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Netflix Orders ‘Hemlock Grove’ Third and Final Season

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Netflix has picked up “Hemlock Grove,” the gothic horror series from executive producer Eli Roth, for a third and final season, the company announced. The 10-episode final season of the original series, based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2015. Showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee will return for… Read more »

Telluride: From ‘Birdman’ to ‘Mommy,’ Festival Soars Above the Fray

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JUSTIN CHANG: How was your Telluride, Scott? Mine was terrific — though I should note that I don’t really have a frame of reference, being a first-timer at this annual mountainside mecca for movie lovers. Still, I’m happy to report that just about everything I’ve heard is true: the unbeatable backdrop, the near-unbeatable films, above all… Read more »

ESPN Promotes Marie Donoghue to EVP Global Strategy, Original Content

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ESPN elevated Marie Donoghue to exec VP global strategy and original content, a role in which the 16-year veteran of the sports programmer oversees business affairs, business affairs and gaming and partnerships groups. Donoghue, who continues to report to ESPN president John Skipper, was previously SVP of global strategy, business affairs and business development. Variety… Read more »

Top 9 Things to Know About the Toronto Film Festival

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Here are nine things you probably don’t know about the Toronto Film Festival, which starts Sept. 5: 1. GLAM SLAM Gone are the days when the party grid was lean until the weekend. The glam hits the fan festival eve (Sept. 3) with TIFF Gala — a $1,500-per-ticket charity event supporting the fest’s education and… Read more »

New Technology Is Changing the Toronto Festival Experience

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New apps and technologies are changing the Toronto Intl. Film Festival — and the way people experience it — in both significant and subtle ways. Now that anyone with a high-end digital camera and a laptop can make a feature, then submit it inexpensively via Without a Box or instantly with a Vimeo screener, fest… Read more »

CeeLo Green’s TBS Reality Show Canceled Prior to Backlash Over Twitter Rape Comments

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Public criticism is mounting against rapper-actor CeeLo Green, a former judge on NBC’s “The Voice” who was the center of a recent TBS reality series, after controversial statements he made via Twitter during the weekend regarding the nature of rape. The tweets, now deleted from the account, asserted that women can only be raped if… Read more »

Apple Says iCloud Not Breached in ‘Targeted’ Photo Hack

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Apple said Tuesday that certain accounts of Hollywood celebrities were compromised via a “very targeted attack” on its services — but that neither iCloud nor Find My iPhone were breached — and that the company was working with law enforcement officials to track down the individuals responsible for the incident. “When we learned of the theft, we were… Read more »

Russell Brand Documentary in the Works

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Mayfair Film Partnership Limited and Interloper have teamed up to produce the documentary “Brand,” a pic revolving around the life of multi-hyphenate Russell Brand. Ondi Timoner will direct and produce the doc. Brand has granted Timoner complete access and the film team final cut to enable the completion of the film, which has followed his… Read more »

Toronto: Mongrel Nabs Sales Rights to Aussie Feature ‘The Daughter’

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Mongrel Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Australian stage director Simon Stone’s feature bow “The Daughter,” and will be repping the title during the Toronto film festival, the company announced today. Mongrel Media will distribute in Canada, while Roadshow, which has backed “Daughter” since development, will release in Australia and New Zealand. The pic… Read more »