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 2022-01-17 14:31 

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BBC Chiefs Will Continue Making a 'Strong Case' for Investment to U.K. Government...

After the shock revelation on Sunday that U.K. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is planning to freeze the annual licence fee, which is the primary source of income for the BBC, the corporation......

 2022-01-17 13:42 

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DAZN Rejigs Leadership, Appoints Shay Segev as Sole CEO...

DAZN Group has rejigged its leadership structure, appointing Shay Segev as its sole CEO. Segev joined the sports streamer in June 2021. Prior to DAZN, he was the CEO of Entain, a FTSE 100 company, ......

 2022-01-17 13:07 

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Kamal Haasan Sets Disney Plus Hotstar Show 'Bigg Boss Ultimate,' Sony Pictures India Tamil Language Project - Global Bulletin...

STREAMING Revered Indian actor and filmmaker Kamal Haasan ("Papanasam") will return as the host of "Big Boss Ultimate," a Tamil-language version of the "Big Brother...

 2022-01-17 13:00 

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Elliot Page Boards Transgender Doc 'Into My Name' as Executive Producer - Berlin...

Elliot Page has boarded Berlin-bound transgender-themed doc "Nel Mio Nome" ("Into My Name") by Italian director and producer Nicol Bassetti as its executive producer. The d......

 2022-01-17 12:30 

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'Myanmar Diaries' Picked up by Autlook Filmsales Ahead of Berlin Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)...

Austria-based agency Autlook Filmsales has picked up world sales rights to "Myanmar Diaries," one of the first films to be selected for the Berlin film festival's Panorama section. The picture is A......

 2022-01-17 11:51 

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'The Right Words' Director Adrian Dullin on His Sundance, MyFrenchFilmFestival Player...

Only one entirely French short film made it into competition at Cannes 2021, Adrian Dullin's "The Right Words." Not finished there, the short has enjoyed an award-winning festival run which caps of......

 2022-01-17 11:42 

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MyFrenchFilmFestival Short 'Horacio': an Animated Portrait of a Naive Killer...

Caroline Cherrier's short "Horacio" has earned nominations at Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and Annecy over the past year. Now, "Horacio" rounds out its festival run at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous...

 2022-01-17 11:21 

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Nala Guiguet Discusses Her Toronto-Winning Short Film 'Dustin,' Streaming at MyFrenchFilmFestival...

Nala Guiguet's "Dustin" rounds out its festival run at this year's MyFrenchFilmFestival, the entirely online portion of the Unifrance Rendez-Vous, after strong showings at major international fest......

 2022-01-17 11:11 

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'The Demons of Dorothy': A Subversive, Demon-Haunted Rumination on Transphobia Streams in Unifrance's MyFrenchFilmFestival...

Alexis Langlois won both the Junior Jury Award and the Silver Pardino in the Leopards of Tomorrow section at the Locarno Intl. Film Festival in 2021 with his meta, genre-bending fantasy short "The ......

 2022-01-17 10:39 

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Noel Clarke Documentary in Early Development at Channel 4...

A documentary chronicling the experiences of disgraced actor Noel Clarke is in the works at Channel 4, Variety has confirmed. Sources indicate that a project in early development at the "It...

 2022-01-17 10:20 

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Hugh Grant, 'The Thick of It' Creator Armando Iannucci and Sports Host Gary Lineker Among Stars Supporting BBC Over Licence Fee Threats...

"Notting Hill" actor Hugh Grant, "The Thick of It" creator Armando Iannucci and soccer star turned sports host Gary Lineker are among the industry heavyweights criticizing t......

 2022-01-17 07:33 

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'The Matrix Resurrections' Leads China Box Office With $7.5 Million Debut...

Warner Bros.' "The Matrix Resurrections" opened number one this weekend at the China box office thanks to $7.5 million in sales, according to data from the Artisan Gateway consultancy. China'......

 2022-01-17 06:01 

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Korea Box Office: 'Spider-Man' Holds Off 'Special Delivery'...

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" remained on top of the South Korean box office for the fifth consecutive weekend. New releases of local titles failed to make a breakthrough. "Spider-Man,"; which finished ......

 2022-01-17 04:00 

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'Yellowjackets' Showrunner Jonathan Lisco on Cannibalism, the Death of [Spoiler!] and That Shocking Ending...

SPOILER ALERT: This piece contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of "Yellowjackets," "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi," which premiered Sunday, January 16 on Showtime. Internally at "Yellowjackets," th......

 2022-01-17 03:30 

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'Euphoria's' 10 Best Music Moments (So Far)...

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you haven't seen the first two episodes of "Euphoria" Season 2. In HBO's "Euphoria," music isn't just a supplementary factor......

 2022-01-17 00:00 

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Betty White's 100th Birthday Celebrated by Google With Search Easter Egg...

In honor of the late Betty White's 100th birthday, Google is showering its search page with rose petals — a nod to Rose, her beloved character from "The Golden Girls." On Wh......

 2022-01-17 00:00 

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Hillary and Chelsea Clinton's HiddenLight Opens New Unscripted Label, Wins Channel 4 Series (EXCLUSIVE)...

Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton's HiddenLight Productions has set up a new unscripted label that has won its first piece of business with an eight-part Channel 4 series. HLP Studios has b......

 2022-01-16 23:02 

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Prince's Estate Valued at $156.4 Million — Almost Double an Earlier Appraisal...

After nearly six years of wide-ranging assessments, parties involved with Prince's estate have finally agreed on its value: $156.4 million, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the A......

 2022-01-16 21:03 

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Jon Lind, A&R Exec and Writer of Hits for Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna and Others, Dies at 73...

Jon Lind, writer of hits for Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Vanessa Williams and others, passed away Saturday after a two-year battle with cancer, his attorney, Jeremy Rosen, has confirmed. He wa......

 2022-01-16 20:42 

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Zhang Hanyu Stars in International Co-Production 'Unspoken' Filming in Canada...

Principal photography has begun on "Unspoken," toplining Chinese star Zhang Hanyu and written and directed by Daming Chen. Filming is taking place in China and Canada for a 2022 release......

 2022-01-16 20:00 

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How 'Yellowjackets' Reveals the Satisfaction of Mysteries With Obvious Answers (SPOILERS)...

SPOILER ALERT: This piece contains major spoilers for "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi," the Season 1 finale of "Yellowjackets," which premiered Sunday, January 16 on Showtime. The central mysteries of "Y......

 2022-01-16 19:57 

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How Ralph Emery Started a Beef With the Byrds — and the Night He and Roger McGuinn Made Up...

Left out of most of the obituaries about renowned country music talk-show host Ralph Emery, who died Saturday, was how he infamous to many rock fans for having gotten into a tiff in the late 1960s ......

 2022-01-16 17:53 

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WTFilms Launches 'Apache: Gang of Paris' at Unifrance Rendez-Vous...

Paris-based sales agent WTFilms, which specializes in genre movies, is presenting Romain Quirot's sophomore feature film, "Apache: Gang of Paris," at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris. The pic is ......

 2022-01-16 17:33 

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Gaspar Noe on 'Vortex' and the Changing World of Cinema...

Argentine helmer Gaspar No's latest feature "Vortex" world premiered in Cannes, where it was greeted with a standing ovation and critical acclaim. Variety spoke to the director at the Unifrance Re......

 2022-01-16 17:12 

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Jordan Cashmyer, '16 and Pregnant' Alum, Dies at 26...

Jordan Cashmyer, a woman who was featured on MTV's "16 and Pregnant" in 2014, died in Maryland on Sunday. She was 26 years old. News of Cashmyer's death was shared by her mo......

 2022-01-16 17:08 

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Environmental Filmmaker Cyril Dion Plans 'Animal' Follow-Up, First Fiction Project 'Le Grand Vertige'...

Filmmaker and environmental activist Cyril Dion is planning a follow-up documentary to his Cannes-selected documentary "Animal" as well as his first fiction feature film, adapted from Pierre Ducroz......

 2022-01-16 16:42 

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Olivier Dahan on Simone Veil Biopic 'Simone, A Woman of the Century'...

Olivier Dahan's "Simone, A Woman of the Century" completes the trilogy he began with the Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie en Rose," starring Marion Cotillard, and "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman......

 2022-01-16 15:32 

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Box Office: 'Scream' Debuts to Bloody Impressive $30.6 Million...

"Scream," a reimagining of a horror franchise that appeared to have run out of steam, dominated the box office, earning a scary good $30.6 million. The sequel is projected to earn $35 m......

 2022-01-16 14:22 

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Women-Led, Eco-Friendly Miam! Animation Sets Industry Trends With Series Slate (EXCLUSIVE)...

Rising production-distribution player Miam! Animation seems primed for a breakout year in 2022 as the French multi-hyphenate presents its first series produced in-house using industry trend......

 2022-01-16 13:53 

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Cineteve Banks International Sales on Michael Haneke, Modern History, Global Forests Docs (EXCLUSIVE)...

Cintv Sales, the global distribution branch of Paris-based production banner Cintv, has scored a raft of international sales for non-fiction projects presented at this year's Unifrance Rendez......

 2022-01-16 12:04 

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'Invasion' Star Golshifteh Farahani to Feature Alongside Marion Cotillard in Arnaud Desplechin's 'Brother and Sister' (EXCLUSIVE)...

Iranian-born, France-based actor Golshifteh Farahani, who was nominated for a Cesar for "The Patience Stone," played in Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies," and now stars in......

 2022-01-16 10:26 

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BBC License Fee to be Frozen for Two Years...

The annual BBC license fee of 159 is to be frozen for two years, U.K. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is expected to reveal this week. While there has been no official government announcement yet......

 2022-01-16 08:06 

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Digital Innovation Meets Old Fashioned Storytelling at Unifrance TV Doc Pitch...

If the six projects presented at a recent TV documentary pitch session held at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris share relatively few thematic or stylistic points in common, when taken as a whole,......

 2022-01-16 07:10 

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Novak Djokovic Loses Australia Deportation Fight, Court Rules...

Tennis' number one men's player Novak Djokovic has lost his court application against deportation from Australia, a Federal Court announced on Sunday afternoon local time. The controver......

 2022-01-16 06:32 

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French Artist JR's Documentary 'Paper & Glue' Wins Top ARCA Prize...

"Paper & Glue," the feature-length documentary that follows French artist JR as he plasters his provocative large-scale images of people in such places as the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, the U.S......

 2022-01-16 05:05 

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'Saturday Night Live' Cold Open Skewers President Biden and 'Spider-Man'...

"Saturday Night Live's" cold open took aim at President Joe Biden, the box office heat of "Spider-Man: No Way Home" and the nation's weariness after two years of......

 2022-01-16 01:50 

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Dallas Frazier, Songwriter of 'Elvira,' 'Alley Oop' and Many Country Hits, Dies at 82...

Dallas Frazier, a songwriter who broke out with the pop novelty hit "Alley Oop" and went on pen country classics like the Oak Ridge Boys' "Elvira," died Friday at 82. ......

 2022-01-16 00:43 

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Michael Jackson, Los Angeles Talk Radio Legend, Dies at 87...

Michael Robin Jackson, a talk radio personality who broadcast for more than 32 years at KABC Radio in Los Angeles, died on Saturday at his California residence. He was 87 years old. Jackson's......

 2022-01-16 00:25 

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Ralph Emery, Radio Host and 'Johnny Carson of Country Music,' Dies at 88...

Ralph Emery, a radio and TV host who became as famous in the country world as most of the stars he interviewed over the decades, died Saturday at Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He ......

 2022-01-15 21:52 

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Celine Dion Cancels 2022 North American Tour Dates Due to Health Concerns...

Celine Dion is bringing her Courage World Tour to an early end in the United States and Canada. The singer shared the unfortunate news with fans on Saturday, saying that she would need to spend the......

 2022-01-15 20:00 

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Ariana DeBose on Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' and Queer Readings of 'West Side Story'...

After a decade of working hard on Broadway, Ariana DeBose is enjoying her time in the limelight. Tonight, she hosts "Saturday Night Live," a major accomplishment for a newly famous actor. For playi......

 2022-01-15 20:00 

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'Archive 81' Showrunner Unravels Finale's Supernatural Switch-Up, Season 2 Plans for Melody and Dan...

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the finale of Netflix's "Archive 81." After eight episodes of slowly unraveling its cult-centric mysteries and building up i......

 2022-01-15 19:15 

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Why SAG's Best Actress Snub May Have Done Kristen Stewart a Favor (Column)...

In awards season, the word "snub" gets overused in a major way. A snub, in life, is a deliberate dis. The essence of it is that it's personal. When an actor fails to make the cut of nom......

 2022-01-15 18:42 

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Kanye West Vows to 'Beat Pete Davidson's Ass' in New Single 'Eazy'...

Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, has dropped a new single, collaborating with rapper The Game. In the new track "Eazy," Ye tackles his impending divorce with Kim Kardashian ......

 2022-01-15 17:47 

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Imagine Entertainment in Talks to Sell Majority Stake to London Investment Firm Centricus...

Imagine Entertainment is in negotiations to sell a majority stake in the production banner headed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to London-based investment firm Centricus Asset Management Ltd. The ......

 2022-01-15 17:20 

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How Childhood Memories and Cross-Cultural Connections Strengthened Directors' Visions...

Directors will tell you that every film is personal. Certainly, the amount of time and effort spent on even the most seemingly formulaic project demands an enormous investment from its creators jus......

 2022-01-15 16:30 

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How Yearbooks Helped Costume Designer Mark Bridges Style 'Licorice Pizza'...

To craft the looks of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice Pizza," costume designer and frequent collaborator Mark Bridges turned to references including high school yearbooks and store catalogs that s......

 2022-01-15 16:26 

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Box Office: 'Scream' Set to Dethrone 'Spider-Man' With $36 Million Holiday Weekend Debut...

Do you like scary movies? North American audiences still do, even as most other theatrical releases continue to struggle amid a pandemic. "Scream" is the latest horror film to make a si......

 2022-01-15 16:15 

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From 'Spencer' to 'King Richard,' Directors Dust Off the Past to Reveal Fresh Narratives...

We live in a golden age of historical fiction, from Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," adapted for television by Barry Jenkins, to Mark Sullivan's bestseller "Beneath a Scarlet Sky," in......

 2022-01-15 15:30 

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How Familiar Faces in Oscar Races May Put Squeeze on Rookies...

The writing and directing races are being dominated by familiar faces, which can break some records in Oscar's history. Suppose the Variety awards circuit Oscar predictions charts are to be believe......

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