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AwesomenessTV Launches Awestruck Channel Targeting Millennial Moms

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DreamWorks Animation-owned online-media company AwesomenessTV will launch Awestruck, a new online-video channel and lifestyle brand, later this year, targeting Millennial women now old enough to be mothers. The online network will air original content on YouTube, Facebook video and Verizon Wireless’ upcoming video service. "Millennial moms are digitally savvy, globally conscious and defined by more than just motherhood, yet they are surprisingly underserved," said… Read

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Fortitude Takes On Sales For QED’s Cannes Slate; What Will They Have To Sell?

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Fortitude International is coming to QED Intl’s rescue just in time for Cannes with Nadine De Barros and her sales team handling sales at the market for the troubled company. De Barros and her Fortitude colleagues will handle remaining sales on QED titles Rock the Kasbah, The Family Fang, Franny, Time Out of Mind and Strange But True.  Not included in the line-up are Bruce Lee pic Birth of the Dragon and Robert De Niro-Zak Efron two-hander Dirty Grandpa, both of which are… Read

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Victims’ Families Urge Media Restraint On Aurora Theater Massacre Trial Coverage

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Monday brings the trial of the alleged mass murderer of patrons at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. A group representing the survivors and families of victims of nine of the worst mass shootings in American history is urging news organizations not to sensationalize trial coverage and to "to stop the gratuitous use" of the confessed killer's name and photo. In a letter sent to 150 news organizations around the country, the group, called No… Read

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Steve Coogan To Star In Oliver Schmitz’s ‘Shepherds And Butchers’

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EXCLUSIVE: Steve Coogan (Philomena) will star in Oliver Schmitz’s Shepherds And Butchers. The film is set in South Africa and follows a jaded lawyer, Johan Webber (Coogan), who takes on a seemingly hopeless multiple murder case and uncovers scandalous shortcomings in South Africa's capital punishment system as he mounts a defense for a prison guard traumatized by the executions he took part in. Principal photography begins June 15th in South Africa.  Schmitz previously… Read

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Calls For BBC License Fee To Be Cut By Two-Thirds

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage, whose party believes the UK should leave Europe and clamp down on immigration amongst other policies, has called for the BBC to be “cut back to the bone.” The outspoken leader, who is vying to become a kingmaker in next month’s general election, was speaking at a public rally in Rochdale on the campaign trail when he went on the attack against the public broadcaster. “”I would like to see the BBC cut back to the bone to be purely a public service… Read

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Sky Earnings, Subscribers Up As UK And Germany Drive Growth

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In only its second report since it consolidated its operations in the UK, Germany and Italy to create Europe’s biggest pay TV platform, Sky reported increased earnings as television subscriber growth and demand for products such as broadband in the UK and Germany drove revenue for the pan-Euro giant. Shares in Sky at one point rose almost 5% in early trading on the FTSE 100 as the company posted a 20% jump in nine-month profit from the same period the previous year and… Read

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The Ink Factory Options David Vann’s Novel ‘Aquarium’

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EXCLUSIVE– The Ink Factory, the London- and LA-based production and finance company that goes into production shortly on Ang Lee's Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, has optioned David Vann’s critically acclaimed new novel Aquarium and plans to adapt it as a feature film. Set in Seattle, the book tells the story of Caitlin, a 12-year-old girl who lives alone with her mother, Sheri. When an estranged family member re-enters their lives looking for forgiveness, he offers… Read

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Pulitzer Prizes Go To Stephen Adly Guirgis For Drama, Los Angeles Times For Criticism: Media

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Between Riverside And Crazy, Guirgis’ comic drama about an elderly ex-policman and the motley of family and friends who weave in and out of his Riverside Drive apartment, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. L.A. Times television critic Mary McNamara received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. The 18-member Pulitzer board cited her “savvy criticism that uses shrewdness, humor and an insider's view to show how both subtle and seismic shifts in the cultural landscape… Read

International

Village Roadshow Inks Five-Picture Deal With China’s Beijing Hairun Pictures

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Village Roadshow Asia has signed a five-picture deal with China’s Beijing Hairun Pictures that will include a feature film on former NBA player Stephon Marbury’s experiences playing in the Middle Kingdom. The deal, described as a “a long-term partnership in the joint development, financing, production and distribution of feature films,” was announced today by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia CEO Ellen Eliasoph and Liu Yanming, chairman of Hairun Media & Entertainment Group… Read

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Sky Atlantic Postpones Airing Alex Gibney’s ‘Going Clear’ Due To British Libel Laws

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The UK’s Sky Atlantic, which enjoys an output deal with HBO as well as a co-development and co-production arrangement, has been forced to postpone the broadcast of Alex Gibney’s docu Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief due to British libel laws. The UK’s Defamation Act, which was passed into law in 2013 and is designed to ensure a fair balance is between the right to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation, does not extend to Northern Ireland… Read

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Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Lineup

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Cannes Critics’ Week has unveiled its lineup for the 2015 edition. Elie Wajeman’s The Anarchists, starring Adele Exarchopolous (La Vie d’Adele) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) star in the director’s follow-up to Aliyah. The film is set in 1899 Paris and tells the story of a poor and orphan brigadier who is selected to sneak into a group of anarchists. Elsewhere, the typically eclectic lineup chosen by Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson includes the first film from… Read

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Dick Cook Launches New Company With $150 Million Investment From China’s Citic Guoan

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Former Disney Chairman Dick Cook today announced he was launching Dick Cook Studios, a new media company, with a $150 million investment from Citic Guoan Group Co. Ltd., a division of the Chinese conglomerate Citic Group. In a statement, Cook said, “I am thrilled to formally announce the launch of Dick Cook Studios. Our mission will always be to provide the very best in family entertainment inclusive of all generations, which inspires, engages, excites and always… Read