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Jay Z Signs TV and Film First-Look Deal With Weinstein Company

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The Weinstein Company has signed a two-year overall deal with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter to produce TV and film projects, the studio announced Thursday. According to the announcement, there are already projects in the works that will be announced in the following weeks. “I’m excited to tell stories from real life prophets, whom through their struggles have… Read more »

Heist Thriller ‘Silver Arrow’ Draws Phedon Papamichael to Direct

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Green-Light International has bought Nika Agiashvili’s spec script “The Silver Arrow” for six figures and tapped “Nebraska” cinematographer Phedon Papamichael to direct, Variety has learned exclusively. “The Silver Arrow” is being developed as an international heist thriller about a group of thieves in the search of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow, a legendary pre-World War II… Read more »

‘Westworld’ Premiere Addresses Production Delay, ‘Game of Thrones’ Comparisons and Violence

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“I don’t know if you all know this or have read this somewhere in the news, but we had a few delays in production,” HBO head of programming Casey Bloys joked before the screening of “Westworld” in the TCL Chinese Theatre Wednesday night. While the highly anticipated sci-fi series has had its fair share of production hardships… Read more »

‘The Bachelor,’ ‘The Bachelorette’ First Seasons Streaming Free on ABC Apps

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ABC is dusting off two reality titles from its library shelf — the first seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” — making the shows available for free on its streaming apps for web, mobile and connected-TV devices. Also Thursday, the network is launching two new ABCd original comedies, “Broken” and “Serious Music,” as well as… Read more »

Telefonica, Vivendi Clinch Studio Plus Latin America Distribution Deal

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MADRID — France’s Vivendi Group and Spain’s Telefonica have inked an agreement for the giant Spanish telco to distribute Studio Plus and its mobile-native content in Latin America. A production label making short-format, premium international series for mobiles, Studio Plus was announced as bowing in September/October in Europe and Latin America, reaching 20 countries at… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Shin Godzilla’

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The Original Gangsta Lizard gets a largely satisfying reboot in “Shin Godzilla,” a surprisingly clever monster mash best described as the “Batman Begins” of Zilla Thrillers. Co-directors Hideaki Anno (the cult-fave “Evangelion” franchise) and Shinji Ishihara (“Attack on Titan”), working from Anno’s genre-respectful yet realpolitik-savvy screenplay, draw basic elements from Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 “Gojira”… Read more »

China Ticketing Giant Weying Expands Into Movie, TV Production

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Weying Technology, one of China’s leading online ticketing companies is to become a major film producer and distributor. Its debut slate contains an animated movie with a budget of $9 million, and a comedy to be executive produced by and star China’s leading male actor Ge You (“Let The Bullets Fly,” “Deam Factory”.) Weying, which… Read more »

Korea’s Oscars Hopeful ‘Shadows’ Scores Multiple Sales

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South Korea’s Oscar-contender “The Age of Shadows” has been acquired for distribution in several territories in Europe, Asia and South America. Directed by Kim Jee-woon, the period espionage film was sold by Finecut to California Filmes for Latin America, to La Aventura for Spain and to Films4You for Portugal. Within the Asia-Pacific region it was… Read more »

Rita Moreno Honored With Legacy Award Alongside ‘10 Latinos to Watch’ at 2nd Annual Variety Latino Event

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Rita Moreno, appearing alongside several of Hollywood’s most promising up-and-coming talent, was feted at Variety Latino’s second annual “10 Latinos to Watch” event, held Wednesday night at The London Hotel in West Hollywood. This year’s previously announced honorees included: Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” “The Exorcist”), Eiza González (“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” “Baby Driver”), Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush,” “Grease Live!,”… Read more »

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