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YouTube Star Hannah Hart Lands Food Network TV Series

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Hannah Hart is the latest digital influencer to jump from the Internet to TV, inking a deal with Food Network for a six-episode culinary-travelogue series that will also encompass a range of digital and social content. The yet-untitled six-episode series is slated to being production later this summer, tentatively set to premiere in the fourth quarter on Food Network…. Read more »

Spike TV Greenlights ‘Caraoke Showdown’ Series Hosted by Craig Robinson

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Spike TV has given a formal order to “Caraoke Showdown,” a half-hour game show hosted by Craig Robinson, Variety has learned. Spike originally ordered “Caraoke” as a one-off special, to air later in 2016, before officially greenlighting the series with a ten-episode order. Described as a “new, original, half-hour game show” that is like “Cash Cab” meets karaoke, “Caraoke… Read more »

Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds

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From “Jaws” to “Jurassic Park,” few directors can rival Steven Spielberg in the blockbuster arena. But even Spielberg’s magic touch couldn’t save “The BFG” at the box office. On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a… Read more »

Fantasy Studios Unveils State-of-the-Art Mixing Theater

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Fantasy Studios today will unveil its refurbished 1,820-foot Fantasy Film Center in the Bay Area, used for sound mixing. Formerly the Saul Zaentz Film Center, the full-service theater in Berkeley seats 50 guests and has been revamped to include the latest technologies, all the while conserving the feel of the original 1981 theater. Over 200 films… Read more »

‘Narcos’ Mobile Game Based on Netflix Show Will Let You Run Your Own Drug Cartel (EXCLUSIVE)

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Fans of “Narcos,” the Netflix drama about the hunt for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, will soon be able to build their own international crime syndicates in a new game based on the show. Gaumont Television, which produces “Narcos” for Netflix, teamed up with game publisher FTX Games for “Narcos: Cartel Wars,” a mobile game… Read more »

Netflix, John Wells Developing Panama Papers Movie

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Netflix is developing a movie about the Panama Papers scandal with John Wells and Claire Rudnick Polstein producing. The streaming giant has acquired the rights to the book “The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the World’s Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money,” written by German journalists Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer. It’s the… Read more »

Toronto Film Festival to Open With Denzel Washington’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’

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The Toronto International Film Festival sounded the opening bell of Oscar season on Tuesday, unveiling a list of high profile films that will use the annual gathering to launch their awards campaigns. Major releases that will be looking to make a splash and score with critics include Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion thriller “Arrival,” Peter Berg’s… Read more »

Talkshow App Adds Q&A Feature for Celebrities Seeking Twitter Alternative

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Twitter’s former VP of product Michael Sippey still calls himself “a huge fan of Twitter.” But bit by bit, Sippey is building a service that could one day replace Twitter for Hollywood celebrities and other users with sizable audiences. Sippey’s Talkshow app is turning text messages into a public medium, allowing anyone to exchange text… Read more »

San Sebastian: ‘Ciel,’ ‘One Hundred and Fifty,’ ‘Porto’ Will Compete at New Directors

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Peter Monsaert’s “Le Ciel Flamand,” Yu Liu’s “One Hundred and Fifty Years of Life” and Gabe Klinger’s “Porto,” featuring one of the last performances by Anton Yelchin, will contend in San Sebastian’s New Directors competition, whose 2016 lineup was announced Tuesday. Also featuring, Federico Godfrid’s “Pinamar” and Jean-Gabriel Periot’s “Summer Lights” which complete the list… Read more »

Bogota’s IndieBo Film Fest Embraces Technology

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Technology has taken root in Bogota’s fledgling indie film fest IndieBo, which wrapped its second edition Sunday. Its free virtual reality showcase IndieBoX touted a record attendance on its second iteration, expanded to run the entire 10 days of the fest, in contrast to the three days of last year. Installed in the capital’s monolithic… Read more »

Verizon CEO Sees ‘Meaningful’ Yahoo Cost Synergies as Q2 Results Hurt by Wireline Strike

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Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam called out the acquisition of Yahoo’s Internet businesses as providing a base for “significant” future growth in mobile media revenue, and said he expects “meaningful” cost synergies from the acquisition. The telco announced the proposed acquisition of Yahoo, $4.83 billion in cash plus the assumption of an estimated $1.1 billion in employee stock… Read more »