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Chiwetel Ejiofor To Receive BIFA’s Richard Harris Award

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Chiwetel Ejiofor will be this year’s recipient of the British Independent Film Awards’ Richard Harris Award. Introduced in 2002 in honor of the legendary Richard Harris in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, the award will be presented to Ejiofor at this year's ceremony on December 6. Previous winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon… Read


BBC Director-General Tony Hall Calls For BBC’s Independence To Be Safeguarded

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Embattled BBC director-general Tony Hall today called for the BBC’s independence to be safe-guarded ahead of the publication of findings from the government’s charter review of the public broadcaster. Speaking to the Cardiff Business Club, Hall made the case that it was the BBC’s independence through the decades that had been at the heart of its success. He also called for a new – stronger- regulatory body to replace the current BBC Trust. “It is independence that should… Read


Jennifer Lawrence Dropped From ‘Mockingjay’ Posters In Israeli Cities

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Jennifer Lawrence has been dropped from posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in some Israeli towns and cities over concerns her image would offend ultra-conservative Jewish audiences. In areas such as Bnei Brak and West Jerusalem — both of which have significant, ultra-orthodox communities — the poster has been modified to remove the image of Lawrence and her bow and arrow in favor of a more generic mockingbird. “We discovered that public posters with the… Read


Josh Glick Leaves Gersh To Join Grandview As Talent Manager

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EXCLUSIVE: Gersh talent agent Josh Glick has joined Grandview as a talent manager. His clients at Gersh included Olivia Cooke and Diego Boneta. "We're so excited to welcome Josh to the Grandview family,” the company said in a statement. “His taste and work ethic have defined him as one of the best young representatives in the business, and we're so excited for him to be our teammate.” The hire is another step in Grandview’s expansion. Last year, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Auto… Read


Daniel Espinosa To Direct ‘Life’ For David Ellison’s Skydance

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EXCLUSIVEDaniel Espinosa has come on-board to direct Life for Skydance with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg producing along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. The project, an original idea, has a script written by Deadpool duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the time being but the project is believed to be in the elevated studio space that Skydance has become known for. Paramount are in pole position to distribute the film given… Read


Front Row Entertainment Inks Game-Changing Output Deal With BeIn Media

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In a sign of the changing landscape of pan-Arab TV, leading indie distributor Front Row Entertainment has inked a five-year first-run output deal for the Middle East and North Africa with Qatar’s beIN Media. Titles to come through the deal include Oliver Stone's Snowden, Mel Gibson’s thriller Blood Father, Cannes winner Deephan and Ben Wheatley's Free Firewhich Martin Scorsese is exec producing. The move will come as a worry to incumbent pay TV player OSN. The… Read

breakingBusiness Closes Chapter On Web Gossip To Focus On Politics A La ‘Daily Show’

Gawker logo, the website that set the bar — high and low — for gossip in the Internet age, is trading snark for satire and salacious innuendo for political intelligence. Just a few months after a nasty and very public internal dispute over a story led to a management shakeup, the game-changing gossip site revealed today that it’s taking a stake in the business of covering politics. The change, accompanied by staff layoffs and the shutting down of several sites including… Read


John Malone’s Liberty Global Acquires Cable & Wireless For $5.3 Billion

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John Malone's Liberty Global has agreed a deal to acquire Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W), which offers cable and other services in the Caribbean, in a deal valued at $5.3 billion. It is the latest splashy deal for Liberty Global, which has been in an expansive mood of late with no sign of any let-up. The company is offering stock and a special dividend in the transaction. Latin America has previously been an area Liberty Global, the world’s largest cable company… Read


Media Biz In Beirut, “Paris Of The East”, Pushes Forward Despite Their Own Terror Blasts

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Less than 24 hours before a wave of terror attacks left Paris reeling in horror, Lebanon’s own capital city Beirut — often dubbed the “Paris of the Middle East” — was also struck by suicide bombers, who killed at least 43 civilians last Thursday. Just as with Paris, the perpetrators were also from ISIS, the victims innocent people going about their day. While Paris has been understandably grief-stricken in the wake of the single worst atrocity on French soil since the… Read


Larry Wilmore On Paris Attacks: “At Times Like This, People Do Need To Laugh” – New York Comedy Festival

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Astrophysicist and sometime Nightly Show guest Neil deGrasse Tyson led a panel Saturday afternoon with host Larry Wilmore and top staff from the Comedy Central program, leading off the discussion by saying that Wilmore and company are “reaching for the most awkward, challenging social issues and somehow empowering people to laugh, and that is not easy to do. These are topics people don’t want to touch.” But it wasn’t until an hour later, near the end of the event at the… Read


Paris Cinemas Closed Through Sunday, Film Fests Cancelled – Paris Attacks


UPDATED, 1:10PM Saturday: Paris’ major theater chains and art-house cinemas closed Saturday and will remain closed at least through Sunday in the wake of the Paris attacks. Film festivals have also cancelled or postponed upcoming events. The decision by major cinema chains including Gaumont-Pathe, UGC and MK2 was expected following closures announced Saturday. The French capital remains under both a state of emergency and in mourning following Friday’s devastating… Read


‘Jane Got A Gun’ French Premiere And Press Junket Cancelled- Paris Attacks


The French premiere and press events for Natalie Portman-starrer Jane Got A Gun have been cancelled in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The news was confirmed this morning by French distributor Mars in an email to journalists. The junket for the film, directed by Gavin O’Connor, was due to take place on Sunday with the premiere on Monday. The film is due to be released November 25 in… Read