Posts Tagged ‘news’

Los Cabos Finance Panel: TV Funding, Brands Drive Conversation

November 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Los Cabos, Mexico — The film finance conversation seems to be finally moving on from hand-wringing over the shrinking parts of the business to digging into new models of funding projects. The beginnings of film distribution and financing merging with the TV business, alternatives to theatrical and brands funding projects were a few of the fresh themes that emerged... Read more

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Alyson Hannigan to Guest Star on ‘The McCarthys’

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Alyson Hannigan is returning to CBS … as a guest. The “How I Met Your Mother” actress will be guest starring on CBS’ newest sitcom “The McCarthys.” Hannigan, who portrayed Lily Aldrin on the long-running CBS show, will play Pam — Marjorie (Laurie Metcalf) and Arthur’s (Jack McGee) broken-hearted tenant. She’s invited to join the... Read more

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Rio Caraeff to Exit as Vevo CEO

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff will leave the music video company — the biggest single content partner for YouTube — at the end of the year, Variety has confirmed. “After nearly 6 years, I have decided to depart Vevo at the end of this year,” the exec wrote in a memo to staff, a copy of... Read more

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CBS Cancels ‘The Millers’

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS has pulled the plug on Will Arnett’s “The Millers” a few episodes into its sophomore season, Variety has confirmed. The comedy will air a new episode on Nov. 17, but no scheduling decisions have been made beyond that point. After a move to Mondays behind “Two Broke Girls,” the multicam laffer has slipped to... Read more

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Johnny Depp, Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford & More Bring Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’ to Concert

November 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At the Montalban in Hollywood on Thursday night, patrons were treated to the first, and by some accounts the only, live performance of songs from the T Bone Burnett-produced “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes,” released Nov. 10 on Harvest Records. All the principals featured on that album were there on stage: Jim... Read more

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Shanghai Disney Resort to Offer Bespoke Attractions, Chinese ‘Lion King’ Premiere

November 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New theme park will include Disneytown and Toy Story Hotel

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Riley Keough Crime Thriller Finds Financing (EXCLUSIVE)

November 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Starring Riley Keogh, “Wolverine Hotel” from director Patricia Chica is howling closer to production with a recent financing commitment from Jean-Guy Després, who will serve as exec producer. The edgy crime thriller is produced by Canada-based Byron Martin. Looking to cast a Latino actor as co-star, Chica met with rising Mexican thesp Luis Gerardo Mendez (“We Are... Read more

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Warner Music Strikes Distribution Deal With China’s Tencent

November 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Warner Music has signed a major agreement with Chinese Internet giant Tencent.

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AFM: Ricky Gervais’ Comedy ‘Special Correspondents’ Sells to Sony Terrritories

November 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights in key foreign markets to Ricky Gervais’ comedy “Special Correspondents.” Protagonist Pictures closed deals at AFM with SPWA for the U.K.,  Australia/New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Gervais will direct from his own script and co-star alongside Eric Bana. “Special Correspondents is a remake... Read more

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Jai Courtney Eyed for Batman Villain Deadshot in ‘Suicide Squad’ (EXCLUSIVE)

November 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Terminator: Genesys” star Jai Courtney is in talks for a major role in Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” that could prove to be Batman villain Deadshot, sources tell Variety. Based on the popular DC comicbook, the all-star supervillain pic will be released in summer 2016. Tom Hardy, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are also... Read more

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