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As Mexican Auds Embrace Local Comedies, Filmmakers Hope Dramas Can Cash In Too

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For the past decade, Mexico has churned out bold, auteur filmmaking, but when those acclaimed works have hit local screens, results are often mediocre. Switch the focus to laughter, however, and auds show up in droves. Even the nation’s most well-regarded dramas contain an element of comedy: Mexico’s selection for the foreign-language Oscar, biopic “Cantinflas,”… Read more »

International Star You Should Know: Hannah Arterton’s Film Career Off to Swift Start

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Gravesend, U.K.-born Hannah Arterton’s first bigscreen appearance was a fully fledged lead — opposite Greg Wise and Leona Lewis in cheery summertime musical “Walking on Sunshine,” released in the U.K. in June. Crammed with ’80s jukebox favorites and starring an all-singing, all-dancing Arterton as a college student hung up on her sister’s fiance, the film… Read more »

RCA/Legacy Releases John Denver Box Set

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On Nov. 4, RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection,” a comprehensive four-CD box set featuring 90 songs spanning the singer-songwriter’s career from 1964-97. The collection, with such guests as Olivia Newton-John, Placido Domingo and Emmylou Harris, includes demos, live performances and six previously… Read more »

‘Laughter’ Was Present in Nathan Lane’s Early Stage Career

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Nathan Lane has done plenty of TV and film, but he’s a Broadway baby. This season, he’ll star in Eugene O’Neill classic “The Iceman Cometh,” as well raucous comedy “It’s Only a Play” (by frequent collaborator Terrence McNally) — his 20th Broadway show. But in 1982, he was a theater tyro wading through seedy Times… Read more »

TV Review: ‘Benched’

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Stop me any time if this sounds familiar: A lawyer at a big corporate firm is denied a promotion, engages in a spectacular meltdown, and finds herself, after a period in purgatory, taking a job as a public defender, uniting her with wacky office mates (including one who’s kinda dreamy) and a new array of… Read more »

Music Acts Are Making Millennials Part of the Show at Concerts

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The classic rock era was passive. Today’s music scene is participatory. People have become stars in their own lives, utilizing their mobiles to post to Instagram, everybody believing he’s famous. Is it any wonder today’s music reflects this? We used to adulate the acts, now we adulate ourselves. And this is very hard for the… Read more »

Illinois Offers Many Incentives for Film, TV and Theater

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Illinois, home of the Windy City, offers multiple inducements for film, TV and live theater. The state boasts a deep crew base, thriving acting community, numerous industry vendors and 20 major soundstages. Most impressive, however, is Illinois’ 30%-45% transferable tax credit program for qualifying producers who choose to film there. It has at least seven… Read more »

Amblin TV Sets Comedy ‘The 3 Lives of Larry’ at ABC

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Amblin TV has added another ABC project to its development slate, setting a comedy with ABC Studios dubbed “The 3 Lives of Larry.” Project is described as examining at how small decisions can have big consequences by depicting three different versions of the same character’s life. Steve Baldikoski and Bryan Behar are penning the script and… Read more »

Netflix France to Debut ‘St. Vincent’ Starring Bill Murray Day-and-Date with U.S. Theatrical Release

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Netflix, pushing theatrical windows worldwide, has inked a pact with The Weinstein Co. to stream comedy “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray in France on Oct. 24 — the same day the film hits wide theatrical release in the U.S. In addition, under the TWC deal, Netflix France subscribers will have exclusive access to film trilogy… Read more »