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‘Valley Uprising’ Raises the Bar

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“Valley Uprising” makes its debut outside of producer Sender Films’ Reel Rock Film Tour for the first time in the San Sebastian Savage Cinema sidebar. Written and directed by Sender Films’ Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer, “Valley Uprising” is a culmination of the company’s efforts to bring extreme rock climbing sports to the public. “We… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: Neil LaBute’s ‘The Money Shot’

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Four characters dangle precariously from their respective perches on the Hollywood power ladder in Neil LaBute’s “The Money Shot,” an acid-tongued showbiz satire that makes up in belly laughs and inspired performances what it lacks in nuance or novelty.

Wong Kar-wai’s Jettone Hires Winnie Lau for Int’l Production Role

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HONG KONG — Winnie Lau has been appointed head of international co-production and distribution for Jettone, the production and talent management company created by Wong Kar-wai. Lau is a 13 year veteran of Fortissimo Films, where she was recently VP of acquisitions and sales, and for which she has held positions in Amsterdam, New York… Read more »

Rudy Giuliani Joins Activision Team Fighting Manuel Noriega’s ‘Call of Duty’ Lawsuit

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“Call of Duty” publisher Activision Blizzard has brought in former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to help fight former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s right of publicity lawsuit over his depiction in its “Black Ops II” game. Giuliani’s role in the case is not just legal, but to sound the alarm over what he thinks will… Read more »

How ‘Scandal’ Paved the Way for ABC’s Twitter-Based ‘#TGIT’ Marketing Strategy

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ABC hopes to power Shonda Rhimes’ takeover of Thursday night this season with an army of Twitter followers. The network aims to build on “Scandal’s” template by promoting the night with the hashtag “#TGIT,” to focus fans on talking about “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and new entrant “How to Get Away with Murder” all night long…. Read more »

Oscars: Israel Taps ‘Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem’ as Foreign-Language Entry

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Courtroom drama “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” directed by siblings Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, has been selected as Israel’s nomination for this year’s best foreign language Oscar race. The final entry in a trilogy that includes “To Take a Wife” and “7 Days,” “Gett” stars Ronit Elkabetz as Viviane, a woman who has been… Read more »

Studio Deal Renewals Could Hurt Redbox, Analyst Warns

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An analyst tracking Outerwall, parent company of Redbox, rang the alarm on the DVD-kiosk service Monday citing a fleet of studio deals all set to expire in the next seven months. Eric Wold, analyst with B. Riley & Co., raised the prospect that Redbox would not only see studio pressure seeking higher prices per disc,… Read more »

Craig Ferguson On Ditching Conventions and Having Fun on ‘Celebrity Name Game’

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Though his tenure on “The Late Late Show” may be drawing to a close, Craig Ferguson won’t be idle: He’s looking forward to his new gig as host of the new syndie game show “Celebrity Name Game.” Known for his atypical, non-formulaic approach to his after-midnight talker, Ferguson told journalists in a telephone press conference that… Read more »