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Seth Rogen Set as Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic

variety.com — Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic. Variety reported on Oct. 15 that Bale was in talks to star in "Jobs," Sony's biopic about the late Apple co-founder. Based on Walter Isaacson's biography "Steve Jobs," the real-life drama is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.
Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

Seth Rogen to Play Apple Co-Founder Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic variety.com/2014/film/news… via @Variety

Oct 30, 2014

hmm not my first pick. o.O - Seth Rogen to Play Apple Co-Founder Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic variety.com/2014/film/news…

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‘The View’ Ratings Spur Move to ABC News

variety.com — For 18 seasons, " The View" has been one of the crown jewels of ABC Daytime programming block. But in a significant restructuring that could foreshadow the management style of incoming president Ben Sherwood, ABC's daytime executives are losing oversight of the show, Variety has learned.
Oct 30, 2014

ABC News taking over The View reports @RaminSetoodeh variety.com/2014/tv/news/a… Does that mean entertainment will take back GMA? Kidding!

Oct 30, 2014

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Vice Media Pacts with Rogers for $100 Million Canadian Studio Venture, TV Channel

variety.com — Vice Media and Canada's Rogers Communications, a media and communications conglom, have formed a $100 million joint venture to create a multimedia production studio dedicated to original programming from the Great White North. The new studio, to be based in Toronto, will operate under Vice's creative direction.
Oct 30, 2014

Vice coming to Canada. $100 million dollar deal with Rogers. --> l variety.com/2014/digital/n… via @Variety

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Stacey Snider to Be Named 20th Century Fox Co-Chairman as Start Date Nears (Exclusive)

variety.com — In a sign that Stacey Snider is preparing for life after DreamWorks, the executive has visited the 20th Century Fox studio lot to check out her new office space and introduce herself to the leaders of Fox Searchlight, according to people familiar with the matter.
Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1′ Eyes $130 Million Plus Debut

variety.com — "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1″ is eyeing an opening of more than $130 million, according to initial tracking. Those early projections come with a big caveat. Most of the film's pre-release advertising has yet to hit, which should drive attendance to what is expected to be one of the year's highest grossing films. In short, there's room to grow.

Oscilloscope Makes First Streaming Agreement with Amazon (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com — Oscilloscope has reached its first agreement with Amazon to stream 20 titles through the Prime Instant Video service. The pact also makes Amazon the exclusive streaming subscription home for four of the indie distributor's titles: "We Need to Talk About Kevin," "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors," "The Human Scale" and dirt-bike documentary "12 O'Clock Boys."
Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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Peter Berg, Taylor Kitsch Go to War for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

variety.com — "Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg is returning to the war zone with Activision's latest live action spot for its "Call of Duty" franchise that stars Taylor Kitsch. The gamemaker has previously enlisted James Mangold and Guy Ritchie to direct commercials starring Robert Downey Jr., Jonah Hill, Megan Fox, Sam Worthington and Omar Sy in over-the-top action sequences and settings that depict the worlds of the games.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @marcgraser: Watch the live action #CallofDuty: Advanced Warfare commercial directed by Peter Berg and starring Taylor Kitsch. variety.com/2014/digital/n…

Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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AFM: Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, Elle Fanning Join Drama ‘Three Generations’

variety.com — In a pre- American Film Market move, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning have come on board to star in family drama " Three Generations." IM Global will launch international sales at AFM. ICM Partners will handle North American sales. Producers are Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub with Dorothy Berwin of InFilm Productions.
Oct 30, 2014

.@SusanSarandon Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning to face sexuality and gender issues in THREE GENERATIONS bit.ly/1wKv4EJ

Oct 30, 2014

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Gregg Allman, Open Road Dropped from ‘Midnight Rider’ Lawsuit

variety.com — The family of Sarah Jones - the camera assistant killed during the filming of "Midnight Rider" - has dismissed Gregg Allman, executive producer Michael Lehman and Open Road Films as defendants in its wrongful death suit.
Oct 30, 2014

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Academy Awards Predictions: 9 Performances That Deserve Oscar Buzz

variety.com — If you believe the awards season chatter, the Oscar race is practically over-even if it's only just beginning. There's already been a lot of talk about the frontrunners this year (from "The Imitation Game's" Benedict Cumberbatch to "Wild's" Reese Witherspoon). But the Academy always throws a few curveballs into the mix come January.
Oct 30, 2014

Love these stories at this point in the race! "@Variety: Oscars: 9 Under-the-Radar Performances that Deserve Buzz on.variety.com/1uaBMoG"

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Salutes His Hero, Stan Freberg

variety.com — The first time I was exposed to the work of Stan Freberg was when some prankster in my middle school played his famous soap opera parody "John and Marsha" over the public address system during class. It was unexpected, inappropriate and just plain weird; it had everyone in hysterics.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces That He’s Gay

variety.com — Apple chief Tim Cook said that he is "proud to be gay," becoming the most high-profile CEO to come out, in a column Thursday that he said he felt compelled to write in order help establish equal rights for people regardless of sexual orientation.
Oct 30, 2014

Equally interested that Cook says he believes in God. RT @Variety: Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces That He’s Gay on.variety.com/1E57XqF

Hulu Picks Up Jason Reitman ‘Casual’ Comedy Series in Lionsgate TV Pact

variety.com — Hulu announced a 10-episode straight-to-series order for " Casual," a half-hour comedy series from Lionsgate Television to be exec produced by director Jason Reitman. "Casual," will debut sometime on Hulu in 2015. Reitman ("Up in the Air," "Juno") is set to direct the pilot.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @awallenstein: Hulu (finally) getting serious about scripted series: First J.J. Abrams, now Jason Reitman on.variety.com/1DCylGd

Oct 30, 2014

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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘The Avengers’ Turns Trailer Leak into Record-Breaking Debut

variety.com — Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) - Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film ( see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR - Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined.
Oct 30, 2014

Digital Audience Ratings: 'The Avengers' Turns Trailer Leak into Record-Breaking Debut ow.ly/DzKXm

Oct 30, 2014

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World Series Closes Big For Fox Tuesday, Logging Net’s Best Non-NFL Night in Three Years

variety.com — This year's World Series matchup between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals didn't generate much heat early, but audiences tuned in to the winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday, as Fox dominated the ratings race with some of its best non-NFL numbers in recent years.
Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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WWE Network Grows to 731,000 Subscribers, Drops Contract Requirement

variety.com — WWE is dropping the six month contact requirement to sign up for its WWE Network, as part of an effort to attract more subscribers, the company said Thursday. The streaming service added 31,000 paying subscribers during the third quarter, with 28,000 of those signing up overseas. Another 3,000 were in the U.S.
Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

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AFM: Jon Bernthal, Catalina Sandino Moreno Join Catherine Zeta-Jones in ‘The Godmother’

variety.com — "The Walking Dead" and "Fury" star Jon Bernthal, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Oscar Jaenada and Mehdi Dehbi have joined Catherine Zeta-Jones in the cast of drug-lord drama "The Godmother." Sierra/Affinity will launch international sales at the American Film Market next week. Filming is slated to begin in the spring with Eva Sorhaug directing from a screenplay by Frank Baldwin.
Oct 30, 2014

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AFM: Open Road Teams with FilmNation for International Sales, Distribution

variety.com — In a pre- American Film Market movie, Open Road Films has launched an expansion into international sales and distribution with FilmNation Entertainment. The agreement was announced today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation.

Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston ‘Night Manager’ Miniseries on AMC

variety.com — AMC is closing in on a deal for the U.S. rights to the BBC's Hugh Laurie-Tom Hiddleston miniseries " The Night Manager," based on the 1993 John le Carre novel. AMC would join the Beeb as a co- producer along with the Ink Factory.