Friday, April 25, 2014

HBO TO CO-PRODUCE ROWLING MINISERIES WITH BBC

April 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

HBO is teaming up with the BBC to co-produce a three-hour miniseries adapted from J.K. Rowling’s 2012 novel, The Casual Vacancy. While HBO will carry the three-part drama in the U.S., the extent of any additional involvement in the actual production was unclear. The BBC had announced in 2012 that it would be making a […]

NETFLIX TO PRODUCE SPANISH-LANGUAGE SERIES FOR STREAMING

April 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix, which is seeking to grow its Latin American subscriber base, said on Wednesday that it will produce its first original Spanish-language series, a 13-episode comedy about a feud between heirs to a soccer club. The so-far-untitled comedy is set to shoot in Mexico this year and premiere in 2015. Gaz Alazraki has been signed […]

FROZEN IS FROZEN AT TOP OF MUSIC CHART

April 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In its 11th (nonconsecutive) week on Billboard’s top-200 record chart, the soundtrack for Disney’s Frozen sold 259,000 copies, its best week yet. It nearly doubled the previous week’s sales of 133,000 copies. Moreover it broke a record for any animated-film soundtrack on the chart. The previous record was set 20 years ago by Disney’s The […]

BIG SCREEN COMPANY HAS SMALL PROFITS IN FIRST QUARTER

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The first quarter of any year is rarely a good period for the film business in general, and it’s particularly unrewarding for IMAX, which depends mostly on big-budget blockbusters for its existence, because, well, at that time of year there are hardly any of them. This year, IMAX posted a profit of just $579,000 for […]

FANDANGO: A TRAILER WITH YOUR TICKET?

April 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Online ticket seller Fandango is acquiring ZEFR’s Movieclips, which provides many if not most of the trailers viewed on YouTube. Between Movieclips.com and 25 YouTube channels, Movieclips’ catalog is comprised of 45,000 film clips, the company claims. “The Movieclips acquisition will further serve our fans, enhancing the Fandango experience with amazing video content available at […]

TARANTINO’S COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT IS TOSSED OUT BY JUDGE

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday tossed out a copyright infringement suit filed by Quentin Tarantino against Gawker Media in which he alleged that Gawker had contributed to copyright infringement by posting a link to his script for The Hateful Eight. In effect, Judge John F. Walter said that it was one thing for […]

AOL TO CARRY MIRAMAX MOVIES — FREE

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

AOL, a lesser player among websites providing video streaming, is cranking up its efforts to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Hulu, and iTunes. On Tuesday it announced that it had signed a non-exclusive deal with Miramax to screen some of its movies. A selection of films from the Miramax catalogue is […]

EGYPT LIFTS CENSORSHIP ON ONE FILM; APPLIES IT ON ANOTHER

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Two weeks after Egypt’s State Censorship Board agreed to allow the screening of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, the country’s interim Prime Minister, Ibrahim Mehleb, acted independently to ban the film Beauty of the Soul (Halawet Rooh) on the grounds that it damages public morality. The action triggered the resignation of Ahmed Awad, head of the censorship […]

HEAVEN‘S BOX OFFICE: FOR REAL

April 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When weekend box-office estimates were released on Sunday, the faith-based Heaven Is for Real came in third with $21.5 million. But someone apparently did not take into due consideration the effect of Easter on such a movie. As it turned out, the Sony film, starring Greg Kinnear, wound up with $22.5 million, putting it in […]

THE TOP TEN FILMS: WEEKEND OF APRIL 18-20

April 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Rentrak (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney, $25,587,056, 3 Wks. ($200,501,504); 2. Heaven Is For Real, Sony, $22,522,221, 1 Wks. ($29,556,414 — From Wednesday); 3. Rio 2, 20th Century Fox, $22,159,742, 2 Wks. […]

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