Posts Tagged ‘people’

Box Office: China Lifts ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ ‘Big Hero 6′ Crosses $600 Million

March 8, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Jupiter Ascending” may have bombed in the United States, but Chinese audiences are embracing the story of a cleaning lady who discovers she’s intergalactic royalty. The Wachowski siblings’ space opera topped the foreign box office after opening to $23.2 million in the People’s Republic. The film picked up a leading $25.3 million overseas, pushing its... Read more

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Here’s the Guy From Adult Swim Who Trawls Vimeo for Your Art School Thesis

March 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Dave Hughes is not a household name. He is, however, a beloved figure if you're really into strange art video and electronic music, largely because of his insane Adult Swim show, Off the Air. The show is 15 minutes long, airs at 4 a.m. and has no conventional narrative structure—no A and B plots, no quirky supporting characters, no rules, just a theme that gives the show its title—Colors, Nightmares, Hair (see below). It's also beloved by a certain kind of ad creative, largely because of Hughes' eclectic, dead-on taste and his penchant for looking in every nook and cranny for the artists whose work he collages into Off the Air's various episodes, some of who are ad guys. Hughes, who runs his own agency/production company,

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What Will the ‘Slow TV’ Phenomenon Look Like If It Comes to the U.S.?

March 4, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A rather strange programming phenomenon is sweeping Europe: slow TV, which bypasses quick edits and montages in favor of leisurely paced windows into the world. The biggest splash has been made in Norway by a documentarian named Thomas Hellum, whose work includes such milestones as a 134-hour documentary on a cruise ship and an 18-hour show about salmon fishing, which (between them) have attracted some 3.2 million viewers .

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Bruce Jenner Buys Secluded House High Above Malibu

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BUYER: Bruce Jenner LOCATION: Malibu, Calif. PRICE: $3,575,000 SIZE: (approx.) 3,500 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: More than a week ago, the people at People let the real estate cat out of the proverbial bag about how recently divorced reality television denizen and tabloid magnet Bruce Jenner, who may or may not be... Read more

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IFC Takes Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie Comedy ‘Sleeping with Other People’ (EXCLUSIVE)

February 6, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

IFC Films has closed a deal for North American rights to the Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy “Sleeping with Other People,” two weeks after its Sundance Film Festival premiere. The deal was for above seven figures with a P-and-A commitment in the seven-figure range. Bidding was heated with at least half a dozen interested parties... Read more

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‘Selma’ to Be Shown for Free in Selma, Alabama

January 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a gesture of appreciation, Paramount Pictures has decided to show civil rights drama “Selma” free of charge at the  Selma Walton Theater in the city of Selma, Ala., beginning Jan. 9. “With deep gratitude to the people of Selma, Alabama, we are proud to share this powerful film depicting the historic events that took place... Read more

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People Magazine Publishes Kirk Douglas’ Pre-Written Obituary

December 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

People Magazine accidentally published its pre-written obituary for Kirk Douglas on Sunday night. It’s not uncommon for major publications to write their elaborate obituaries in advance, and People Magazine clearly didn’t mean to run the story as evident from the “DO NOT PUB” in the headline. Still, “Spartacus” and his family members can’t be happy.... Read more

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#TBT: This Classic Dallas Promo Isn’t Great, but It Still Lured 83 Million Viewers

November 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Holy cliffhanger! On March 21, 1980, Dallas fans were stunned as Larry Hagman's villainous J.R. Ewing was gunned down on the CBS drama's Season 3 finale. After eight agonizing months, and a masterful marketing campaign that turned "Who Shot J.R.?" into a worldwide phenomenon, the shooter's identity was finally revealed in Season 4's fourth episode, "Who Done It," which aired Nov. 21, 1980. More than 83 million people tuned in—a whopping 76 share, and an estimated 350 million worldwide—making it the U.S.'s second most-watched non-sports program of all time, after the MASH finale in 1983. Yet that impressive, ambitious publicity effort seemed to stall right before the finish line of the actual episode, which is the subject of this week's Throwback Thursday. Here's the underwhelming promo for "Who Done It," which ran after the previous week's show, "Nightmare," and makes the upcoming episode seem decidedly average:First off, the fact that the entire promo focuses on Sue Ellen (J.R.'s wife, played by Linda Gray) makes it clear she won't turn out to be the murderer—and could anyone who looks that sleepy have really pulled the trigger? Instead, the promos for the upcoming episodes of Alice and The Jeffersons look far more appealing, as both comedies must have received a CBS mandate to hit the road for November sweeps. Alice visited Las Vegas (it's all "fun and games with Robert Goulet" until Linda Lavin ends up in a goatee) while The Jeffersons traveled to Hawaii (there's nothing like a tantalizing John Milton/Paradise Lost reference in the promo to bring in those poetry-loving sweeps audiences). That wasn't the only curious promo before the big episode. Check out this stilted commercial for People magazine's "Who Shot J.R.?" cover, featuring a chemistry-free couple that seems to to be reading script lines right out of the magazine, while making it clear that the cover story won't spill any real dirt about the murderer's identity:As for the ravenously anticipated Nov. 21 episode itself, the actual reveal was disappointingly anticlimactic (it was J.R.'s sister-in-law and mistress, Kristin Shepard, played by Mary Crosby). It doesn't hold up 34 years later (why does everyone seem to be moving in slow motion?), except for that last juicy little twist, courtesy of one final bombshell from Kristin:And to see how it all began—the moment that turned the cliffhanger into an essential season finale staple for almost all subsequent TV dramas—watch J.R. take two slugs in the Season 3 finale:But let's really go out with a bang—dozens of them, in fact—and close with this lively blooper reel from Season 3, in which pretty much the entire cast, Hagman included, gets a chance to prove it shot J.R. (the fun starts at the 4:55 mark):While the "Who Shot J.R.?" clips might be showing their age, I still take my Stetson off to Dallas for attracting 83 million viewers to a single episode of television, a feat that is unlikely to ever be repeated by a program without the words "Super Bowl" in the title.

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L.A. Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez Spends His Offseason Playing Fantasy Football

November 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Why No One Comes Back to See Your Great Second Season

November 11, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Very few TV series emerge fully-formed. Most shows take at least a season to figure themselves and their characters out, or to course-correct after a rocky beginning. Often by Season 2, a series—like FX's The Bridge or ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—can finally complete its necessary adjustments and become the outstanding show it was always meant to be.

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