Posts Tagged ‘news’

Digital Tracking: ‘Fury’ to Blast Away Box Office Competition with $32 Million

October 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in... Read more

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China’s Wanda Cinema Returns With $325 Million IPO

October 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Largest exhibition chain seeks capital for further expansion

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TF1 DA Preps Almodóvar Restoration Roll Out

October 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LYON – Pedro Almodóvar’s primal colors looks set to soon be seen even more vibrant, as TF1 DA, the 700-title library sales operation of broadcaster TF1, plans to have 2K-restored DCP copies of the Spanish meller maestro’s early 12 movies –save “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down” – ready to be launched on the worldwide... Read more

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‘Twin Peaks’ Sequel Novel To Explore Show’s Characters Ahead of Showtime Revival

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Ahead of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival, slated to hit screens in 2016, series co-creator Mark Frost will write a tie-in novel that will span the period between the original ABC series and the new season. Titled “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,” the novel reveals “what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we... Read more

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Al Pacino to Return to Broadway in New Play by David Mamet

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Al Pacino, one of only a few big-name actors who have proven consistent draws at the Broadway box office, has made plans for his Main Stem return, starring in a new play by David Mamet, “China Doll,” lined up for fall 2015. Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony for her recent revival of “Who’s Afraid... Read more

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Time Warner vs. Netflix Analysis: Never Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Time Warner reminded Wall Street Wednesday that while new media has flash, old media packs heat. The talk among investors and Hollywood cognoscenti centered on Netflix after the streaming service announced it was taking on the feature film world with deals to back four Adam Sandler projects and to simultaneously release a sequel to “Crouching... Read more

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DiCaprio Foundation Gives $2 Million to Ocean Conservation

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced a $2 million donation Thursday to the international funders’s collaboration Oceans 5, which works to establish marine reserves and stop overfishing in the world’s oceans. The grant will provide support to projects including: A new coalition of four conservation groups, working to strengthen controls on illegal fishing in the European... Read more

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Record Labels Win Key Ruling Over Sirius XM’s Airplay of Pre-1972 Songs

October 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A California state judge has ruled in favor of the record industry’s suit to secure compensation for pre-1972 recordings from services like SiriusXM and Pandora. The ruling was isued Tuesday by Judge Mary Strobel, a year after a group of independent and major record labels sued SiriusXM for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying... Read more

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Google Launches First Android TV Set-Top: Nexus Player

October 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Google has entered another pony in the Internet set-top derby. The tech giant announced the $99 Nexus Player, a device based on its Android TV platform for watching movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Google Play and other services, streaming YouTube videos and music, and playing videogames. Google announced the new Nexus Player Wednesday,... Read more

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HBO to Launch Stand-Alone Over-the-Top Service in U.S. Next Year

October 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a bold surprise, HBO said it will launch a stand-alone over-the-top service in the U.S. next year, HBO chief Richard Plepler confirmed Wednesday. “This will be transformative for our company,” Plepler said during his presentation at Time Warner’s Investor Day confab. Noting that there are now about 10 million households in the U.S. that... Read more

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