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cineasia: india’s pvr signs bumper deal with 4dx

nearly two dozen additional cinema auditoriums with moving seats, smells and water effects will be coming to india. that follows an agreement between the country’s leading multiplex chain, pvr, and the korean equipment manufacturer 4dx. pvr opened its first 4dx theater in noida, near new delhi, and is currently adding three more. the deal, signed […]

guillaume de posch stepping down as rtl co-ceo; bert habets to lead european tv giant

guillaume de posch is leaving his position as co-ceo of rtl, with fellow co-ceo bert habets taking sole control of the pan-european tv and media company at the end of the month. de posch will become a non-executive director at the company. “i had a fantastic time at the helm of rtl group. leading this […]

how new york times reporters broke hollywood’s biggest sexual harassment story

want proof that journalism matters? look no further than harvey weinstein. were it not for the new york times and the new yorker, the indie mogul would still be hobnobbing at oscar parties, attending movie premieres and, if allegations are to be believed, routinely abusing and harassing women. instead, weinstein is facing multiple criminal investigations […]

palestine’s foreign oscar candidate ‘wajib’ scores multiple sales (exclusive)

french sales company pyramide international has scored multiple sales on palestinian auteur annemarie jacir’s “wajib,” which is palestine’s submission for the foreign-language oscar and just had its middle east bow at the dubai film festival. the wry comedy toplining prominent palestinian actors mohammad bakri and saleh bakri, working together for the first time, has been […]

once-powerful indie player wild bunch seeks a white knight

wild bunch is teetering on the financial brink as it tries to restructure its debt, raise capital, deal with an exodus of high-level executives and shore up its once-promising tv unit and flailing distribution activities, multiple sources say. over the past couple years, the flamboyant european powerhouse has been able to weather a growing financial […]

mamoru hosoda animation ‘mirai’ set for july release

japanese animation maestro, mamoru hosoda will release his new feature on july 20, 2018 distributor toho announced. titled “mirai of the future” (“mirai no mirai”,) the film centers on a four-year-old boy who feels his place in his parent’s affections threatened by the arrival of a baby sister, mirai. then she reveals herself as a […]

democrat doug jones defeats republican roy moore in alabama senate race

doug jones won a special senate election in alabama on tuesday, an upset victory after his republican opponent, roy moore, faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. jones’ narrow victory was rare for a democrat in a deep southern conservative state, and constituted what may be an indication of a backlash against the brash and bombastic […]

weinstein asian executive bey logan accused of sexual misconduct

bey logan, a hong kong-based film executive who has close relations with harvey weinstein, has been accused of sexual harassment. logan denies criminal wrongdoing, but admits to “mistakes” and a “too carefree attitude towards physical encounters with women.” logan, a martial arts expert, who was a consulting producer on the weinstein company’s “shanghai” has been […]

pat dinizio of the smithereens dies at 62

pat dinizio, vocalist-guitarist-songwriter for the tough yet tuneful new jersey rock band the smithereens, died tuesday. he was 62. the group announced his passing on their web site. no cause of death was given, but the musician had been beset by health problems in recent years; in 2015 he was sidelined after losing the use […]

celebrities celebrate doug jones’ senate win: ‘this is a pretty good night’

democrat doug jones won the alabama senate race tuesday, beating out republican roy moore, who had come under fire after multiple women claimed that moore pursued sexual relations with them when they were teenagers in a washington post article. numerous celebrities had come out against moore before the election, and several celebrated the news of […]

lapd investigating allegations against roman polanski, case cannot be prosecuted

the los angeles police department said it is investigating allegations that roman polanski molested artist marianne barnard when she was 10 years old after she reported the allegations in october. according to the los angeles times, polanski cannot be prosecuted for the crime since the statute of limitations has passed. the lapd, however, said they […]

showbiz event planners compete for the glam slam

awards season’s social marathon is upon us. for event planners, los angeles and new york city have what it takes to entertain and entice the glitterati. venues pull out all the stops with of-the-moment menus for showbiz’s particular eaters, free-flowing craft cocktails and vintage bubbles. eye-popping decor is a given. here are some new or […]

musicians react to pat dinizio’s death

news of the dec. 12 death of the smithereens founder and singer pat dinizio came as a shock to fans and the music community, particularly as the band had announced they were about to head out on a tour in january. the trek included a date at the count basie theatre in red bank, nj […]

‘titanic,’ ‘the goonies,’ ‘field of dreams,’ ‘memento’ added to national film registry

james cameron’s disaster epic “titanic,” the beloved fantasy “the goonies,” christopher nolan’s “memento” and 1989’s “field of dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the library of congress’ national film registry. the 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a mexican-american family’s home movies from 1920s texas to disney’s 1941 animated classic […]

matt lauer, meghan markle, harvey weinstein top 2017 google people searches

matt lauer, harvey weinstein, kevin spacey and bill o’reilly — once-powerful men in media and entertainment disgraced by revelations of sexual harassment and abuse — were four of top 10 most-searched people on google in the u.s. this year. lauer, the longtime “today” host fired last month by nbc news for “improper sexual behavior in […]

film news roundup: ‘get out’ named top film of 2017 by african american film critics assn.

in today’s film news roundup, “get out” wins top awards from the african american film critics, fred rogers gets a stamp, and lyor cohen is selected as a keynoter at sxsw. awards jordan peele’s “get out” has won four awards from members of the african american film critics association, taking the trophies for best film, […]

at night two of kroq’s acoustic christmas, backstage is designated an aggression-free zone

there was no lack of onstage action at night one of the kroq acoustic christmas concert, as was well-documented here over the weekend when queens of the stone age frontman josh homme violently kicked local photograper chelsea lauren in the face, and the topic of aggression against working media wasn’t far from anyone’s mind. in […]

tv animators tooned up for big screen features

the creative lines between film and television are blurring ever more frequently these days, with many live-action directors, writers and other talent moving with increasing ease between the two media. but in the animation industry, only a handful of directors and writers have made the transition. one of those is rich moore, who is directing […]

south by southwest: youtube’s lyor cohen set to keynote

south by southwest conference and festivals has announced the addition of lyor cohen as a keynote speaker to its programming lineup for march. the new “featured speakers” include giphy ceo alex chung; actor and musician common; journalist and author katie couric, songwriter and musician kim deal; xprize foundation founder and executive chairman peter diamandis; uber […]

netflix fires executive over danny masterson comment

a netflix executive has been fired for comments he made in connection with the streaming service’s investigation of rape claims against actor danny masterson. andy yeatman, previously netflix’s director of kids and family content, reportedly told a woman earlier this month that netflix did not believe the allegations of sexual assault from multiple women against […]