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Starz Files FCC Complaint Against Altice USA as Carriage Fight Heads into Week Four

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:16
Starz has asked the FCC to intervene in its carriage standoff with Altice USA, urging the commission to order the channels restored on Altice systems because the cable operator violated a rule that requires distributors give customers 30 days notice of big programming changes. Starz has filed a petition for emergency injunctive relief with the FCC. […]

Sundance: MoviePass Announces It Will Acquire Films

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:07
MoviePass must have some serious Netflix envy. The subscription service isn’t just content offering customers bargain-basement tickets to movies. Like the streaming service it is most often compared to, MoviePass is diving into the content business. Using the Sundance Film Festival as a platform, MoviePass announced that it was creating a subsidiary, dubbed MoviePass Ventures, […]

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin Talk the Realities of Aging at ‘Grace and Frankie’ Season 4 Premiere

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:03
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s titular characters prove that women can still enjoy life while aging in the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” “The fastest growing demographic in the world are older women,” Fonda told Variety. “I think it’s one of the reasons that the show is popular because Lily and I […]

Inside the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab, the Network’s Geeky R&D Unit

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:00
Nickelodeon is celebrating the return of its animated comedy series “The Loud House” today with a 360-degree video that lets viewers explore the madness of the Loud family household literally from all angles. The video has been produced by Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab, a small research and development unit that spent the past year quietly working […]

Jay-Z Will Help CNN Launch ‘The Van Jones Show’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:00
Van Jones hopes his new CNN show will be a place where both average and above-average Joes feel at home talking about what’s going on in America. “This is an opportunity to really reflect on where we are and where we are going,” he says of “The Van Jones Show,” which will debut Saturday, January […]

Bac Films Kicks Off ‘We Need Your Vote’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:52
Bac Films has come on board “We Need Your Vote,” a comedy set in the French political world directed by Michel Sapin, a high-profile French comicbook artist. Sapin wrote the graphic novel “Le Château – Une année dans les coulisses de l’Élysée” (The Castle – a year behind the scenes at the Elysée”). He knows […]

Amazon Hikes Price of Prime Membership Monthly Plan by 18%

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:52
Amazon has raised the price of the Prime free-shipping program monthly plan — which includes unlimited access to Prime Video titles — from $10.99 to $12.99 per month, an 18% increase. However, the annual plan for Prime in the U.S. remains $99 per year, which Amazon last raised in 2014. In addition, Amazon offers a […]

Gaumont Leaps Into Comicbook-Based ‘Tricky Old Dogs’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:46
Gaumont has boarded Christophe Duthuron’s “Tricky Old Dogs,” a feel-good comedy based on Wilfrid Lupano and Paul Cauuet’s popular French comicbook “Les vieux fourneaux.” “Les vieux fourneaux,” which has sold over 1 million copies in France and has been translated into six languages, follows the adventures of Antoine, Emile et Pierrot, three elderly men who […]

Author James Patterson Makes Brief Stop at ’48 Hours’ to Examine Aaron Hernandez

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:18
Viewers tuning in to “48 Hours” on Saturday will see a new face. For some, he might be an old friend. Maureen Maher, Erin Moriarty and Peter Van Sant, some of the CBS program’s regular correspondents, have the week off. In their place: James Patterson, the famous author behind Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder […]

NBC News Backs ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Producers After Employee Alleges Behavior Concerns

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:10
NBC News said it would stand by two senior producers of its “Megyn Kelly Today” after a writer on the program made allegations about the way they treated staffers on the program. An email from Kevin Bleyer, said to be a temporary staffer on the NBC morning program, surfaced late Thursday detailing various ways he […]

Sebastian Hofmann’s Sundance World Cinema Contender ‘Time Share’ Unveils Clip (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:00
Caribbean holidays may never be quite the same after watching “Time Share,” the second movie from Sebastián Hofmann, one of the most admired young talents working in Mexico, which is world premiering in World Competition at Sundance. Paradigm is selling world rights; Variety has had exclusive access to a clip from an early stretch of […]

UniFrance’s Serge Toubiana, Isabelle Giordano, on the 2018 Rendez-Vous Highlights and French Cinema’s Challenges

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:00
PARIS — 2018’s Paris UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema celebrates two anniversaries: It is the 20th anniversary of an event which, founded by Daniel Toscan du Plantier, then UniFrance head, has inspired other national cinema showcases around Europe.  Second, in 2008, many distributors caught Dany Boon’s “Welcome to the Sticks” at the Rendez-Voys as a […]

Turner, Warner Bros. Launching New Movie SVOD Service Filmstruck

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:51
The increasingly crowded streaming market is set to welcome a new player, with major backers. Turner International and Warner Bros. Digital Ventures & Innovation unit are launching FilmStruck, a movie-based SVOD service that will first launch in the U.K. The partners said the streaming service will span mainstream, cult, independent, classics, art house, foreign and […]

Alpha Violet Takes ‘La Camarista,’ Berlin Competition Player ‘Dovlatov’(EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:44
PARIS — Paris-based sales company Alpha Violet has acquired world sales rights to “La Camarista,” a standout at Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival and Argentina’s Ventana Sur, and first feature of of Mexico’s Lila Aviles, a standout among a rapidly emerging and exciting new generation of women film-TV directors and screenwriters. Also the subject of a […]

BBC Studios Sets Leadership Team, BBC Worldwide Content Chief Exiting

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:30
BBC Studios, the BBC’s soon-to-be-formed production and distribution business, has set out its full leadership team, with various regional and genre bosses. The BBC announced last Nov. that it will merge its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, with its production arm, BBC Studios, into a single operation under the name BBC Studios. It starts operation in April, and a key […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Private Life’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:21
Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti), the beleaguered bohemian-geek couple at the center of “Private Life,” have been trying, through fertility treatments, to get pregnant for years. The movie, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, is a comedy of fragile hopes and frayed nerves: the story of how these two attempt to have a […]

Sony Launches New Unscripted Banner with U.K. Producer Alan Brown

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:00
Sony Pictures Television is rolling out a new unscripted production label, Human, with British producer and director Alan Brown. Human will be housed in SPT’s London headquarters and is charged with working up new unscripted shows and properties based on existing Sony IP. Brown’s credits include factual entertainment shows “Driving School of Mum and Dad,” and […]

Aamir Khan’s ‘Secret Superstar’ Poised to Top China Box Office

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:38
“Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, looks set top open on top of the Chinese box office. It is enjoying the momentum created by Khan’s previous film “Dangal,” which enjoyed an unprecedented $193 million of business in China. “Superstar” had clocked up $3.5 million (RMB23.3 million) by 3pm on Friday, […]

MyFrenchFilmFestival: Spotlighting Swiss Doc ‘Before Summer Ends’ and Director Maryam Goormaghtigh

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:18
Perhaps it was just wishful thinking, or lust for warmer temperatures, that was cause for organizers of this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival to select so many summer-themed films for UniFrance’s annual Paris-based, and online streaming event. Or maybe there were just a lot of really good French-language films about summer over the last 18 months. Maryam Goormaghtigh’s […]

MyFrenchFilmFestival: Aude Léa Answers Questions on Competition Short ‘Long Live the Emperor’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:10
In 2015, Napoleon’s troops were forced to suffer one of history’s most historic defeats once again, before getting back into their sweats, hopping in their cars and driving back home. 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the extraordinary battle, which shaped Europe for a century, and was too unique an opportunity for director Aude Léa […]
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