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Lionsgate Invests $2 Million in Finnish App Developer Next Games

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Lionsgate has formed a partnership with Finland-based games developer Next Games under which it will invest $2 million in the startup, as the studio looks to extend entertainment franchises like “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Divergent” into the segment. Next Games announced the first part of its external investment round earlier this year, raising $6 million in financing… Read more »

Hamptons Film Festival’s SummerDocs Series Adds Two Sundance Titles

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The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival’s annual SummerDocs series of documentary programming will round out its 2014 slate with Rory Kennedy’s “Last Days in Vietnam” and Jesse Moss’ “The Overnighters,” both of which screened at Sundance earlier this year. Alex Baldwin, who usually hosts SummerDocs events, will moderate conversations with Kennedy and subject Stuart Herrington for… Read more »

Guardians of the Galaxy Join ‘Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes’

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The Guardians of the Galaxy are joining “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.” The characters — Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora and Groot — will be featured in a new play set this fall for the second iteration of Disney Interactive’s video game, that combines on screen game play with physical figures. Inspired by the Marvel… Read more »

Fox Goes Deep With All-Star Game, Wins Week in Demos; TNT Cable’s Scripted Leader

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Strong numbers for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and improved results for scripted originals “24: Live Another Day” and “Gang Related” lifted Fox to a rare primetime ratings victory in young adults last week — its first in the nearly six months since it aired the Super Bowl in early February. TNT, meanwhile, continues to… Read more »

Locarno Film Festival To Honor Italian Thesp Giancarlo Giannini

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ROME – The Locarno Film Festival will honor versatile Italian thesp Giancarlo Giannini with a career award and several screenings of his films, including his big-screen debut “Don’t Bother the Mosquito,” the start of a long collaboration with Lina Wertmuller. Wertmuller directed Giannini in nine films, the most memorable of which is perhaps “Seven Beauties,”… Read more »

40th Deauville American Film Festival to Fete ‘King of Comedy’ Will Ferrell

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The 40th edition of the Deauville American Film Festival, which runs Sept. 5-14, is to honor Will Ferrell with an homage, festival director Bruno Barde has revealed. Ferrell’s recent credits include Warner Bros. animated film “The Lego Movie,” which has gone on to earn more than $441 million in box office worldwide, and “Anchorman 2:… Read more »

Denzel Washington To Receive San Sebastian Donostia Award

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MADRID – Denzel Washington will receive a career achievement 2014 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at September’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world. Washington and director Antoine Fuqua will also present “The Equalizer” at its European premiere, which will open San Sebastian’s 2014 edition on Sept. 19. Sony Pictures’ big-screen redo… Read more »

Endemol Inks Drama Pact with Tally Garner’s Mam Tor Prods.

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Endemol, one of the world’s largest independent television companies, has inked an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with U.K. drama producer Mam Tor Prods., which is headed by Tally Garner. Endemol will provide development funding and deficit financing as part of the three-year deal. Endemol Worldwide Distribution, the world sales arm, will handle international… Read more »