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Watch: J.K. Simmons Channels His ‘Whiplash’ Character on ‘SNL’

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J.K. Simmons may play an abusive, domineering music conductor in “Whiplash,” but he’s actually a very nice man in real life — right? The supporting actor Oscar frontrunner hosted “Saturday Night Live” this week and, in his opening monologue, channeled his “Whiplash” character Terence Fletcher, the temperamental music teacher who is seen slapping and throwing… Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Imax Debut Shows Promise, But Needs Fine Tuning

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“Game of Thrones” catapulted from premium cable to the big screen this weekend, and though the fantasy series’ Imax debut didn’t set any box office records, it will likely be the first of many similar experiments. Its $1.5 million gross is impressive given that the episodes that Imax screened had aired six months ago. The… Read more »

Virtual Reality: Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid Yet

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In the scheme of all that Google has going on, Google Glass isn’t exactly a pressing concern. Nevertheless, the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday provided a sobering moment when CFO Patrick Pichette made what may have been Google’s most candid acknowledgment yet that the highly anticipated product was a disappointment. “In those situations where projects don’t… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Jan. 26

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Trailer Debuts Online “Game of Thrones” made its Imax debut this week, and with it came the first trailer for season five, featuring old favorites and new faces as the battle for the Iron Throne rages on. ABC Botches Plan to Fire Rosie Perez from ‘The View’ ABC has put… Read more »

France’s Revamped Tax Rebate Scheme to Boost Domestic and International Shoots

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Countries throughout the world are increasingly competing to attract major international productions – in particular Hollywood blockbusters – due to multiplier effect on domestic economies and the associated visibility that powers tourism flows. Hollywood in turn is key to use such incentives to leverage its financing and reduce risk exposure. In 2012 the European Commission… Read more »

Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Sets Super Bowl Weekend Record With $31.8 Million

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“American Sniper” is nearing the $250 million mark after picking up $31.8 million to set a new Super Bowl weekend record. The previous high-water mark for football’s big weekend was “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour,” which nabbed $31.2 million when it premiered in 2008. If it continues on this torrid clip,… Read more »

NBC Makes Last-Minute Changes To Super Bowl Ad Lineup

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NBC continues to tinker with the advertising schedule of its broadcast for Super Bowl XLIX in the hours leading up to the game. A spokesman for the Lexus division of Toyota said Saturday evening that the automaker would now have two 30-second ads in the game, as opposed to the one originally scheduled. The spokesman,… Read more »