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Scott Rudin Nabs Hot New Book ‘The Buried Giant’ By Kazuo Ishiguro

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EXCLUSIVE: Scott Rudin has acquired rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s epic new novel The Buried Giant. The book, which has been ecstatically reviewed, follows a couple in a semi-historical Medieval Britain as they venture forth across a war-ravaged landscape in search of a son they haven’t seen in years. The story has fantasy elements, including a dragon, spectacular battle sequences and a panoramic backdrop. It has been compared favorably to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Ring… Read

International

BBC Rape Documentary Causes Uproar In India

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India’s Daughter, a hard-hitting BBC documentary about the brutal gang rape of a young woman in India that generated global headlines in 2012, is causing a storm of controversy in India. Based on the rape in December 2012 of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh, who died from the horrific internal injuries she received from her attackers, the film reputedly offers an uncompromising portrait of attitudes among some sectors of Indian society toward women. One interview, in… Read

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Adrien Brody Scores In China, Fosters Global Ambitions With Local Partners

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EXCLUSIVE: With seemingly all of Hollywood eager to get a piece of the increasingly lucrative Chinese pie to help fuel their global ambitions, Adrien Brody has succeeded in doing just that by embracing the local biz. The Oscar-winning actor-turned-producer is currently riding high at the Chinese box office, thanks to a starring role opposite Jackie Chan and John Cusack in the epic Dragon Blade. The film, which opened at No. 1 during the Chinese New Year celebrations, is… Read

Business

Sling TV Folds IFC, Sundance TV, And EPIX Into Its Program Offerings

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This is the shoe that had to drop after Dish Network’s $20 a month live streaming service announced that it had struck carriage deals with AMC Networks and EPIX, the premium service co-owned by Viacom, Lionsgate, and MGM. Sling TV says today that it added IFC to its basic package, with no change in price. It has already folded in AMC. So subscribers can watch series including Better Call Saul, Mad Men and, now, IFC’s Portlandia. VOD content from the channels will be… Read

International

Alibaba Buys $380 Million Stake In Chinese Production Company Enlight

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Jack Ma’s Alibaba has acquired an 8.8% stake in Enlight, one of China’s leading film and TV production companies, again highlighting the online giant’s eagerness to increase its presence in content creation. The stake is valued at $380 million. The news came in an announcement to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The move to buy into Enlight, which last year struck a deal with Israel's Read

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‘Hamilton’ Fever: Hitmaker Lin-Manuel Miranda Channels Tony Manero In New Logo

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A star is born: With the run at the Public Theater sold out and arrival on Broadway this summer assured, the producers of Hamilton unveiled their striking new logo for the show. Striking because Lin-Manuel Miranda, the unofficial mayor of Washington Heights who wrote the book and hip-hop score and plays the title role of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, looks in the poster a bit like the brother from another borough — Tony Manero in silhouette. Like, 1776 meet 1976. Joh… Read

Film

‘Snowden’ First-Look Photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Oliver Stone’s Biopic

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UPDATED with more photos: Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks ready for battle in the first-look image from Oliver Stone’s buzzy Edward Snowden biopic. Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood also star in the movie alongside Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Open Road is set to open the pic on December 25. Interest in the NSA whistleblower remains high. CitizenFour, the chilling documentary by Laura… Read

International

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

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Jonathan Deckter Exits IM Global To Join Voltage Pictures As Partner

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EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Decker has exited IM Global, where he was president, to join Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures as president and COO. Deckter will take over running all day-to-day business operations at Voltage. Chartier will remain as CEO and oversee all production-related activities along with Zev Foreman and Craig Flores. Deckter, who had been at IM Global for almost five years, had been a key part of Stuart Ford’s company’s emergence as a genuine player in the… Read

Business

Nielsen Reasserts Its Local TV Ratings Clout With New Tribune Deal

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Tribune Media’s renewal with Nielsen comes about a month after the broadcaster surprised some in the industry by also agreeing to use Rentrak audience measurement data at its 42 TV stations — including for their TV Everywhere streaming efforts. People are watching to see whether Nielsen’s hold on the local TV ratings business is in jeopardy at a time when many execs say its data shortchange them, for example by failing to count people who watch TV on mobile… Read

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BBC Chief Takes Aim At American Hegemony, Launches BBC Studios, Defends License Fee

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BBC chief Tony Hall delivered a wide-ranging speech Monday in which he defended the public broadcaster’s license fee and also took a shot at the increasing dominance of American culture over the airwaves. “For the amount that Netflix spent on the first two series of House Of Cards, we were able to make 14 drama series,” said Hall in a bullish address at New Broadcasting House. The BBC has been under pressure recently to find alternative ways to fund its operations. Last… Read

Business

Rebekah Brooks Reportedly In Talks To Re-Join News Corp

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Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is reportedly in talks to re-join the Rupert Murdoch family in an unspecified role at News Corp-owned digital media agency Storyful. Brooks, who resigned from her News International post in 2011 in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, was acquitted last June by a British court of taking part in phone hacking and illegal payments to police and public officials at the now-defunct News Of The World newspaper There… Read