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Diane Lane & Tony Shalhoub Probe ‘Mystery Of Love & Sex': Review

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The best new play of this young year has brought pros Diane Lane and Tony Shalhoub and relative newcomers Gayle Rankin and Mamoudou Athie to Lincoln Center Theater At The Mitzi Newhouse in The Mystery Of Love & Sex. Bathsheba Doran’s keenly satisfying comedy of sexual matters and manners is a coming-of-age tale in the age of coming-and-going that bears a palpable kinship with Read


Inspired By Slow TV, BBC4 To Air Canal Boat Trip, Making Of A Wooden Chair

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After captivating Norway, the Slow TV concept is making its way to the UK. While it’s not exactly the 8.5 hours of knitting or 134-hour coastal cruise that NRK2 has promulgated to great local success, BBC Four says its slow-down airing this spring is inspired by the idea. It will include a selection of programs designed to give audiences “the chance to sit back, unwind and watch some very unhurried television.” BBC Four Goes Slow will include three deliberately unrushed… Read


‘Jasmine’ Looks To Thrill Audiences At Hong Kong Film Festival – Trailer


EXCLUSIVE: Jasmine is a psychological thriller from Shanghai Street Films that has been selected as part of the official lineup at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. It will have its world premiere on March 25 there. A Hong Kong-U.S. co-production, the English-language film marks the directorial debut of Dax Phelan who’s helming from his own script. Byron Mann (The Man With The Iron Fists), Jason Tobin (The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift), Eugenia Yuan (Memoirs… Read


UK-China Co-Production Treaty Ratified

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The UK government’s culture secretary Sajid Javad today announced that the co-production treaty between the UK and China has been formally ratified. Javid made the announcement while attending at the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, China alongside Miao Xiaotian, president of the China Film Co-production Corporation. The deal, negotiated by the British Film Institute (BFI) and China's Film Bureau and China Film Co-production Corporation, with support from the… Read


‘James Bond’ Film Drops From ‘Power Rangers’ Bootleg Producer


The producer behind the Power Rangers bootleg fan video is now taking on Bond. James Bond. The video is called James Bond: In Service Of Nothing and is an animated take this time around, using Sean Connery’s likeness. Asked if he is worried about similar legal issues as those he encountered with Saban Entertainment and the Power Rangers fan film, Adi Shankar said he can’t think about that. He says that he has a First Amendment right, that the business is changing at a… Read


BAFTA, China Ink Scholarship Deal; Mel Brooks Bringing His Act To The UK


BAFTA is in China this week as part of a delegation attending the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai. The Duke of Cambridge, BAFTA’s president, opened the festival on Monday to start the UK season of the Year of Cultural Exchange that will celebrate UK and Chinese creative talent and help forge new business relationships between the nations. A first step announced today is a scholarship program that, beginning in 2016, will see the British academy offer financial… Read

Box Office

‘Focus’ Improves Upon Estimates; ‘Marigold Hotel’ Still Pretty – Intl B.O. Monday Update

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UPDATE, MONDAY 8PM: Updates in the overseas B.O. figures below have been made for Warner Bros., Fox International, Disney, the Weinstein Co. and Universal.  The biggest change among all of them is that Warner Bros.’ Will Smith crime romance Focus bested its Sunday estimate of $12.2M abroad with $13.95M — welcome news as the film underperformed stateside with $18.7M (pic was expected to make $20M-23M this weekend). Global B.O. for Focus stands at $32.65M.  PREVIOUS, MONDAY… Read


Jane Lynch To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Angel From Hell’


As she just wrapped her Emmy-winning turn on Glee, Jane Lynch has lined up her next TV series role, signing on as one of the two leads in CBS’ half-hour comedy pilot Angel From Hell, from writer-executive producer Tad Quill and CBS TV Studios. The project, whose format is still TBD, centers on an unlikely pair. When the larger-than-life, brassy and flamboyant Amy (Lynch) enters Allison's life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship, and… Read


‘Peace Officer’ SXSW Clip: SWAT Veteran Takes On The Unit He Founded & Trained

PEace Officer SXSW Clip

EXCLUSIVE: The topical documentary from directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber centers on William "Dub" Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state's first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Peace Officer follows an obsessed Dub as he investigates this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community. The film also tackles larger questions about the use of… Read


‘Parks And Recreation’ Finale Draws Fond Farewell In Twitter TV Ratings

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The finale of Parks And Recreation proved as much a winner in Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings as it was on the broadcast side, topping the week’s series and specials with more than 4.6 million people reached by 346,000 tweets. On the sports side, Ronda Rousey’s 14-second win over not-very-challenging challenger Cat Zingano punched through most of the online/on-air competition, ending third behind two NBA games but ahead of five others as well as a big matchup in European… Read


Rob Kazinsky Is Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’ Monster

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Fox has found its monster. True Blood alumnus Rob Kazinsky has landed the lead role in the Fox pilot Frankenstein, from Rand Ravich and Howard Gordon. Taking inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing god, Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard (Kazinsky), a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. The “monster” is athletic, strong and handsome — the… Read

Box Office

‘Fifty Shades’ Is Uni’s Biggest R-Rated Film Abroad; Nears $500M Global B.O. – Update

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Report includes Monday updates Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s grasp on international audiences remains tight with the erotic love story coming in No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive weekend, per Universal and industry estimates. Adding $34.3M in 59 territorires, the bondage bonanza dropped about 43% and now has a total of $337M in offshore play. That takes it past the overseas lifetime of Universal’s highest-grossing original R-rated comedy, Ted, which topped out at $332.4M. It also… Read