Posts Tagged ‘year’

Laura Dern on Directors: ‘I Like To Be Pushed to a Braver Place’

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd is generating her own awards buzz for her turn as Reese Witherspoon’s mother in “Wild,” opening Dec. 5. You’ve played two remarkable mothers onscreen this year, beginning with “The Fault in Our Stars.” What drew you to that role? I was introduced to John Green’s... Read more

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Oscar Best Picture: What’s Wrong With Well-Crafted Entertainment?

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

What do voters have against movies that are well-made — and also as entertaining as hell? Among this year’s typically serious and/or weighty crop of frontrunners, there are at least three dramas set during wartime (“Unbroken,” “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game”) and a slew of biopics (all three of the previously mentioned films, “Selma,” “The Theory... Read more

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‘Homeland,’ ‘The Affair’ Hit Live Ratings Highs Even as Delayed Viewing Dominates

November 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

For evidence of the delayed-viewing sea change in television this year, look no further than two of premium cable’s hottest shows: “Homeland” and “The Affair.” Showtime’s Sunday dramas are both generating more than two-thirds of their total viewing on a time-shifted basis. Both shows also hit live ratings highs for the season this past Sunday.... Read more

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CBS’ ‘Home for the Holidays’ Adoption Special to Feature 1st Gay Couple

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS’ 16th annual “Home for the Holidays” special will feature an adoption story involving a gay couple for the first time. “Home for the Holidays” aims to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for more than 400,000 children in foster care. This year’s telecast, set for Dec. 19, will highlight the story of... Read more

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Gravitas Buys Spike Lee’s Kickstarter-Funded ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’ for U.S.

November 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s horror-comedy “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” which was backed by a Kickstarter campaign last year. Starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” is a reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s 1973 “Ganja and Hess.” It debuted earlier this year at the American... Read more

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After NFL Controversies, Expect a Kinder, Gentler Set of Super Bowl Ads

November 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Despite some saber rattling, not one of the NFL’s 30-plus corporate sponsors including Procter & Gamble and General Motors have yanked their deals over the domestic violence scandals swirling around the league. But well over half of Americans and advertising professionals surveyed believe the disturbing issues raised by the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic violence/child abuse cases will help change the creative tone of commercials we’ll see during NBC’s telecast of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1. Roughly 62 percent of Americans and 65 percent of ad pros polled (for a total of 1,500 respondents) believe the domestic violence troubles would impact advertising creative on Super Bowl Sunday, according to a national survey being released today by the 4A’s. And 78 percent of Americans and 73 percent of ad execs see the controversies as an opportunity for brands and companies to promote positive social messages. Respondents have their own thoughts on how to improve the next batch of Super Bowl commercials during the series of online surveys conducted by research firm Ipsos in October. In: more focus on women, families and social issues. Out: the kind of cartoon violence and fart jokes that advertisers have used to get cheap laughs in the past. Roughly 34 percent of Americans and 33 percent advertisers want more focus on families. Thirty percent of Americans and 37 percent of ad pros want marketers to address domestic violence. That means Super Bowl XLIX actually offers an opportunity for the ad business to create “powerful, positive social messages” that hit a “sweet spot” with the biggest TV audience of the year, said Alison Fahey, 4A’s chief marketing officer. “I don’t think everybody should go overboard—and make it the ‘do-gooder’ Super Bowl. But it may not be the year to tackle Betty White in a Snickers spot,” she said. “It may not be the year for that slapstick, semi-violent tone in advertising.” For its part, the NFL has launched its own “No More” PSAs addressing domestic violence. They star over two dozen current and former players such as Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Cris Carter of ESPN

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Yahoo to Acquire Video Ad-Tech Firm BrightRoll for $640 Million

November 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Yahoo announced a deal to acquire BrightRoll, a programmatic video-advertising platform, for $640 million in cash. The deal will combine Yahoo’s desktop and mobile video advertising inventory with BrightRoll’s platform and publisher relationships. BrightRoll’s net revenue is expected to exceed $100 million this year, and Yahoo said it expects the transaction to enhance its profitability.... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Big Hero 6′ Eye Record-Breaking Weekend

November 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Interstellar” and “Big Hero 6″ collide at the multiplexes this weekend, igniting one of the fiercest box office battles of the year. Both films are eyeing debuts in the $55 million range, with “Big Hero 6″ maintaining a slight advantage. Some analysts expect that the animated Walt Disney release will hit or even pass $60... Read more

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Sony Returns to Loss in Second Quarter

October 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mobile communications and goodwill impairments again hit Japanese electronics and entertainment group Sony, dragging the company back into loss for the first half of the year — after it reported surprise profits in the first quarter. Sales in the second quarter of the year grew by 7% to $17.4 billion. Net losses for the July... Read more

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‘Lego Movie’ Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Set to Script Sequel

October 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Lego Movie 2″ is gaining momentum with Phil Lord and Chris Miller signing on with Warner Bros to write and produce. The duo wrote and directed “The Lego Movie,” which grossed over $460 million worldwide this year. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Lord and Miller, and Jill Wilfert, Matt Ashton, Chris... Read more

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