Moffat Says Peter Jackson Directing Doctor Who Is Probable

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Discussions have gotten serious By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Traveling around the world to hype the premiere of Series 8 of Doctor Who, writer-showrunner Steven Moffat says that Peter Jackson directing an episode of the 50-year-old British Sci-Fi series is more than just a dream for both … [Read more...]

Moffat Plans More Doctor Who Episodes Than Ever

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British seasons traditionally run shorter By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Having a 22-episode-per-season order here in the U.S. is nothing special. But in the Great Britain, that's nearly an eternity. The BBC likes its variety and actors like the freedom to be in different shows during the same … [Read more...]

J. Michael Straczysnki Says Babylon 5 Reboot Is Coming

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Reboot to give new life to 90s series By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Comic-Con wouldn't the same without science fiction writer J. Michael Straczysnki having to field questions about the fate of his 90's syndicated television series Babylon 5. And what usually followed was a diatribe complaining … [Read more...]

Visual Effects Artists Want Tariffs To Stop Runaway Production Work

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Trade sanctions and tariffs suggested in combating runaway post production By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When it comes to the visual effects crisis hitting Hollywood, there have been several common sense solutions which some believe can off-set the loss of VFX jobs overseas. But some are of the … [Read more...]

California State Senator Threatens to Scuttle Runaway Production Tax Credit

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's no secret that Hollywood has been struggling with a plague of runaway productions that has reached a crisis, especially in the visual effects industry. And with an inability compete with foreign and out of state subsidies, the hopes of local filmmakers were … [Read more...]

Is China The Future Of Blockbuster Cinema?

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) While summer 2014 is one of the worst box offices in recent memory, it seems that Hollywood is starting to look East in its quest for bigger commercial returns. That's right, while North American box office earnings are down 20% from last year, China's box office was … [Read more...]

The Secret To Sharknado 2′s Social Success

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Following the first Sharknado's big splash on Twitter, the sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, made an even bigger impression, topping the original in both viewing figures and social impact. So what is the SyFy network's secret? Well despite being surprised at the … [Read more...]

Disney Releases An Extended Preview Of Star Wars Rebels

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Do you want fans of the original Star Wars trilogy on your side from the get go on Star Wars Rebels? Make one of the first things they see an Imperial Star Destroyer flying overhead. That's how Star Wars Rebels begins, promising to ignite a rebellion against the … [Read more...]

Game of Thrones, other HBO shows boost Time Warner results

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(Reuters) Time Warner Inc reported a 3 percent jump in quarterly revenue, helped by the popularity of "Game of Thrones" and other shows on its HBO network. Time Warner shares were down 13 percent before the bell on Wednesday, a day after Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox abandoned an $80 … [Read more...]

More Star Wars coming to Disney parks, CEO says

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Walt Disney Co is working on plans to bring more of its "Star Wars" franchise into the company's theme parks, Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Tuesday. Disney is "developing designs for a far greater 'Star Wars' presence in the parks," Iger said on a conference call after … [Read more...]

Gannett to spin off newspapers as it focuses on TV

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By Supantha Mukherjee and Jennifer Saba (Reuters) Gannett Co said on Tuesday it would spin off its print operations, including USA Today, becoming the latest media company to separate slower-growing publishing assets from TV and digital properties. In a widely expected move, Gannett joined the … [Read more...]

Higher prices help Cablevision offset subscriber loss

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(Reuters) Cablevision Systems Corp reported a 3.7 percent rise in quarterly revenue as higher advertising and increased cable prices helped offset a fall in video subscribers. The cable company, controlled by New York's Dolan Family, said average monthly cable revenue per customer increased 5.5 … [Read more...]

Hollywood big-screen diversity out of step with U.S.: study

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Hollywood has not meaningfully increased the number of minority characters on the big screen and Hispanics were the most underrepresented in films, a study released on Monday said. About three-quarters of film characters were white last year, which was in line with annual … [Read more...]

Aereo, ‘bleeding to death,’ seeks emergency court help

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By Jonathan Stempel - NEW YORK (Reuters) Aereo Inc, the video streaming company that suspended service after the U.S. Supreme Court found it violated copyrights of television broadcasters, has urged a federal judge to let it operate like a cable system, saying it likely would not otherwise … [Read more...]

Alex Kurtzman To Direct The Mummy Reboot

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Alex Kurtzman will direct Universal's The Mummy reboot, casting more doubt over his future at rival Sony, as part of the Spider-Man 'brain trust.' The filmmaker, who helped develop the expanding Amazing Spider-Man franchise at Sony, had previously been slated to … [Read more...]

Pioneer of cinema vérité director Robert L. Drew dies at 90

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Award-winning American filmmaker Robert L. Drew, a pioneer of the cinema vérité documentary style, died on Wednesday in Sharon, Connecticut at the age of 90, his family said. Drew, who made more than 100 films on social issues, politics and the arts during a career that … [Read more...]

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