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Sky Deutschland: BSkyB Takeover Offer Too Low

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BSkyB’s plans to build a European pay-tv empire hit a speed bump of sorts on Wednesday. The supervisory and executive boards of 21st Century Fox-controlled German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland advised minority investors not to accept a multi-billion dollar takeover offer from BSkyB. Fox is also the largest shareholder in BSkyB, with a 39 percent stake. The planned deal would see BSkyB pay $4.7 billion for Fox’s 57 percent stake in Sky Deutschland and take over full control of Italian pay-tv platform Sky Italia from Fox for around $4.1 billion. As part of

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- Scott Roxborough

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Dan Aykroyd Wants ‘Ghostbusters’ to Become Marvel-Style Universe

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With talk of the long-awaited third outing of Ghostbusters still rumbling on and, more recently, rumors emerging of an all-female reboot, original co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd has revealed that he’s hoping for much more than just a one-off return. Speaking in London where he was in town to promote his brand of Crystal Head vodka, the 62-year-old said that had been looking towards some of the bigger franchise models for guidance. "It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony?" he said.

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- Alex Ritman

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ITV Scraps U.K. Version of Israeli Singing Competition 'Rising Star'

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Britain's ITV has scrapped plans to air a U.K. version of Israeli talent competition Rising Star next year amid soft ratings in key international territories. ITV Studios and format owner Keshet's Keshet International UK unit had been working on the British version of the show with an expected run in 2015. The format features competitors singing as viewers vote in real time via an interactive app. "Rising Star is an innovative show, and we have enjoyed working on the format with the team," an ITV spokesperson said. "However, as a commercial broadcaster, we always need to be as

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- Georg Szalai

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Edward Snowden Doc to Get U.K. Premiere at London Film Festival

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Laura Poitras' documentary about Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, Citizenfour, will have its U.K. premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October. The 58th London festival will present the film as a "documentary special presentation" on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18. The screenings will come a week after the film's world premiere at the New York Film Festival. In 2013, the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize winner was one of two journalists who flew to Hong Kong to meet Snowden, known to her then only as "Citizen Four," to see government documents that he

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- Georg Szalai

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China Bars Stars With "Bad" Moral Records From TV

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China’s media watchdog has warned TV stations not to air shows featuring stars “with bad records” after a fistful of big names in the entertainment industry were nabbed in drug and vice busts in recent weeks. Earlier this week, Golden Bear-winning Chinese director Wang Quan’an was arrested for "paying for sex," while Jaycee Chan, son of  veteran Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, was busted smoking marijuana at a foot massage parlor in Beijing last month. The all-powerful State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (Sarppft) made the warning in an informal circular to TV

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- Clifford Coonan

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Indian Entertainment Industry Revenue Forecast to Double by 2018

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The Indian entertainment industry is expected to double its revenue to $37.2 billion by 2018, growing at a compound annual rate of 15 percent, according to a new study. An annual report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers India and the Confederation of Indian Industry said that in 2013, the Indian entertainment industry recorded revenue of about $18.3 billion, a 19 percent gain over the previous year. The entertainment industry has contributed strongly to India's economy, according to other recent reports. Thanks to robust subscription trends, television continues to dominate the overall industry pie. Total TV revenue (including advertising) reached

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- Nyay Bhushan

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NFL Star Adrian Peterson Barred From Team Activities Amid Child Abuse Charges

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After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from team activities while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

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- The Associated Press

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Sony Forecasts Wider Full-Year Loss of $2.15 Billion

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Sony Corp. predicted a $2.15 billion (¥230 billion) full-year loss Wednesday, which is a wider loss than previously forecast, due to a writedown on the value of its mobile communications business. Sony also announced that it would cancel its interim and full-year dividends for the current fiscal year, which ends in March. This marks the first time since the company went public in 1958 that it will not make a dividend payment to shareholders. Increasingly tough competition in the mobile phone market has seen Sony continuing to miss sales and profit targets. The estimated value of the

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- Gavin J. Blair

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'Big Bang Theory': Watch What Happens When Sheldon Returns Home

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Sheldon Cooper is back in Pasadena in a new promo for The Big Bang Theory's upcoming eighth season. Unable to navigate all the major changes in his life, Emmy winner Jim Parsons' Sheldon was last seen heading out of town on a train in the season seven finale. In the new clip, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) bring the lovable nerd back home, where the new and seemingly relaxed Sheldon is, as he says, "ready to deal with any changes that come my way." Photos 'The Big Bang Theory's' Nerdiest Guest Stars "He's gone for 45 days, and it doesn't end as well as he'd like

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Olympian Lolo Jones Eliminated From 'Dancing With the Stars,' Received Hate Messages

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Dancing With the Stars season 19 said goodbye to its first eliminee Lolo Jones on Tuesday night for her low-scoring performance on Monday's premiere. The two-time gold medal world champion was sent home after audiences witnessed the athlete crumble in her live cha-cha-cha performance with first-time professional dancer Keo Motsepe. Jones attributed the mishap to a technical difficulty involving a miscued text that was an introductory part of the dance. "I just felt everything swirling inside and for me, obviously, I have two past Olympics, or three now, where I've come so close to a

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- Natalie Stone

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'Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles': Telluride Review

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An in-depth study of Orson Welles' singular life and career would run the length of a miniseries, but Chuck Workman engagingly hits a good many highlights in stone-skipping fashion in Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. Additionally, by delving into the protean talent's bag of unfinished projects, the veteran documentary and clips-reel whiz tries to counter the view that Welles had a fear of completion later in life; as the film shows, he was always working, however under-financed he may have been. Premiered in a near-finished version at Telluride, this energetic, fast-moving

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- Todd McCarthy

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'Ballyturk': Theater Review

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Samuel Beckett has always cast a long shadow over the career of fellow Irishman Enda Walsh. His spirit again informs Walsh's latest tragicomic fairy tale, which seems designed to illustrate the paradox that life is both unbearably miserable and far too short. Commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival, where it premiered to great acclaim in July, Ballyturk has just transferred to London's National Theatre. The marquee pulling power of chisel-cheeked screen star Cillian Murphy, who delivers a hyperbolic and demandingly physical performance, seems more likely to fill seats than the playwright's fuzzy message about the futility of human existence.

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- Stephen Dalton

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Jack Huston to Star in 'Ben-Hur' Remake

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Jack Huston has been tapped to fill Charlton Heston's sandals.  The Boardwalk Empire actor is in talks to star in Paramount and MGM's Ben-Hur remake, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The deal has not yet been finalized and could still fall apart. Filming is set to begin in Europe next year with director Timur Bekmambetov at the helm. Morgan Freeman had been previously announced to co-star in the film as Ildarin, who teaches Ben-Hur how to race chariots.  John Ridley did a rewrite on Keith Clarke's script. Ridley, Clarke, Jason F. Brown and Roma Downey are executive producers.

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- Ryan Gajewski

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'New Girl' Showrunners Discuss Rebooting, Censor Skirting and Pot Smoking in Season 4

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The first two episodes of New Girl's fourth season are about as close as the Fox comedy could get to pulling a 180 from last fall. Internal flirtations within the loft gang seem indefinitely relegated to the back burner, with Nick-and-Jess (Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel) now a thing of the distant past and Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) pursuit of Cece (Hannah Simone) more passive than it's been in years. Some more sensitive souls may weep for the ill-fated couples, but instead of serial monogamy the show will function much as it did during the first season. The

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- Michael O'Connell

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'The Mysteries of Laura': TV Review

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Periodically, there's a television show that makes you wonder if anyone actually read the script, and then, just to compound the issue, skipped watching the pilot but said yes to the whole thing getting on the air anyway. That's certainly a plausible answer to the mystery of how in the hell something so awful like The Mysteries of Laura got on the air. In 2014. On a broadcast network. Which employs people who should have never let it get this far. But hey, life is always trying to make you more of a cynic. Teaching you the hard lessons. In

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- Tim Goodman

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Krispy Kreme to Offer 'Ghostbusters' Doughnuts for Film's 30th Anniversary

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The ongoing celebration of Ghostbusters' 30th anniversary just got a little more delicious.  Krispy Kreme has announced it will sell two Ghostbusters-themed doughnuts in honor of the film's milestone. The doughnuts will be available Sept. 29 through Oct. 31. "We are truly excited to collaborate with Sony Pictures in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ghostbusters brand," said Dwayne Chambers, Krispy Kreme chief marketing and innovations officer. Chambers called the doughnuts "as unique, creative and joyful as this beloved film franchise." In an homage to the Bill Murray-starring film's two most recognizable apparitions, one doughnut will feature the Ghostbusters logo

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- Ryan Gajewski

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'Race': Theater Review

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In David Mamet's Race, two veteran criminal lawyers, the white Jack Lawson (Chris Bauer of True Blood and The Wire) and the black Henry Brown (Dominic Hoffman), banter and badger in the playwright's patented patois. They show professional perspicacity about a legal process predicated not on justice, but on trial by combat between competing self-interests and prejudices. The two characters debate on whether or not to accept as a client Charles Strickland (Jonno Roberts), an obtuse billionaire charged with the rape of a black woman who has just fired his previous high-powered lawyer. They bounce their ideas off their

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- Myron Meisel

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