Variety 3 April 2018

Fifty Years Later, the World Is Finally Catching Up With ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

In the 50 years since “2001: A Space Odyssey” was first released, on April 2, 1968, no movie has matched its solemnly jaw-dropping techno-poetic majesty. It’s still the grandest of all science-fiction movies, one that inspired countless adventures set in the inky vastness of deep space (notably “Star Wars”), remaking the DNA of cinema as […]

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Talks Public Listing, Taylor Swift on ‘CBS This Morning’

On the morning of the day his company goes public — the big day that he has long insisted isn’t that big compared with “the day after, and the following day and all those days to come” — Spotify cofounder and CEO Daniel Ek looked forward and back in an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” […]

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Wild Bunch Acquires Disaster Movie ‘The Unthinkable’ for France, Italy (EXCLUSIVE)

Wild Bunch has bought high-concept Swedish disaster film “The Unthinkable” for distribution in France and Italy from SF Studios. Directed and produced by Swedish film collective Crazy Pictures, “The Unthinkable” takes place in the aftermath of a mysterious attack in Sweden. Amid the chaos, a young man (Christoffer Nordenrot) is forced to return to his […]

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Hollywood Remembers Steven Bochco: ‘A Devastating Loss,’ ‘A Real Icon’

The death of legendary television producer Steven Bochco on Sunday left Hollywood reeling — and full of stories about their experiences working with him as he created some of the medium’s most groundbreaking shows, including “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “NYPD Blue.” Here, some of the executives, stars, and producers who worked with him […]

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Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa Sets ‘To the Ends of the Earth’ in Uzbekistan

Cult Japanese director, Kiyoshi Kurosawa will shoot his new drama “To the Ends of the Earth” in Uzbekistan and Japan. The film will be his next effort after “Foreboding” which played recently in the Berlin film festival’s Panorama section. With an original screenplay by Kurosawa, “To the Ends of the Earth” is a journey of […]

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Facebook Under Fire: How Privacy Crisis Could Change Big Data Forever

In 2004, when Mark Zuckerberg was a Harvard undergrad working on a skunkworks project called The Facebook, a friend asked him how he’d managed to obtain more than 4,000 emails, photos and other bits of personal info from fellow students. “People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They ‘trust me,’” Zuckerberg wrote in an […]

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Twitter Renews MLB Deal to Live-Stream Free Weekly Games for 2018 Season

Twitter is back for more peanuts and Cracker Jack: The social service renewed its deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream one day game per week for the 2018 season. The weekly MLB games will be available only in the U.S., free to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter and connected TV devices via live.twitter.com/MLB […]

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Mozilla Launches Firefox Reality, a Dedicated Browser for VR and AR Headsets

Firefox maker Mozilla announced the launch of Firefox Reality, a new browser for augmented and virtual reality headsets Tuesday. The browser will make use of emerging mixed reality web standards to allow users to experience immersive games and experiences without the need to install apps custom-built for their specific headset. “We believe that the future […]

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Studio71 Hires Andrew Strauser, Formerly With TLC and Jennifer Lopez’s Production Shingle, as SVP Unscripted

Digital-media company Studio71 has hired TV vet Andrew Strauser as senior VP of unscripted content. In the new role, Strauser will be charged with developing and producing unscripted content for Studio71 across all platforms, reporting to Rabih Gholam, president of unscripted. Strauser most recently served as head of unscripted for Jennifer Lopez’s production company, Nuyorican […]

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Amazon Announces Elton John ‘Soundboard’ Special, With Interviews, Guests, More (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon Music today announced “The Soundboard with Elton John,” an immersive original audio program that offers fans exclusive conversations and stories. Airing exclusively on Amazon Music beginning April 6 — the same day two separate tribute albums “Revamp” and “Restoration” are released — “The Soundboard” tells the stories behind the songs with John and longtime lyricist Bernie […]

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