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‘The Hunting Ground’ Plans College Campus Screenings After Arthouse Debut

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“The Hunting Ground,” a lacerating examination of college administrations’ failure to acknowledge and grapple with sexual violence on campuses, will make its case directly to students as part of an unorthodox distribution plan. The hot-button documentary will screen in college towns and, in many cases, on the campuses themselves, according to the film’s distributor, Radius-TWC…. Read more »

Google Official Slams MPAA After Judge Puts Anti-Piracy Probe on Hold

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A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction that at least temporarily prevents Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood from issuing a subpoena on Google as part of his investigation into whether the search giant facilitates piracy. Google filed suit against Hood in December, claiming that the investigation was motivated by lobbying by the MPAA and Hollywood’s… Read more »

Broadway Box Office: Helen Mirren, Larry David Stay Strong in Down Week

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The Broadway box office took a significant slide last week following the long Presidents Day weekend — but new, star-driven plays like Helen Mirren topliner “The Audience” and Larry David comedy “Fish in the Dark” easily held off the winter chill. Both “The Audience” ($1,090,479), attracting crowds with Mirren’s return to the role of Elizabeth II, and “Fish… Read more »

MTV’s ‘Shannara Chronicles’ Casts James Remar

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“Dexter” alum James Remar has joined the cast of MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles” in the role of Cephelo, the leader of the Rovers, who roam the Four Lands in the magical fantasy series. “Shannara” is based on a series of novels written by Terry Brooks, and follows Austin Butler as Wil Ohmsford, a half-elf who… Read more »

Carmike Cinemas Reports Quarterly Loss in Tough Box Office Climate

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A weaker slate of holiday films and an overall box office decline took a bit out of Carmike Cinemas’ fourth-quarter profits. The country’s fourth-largest theater chain reported a net loss of $2.2 million for the three-month period ending in December, even as revenues climbed 7.9% from the year-ago period to $185.4 million. For the full… Read more »

Watch: ‘Salem’ Season 2 Trailer Gives First Glimpse of Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend

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The new “Salem” trailer provides a lullaby for those who wish to never sleep again. WGN released the spooky new trailer Monday, which gives fans their first look at new cast members Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Stuart Townsend (“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”). Lawless will play Countess Marburg, a witch descended from a… Read more »

Pay TV Boosts Mexican Media Giant Televisa’s Fourth Quarter, 2014 Growth

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Mexico’s Televisa, the world’s largest provider of Spanish-language content, maintained on Monday the 1.2% stock surge it saw late last week as it announced better-than-expected fourth-quarter results on Thursday. But the major narrative for 2014 remains the same, a scenario drawn last February when Mexico’s Supreme Court backed a so-called must-offer ruling by its Federal… Read more »

Conan O’Brien Journeys to Cuba in Search of Latenight Surprise

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Conan O’Brien entertains hundreds of thousands of people each year. On a recent clandestine trip to Cuba, however, the TBS latenight host had to please just one – and for several harrowing minutes, thought he had failed. O’Brien quietly journeyed last month to Cuba in hopes of giving viewers a taste of Cuba’s culture now that… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Good Things Await’

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An octogenarian biodynamic farmer battles bureaucracy in his quest to preserve Danish Red dairy cattle, and to practice crop and animal husbandry in a respectful manner, in the inspiring, good-looking observational documentary “Good Things Await.” Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition, and the stubborn, hard-working, articulate Niels Stokholm is the movement’s prime practitioner… Read more »

Lena Dunham Lands on the Left Coast

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BUYER: Lena Dunham LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif. PRICE: $2,699,000 (last listed) SIZE: (approx.) 2,500 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (total) YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: On her mildly controversial and arguably ground-breaking hit show “Girls,” writer-producer-actress Lena Dunham may play an all-but-penniless writer and Iowa Writers’ Workshop dropout who gets by on her parents’ dime, but in… Read more »