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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Soars to Biggest Thursday Box Office Opening of Year

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Who needs Iron Man? Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” got off to a rousing start on Thursday, debuting to $11.2 million in late night screenings. That’s the biggest pre-opening total of the year, besting another Marvel title, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” $10.2 million start in April. Despite lacking a top flight superhero in the… Read more »

Judy McGrath Joins Amazon’s Board

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Judy McGrath, former CEO of MTV Networks, has been elected to Amazon.com’s board of directors effective Oct. 1, the company said. McGrath also was appointed to the Amazon board’s leadership development and compensation committee, according to an SEC filing Friday. Since June 2013, McGrath has been president of Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary, a digital-content… Read more »

Dziga Vertov’s Silent Film Voted Best Docu Ever in Sight & Sound Poll

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LONDON — Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent film “Man with a Movie Camera” has been voted the world’s best documentary ever by a poll of filmmakers and critics organized by the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine. The film, shot in the Ukrainian cities of Odessa, Kiev and Khadliv, was one of “dazzling beauty and… Read more »

France’s Philippe Gas to Head Shanghai Disneyland

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HONG KONG – Frenchman, Philippe Gas has been appointed as general manager of the new Shanghai Disney Resort. Gas joins from Euro Disney in Paris, where he was President of Euro Disney S.A.S., the management company of both Euro Disney S.C.A., the holding company, and Euro Disney Associes S.C.A., the operator of Disneyland Paris. He… Read more »

Picture Tree Acquires Paulo Coelho Biopic ‘The Pilgrim’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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LONDON — Berlin-based international sales and production outfit Picture Tree Intl. has secured the global distribution rights for the Paulo Coelho biopic “The Pilgrim — the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” from Brazilian production house Cuatro Dama Filmes. Coelho’s 30 novels — including “The Alchemist” and “Adultery” — have been translated into 80 languages, distributed… Read more »

Media Luna Picks Up Samuli Valkama’s ‘No Thank You’

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LONDON — Sales company Media Luna has acquired Samuli Valkama’s comedy-drama “No Thank You,” which is based on Anna-Leena Harkonen’s novel “Ei Kiitos.” “No Thank You” centers on Heli, whose husband is impervious to her charms, preferring computer games to her company. She then meets Jarno, an attractive young man who pays her the attention… Read more »

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