing director of content at U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB, is to head the world’s largest independent TV production group, formed by the three-way merger of Endemol, Shine and Core Media. Turner Laing has been tapped as chief executive of the new group. Endemol chief executive Just Spee, and... Read more

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ESPN Films Is a Triple Winner at Second La Costa Film Festival

September 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ESPN Films was the big winner at the second La Costa Film Festival, with the jury picking “Brothers in Exile” as top feature documentary and “Tommy and Frank” (from the “30 for 30″ series) as best short docu. “Brothers” was also given the audience award in the docu category. Writer-director Ron Shelton received the Ambassador of Sports Award, for work on... Read more

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‘Outlander’ Midseason Finale Postmortem: Inside the Twists of ‘Both Sides Now’

September 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SPOILER WARNING: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Outlander” episode eight, titled “Both Sides Now.” It’s going to be a long wait between now and April 4, when “Outlander” returns from its midseason hiatus to resolve the cliffhanger left lingering at the end of episode eight — newlywed Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) has once... Read more

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