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‘Mr. Robot’ Recap: Tensions Rise in an Unusual Hour

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Do not read on unless you have seen “eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12,” the eighth episode of the second season of “Mr. Robot.” I wrote a piece earlier today on “Mr. Robot” (and “UnReal”) and the bumpy second seasons both have had. But I also wanted to offer a few thoughts on tonight’s episode, which, which, like last week’s… Read more »

What is Fueling Wanda’s Hollywood Dealmaking?

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Wang Jianlin, the 64 year-old chairman of China’s Dalian Wanda group, is in too much of a hurry to worry about having his corporate wrist slapped by regulators over a shelved plan to absorb Legendary Entertainment into Wanda Pictures. Wanda announced its $3.5 billion acquisition of Legendary in January and immediately set about refinancing the… Read more »

“The Snowman,” “Downsizing” Tap Into Norwegian Film Incentives

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Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s U.K.-U.S. production of “The Snowman,” starring Michael Fassbender, and “Downsizing” from U.S. helmer Alexander Payne directly spent $24 million in Norway during their Norwegian location shoots. They were the first two international features shot in Norway to receive funding from the new state incentive program to attract foreign film and TV productions. According… Read more »

IM Global Launches China-Based Festival Marketing Unit

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International film and TV studio, IM Global has launched Go Global, a China-based festival marketing operation. Go Global will support Chinese films on the international festival circuit and help foreign films on Chinese festivals. The unit is headed by Clement Magar, an industry veteran, now based in Beijing. Its activities will kick off at next… Read more »

Prolific ‘Cave’ Helmer Looks Ahead to Three More Projects

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A trained projectionist but self-taught director, Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s third feature, “Cave,” closes the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. It will be the 27-year-old Norwegian’s third film in two years — and he has another three to come. “Of course it is a question of coincidences, but also of a will — and a need — to tell these… Read more »

Joel McHale Lists Los Angeles Home (EXCLUSIVE)

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SELLER: Joel McHale LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $2,395,000 SIZE: 3,451 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A Los Angeles home owned per property records by actor/comedian Joel McHale has hit the open market with a $2,395,000 price tag. Property records show the sharply sardonic comedian, actor, producer,… Read more »

‘Angry Birds’ Bows at No. 1 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD Sales Chart

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Two new releases shot to the top of the national home video sales charts the week ending Aug. 21, Sony Pictures’ “The Angry Birds Movie” and Universal Pictures’ “God’s Not Dead 2.” “Angry Birds,” a computer-generated film based on the popular video game franchise that earned $107.5 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1… Read more »

‘Nashville’ Season 5: Are Connie Britton or Hayden Panettiere Exiting CMT Show?

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Just as CMT announced the Season 5 premiere date for the return of “Nashville,” numerous reports surfaced questioning the status of series stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Panettiere is locked in for the full season, Variety has confirmed. Sources inside Panettiere’s camp say the actress has signed on for all 22 episodes of the new season, which premieres… Read more »