Kevin Smith Won’t Use Kickstarter for Clerks III

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Believes Crowd funding should be for those who need it By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you think of the quintessential independent director, you have to imagine Kevin Smith in his trademarked hockey jersey, who's made a splash in the industry by taking his college money -- and selling his … [Read more...]

Michael Palin joins WWI drama in first acting role in 15 years

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LONDON (Reuters) British TV presenter Michael Palin is taking up his first acting role in more than 15 years, joining a drama about soldiers producing a newspaper from the battlefields of World War One. Palin, 70, a former member of the Monty Python comedy team, has concentrated his career in the … [Read more...]

PBS’ Charlie Rose settles with unpaid interns as lawsuits spread

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By Amanda Becker (Reuters) PBS talk show host Charlie Rose and his production company will pay roughly $110,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by former unpaid interns, under an agreement approved by a New York state judge. The victory, another win on the wages front for interns, comes amid a wave … [Read more...]

Free of newspapers, 21st Century Fox shines

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By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) Wall Street rewarded Rupert Murdoch's move to create a separate entertainment company, giving 21st Century Fox one of the richest valuations in the media sector on its first day of trading. Investors had waited for Murdoch to split News Corp, giving its cable, movie … [Read more...]

‘The Sopranos’ full seasons available via HBO On Demand

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By Tony Maglio (TheWrap) HBO is making all six seasons of the James Gandolfini mob drama "The Sopranos" available for one month each, in consecutive order, through HBO On Demand. Season 1 landed on the platform Monday, and will be available through the end of July, followed by Season 2 in … [Read more...]

Tribune to buy Local TV for $2.73 billion

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By Jennifer Saba and Greg Roumeliotis (Reuters) Tribune Co said on Monday that it would acquire 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC for $2.73 billion in cash, making it the largest TV broadcaster in the United States. The purchase from New York private equity firm Oak Hill Capital … [Read more...]

Touchcast App Merges Film Production and Web Interactivity on the iPad

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App creates interactivity while editing By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you listen to our buddy Taz Goldstein on a recent version of doddleTALKS Tech, he'll tell you of the tremendous power of the iPad to act as a serious production tool. Not only for organization, but actual video … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Snuffy the Seal

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By Heath McKnight (2013) Friday's Funny Feature is all about a live shot with Snuffy the Seal being freed back into the ocean. You'll enjoy this quick video. Hat tip to our own James DeRuvo! … [Read more...]

Family, friends, fans attend funeral of Sopranos star James Gandolfini

By Chris Francescani - NEW YORK (Reuters) Family, friends and fans of actor James Gandolfini gathered at a Manhattan cathedral for his funeral on Thursday, a week after the 51-year-old star of the HBO television show "The Sopranos" died of a heart attack while visiting Rome. Police set up … [Read more...]

Samsung rolls out OLED TV with same hefty price tag as LG

By Miyoung Kim - SEOUL (Reuters) Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched its first OLED TV on Thursday, taking the ultra-thin technology into a nascent market despite tenacious production challenges that keep costs high while prevailing LCD screens only get better and cheaper. The world's biggest TV … [Read more...]

A Minute With: Martin Landau on Marilyn Monroe to Anna Nicole

By Sue Zeidler - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) At 85, Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau is writing his memoirs, teaching at the famed Actor's Studio, and will soon appear on TV as octogenarian oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall who married the late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. Landau, who won an Oscar in … [Read more...]

Why ‘Under the Dome’ is good news for Broadcast TV

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By Tim Molloy (TheWrap) The premiere of CBS's "Under the Dome" beat almost everything else on television Monday, but CBS's rivals should still be happy about the success of the Stephen King miniseries -- because it bodes well for them, too. The promising debut of "Under the Dome" suggests a … [Read more...]

U.S. actor Paul Giamatti joins ‘Downton Abbey’ as playboy brother

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LONDON (Reuters) American actor Paul Giamatti is joining the cast of the British award-winning stately home drama "Downton Abbey", starting with the Christmas episode, the show's producers said on Monday. Carnival Films, a division of Comcast's NBCUniversal, and British television channel ITV … [Read more...]

Review: The VidiU Live Streaming Device From Teradek

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) Teradek’s VidiU is a small device that allows you to do live stream broadcasts, in high definition, with only your camera and an internet connection, either 3G/4G, WiFi or wired. And it works great, all without needing a computer, and it’s easy to use. The … [Read more...]

James Gandolfini funeral set for Thursday in New York

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By Sharon Waxman (TheWrap) James Gandolfini will be buried on Thursday at the famed Saint John the Divine cathedral in Manhattan, HBO announced on Sunday. "We can confirm, on behalf of the Gandolfini Family, that the funeral service for James Gandolfini will be held Thursday, June 27th. The … [Read more...]

NBC Fall premiere dates: ‘Michael J. Fox Show,’ ‘Blacklist’ debuts

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By Jethro Nededog (TheWrap) NBC announced its fall premiere dates for new and returning series, including "Blacklist" on September 23, and the "Michael J. Fox Show" and a one-hour return for "Parks and Recreation" on September 26. Additionally, "The Blacklist" and "Chicago Fire" (which returns … [Read more...]

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