Posts Tagged ‘news’

Oscars Predictions: Jeff Bridges & More Stars Reveal Top Picks

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With the 2015 Oscars just around the corner, Variety asked A-listers who they’re rooting for this season. Two-time Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges is rooting for Michael Keaton, as is Wilmer Valderrama, making “Birdman” a frontrunner among the stars on the red carpet at Variety‘s annual pre-Oscar bash, unite4:humanity, on Feb. 19. Who else do the stars think will walk... Read more

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Bruce Sinofsky, ‘Paradise Lost’ Trilogy Director, Dies at 58

February 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Documentary director Bruce Sinofsky, best known for his “Paradise Lost” films about the “West Memphis Three,” has died. He was 58. His documentary partner Joe Berlinger tweeted the news on Saturday morning. “Devastated to report death of my best friend and #documentary partner Bruce Sinofsky this morning.Details to follow. Great man, sad day #RIP,” he... Read more

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Doc Nominee Rory Kennedy Celebrates at Chateau Marmont

February 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Oscar week festivities made room for the serious on Friday as docu filmmaker Rory Kennedy, Oscar-nommed for “Last Days in Vietnam,” was celebrated at Dom Perignon’s fourth annual Academy Awards luncheon. A mix of industryites (“American Experience’s” executive producer Mark Samels; producer Ron Yerxa; thesps Minnie Driver, Peter Fonda, Julian Sands and Cheryl Hines), fashionistas (Valentino’s... Read more

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Stephen Colbert Set for Guest Shot on ‘The Mindy Project’

February 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Stephen Colbert is bringing his beard to Fox’s “The Mindy Project.” Series star-creator Mindy Kaling caused a stir Friday by tweeting a picture of herself with Colbert with the message: “Coming soon to #themindyproject: Father Michael O’Donnell.” Colbert, who has grown a salt-and-pepper beard since signing off of “The Colbert Report” in December, is wearing... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades’ Still No. 1 Despite 70% Drop in Ticket Sales

February 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” remains dominant at the U.S. box office — despite plunging 70% to an esitmated $25 million in its second weekend at 3.655 theaters. The decline was not a surprise following the eye-popping $85 million opening weekend. The performance is similar to the second weekends of “Sex and the City” and... Read more

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‘Orange is the New Black': Jason Biggs Not Returning to Season 3

February 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Larry, you’ve been paroled. Jason Biggs will not be returning to Season 3 of “Orange Is The New Black,” Netflix confirmed to Variety. Biggs has played series regular Larry Bloom — Piper’s (Taylor Schilling) ex-fiancee — since the start of “OITNB” in 2013. “They’re not focusing on Larry at the moment,” Biggs told the New York Daily News. “Larry will not... Read more

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Rowan Atkinson to Play ‘Maigret’ in Two TV Movies for ITV

February 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Rowan Atkinson, best known for “Johnny English,” “Blackadder” and “Mr Bean,” is to play French detective Jules Maigret in two TV movies commissioned by U.K. commercial network ITV. The 120-minute films, which are set in 1950s Paris, are titled “Maigret Sets a Trap” and “Maigret’s Dead Man.” Pics, which will go into production... Read more

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Producer Found Dead of Suspected Overdose

February 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Harris Wittels, known for co-exec producing “Parks Recreation” and for his work on other comedies, has died of a possible drug overdose, sources confirm. He was 30. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, he was found at around noon Thursday by his assistant at his home. Wittels had previously been open with his struggles... Read more

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StyleHaul Hires FremantleMedia’s Olivier Delfosse as COO

February 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

StyleHaul, a top YouTube fashion and beauty lifestyle network, appointed Olivier Delfosse — formerly senior VP of digital for FremantleMedia Worldwide — as chief operating officer. Delfosse reports to StyleHaul president and CEO Stephanie Horbaczewski, based in the multichannel network’s Los Angeles headquarters. Both FremantleMedia and StyleHaul are owned by European broadcast giant RTL Group.... Read more

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Japan’s Imagica Pays $160 Million for SDI Media

February 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TOKYO — Imagica Robot Holdings, which operates one of Japan’s largest post-production houses, has teamed with trading house Sumitomo and the Cool Japan Fund, to buy LA-based post-production firm SDI Media. The three partners are paying a reported $160 million to the unit of French bank BNP Paribas that owns SDI. SDI is active in... Read more

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