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Will Wall Street Warm Up to AT&T-DirecTV Deal?

Now that the formal acquisition plan has been unveiled, AT&T and DirecTV execs undoubtedly will be eagerly awaiting Wall Streeters’ reaction to the deal. Top analysts have been unimpressed by the potential combo, based on reaction issued in resp.....»»

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Peabody Awards Underline the Radical Changes in Electronic Media

On May 19, Peabody Awards will be handed out to 46 winners, the most in our 73-year history. Awards are not given in categories, for specific performances or production tasks. The sole criterion for winning is excellence in storytelling. So why the unprec.....»»

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CANNES: Iceland’s RVK Studios to Develop Thriller ‘Mules’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Baltasar Kormakur’s Icelandic shingle RVK Studios is set to develop Borkur Sigthorsson’s feature debut “Mules,” a thriller inspired by two real-life criminal cases that shook Iceland. Pic turns on a corporate lawyer who recruited his parolee broth.....»»

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YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources

Google’s YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact. The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If.....»»

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CANNES: Jean Dujardin Talks Oscars and Italian Cinema

After lining up a pair of roles in Hollywood movies such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men,” Jean Dujardin will next star with Elsa Zylberstein in Claude Lelouch’s film “Un de Plus,” a.....»»

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CANNES: More Territories Closed for ‘Mystery of Happiness’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Guido Rud’s Filmsharks Intl. has closed further territories on “The Mystery of Happiness,” helmed by Daniel Burman (“Lost Embrace”), licensing France with Eurozoom and Australia with Potential Films. U.S. sales to Strand Releasing and HBO were a.....»»

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CANNES: Thai’s Benetone Films, U.S.’s Hillin Entertainment Create Benetone Hillin (EXCLUSIVE)

Thai production services company Benetone Films has teamed with U.S. producer Hillin Entertainment on a new production shingle, Benetone Hillin Entertainment. BHE is assembling a slate of low-budget movies that take advantage of Thailand’s unparalleled .....»»

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Maps to the Stars’

Onetime wannabe Bruce Wagner wrote this script while working as a limousine driver. By the time his cynical satire finally made it to the bigscreen, its time had passed, the intended toxicity diluted by the fact nearly everyone involved was now “in.”.....»»

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‘The Good Wife’ Season Finale Caps Off a Very Good Campaign (SPOILERS)

“The Good Wife” titled its finale “A Weird Year,” but it was also an inordinately good one – riding the momentum of the partner defection that capped season four through the shocking death of Will Gardner, with its emotional personal aftermath a.....»»

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Off Broadway Review: ‘Too Much Sun’ Starring Linda Lavin

In Nicky Silver’s previous play, “The Lyons,” which originated at the Vineyard under the direction of Mark Brokaw, Linda Lavin played a mother who ruins her children’s lives to gratify her own monstrous ego.  In the scribe’s.....»»

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‘SNL’ 2013-14 Season Review: Why It Wasn’t As Awful As You Thought It Was

Ordinarily, it would be high praise to say “Saturday Night Live” saved its best episode for its season finale, the momentum fueling hope for its future. But those that saw the episode might have felt all the more discouraged considering the fi.....»»

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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Hard Day’

Kim Seong-hung handles a taut, elaborate narrative with poise, control and near-faultless technical execution......»»

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CANNES: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment Secures $50 Million

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has  secured $50 million in a combination of corporate and production credit facilities from First Republic Bank. The coin will be used to continue Electric’s expansion of TV and feature film production along .....»»

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‘Mad Men’ Recap: ‘The Strategy’ and So Many Unhappy Homecomings

This week’s episode of “Mad Men” was as full of emotion as last week’s was full of allegory. “The Strategy,” episode six, the penultimate installment of the all-too-short season 7-A, was packed with developments big and small for the c.....»»

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Cannes: Wild Side Founder Launches Jokers With Full Slate

Manuel Chiche, co-founder of Wild Side, a leading distributor of upscale genre movies in France like Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” Park Chan-wook’s “Old Boy” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” is now set to launch the Jokers, a Paris-ba.....»»

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Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson Receiving AFI Degrees

The American Film Institute is awarding honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to screenwriter Robert Towne and actress Cicely Tyson. The honors, which recognize their “contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image,” will be pre.....»»

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Supreme Court Gives New Life to ‘Raging Bull’ Rights Case

The Supreme Court has given new life to a woman’s claim that her father’s collaboration with Jake LaMotta produced the story that became MGM’s “Raging Bull,” the 1980 classic starring Robert DeNiro. Paula Petrella will be abl.....»»

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South African Agency Scouts Local Talent for Hollywood

With a rising crop of African stars hitting Hollywood, a talent agency exclusively devoted to African talent has arrived to bring some much-needed exposure to the continent. Just months after Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar win, Restless Talent Management is l.....»»

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CANNES: Wild Side Co-Founder to Launch Paris-Based Production/Distribution House (EXCLUSIVE)

Manuel Chiche, co-founder of Wild Side, a leading distributor of upscale genre movies in France like Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” Park Chan-wook’s “Old Boy” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” is now set to launch the Jokers, a Paris-ba.....»»

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AT&T, DirecTV Deal Details Emerge as CEOs Sell Merger Benefits

AT&T has been laying the track for expanding its pay TV service for the past few years, and that effort will now be turbo-charged with its $67 billion pact to acquire DirecTV. That was the message sent Monday morning by AT&T chairman-CEO Randall S.....»»

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