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‘Mother’s Day’ Writer Anya Kochoff Romano to Make Directorial Debut on ‘Camp Pow Wow’

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Anya Kochoff Romano, the screenwriter of “Mother’s Day” and “Monster-in-Law,” will make her directorial debut on the ensemble comedy “Camp Pow Wow,” Variety has learned exclusively. Kochoff Romano will direct from her own script for Phoenix Rising Pictures, formed by Howard Burd, one of the producers of “Mother’s Day.” Burd will produce with Russell Hollander…. Read more »

Ben Affleck Teases DC Universe Villain Deathstroke

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Ben Affleck shared a video, which appears to be test footage of DC Universe villain Deathstroke, on all of his social media accounts on Monday morning. The actor-director posted the cryptic video without comment or explanation. https://t.co/0NsNzCtGip — Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016 It’s unclear what the video represents, and whether Deathstroke will be appearing in… Read more »

Morris Chestnut on Jaz Sinclair’s Breakout Role in ‘When the Bough Breaks’: ‘Her Character Carries This Movie’

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Jaz Sinclair reigned supreme as the breakout star of Screen Gems’ latest psychological thriller, “When the Bough Breaks,” with costar Morris Chestnut singing her praises during the premiere at Regal L.A. Live on Sunday. “Jaz is kind of scary,” said Chestnut, who doubles as executive producer. “She was about the same age I was when I… Read more »

MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet: Stars Share Their Favorite VMA Moments

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With another MTV Video Music Awards in the books, stars shared their favorite moments from past shows on a white carpet that stretched an entire city block outside of Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday. This year’s show was not lacking exciting moments, including Beyonce’s 15-minute-long performance of “Lemonade,” Kanye’s “Fade” music video… Read more »

Murdoch-Owned Sky Becomes Theatrical Distributor for Local Titles in Italy (EXCLUSIVE)

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ROME — Rupert Murdoch’s European pay-TV platform Sky is entering the Italian theatrical distribution business as a distributor of Italian movies by forging a partnership with five leading local production companies — an innovative move that could shake up Italy’s film industry. Under the plan, Sky Italia will set up an Italian theatrical distribution unit dedicated… Read more »

Warner Bros., Brazil’s Globo Clinch Movie, TV Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

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In a deal that links two of the world’s biggest TV players, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution has inked an exclusive multi-year free-to-air TV deal with Brazil’s Grupo Globo, Latin America’s biggest TV network. Announced Monday by Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. International Television, and Globo CEO Carlos Henrique Schroder, the broadcast rights deal… Read more »

China Seeks to Limit Runaway Actors’ Pay

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The Chinese government may seek to put limits on the pay of actors and actresses in a bid to curb runaway inflation of talent remuneration. The State Administration for Press Publication Radio Film and Television (SAPPRFT) said Friday that it would hold discussions with performers’ guilds and with film and television companies, according to a… Read more »

New Bomb Attack In Brussels, Nobody Hurt (Reports)

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UPDATED: A bomb has exploded at the Brussels Institute of Criminology, in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium. The building was empty and there are no reports of casualties or fatalities. Five people, whose identities have not been unveiled have been arrested, near the laboratories. The Belgian prosecutor’s office said the fire was likely started to destroy… Read more »

‘The Night Of’ Finale Recap: An Exercise in Ambiguity

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[The following has spoilers for “The Night Of,” including last night’s finale. Do not read if you haven’t seen the episode.] It is testament to the skill behind “The Night Of” that the miniseries answered its most pressing concern in the last seconds of the finale: the cat. “The Night Of” was frequently a funny… Read more »

Korea Box Office: ‘Tunnel’ Stays on Top for Third Weekend

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Showbox’s “Tunnel” stayed on top of the Korean box office for the third consecutive week. The Korean disaster drama earned $5 million from 665,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday, extending its total to $45.8 million after three weekends on release. Opening on Wednesday, Warner Bros.’ “Lights Out” landed in second. It scored $3.91 million over… Read more »