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Box Office: ‘Chappie’ Opens with $750,000 Thursday Night

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Sony’s sci-fi adventure “Chappie” has opened with a modest $750,000 at latenight Thursday showings in the U.S. The film, which centers on a police robot that learns to think and feel, expands to 3,201 locations Friday. “Chappie,” directed by Neill Blomkamp (“District 9,″ “Elysium”), has been forecast as the top performer this weekend with an… Read more »

Emile Hirsch Starring in ‘Autopsy of Jane Doe’

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Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox willl star in supernatural thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” with Andre Ovredal directing and production beginning at the end of the month in London. It’s the first acting gig for Hirsch following his Jan. 25 arrest for allegedly choking a female executive at the Sundance Film Festival. Hirsch checked… Read more »

Free Oleg Sentsov: Polish Film Academy Joins Fight to Release Ukrainian Filmmaker

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LONDON — The Polish Film Academy has added its voice to the campaign calling for the release of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who is being held in jail in Russia on terrorism charges. At the ceremony for the academy’s Eagle Awards this week, Dariusz Jablonski, academy president, led a protest designed to draw attention… Read more »

Andrew Lack Returns to NBC As News Chief, Will Face Challenges Restoring Credibility

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NBCUniversal is banking that the homecoming of one of its best-known former executives will help reverse its fortunes in the tricky area of TV news. The Comcast-owned media conglomerate confirmed Friday that Andrew Lack, a one time president and chief operating officer of NBC, would return in April to oversee NBC News and MSNBC –… Read more »

‘Red Band Society’ Italian Redo Lights Ratings Fire in Italy

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MADRID – Proving markets differ for format makeovers, “Braccialetti Rossi,” the Italian redo of Spain’s childrens hospital ward drama “The Red Band Society,” is punching standout ratings: 6.47 million viewers and a 23.3% audience share. Ratings come two days after “Red Band’s” Spanish original, “Polseres Vermelles,’ written by Albert Espinosa, helmed by Pau Freixas and… Read more »

WATCH: Marriott Releases Sneak Peek of ‘Two Bellmen’

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Marriott International is offering up a sneak preview of sorts of its “Two Bellmen” short film, part of its efforts to create and distribute content that points consumers back to its hotels and burnishes their image. The full film is a 15-minute offering that revolves around two hotel employees of the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A…. Read more »

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