Posts Tagged ‘news’

‘If I Stay,’ ‘Sin City 2′ and the Trouble With Tracking

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood studios rely on tracking firms like Greek generals once enlisted oracles — to shine a light through the fog and predict an unknowable future. To some, the most sophisticated data sets and intricate algorithms have proved to be about as scientific this month as the soothsayers of yore. One by one, the weekends have... Read more

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Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight Shot at Pre-VMAs Party

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Suge Knight, the once-head of Death Row Records, has been hospitalized after being shot early Sunday at a West Hollywood nightclub in an unofficial pre-Video Music Awards party hosted by Chris Brown. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Knight was on the list of victims for the incident, but would not... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Back on Top, ‘Sin City 2′ Flops

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Teen girls and fanboys duked it out at the box office this weekend, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” getting the upper hand on newcomer “If I Stay” and scoring first place with a $17.6 million haul, according to studio estimates. It was the second time that Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” came out on top,... Read more

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Hollywood Stars, Executives Sign Petition in Support of Israel

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The pro-Israel activist group Creative Community for Peace has released a list with the names of nearly 200 Hollywood elite, including Seth Rogen, Amy Pascal, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Aaron Sorkin, who signed a statement criticizing Hamas. The prominent figures who lent their names to the document range from actors Kelsey Grammer and Sylvester Stallone to... Read more

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‘Reno 911!’ Star Niecy Nash Joins ‘The Mindy Project’

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As if she didn’t have enough problems, it looks like Mindy will also have a “work nemesis” to worry about in the upcoming season of “The Mindy Project.” Niecy Nash of “Reno 911!” fame has joined season three of the Fox sitcom in a recurring role, our sister site TVLine first reported. Nash will play... Read more

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Turkey’s ‘Song of My Mother’ Takes Top Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Erol Minta’s debut feature “Song of My Mother,” which was a Turkey-France-Germany co-production, won the top award, the Heart of Sarajevo, at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which comes with €16,000 ($21,200). The jury said it appreciated “the courageous simplicity, the pure cinematic language, the choice to show the daily life in a... Read more

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Working on ‘Sandman’ Script With Nolan’s ‘Batman’ Team

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the newcomers in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill” and recently wrapped Robert Zemeckis’ 3D drama “The Walk,” but there’s another buzzed about adaptation on audiences’ minds. According to Gordon-Levitt, “Sandman” is still in the early stages of development. The multi-hyphenate actor will direct and produce the film from a... Read more

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Watch: ‘Gotham’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette With Ben McKenzie

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Exactly one month before its premiere, Fox has released an extended “Gotham” featurette with behind-the-scenes footage from the pilot. The 20-minute-plus preview includes on-set interviews with the cast and crew, including creator Bruno Heller, director Danny Cannon and star Ben McKenzie. Heller talks about casting McKenzie, describing him as the perfect actor to play a... Read more

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‘Sin City 2′ Bombs at Friday Box Office, ‘Guardians′ Will Be Back on Top

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” was left battered and bruised on Friday at the domestic box office, while “Guardians of the Galaxy” will likely skyrocket back up top, eking out Friday’s victor “If I Stay” by Sunday. The retro-noir tanked, coming in sixth on Friday behind the sports drama “When the Game Stands... Read more

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North Carolina Film-TV Incentives Sliced Amid Conservative Tide

August 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

North Carolina legislators have ditched the state’s longtime film and TV incentives program amid a conservative push to cut back on such government support. “We knew that this would be an uphill battle and we were cautiously optimistic,” said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington [North Carolina] Regional Film Commission. “The problem was that a... Read more

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