EXCLUSIVE: SoundCloud Annual Revenues Up 43% to $27.9 Million

SoundCloud managed to boost its top-line revenues by 43% in just one year, according to financial data shared with Digital Music News this morning.  But is SoundCloud still bleeding cash? The following is a developing story, based on SoundCloud financial information that we’re aggregating.  We’ll (hopefully) have a lot more information on other financial data, […]

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Oscar And The New York Film Festival: How Will The Big Apple Two Week Event Affect The Race?

When the 54th annual New York Film Festival opens tonight it will be making history.  Ava DuVernay’s powerful 13th, which explores the history of race relations through the prism of prisons and the preponderance of young black and latino men who make up a large part of their population,  not only will become the first documentary to ever open the Big Apple festival, it will also be the first one that will become available on television just a week later when it debuts day…

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Dove Straps Heart Monitors on Men to See How They React to Models, and Their Loved Ones

Imagine you’re asked to assess the beauty of airbrushed photos of professional models—and then regular snapshots of your spouse, or a close family member.

A new Dove ad from Portugal does that to a group of men, sitting them down in an empty warehouse and strapping them to a heart monitor in an attempt to measure their emotional response when a screen flashing pictures of stereotypically attractive women—the kind who might grace a shampoo ad with a half-smile—suddenly gives way to pictures of wives, sisters, daughters and grandmothers.

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‘Underground’: John Legend To Guest Star As Abolitionist Frederick Douglass In Season 2

Underground executive producer John Legend is set for a guest starring role in WGN America’s hit series, playing the iconic abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Season 2.
Born into slavery, Douglass refused to let his circumstance determine his future. After he daringly escaped bondage in Maryland, he went on to become one of the most revolutionary leaders of the nineteenth century. A prominent writer, celebrated speaker and progressive political reformist, Douglass was a…

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Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters Sell Series Projects To ABC, Freeform & Amazon

Veteran showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Agent Carter) have ramped up development through their pod deal at ABC Studios. The duo’s Fazekas & Butters production company has sold two hourlong projects to ABC — one written by them with a Disney theme parks tie-in and one penned by filmmaker Nisha Ganatra. Additionally, the company has set up projects at Freeform and Amazon with writers Nick Towne and Heath Cordon and is developing a series based on Wesley Chu’s…

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‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser Features Composer Angelo Badalamenti’s Theme Music

Haunting. Unsettling. Foreboding. Showtime has dropped a new teaser for Twin Peaks, the follow-up to David Lynch’s cult ABC series, featuring composer Angelo Badalamenti and his Grammy-winning theme music from the original series. Badalamenti is returning to score the follow-up series.
Badalamenti has had a longtime collaboration with Lynch. In addition to receiving the Grammy Award for the theme music of the original series, the “Soundtrack Album from Twin Peaks”…

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Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ Movie To Be Made By TriStar, PalmStar

EXCLUSIVE: Sony-based TriStar has stepped up to make a worldwide rights deal to turn the Paulo Coelho novel The Alchemist into a feature film. The book has been guided creatively for years by Cinema Gypsy’s Laurence Fishburne, who will take it the rest of the way in partnership with fellow producer, PalmStar Media’s Kevin Frakes, and TriStar president Hannah Minghella. “I’m thrilled to be moving this project forward after all these years,” Fishburne said.
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Ioan Gruffudd Joins Mel Gibson & Sean Penn For ‘The Professor And The Madman’

EXCLUSIVE: Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd is set to join Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and the Madman, a film about James Murray, the 19th century professor who started to compile the Oxford English Dictionary.
Gruffudd will play the role of Henry Bradley, a particular and demanding philologist who helps Murray (played by Gibson) assemble words for the compilation of the Oxford Dictionary. Extremely officious and easily exasperated, Bradley’s attention to detail is…

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