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Film Review: ‘Cell’

The most disturbing moment in any zombie movie is often the opening scene: that first chilling jolt of revelation that former live human beings have gone murderously off their rocker. The all-time scariest zombie scene? I’d still vote for the graveyard prologue of “Night of the Living Dead” (“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”), which… […]

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How Czech Prime Minister Plans to Boost Nation’s International Film Productions

KARLOVY VARY – While the Czech Republic remains an attractive location for international feature film and, increasingly, TV series production, it is facing tough competition from other European countries. Boosting the nation’s prospects in the international film sector has become a key issue for the government of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who recently visited Los… […]

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Verizon Hires Ex-YouTube Exec Ivana Kirkbride as Go90 Content Chief

Ivana Kirkbride, a former YouTube executive who most recently worked at video startup Vessel, has joined Verizon’s Go90 as chief content officer. L.A.-based Kirkbride will lead the development of original programming for Go90, which the telco launched last fall. She reports to Chip Canter, Verizon’s GM of digital entertainment and Go90. Kirkbride’s move to Go90 was first… […]

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Spice Girls Tease Reunion in New Video

The Spice Girls are reuniting again. Sort of. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the U.K. debut of their debut single, “Wannabe,” the Spice Girls released a YouTube video teasing a reunion with Melanie “Mel B” Brown (Scary Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), sans Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) and Mel C (Sporty Spice). The… […]

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ to Sink ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘Mike and Dave’ With $95 Million Opening Weekend

“The Secret Life of Pets” looks to dominate the U.S. box office with a $95 million opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday. “The Secret Life of Pets,” from Illumination/Universal, is heading for a $35 million to $38 million opening day at 4,329 North American theaters. Animated films will take the first two slots as Disney/Pixar’s… […]

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Maria Grasso Joins Marti Noxon’s Tiny Pyro Banner at Skydance Television

Network TV vet Maria Grasso has joined Marti Noxon’s Skydance Television-based Tiny Pyro banner as president. Grasso will oversee all development for the company, which at present produces CBS’ “Code Black” and is adapting the novel “Dietland,” about the beauty industry and dieting obsessions. Noxon is the prolific showrunner known for such hits as Lifetime’s… […]

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Norman Lear Looks Back at His Life and Career: ‘I Don’t Have a Single Regret’

Norman Lear is arguably one of the most important crusaders for free speech. He created boundary-pushing sitcoms like “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude,” which tackled hot-button issues like racism, sex and abortion during an era when television largely avoided controversy, and he also founded the progressive advocacy group People for the American… […]

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Michael Shannon: Indie Actors Shouldn’t Be Working for Free

Actor Michael Shannon, at Karlovy Vary to screen Joshua Marston’s chamber drama about identity and payback, “Complete Unknown,” featuring Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover, jokes that when making art film the pay often lies mainly in the fest tour experience. Are too many great actors willing to work for almost nothing if offered… […]

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