Posts Tagged ‘news’

George Lucas Doesn’t Know Anything About the New ‘Star Wars,’ And That’s ‘Thrilling’

April 18, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

George Lucas hasn’t seen the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — he’s waiting until he can see the it on a bigscreen. That’s one of the takeaways from the April 17 Tribeca Talk at the Tribeca Film Festival, which paired Lucas with fanboy extraordinaire Stephen Colbert. Among the tidbits: Lucas made “American... Read more

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Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno Weigh In on Paul Newman in Racing Documentary

April 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Racers and car enthusiasts rolled over to the charity screening of “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film — preceded by a red carpet and followed by an after-party, both held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — celebrated actor Paul Newman’s passion for racing with archived... Read more

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Dominic Cooper to Star in AMC’s ‘Preacher’

April 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s official: Dominic Cooper will star as Jesse Custer in AMC’s pilot “Preacher.” Seth Rogen, who is one of the exec producers of the project, confirmed the news via Twitter. We have Jesse Custer! @dominiccoop is gonna save our souls. #Preacher — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015 More to come.

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China’s Fosun Hires Shan Dongbing For Movie Production Expansion

April 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Veteran producer Shan Dongbing has been hired as head of Fosun Pictures. The film and TV production company is a newly hatched unit within Chinese investment conglomerate Fosun International.

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‘Batman v Superman’ Trailer Leaks Online

April 17, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The highly anticipated trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” leaked online Thursday for a few minutes before YouTube quickly took it down. Shot on a handheld camera or phone, the leaked video featured Portuguese subtitles, a sign it may have been from Brazil. Warner Bros. was supposed to premiere the “Batman v Superman”... Read more

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AXS TV Renews ‘The X Factor U.K.’ For Season 12 in the U.S.

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

AXS TV has renewed “The X Factor UK” for the second consecutive year, bringing the overseas show to domestic screens, serving as the official U.S. home to the competition series. Like last season, all episodes of the upcoming twelfth season will air within 24 hours after the respective UK broadcasts. The new season, which brings back judge Simon... Read more

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Big Softie Harvey Weinstein Opens ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway At Last

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Harvey Weinstein throws a Broadway opening, Hollywood shows up. There was Bryan Cranston, sporting a mustache and a full head of hair, chatting at intermission. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford walked the red carpet too. Opening nighters could also spot Christoph Waltz, not to mention Anson Elgort and Olivia Wilde. Gloria Estefan, at work... Read more

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‘The Goldbergs’ Actor Joins Dan O’Shannon CBS Comedy Pilot

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jacob Hopkins, who is currently recurring on ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” will appear in CBS’ Dan O’Shannon comedy project, Variety has learned. The pilot from scribes O’Shannon (“Modern Family,” “Frasier,” “Cheers”) and Peter Warren follows a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. Hopkins will guest star as Phil, a popular childhood acquaintance to Andrew (played... Read more

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Beijing Film Festival Opens New Chapter With 5th Edition

April 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The BJIFF is at last looking more like the major movie industry event it aspires to be.

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STX Entertainment Taps Jim Amos as SVP of Theatrical Distribution

April 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jim Amos has joined STX Entertainment as senior vice president of theatrical distribution. Amos most recently served as vice president of distribution at alternative content company Fathom Events. He previously spent nearly 30 years as a member of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution team, including working as domestic distribution president from 2009 to 2013. At Sony,... Read more

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