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ITV Reveals Plans for Mini-Theme Park in London

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ITV is the latest company looking to expand into the world of theme parks and location-based visitor attractions. Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster has revealed that it is looking for a suitable site in Central London to build a mini-theme park that would feature immersive experiences as well as sets, costumes and props, taking fans behind-the-scenes… Read more »

China Makes it Official, Formalizes Overseas Acquisitions Restrictions

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So now it is official. The brakes are on as far as Chinese investments in film, entertainment, sports and hotels are concerned. In documents and statements issued on Friday by the National Development and Reform Commission and by the State Council (document in Chinese), the Chinese government explained its crackdown on overseas mergers and acquisitions…. Read more »

Netflix ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ Poised for Binge-Viewing Pop, Data Indicates

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There are no standard “ratings” for Netflix. But “Marvel’s The Defenders,” the streamer’s newest original series in the street-hero franchise, could be one of its biggest hits ever, independent research indicates. The four preceding Marvel series leading up to “Defenders” — “Daredevil” season 2, “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” — were among the… Read more »

Tina Fey Delivers Takedown of President Trump, White Supremacists on ‘Weekend Update’ (Watch)

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Tina Fey turned up on Thursday’s edition of “Saturday Night Live’s” special summer “Weekend Update” episode to deliver a biting commentary on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and President Donald Trump’s response. Fey encouraged anguished Americans to engage in “sheetcaking,” or the process of binge eating a sheet cake with an American flag… Read more »

Primary Wave Names Steven Greener Head of Music Talent Management

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Steven Greener will oversee the music talent management division at Primary Wave Music, the management company and independent publisher that’s home to Cee Lo Green, Fantasia, Melissa Etheridge, Brandy, Cypress Hill, Eric Benét, Yanni, among others. Greener will also continue to manage his personal clients at Primary Wave, where he is a partner. Greener began… Read more »

‘Dirty Dancing’ at 30: How Baby and Johnny Won Over the Skeptics

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It’s been 30 years since Baby and Johnny had the time of their life, but “Dirty Dancing” remains as popular as when it opened on Aug. 21, 1987. Actually, it’s even more popular: When the ABC remake aired May 24 this year, fans immediately registered anger and/or disappointment on social media. It was a reminder… Read more »

‘Scary Mother’ Wins at Sarajevo Film Festival; Bosnia-Herzegovina Selects Oscar Entry

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The 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival has wrapped with the announcement of Ana Urushadze’s “Scary Mother” as winner of the fest’s top prize, while host country Bosnia-Herzegovina has picked its entry in the race for the foreign-language Academy Award. “Scary Mother” won the Heart of Sarajevo on Wednesday night, the festival’s prize for best feature film which… Read more »

Haugesund: ‘Sound of Noise’ Producer Steps up Ambitions (EXCLUSIVE)

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New Swedish production company Silver Films is launching with the English-lingo psycho thriller “CAR:Y” The feature project will be pitched at New Nordic Films’ Nordic Genre Boost strand in Haugesund, which runs Aug. 22-25, and will epitomize what Silver Films stands for: Audience-driven artistic content. The new Stockholm-based company is co-founded by writer/director/producer Olivier Guerpillon… Read more »

SANFIC: Fernando Guzzoni Prepares First English-language Feature (EXCLUSIVE)

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Chilean filmmaker Fernando Guzzoni, whose critically lauded father-son drama “Jesus” bows Sept. 1 in the U.S. via Breaking Glass, is developing his first English-language pic for Focus Features. “We’ve been in talks since Toronto [where “Jesus” had its world premiere] where they asked me to present them a project,” said Guzzoni. Titled “People Still Die… Read more »

San Sebastian: Glenn Close-starrer ‘The Wife’ Selected as Closing Night Film

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MADRID — Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce-starrer “The Wife” will close the 65th San Sebastian Festival on Sept. 30, where the film’s European premiere will see the festival end with an upscale tale of a woman’s belated empowerment, a showcase for Close and Pryce’ mano a mano acting talents and, in industrial terms, a blue-chip… Read more »