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John Malone’s Liberty Global Buys Ireland’s Commercial Broadcaster TV3

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John Malone’s international cable company Liberty Global has bought Ireland’s commercial broadcaster TV3 in a deal worth up to Euros 87 million ($96 million). The deal was made between Liberty Global’s UPC Ireland and U.K. private equity group Doughty Hanson, which bought TV3 in 2006 for €265 million ($292 million). “We’re pleased to welcome TV3… Read more »

‘Penny Dreadful’ Season Finale Shakes Up Showtime’s Gothic Drama (SPOILERS)

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Showtime has renewed “Penny Dreadful” for a third season, which, after Sunday’s finale, provokes some mixed feelings. That’s not because the show isn’t great fun to watch, but rather because there was enough poetry in its final chapter that even with numerous loose ends, it frankly wouldn’t have been a bad place to end things…. Read more »

Film Industry Players at Karlovy Vary Ponder Threat of Digital Single Market in Europe

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KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic — If Sunday’s debate at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival on the European Union’s proposals to create a single market for digital content was any indication, even discussing changes is striking fear into filmmakers’ hearts. “The European film industry is a very fragile ecosystem,” said Doris Pack, LUX Prize coordinator and… Read more »

July 4th Box Office Lacks Spark As ‘Terminator: Genisys,’ ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Fail to Draw Crowds

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There weren’t many fireworks at the box office this Independence Day after “Terminator: Genisys” and “Magic Mike XXL” failed to deliver big crowds. The biggest sparks were made by a pair of veterans, “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World,” which have been in theaters for several weeks, but still managed to outflank the newcomers to capture… Read more »

‘Terminator: Genisys,’ ‘Minions’ Boost Foreign Box Office With Solid Performances

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Launches of Paramount’s “Terminator: Genisys” and Universal’s “Minions” lifted the international box office this weekend as the tentpoles pulled in sturdy performances. Paramount saw $74 million from international markets for the weekend — led by Russia at $12.5 million, South Korea at $11.1 million and Mexico at $6.6 million — for a foreign cume of… Read more »

‘Avengers,’ ‘Inside Out’ Push Disney Past $3 Billion at 2015 Box Office

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Walt Disney Studios has reached the $3 billion global box office milestone for 2015 — the fastest it has ever crossed the mark — fueled by the successes of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Cinderella” and “Inside Out.” It’s the sixth consecutive year and the ninth time overall that Disney has achieved the milestone. The studio… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Inside Out’ Serves Up July 4th Fireworks Over ‘Terminator,’ ‘Magic Mike XXL’

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“Inside Out” delivered the firepower at the five-day holiday weekend box office as it finished in first ahead of “Jurassic World” and new entries “Terminator: Genisys” and “Magic Mike XXL.” In a tight race, Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy pulled in an estimated $45.3 million in the U.S. over the five days — giving it $246.2 million… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Monk Comes Down the Mountain’

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Tracing a Taoist priest’s foray from his hermit-like existence into the secular world, Chen Kaige’s “Monk Comes Down the Mountain” is an uncharacteristically lightweight martial-arts caper with a touch of Zen (and sin). Told in the old-school tradition of wuxia serial novels, the film’s simple fable of good and evil unfolds with wondrous visuals that recall… Read more »