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Imagine Sets $100 Million TV Financing Venture With Hong Kong's TVB .

Imagine Entertainment has set a $100 million television production financing venture with a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Television Broadcasts Limited. The joint venture promises to expand Imagine's TV operations on a global scale and allow the company to retain ownership of its content for the first time. Brian ...

- Variety - US

Will Packer Crafts Content Production Pact for 'All Screens'.

Will Packer wasn't satisfied with his options for setting up a new TV production pact. So he tackled the problem like an entrepreneur, setting up an unusual partnership with Discovery Communications, OWN, and Universal Pictures that gives him much more flexibility to tackle film, TV, and digital projects in all shapes and ...

- Variety - US

Baltimore's video-game music scene continues to thrive with Bit Gen Gamer Fest.

Each year since 2005, Bit Gen Gamer Fest has turned Baltimore into a neon-lit arcade in celebration of video-game culture — and in particular its nascent soundtracks, from the ominous digitized chords of “Castlevania” to the bright, instantly hummable melodies of “Super Mario Brothers.” While ...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Rihanna meets French president Macron to address education goals.

PARIS - Rihanna met French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss the pop star's charity activities in healthcare and education.

- Reuters - US

Angelina Jolie puts movies aside for cooking, cleaning up poop.

LOS ANGELES - Angelina Jolie has put movie-making on hold to become a better mom, take cooking classes and do ordinary tasks like picking up dog poop.

- Reuters - US

GLAS Animation Program Focuses on Sensuality in Shorts by Women Filmmakers.

GLAS Animation will host a selection of short films all made by women dealing with some aspect of sexuality on Thursday, July 27, at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. The GLAS Animation Festival, which debuted just two years ago in Berkeley, Calif., has already received ...

- Variety - US

China's Linking Star Picture to Develop Superhero Projects From Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment.

Newly established Chinese company Linking Star Picture is to develop five superhero figures and associated projects from Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment as well as Chinese superhero movies, with Bob Sabouni, the the former vice president of Marvel, acting as art consultant for Linking Star. The new Beijing-based company, ...

- Variety - US

Hollywood Reacts to Trump's Transgender Military Ban: 'This Must Be Challenged'.

Several members of Hollywood expressed outrage on social media, following President Trump's announcement Wednesday morning that the U.S. government will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people's service in the military. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be ...

- Variety - US

'Wonder Woman' returning for 2019 movie sequel.

LOS ANGELES - "Wonder Woman" is coming back for more.

- Reuters - US

Sky to Launch 'Simple and Affordable' OTT Service in Spain.

Sky is streaming into the Spanish market. Issuing results Thursday, CEO Jeremy Darroch said the European pay-TV operator intended to launch a simple and affordable OTT service in Spain.' For the fiscal year ending June 30, Sky said it registered a 5% increase in revenues of £12.9 billion but a 3% slip in...

- Variety - US

Your mission, should you choose to accept: save the UK economy.

LONDON - Were it not for Tom Cruise and Mary Poppins, Britain's economy might not have gained any speed at all during a sluggish second quarter.

- Reuters - US

Hot sauce brand Huckle's to join Union Collective complex

Hot sauce brand Huckle’s is the latest Baltimore company to join Union Collective, the manufacturing and retail complex anchored by Union Craft Brewing set to open next year in Medfield, said Huckle’s CEO Harrison Long. Huckle’s, which has been brewing and bottling at Maggie’s Farm restaurant in...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Tom Chambers 'mortified' by pay gap backlash

The Casualty star claims his much criticised comments on the subject were taken out of context.

- BBC - UK

Kid Rock may run for Senate, says voter registration 'critical cause'

- Kid Rock, an outspoken supporter of Republican President Donald Trump, said on Thursday that he will decide over the next few weeks on whether to run for the U.S. Senate and in the meantime will work on the "critical cause" of registering voters.

- Reuters - US

Aki Kaurismäki's 'The Other Side of Hope' Set to Open Sarajevo Film Festival

After winning the Silver Bear in Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki's “The Other Side of Hope” will open the 23rd edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival. “The Other Side of Hope” will screen at the National Theatre and the Raiffeisen Open Air Cinema in Sarajevo on Aug. 11. “The Other Side of Hope” ...

- Variety - US

'Step' dance documentary is out to change the world's view of Baltimore

Even 19 years after leaving for New York City, Amanda Lipitz feels protective of her hometown. Which is one reason she’s so proud of her documentary, “Step,” and what she hopes it tells the world about Baltimore. “Every American city has problems,” says Lipitz, 37. “But it's important that ...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Venice Lineup: Aronofsky's 'mother!' Lands on the Lido, Plus Films by Clooney, Del Toro, Kechiche

ROME - Darren Aronofsky's horror thriller “mother!” and new films by George Clooney and Guillermo del Toro will world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, along with hotly anticipated titles from directors such as France's Abdellatif Kechiche and Spain's Fernando León de Aranoa. Aronofsky's ...

- Variety - US

Stories of survival, women to highlight Toronto film festival

TORONTO - Stories of survival in turbulent times, including David Gordon Green's world premiere of "Stronger" about a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, are among the highlights in store at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

- Reuters - US

Watch Marvel Stars Talk at Comic-Con: 'Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Black Panther,' 'Avengers: Infinity War' and More

Marvel presented a very well-received panel at San Diego's Comic-Con this past weekend, showcasing stars of their upcoming adventures, as well as clips and trailers.After the panel concluded, Fandango contributor Jacqueline Cooley conducted a series of interviews with the participants.She asked Marvel Studios head Kevin ...

- Movies.com - US

James Cameron Wants to Make Three More 'Terminator' Movies, Not Just One

From his directorial debut on Piranha Part Two: The Spawning to The Terminator to Aliens to The Abyss to Terminator 2: Judgment Day to True Lies to Titanic, James Cameron made seven increasingly ambitious movies over a period of 16 years. After the monstrous success of Titanic, he took time off, made a few docs, explored ...

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Comcast Q2 Profit Rises Nearly 24% On 'Fate of the Furious,' Theme Parks

Cable-and-entertainment giant Comcast Corp. said second-quarter profit rose 23.9%, driven in part by box-office performance of the film “Fate of the Furious” and activity at its theme parks, even as its cable service, the biggest in the nation, shed video subscribers. The company said net income attributable to ...

- Variety - US

Which of these is the best music video of the year?

MTV has announced its Video Music Awards nominations - but which one should win the top prize?

- BBC - UK

Indie Entertainment, Butcher Brothers, Orama Teaming on 'Star Light'

Horror veterans Jeffrey Allard of Indie Entertainment, Mitchell Altieri of the Butcher Brothers, and Orama Filmworks are teaming to develop and produce a feature slate, starting with “Star Light,” Variety has learned exclusively. The independent film slate will be financed by private equity, and is currently ...

- Variety - US

Justin Bieber Involved in Car Accident in Beverly Hills

A truck driven by pop star Justin Bieber struck a man in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, leaving the man with minor injuries to his leg, authorities said. Sgt. Matthew Stout of the Beverly Hills Police Department said Bieber fully cooperated with officers' who responded to the incident outside the Saban Theater, on ...

- Variety - US

Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

Classical musicians everywhere face the persistent question of how to reach new audiences, to get more people enthused about an art form they might not know much about. Some pianists have gone the extra mile to address the issue — they give free performances on a mobile stage dubbed the Concert...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Canal Plus Teams with Joann Sfar, RED on 'Monster's Shrink'

PARIS - Canal Plus is teaming up with French comic book artist-turned-director Joann Sfar on “Monster's Shrink,” an English-Language live-action series inspired by Sfar's novel, “The Eternal.” The series, which will comprise 8 one-hour episodes, is being produced by Jemma Rodgers and Nicola Shindler ...

- Variety - US

2017 Toronto Film Festival Titles Include Movies by George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Guillermo del Toro

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its first crop of titles, noting a strong selection of movies directed by women and a trend involving sports-related dramas. The question we always have about the TIFF programs is whether there any Oscar contenders in the bunch. Most of these are world premieres or ...

- Movies.com - US

Comcast Unveils New Details for 'Instant TV'

Comcast executives offered more detail on a plan for a millennial-focused TV service that does not hinge on use of a set-top box.  Executives from the Philadelphia entertainment giant suggested during a call with investors that the service, known as “Xfinity Instant TV,” could be launched sometime in the second ...

- Variety - US

Canal Plus Teams with Joann Sfar, RED on 'Monster's Shrink'

PARIS- Canal Plus is teaming up with French comicbook-artist-turned-director Joann Sfar on “Monster's Shrink,” an English-Language animated series inspired Sfar's novel, “The Eternal.” The series, which will comprise 8 one-hour episodes, is being produced by Jemma Rodgers and Nicola Schindler at RED ...

- Variety - US

Twitter Reports Zero Subscriber Growth in Q2, Stock Takes Dive

Twitter shares were down more than 9% in pre-market trading after the social company reported that its average monthly user base in the second quarter remained unchanged — at 328 million — from Q1. In fact, in the U.S., Twitter's monthly user base decreased by 2 million in the quarter, declining to an average of...

- Variety - US

Celebrities rail against Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military

President Donald Trump hasn't exactly attracted many fans in Hollywood. And in the wake of his announcement Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, he is facing a fresh wave of scathing criticism from a slew of celebrities who swiftly shared their...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Justin Bieber apologizes for abandoning tour, says needs rest

LOS ANGELES - Pop star Justin Bieber has apologized to his fans for the sudden cancellation of the remainder of his world tour, saying he needed some rest after being on the road for two years.

- Reuters - US

'American Gods' and 'Grand Tour' Star in Amazon's U.K. TV Charts

American Gods' is among the most downloaded show on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K. this year, with Starz pirate series Black Sails” and U.S. network offerings Lucifer' and Parks and Recreation' and animated children's series “Peppa Pig,” also all featuring, the tech giant said. “The Grand Tour” ...

- Variety - US

SAG-AFTRA Election Ballots Go Out Against Backdrop of Contract Ratification

About 144,000 SAG-AFTRA election ballots have started hitting performers' mailboxes this week , only one week after union members were asked to ratify a three-year successor deal to the master contract. As a result, the question of whether to ratify the contract is the key issue among presidential candidates. Current ...

- Variety - US

Kendrick Lamar scathing 'Humble' video leads MTV VMA nominations

LOS ANGELES - Rapper Kendrick Lamar earned a leading eight MTV Video Music Award nominations on Tuesday for his searing critique on the excesses of fame and social media in his "Humble" music video, while Katy Perry and The Weeknd scored five nods each.

- Reuters - US

Poll: What's Your Favorite Stephen King Adaptation?

For the past several decades, Stephen King has remained prolific, churning out hit novel after hit novel , and Hollywood can thank him for that. More than 50 projects have been made based on King's work, and there's still plenty more to come. In fact, just in 2017, the author has three projects based on...

- Variety - US

Verizon Q2 Revenue Flat as Wireless Unit Sales Decline 1.9%

Verizon slightly edged out Wall Street forecasts on the top line for the second quarter of 2017. While sales in its wireless segment continued to shrink year-over-year, it grew mobile subscribers in Q2 after a decline in the first three months of the year. Total operating revenue in the second quarter was $30.5 ...

- Variety - US

Jodie Whittaker on her OTHER doctor role

Jodie Whittaker stars in Trust Me as a nurse who pretends to be an doctor working in A&E.

- BBC - UK

Movie News: Jared Leto to Star in 'Bloodshot'; 'Wonder Woman 2' Nabs Release Date

Bloodshot: Jared Leto is in talks to star in Bloodshot, based on a comic book series. First published in 1992 by Valiant Comics, the stories revolved around a former mob killer who is controlled against his will by nanotechnology that's been injected into his bloodstream, giving him superhuman strength and healing ...

- Movies.com - US

Roku Leads U.S. Connected-TV Market, Apple TV Expected to Lag Rivals

Roku is currently the No. 1 connected-TV device brand in the U.S., topping Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV in terms of total users, according to a new study from research firm eMarketer. In 2017, 38.9 million Americans will use a Roku at least once per month, up 19% over last year, eMarketer...

- Variety - US

Gregg Allman's 'My Only True Friend,' First Track From His Final Studio Album, Released

Gregg Allman, who passed away May 27 due to complications from liver cancer, spent the final months of his life at work on an album that he knew would be his final statement the world. And while the album, “Southern Blood,” due Sept. 8 on Rounder Records, is at times a haunting listen, it's more...

- Variety - US

Hollywood Reacts to Senate Health Care Vote: 'Shameful Day'

The United States Senate voted Tuesday morning to hear debate about the American Health Care Act , the controversial bill that could repeal the Affordable Care Act , also known as Obamacare , and Hollywood didn't hesitate to express its disgust via social media. Mark Ruffalo, an active environmentalist, tweeted that ...

- Variety - US

'Wonder Woman 2' Gets 2019 Release Date

Warner Bros. has set Gal Gadot's “Wonder Woman 2” for release on Dec. 13, 2019. The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening. “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, has been an outsize hit for the studio with $389 million in domestic grosses after 53 days, and another $390 ...

- Variety - US

Australian indigenous singer Dr G Yunupingu dies

He was Australia's highest-selling indigenous musician and had performed around the world.

- BBC - UK

'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' Comes Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Boss Baby Gifted Ghost in the Shell ...

- Movies.com - US

Wagner-loving Merkel has night at opera with husband

BAYREUTH, Germany - German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked the red carpet before the country's press on Tuesday as she attended the annual Bayreuth Wagner opera festival with her husband.

- Reuters - US

Larry David Reveals How Lorne Michaels and Ari Emanuel Recruited Him to Play Bernie Sanders on 'SNL'

Larry David's stint playing Sen. Bernie Sanders on “Saturday Night Live” began the night of the first Democratic primary debate in 2015. The comedian and “Seinfeld” creator  spoke about his “SNL” run Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour, where he appeared to promote ...

- Variety - US

Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande Manager Scooter Braun Addresses Healthcare in Plea to Focus on 'Real Issues'

"Today the president disrespected those who have had more courage than he ever did."

- Variety - US

Today in Movie Culture: Lupita Nyong'o's Secret Comic-Con Cosplay, Animated 'Justice League' Trailer and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Cosplay of the Day: Lupita Nyong'o ran around Comic-Con in disguise as aPower Rangerscosplayer, and now we love her even more: Did you see me at Comic Con?!#SDCC2017pic.twitter.com/9Vnx4ss96d — Lupita Nyong'o July 26, 2017 Remade ...

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Director of harrowing 'Detroit' hopes film starts dialogue on race

- Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow brought her powerful interpretation of Detroit's racially charged 1967 riots home to the city in the world premiere of "Detroit," saying she hoped the film would encourage a wider dialogue nationwide.

- Reuters - US