Posts Tagged ‘news’

Justin Willman Lands Comedy Central Special from Chris Hardwick

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Comedy Central will air a special with comedian and magician Justin Willman, Variety has learned. Exec produced by Chris Hardwick, the special titled “Sleight of Mouth with Justin Willman” features sketch comedy, magic, field pieces and cannabis-fueled social experiments with guest comedians Doug Benson and Paul Scheer. “Only on Comedy Central can a guy do magic for... Read more

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Indian Parliament Erupts After Rape Documentary is Banned

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Convicted rapist blames women for rape in interview. Minister claims to be personally hurt by the film, launches enquiry into how it obtained permit to shoot inside jail.

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U.K. TV Network ITV Sees 8% Rise in Revenue, 18% Growth in Profit

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — U.K.-based TV broadcast, production and distribution group ITV has reported an 8% rise in revenue to £2.6 billion ($3.99 billion) for 2014, and an 18% growth in profit (EBITA) to £730 million ($1.12 billion). Adam Crozier, ITV chief executive, said: “ITV is now a high-growth business with increasing emphasis on international content creation... Read more

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Singapore’s MM2 Poised to Buy Animation Firm Vividthree

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Deal would be first post-IPO acquisition for Melvyn Ang's growing empire

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10 respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday. Marvel’s summer box-office smash, “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the... Read more

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TV Writers See Little Diversity Progress, WGA Reports

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Women and minority writers have seen minimal progress in television, the Writers Guild of America West has reported. The guild’s television staff brief found that female writers accounted for 29% of TV staff employment during the 2013-14 season, down from 30.5%. Minorities accounted for 13.7% during the 2013-14 season, down from 15.6%. “Over the years,... Read more

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Helen Mirren Can’t Sing, Gets an Award Anyway at Roundabout Theater Company Gala

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New York’s Roundabout Theater Company celebrated Helen Mirren March 2 by reminding her, repeatedly, that she can’t sing her way out of a paper bag. “Helen Mirren can do a lot of things,” said Alec Baldwin, who introduced the performance segment of the gala evening. “She can act. She speaks French. She has a tattoo.... Read more

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China-U.K. Coproduction Treaty Takes Effect

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Deal is expected to give import quota exemption to more British films

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‘The Hunting Ground’ Plans College Campus Screenings After Arthouse Debut

March 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Hunting Ground,” a lacerating examination of college administrations’ failure to acknowledge and grapple with sexual violence on campuses, will make its case directly to students as part of an unorthodox distribution plan. The hot-button documentary will screen in college towns and, in many cases, on the campuses themselves, according to the film’s distributor, Radius-TWC.... Read more

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Sullivan Stapleton to Star in ‘The Lake’ for EuropaCorp

March 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“300: Rise Of An Empire” star Sullivan Stapleton will star in EuropaCorp’s action-thriller “The Lake,” set to start shooting in April. Variety reported in September that “Into the Storm” director Steven Quale was attached to the project, written by EuropaCorp topper Luc Besson and “The Equalizer” screenwriter Richard Wenk. The story focuses on a group... Read more

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