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Netflix Content Chief Ted Sarandos To Be Feted By Italy’s Ischia Global Fest

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ROME – Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos will be feted by Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Fest with its “Ischia Global Legend Award” in recognition of his contributions in creating the world’s first Internet TV Network, organisers said. The announcement was made by fest founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini, who is an Italo… Read more »

Watch: Jason Segel Is David Foster Wallace in ‘End of the Tour’ Trailer

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A24 has released its first trailer for James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” starring Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as a Rolling Stone journalist. Talk dominates in the trailer, which consists of conversations between the two. “I treasure my regular guy-ness,” a disheveled-looking Segel says at one point. A24 bought… Read more »

TV Review: Showtime’s ‘3AM’

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In the tradition of “Gigolos,” “3AM” is a Showtime “docu-series” that’s pretty much “docu” in name only – arrestingly shot, but more performance art than documentary. Focusing on five disparate characters who each toil and/or party well into the night (hence the title), this latenight entry takes the “city that never sleeps” line and runs… Read more »

Facebook to Host Time Inc.’s Fortune Video-Interview Series with Biz Leaders

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Facebook, adding another media partner to its burgeoning video strategy, is working with Time Inc.’s Fortune, which is launching a interview series with CEOs and other business bigwigs on the social-media giant’s service. “The Chat,” Fortune’s new video show, is supposed to open the floor to any and all questions, styled after Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything”… Read more »

Pharrell Buys Super Sleek L.A. Pad to Hang His Big Hat

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BUYER: Pharrell LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $7,140,000 SIZE: (approx.) 4,415 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms (total) YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It looks like uni-named entertainment industry supernova Pharrell, an 11-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter/rapper/producer, budding fashion mogul and multi-media entrepreneur, has a snazzy new house to hang his over-sized and arguably… Read more »

Broad Green Hires Summit’s Gail Heaney

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Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has hired Gail Heaney as executive VP of media, responsible for marketing solutions and media strategies for releases across all platforms. Heaney previously held a similar post at Summit Entertainment, working on “The Twilight Saga,” “Divergent” and “The Hurt Locker.” Prior to Summit Entertainment, Heaney worked for the CW Television Network,… Read more »

Jim Henson Company Taps Blanca Lista to Oversee Feature Films

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The Jim Henson Co. has promoted Blanca Lista to VP of feature film production to oversee the expanding film development slate for live action, animation and puppet features, Variety has learned exclusively. Lista is leading the development for legacy projects such as “Fraggle Rock” and “Power of the Dark Crystal” as well as new projects… Read more »

TV Review: ‘Nightingale’

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One-person shows represent a formidable challenge on stage, and the intimacy of the screen only magnifies those hurdles. David Oyelowo and director Elliott Lester have done a creditable job of clearing them in “Nightingale,” an HBO movie pickup that charts one man’s isolation and madness within the claustrophobic confines of a single house. Uncomfortably stretched even… Read more »