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Celluloid Dreams Picks Up ‘Heart of a Dog,’ ‘From Afar’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Hengameh Panahi’s Celluloid Dreams has acquired world sales rights to Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” and Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas’ debut, “Desde Alla” (From Afar). Both world premiere in competition at the 72nd Venice Festival, which kicked off Wednesday with “Everest.” “Heart of a Dog,” soon to segue from Venice to New York, Toronto and… Read more »

Venice Final Cut Workshop Pacts With Egypt’s Mad Solutions and Abu Dhabi’s Sanad

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The Venice Film Market’s Final Cut in Venice workshop, which provides support and partnership opportunities to films from Africa and the Arab world, has partnered with Cairo and Abu Dhabi-based marketing and distribution company Mad Solutions and also with Abu Dhabi’s Sanaad fund. These partnerships underscore how Final Cut, which started out three years ago… Read more »

First Italy-China Co-Prod Under New Treaty Is Cristiano Bortone’s ‘Coffee’

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The Italy-China co-production treaty signed in 2014 has yielded its first feature film, drama “Coffee,” directed by Italy’s Cristiano Bortone and set in Italy, China and Belgium. “Coffee has three tonalities of taste,” says Bortone whose previous features include “Red Like the Sky.” “There is bitter, sour, and fruity. Each of the three stories in… Read more »

‘Mr. Holmes’ Lawsuit Reaches Settlement, Says Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Attorney

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The attorney for the estate of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle said they have reached an agreement in principle with the makers of the recent Sherlock Holmes movie “Mr. Holmes,” which the estate claimed infringed on stories that still remain under copyright. In May, the Conan Doyle estate sued Miramax, Roadside Attractions and director Bill… Read more »

Sue Mengers Biographer Talks Barbra Streisand Feud, Wild Personality

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Before there was Ovitz or Ari, there was Sue Mengers. During the peak of her clout in the 1970s, the brash barrier-breaker helped popularize the idea of the Hollywood super-agent. The media lapped up her comic crudity (after the Manson family murdered actress Sharon Tate, she told a frightened Barbra Streisand, “Don’t worry, honey, they’re… Read more »

Showtime Sets Teddy Roosevelt Limited Series in Development (EXCLUSIVE)

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Showtime is developing a limited series revolving around Teddy Roosevelt, Variety has learned exclusively. The project, in early development, will be penned by “American History X” screenwriter David McKenna, who will also serve as an exec producer. Hailing from Electus and Authentic Talent and Literary Management, the limited series will also be exec produced by Electus’ Ben Silverman… Read more »

Selena Gomez Joins Cast of ‘Neighbors 2’

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Selena Gomez has joined the cast of Universal and Good Universe’s “Neighbors 2.” She will star alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in the “Neighbors” sequel, along with Chloe Moretz. Gomez proved her rowdy college movie chops in “Spring Breakers.” “Neighbors” was a surprise hit with $269 million in worldwide grosses. Rose Byrne is set to reprise her role,… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: Sherie Rene Scott’s ‘Whorl Inside a Loop’

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Whose life is it, anyway? That’s the ethical question that bedevils “Whorl Inside a Loop,” a meta-theater piece by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott based on the experiences of a Broadway actress (not unlike Scott, only dizzier) who volunteers to teach a 12-week course on “Theatricalizing the Personal Narrative” to six convicted murderers in… Read more »

Photo: ‘Arrow’s’ David Ramsey Teases Diggle’s New Costume

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It’s about time John Diggle got some respectable attire around Starling City. The CW has released the first photo of “Arrow” actor David Ramsey sporting his character’s new crime-fighting duds. Complete with a leather jacket and a protective, yet stylish, helmet, Oliver Queen’s former bodyguard seems better protected as he prepares to defend the newly renamed… Read more »

Broad Green Hires Alix Madigan as Creative Affairs Chief

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Fast-growing Broad Green Pictures has hired Anonymous Content staff producer Alix Madigan as head of creative affairs. Madigan was previously a staff producer with Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She was a producer on “Winter’s Bone,” which featured a breakout Oscar-nominated performance by Jennifer Lawrence. Madigan also produced “Laggies,” “White Bird in a… Read more »