• Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:52:23 +0000
    GKids has acquired the North American distribution rights for the forthcoming animated feature “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” for a late spring release. The film will be the feature directorial debut for Dash Shaw, author of graphic novels including “New School,” “Bottomless Belly Button” and the recently-released “Cosplayers.” Voice cast includes Jason... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:50:14 +0000
    Ever wanted to watch “Westworld” in virtual reality (VR)? Now you can, thanks to HBO’s new apps for Google’s Daydream VR headset. The premium cable network released two apps for Daydream Thursday, giving both HBO Now and HBO Go users access to content from the premium cable network in VR. It’s worth noting that HBO’s Daydream... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:45:38 +0000
    In addition to driving a connection with younger users, podcasts such as “Hidden Brain,” “Invisibilia,” and “Embedded” are pushing NPR’s corporate sponsorship revenue to record levels. The public radio powerhouse generated more than $10 million from podcasts in its latest fiscal year, more than double what it earned in 2015, and added 2 million users... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:35:07 +0000
    “Star” has a number of things common with “Empire.” Both music-industry dramas have Lee Daniels as a co-creator, and feature a mixture of well-known performers and newcomers in soapy sagas of ambition, greed, and struggle. The songs in both programs are usually at least competent, if not catchy — but the similarities end there. When... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:30:35 +0000
    Historical drama “Loving,” starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2017 Stanley Kramer Award. Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Sarah Green, Nancy Buirski, and Marc Turtletaub produced the film. The Focus Features release, based on the aftermath of the 1958 marriage between Richard and Mildred Loving, is written and directed by Jeff... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:02:28 +0000
    Morgan Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets and crowdfunding platform Indiegogo have formed a strategic partnership to help usher Indiegogo-funded films through the production process, Variety has learned exclusively. The first film as a result of this partnership is “We Believe In Dinosaurs,” a feature length documentary about creationists who built a $100 million, 510-foot Noah’s Ark... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:00:25 +0000
    Tangible Play, maker of the Osmo line of toys, has raised a $24 million round of funding from Sesame Workshop’s venture capital arm Sesame Ventures and Mattel as well as a number of traditional venture capital funds including Upfront Ventures, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Accel Partners, Shea Ventures, and K9 Ventures. The company now wants to... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:47:18 +0000
    Hillary Clinton learned the hard way about the massive base of Americans hiding in plain sight that Donald Trump was paying more attention to than her own campaign did. Now it looks like Hollywood may be waking up to the same reality. First there was ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who mused from the stage... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:30:18 +0000
    SELLER: Caryn Mandabach LOCATION: Pacific Palisades, CA PRICE: $12,500,000 SIZE: 6,980 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms plus guesthouse YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A Pacific Palisades estate long owned by prolific producer Caryn Mandabach has come for sale with an asking price of $12.5 million. The veteran entertainment industry mover and shaker, who has produced a... Read more »
  • Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:23:17 +0000
    Greg Lake, the English musician known for co-founding progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, as well as his own solo career, has died. He was 69. His manager told the BBC that he died on Wednesday following “a long and stubborn battle with cancer.” His death comes almost exactly nine months after... Read more »
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