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Netflix Losing Flicks: Why It’s Actually Smart to Shed ‘Hunger Games,’ Other Epix Movies

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The “flix” part of Netflix is about to get less precise: Thousands of movies through its deal with Epix, the JV of Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM, are set to roll off the streaming service when the pact expires next month. It’s sure to cause the subscription VOD leader some short-term pain with customer irritation and confusion. And Reed Hastings can’t be… Read more »

Comedian Jon Rudnitsky Joins Cast of ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Comedian Jon Rudnitsky has joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” as a featured player. Rudnitsky, 25, was featured this summer in Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival as part of its New Faces showcase. He previously won the Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl college comedy competition in 2012. He’s a New Jersey native who graduated from… Read more »

President Obama to Appear on NBC’s ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

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The campaign trails probably never got as rough as this. President Barack Obama will trek through the Alaskan wilderness with survival expert Bear Grylls for a special edition of NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” it was announced Monday by NBC and producer Electus. The episode, which will be taped and air later this year,… Read more »

Wanda Cinemas, Mtime Sign Strategic Partnership to Hawk Movie Merchandise (EXCLUSIVE)

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China’s largest theater group, Wanda Cinemas, has signed a deal with online movie ticketing service and media company Mtime to co-develop new businesses intended to drive online customers to physical stores. Terms of the pact were not disclosed, but the agreement comes after Mtime announced in July it will build merchandising centers in Wanda’s theaters…. Read more »

German Media Conglom Bertelsmann Reports Highest Figures Since 2007

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European media giant Bertelsmann has seen a strong first half of the year in 2015, reporting revenues at €8.04 billion ($9 billion), the company’s highest figure since 2007. It’s a 2.5% year-on-year hike for the German media conglom, which owns Europe’s largest broadcaster RTL Group, music rights company BMG, book publisher Penguin Random House, magazine… Read more »

Film Review: ‘The Daughter’

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Deeply involving and emotionally searing, “The Daughter” reps a confident and profoundly moving bigscreen debut for established theater director Simon Stone. Those familiar with Henrik Ibsen’s play, which Stone freely adapted for the Sydney stage in 2011, will find its themes of the haunted past detonating in the present and the gulfs in class and gender… Read more »