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Watch: First Trailer for Lucasfilm’s ‘Strange Magic’

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Lucasfilm has released the first trailer for their upcoming animated film “Strange Magic” via Yahoo! and it’s as magical as expected. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the story from George Lucas revolves around two worlds: a kingdom of fairies, elves and other fantastical critters and a forest of goblins and other villains. The… Read more »

‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn: Shared Movie Universe ‘Business Model Is Flawed’

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If you’re worried about the recent influx and potential resulting unwieldiness of shared movie universes, you’re not alone. “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer-director James Gunn is just as concerned. Gunn took to Facebook to voice his skepticism about studios “trying to grow franchises from non-existent films or middling successes.” “Listen, I love big (a–) shared… Read more »

‘Leviathan’ Wins Top Prize at Camerimage, Film Festival for Cinematographers

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BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Russian drama “Leviathan” won the Golden Frog, the top prize at Camerimage, a film festival devoted to the art of cinematography. The dark satire about corruption in Russia, which won the award for screenplay at Cannes and reps Russia in the Oscar race, was photographed by Mikhail Krichman and directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev…. Read more »

Adam Pally Exiting ‘The Mindy Project’

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Shulman & Associates is losing a gynecologist. Adam Pally is leaving “The Mindy Project” in early 2015, our sister site TVLine reports. Pally will make guest appearances as his schedule permits, but will no longer be a series regular on the hit Fox comedy come episode 13 of this season. Pally recently inked a two-year… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Soars to Largest Opening Day of Year, Despite Franchise Low

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” soared to the largest opening day of the year with $55 million on Friday at the U.S. box office. The third installment in the Lionsgate franchise is on its way to north of $130 million this weekend, which would be the best debut of 2014. Despite the strong… Read more »

‘Kindred Spirits’ Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell Share Stories at Fundraiser

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Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell swapped stories, quips, compliments and occasionally got serious during a Q&A held Friday in Newark, N.J., held as part of a fundraiser for the state’s upcoming Montclair Film Festival. Colbert, a Montclair resident, has long been a booster of the event, which is going into its fourth year in April…. Read more »

‘Angels in America’ Cinematographer on Working With Mike Nichols

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Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning achievement of his career — spoke to Variety at the Camerimage Film Festival on Friday about his friend, who died Wednesday. Goldblatt has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading… Read more »

Gokhan Tiryaki on Working with Palme d’Or Winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Working with one of Turkey’s most eminent helmer/scribes, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, does not necessarily mean working with much of a budget. But, as cinematographer Gokhan Tiryaki put it at a conference on his filmmaking with Ceylan at Poland’s Camerimage fest, the director “works in the subliminal space.” Known for his explorations of… Read more »

China and New Zealand Ink TV Co-Production Deal

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The New Zealand and China governments have signed a television industry co-production agreement. The bilateral deal was signed in Wellington New Zealand, by China’s Cai Fuchao, minister at the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), and New Zealand’s Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Maggie Barry. The new agreement is in… Read more »