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Visual Effects Replace Woman’s Face on ‘The Knick’

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Perhaps no facial transformation is more disturbing than the absence of a nose, and the creators of Cinemax’s “The Knick” used such an image to maximum effect in a recent episode. The original drama series, set in New York’s Knickbocker Hospital in 1900, tracks the life and work of pioneering surgeons and staff who push… Read more »

Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi Talk Heroin, Ramen at ‘Street Food’ Launch

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Traveler and professional eater Anthony Bourdain came to L.A. Tuesday to preview the fourth season of “Parts Unknown” and introduce CNN Digital’s new show “Street Food with Roy Choi,” on which he appears. Choi’s Pot restaurant at the Line Hotel hosted a Korean feast for journalists who queried Bourdain and Choi about their favorite spots… Read more »

Simon Helberg’s ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ Acquired for U.S. by Orion Releasing

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The directorial debut of “Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, “We’ll Never Have Paris,” has been acquired for North American rights by Orion Releasing. Orion will release the film theatrically in select markets on Jan. 22, 2015 in advance of a VOD release. Helberg wrote and starred in the romantic comedy, which was co-directed by… Read more »

Variety Kicks Off Awards Season with Celebration

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As part of its commitment to leading awards coverage, Variety held a cocktail reception at the Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills Monday night. The event was attended by studio representatives, publicists and award strategists and offered Claudia Eller, Variety’s Editor in Chief, Film, an opportunity to introduce members of her staff who will be focused… Read more »

Talkshow Host Skip E. Lowe Dies at 85

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Skip E. Lowe, who hosted a public access cable show about Hollywood and inspired Martin Short’s character Jiminy Glick, died Monday in Hollywood. He was 85 and had been suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments. “Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood” was based in L.A. starting in 1978, and managed to attract numerous well-known… Read more »

Exhibition Exec Corky Lewin Dies at 67

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Corliss “Corky” Lewin, owner of the Blue Jay Cinema in Lake Arrowhead who worked for MGM, Sony and General Cinemas over her career, died Sept. 23 from complications due to endocarditis. She was 67. Over her long career in distribution and exhibition, she served in exec roles including director of non-theatrical distribution at Sony Pictures… Read more »

Interactive Movie Theaters Are Back, Better Than Ever (Maybe)

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Movie theaters are trying to go interactive again, with Audience Entertainment and Screenvision debuting interactive technology in theaters across the country. Since Sept. 12, customers of 100 Screenvision theaters have been part of the first wave of participants in the company’s interactive Dimension (iD) technology, which through a pre-show presentation allows audiences to physically participate in the content… Read more »

‘Play It Again, Dick’s’ Ryan Hansen Talks the ‘Veronica Mars’ Spinoff Series

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Warner Bros.’ year of “Veronica Mars” resurgence continued last week with the launch of “Play It Again, Dick,” the hotly anticipated CW Seed digital series that focuses on actor Ryan Hansen’s attempts to capitalize on the show’s hardcore fanbase (known as Marshmallows) by creating a spinoff series for his “Mars” character, Dick Casablancas. Although the CW doesn’t… Read more »

Microsoft Ready to Prove Whether it Can Play in China with Xbox One

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Microsoft will make history next week when its Xbox One becomes the first videogame console to be legally sold in China in more than a decade. With the government freeing up the ability for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo to start offering their consoles to consumers, China could become a significant source of revenue for the… Read more »

YouTube’s Smosh Guys on Making Their First Movie: ‘We Had to Learn How to Act’

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For YouTube stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox — proprietors of popular comedy channel Smosh — embarking on a feature-length movie was worlds apart from their day jobs. The duo star in “The Smosh Movie,” a madcap misadventure based on their YouTube personas involving an embarrassing video of Anthony that’s posted online right before his… Read more »