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Germany Pay-tv Revenue Tops $2.8 Billion

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Germany's pay-tv sector has long lagged behind those in the UK, France and Italy but figures released Friday by the country's association of commercial broadcasters suggest the market may have turned a corner in 2013. Photos 2014 Emmy Nominees Pay-tv revenue in Germany hit $2.8 billion (€2.05 billion) last year, a new all-time high and is forecast to grow to $3.1 billion (€2.3 billion) in 2014. Across all of Germany-speaking Europe (which includes Austria and Switzerland), revenue hit $3 billion (€2.2 billion) last year and is set to top $3.4

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- Scott Roxborough

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': What the Critics Are Saying

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, out on Friday, has been widely touted as this summer's redeeming film—a shining beacon of hope in the wake of feeble box office numbers, over the Fourth of July weekend in particular. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The movie, directed by Matt Reeves, is a dark sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, picking up years after the outbreak of a simian virus that has left the majority of Earth's human population dead and subsequently allowed hundreds of genetically evolved apes and primates to thrive and develop a

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- Michael Sugerman

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'The Giver' to Screen in 250 Theaters Across the U.S. During Premiere (Exclusive)

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After years of shuffling around in development, the film adaptation of The Giver is finally making its way to the big screen, and some fans across the U.S. will get to see it four days before it hits theaters. Photos Teenage Dreams: 17 of the Most Popular Ya Properties Adapted for TV and Film The Weinstein Company and Walden Media are teaming up with Fathom Events to stream the red carpet premiere to 250 theaters across the country, and allow audiences to see the film ahead of its official release. When the film's premiere takes place at Ziegfeld Theatre

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- Rebecca Ford

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Writers on Sequel Plans, 'Hard' Choices (Q&A)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is hitting theaters to rave reviews and a sunny box office forecast, so it's only natural its writers are thinking about the franchise's future. For those familiar with the original series, It's not much of a spoiler to reveal that the rebooted series is headed toward apes ruling the Earth. But screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver say there's plenty of story to explore before that point. "It's like with cable TV, we can do a slow burn," Silver tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the characters around Caesar are

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- Aaron Couch

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North Korea Files Complaint With United Nations Over 'The Interview'

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North Korea has filed a complaint with the United Nations over the upcoming Sony film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, The Interview, which tells the story of a plot to assassinate the country's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un. In a letter addressed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dated June 27, North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam accuses the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing such a film to be made. Photos 25 Summer Movies for Grown-Ups "To allow the production and distribution of such a film on

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- Patrick Brzeski

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World Cup Final: Bookies Pick Germany, Camel Oracle Picks Argentina

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London – Ahead of Sunday's soccer World Cup final between Argentina and Germany, bookies, statistics experts, "clairvoyant" animals and others have predicted a winner. THR has looked at which side some popular prognosticators are predicting will be able to hoist the winner's trophy and line up a victory parade after the World Cup comes to an end. Photos World Cup: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Merchandise U.K. betting firm William Hill offers odds of 4/6 for a Germany win Sunday, with Argentina's odds listed at 6/5. Similarly, Ireland's Paddy Power has odds of 8/11 on a German victory. That

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- Georg Szalai

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Seth Meyers Tries to Recruit LeBron James (Video)

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Everyone wants a piece of NBA star LeBron James — even Seth Meyers. Photos Slam Dunk! Hollywood's Best Basketball Movies Photos Slam Dunk! Hollywood's Best Basketball Movies - See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lebron-james-google-searches-surging-717835?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thr%2Fnews+(The+Hollywood+Reporter+-+Top+Stories)#sthash.WrTTRgXX.dpuf The NBC host made his pitch to James for joining the Late Night team — including access to staplers and four feet of desk space. Something tells us this pitch will not be a slam dunk. On The Tonight Show, Dana Carvey performed his old classic "Choppin' Broccoli," classing it up with an orchestra backing him. Earlier on

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- Aaron Couch

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China’s Radio, Film, TV Industries Hit $60 Billion in Revenue in 2013

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Beijing -- China's radio broadcast, film and TV industries reported revenues totaling $60.1 billion (373.5 billion yuan) in 2013, according to data from the state media watchdog, the General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. Box office revenues reached $3.51 billion (21.77 billion yuan) last year, with domestic productions grabbing $2.06 billion (12.77 billion yuan), or 58.65 percent of the market share, the data showed. Photos Beijing Film Fest Brings Out Chinese, Hollywood Stars The report said domestic productions, which totaled 824 last year, were the dominant driving force for the increase of

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- Clifford Coonan

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Berlin: Florian Weghorn New Berlinale Talents Program Manager

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Florian Weghorn has taken over as program manager of the Berlinale Talents, the one-week mini-film school that runs concurrent to the Berlin International Film Festival. Weghorn replaces Matthijs Wouter Knol, who ran the Berlinale Talents since 2008 but was recently appointed the new head of Berlin's European Film Market. Photos THR's Berlin Directors Roundtable Weghorn has close ties to the Berlinale. He is a member of the festival's selection committee and has been deputy head of Berlin's Generation sidebar for children and youth films since 2008. Together with project manager Christine Trostrum, Weghorn will organize and direct the

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- Scott Roxborough

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'Mr. Holmes': First Look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock

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Ian McKellen has tweeted the first image of himself playing the world's most famous detective in Oscar winner Bill Condon's next film, Mr. Holmes. "Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes," the 75-year-old actor wrote. "Now he's 93 years old and it's my turn." Photos 25 Summer Movies for Grown-Ups The film, which is due out in 2015, follows a a long-retired Sherlock Holmes haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with the beautiful but unstable wife. With his

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Analyst Lauds Discovery's 'Grand European Strategy' After Acquisitions

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London – Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger has lauded Discovery Communications for its recent acquisitions in Europe. "A Grand European Strategy Begins to Emerge," he said in the title of his report. The cable networks company, led by CEO David Zaslav, has in the past couple of years acquired Sbs Nordic in Scandinavia and a majority stake in pan-European sports network Eurosport International and recently also struck a deal with John Malone's Liberty Global to jointly acquire U.K. production firm All3Media. "The European acquisitions remain Discovery's biggest controversy," Juenger argued. "We believe we have been thinking

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- Georg Szalai

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George Clooney Rejects 'Daily Mail' Apology, Calls Paper 'Worst Kind of Tabloid'

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George Clooney has rejected the Daily Mail's apology for a false story it published about his fiance's mother, calling the paper "the worst kind of tabloid." In a USA Today op-ed Wednesday, the actor alleged that the Daily Mail had published a " fabricated" and potentially "dangerous" story involving the family of his fiancée, human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin. Photos George Clooney, Brad Pitt With Their Motorcycles The Daily Mail had reported that Clooney's soon to be mother-in-law Baria Alamuddin belongs to the strict Druze religious sect and had been telling "half of Beirut" that she opposed

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Bret Easton Ellis to Head Jury of Belgium's Gent Film Fest

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Paris – Belgium’s Film Fest Gent has chosen American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis to be the president of its international jury this year. "Bret Easton Ellis is not only one of the most important and influential contemporary American writers, he’s also a real film buff who apparently devours movies daily and is open to all kinds of cinema – from European art house to Hollywood blockbusters,” said artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher. “He has a substantiated opinion on everything he sees and doesn’t hesitate to take contrarian and provocative point of views. This is what makes him an ideal

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- Rhonda Richford

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Acclaimed Indian Actress Zohra Sehgal Dies at 102

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One of Indian cinema's most beloved character actresses, Zohra Sehgal, passed away in Delhi Thursday due to a heart attack at the age of 102. She is survived by two daughters. In her long and illustrious career, Sehgal worked with some of the biggest names in dance, theater and cinema, including Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, to name but a few. Photos Indian Talent Going Global Born Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan, she trained in ballet and was a principal dancer in acclaimed Indian classical dancer Uday Shankar's troupe, which she joined in 1935. Defying convention,

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- Nyay Bhushan

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'Land Ho!' Filmmakers On Capturing Tourists' View of Iceland, Sharing Equipment With 'Interstellar'

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Noah, Transformers 4, Jupiter Ascending, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the upcoming Interstellar were all filmed at least partly in Iceland as the northern European country has become a hot filming destination in recent years. In 2013 alone, there were seven U.S. movies shot in the country, in addition to HBO's Game of Thrones, which is partly filmed there. But while many studio productions have taken advantage of the country's 20 percent production reimbursement and varied, often otherworldly landscapes, few U.S. indies have made the trek. Photos Sundance 2014: Exclusive Portraits of Aaron Paul, Kristen Stewart,

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- Hilary Lewis

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Shelly Sterling Testifies She Doubted Donald's Mental Health: 'He Was All Over the Place'

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The trial over the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers saw more testimony on Thursday from Shelly Sterling, whose authority to sell the team is being contested by her husband, Donald Sterling. While she had signed a renewal of the Sterling family trust in December 2013, she testified in the Los Angeles courtroom, she had had doubts about her husband's mental stability for the past three years. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films  Shelly said the neurological exams she arranged for her husband were motivated only by concern for his health and not to find him incapacitated and to remove him from the

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka, Debbie Emery

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