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Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League: Make A Place For Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, And Film Stock In Digital Future

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Tim League is the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, and the co-founder of Fantastic Fest, now the largest genre gathering in the U.S. While he is part of the new breed of theatrical exhibitors, he weighs in with a surprisingly retro opinion on the major theater owner's dilemma of whether to fully commit to digital, even though great filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino are committed to taking the film print off the endangered species list.  I read a recent… Read

Awards

Oscar Watch: How Elaine Stritch And Other Showbiz Documentaries Hope To Grab The Eyes – And Hearts – Of Voters

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If there was any doubt awards season was in full swing, this week's growing list of screening events featuring lunches, dinners and receptions all aimed at luring Academy and Golden Globe voters should erase any question. As I pointed out last week, the Academy's “official” foreign-language screenings began on Monday night with Poland's Ida and Hungary's demanding but very fine White God. But that is just the beginning for both those films. On Friday afternoon at Century… Read

TV

David Letterman’s Cue-Card Guy Fired After Argument, Assault

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Tony Mendez, long an on-air fixture handling the cue cards for David Letterman on The Late Showtook the wrong cue this week, assaulting staff writer Bill Scheft, a 15-time Emmy nominee, and getting himself fired, the New York Post reported. Mendez, 69, who had been with Letterman for 21 years, got into a verbal altercation with Scheft and Letterman over changes in cue cards, went home overnight and stewed about perceived slights from Scheft over a long period. When… Read

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Bart & Fleming: WB’s Spandex OD; Ebola The Series; Neil Patrick Harris Near EGOT

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros' Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full… Read

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Hot Reads: DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider On ‘Lawrence in Arabia’ And More

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Hot Reads presents what Hollywood power players are currently reading and what is special about the book. This week we spotlight a voracious reader, DreamWorks Studios co-chairman/CEO Stacey Snider “Even though I'm always reading something, I tend to read in 'bursts' or 'clusters.' This spring and summer I was preoccupied by the Middle East. I wasn't prompted by recent events in the news actually, but instead it all began by reading this first book.” My Promised Land… Read

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‘Bang Bang’ Shoots To Top Of 2014 Chart As #1 Bollywood Film In North America: Box Office

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Hrithik Roshan-starrer Bang Bang has advanced to the top spot among Bollywood films in North America for the year. With a gross now of $2.56M, it bested the previous 2014 record holder, Salman Khan's Kick, which earned $2.47M during its summer run. The Knight And Day remake that co-stars Katrina Kaif went out day-and-date on October 2, scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year for a Bollywood title. From Fox International Productions and Fox Star Studios, Bang Bang… Read

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‘Klinghoffer’ Powder Keg Makes Strange Bedfellows of Rudy Giuliani, Floyd Abrams

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When was the last time an opera inspired noisy demonstrations on the ground and extreme bloviating in the media? Yet that's what the Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams and Alice Goodman's powerful 1991 The Death Of Klinghoffer has prompted. On Monday night, you can expect to hear about rabid protesters hollering across police barricades in front of the Met on the vast plaza at Lincoln Center. Their issue? This serious work of musical art has the audacity to… Read

TV

‘American Idol’ Contestant Joanne Borgella Dead At 32

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Singer/songwriter Joanne Borgella, who competed on the seventh season of American Idol and made it to the Top 12 of that season's female finalists, died Saturday after a yearlong battle with endometrial cancer. She was 32. Her run on American Idol wasn't the first brush with reality TV fame for the Long Island, NY native. Borgella competed on and won the first season of Oxygen's Mo'Nique's Fat Chance. She went on to sign with Wilhelmina Models and embarked on a modeling… Read

Awards

Gena Rowlands To Receive Career Honors From LA Film Critics

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Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands will receive the LA Film Critics Association's Career Achievement kudos this winter, the org announced today. In an acclaimed career that's spanned six decades, Rowlands nabbed Academy Award nominations for her iconic roles in two of her ten films for filmmaker/husband John Cassavetes, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence. She won the Golden Globe for the latter and snagged three Emmy wins on the small screen. Rowlands' films… Read

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‘Mulaney’ Order Trimmed To 13 Episodes

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Fox has trimmed the order for new comedy series Mulaney by three episodes, from 16 to 13. The network made the call after two airings, as the series just wrapped filming Episode 13 and was about to go into production on Episode 14. The multi-camera Mulaney had an unusual 16-episode order as Fox originally picked up 6 episodes last October and then ordered additional 10 in May when the net opted not not to pick up any of its comedy pilots to series. While no 2014 Fox… Read

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‘Terminator’s James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd: Hasta La Vista To “Fear-Based” Studio Filmmaking

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It's been 30 years since James Cameron made his name with a futuristic sci-fi actioner starring ex-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, inspired by his own nightmare vision of a murderous mecha-skeleton. Shot for $5.6 million in 1984, The Terminator changed everything for Cameron and his fellow Roger Corman disciple and producer Gale Anne Hurd. The two have since carved their own influential paths – Cameron with Aliens, Titanic, and his $2.7 billion Avatar franchise, Hurd… Read

Business

Marvel Visual Effects Leader Pushes For More Women, Tells Newcomers ‘Fill The Gap’

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Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios' exuberant EVP of visual effects and post production, told a roomful of VFX industry leaders this morning that it needs to invite more women into the industry, and onto the stage. And for entertainment industry newcomers trying to find their way into the business, she had simple advice: “fill the gap.” “I love the fact that you allowed a woman to talk to you this early in the morning,” Alonso told the mostly male audience. “It's better when… Read

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