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‘Homeland’ Actor Stars in Israeli Indie Feature

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Navid Negahban’s most famous alter ago,  “Homeland” terrorist mastermind Abu Nazir, was certainly no fan of Israel. But Negahban, whose quiet, almost sympathetic performance of the jihadist shot him to fame in 2011, fell in love with the Jewish state while filming “Homeland” in Tel Aviv, so much so that when he was offered the… Read more »

Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Bang Bang!’ to Play in Imax Format

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“Bang Bang!,” the Indian action thriller starring Hrithik Roshan, will be released as Imax film, only the second Indian film to be remastered and released in the giant screen format. The film is being distributed and marketed by Fox Star Studios, the joint venture between 20th Century Fox and pay-TV player Star India. Release is… Read more »

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Meets With Colombian President to Talk ‘Narcos’ Incentives

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Underscoring the priority that some countries are placing on luring production, Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos met with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos on Wednesday to talk about a significant cash rebate being given to the upcoming Gaumont-produced series “Narcos.” The 10-episode series, expected to premiere next year, is described as a new take… Read more »

‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Annabelle’ in Dead Heat at Weekend Box Office

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Summer popcorn season seems like a distant memory. After flooding multiplexes with cinematic confections pegged at teenagers, studios are finally offering up more substantive fare geared at adults. “Gone Girl” and “Annabelle,” two R-rated films designed to attract mature audiences, barrel into theaters this weekend in a neck-in-neck race for first place. Look for “Gone… Read more »

Comcast Security Chief Named Secret Service Director

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Joe Clancy, stepping in as interim acting director of the Secret Service, has spent the last three years leading security operations at Comcast. Clancy is leading the Secret Service after the resignation on Wednesday of Julia Pierson, who stepped down after criticism of the agency’s handling of high-profile security lapses. Comcast issued a statement calling… Read more »

‘Neighbors’ Moves Into Top Spot on Home Video Sales Chart

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After two weeks of flooding the market with new releases, the studios took a bit of a breather last week. The highest-profile new release was Universal Studios’ “Neighbors,” a comedy about a young couple living next to a frat house that earned a not-too-shabby $150.1 million in U.S. theaters. The film, which stars Seth Rogen… Read more »

Politics Aside, S. Korea, China Find Plenty of Reasons to Work Together in Film Business

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Over the centuries relations between neighbors Korea and China have often been strained, but the entertainment industry is putting history and politics behind them. A sequel to Korean hit “My Sassy Girl,” which began lensing last week, is set to be the first official treaty co-production between South Korea and China. That follows the long-awaited… Read more »

Fox Pulling ‘Utopia’ Off Tuesday As ‘MasterChef Junior’ Takes Slot in November

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Fox is pulling struggling new reality show “Utopia” — which had been airing twice a week — off its Tuesday schedule, and will replace it in November with “MasterChef Junior.” Last night’s airing of “Utopia” averaged a 0.8 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and about 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen — its fourth straight… Read more »