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Warner Bros. Dials Up Mitch Albom’s ‘First Phone Call from Heaven’
Warner Bros. is taking “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” buying movie rights to Mitch Albom’s inspirational novel. The project has been set up with Warner-based Denise DiNovi and A...
Chris Pratt, Anna Faris to Play Crazy Couple in ‘Vacation Friends’
Real-life husband-and-wife Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are attached to star in “Vacation Friends,” a comedy that Steve Pink is in early talks to direct from a spec script by siblings Tim Mu...
CinemaCon: 5 Questions for NATO President John Fithian
John Fithian is the president of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, which is hosting annual exhibition confab CinemaCon through March 27 in Las Vegas. How much longer do you feel peace on the windo...
Film Review: ‘Geography Club’
A LGBT movie for the “Glee” crowd (minus the musical numbers), “Geography Club” retains just enough of novelist Brent Hartinger’s no-nonsense style to give it cred.
‘True Detective’ to Compete in Emmys Drama Series Category
The mystery of which Emmys category “True Detective” will compete in has been solved — and the answer could impact a number of Emmy races. The freshman HBO series, which starred Matt...
Oculus Rift Just Put Facebook in the Movie Business
Just as the movie industry gathered this week at CinemaCon to discuss its future, Facebook came along and changed it without even bothering to show up in Las Vegas. The surprise $2 billion acquisition...
Emmys Shocker: HBO to Submit 'True Detective' as Best Drama Series, Not Miniseries
All right, all right, all right. The Emmys race for Best Drama just kicked into high gear with news breaking of HBO's plans to submit its new hit series -- not miniseries -- "True Detective" as a cont...
FilMart: China Filmmakers Wrestle With Changing Market, Audiences
Cultural currency, identity and big data weigh on creative effort.
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California Assembly Committee Passage of Incentives Bill Sends a Message of Urgency (Analysis)
The extension of movie/TV subsidies for five years -- and the potential for $500 million a year in funding -- is declared a last-ditch effort to stem runaway production.read more
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Plans to Raze '12 Years a Slave' Site for Baseball Stadium Draw Outrage
Descendants of Solomon Northup are among those opposing plans to develop Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Va. -- where once stood a busy slave-trading district.read more
‘House of Cards’ Actor to Star in ‘The Inherited’ (EXCLUSIVE)
“House of Cards” actor Nathan Darrow will star in indie psychological thriller “The Inherited,” with shooting starting next month in Orange County, N.Y. Ash Christian of Craniu...
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Zuckerberg's Grip Already Causes Rift With Oculus Fans
Well, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clearly excited about the virtual reality future, but not everyone is excited to have him in the close-knit Oculus VR community. Zuckerberg just announced that...
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Theater Owners Chief: '12 Years a Slave' Was 'Too Intense' to Watch in Cinema
UPDATED: National Association of Theater Owners president-CEO John Fithian surprised CinemaCon with his comments about the Oscar-winning film, which he praised for "being one of the most important mov...
Okinawa Fest Wraps With ‘One Third’ Taking Top Prize
The 6th edition of the Okinawa Intl. Movie Festival announced the winners of its double-barreled Laugh and Peace competition section today at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan. ...
‘True Detective’ to Submit as Drama Series, Not Miniseries, for Emmys
Imagine the soliloquy Rust Cohle could spin about the philosophical reasoning behind Emmy submission strategies. HBO has thrown down the gauntlet, making the decision to enter “True Detective...
Cool Japan Gets Olympic Momentum, Cash Injection
“Cool Japan,” a now nearly decade-old government initiative to promote Japanese popular culture abroad, has long been derided as more high-flown talk than well-financed action. Compared with the S...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Throws Down With Joe Manganiello, Hulk Hogan on WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' (Video)
The "Terminator" star and former Mr. Universe proved he was still a tough guy when he entered the wrestling ring on Monday night. read more
‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Storms Europe – Is ‘Avengers’ Effect Still in Play?
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” storms the box office starting Wednesday, when Disney rolls out out its third post-”Avengers” Marvel superhero sequel across much of Europ...
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'Innocence of Muslims' Actress Demands Google Be Sanctioned
Will the web giant have to put up a $128 million bond for allegedly "thumbing its nose" at an appeals court?read more
Lifetime Renews ‘Kim of Queens’ for Second Season (Exclusive)
Lifetime reality series “Kim of Queens” will be back this summer to rule the pageant circuit. The cable network has renewed the show for a 10-episode second season set to premiere on Tuesd...

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