Posts Tagged ‘year’

Steve Carell Breaks the Mold in ‘Foxcatcher’

January 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After spending years making audiences laugh, Steve Carell delivered one of the most chilling performances of the year in the true-crime thriller “Foxcatcher.” The role has already garnered him Golden Globe and SAG Award noms, and now the actor is being honored with the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award on Jan. 4 at the... Read more

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Becomes 2014’s Best-Selling Album

December 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Ending the year in typical fashion, Taylor Swift held the top of the U.S. album chart for a seventh non-consecutive week, becoming the year’s bestselling title in the process. The singer’s Big Machine smash “1989” maintained its position at No. 1 with total sales of 430,000, according to Nielsen Music data for the week ending... Read more

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2014 Top 10 Books: Film Adaptations Fuel Young Adult Novel Sales

December 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

There’s no fault in these stats. Nielsen’s list of the year’s top selling books reinforces how important film adaptations are to driving sales of young adult novels. Nine of the 10 top selling books of the year were tied into a film adaptation or film franchise of some kind, with various publications of John Green’s “The... Read more

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Latest Advertising Spending Estimates Underscore Softness in TV

December 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The latest numbers on advertising expenditures underscore the trend of softness in TV growth this year, according to ad tracking firm Kantar Media. Spanish-language TV was the big driver of modest TV advertising growth during the third quarter, according to the latest Kantar report. Spanish-lingo TV registered a 23.7% gain in spot TV advertising, thanks... Read more

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The Best Branded Entertainment of 2014

December 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Producers of branded entertainment usually struggle with two things: not making their projects seem too much like marketing, and wanting audiences to discover the content on their own. Effectively exploiting social-media platforms helped address the latter. But what worked especially well for brands this year was loosening up the corporate pitch and letting popular culture... Read more

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David Schurmann Advances on ‘Little Secret’ Shoot

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID – Brazilian film director David Schurmann is shooting “Little Secret,” inspired by the life of his adopted sister Kat Schurmann, written by Marcos Bernstein, scribe of Walter Salles’ Oscar-nominated “Central Station,” and one of the most ambitious and unusual fiction films to have moved this year into production in Brazil. Brazilians Julia Lemmertz (“My... Read more

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These Films, Books and TV Shows Ruled Tumblr’s Sponsored Entertainment Posts in 2014

December 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's the end of the year, and Tumblr is recapping its top branded entertainment posts of 2014. With the average desktop user spending 14 minutes per visit in October, according to comScore, it's clear why leading entertainment companies are advertising on the Yahoo-owned microblogging site.

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Marrakech Matures Into Fully-Fledged International Film Festival

December 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MARRAKECH– Turning 14 this year, the Marrakech International Film Festival has matured into a full-fledged fest that not only showcases world cinema highlights but also breeds local talent. Jeremy Irons, during his career tribute on the second day of events, recalled the attribulated first edition in December 2001, which initially seemed at risk after the... Read more

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Oscars: 114 Scores in Contention for Top Prize

December 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced that 114 original scores have advanced in the category for the 2014 Oscars. By coincidence, that’s the exact number that qualified last year. This year’s crop includes the usual diversity, with scores from animated features, documentaries, foreign-language films as well as English-lingo titles. Alexandre Desplat leads... Read more

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79 Original Songs to Compete for Oscar

December 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 79 original songs will contend for the 2014 Oscar. That’s a slight jump from last year’s 75. The list will be winnowed down to five contenders when Oscar nominations are unveiled Jan. 15. This year’s eligible list includes includes tunes from animated films (e.g., “Everything... Read more

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