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London Theater Review: Tom Stoppard’s ‘The Hard Problem’

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The title is a joke. “The Hard Problem,” Tom Stoppard’s first new play in nine years, comes after a prolonged period of writer’s block: The difficult 35th album. It also refers to the mystery of consciousness, and, with his usual intellectual panache, Stoppard leaps from there to explore the limits of human knowledge — God,… Read more »

Sundance: Indiegogo Touts Crowdfunding Record for ‘Dear White People’

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Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced that Sundance award winner “Dear White People,” which raised its initial production funds on Indiegogo, has broken the U.S. domestic box office record for a crowdfunded film. Since its opening on Oct. 17, the comedy has grossed $4.4 million domestically to date for Roadside Attractions. The former record-holder was Zach Braff’s… Read more »

Mister Smith Launches Dakota Fanning starrer ‘Brain of Fire’

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Bringing onto the market a project with literary pedigree from a rising director whose latest film has just earned Sundance plaudits, London’s Mister Smith Ent. will launch international sales at next week’s Berlin Festival on “Brain of Fire,” starring Dakota Fanning. Charlize Theron figures among the producers. Gerard Barrett (“Glassland”) will direct from his own… Read more »

‘Lilyhammer’ Producer Rubicon To Shoot ‘Maniac’

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GOTEBORG — Anne Kolbjornsen at Rubicon TV has in production the internationally acclaimed ”The Third Eye” and the Norwegian shows ”Kasim Bader”, and ”Maniac,” the last a new TV series to be shot in ten 30-minute episodes from early March. Behind “Maniac” are Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen PA Lervaag, both of whom will write, direct… Read more »

Amazon Inks Deal for U.K. Comedy Series ‘Catastrophe’ from Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

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Amazon Studios announced a licensing deal for transatlantic comedy series “Catastrophe” — penned by and starring comedian and author Rob Delaney and actress Sharon Horgan — which will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video. The first season of the six-episode half-hour comedy is airing on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and has been renewed for… Read more »

Pyramide Int. Brings ‘The Pearl Button’ Onto the International Market

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Paris-based production-distribution-sales company Pyramide Intl. is bringing on to the international market Berlin Competition player “The Pearl Button,” the latest film from Chilean Patricio Guzman, the doyen of Latin American documentary filmmakers. Pyramide has also taken French distribution rights to the film. Described by Guzman to fellow celebrated documentarian Frederick Wiseman as a “diptych” with… Read more »

Alibaba Beats Estimates With Earnings Up By 25%

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Chinese e-commerce and entertainment giant Alibaba announced a growth of 25% in non-GAAP net profits for the the three months to Dec 2014. The giant group, which floated on the New York Stock Exchange in September, reports a financial year to end of March. Figures are for its third quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per share of… Read more »

Alpha Violet Primes ‘The Tribe’ Follow-Up ‘Luxembourg,’ ‘Soviet Heroes’

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Paris-based sales agent Alpha Violet, which sparked a feeding frenzy at Cannes for Ukrainian Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s “The Tribe,” is bringing onto the market at Berlin his follow-up, “Luxembourg,” which won a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award on Tuesday and a Rotterdam Cinemart Arte International Award yesterday. “Luxembourg” will now be presented at the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express,… Read more »