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European Animation Awards To Launch In 2017

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Brexit notwithstanding, Europe looks set to have a new prize event, the European Animation Awards (EAA), which are inspired by America’s Annie Awards and backed by many of the preeminent figures in Europe’s animation industry. The new plaudits come after a period of “massive growth” of Europe’s animation industry, which merits broader kudos recognition, said… Read more »

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Las Vegas Magic Show Duo ‘Siegfried and Roy’ to Get Biopic Treatment

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ROME — The German-American duo known as Siegfried and Roy, whose magic show with its trademark white tigers was one of the oldest and most popular in Las Vegas for more than two decades, will be getting the biopic treatment. UFA Group, which is FremantleMedia’s German production arm, has secured film rights for the biopic,… Read more »

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WestEnd Launches Female-Focused WeLove with Agnieszka Holland, Alexis Zegerman Movies (EXCLUSIVE)

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International movie sales and finance house WestEnd Films has launched a brand aimed at female audiences called WeLove, with new projects from Agnieszka Holland and Alexis Zegerman forming part of its launch slate. By launching WeLove, WestEnd aims to meet demand from what it sees as an under-served female audience for high-quality commercial projects in… Read more »

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Film Factory Acquires International on Sony-Distributed ‘Boy Missing’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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MADRID — Sony Pictures Releasing has set an Aug. 19 release date in Spain for “Boy Missing” (“Secuestro”), the latest suspense thriller from Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar, producers of “The Orphanage,” “Julia’s Eyes” and “The Body,” three of Spain’s highest-profile psychological thrillers of the last decade. The sales agent of “Wild Tales” and “The Clan,”… Read more »

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BET Awards Winners: Complete List

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The 2016 BET Awards took place on Sunday night, honoring big names in music, film and television. Beyonce, who kicked off the show with a fiery performance with Kendrick Lamar, was a big winner, winning video of the year for “Formation” as well as the Coca-Cola viewers’ choice award. Her album “Lemonade” was released in… Read more »

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Why I Can’t Love Brian De Palma (Though I’ve Always Wished I Could)

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Back when I was a kid, and a lot more naïve about how the motion picture industry works, I had expectations of filmmakers that were completely unreasonable in their very reverence. If I saw a masterpiece, and then placed the person who directed it high atop my superstar pedestal of art heroes, I longed for him or… Read more »

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Partido Popular Conservatives Win Spain’s General Elections

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With 96% of votes counted, Mariano Rajoy’s ruling Popular Party looked on track to win Spain’s June 26 general elections securing 137 seats, some 14 more than at December’s polls but insufficient, however, to form an absolute majority. Confounding exit polls, Spain has seen no decisive decisive shift to the left in votes and Spain’s… Read more »

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Kevin Hart Talks ‘Putting a Small Black Guy in a Small White Rabbit’s Body’ at ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Premiere

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“I spent time with bunnies for seven months. I didn’t use my fingers. I hopped everywhere I went — ate nothing but grass,” joked Kevin Hart at “The Secret Life of Pets” premiere Saturday morning at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The comedian, making his first appearance as an animated character, told Variety that… Read more »

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