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Michael Fassbender to Play Serial Killer in True Crime Story ‘Entering Hades’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Michael Fassbender is in talks to star as a serial killer in Broad Green Pictures’ “Entering Hades” with Storyscape Entertainment and Fassbender’s DMC Film producing, Variety has learned exclusively. “Entering Hades” is based on John Leake’s true crime novel about Jack Unterweger, a celebrated Austrian journalist and best-selling author who led a double life investigating… Read more »

2016 Tony Awards Nomations: Scott Rudin’s Six Pack, Ryan Murphy’s ‘Journey’ and Other Fun Facts

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Just call Scott Rudin the Iron Man of Broadway. The veteran producer is nommed for six productions this year — a step up in activity even after Rudin nabbed two big wins at last year’s Tonys, for best play (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”) and best revival of a play (“Skylight”)…. Read more »

Time Inc.-Backed Startup Xumo Adds 10 Channels to OTT Service

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Over-the-top video platform startup Xumo — vying to compete with the likes of Roku and Apple TV as a conduit for premium connected-TV programming — has added 10 new channel partners will expand its footprint to include smart TVs from Funai Electric Co. Xumo became part of the Time Inc. family in February, when Time Inc. announced the acquisition of… Read more »

FilmRise Buys Sean Bronson’s SXSW Thriller ‘My Father Die’

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Film and television distributor FilmRise has acquired exclusive worldwide distribution rights for Sean Brosnan’s debut feature film, “My Father Die,” for a winter theatrical release. “My Father Die” made its world premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest festival. It’s directed by Sean Brosnan, son of actor Pierce Brosnan, who produces the film alongside Sean’s producing partners… Read more »

Cannes: Sales Launch on Space Thriller ‘Somnus’

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Epic Pictures Group has acquired worldwide sales and distribution rights to the sci-fi thriller “Somnus.” It will launch international sales at the Cannes Film Festival next week, Variety has learned exclusively. The film is directed by Chris Reading from his own script, co-written with Russell Owen. The film, Reading’s directorial debut, was completed in 2015… Read more »

There Will Be ‘Serious’ Risks for Hollywood if Trans Pacific Partnership Doesn’t Pass, U.S. Trade Rep Says

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said that Hollywood will see big benefits from the Trans Pacific Partnership in the form of common standards for protection of content and enforcement of copyright across 12 Pacific Rim countries. Froman, who visited Capital Records and the Independent Film and Television Alliance on Monday, noted that the agreement will… Read more »

Cannes: ARP Acquires Un Certain Regard Title ‘The Transfiguration’ From Protagonist

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LONDON — French distributor ARP has acquired Michael O’Shea’s debut feature “The Transfiguration” from Protagonist Pictures, a week before its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. The film stars newcomer Eric Ruffin alongside Chloe Levine, and is produced by Susan Leber, whose credits include Sundance winner “Down to the Bone,” directed… Read more »

Amazon Prime Video Picks Up Julian Fellowes’ British Period Drama ‘Doctor Thorne’

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Amazon has acquired streaming rights to British period drama series “Doctor Thorne,” adapted by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, in a deal with the Weinstein Company. The series is slated to premiere May 20 on Prime Video in the U.S. “Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne,” based on the classic 1858 novel by Anthony Trollope, is the… Read more »

2016 Tony Awards: ‘Hamilton’ Nabs Record 16 Nominations

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“Hamilton” dominated the 2016 Tony Awards nominations, with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway juggernaut notching a record 16 noms for the theater industry’s 70th annual awards ceremony. Also doing well at the May 3 nominations announcement were “Shuffle Along,” the starry musical that opened last week, with 10 nominations, and the Roundabout Theater Company’s well-received revival of… Read more »

TheAudience Taps Mike Dodge as CEO, Debbie Menin as EVP Partnerships

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TheAudience, a social-media and digital content marketing agency focused on connecting brands with cultural influencers, has hired Mike Dodge as CEO and Debbie Menin as executive VP of strategic partnerships overseeing the sales team. The two publishing industry vets join chief creative officer Patrick Mulford, who has been with the L.A.-based company since 2013 and… Read more »