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Fullscreen’s Rooster Teeth Seeks Wider Appeal for ‘First’ Rebranded Subscription VOD Service

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Rooster Teeth, Fullscreen’s digital entertainment unit focused on sci-fi and gaming fans, has offered a subscription VOD service for 13 years — before there was even industry lingo to describe it. Now, the Austin, Texas-based company is rebranding the $4.99-per-month service as “First,” part of its strategy to reach a bigger audience with more mainstream programming. And Rooster… Read more »

Tyrese Gibson Returning for ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

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Tyrese Gibson is the latest actor returning to the “Transformers” franchise. Gibson will be reprising his role as Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps in “Transformers: The Last Knight.” The actor annouced the news on Instagram, where he posted several photos with director Michael Bay captioned “Robert Epps is back! #T5 Summer 2017 just… Read more »

Dardenne Brothers Re-Edit ‘The Unknown Girl’ in Response to Critics

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PARIS — Usually applauded by international critics, Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne took note of the critical feedback that their medical drama “The Unknown Girl” earned at Cannes and decided to re-edit the feature before its theatrical release, Variety has confirmed. The brothers, who have won the Palme d’Or twice (for “L’enfant” and “Rosetta”),… Read more »

NBC to Go Nearly Wall-to-Wall With Olympics Programming

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For 16 days, people who tune to NBC expecting to see a repeat of “The Blacklist” or a fresh episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” will be out of luck. Between Friday, August 5 and Sunday, August 21, the flagship broadcast network of NBCUniversal will show 260.5 hours of programming related to the… Read more »

‘Danny Says’ Documentary Set for First Art House Theater Day

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The documentary “Danny Says” has been unveiled as the first offering of the inaugural Art House Theater Day on Sept. 24. The Art House Convergence consortium, which is organizing the event with more than 160 participating theaters nationwide, made the announcement on Tuesday. A menu of exclusive programming options will be offered to participating theaters, including… Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale Ratings Hit Series High

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No matter who’s on the Iron Throne, “Game of Thrones” continues to rule in ratings; HBO’s drama hit a series high for its Season 6 finale in live plus same day viewership, drawing 8.9 million viewers in a pivotal episode that killed off several major characters and shook up the show’s political landscape forever. Last… Read more »

Mashable Hires ABC News’ Andrew Springer, Vox Media’s Ben Fullon

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Mashable, the digital-media company making a push to boost video and TV production, has recruited Andrew Springer, head of ABC News’ global social-media strategy, in a similar role. In addition, Mashable named Ben Fullon, previously director of paid media for Vox Media, director of audience development to lead the company’s paid-media strategy. Fullon joins Mashable from… Read more »

Ex-Netflix Exec Mitch Lowe Takes Over as MoviePass CEO

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Mitch Lowe, an early exec at Netflix and Redbox, has taken the reins of MoviePass as CEO in a bid to help expand the fledgling company’s Netflix-style movie-theater subscription service. Lowe, who’s also joining the company board, has been an adviser to the company for the past two years and recently made an investment in… Read more »

‘Legend of Tarzan’ Director: Samuel L. Jackson’s Character ‘Deserves a Movie in His Own Right’

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Tarzan returned to Hollywood’s concrete jungle Monday for the premiere of Warner Bros.’ “The Legend of Tarzan” at the Dolby Theater. Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Djimon Hounsou joined director David Yates for the L.A. debut.   The live-action feature strays from the animated series, incorporating historical events and following Tarzan (Skarsgard) on his return to the… Read more »

Freida Pinto Joins Idris Elba in Showtime-Sky Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’

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Freida Pinto, best known for “Slumdog Millionaire,” has joined Idris Elba in the cast of the Showtime-Sky miniseries “Guerrilla.” John Ridley, who won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” will write, direct and executive produce. The six-part drama centers on a couple, Jas and Marcus, whose “passion propels them into making the leap from… Read more »

Francis Ford Coppola to Receive Stockholm Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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PARIS — Francis Ford Coppola is set to receive the Bronze Horse for lifetime achievement at the Stockholm International Film Festival in November. “In my lifetime, I’ve never had the pleasure to visit Sweden and its capital Stockholm, which I’ve always wanted [to do],” Coppola said. The Stockholm International Film Festival runs from Nov. 9… Read more »