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Toronto: ‘The Imitation Game’ Named Festival’s People’s Choice Winner – Oscar Harbinger?

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The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People's Choice Winner, AKA, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown. The acclaimed film… Read


Arab World’s Relentless Crises Boost Citizen Journalism & Freedom Of Expression As TV Ratings & Film Box Office Rise

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In a region where the media biz is often more noted for being polarized, the atrocious actions that have brought ISIS global attention have unified the vast majority of decent moral Arabs across sectarian and political divides against the exceptionally brutal terror group. President Obama and dozens of countries are rushing an emergency plan to eradicate ISIS on the ground, and the world is getting to know this organization because of the horrific beheadings of American… Read


What Was I Thinking? IFC President Jonathan Sehring On Funding ‘Boyhood’ For 12 Years

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An occasional feature on the thought process behind an exceptionally bold, risky move.  If they gave out Exec Of The Year, it would be hard to overlook IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring, who funded Richard Linklater's Boyhood for a dozen years. Even with the flurry of Oscar fare launched at the fall festivals, Boyhood remains squarely in the awards-season conversation. We've written about this crazy gamble before, but as we move into that time of year when quality… Read


Homeland In-Security Often Pits Film Biz Vs. L.A. Water & Power Department

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When location manager Kris Bunting requested permission to film on a water tower in Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said no. "They are concerned about our poisoning the water table," Bunting said in an email to his producer. The scene called for two actors to unlock a gate and climb up a set of stairs on the outside of the tank. "They gave me every excuse," Bunting told Deadline about the request last December. "Homeland security was brought… Read


Will Beatle Paul Twist & Shout For Broadway-Bound Musical About Unknown Legend Bert Berns, Tunesmith?

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Mention “Twist And Shout” to a Boomer and you'll get a shake of the thinning hair or shaved scalp along with recollections of the Fab Four on The Ed Sullivan Show. The more knowing response may even be the Isley Brothers, who recorded it first, in 1962. Ask who wrote the iconic rock number, however, and you're more than likely to draw a blank look. Answer: Bert Berns. Ask who pulled Van Morrison out of the Belfast band Them and produced “Brown-Eyed Girl,” or who wrote “Pie… Read


Vivendi’s Vincent Bollore Angles To Become Europe’s Powerhouse Cable, Web & Phone Provider

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Call it European Dis-Union: The battle for supremacy in the Euro TV market continues to heat up with Telefonica scoring a major victory over rival Telecom Italia in its attempts to acquire French media giant Vivendi's Brazilian broadband operator GVT. Got that? While the primary focus of that deal appears to be the rapidly expanding Brazilian market, the real significance is likely to be felt by European TV execs, already bracing for the imminent entry of Netflix into… Read


Has Crackle Cracked the Code For Over-The-Top Content Companies?


Crackle, once an odd bird among the flock of startups in the emerging world of online video, finally seems to be flying in the right direction. Crackle's timing couldn't be better, as consumer frustration grows over cable and other pay-TV providers. Suddenly, more people are getting their TV-like entertainment experiences in new ways, and are expecting increasingly high-quality material when they go there. Crackle started early in the last decade as a stand-alone… Read


SPOILER: ‘Hell On Wheels’ Star, Showrunner Detail Character’s Surprise Exit

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's startling Hell On Wheels episode. EXCLUSIVE: Most series save the death of a major character for a dramatic season finale, but not AMC's Hell On Wheels — not this year. Halfway through its fourth season, the post-Civil War-set show killed off one of its most beloved and original characters tonight with the death of Elam Ferguson, played by Common. "It pulled at my heart because I really cherish the character Elam,"… Read


Behind The Scenes At Deadline’s Awardsline TIFF 2014 Studio: Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Salma Hayek & More

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Awardsline creative director Robb Rice and photographer Kelsey Fain captured some candid moments from this year's biggest stars at our photo studio at the Templar Hotel.  Awardsline editor Anna Lisa Raya gathered this season's crop of potential contenders.  Deadline's Awardsline studio is courtesy of LIVEstyle Entertainment president Ryan Heil.  Seen in many of the photos is our main studio photographer Mark Mann using Leica S-System and Profoto lighting. Click on the… Read


Ben McKenzie Injured On Set Of ‘Gotham’, Will Return To Work Monday

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It can be a hell of job fighting bad guys on GothamAnd if you're a crime crusader like Detective James Gordon, you have to watch for pillars as well as swinging fists…because pillars always like to hit heads. Actor Ben McKenzie who plays Gordon clunked his noggin against such pillar during a fisticuffs scene on Friday.  McKenzie, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, posted some photos of his gash on Instagram saying, “Holy concrete wall, Batman!” and “Happy Birthday… Read


TIFF 2014 In Pictures: Jennifer Aniston, James Franco & More Visit Deadline’s Awardsline Studio

From left: writer Graham Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, director Morten Tyldum, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech.

In the second of three photo galleries, casts from such potential awards contenders as The Imitation Game, Foxcatcher, Rosewater and Cake showed up at the Deadline/Awardsline photo studio this year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Awardsline editor Anna Lisa Raya was on the scene. Click on the photo below to launch the gallery.  Our first-ever photo studio at the Templar Hotel, was courtesy of Ryan Heil, president of LIVEstyle Entertainment and the LIVEstyle… Read


R.I.P. Theodore J. Flicker, Creator of ‘Barney Miller’

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Theodore J. Flicker, the co-creator of the Emmy-winning sitcom Barney Miller, died last night in his sleep in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 84.  It was confirmed by his nephew, director Jonathan M. Flicker today. Known for its deadpan comedy banter and one act play-like structure, Barney Miller, which Flicker co-owned, took place in a fictional 12th precinct Greenwich Village police station, with the action largely occurring between two sets: the detective's squad room and… Read


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