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‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ to Launch YouTube Series with Maker Studios

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“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which was turning user-generated content into TV entertainment on ABC years before YouTube even existed, this fall will debut a series of short-form digital original content produced with Disney’s Maker Studios. New content will include “ShayFV,” a weekly 17-episode series hosted by YouTube star Shay “Shay Carl” Butler. The pact extends an existing relationship between “AFV” producer… Read more »

2014 Proved to be the Year of the Actor at Toronto

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Unlike last year, Toronto didn’t seem to herald an Oscar best-pic frontrunner. But it was the Year of the Actor, as much of the awards talk focused on performers. Some saw career revitalizations, though Al Pacino’s two roles didn’t seem to draw as much awards buzz as some other thesps. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones… Read more »

Ruben Fleischer on ‘Two Night Stand’s’ Max Nichols: ‘The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree’

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Indie rom-com “Two Night Stand” features a wealth of players on a path to making a bigger name for themselves, from former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Analeigh Tipton to Scott Mescudi, better known as hip hop artist Kid Cudi. But perhaps the most notable rising star at film’s Tuesday premiere at the TCL Chinese… Read more »

Discovery To Take Control Of Kiddie-Focused Hub Cable Outlet: Report

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Discovery Communications and toymaker Hasbro will rework their ownership of cable’s kid-focused Hub outlet so that Discovery will take more control of the property and rework it into a broader outlet focused on family entertainment, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The report said Discovery would take a controlling interest in the… Read more »

Disney on Premium VOD: ‘Nothing Substantial Has Come of It’

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Despite attempts by Disney to explore the premium VOD window — which offers up home video versions of movies closer to their theatrical release — “nothing substantial has come of it,” the studio said. That should give theater owners a little bit of relief as exhibitors worried that earlier than usual VOD releases would leave… Read more »

Cannes Winner ‘Leviathan’ Gets Russian Release

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Russian drama “Leviathan,” which won best screenplay at 2014 Cannes, has been granted an exhibition license from the Russian culture ministry. A Company Russia will distribute in wide release in cooperation with 20th Century Fox Russia. The distribution comes despite Russia’s decision to ban cursing in the arts earlier this year and the film’s themes and… Read more »

Sunset Strip Music Fest Pumps Up Volume For Its Seventh Edition

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As it approaches its seventh iteration, the Sunset Strip Music Festival, at least on the surface, looks almost unrecognizable compared to that first year in 2008 when it was confined to three clubs — the Roxy, the Whiskey and the Viper Room — and amounted to not much more than a glorified block party.

Lionsgate’s Codeblack Signs First-Look Deal with Datari Turner

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films has signed a first-look deal with independent producer Datari Turner. Codeblack will have all distribution rights to Turner’s microbudget film productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Turner will produce all films through his Datari Turner Productions banner. “Datari has quickly established himself as a prolific producer with a keen ability to make… Read more »

‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ Moved to 2015

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Paramount Pictures is shaking up the order of its parade of horribles. “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” is being moved from Oct. 25, 2014 to a March 13, 2015 opening. The film was previously entitled “Paranormal Activity 5,” but it sounds like this haunted house tale is being treated like a spin-off instead of a… Read more »