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Sundance: Adaptive Studios Sells Short-Form Thriller Series ‘Pineapple’ to Blackpills

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Digital-video startup Blackpills has acquired rights to “Pineapple,” a short-form thriller from Adaptive Studios that will have its world premiere this week at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Paris-based Blackpills, which has maintained a stealthy profile, expects to launch its mobile-centric video platform in the first quarter of 2017 with “Pineapple” among its first original… Read more »

Matthew McConaughey on His 47-Pound Transformation for ‘Gold’

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Matthew McConaughey laughed off his 47-pound weight gain for his latest role of Kenny Wells at the New York City premiere of TWC-Dimension’s “Gold” Tuesday night at AMC Loews Lincoln Square. “I enjoyed getting into Kenny and doing my research and all of a sudden I looked in the mirror and was like, ‘You put on… Read more »

Long-time Los Angeles Home of Late Actress Patricia Barry Goes Up For Sale (EXCLUSIVE)

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SELLER: Estate of Patricia Barry LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $10,495,000 SIZE: 4,236 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A Southern Colonial-style residence set behind gates at the head of a boxwood bordered circular drive on a prime block in the casually ritzy, exceedingly desirable and unquestionably expensive Brentwood Park neighborhood of… Read more »

Berlinale’s Forum Puts Spotlight on North and South American Movies

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The Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival revealed its lineup Wednesday, with 43 films in its main program, 29 of which are world premieres and 10 are international premieres. The Special Screenings will be announced separately. North American cinema once again has a strong presence in Forum. Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits” tells… Read more »

BBC Ranked as the World’s Top Producer of Content in 2016

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PARIS– The BBC turned out to be the world’s leading producer of content with more than 340 new programs produced in 2016, according to a survey unveiled by Eurodata TV Worldwide which cited “The Night Manager” and “The Hunt.” The BBC was followed by Endemol Shine, which produced, among other shows “SuperKids” and the British… Read more »

‘Folk Hero and Funny Guy’: Alex Karpovsky-Wyatt Russell Comedy Finds a Buyer

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Gravitas Ventures has acquired the worldwide rights to the comedy “Folk Hero and Funny Guy,” starring Alex Karpovsky and Wyatt Russell. The film premiered in April at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and scored 100% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. Jeff Grace made his feature directorial debut with a script he wrote about a successful singer-songwriter, played… Read more »

LeBron James-Produced Game Show ‘The Wall’ Scores 20 More Episodes on NBC

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When LeBron James takes a shot, he generally doesn’t miss. That’s the case this time, anyway, for the NBA superstar’s “The Wall” which earned 20 more episodes from NBC, the network announced on Wednesday. James exec produces the show with Maverick Carter, Andrew Glassman and host Chris Hardwick. The game show centers around the titular… Read more »

Grateful Dead Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Bought by Amazon

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Amazon Studios has acquired Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” and plans to debut the film on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K. Amazon made the announcement Wednesday ahead of the world premiere of “Long Strange Trip” at the Sundance Film Festival. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob… Read more »

Discovery-Backed Group Nine Taps Richard Beckman, Suzanne Kolb for Senior Roles

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Group Nine Media, the digital-video venture in which Discovery Communications holds a 35% stake, has named Richard Beckman as chief revenue officer and Suzanne Kolb as chief brand officer. New York-based Group Nine was formed last fall with the merger of three startups backed by Lerer Hippeau Ventures — Thrillist, NowThis Media and the Dodo —… Read more »

Watch Members of SEAL Team Six in Action in History’s New Series ‘Six’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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History’s new drama “Six” doesn’t premiere until later tonight, but Variety has an exclusive clip of Walton Goggins and his band of Navy SEALs in action. In the clip from tonight’s premiere, which you can watch above, troop commander Rip (Goggins) and the other SEALs in his unit attempt to figure out how to treat an… Read more »