Posts Tagged ‘year’

Why Streaming Service Crackle Ditched the NewFronts for the Upfronts

April 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Xbox, Kindle Fire, Roku, Smart TV—no matter what device you have, you can find Crackle on it. Each month, 18 million users in the U.S. access the Sony-owned, advertiser-supported streaming network to watch a selection of movies and TV shows, as well as a growing number of original series, including Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. But Crackle still has a bit of an identity crisis as it looks to make a name for itself among the likes of Netflix and Amazon. After an erroneous New York Post report in December indicated that Sony—at the time under siege from hackers and seeking alternative distribution for its controversial comedy The Interview—would be releasing the film for free on Crackle, most people said, "What's Crackle?" (In the end, Crackle landed rights to the film next year in the first ad-supported window.) Crackle's general manager and evp Eric Berger, who's also general manager of digital for Sony Pictures Television, is trying to change that. He's taking big swings like commissioning Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser—the first digital sequel to a movie—and pushing original series like the drama Cleaners, starring David Arquette and Gina Gershon, and the thriller Chosen, starring Chad Michael Murray and Rose McGowan. And in his loudest statement yet, he's moved Crackle out of the NewFronts and into the upfronts for the first time this year: on April 14, it will become the first streaming network to present at the upfronts. On the eve of Crackle's first upfront, Berger talked about his bold move, what really happened with The Interview and meeting the challenge of raising Crackle's profile.

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Will 2015 Finally Be the Year of Women at the Movies?

April 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood has long treated actresses like second-class citizens, but 2015 could finally be a turning point. Only three months into the new year, two of the three top-grossing films have been headlined by strong female characters: Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” starring Dakota Johnson (with a worldwide gross of more than $550 million), and Disney’s... Read more

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‘The Walking Dead’ Finale Recap: All Life is Precious in ‘Conquer’

March 30, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Spoiler warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Walking Dead” Season 5 finale, titled “Conquer.” After a season that unflinchingly racked up the body count, this year’s “Walking Dead” finale was a surprisingly forgiving affair, with all of our group members surviving the hour, despite close calls for Glenn, Daryl, Sasha, Rick and... Read more

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Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Experimenter’ Bought by Magnolia for U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

March 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year. The film portrays Stanley Milgram’s experiment, in which subjects were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to others in order to test why people will cede... Read more

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‘Frozen,’ ‘Ping Pong’ Winners At Tokyo Anime Award Festival

March 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Frozen” was named the Animation of the Year in the theatrical feature division at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival.

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Sundance Winner ‘Partisan’ Gets U.S. Distribution From Well Go

March 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Ariel Kleiman’s child assassin drama “Partisan” for a theatrical release this year, Variety has learned exclusively. Vincent Cassel and Jeremy Chabriel star in “Partisan,” which won the Sundance World Cinema Special Jury Award for cinematography. It’s Kleiman’s feature directing debut. Kleiman and longstanding collaborator Sarah... Read more

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Sally Field Gets Cheers for Rare Leading Role in SXSW Romance

March 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sally Field took SXSW by storm on Saturday afternoon with “Hello, My Name is Doris,” a dramedy from director Michael Showalter that will certainly be one of the big discoveries out of this year’s festival. Field plays the titular character, a 60-something hoarder from Staten Island who develops a crush, which quickly escalates into an... Read more

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Interstellar’ Lead Saturn Awards Noms

March 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” lead this year’s 41st Annual Saturn Awards nominations with 11 and 10 respectively, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced on Tuesday. Marvel’s summer box-office smash, “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind with nine nominations. “Dawn of the... Read more

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Fake Jim Carrey Fools Czech Awards Show Organizers

February 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PRAGUE — The Czech Lions, the Czech Republic’s top national film kudos, has been struggling for primetime viewership of late — but this year’s edition has piqued international interest, thanks to an apparent scam by a mystery Jim Carrey impersonator. The highlight of the first few minutes of the awards’ live broadcast on pubcaster Czech... Read more

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The 5 Best Backstage Moments from the Spirit Awards

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Independent Spirit Awards, which turned 30 this year, have always been like the afternoon bachelorette party on the day before the Oscars. The Santa Monica celebration takes place on a tent on the beach on Saturday, with free-flowing bottles of beer and tequila on each table. Even the most VIP-celebrities use the porta-a-pottys–just ask... Read more

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