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NBCUniversal Marketing Machine Starts Its Engine for 2018 Olympics

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It’s only 287 days until the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, but nearly 100 of the U.S. team’s top athletes have come together this week, from gold-medalist skier Lindsey Vonn to ice-skating phenom Ashley Wagner to snowboarding legend Shaun White. But they’re not at the site of the 2018 Games, Pyeongchang, South Korea; they’ve… Read more »

Film Review: Doug Liman’s ‘The Wall’

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In the vast majority of war movies, the act of combat is a show of force in which the stronger side wins, barreling through the enemy’s defenses like a bowling ball. But in “The Wall,” war is like a protracted game of chess, where each side is down to its final pieces on the board,… Read more »

Filming Begins in Southern California on ‘Nuns-With-Guns’ Documentary

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Salon Pictures has begun principal photography in Southern California on its feature documentary “Breaking Habits,” described as a real-life “nuns-with-guns tale.” The film tells the story of the Sisters of the Valley, a group of women living as nuns who currently run an illegal marijuana farm in Merced, California, producing medicines while facing constant threat… Read more »

Fyre Festival Postponed as Chaos Erupts at Ja Rule’s Luxury Weekend Concert in the Bahamas

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UPDATED: Reports from the Bahamas indicate that the Fyre Festival — a heavily hyped two-weekend “luxury” concert on the island of Exumas — is a disorganized mess, with incoming flights grounded and the festival site in chaos. Scheduled headliners Blink-182 cancelled their appearance late Thursday; the status of other headliners, including  Pusha-T, Migos, Disclosure, Major… Read more »

Lionsgate Teaming With Fandom to Reach Movie Fan Communities

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Lionsgate and Fandom have launched a strategic partnership to reach movie fan communities with Lionsgate’s properties. The multiyear agreement — announced Friday — expands a strategic relationship that’s already included partnership on “John Wick: Chapter 2,” Starz’s television series “American Gods,” which debuts Sunday, and “Power Rangers.” “By deepening Lionsgate’s engagement and connection with the fan… Read more »

Jack Antonoff Is Working With Pink, and Other Revelations From Bleachers’ L.A. ‘Underplay’

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Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, whose ancillary titles include Grammy winner, guitarist for the band Fun, and Lena Dunham’s boyfriend (not necessarily in that order), is among today’s most promising songwriters, having worked with Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Sara Bareilles. So it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to see a super successful pop star like Pink in the crowd for his… Read more »

Netflix to Unleash Second German Original Production ‘Dogs of Berlin’

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Netflix has commissioned its second German production with “Dogs of Berlin,” created by writer-director Christian Alvart. The 10-part show will see Alvart serve as showrunner as well as writing, directing and producing all episodes through his Berlin-based production company Syrreal Entertainment. Described by Netflix as an edgy modern crime drama, “Dogs of Berlin” sees two… Read more »

Udine Focus Asia: Aurora Media Boards Southeast Asian Genre Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

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UDINE, Italy – Singapore-based Aurora Media Holdings, an investment outfit with Hollywood ties, has inked financing and production deals for two upcoming Southeast Asian pics during Focus Asia, the new genre-focused project market and industry platform being held at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. Aurora Media has boarded Indonesian black comedy “Abracadabra,” which… Read more »

Cannes Film Market Adds HAF, Vilnius, New Horizons, Thessaloniki to Pix-in-Post Showcases

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The Cannes Film Market, the world’s biggest – and still growing – film industry meet, is raising the bar once more in industry initiatives, adding four new events to its 5th Goes to Cannes works-in-progress brand: FilMart’s Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), Lithuania’s Vilnius Intl. Film Festival, New Horizon Polish Days and Greece’s… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Sleight’

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Slight is right. Arguably the biggest letdown of the 2016 Sundance film festival, J.D. Dillard’s feature debut squanders its high concept — an amateur street magician uses his craft to free himself from the clutches of a maniacal drug dealer — and serves up a low-rent, Nickelodeon-lite version of that story, blowing his chance with corny acting,… Read more »