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Mark Hamill Goes to the Dark Side at Jason Reitman’s Live Reading of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

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“Welcome to the first live screening of ‘The Interview!’” So teased Jason Reitman at the start of Thursday’s live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” held in downtown Los Angeles. The event, part of Film Independent’s Live Read series, was moved from its previous home at LACMA to the larger Ace Hotel Theatre due to audience demand…. Read more »

German Fund that Fuels Hollywood Pix Receives Cash Boost for 2016

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LONDON — The German government has reversed a cut in funding for the German Federal Film Fund, which has given coin to Hollywood pics like Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men.” The fund, which delivers non-repayable grants to producers, was set up in 2007. It was extended in late… Read more »

Cable One, NBCUniversal Rattle Sabers as Contract Deadline Approaches

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What would the last days of December be without a cable carriage brawl? Phoenix-base Cable One and NBCUniversal are obliging with a war of words as the Dec. 31 expiration of their existing contract approaches. NBCUniversal took to the airwaves earlier this week, launching crawls on USA Network, Syfy, Bravo, CNBC and other channels warning… Read more »

Hulu Acquires FX’s ‘Fargo’ Exclusive Streaming Rights Under MGM Pact

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Hulu has snagged exclusive streaming rights to FX’s acclaimed “Fargo” miniseries, as part of an expanded licensing deal with MGM. All 10 episodes of the first installment of the dark comedy/crime drama will be available to stream on Hulu sometime in 2015, prior to the season two “Fargo” debut on FX (expected next fall at the earliest). Also this… Read more »

David Schurmann Advances on ‘Little Secret’ Shoot

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MADRID – Brazilian film director David Schurmann is shooting “Little Secret,” inspired by the life of his adopted sister Kat Schurmann, written by Marcos Bernstein, scribe of Walter Salles’ Oscar-nominated “Central Station,” and one of the most ambitious and unusual fiction films to have moved this year into production in Brazil. Brazilians Julia Lemmertz (“My… Read more »

eOne Grabs U.K. Rights to Paul Gascoigne Film (EXCLUSIVE)

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LONDON — Entertainment One has taken the U.K. rights to Salon Pictures’ feature documentary about the maverick soccer player Paul Gascoigne, known both for his sublime soccer skills on the pitch and his self-destructive behavior off the field. “Gascoigne,” which is directed by Jane Preston (“Graffiti Wars”), and produced by Salon’s Nick Taussig and Paul… Read more »

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