Posts Tagged ‘news’

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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HBO Exec Defends Scenes of Sex and Violence in ‘Game of Thrones’

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, has defended the inclusion of graphic scenes of sex and violence in “Game of Thrones.” Lombardo told delegates at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival that the pay TV operator had more freedom than free-to-view broadcasters, but used that freedom responsibly, the Guardian reported. Lombardo argued that the... Read more

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Inside the Emmy Parties: Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt Rev Audi Party

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Thursday, Aug. 21: 7:15 p.m. Ty Burrell is the first one on the carpet at Audi’s pre-Emmys... Read more

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‘Survivor’ Editors Ratify Deal with Mark Burnett

August 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Post-production editors on “Survivor” have ratified a contract with Mark Burnett’s Island Post Prods. Inc., a day after negotiators reached a tentative deal. The new agreement for about 30 editors provides full health and pension benefits, an eight-hour day, a 40-hour work week with time and half after eight hours and double time after 12... Read more

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