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Charter Agrees To Take Time Warner Cable In $78.7B Deal

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The terms of the $78.7 billion cash and stock transaction are complicated, as you’d expect from any deal that involves a smaller company buying a larger one — and especially an agreement that involves Liberty Media’s John Malone. But if it comes to fruition, then Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge will control a cable and broadband powerhouse with 23.9 million customers in 41 states. It would rival Comcast in size and control major markets including much of New York… Read

Box Office

New ‘When Marnie Was There,’ Holdover ‘Dreams’ Solid – Specialty B.O.

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As with the major movie box office this Memorial Day Weekend the specialty market was more sluggish than usual. GKIDS’ Japanese anime, When Marnie Was There, had the strongest showing with a $16,295 per theater average from a pair of locations in New York and L.A. Samuel Goldwyn’s The Farewell Party and Sony Pictures Classics’ Aloft grossed weaker numbers. One standout title over the holiday is Bleecker Street’s I’ll See You In My Dreams, which held solid after a small… Read

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Charter Nears $55B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable: Reports

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Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable are close to a merger agreement that would see the smaller cabler pay $195 per share in cash and stock, Bloomberg reports. The deal which the Wall Street Journal valued at about $55 billion could be announced as soon as tomorrow. Charter would pay $100 a share in case with the rest in Charter stock, according to sources cited by Bloomberg said. Bright House Networks would also be folded into the Charter-Time Warner combo. The… Read

Business

Netflix Rumored To Want Gerard Depardieu For French ‘House Of Cards’

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Netflix reportedly is courting Gerard Depardieu to play a French version of the conniving U.S. president played by Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards, according to Radio Europe1. Marseille would mark Netflix's first French-language production. Marseille would be produced in France by the French, Europe1 said. The idea has not been popular in France, with French filmmakers fretting that Netflix’s incursion on their home turf could hurt the industry as well as dilute the… Read

Film

Cannes Winners: The French Did Well, The Italians Didn’t – But Who’s Complaining After Cinema’s World Cup?

attends the Palm D'Or Winners press conference during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2015 in Cannes, France.

During the past week in Cannes people kept asking me, ‘so who is going to win the Palme d’Or?’ I long ago gave up trying to play that guessing game. Juries do their own thing and they’re often unpredictable. But no one was predicting French director Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, about a created family of Sri Lankan  immigrants trading one war for another when they come to start a new life in France. Audiard previously won the Grand Prize here for A Prophet, and a screenplay… Read

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Bart & Fleming: Girl Power Pics, Cate Blanchett, Melissa McCarthy, Suzanne Somers And Disney Self-Absorption

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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: Talk about culture clash: You just got back from Cannes, Mike, where attention is focused on Carol and Cate (Carol is the movie about lesbian love and Cate is its star) and I am in Las Vegas, where people are trying to figure out what happened to all the gamblers (gaming now accounts… Read

Film

Aishwarya Rai On Return To Film With ‘Jazbaa’ Helmer Sanjay Gupta – Video

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is returning to the big screen after a five-year hiatus with Jazbaa, a Sanjay Gupta-directed action drama about an attorney forced to defend an unsavory criminal after her daughter is kidnapped. Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World, The Lunchbox) co-stars as a suspended cop. Rai Bachchan and Gupta were in Cannes this past week to screen a promo reel for international distributors. I sat down with each of them to discuss Jazbaa and the current state of Bollywo… Read

Film

Michael Fassbender In ‘Macbeth': A Pair Of Clips From Cannes

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Tonight’s screening of Macbeth winds up the presentation of movies in competition for Cannes‘ top prize, the Palme d’Or, which will be announced Sunday. Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, the film has been rapturously received by many critics, although that’s not necessarily a barometer for traditionally finicky (or quirky, take your pick) juries at the festival. Screenwriters Jacob Koskoff… Read

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Hot Cannes ‘Circle’ Package Imperiled As Alicia Vikander In Talks To Star In ‘Assassin’s Creed’, New ‘Bourne’ Film

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EXCLUSIVE– One of the hottest Cannes pic packages — the Tom Hanks-Alicia Vikander-starrer The Circle — is in the process of being reconfigured as the star of that young actress soars after her performance as the beguiling robot in Ex Machina. The Swedish actress is in talks to star in two major new tentpoles: Assassin’s Creed, the Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game; and the new Jason Bourne picture opposite Matt Damon with… Read

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Guillermo Del Toro On Enthralling & Energizing Jury Experience – Cannes Q&A

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With one title left to screen, the Cannes Film Festival is beginning to wind down and the jury is poised to enter its final deliberations before announcing this year’s prize winners on Sunday evening. Earlier this week, we had the chance to chat with jury member Guillermo del Toro about his experience as part of what is arguably the world’s most prestigious film panel — this year led by co-presidents Joel and Ethan Coen. There are no spoilers here since we clearly… Read

Film

Marty Pasetta Dies: Longtime Director Of Academy Awards Telecasts Was 82

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JANUARY 30:  Marty Pasetta attends First Annual Movie Awards on January 30, 1991 at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Marty Pasetta

Marty Pasetta, best known as director of Academy Awards telecasts for most of the 1970s and ’80s, has died. Pasetta died after he was struck by a car he had just exited Thursday night in La Quinta, CA. He was 82. The driver of the car had dropped off Pasetta and another passenger, and subsequently exited the car but left the transmission engaged, according to the Desert Sun. The car then struck both passengers. Pasetta died at the scene and the other passenger was… Read

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‘X-Factor’ Producers Hit With $2M Lawsuit By Contestant; Says Performance Was “Altered”

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Sally Hessnice may have not been judged worthy to go very far on The X-Factor by Simon Cowell and gang two years ago but the singer isn't ready to exit stage left just yet. She filed a multi-claim complaint today against producers FremantleMedia North America, Cowell’s Syco Television and Blue Orbit Productions for more than $2 million in damages. Hessnice claims that her audition performance shown on the Fox show back in September 2013 was strategically altered "to… Read