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YouTube Millionaires: When It Comes To Film, CineFix Hits “All The Favorites”

29 May 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Tubefilter: How does it feel to have one million subscribers? What do you have to say to your fans?

CineFix: We still occasionally refresh the page to make sure it doesn't say 1,000. We've been making a lot of videos for over a year and a half and 1 Million Subscribers is always this lofty goal you hope to hit one day...like someday in the far future. So the fact that it happened and now we have to set goals that sound even crazier is amazing, and unbelievable, and it makes us incredibly grateful there's so many people out there who like our stuff and want to know as soon as it comes out.

At the end of the day, all we do is make videos we are proud of and we think celebrate film in fun ways. We cross our fingers that other people will like them. So, if there's »

- Sam Gutelle

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UK's ITV ends interest in The Weinstein Company

26 May 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

ITV has ended its interest in a deal to buy the TV arm of The Weinstein Company (TWC).

Widespread reports in the Us had suggested the broadcaster could pay up to $970m (£630m) for TWC’s TV division based on a staggered deal, but an acquisition is no longer on the agenda.

It is thought that ITV remains interested in adding scripted assets to its largely factual entertainment production portfolio. But it has decided that TWC is not the right fit, and is understood to believe the company’s TV assets are too closely intertwined with the established film part of the business.

ITV, which had never formally confirmed the talks, declined to comment.

TWC’s TV slate includes epic Netflix period drama Marco Polo and BBC1’s forthcoming remake of War and Peace, which TWC is co-producing with Lookout Point, BBC Wales and BBC Worldwide.

Another multi-producer project on its slate is Stan And Ollie, which »

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This week in tv news: John Singleton to make the jump to TV with FX

2 May 2015 3:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback, which she announced will be returning for a third season.

John Singleton is poised to be the next filmmaker to make the leap to television, as FX has picked up the pilot for Snowfall, a show co-created by Singleton. The press release had this summary of the series.

Los Angeles 1981. A storm is coming and its name is cocaine. Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.

Singleton will also direct the pilot.

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The partnership between Fox and »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Upfronts: A+E Networks Goes Big, Niche and Embraces Vice

1 May 2015 4:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A+E Networks channels have hit the gas on content development in all its forms. That was the message delivered Thursday night by the top brass of the cable group from the stage at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory — an apt setting for a presentation on how A+E is arming itself with big-ticket programming to do battle in an increasingly competitive TV landscape.

“We aren’t afraid to take creative risks, which is the main ingredient in our recipe for change,” A+E Networks president-ceo Nancy Dubuc told the packed house.

Dubuc made subtle references to the ratings struggles that the company’s flagship cablers have faced in the past year, citing the rapid evolution of media in “these transformative times.” Primetime viewership of A&E Network was down 28% in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2014; History was off 22%, though it remains a top 10 cabler; while »

- Cynthia Littleton

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A Roots Remake Is Officially Happening

30 April 2015 2:57 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Hollywood just can't get enough of slave stories: A&E Networks has officially announced that a remake to Roots, the hugely popular miniseries from the '70s (and inspiration for Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta"), is set to air simultaneously on History, A&E, and Lifetime in 2016. Based on Alex Haley's novel, the update will be executive-produced by LeVar Burton, who starred as the slave Kunta Kinte in the original, and Will Packer. But that's not all! A&E Networks has also picked up a six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, starring Lily James and Paul Dano, from the BBC and the Weinstein Co., which will also be simulcast on History, A&E, and Lifetime next year. »

- Dee Lockett

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A+E partnering with BBC for Gillian Anderson, Paul Dano and Lily James's War and Peace

30 April 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gillian Anderson, Paul Dano and Cinderella's Lily James are bringing Leo Tolstoy's iconic novel War and Peace to life as part of a newly-announced global simulcast.

Lifetime, A+E and History will simulcast a limited series event in 2016 as part of a co-production with The Weinstein Co and the BBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Its international cast will also include BAFTA Award-winning actor Jim Broadbent and Happy Valley star James Norton.

This television version will condense elements of Tolstoy's 1869 novel about the Napoleonic French army's invasion of Russia.

Anthony Hopkins and Rupert Davies famously starred in a previous adaptation of War and Peace for the BBC in 1972.

A French-Italian television version was also mounted in 2007 with international stars Clémence Poésy, Brenda Blethyn, Malcolm McDowell and Benjamin Sadler.

A+E Networks' announcement of the new War and Peace series comes on the same day as it commissioned a »

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‘War and Peace’ Adaptation Starring Paul Dano, Gillian Anderson to Air on Lifetime, A&E and History

30 April 2015 12:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lifetime is taking on an epic for its next adaptation. And it’s teaming with a powerhouse group of collaborators to do so. The network is working with a variety of entities on a limited series based on Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel “War and Peace.” The series, which is expected to premiere in 2016, will star Paul Dano, Lily James, Gillian Anderson, James Norton and Jim Broadbent. Also Read: 'Roots' Remake to Air as Event Series on History, A&E, Lifetime in 2016 Lifetime is partnering on the project with The Weinstein Company, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point. »

- Tim Kenneally

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'War and Peace' Mini With All-Star Cast Set to Air on History, Lifetime, A&E

30 April 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fresh off of their Roots announcement, Lifetime, A&E and History are prepping to take on another classic. The sibling networks are teaming with The Weinstein Co. and BBC for a limited series based on Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The limited series will be simulcast in the U.S. in 2016 and feature an all-star cast including Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave), Lily James (Downton Abbey), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), James Norton (Rush) and Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!). The novel, which was first published in 1869 and is widely regarded as one of

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Lifetime, A&E & History Pick Up ‘War And Peace’ Limited Series Starring Lily James

30 April 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A+E Networks’ Lifetime, A&E Network and History have partnered with The Weinstein Co. and the BBC for their six-part limited series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic War And Peace. The series, expected to premiere later this year, will air on all three networks simultaneously, an approach A+E also is using for its upcoming Roots event series. Described as one of the most ambitious event series ever made for the BBC, War And Peace features a big-name cast led by Cinderell… »

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Lifetime, History and A&E Network Join BBC/Weinstein Co.’s ‘War and Peace’

30 April 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lifetime, A&E Network and History have signed on to air the “War and Peace” miniseries from Weinstein Co. and the BBC.

The limited series will be simulcast on all three cablers next year. Paul Dano, Lily James, Gillian Anderson, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and others are on board to star in Leo Tolstoy’s sweeping saga of 19th century Russia.

Weinstein Co. is producing with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point.

The three A+E Networks cablers have increasingly been teaming on simulcasts for major original series productions. “War and Peace” is one of several high-profile productions that will be touted by the cable group at Thursday night’s upfront presentation.

Also announced at the upfront, a new unscripted series for A&E, “Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit,” which follows 10 personal trainers who will eat what the average overweight American eats and stop working out altogether. Then, each trainer »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Oh no. The 'Peanuts' movie is stealing lines from Zooey Deschanel.

21 April 2015 5:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Unfortunately I have to tell you that "The Peanuts Movie" is using a Zooey Deschanel catchphrase to describe one of its classic characters. Do I like Zooey Deschanel? Yes! But I think it's kind of a shame that a classic comic strip is lifting ad copy from a 2010s Fox series. In fact, I feel like the Red Baron just socked me in the gut. Here's the new poster featuring Marcie, who is easily one of the greatest comic strip characters of all time. She trolled Peppermint Patty like an actual troll, lingering behind her with murmured objections all day. Here's how "The Peanuts Movie," out November 6, is choosing to describe Marcie. Yep. Adorkable. It's 2011 and Marcie is strumming her ukulele and bugging Siri about the rain. She's even reading "War and Peace," which is a pretty twee move on her part. I love the Peanuts and always will, but »

- Louis Virtel

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TWC set for $1bn TV division sale to ITV

7 April 2015 3:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to $950m, according to reports.

The deal would be the broadcaster’s biggest scripted acquisition to date and would give it a slice of rights to Netflix epic period drama Marco Polo and BBC1’s forthcoming remake of War and Peace, which The Weinstein Company is co-producing with Lookout Point, BBC Wales and BBC Worldwide.

ITV is reportedly set make an initial payment of $300 to $400m up-front for the production outfit, with the rest over the next few years – making the deal similar in structure to its acquisition of Talpa Media last month.

Any agreement would allow Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob continue to oversee the operation, according to reports.

It would represent another boost for ITV Studios and would ramp up the amount of high-end scripted projects that it would produce, as well as opportunities for ITV Studios Global Entertainment »

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UK's ITV in talks to acquire Weinstein Company TV division

7 April 2015 3:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to $950m, according to reports.

The deal would be the broadcaster’s biggest scripted acquisition to date and would give it a slice of rights to Netflix epic period drama Marco Polo and BBC1’s forthcoming remake of War and Peace, which The Weinstein Company is co-producing with Lookout Point, BBC Wales and BBC Worldwide.

ITV is reportedly set make an initial payment of $300 to $400m up-front for the production outfit, with the rest over the next few years – making the deal similar in structure to its acquisition of Talpa Media last month.

Any agreement would allow Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob continue to oversee the operation, according to reports.

It would represent another boost for ITV Studios and would ramp up the amount of high-end scripted projects that it would produce, as well as opportunities for ITV Studios Global Entertainment »

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BBC drama boss to join Jj Abrams' Bad Robot

30 March 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson is to join Jj Abrams indie Bad Robot to lead its television division.

Screen’s sister publication Broadcast revealed in February that Stephenson was in talks with the Los Angeles-based company.

His move ends a 10-year association with the BBC.

A date for his departure is yet to be confirmed, although he is expected to relocate to California at some point later this year. A hunt for his successor will begin immediately.

Stephenson said he was ready for a new challenge and described Star Wars director Abrams as “one of the world’s greatest writers, directors and producers”.

He added: “The BBC is a remarkable institution - there just isn’t a more creative, stimulating organisation to work for in the UK. Whilst it’s a massive wrench to leave, I cannot wait to begin a new adventure in La with Jj.”

Abrams said: “His love of great TV, his passion »

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Looking back at the early-90s classics from LucasArts

30 March 2015 3:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Secret Of Monkey Island to Star Wars: Dark Forces, Simon looks back at some of the LucasArts' great early 90s games...

George Lucas has a lot to answer for. He gave us a sci-fi film franchise that fired our collective imaginations, and made us fantasise about flying amongst the stars in the Millennium Falcon. It was amazing, exciting and fun. And then he founded LucasArts - a studio responsible for some of the best games of the 80s and 90s.

No longer a game developer following the Disney buyout, LucasArts is now a publisher for other developers, which is a bit of a shame.

There once was a time, though, when they were one of the most exciting developers on the planet, and when the games they chose to publish didn’t rely solely on the bankable familiarity of a movie licence. I could spend many thousands »

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2015 First Time Fest – Harvey Weinstein Interview

16 March 2015 5:22 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.

In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »

- Catherina Gioino

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BBC iPlayer enjoyed its best month on record in January

27 February 2015 3:02 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC iPlayer experienced its best month on record in January 2015.

The on-demand service received 343 million requests last month, with TV content seeing record viewership at 264 million.

Mobile and tablet requests accounted for 48% of that figure in January, breaking another record for the platform thanks to a surge in TV and radio customers.

Christmas and New Year specials of EastEnders, Top Gear and Miranda attracted around 2 million customers per episode, while The Voice UK, Silent Witness, Wolf Hall and The Dumping Ground were also popular.

Radio 1's Fearne Cotton Show was the most popular radio show in January, followed closely by the Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

Football coverage, The Now Show, The Unbelievable Truth, and new Radio 4 series War and Peace also fared well. »

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Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and more join BBC One's War and Peace

24 February 2015 5:12 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent have joined the cast of War and Peace.

The BBC's upcoming epic adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novel has begun principle photography in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The Fall's Gillian Anderson will play Anna Pavlovna, while Broadbent will star as Prince Bolkonsky.

Also joining the cast are Rebecca Front as Anna Mikhaylovna, Kenneth Cranham as Uncle Mikhail, Aneurin Barnard as Boris, Tuppence Middleton as Helene, Callum Turner as Anatole and Jessie Buckley as Prince Marya.

Finally, Brian Cox will appear as General Kutuzov, while Ken Stott will star as Bazdeev.

They join the previously announced cast including Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson and Greta Scacchi.

Tom Harper will direct the six-episode series, from a script by Andrew Davies. It is a co-production between The Weinstein Company and the BBC.

Set in 1805 during Alexander I's reign, War and Peace follows five »

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BBC/Weinstein Co ‘War And Peace’ Mini Adds Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent

24 February 2015 5:11 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Principal photography has started on the six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic War And Peace which is being made by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point. Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton are already aboard to star, with new additions to the cast including Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Brian Cox and Ken Stott. The epic drama is written by House Of Cards and Bridget JonesAndrew Davies. Anderson was… »

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Cinderella’

13 February 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella,” four mice are ballooned into elegant white horses, two lizards are forced to serve as makeshift footmen, and an oblivious old goose gets zapped into driving a pumpkin carriage. But as the American Humane Assn. can attest, no animals were harmed in the making of this delightful if overly safe update of the gold-standard toon classic. More importantly, the underlying property emerges untarnished, as director Kenneth Branagh reverently reimagines Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale for a new generation the world over, spelling countless opportunities to exploit fresh interest in the story throughout the Disney universe.

The latest in a trend to rework the most precious treasures in the Mouse House vault, “Cinderella” is by far the studio’s most calculated retelling yet, to the extent that those who know the toon by heart may find Chris Weitz’s serviceable script a wee bit dull. »

- Peter Debruge

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