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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Release Dates Confirmed: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
Today Disney and Lucasfilm made it official: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from director Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker will make its Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD debut on April 4th, 2017.
You'll be able to watch Star Wars: Rogue One two weeks prior on March 24th when the first standalone Star Wars film is released exclusively on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. All high definition versions will be presented in 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.
Star Wars: Rogue One was a beast at the box office this past holiday season, earning over one billion at the global box office and proving the Star Wars franchise could stand on its own two feet without the core Skywalker mythology involved.
Bonus features are notably missing any of the deleted and re-shot footage from the third act. »
‘Fargo’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by FX
FX has set the premiere date for the third season of “Fargo.” The newest installment of the anthology series from writer and executive producer Noah Hawley will debut Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on the cable channel.
Currently in production in Calgary, the third season of “Fargo” stars Ewan McGregor as twins Emmit and Ray Stussy — Emmit the parking-lot king of Minnesota, Ray a balding, pot-bellied parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis also star.
The new season is set in the year 2010, making it the most contemporary installment in the crime-drama anthology loosely inspired by the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Speaking at the Television Critics association press tour in January, executive producer Warren Littlefield said of Hawley’s approach to the season, “Noah is enjoying that technology in many ways is supposed to unite; and, in fact, perhaps »
- Daniel Holloway
Angelina Jolie Lines Up New Acting, Directing Projects (Exclusive)
Hollywood and Asian royalty rubbed shoulders Feb. 18 at the Cambodian premiere of Angelina Jolie's new directorial endeavor, First They Killed My Father. Adapted from Khmer Rouge survivor Loung Ung’s memoir, the movie tells the story of Ung’s dramatic childhood and features a cast of mostly nonprofessionals, reproducing the nightmare of life under Pol Pot.
Noticeably absent from the low-key affair — held in the Cambodian city of Angkor — were Hollywood A-listers, including Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, who, sources say, paid a whopping $25 million for the Khmer-language release, due out this fall, with an awards-qualifying rollout »
- Tatiana Siegel
Fox’s Marvel Pilot Casts Jamie Chung As Blink
Jamie Chung is crossing over from the DC to the Marvel universe. The actress, who recurred as Valerie Vale on Batman prequel series Gotham, has been cast as a series regular on another Fox comic book drama project, the X-Men-themed untitled Marvel pilot. Written by Matt Nix and directed by Bryan Singer, the pilot focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an… »
Pay TV Helps Drive Telefonica Growth in Core Market Spain
Madrid — Telefonica, a test case for telecom diversification into TV, has consolidated growth in 2016, posting operating profits of €15.118 billion ($15.95 billion), up 14.3% on 2015.
Part of that growth, moreover, has come from TV as Telefonica’s quad-play Fusion offer of fixed telephony, TV, mobile and internet proves a growth driver in Spain, one of Telefonica’s big core markets.
Acquiring Spain’s biggest – but stagnating – premium pay TV operator Digital Plus in 2014, Telefonica’s drive into TV continues to show results, at least when TV is bundled in larger offers, especially involving fiber optic broadband.
By Dec. 31, 2.9 million of Telefonica’s 4.3 million Fusion clients subscribed to TV, up from 2.6 million a year earlier, according to an Ihs Technology analysis.
Average revenue per customer for Fusion clients stood at €81.6 ($86.1), 11.5% higher than in 2015, Angel Vila, Telefonica chief financial officer, said on Thursday during a conference call with analysts.
60% of the 2016 Fusion client revenue uptick came from rate upgrades, 40% from »
- John Hopewell
Live Action Short Oscar predictions: Read our analysis to win your office pool
The French drama “Ennemis Interieurs” is ahead to win the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film on Sunday according to our official racetrack odds. These are derived from the predictions of Expert film journalists along with the Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s Oscar nominations, the […] »
- Charles Bright
AMC Networks Beats Wall Street’s Q4 Benchmarks With Higher Us Distribution, Ad Sales
AMC Networks peeled back the financial curtain on its final fiscal quarter of 2016, when it topped Wall Street’s forecasts at both the top and bottom lines. The home to AMC, We tv, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios posted earnings per share of $1.30 on $730 million in revenue. Those results bested media analysts’ marks of $1.27 and $709.83, respectively. Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Shirt Pulled From Stores After Racism Complaint That makes company president and CEO Josh Sapan smile. Here’s what he had to say about the most-recent 90-day period, and the year at large: “2016 was a successful year for our. »
- Tony Maglio
'X-Men 2': How Its Action Still Bests the Superhero Movie Competition
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It's hard to top a classic.
With Logan one week away, it's time to look back at the crowning achievement of the X-Men franchise: 2003's X2: X-Men United. Judging by the reviews, Logan may be able to unseat it as an all-time favorite, but until then, writer and critic Chris Hartwell is taking a closer look at the action of X2 to understand what makes it tick, and he even manages to make a convincing argument as to ways it tops fan favorites like Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (no easy task).
Here are just a few of the categories »
- Aaron Couch
Scorsese Talks Passion and Preservation at British Film Institute
London – “The joy of creating a film has to be in making something, even in the worst circumstances. It’s about the passion,” Martin Scorsese told a packed audience at a special event celebrating the director’s career at London’s BFI Southbank on Wednesday night. “To retain that passion is the key.”
Scorsese spoke about his passion, his work with film preservation and how the industry has changed during his long career. The Oscar-winning director also spoke about his upcoming project “The Irishman,” though he avoided mention of the rumors currently swirling around financing and rights to the film, including the possibility that Netflix could take worldwide rights in an eyebrow-raising deal.
The long-gestating “Irishman” is set to reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro for a ninth time and would mark his first collaboration with Al Pacino. “Al and I have been trying to get to do a »
- Robert Mitchell
‘Alien: Covenant’ trailer previews ‘Prologue’ to new Ridley Scott film
Fox unspooled a five-minute sneak peek of “Alien: Covenant” on Wednesday during an episode of the new FX hit series “Legion.” After the overwhelming success of last year’s sci-fi flick “The Martian,” director Ridley Scott returns to the franchise that launched his film career back in 1979. The three-time Oscar nominee helmed this sixth film in a series that is due […] »
- Paul Sheehan
India Blocks Theatrical Release of Feminist Drama 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'
After winning accolades on the film festival circuit, Indian female empowerment drama Lipstick Under My Burkha has hit a hurdle at home with India's censor board denying the film a theatrical release certificate.
Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, Lipstick Under My Burkha won the Spirit of Asia Award at last year's Tokyo Film Festival, followed by the Oxfam Award for gender equality at the Mumbai Film Festival. The film will see its U.K. premiere Friday at the Glasgow Film Festival.
Lipstick revolves around four Indian women, from ages 18 to 55, living in a small »
- Nyay Bhushan
Toronto Film Fest to Shrink Movie Lineup by 20 Percent
The sprawling Toronto Film Festival knows it has an annoying problem: It's gotten too big for its own good.
And that's overwhelming film buyers and sellers, publicists, journalists and some among the 400,000 ordinary film-goers that attend the annual September event. So fest organizers plan to take the high road and cut the 2017 lineup by 20 percent, or around 60 movies.
The hope is an event that aims at satisfying many masters, including Hollywood studios and an informal film sales market, becomes less cluttered and more easily curated. "We've certainly been listening to those who told us, on a »
- Etan Vlessing
Jet Li Launches Kung Fu Video Site
Veteran Chinese actor and kung fu master Jet Li has launched a video website dedicated to martial arts.
Li unveiled the official launch of the site, Jetli.com, on Chinese social media service Weibo on Tuesday, saying his purpose is to share his "passion for bringing the philosophies and lifestyle of kung fu to people all over the world."
"Founding Jetli.com is a continuation of my dream, not something I did from an impulse," he wrote. "Kung fu is not just about the movements of arms and legs, it is also about pursuing your dream with persistence and patience."
- Patrick Brzeski
German Media Giant ProSiebenSat.1 Sees 17% Rise in Revenue
German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 reported Thursday a 17% annual revenue hike to a record 3.8 billion euros ($4.01 billion). Recurring Ebitda rose by 10% to 1.02 billion euros ($1.07 billion).
Thomas Ebeling, the company’s CEO, said: “ProSiebenSat.1 is the first media group to systematically combine television, in-house produced content, digital entertainment and commerce, and to use the resulting synergies. To this end, we will continue integrating our portfolio and using all sales and distribution channels from TV and digital to mobile.”
External revenues in the German-speaking broadcasting segment increased by 3% to 2.21 million euros ($2.33 million). Increased TV advertising revenues and the growing distribution business contributed to the performance.
The digital entertainment segment increased its external revenues by 19% to 442 million euros ($466 million), reflecting the high organic growth in the video business.
In the content production and global sales segment, external revenues rose by 38% to 362 million euros ($382 million). The increase in revenues was based on both acquisitions and organic growth, to »
- Leo Barraclough
India Bans Female Empowerment Movie ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’
In 2016 the film won the Spirit of Asia award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam award for best film on gender equality at the Mumbai Film Festival.
The Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc) letter to the producer Prakash Jha stated: “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contanious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused.”
The film chronicles the secret lives of four women of different ages in small town India as they search for different kinds of freedom.
“This is an attack on women’s right to tell their stories, from a female perspective,” Shrivastava told Variety from Scotland, where the film is to have its U. »
- Naman Ramachandran
Chris Christie Eyed to Replace Sports Talk Radio Host Mike Francesa
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could soon be making the jump from politics to the airwaves — and constantly have a mic in front of him to share his opinions. Christie is being eyed to replace sports radio host Mike Francesa on Wfan, NorthJersey.com reported on Wednesday. Wfan 660-am will “be looking to do stuff” at the end of the year when Francesa’s contract with the station ends, said Mark Chernoff, the station’s program director and vice president of its parent company, CBS Radio New York. Also Read: Chris Christie Calls Donald Trump's Lewd Talk 'Completely Indefensible' »
- Debbie Emery
‘Legion’ Gives a Clue About When It’s Set (and Where It Falls Among The ‘X-Men’ Films)
(Spoilers ahead for the FX original “Legion through the Feb. 22 episode.) So far, FX’s “Legion” has been pretty closed-lipped about when exactly the show takes place. It has a late-1960s or early 1970s aesthetic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those decades are when it takes place. The “when” of “Legion” is a meaningful question since the show is part of the “X-Men” film canon. Trouble is, creator Noah Hawley hasn’t revealed exactly how “Legion” syncs up with any “X-Men” stuff, if at all. It seems as though it might be set in the rebooted timeline created by the time. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Kellyanne Conway Denies She’s Been Sidelined From TV: ‘Somebody Is Trying to Stir Up Trouble’
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway dismissed reports that she has been sidelined from TV during a lengthy interview with Sean Hannity … on TV. “You were never sidelined,” the Fox News host said to Conway during Wednesday night’s episode of “Hannity.” “I was not, somebody is trying to stir up trouble,” she replied. “About five percent of what I am being asked to do in this White House counselor role is TV, and I think that’s about right. Because he’s the president now, he’s his own messenger. Also Read: Why Kellyanne Conway Hasn't Been on TV Lately “Just last week, »
- Debbie Emery
‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue: Space Colonists Get Space Drunk (Video)
Prepare to nuke your hangover from orbit (it’s the only way to be sure). With three months to go before “Alien: Covenant’s” hits theaters on May 19, 20th Century Fox has released “Last Supper,” the official prologue to sci-fi thriller. Set aboard the starship Covenant, a colonization vessel being sent to a new human settlement on a remote planet, the short takes place immediately before the events of the film proper. As they prepare to enter cryosleep, the crew of the titular ship have themselves a party to celebrate the long journey they’re about to take. Also Read: »
- Ross A. Lincoln
‘Legion': A Complete Chronological Timeline of When Stuff Probably Happened (Photos)
The trouble with FX’s new “X-Men”-adjacent superhero show, “Legion,” is that it’s never clear what’s real and what isn’t. That makes it tough to keep track of the timeline of the show. With protagonist David (Dan Stevens) hopping around in time between flashbacks and the present, even he isn’t sure when things happened, or if they happened at all. Here’s a list of all the events that happen in “Legion” in order, as near to reality as anyone can tell. David is born Logical place to start. David is a nice kid with »
- Phil Hornshaw
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