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AFI Expands Workshop for Women Directors

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The AFI Directing Workshop for Women will expand this year, with participants creating content for the web or streaming devices. This expands on the 40-year-old program, which has centered on the making of short films. The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation has provided sponsorship for this year’s initiatives, along with NBCUniversal. The WJSFF will… Read more »

‘Magic’ Wins Best Pitch at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films

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HAUGESUND, Norway–  “Magic,”  Andreas Ohman and Oskar Gullstrand’s fantasy-filled adventure project, won best project at the New Nordic Films, a mini-mart hosted by Haugesund’s Norwegian fest that wrapped today. Pic centers on two siblings waking up one morning to realize that their parents are gone, along with other all other grown-ups, and have been replaced by monsters. The… Read more »

TV Review: ‘Breathless’

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Doctors and nurses have been engaged in soapy doings since broadcasting’s infancy, but seldom in a package quite as tantalizing as “Breathless.” Set in the early ‘60s, this three-part “Masterpiece” production obviously shares certain qualities with “Mad Men,” but quickly establishes its own spin on the era replete with a web of interlocking relationships. Built… Read more »

Comcast, Hoping to Hook Kids on Cable, Launches Internet-Based TV Service with 7 Colleges

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Comcast has found a new bundling model to bring pay TV to the next generation of consumers: The cable giant is delivering an 80-channel package, streamed to computers, tablets and smartphones, for free with the price of room and board for college kids. The Xfinity On Campus service is designed to expose millennials — who have a lower proclivity… Read more »

ABC Extends Re-Do of ‘The View’ From Hosts To Set

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NBC’s “Today” has its “Orange Room,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” has its “Social Square.” Now “The View” is getting similar treatment. ABC said the late-morning talk show would add an “on camera social media station” when its new season debuts Monday, September 15, part of a near-wholesale makeover taking place at the show in… Read more »

Venice Market to Showcase ‘Bang Gang,’ ‘Dead & Beautiful,’ ‘Sworn Virgin’

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MADRID – Eva Husson’s “Bang Gang,” David Verbeek’s “Dead & Beautiful” and Laura Bispuri’s “Sworn Virgin” (pictured) will be presented at the first Venice European Gap-Financing Co-production Market, which runs August 29-30. In its first edition, the Market looks set to bring to Venice a brace of Europe’s newest generation of producers, some with already… Read more »

‘Star Wars: Commander’ Invades Mobile Phones

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Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm have launched “Star Wars: Commander,” a game for mobile devices. “Commander,” launching on Apple devices first, is a free-to-play combat strategy game in which players choose whether to fight for the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire and lead a force in epic battles. SEE ALSO: Significant ‘Star Wars’ Presence Planned… Read more »

Netflix Hacks Up 3D Virtual-Reality Demo Using Oculus Rift (VIDEO)

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Someday, you might be able to sit down to watch Netflix’s “House of Cards” with a virtual-reality helmet strapped to your head, to see around corners and experience the political machinations in a 3D environment. Or maybe not. Whether VR is the future of entertainment — or just a passing fad — Netflix is among… Read more »

Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Winding Refn Steer Lincoln Campaign

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Matthew McConaughey is reuniting with Lincoln. The star of “The Lincoln Lawyer” has signed a multi-year deal with Ford Motor Co.’s luxury brand to serve as its spokesman in a series of commercials that “Drive”-director Nicolas Winding Refn will helm. The campaign starts this week and will put a spotlight on Lincoln’s MKC SUV with… Read more »