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Q&A: Adopt Films’ Tim Grady On Getting Americans To See Foreign-Lingo Movies

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Tim Grady and October Films co-founder Jeff Lipsky co-created New York-based Adopt Films in 2011. Since banding together, the pair has been savvy in their foreign language pick-ups, pouncing on four fims in Berlin in 2012, for example, with each going on to win prizes there — and three ending up as their respective countries' submission for the Foreign Language Oscar. Last year, they were in the potentially hot-potato situation of having both the entry from Palestine… Read

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Microsoft’s Xbox One Holiday Sales Pass Sony’s PS4

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It was a rugged first year for Microsoft's newest videogame console, the Xbox One, but the company finally had a November to remember, beating archrival Sony's PS4 in several sales and user measurements. Credit goes to aggressive discounting and the halo effect of, well, Halo, the blockbuster franchise returning with a rebooted collection of old games and a new title just around the corner. "It's been a great year and a great time for everyone in the industry,” a… Read

Sundance 2015: Edgar Wright, Cary Fukunaga & Jonathan Nolan Among Fest’s Jury Members

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Just over a month after all the action kicks off in Park City, the Sundance Film Festival announced today that directors Edgar Wright and Cary Fukunaga plus Person of Interest co-creator Jonathan Nolan will be among the jury members. Winona Ryder, IMDb founder Col Needham and Brit Marling are also on the six juries the Robert Redford founded fest has in the U.S. and World Cinema dramatic and documentary categories plus Short Film and Alfred P. Sloan for Science in… Read

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Anthony Mackie, Helmer Justin Simien ‘Make A Wish’ At Paramount

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired a spec package with Captain America star Anthony Mackie, Dear White People helmer Justin Simien and the 2013 Black List comedy script Make A Wish at its center. The studio has acquired the script by first-timer Zach Frankel as a star vehicle for Mackie, directed by Simien, whose Sundance prize-winning film got Independent Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for Best Director. Robert Teitel and Jason Spire will produce it and… Read

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Charlie Sheen To Reprise His ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Role On ‘The Goldbergs’

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Charlie Sheen channels his leather-jacketed Bad Boy in the Police Station role from the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off in an upcoming episode of ABC's The Goldbergs. The episode, to air early next year, will follow the story line of the film that starred Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey. Grey's role is played by actress Hayley Orrantia on The Goldbergs. The casting was first reported by… Read

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Barbie Kligman Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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ABC Studios has signed an overall deal with Secrets & Lies executive producer/showtunner Barbie Kligman. Under the two-year pact, Kligman will continue on Secrets & Lies if the mystery drama goes to a second season while also developing new projects for the studio where she has been for four years. This marks the first overall deal for Kligman, who comes from the Shonda Rhimes school of showrunning. She spent three years on Rhimes' Private Practice, rising to executive… Read

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‘Survivor’ Finale On Par, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Closer Slips From Last Season

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TV networks continue to switch to a holiday mode, with more fall finales and holiday specials last night. CBS' Survivor ended its 29th season with a closer that spilled well into the 10 PM hour. In the 8-10 PM time period, which didn't include the winner announcement, Survivor averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49. That is even with last week and down two-tenths from the finales of last season's two installments, currently the lowest ever for the veteran reality… Read

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Paramount Cancels ‘Team America’ Showings, Theaters Say

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Forget those plans by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other theaters to run Team America: World Police in place of The Interview. The Austin-based chain says that Paramount has now decided not to offer South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 2004 satire that focuses on Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Alamo says that the cancellation at its Dallas theater is “due to circumstances beyond our control” and says it will offer refunds to… Read

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‘American Sniper’ Trailer: Bradley Cooper At His Best?

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In what's being hailed as a career standout turn, Bradley Cooper stars in the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – family man, one-time rodeo cowboy, and the undisputed most lethal sniper in U.S. history. Clint Eastwood directs Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O'Donnell in the Christmas Day drama adapted by Jason Hall from Kyle's memoir. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow premiered the film at AFI Fest on Veterans Day and wrapped… Read

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Sony Hit With Third Hacking Class Action Lawsuit By “Left In The Dark” Ex-Employees

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The Interview may have been pulled and the North Koreans may be behind the ravaging hack that has hit Sony, but the lawsuits continue. In the space of as many days, the studio this week has been whacked with a third class action from former employees over the massive and revealing data breach that has left tens of thousands of Social Security numbers, medical records, emails and other personal information out on the World Wide Web. Like the other two lawsuits, this one is… Read

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Sony Hack Needs Tempered Response, White House Says

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It's important the United States government not play into the hands of those responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by over-reacting, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at today's White House press briefing. Earnest declined to pin the attack on the North Korean government — an announcement the media is expecting to come today from the Justice Department. The investigation by the FBI and the Department of Justice in to who is… Read

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Amber West To Star In Jerrod Carmichael NBC Comedy Pilot

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Amber West (form. Stevens) has been cast as the female lead opposite Jerrod Carmichael in Go Jerrod Go, NBC's multi-camera comedy pilot written by Carmichael and Nick Stoller. Described as a irreverent multi-camera comedy inspired by Carmichael's stand-up and his relationships with his girlfriend and family, the project follows a young couple, Jerrod (Carmichael) and Maxine (West), who decide to move in together but when it comes time to tell Jerrod's parents, Jerrod… Read