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Watch: Super Bowl 2015 Commercials

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Audiences no longer need to wait until the Big Game to watch Super Bowl commercials, with an increasing number of marketers opting to release their spots days before kickoff. This year is no different, with Mercedes-Benz USA, T-Mobile and BMW among those having already posted their ads online. The reason? The high cost to play the… Read more »

12 Months in the Making: How ‘Boyhood’ Crafted a Memorable Campaign

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Many complain about the short memories of Oscar voters, but two of this year’s best picture nominees were released more than six months ago: “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Of the two, it’s “Boyhood” that has the better chance to take top honors, having spent recent weeks racking up critics’ prizes and a Golden… Read more »

Cinema Libre Buys Andy Summers’ The Police Documentary

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Cinema Libre Studio has acquired Andy Summers’ “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police” from Yari Film Groups for U.S. distribution. The film, based on Summers’ memoir “One Train Later,” will have a theatrical release in the spring before being released on DVD and On Demand platforms. “Surviving the Police” features Summers, Sting and Stewart… Read more »

Sundance: Universal Pictures International Entertainment to Land Foreign Rights to ‘The Overnight’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Universal Pictures International Entertainment is closing in on a deal for foreign rights to “The Overnight,” sources tell Variety. The pact would be for roughly $1 million. The racy comedy snagged North American distribution on Monday after the Orchard beat out the likes of IFC and Radius-TWC for the film. “The Overnight” centers on a… Read more »

Watch: New Trailer for Tom Hardy’s ‘Child 44′

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Lionsgate has released a new trailer for the thriller “Child 44,” starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, three months ahead of its April 17 launch in the U.S. Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel also star in the thriller, directed by Daniel Espinosa from a script by Richard Price. Ridley Scott, Michael… Read more »

Studio 8, Bona Film Group Team With TriStar on Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

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Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group, will partner with Tom Rothman’s TriStar and Film4 on the adaptation of Ben Fountain’s acclaimed novel “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” to be directed by Ang Lee. Sony Pictures will have worldwide distrib rights except for China which Bona Film will handle…. Read more »

Camp Firewood Lives On in Netflix’s ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Teaser

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Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming revival of “Wet Hot American Summer,” confirming a number of original cast members are back for another stay at Camp Firewood. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde… Read more »

Super Bowl Ads: Jennifer Hudson Seeks Touchdown For Local Commercials

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When NBC broadcasts Super Bowl XLIX from Phoenix this Sunday, viewers can expect to see Danica Patrick holding forth for GoDaddy, Mindy Kaling cavorting for Nationwide Insurance and Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel slipping into their old “Today” rapport for BMW. But some TV-watchers may miss singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson helping boost the… Read more »

Yahoo to Spin Off Remaining Alibaba Stake Worth $40 Billion to Shareholders

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Yahoo will spin off its 15.4% remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, valued at about $40 billion, in what it touted as a tax-free spin-off. Yahoo’s board authorized the spin off of its holdings in Alibaba — which launched an IPO raising $21.8 billion last fall, one of the biggest public offerings ever — into a newly… Read more »

‘American Sniper': The Fantasy That Fuels Its Popularity

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As the continuing dominance of “American Sniper” at the box office shows, sometimes it pays to be polarizing. All the attention the Clint Eastwood film has drawn from figures as varied as Michael Moore, Bill Maher and John McCain is free promotion at its finest. But watching the big-screen adaptation of Navy Seal Chris Kyle’s autobiography… Read more »