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‘I Touched All Your Stuff’ Trailer: Stranger Than Fiction, Or Just Fiction

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“It all started with the hippos.” That’s the kind of sentence that usually suggests a whimsical journey of self discovery, but in this instance it’s the introduction to what happens when adjectives like “picaresque” are combined with “completely full of it”. I Touched All Your Stuff concerns the bizarre, true story of Oregonian Chris Kirk, a con artist who became intrigued by the hippos living on the former compound of deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar, and ended up in… Read

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‘Queen Of The Desert’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson

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“Who the bloody hell is this Gertrude Bell?” asks one of the men determining how to conquer and divide the Middle East. “She’s the maker of kings.” And the subject of writer-director Werner Herzog’s latest movie, which concerns a significant female power player in the history of that troubled part of the world. Nicole Kidman plays Bell — a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché (aka spy) for the British Empire at the dawn of the… Read

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Diana Douglas Dies: Actress, 92, Was Kirk Douglas’ First Wife And Mother of Michael And Joel Douglas

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Actress Diana Douglas, mother of Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas, died today at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, CA. The first wife of actor Kirk Douglas, she was 92 and died of cancer, her husband of 15 years Donald A. Webster said. Diana Douglas had a long career in movies, TV and in theater. She appeared in 22 films. Her final feature film was the Fred Schepisi-directed It Runs in the Family, which also starred Kirk, Michael, Joel and grandson… Read

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‘USS Indianapolis’ Production Delayed After Vintage Plane Waterlogged

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Beachgoers at Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast got a surfside view this week when a vintage Navy PBY plane used during filming of USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage landed offshore and began to take on water. No one was injured and the pilot and co-pilot were rescued safely. Production on the movie, which stars Nicolas Cage, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter and Tom Sizemore, was halted temporarily during efforts to save the flying boat that ultimately broke apart during… Read

Business

Is Chicago’s “Netflix Tax” A Web Scourge Or One Way To Level The Playing Field?

LOS GATOS, CA - JANUARY 22:  A sign is posted in front of the Netflix headquarters on January 22, 2014 in Los Gatos, California. Netflix will report fourth quarter earnings today after the closing bell.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This week the City of Chicago amended its amusement tax rules among others to include a 9% “cloud tax” on digital entertainment streaming services. Taking effect September 1, it will include everything from rentals of shows, movies, videos, music and games to e-commerce transactions to online gambling. That of course means services like movie and TV hub Netflix and music services like Spotify will be officially taxed inside the Windy City’s limits. The city would collect… Read

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‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ Over: There Will Be No Season 2 On NBC

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A.D. The Bible Continues will not be continuing. NBC is not commenting, but it is understood that the network has opted not to go forward with a second installment of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s follow-up to their blockbuster miniseries The Bible. I hear the cast has been informed of the decision. Given the success of The Bible and Burnett’s track record, while A.D. was initially announced as an event series, it had been envisioned as a potentially continuing… Read

Business

Canal Plus CEO Rodolphe Belmer Out And Replaced By Maxime Saada

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Canal Plus CEO Rodolphe Belmer has been ousted from his post following a meeting today by the French pay TV giant’s Supervisory Board, on the recommendation of Bertrand Méheut, chairman of Canal Plus' management board. Belmer will be replaced by Maxime Saada, who joined Canal Plus in 2001 and previously served as EVP of the Canal Plus Group and and head of Pay-TV. The board also appointed Grégoire Castaing, Canal Plus CFO, to Canal Plus' management board. It promises to… Read

International

‘Hello Kitty’ To Be Turned Into Film For 2019 Release

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Iconic Japanese brand Hello Kitty, famous globally for the red-bowed cat with six symmetrical whiskers, is getting her own film adaptation. Japanese lifestyle company Sanrio is planning to finance and produce a feature based on the character and release it globally in 2019. The film will go through Sanrio’s recently established U.S. subsidiary. The project will have an expected budget of anywhere from $160 million-$240 million, including P&A, according to Sanrio… Read

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Nicolo Donato Prepping World War II Feature About Escape Of Danish Jews From Nazi-Occupied Denmark

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Nicolo Donato (Brotherhood) is prepping a feature about the escape of Danish Jews from Nazi-occupied Denmark in October 1943. Scandinavian major Svensk is on board to produce through its Danish subsidiary SF Film and production entity SF Film production. Fuglene Over Sundet is based on actual events and features a cast including Danica Curcic (Wallander), David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Laura Bro (A Royal Affair). Jacob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro, Signe Egholm… Read

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Jon Stewart Leads Donald Trump Sing-Along

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Many people have weighed in at great length on Donald Trump and his Mexican Rapists Candidacy Announcement, since the real-estate mogul delivered the headline-making speech in the gold-plated halls of Trump Towers a couple weeks ago. The Daily Shows Jon Stewart has not been one of them. His relative restraint in the days following the speech has surprised Stewart fans; it was as if raw meat has been thrown to a piranha and the fish had turned up its nose. This finally… Read

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Documents Reveal New Details About Emile Hirsch Alleged Assault

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The Paramount executive allegedly assaulted by Emile Hirsch this year at the Sundance Film Festival told police the actor “choked me up, threw me across the table, and I felt the front of my throat hit the back of my throat,” according to an interview recorded by a police officer’s body camera. The information was in investigative documents obtained by the Associated Press. “It was insanely painful and absolutely terrifying,” Paramount Digital VP Daniele Bernfeld said… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Seeks Protection For TV News Teams After San Francisco Attacks

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In the aftermath of attacks on two TV news teams that were covering a shooting death in San Fransisco today, SAG-AFTRA said its local in the Bay Area “met with all major news stations and requested security measures for the protection of reporting teams.” KTVU reporter Cara Liu was reporting live from Pier 14 (video below) on a Wednesday night homicide when a mugger ran up to KNTV’s team nearby and stole camera equipment and KNTV camera operator Alan Waples was… Read