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Film Review: ‘The Statesman’

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Pierre Courrege’s sly, spirited, vastly entertaining dissection of a presidential campaign disguises its true import under a barrage of bon mots and clever stratagems, as a marvelously Machiavellian intrigue unfolds from a highly unlikely source – the stalwart, principled, traditional Left.

Co-Author of California Tax Credit Bill: Studios Shouldn’t ‘Pit The States Against One Another’

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When news broke earlier this month that the MPAA was planning to hold a summit of film commissioners, the timing stirred concern from some California lawmakers that it was happening right on the heels of the state tripling the size of its tax credit program. In other words, after California took a major step to… Read more »

Screen Gems Launching Horror-Thriller ‘Scarecrow’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sony’s Screen Gems has bought Mike Scannell’s horror-thriller “Scarecrow” with horror specialist Unbroken Pictures producing. Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath. Bryan Bertino, who directed 2008’s “The Strangers,”… Read more »

Read the Ad That Inspired Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ and Meet Hoaxer-Producer Chris Parkinson

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As we reported earlier this week, Kevin Smith’s offbeat new horror-comedy “Tusk” came about after the filmmaker read a bizarre Internet ad. Originally posted on England’s free classified site Gumtree, the notice purported to be from a retired gentleman offering free rent to a person willing to dress up in a walrus costume for approximately… Read more »

Al Jazeera Files Countersuit Against Al Gore and Joel Hyatt

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Al Jazeera is firing back at Al Gore and Joel Hyatt’s claims that the Doha, Qatar-based company is withholding tens of millions held in escrow from its purchase of Current TV. In a counterclaim filed in Delaware Court of Chancery, Al Jazeera calls the Gore-Hyatt lawsuit an “attempt at lawyer-coated extortion,” and contends that the… Read more »

‘The Voice’ Producer Talpa Media Sparks Buyers’ Interests

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PARIS– Talpa Media, the reality TV powerhouse behind “The Voice” and “Utopia,” has lured several buyers’ interests shortly after being placed on the market. The company, owned by Dutch mogul John de Mol, is being circled by several international outfits, according to Talpa Media’s spokesperson. 21st Century Fox’s Shine Group and RTL Group’s FremantleMedia have been reported as… Read more »

BuzzFeed Names Andrew Gauthier Head of Video Division (Exclusive)

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BuzzFeed has appointed Andrew Gauthier to executive producer of BuzzFeed Video, overseeing all shortform and episodic video content for the fast-growing Internet media company. In his new role, Gauthier, who is based in Los Angeles, will oversee a team of 40 producers. His promotion is part of a reorg coming after BuzzFeed announced the formation last month… Read more »

‘Fashion Police’ to Continue Without Joan Rivers

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E! has come to a decision on the fate of “Fashion Police,” saying that the fashion-focused talk show will continue despite the passing of co-host Joan Rivers. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our… Read more »