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Berlin Film Festival Ties On ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ International Premiere

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Mr Grey will see his first international audiences at the Berlin Film Festival in February. As a Berlinale Special Gala, Universal and Focus Features' highly-anticipated Fifty Shades Of Grey will be screened one-time only on February 11 with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in attendance. Also in Berlin will be author EL James, upon whose erotic mega-seller books the adaptation is based. Although it's not a world premiere, this is the… Read


China Says It’s Against Cyberterrorism; Stays Mum On North Korea, Helping U.S.

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In a conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said late Sunday that China is against all forms of cyberattacks and cyberterrorism. A report by the Chinese state-run Xinhua news service says Wang made the remarks after Kerry briefed him on his views on the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack attack. The report includes no direct mention of North Korea, but says Wang affirmed, “China is opposed to any country or any individual to… Read


‘Homeland’ Finale: ‘Long Time Coming’


NOTE: There are spoilers in this review. Don't read further if you don't want to know. Since it helped cement Showtime as a top destination for original programming, Homeland 's trademark has been to serve up unbelievable, stunning season finales. If there is a spoiler alert to deliver about tonight's season finale, it's this: so little happens that it isn't clear the writers knew it was the last show. Or that they owed us some resolution, maybe even some payback, at the… Read


Actor Booth Colman Dies At 91

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Veteran actor Booth Colman - a character actor who appeared on seemingly countless TV shows and in more than 50 films over five decades - has died at the age of 91. He died in his sleep on Dec. 15. An expert on Shakespeare who typically portrayed authority figures, Colman made frequent appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Hogan's Heroes, Perry MasonChicago Hope, Lou Grant, Star Trek, The Waltons, Frasier, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Mannix and Marcus Welby, among much… Read

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‘Hobbit’ Rules While Chinese, Indian And French Films Make Noise: Intl BO Update

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UPDATE, 5:20 PM PT: Depending on how we slice it, the international weekend was down about 13% across the Top 10 studio titles versus last weekend. Then again, it was up about 15% if we factor in big local movies from China and India. Regardless, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies continued its assault on the offshore box office with a $105.5M take in its 2nd frame while the No. 2 (non-studio) title was China's Gone With The Bullets at $36M, and the 3rd major… Read


Oscar Watch: How Will Real Life Events Affect ‘Selma’ Awards March?


With its Christmas Day opening fast approaching, Paramount's acclaimed racial drama Selma finally had its official West Coast Academy screening Saturday afternoon at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in their Beverly Hills headquarters. Reportedly about 250 attendees showed, a slow turnout for the pre-holiday screening (later that night Into The Woods had about double the number) even though director Ava DuVernay, star David Oyelowo and others were advertised for the post… Read


Bart & Fleming: On…What Else? Sony Hack Attack


Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  BART: Here's one lesson to be learned from the Sony scandal - one that should be taken to heart by George Clooney and other artists who are expressing outrage: The multinational corporations that control worldwide entertainment are too vulnerable and too vast to be counted on as defenders… Read


Attention, Hacked And Beleaguered Sony Staffers: Self-Protection Tips


While I worked the past few days with Cyber Security wiz Hemanshu Nigam on today's guest column by the SSP Blue CEO, it was made painfully clear to me that some Sony staffers–I'm talking about the people living paycheck to paycheck, the ones who can least afford to be crime victims–are experiencing strange occurrences in the wake of having private information leaked. It's also clear that some might not know where to turn after the hackers disseminated Social Security… Read


Hollywood Needs Cyber Czar: Guest Column

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Deadline has asked Hollywood to spend the holiday contemplating the implications of an unprecedented cyber-terror attack against Sony. When relevant, we will run pieces that might help. Here is one from Hemanshu Nigam, a former Federal Prosecutor Against Online Crime In Los Angeles and former Chief Security Officer for NewsCorp and Fox Interactive Media and VP of Worldwide Internet Enforcement under Jack Valenti's MPAA. He is currently CEO of the Cyber Security Company… Read


Glenn Beck’s Hot Reads: Google, Futurism, And More Fuel For A Media Empire

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Each week, Deadline's Hot Reads presents what Hollywood's power players are reading now and what they think is special about each book. Just in time for Christmas, former Fox News TV and radio host, political commentator, filmmaker, and new media mogul Glenn Beck shares the books he's been reading and giving to staffers this holiday season for insight as he grows his news and entertainment hub The Blaze. The libertarian entrepeneur is charging ahead with several film and… Read

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Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ Bests His ‘Dhoom 3′ In Record U.S. Bow For Bollywood (Video)

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After several strong global releases this year, including Kick with Salman Khan, Bang Bang with Hrithik Roshan and Happy New Year with Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood served up Aamir Khan in comedy/drama PK this weekend (see trailer above). Going out day-and-date in 22 markets - including India, North America and the UK - it released on about 5,000 screens at home and more than 800 overseas. The total take excluding North America was $22.13M for the frame, says distributor UTV… Read