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10 items from 2015


Broken Hollywood: The Biz’s Top Players Call Out Ways Industry Needs to Change

28 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Talk to any top executive or producer in the movie, television and digital businesses today and they will tell you that the challenges they face are more severe and confounding than ever. Industryites are grappling with profound concerns that cut to the heart of the traditional models to which Hollywood has adhered for decades.

Variety feels it best that our readers hear what’s on the minds of the media business’s best and brightest in their own words. We’ve put the phrase “Broken Hollywood” on our cover to reflect the candor with which the 22 luminaries we interviewed spoke. They weren’t shy about addressing the industry’s most pressing problems, which run the gamut from a declining movie audience — particularly among the vital younger demographic — and falling ratings in broadcast and cable TV, to an unacceptable lack of diversity in the creative ranks and executive suites, and inadequate audience measurement across platforms. »

- Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein

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Broken Hollywood: The Biz’s Top Players Call Out Ways Industry Needs to Change

28 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Talk to any top executive or producer in the movie, television and digital businesses today and they will tell you that the challenges they face are more severe and confounding than ever. Industryites are grappling with profound concerns that cut to the heart of the traditional models to which Hollywood has adhered for decades.

Variety feels it best that our readers hear what’s on the minds of the media business’s best and brightest in their own words. We’ve put the phrase “Broken Hollywood” on our cover to reflect the candor with which the 22 luminaries we interviewed spoke. They weren’t shy about addressing the industry’s most pressing problems, which run the gamut from a declining movie audience — particularly among the vital younger demographic — and falling ratings in broadcast and cable TV, to an unacceptable lack of diversity in the creative ranks and executive suites, and inadequate audience measurement across platforms. »

- Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Blu-ray announced

23 January 2015 8:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of director Francis Lawrence’s blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which will arrive on March 6th.

Mockingjay – Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay – Part 1 has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide.

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date Swoops in

23 January 2015 7:29 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Sharpen those arrows as Lionsgate Home Entertainment has staked out a February 17, 2015 release date for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Philip Seymour Hoffman on Digital HD. The On Demand and Blu-ray release date flips the calendar into the next month on Friday, March 6.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Blu-ray release date announcement comes only a day removed from the film becoming the top-grossing movie released in 2014. To date the third of four games based on the popular young adult book series by Suzanne Collins has earned $711.9 million at the worldwide box office with $333.2 million of that coming from North America.

For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 home video debut in high definition, Lionsgate is presenting the film in 1080p video with a Dolby TrueHD Atmos Mix for audio. Digital HD and Blu-ray »

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' DVD & Blu-ray Coming March 6

22 January 2015 1:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lionsgate's global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, March 6, the Company announced today. Mockingjay - Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay - Part 1, which opens in China on February 8, has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide, bringing global box office for the franchise to over $2.2 billion. Here's »

- MovieWeb

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John Travolta to Star in FX’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson

7 January 2015 11:46 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

John Travolta is coming back to television, and it’s for a pretty juicy part.  FX announced today that the Welcome Back, Kotter actor has taken on a starring role in the upcoming miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.  From American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, American Crime Story is a new anthology series that will focus on a different true crime story each season.  They’re swinging for the fences in Season 1 with the O.J. Simpson trial, and Travolta will be playing attorney Robert Shapiro, a key member of Simpson’s defense team.  He joins David Schwimmer (Robert Kardashian), Cuba Gooding Jr. (O.J. Simpson), and Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark) in the cast, and Travolta will also serve as a producer on the series. This fairly wild piece of casting just pushed American Crime Story from “morbid curiosity” to “must watch” in my book.  Read the press release after the jump. »

- Adam Chitwood

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John Travolta to Star as Robert Shapiro on FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

7 January 2015 11:08 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Travolta has a date with the judge.

Travolta has been tapped to star in FX’s upcoming miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the network said Wednesday.

The “Grease” actor will play Robert Shapiro, a key member of the legal “dream team” that represented Simpson during his murder trial.

Also Read: FX’s ‘Fargo’ Casts Kirsten Dunst, ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Jesse Plemons

This will mark Travolta’s first starring television role since his portrayal of Vinnie Barbarino on the sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.”

The cast of the 10-part miniseries, which comes from executive producers Ryan Murphy, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Travolta Stars In FX’s ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

7 January 2015 11:04 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV News: FX and John Travolta are doing it!Not since “Welcome Back, Kotter” has Travolta been in a TV series. Award-winning actor and producer John Travolta will star as defense attorney Robert Shapiro in the FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, from Executive Producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto.Travolta will portray Shapiro, a key member of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team” during the sensational murder trial. He will also serve as a producer of the 10-part miniseries.From FX Travolta joins a stellar cast which includes David […] »

- April Neale

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John Travolta Joins American Crime Story—Find Out Who He's Playing!

7 January 2015 10:53 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

John Travolta is heading back to TV in a splashy new role. The Grease star will headline American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson as Robert Shapiro. Travolta joins the already cast Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Schwimmer. Travolta will portray O.J. Simpson's defense attorney from the infamous 1990s trial, Paulson is playing prosecutor Marcia Clark, Gooding is O.J. Simpson and Schwimmer is taking on the role of Robert Kardashian. Production on the new series from Ryan MurphyBrad FalchukNina JacobsonBrad SimpsonScott AlexanderLarry Karaszewski and Dante Di Loreto is set to start early this year. American Horror Story guru Murphy will direct »

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John Travolta Lands Lead Role In FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

7 January 2015 10:31 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Travolta is returning to television.

The actor has landed a starring role in FX’s highly anticipated “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” from Ryan Murphy, the cabler announced Wednesday.

Travolta, who will also serve as a producer on the 10-episode miniseries, has been cast as Robert Shapiro, a key member of Simpson’s “Dream Team” during the murder trial.

He joins the previously announced cast: David Schwimmer, who will play Robert Kardashian; Sarah Paulson, who will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark; and Cuba Gooding Jr., who will star as Simpson.

The miniseries marks Travolta’s first starring television role since “Welcome Back, Kotter.”

Executive producers are Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexander, Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto.

American Crime Story,” based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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