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A Filmmaker’s Saga: Harvey Weinstein’s Outrageous Battle to Sabotage My Movie About Him

4 May 2016 5:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Canadian filmmaker Barry Avrich, 52, always has had a passion for documentaries about difficult men. He has profiled subjects including Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl, writer Dominick Dunne and famed Canadian lawyer Edward Greenspan and now is working on a film about the Bronfmans. A particularly tough subject was Lew Wasserman, the legendary McA chairman. "He put his hand on my shoulder with his thumb in my neck," recalls Avrich, "and said, 'The film won't be made, whether I'm alive or dead.' " But Avrich persisted, and three years after Wasserman's 2002 death, he premiered The Last Mogul

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- Barry Avrich

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Transformers Live attraction set to launch in China

28 January 2016 10:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Autobots and Decepticons are set to wage war in China next year, with Variety reporting that the Middle Kingdom is set to play host to Transformers Live, a new live show combining shape-shifting robots, aerial stunts and large-scale special effects.

The attraction is being developed by Dmg Live in association with Hasbro and S2BN Entertainment, and will take place in a custom-built 4500-seater theater which is expected to be located near Beijing.

“Transformers Live will be a cross between an action-adventure spectacle, a theme park attraction and a theatrical show. Fans will experience intense action, beautiful visual moments, an emotionally engaging story, lots of humor and rousing music,” states Michael Cohl of S2BN. “The Transformers Live show will offer a fusion of proprietary technologies including robotics and advanced projection capabilities along with amazing aerial and acrobatic sequences.” »

- Gary Collinson

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Dmg, Hasbro plot live Transformers show for China

26 January 2016 6:25 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

China’s Dmg Entertainment has reached an agreement with Hasbro to create a live action show, Transformers Live, based on the Transformers franchise.

The Beijing-based company has established a live entertainment department, Dmg Live, as a partnership with Michael Cohl’s S2BN Entertainment, which produced the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and Rock Of Ages theatre shows.

The show will bring the Transformers robots, including Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, into a real world arena – a custom-built, semi-permanent 4,500-capacity venue – with the first show expected in 2017.

The Transformers films have been huge hits in China, with the latest film in the franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, grossing $320m for third place in the all-time box office chart.

“Transformers Live will be a cross between an action-adventure spectacle, a theme park attraction and a theatrical show. Fans will experience intense action, beautiful visual moments, an emotionally engaging story, lots of humor and rousing music,” said S2BN Entertainment »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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"Transformers" Live-Action Arena Show Coming

26 January 2016 6:17 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A few years ago the Broadway show "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" made headlines for all the wrong reasons - notoriously running into production troubles due to the difficulty of its stunts and lots of retooling of its score and book - ultimately becoming one of the most expensive Broadway productions in history.

Now the company behind that, S2BN Entertainment, is teaming with China's Dmg Entertainment to produce a live-action attraction based on the "Transformers" franchise and being performed in China where the films are very popular.

"Transformers: Live with Hasbro" is a live-action event described as a "cross between an action-adventure spectacle, a theme park attraction and a theatrical show." S2BN Entertainment chairman Michael Cohl adds: "Fans will experience intense action, beautiful visual moments, an emotionally engaging story, lots of humor and rousing music."

The attraction has a capacity of 4,500 audience members and will feature real-life robots as well as special effects. »

- Garth Franklin

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