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Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench Score International Emmy Nominations

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Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will compete in the best actor and actress categories at this year’s International Emmy Awards. Nominations recognizing productions from 15 countries were announced Monday by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The 40 nominees, competing across 10 categories, come from the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany,… Read more »

France Selects Paul Verhoeven’s Isabelle Huppert-Starrer ‘Elle’ As Its Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

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Will Paul Verhoeven, director of “Total Recall” and “Basic Instinct,” be making a Hollywood comeback? A French selection committee has chosen Isabelle Huppert-starrer “Elle,” directed by Verhoeven, as France’s candidate in the foreign-language category of next year’s Academy Awards. The French-language debut of Verhoeven, “Elle” stars Huppert as the head of a top European video… Read more »

Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams Join Stephen Frears’ ‘Victoria and Abdul’

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Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams and Simon Callow have joined the cast of Stephen Frears’ “Victoria and Abdul,” which has started filming in Britain. The period drama sees Judi Dench return to the role of British monarch Queen Victoria opposite Bollywood actor Ali Fazalas playing Abdul Karim. Dench first played the long-serving 19th-century queen on the big screen in 1997’s “Mrs…. Read more »

TV Ratings: ‘Last Man on Earth,’ ‘Quantico’ Return Soft

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ABC premiered its Sunday drama lineup to less-than stellar ratings last night, with returning series “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,” and “Secrets and Lies” all struggling against “Sunday Night Football.” “Once Upon a Time” drew a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers and 3.9 million total viewers. Anthology “Secrets and… Read more »

Raindance Live Ammunition Panel: Go ‘Into This Event Thinking That Your Film Is Going to Get Made’

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LONDON — One of the more boisterous events in the Raindance line-up is Thursday’s Live Ammunition panel (6pm, Sept. 29, Screen 4m, Vue Piccadilly), now a festival staple and one of three such events run by the organisation every year, including an offshoot that takes place in the German capital during the Berlin film festival. Top… Read more »

Virtual Reality Studio Baobab Teams Up With Roth Kirschenbaum Films to Bring ‘Invasion!’ to the Big Screen

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Virtual reality (VR) is about to get its big screen moment: Roth Kirschenbaum Films is teaming up with Baobab Studios for a feature film adaptation of “Invasion!”, the animated VR short film that premiered at the Tribeca film festival earlier this year. “We are very excited to collaborate with Baobab,” said Roth Kirschenbaum’s Zack Roth… Read more »

Fox Searchlight Launches Voter Registration Drive for ‘Birth of a Nation’ Screenings

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Fox Searchlight has teamed with several chains and independent theaters to launch a voter registration drive during screenings of their upcoming drama “The Birth of a Nation.” The initiative supports Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day and will continue through the opening weekend of “The Birth of a Nation,” ending on Oct. 9. Participating theaters, including… Read more »

‘Hurt Locker’ Producer Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global as Production President

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“The Hurt Locker” producer Greg Shapiro has joined the independent studio IM Global as president of feature film production. Shapiro will oversee all feature film production and financing activity. “It’s a tremendous boost for our already vibrant film production and financing operation to have such a highly respected and commercially successful heavyweight as Greg join… Read more »

Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name,’ ‘Shin Godzilla’ Chase Records

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TOKYO – Makoto Shinkai’s animation “Your Name” topped the chart for the fifth successive weekend at the Japanese box office, while advancing past the JPY10 billion ($99.5 million) mark. For the weekend of Sept. 24-25, the Toho-distributed smash earned $8.6 million on 637,000 admissions. The film is currently on track to beat the $252 million… Read more »

CNN Crafts Commercial for Debate Night That Looks Like a News Show

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CNN loves to tell viewers when it’s covering breaking news. Tonight, it will also tell them that it’s breaking tradition. For two and a half minutes during its coverage leading up to this evening’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, CNN will air a commercial for cable-TV’s Epix network that will look a lot… Read more »

Plex Teams Up With Amazon to Offer Cloud-Based Media Server

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Fresh off the launch of its DVR service, digital media center maker Plex just announced another major feature addition: Plex users can now run their media server on Amazon Drive, with no need for a local computer or network-attached storage drive anymore. This won’t just make for a lot simpler Plex experience — the startup… Read more »