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Digital Tracking: The Future of ‘Tomorrowland’ at the Box Office

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Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in… Read more »

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Not in ‘Full House’ Sequel

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Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen will not be checking into Netflix’s “Fuller House,” Variety has confirmed. The twin sisters became known for playing Michelle Tanner, the youngest daughter in the original ABC sitcom centered on the recently-widowed Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) and his family and friends who helped him raise his  kids. The duo will… Read more »

Sherlock Holmes Creator’s Estate Sues Miramax Over Ian McKellan’s ‘Mr. Holmes’

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The estate of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle has sued Miramax, Roadside Attractions and director Bill Condon, claiming that the upcoming movie starring Ian McKellen in the story of the later life of the famous sleuth, “Mr. Holmes,” infringes on stories that still remain under copyright. The lawsuit also names writer Mitch Cullin and… Read more »

‘American Pie’s’ Thomas Ian Nicholas Starring in Horror-Drama ‘Strange Ones’

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Thomas Ian Nicholas, Clare Kramer, Hunter Gomez and newcomer Kelly Arjen will star in Brian A. Metcalf’s independent horror/drama “Strange Ones,” Variety has learned exclusively. Shooting will being later this month in Los Angeles. Metcalf is producing and directing from his own script in which an abused high school girl (Arjen) accidentally conjures forth a… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ Heading for Narrow Memorial Day Weekend Win With $45 Mil

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Disney’s “Tomorrowland” is looking to notch a narrow box office victory with an opening of about $45 million during Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to early estimates. The four-day frame could see as many as four other films top the $30 million mark, with the second weekend of “Pitch Perfect 2″ likely leading the rest… Read more »

Photos: ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ Characters Versus The Real Players

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Given the subject matter and the high-profile cast and creators, there was little doubt that “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” was going to garner a ton of attention. But just how accurate will the project be? Judging by the below photos, pretty darn close. “People v O.J. Simpson” is written by Scott Alexander and Larry… Read more »

Europe’s Digital Single Market: War Not Over, Warns Indie Film, TV Chief Jean Prewitt

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The battle to protect the film and television industries’ ability to license copyright territory by territory in Europe appeared to have been won at the Cannes Film Festival this week, but the war is not over, Jean Prewitt, CEO of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, told Variety. On Sunday, European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said… Read more »

Star Athletes to Make Movies With France’s Les Enfants Terribles (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Spurs star player Boris Diaw has partnered with top-level international athletes to launch One Million Dollar Film, an equity venture to finance and produce movies. One Million Dollar Film is teaming with Paris-based Les Enfants Terribles, co-founded by Yoel Dahan and Yohan Baiada, and sister shingle Hands Up on its first feature, “N.O.L.A. Circus,”… Read more »

Cannes: 6th Durban FilmMart Edition Unveils Projects

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Hala Elkoussy’s “Cactus Flower,” Robyn Aronstam’s “Selma and Charlize” and Karin Slater’s “Project Delight” figure among 19 feature film and documentary projects chosen to participate at the sixth Durban FilmMart, Africa’s premier film finance and co-production forum. A joint initiative between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival, the Durban FilmMart aims to… Read more »

Netflix, Dish Urge Court to Uphold FCC’s Net Neutrality Action

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Netflix and Dish Network are among the almost two dozen companies and public interest groups urging a federal appellate court to deny an effort to halt a central component of the FCC’s net neutrality rules before they go into effect on June 12. Cogent Communications, COMPTEL, Level 3 Communications, Tumblr, Vimeo, Union Square Ventures, Etsy… Read more »