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‘The Interview’ to Have Only Limited Release in Asia

December 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TOKYO — Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan today confirmed that the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” will not be released in Japan. A spokesman declined to detail the reasons for the decision, but said it had been made “some time ago” and well before last week’s massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer... Read more

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Takes Over Home Video Sales Charts

December 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As the holiday shopping season draws to a close, a handful of hot summer theatricals are trickling into stores during December in an attempt by the studios to capitalize on last-minute gift and impulse buyers. For 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, the strategy paid off. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” debuted at No.... Read more

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Ewan McGregor Boards ‘Humpback Whales’ Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)

December 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MacGillivray Freeman Films has tapped Ewan McGregor to narrate “Humpback Whales,” its underwater 3D adventure documentary for Imax and other giant-screen theaters. The films is directed by Greg MacGillivray (“The Living Sea,” “Everest”). The film, presented in association with Pacific Life, will be released Feb. 13 in about 20 markets. The film explores the lives of... Read more

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Justin Bieber is 2014’s Most Tweeted-About Artist

December 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Beyonce’s surprise self-titled album was, unsurprisingly, the most tweeted-about album of 2014, but overall, Justin Bieber generated the most buzz in the music crowd on Twitter, according to a comprehensive new report from the social media platform. However, despite Bieber landing the number one spot on number of tweets generated, it should be noted that... Read more

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Laura Benanti, Mia Michaels Sign on to Radio City’s ‘Spring Spectacular’

December 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Broadway favorite Laura Benanti (“Nashville,” “The Good Wife”) has signed on to star in “New York Spring Spectacular,” the new show at Radio City Music Hall jointly produced by MSG Entertainment and Harvey Weinstein’s Weinstein Live Entertainment. “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Mia Michaels has come aboard to choreograph the show’s opening number.... Read more

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Martin Campbell to Direct ‘Sebastian X’ for Nicolas Chartier, Gale Anne Hurd (EXCLUSIVE)

December 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Voltage Films, Valhalla Motion Pictures and publisher Humanoids are teaming to adapt the graphic novel “Sebastian X” as a movie with Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) directing. Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores will produce alongside Valhalla’s Gale Anne Hurd and Humanoids’ Pierre Spengler and Fabrice Giger. Bill Marsilii has been tapped to the write the screenplay. The... Read more

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Epic War Movie ‘Japan’s Longest Day’ To Be Remade

December 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shochiku has announced the cast for its remake of the 1967 Kihachi Okamoto epic “Japan’s Longest Day.”

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SAG-AFTRA Leaders Approve Network Code Contract

December 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The SAG-AFTRA national board has approved the tentative agreement reached with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for a successor agreement on the union’s network television code master contract. The board met Monday by video conference in New York and Los Angeles to review the terms of the new agreement and voted to send the contract... Read more

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‘Beaches’ Musical to Play Chicago Before Broadway

December 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The musical adaptation of “Beaches,” which premiered at the D.C.-area Signature Theater in March and is targeting a Broadway run, has lined up a summer stint at the Drury Lane Theater, just outside of Chicago, before making the potential move to New York. Eric Shaeffer, the Signature a.d. who directed the earlier staging of “Beaches,”... Read more

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George Lucas Hasn’t Watched the New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer

December 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Force may be strong with the first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII” (which has amassed more than 50 million views on YouTube since its debut), but the man who created the iconic franchise apparently hasn’t joined in the appreciation. George Lucas recently told Page Six that he has yet to watch “The... Read more

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