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Isabelle Huppert to Be Honored for ‘Elle’ by Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Isabelle Huppert will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award for her role in Paul Verhoeven’s psychological thriller “Elle.” The award will be presented at a ceremony on Feb. 8 at the Arlington Theater. “She’s one of the greatest actors ever, and her legacy to cinema is unparalleled,” SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling… Read more »

J.J. Abrams Developing Space Drama ‘Glare’ With HBO

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HBO is developing a space series with power-producer J.J. Abrams, Variety has confirmed. “Glare” is an hourlong drama series exploring the colonization of another planet. Other than that short description, no other details have been released. Abrams will executive produce with Ben Stephenson and Javier Gullón, who is the writer on the project. Currently in early development, “Glare”… Read more »

TV Ratings: Chiefs-Raiders Down From Cowboys-Vikings, ‘Pitch’ Season Finale Ticks Up

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Last night’s Chiefs-Raiders battle drew an 11.8 household rating for NBC in Nielsen’s metered market overnights, down quite a bit from last week’s Cowboys-Eagles game (14.1), but up quite a bit over Nov. 18’s Saints-Panthers game (9.8) and about 13% higher than the five-game average for CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” package. CBS’ package, it should… Read more »

Golden Globes Predictions: Which Films Will Be Nominated?

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will be announcing nominations in film and television categories for the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards next week. Frequently striking a balance between following the season’s script and going their own unique way (while, of course, being wooed this way and that by the studios in play), the organization puts… Read more »

‘America’s Next Top Model’ Puts Business and Branding in the Spotlight for VH1 Revamp

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“It’s not just about a pretty face anymore.” That’s what Tyra Banks preaches at the top of “America’s Next Top Model’s” premiere, which flaunts the show’s makeover at its new home, VH1. After 22 cycles on the CW and its predecessor UPN, the reality modeling competition has moved to the Viacom-owned cabler, but the new… Read more »

Amy Adams to Be Honored for ‘Arrival’ by Palm Springs Film Festival

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Amy Adams with the Chairman’s award for her performance in “Arrival” at its annual awards gala on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. “Throughout her career, Amy Adams has continuously challenged herself with complex roles,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “This is reaffirmed in her… Read more »

Dubai Studio City Chief Jamal Al-Sharif Talks New Strategy to Stimulate Local Production

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Jamal Al-Sharif is managing director of Dubai Studio City, the $500 million one-stop-shop production structure he launched in 2007 which has since lured shoots of several Bollywood and Hollywood blockbusters, including “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and, more recently, “Star Trek Beyond.” Al-Sharif spoke to Variety at the Dubai Film Market about his new strategy… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Office Christmas Party’ Kicks Off With $950,000 on Thursday

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“Office Christmas Party” has opened with a moderately spirited $950,0000 in preview showings Thursday night at 2,429 North American locations. The figure is 23% stronger than the $769,000 preview number for the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters” a year ago. The R-rated “Office Christmas Party” is the only new entry at the box office and… Read more »