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Slamdance Film Festival Slate Announced

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The 2016 Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition lineup for its 22nd edition, set for January 22-28 in Park City. The ultra-indie fest’s competition program includes 12 world premieres, three North American premieres and a U.S. premiere. Jury Awards are presented to feature films and all films are eligible for Audience Awards and the Spirit of Slamdance Award, judged by the filmmakers, who in the past have included the… Read


‘Supergirl’ Gets Order For 7 More Episodes From CBS


Supergirl is joining the rest of CBS’ new fall series in receiving a back episodic order. The network has given a seven-season pickup to the superhero drama, bringing its freshman run to 20 episodes, two shy of a full-season 22. Still, CBS calls this a full-season order, a term the broadcast networks have been using widely this season for series that get additional episodes beyond the initial 13. Supergirl, which launched to overwhelmingly positive reviews, has been… Read


Amazon Greenlights Oliver Goldstick’s ‘The Collection’, Its First Original UK Drama

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Amazon has commissioned The Collection, its first original UK drama series, from producers Lookout Point, who also co-produced BBC-TWC epic adaptation War And Peace. The 8 hour-long episode series was created by Pretty Little Liars and  Ugly Betty exec producer Oliver Goldstick, in association with BBC Worldwide. The show tells the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house (think: Dior) just after World War II. The show is exec produced by former HBO exec Anne… Read


Duchess Street Productions Taps Miriam Brent As Script Exec


Duchess Street Productions has appointed former Raw TV development editor Miriam Brent as script executive. Brent will now help to develop Duchess Street's slate of high-end, original drama and dramatic adaptations. She will also provide editorial guidance and support on existing projects. Brent officially joins the company, which is part of the Bob & Co family, on Monday and will work alongside Development Producer Jo Roderick. Prior to joining Duchess Street, Brent… Read


Russian Film Director Eldar Ryazanov, Icon Of Romantic Satire, Dies At 88


One of the iconic Russian movie directors from the Soviet era, Eldar Ryazanov, has died. He was 88. According to Russian news agency reports, Ryazanov died at a Moscow hospital of cardiac failure following a lengthy illness. Born in Samara in 1927, Ryazanov wrote or co-write many of his movies. He became one of the Soviet Union’s biggest hitmakers of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Ryazanov’s first narrative film, the 1956 Carnival in Moscow (Karnavalnaya Noch), was a breakout… Read


Jeremy Clarkson Introduces Amazon Drone Delivery Ahead Of ‘#Drive2Prime’

Jeremy Clarkson on Amazon Prime Air

In honor of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and any other post-Thanksgiving shopping manifestations, we bring you Amazon’s video posted today of the company’s new hire Jeremy Clarkson narrating a demonstration of how the online shopping giant’s drone delivery is supposed to work. In this case Clarkson suggests how Amazon Prime Air might save the game day for a young athlete who finds herself short of a strategic piece of equipment — a Puma soccer shoe the has been partially… Read


‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale Continues Blockbuster’s Fatal Year-End Tradition

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Season 6 winter finale episode of The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead loves to end the year with a bang and tonight’s Season 6 midseason finale was no different.  Last year’s Season 5 winter finale of the AMC blockbuster saw Emily Kinney's Beth suddenly die by gunshot and the Season 4 last show of 2013 had a double death with Scott Wilson's Hershel beheaded by David Morrissey's the Governor, who was killed himself in… Read


‘Joy’s New TV Trailer: Fox Posts Spot Amid Initial Industry Screenings

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Fox’s release of a new TV spot coincided with this weekend’s first major industry and awards season screenings of David O. Russell’s new picture Joy in Los Angeles and New York. The screenings attended by Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez as well as by Russell and his producers including Megan Ellison, have been generating lots of social media buzz as notables post their initial reactions to the film. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete… Read


Kobe Bryant Retirement Poem Crashes Player’s Tribune Site

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The long time L.A. Lakers legend is hanging up his hoops – in verse. With a poem posted today on the Player’s Tribune website Kobe Bryant announced that he is retiring from the Lakers and the NBA at the end of this season – his 20th in the league. Dear Basketball: #KB20 — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 29, 2015 The not entirely unexpected announcement from the 37-year old 5-time NBA championship winner Bryant promptly crashed the Derek Jeter… Read

Box Office

China Makes Space For ‘The Martian’ As ‘Good Dinosaur’ Snatches Eggs From No. 1 ‘Mockingjay 2’ – Intl B.O. Update

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UPDATE, 4:15 PM PT: There's a lot this weekend that's reminiscent of last year's comparable frame, which again has a Hunger Games movie atop the heap, and a space sci-fi epic coming in at No. 2 across the globe. And yet, there are shifts to watch. The Martian seemed to have a strong China debut all but assured this weekend given the performance of recent comps, its own stellar run elsewhere and a plotline that puts the Chinese in nice light. Debuting in the Middle Kingdom… Read


‘Sicario’ Editor Joe Walker Discusses A Sequel, Directors And His Next Project: “Amy Adams & Aliens”

Joe Walker - Sicario editor

Throughout his career, editor Joe Walker has worked with some of the most critically lauded and commercially successful directors in the business—among them, Michael Mann and Steve McQueen. Walker was Oscar-nominated for his editing of 12 Years a Slave, and after developing a working relationship on three films with McQueen, has begun to work consistently with French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies). Following Sicario, Walker signed on to… Read