Posts Tagged ‘news’

New Bill Cosby Accuser Says He Drugged, Sexually Assaulted Her in the ’70s

November 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Only the latest in a wave of sexual abuse allegations that have resurfaced against Bill Cosby, a Florida nurse says the comedian raped her in 1976, according to the Huffington Post. Therese Serignese, a 58-year-old nurse from Boca Raton, Fla., said she met Cosby 38 years ago when she was 19. She says she was... Read more

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Xbox Documentary on Atari’s Lost ‘E.T.’ Games Debuts for Free

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Microsoft has released its documentary “Atari: Game Over” for free through its Xbox Video store. The hour-long film chronicles the rise and fall of Atari by literally uncovering the truth of what happened to millions of unsold “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” videogame cartridges in 1983. Around 792,000 of the Atari 2600 cartridges were discovered buried in... Read more

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CBS’ ‘Home for the Holidays’ Adoption Special to Feature 1st Gay Couple

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS’ 16th annual “Home for the Holidays” special will feature an adoption story involving a gay couple for the first time. “Home for the Holidays” aims to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for more than 400,000 children in foster care. This year’s telecast, set for Dec. 19, will highlight the story of... Read more

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Netflix Streaming Eats Up 35% of Downstream Internet Bandwidth: Study

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix’s video-streaming service continues to be the most bandwidth-hungry application on the Internet, now accounting for a whopping 34.9% of all downstream traffic during peak periods on North American broadband networks, according to a new study. The No. 1 subscription-video service outstripped all other services in terms of bandwidth consumption, as measured over a one-month period... Read more

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Tinker Bell Movie Directed by Shawn Levy

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Melissa McCarthy is on board to star as Tinker Bell in a comedy-adventure set up at Fox with Shawn Levy directing. Levy will produce the untitled project through his Fox-based 21 Laps production company. McCarthy will also produce via her On The Day banner. Nicholas Stoller will write the script from an idea by Levy... Read more

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Gravitas Buys Spike Lee’s Kickstarter-Funded ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ for U.S.

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s horror-comedy “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” which was backed by a Kickstarter campaign last year. Starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” is a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 “Ganja and Hess.” It debuted earlier this year at the American... Read more

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Warner Bros. Locks Down Multi-Year Deal to Distribute WWE Homevideo Titles (EXCLUSIVE)

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

WWE has a new distribution partner to release its homevideos. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has signed a multiyear pact that will have the studio distribute WWE’s library of titles, pay-per-view events and documentaries in the U.S. on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats starting Jan. 1. WBHE replaces Cinedigm, who itself, inherited the WWE distribution deal... Read more

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Netflix Pulls Bill Cosby Special Amid Rape Allegations

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has decided to postpone its Bill Cosby special as the embattled comedian faces several accusations of sexual assault, the latest from former supermodel and TV host Janice Dickinson. “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77′,” a Netflix spokesman said on Tuesday. The announcement came... Read more

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AEG to Broadcast Coachella, Four Other Live Music Festivals, on AXS TV

November 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A.E.G. has become the latest concert promoter to make its lineup of live events a little more entertaining. The company, which owns and produces the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rock on the Range Music Festival, and Firefly Music Festival, will broadcast the events on... Read more

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‘Railway Man,’ ‘Gods of Wheat Street’ Head Australia’s Screen Producer Awards

November 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV veteran, Des Monaghan earns lifetime achievement award.

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