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Judge Signs Off on $3.4 Million Damage Award Over ‘Hunger Games,’ Other Rights in Taiwan

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A federal judge is signing off on an arbitrator’s award of $3.4 million in damages to Studio Solutions Group in its litigation with Media Development Corp. over the Taiwanese distribution rights to “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Master,” “Looper,” “Magic Mike” and other films. U.S. District Judge George Wu issued an order on Thursday confirming… Read more »

North Carolina Film-TV Incentives Sliced Amid Conservative Tide

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North Carolina legislators have ditched the state’s longtime film and TV incentives program amid a conservative push to cut back on such government support. “We knew that this would be an uphill battle and we were cautiously optimistic,” said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington (N.C) Regional Film Commission. “The problem was that a lot… Read more »

Dancing Groot Toy Created for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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Fans of Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” are getting their wish fulfilled: a dancing Groot toy. The charming character, who is seen wiggling to Michael Jackson in the film will be turned into a collectible figure by Funko through its Pop! vinyl toy line. Marvel and Funko announced the bobble-head figure on Friday via… Read more »

WATCH: First Five Minutes of Lifetime’s ‘Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story’

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School is almost back in session at Bayside High. Lifetime has released the first five minutes of “The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story,” the TV movie that promises to give viewers a look into the lives and relationships behind the scenes of the beloved Saturday morning teen soap. The clip begins in 1990 in Cincinnati, where… Read more »

Hulu Acquires ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Exclusive Streaming Rights

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Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the first season of Fox’s Emmy-nominated series “Sleepy Hollow,” available to subscribers of the company’s $7.99-per-month subscription service. As of Friday, Hulu Plus is the exclusive home the entire first season of “Sleepy Hollow” season one, ahead of its season 2 premiere Sept. 22 on Fox. In addition,… Read more »

‘The Simpsons’ Marathon More Than Triples Primetime Audience for FXX

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FXX scored solid ratings in primetime Thursday with its “The Simpsons” marathon, more than tripling the network’s usual audience and contributing to the nascent channel’s most-watched day ever. According to Nielsen estimates, the six half-hours of “The Simpsons” averaged a 0.49 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.01 million viewers overall. The demo score was good… Read more »

California Incentives Bill Urges Trade Action to Curb Flight of VFX Jobs

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An amendment to proposed legislation to expand California’s film and TV tax credit urges trade action as a response to countries that have lured visual effects firms away with the promise of generous subsidies. The amendment calls call for a strategy that has been previously opposed by Hollywood studios, which have benefited from the availability… Read more »

Stephen Gaghan to Direct AMC’s Geopolitical Drama Pilot

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“Traffic” and “Syriana’s” Stephen Gaghan is returning to similar terrain, as he has been tapped to direct the pilot for AMC’s geopolitical drama “White City.” The drama, which comes from former Middle East correspondent for Time magazine Nick McDonell and former senior Afghanistan adviser to Richard C. Holbrooke John Dempsey, centers on Western diplomats and journalists… Read more »

‘Horrible Bosses’ Writers Team with Relativity on Prison Comedy

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Relativity Studios is teaming with “Horrible Bosses” writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley on prison comedy “All Day and a Night.” Relativity will finance, produce and distribute “All Day,” which follows a TV news crew doing a story on a day in the life of two prison guards — on a day when a… Read more »