Imagine Dragons Rules TV Ads With ‘Believer,’ ‘Thunder’

Imagine Dragons’ “Evolve” isn’t just the year’s top-selling rock album: Driven by the songs “Believer” — No. 10 on the BuzzAngle Top 30 — and “Thunder,” it’s produced an impressive number of TV and...

Tokyo Film Review: ‘Passage of Life’

There’s barely a false note in “Passage of Life,” an outstanding social realist drama about a Burmese refugee family facing an uncertain future in Tokyo. Exceptionally well performed by a non-professional cast, and directed...

Film News Roundup: Anna Kendrick Starring in Untitled Comedy From ‘Four Lions’ Director

In today’s film news roundup, Anna Kendrick stars in an untitled comedy, Allison Janney is honored for “I, Tonya” and Rachel Brosnahan wins a Granite Award. CASTINGS Anna Kendrick is starring in an untitled comedy from...

LCD Soundsystem Wraps Electric Five-Night Residency at Hollywood Palladium

Three songs into LCD Soundsystem’s show last week at the Hollywood Palladium, James Murphy stopped the music. “Can you please turn off your electronic devices?” the frontman asked, nodding to the sea of screens. “Sorry,...

Aviron Pictures Acquires ‘Destination Wedding’ With Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

David Dinerstein’s Aviron Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to Victor Levin’s “Destination Wedding,” a romantic comedy reuniting Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. The deal also includes all English-speaking territories, including the United...

‘Superior Donuts,’ ‘Man With a Plan’ Score Full Season 2 Orders at CBS

CBS has picked up sophomore Monday comedies “Superior Donuts” and “Man with a Plan” for full seasons, Variety has learned. “Superior Donuts” takes place in a small Chicago donut shop, where curmudgeonly owner Arthur (Judd Hirsch)...

‘Wisdom of the Crowd’ Season 1 to End After Episode 13

“Wisdom of the Crowd” is not receiving a full season pickup at CBS, with the freshman drama’s first season set to end after it airs its original order for 13 episodes, Variety has learned. Though it...

Murdoch Sale Talks Underscore Digital’s Effect in Disrupting Hollywood

Industry veterans are struggling to wrap their heads around a notion that would have seemed laughable a year ago: Rupert Murdoch, a seller? The heightened level of activity around the possible sale of some big...

Ken Shapiro, Writer-Director of ‘The Groove Tube,’ Dies at 76

Ken Shapiro, writer and director “The Groove Tube” and “Modern Problems,” died of cancer Saturday in Las Cruces, N.M. He was 76. Shapiro’s 1974 independent film, a collection of skits called “The Groove Tube,” starring...

‘Lose All Your Assumptions About Asian Streaming,’ Says Iflix CEO Mark Britt

“Almost every assumption about subscription video on demand that is based on Western metaphors has failed in developing markets,” says Mark Britt, co-founder and CEO of Asia-based streaming video group iflix. “If we are...

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