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 »
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In his first interview since being fired from the WWE in late July, Hulk Hogan apologized on “Good Morning America” for his use of the n-word and insisted that he’s not a racist. “I’m not a racist, but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it,” the former… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Will Smith goes head to head with the NFL in the first trailer for his upcoming sports drama “Concussion.” “You’re going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week.” Based on a 2009 GQ article, the film from Sony Pictures tells the real-life story of forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who… Read more »
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 »
Korean web cartoonist Kang Full’s “The Witch” will get twin live action adaptations in Korea and China.
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 »
Tiny Hong Kong circuit is most profitable division, while growing multiplex numbers in China extend losses.
Company little interested in near-term profitability, looks instead to long term growth as platform for Alibaba ecosystem
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 »