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Shawshank Redemption 20th anniversary

variety.com — When it premiered on September 23, 1994, " The Shawshank Redemption " barely registered at the box office. The prison drama opened at No. 9, below the odious sex comedy "Exit to Eden" and just above Robert Redford's "Quiz Show," already in its fifth week.

NFL Names Pepsi Veteran Dawn Hudson As Its New Chief Marketing Officer

variety.com — Dawn Hudson, who rose though the Pepsi ranks to become chief executive of the beverage giant's North American beverage operations, will become the chief marketing officer of the National Football League, and in doing so will take on a singular assignment: Promoting what may be America's most popular sport at a time when that wide acclaim seems to be slipping away.
Sep 22, 2014

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Sep 22, 2014

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Sep 22, 2014

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Lorde Reveals Cover Art, Title for ‘Mockingjay’ Song

variety.com — Lorde has revealed that the title of her lead single on the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1″ soundtrack is "Yellow Flicker Beat," and also released the cover art for the track on Monday. Lionsgate announced in July that the New Zealand recording artist would curate the soundtrack, which will be available through Republic Records this fall.
Sep 22, 2014

RT @Variety: .@Lordemusic reveals cover art, title for 'Mockingjay' song on.variety.com/1poR6W2

Off Broadway Review: Neil LaBute’s ‘The Money Shot’

variety.com — Four characters dangle precariously from their respective perches on the Hollywood power ladder in Neil LaBute's "The Money Shot," an acid-tongued showbiz satire that makes up in belly laughs and inspired performances what it lacks in nuance or novelty. This is a somewhat kinder, gentler LaBute piece, in which cruelty takes a backseat to a kind of blithe, self-absorbed cluelessness.
Sep 22, 2014

Four characters in search of an auteur: Neil LaBute's THE MONEY SHOT is a damn funny showbiz satire. variety.com/2014/legit/rev… @mcctheater

‘Men in Blazers': How Producer Michael Davies Became a TV Soccer Commentator

variety.com — From Bravo's "Watch What Happens: Live" to GSN's "The American Bible Challenge," prolific producer Michael Davies has had no less than half a dozen series and pilots in the hopper at any given time during the past few years at his Sony Pictures TV-based Embassy Row banner.
Sep 22, 2014

How does he do it? Busy producer Michael Davies cohosts "Men in Blazers" soccer show on NBC Sports. How it happened: bit.ly/1ri6ZBD

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Premiere: Tom Mison on Ichabbie, War, Jealousy

variety.com — Fox's " Sleepy Hollow" returns for season two on Sept. 22, and as the premiere opens, War has come to town - in the form of Ichabod Crane's ( Tom Mison) long-lost son, Jeremy ( John Noble).
Sep 22, 2014

RT @pmiscove: #SleepyHollow Season 2: Tom Mison on ‘Ichabbie,’ Jealousy and the Battle with War variety.com/2014/tv/news/s… via @LauInLA

Sep 22, 2014

RT @TVWatchtower: "#SleepyHollow returns tonight: Tom Mison talks Ichabbie, jealousy and the battle with War" on.variety.com/1pouhBL (via @variety)

Studio Deal Renewals Could Hurt Redbox, Analyst Warns

variety.com — An analyst tracking Outerwall, parent company of Redbox, rang the alarm on the DVD-kiosk service Monday citing a fleet of studio deals all set to expire in the next seven months. Eric Wold, analyst with B.
Sep 22, 2014

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‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary: Famous Names Associated with the Iconic Sitcom

variety.com — Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc cannot be cast in anything without someone throwing in a reference to Central Perk, Smelly Cat or "Miss...
Sep 22, 2014

RT @loislane79: Happy birthday, #Friends. Here are some famous names assoicated with the iconic series >> wp.me/p2WgDE-1jizQi http://t.c…

J.J. Abrams Series Helps Hulu in SVOD Competition with Netflix, Amazon

variety.com — The Force is with Hulu. Enlisting J.J. Abrams, steward of the "Star Wars" franchise, to executive produce what looks to be the streaming service's first original series with capital-A auspices behind it in "11/22/63," is a sign that Hulu is at long last aiming to elevate its game.
Sep 22, 2014

RT @awallenstein: Why J.J. Abrams' next TV series is a big deal for Hulu ow.ly/BNo2U

Sep 22, 2014

Hulu Finally Packs Heat for Its Gunfight with Netflix, Amazon variety.com/2014/digital/o… via @Variety

Sep 22, 2014

Commentary: With J.J. Abrams, Hulu finally packs heat for its gunfight with Netflix, Amazon ow.ly/BMJ0S