CBS Winning Battle For Australia’s Ten Network

It got a little hairy, and it cost a little more, but it looks like CBS has been able to secure Australia’s Ten Network following a last-minute challenge mounted by Fox Co-Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch and entrepreneur Bruce Gordon. Creditors of Australia’s embattled Ten Network Holdings on Tuesday agreed to a $167M buyout from CBS Corp, Reuters reported locally.
While some regulatory approval are required, creditors of Oz’s Not 3-rated network voted overwhelmingly…

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Razzia’

If political courage were a measure of artistic merit, Moroccan director Nabil Arouch’s “Razzia,” a kaleidoscopic drama about intolerance and social tumult in Casablanca, would be a formidable achievement. As it stands, Arouch’s decision to keep courting controversy after his last film, “Much Loved,” was banned from Morocco for its depiction of prostitution in Marrakech… Read more »

IMAX has a new BLADE RUNNER 2049 Count Down Animation!

10, 9, 8 , 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… IMAX

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Hey folks, Harry here…  I don’t know about you, but I fucking love IMAX, especially the Bob Bullock IMAX theater we have here in Austin!  The Laser projector there has produced the most brilliant cinematic 3D and 2D projection I’ve seen.   It’s just much better.   But I was a fan of IMAX from the beginning.  Large format – giant size screens…  It’s just crazy cool.  Crazy.   And I love that countdown video – it reminds me of the 16mm home projection days when the “Leader” would have a countdown – and a blip sound.   It was fun, but IMAX is super robust with their countdowns and their robust speaker set up, perfectly laser arranged for maximum awesome.   And I can’t wait to see this countdown before BLADE RUNNER 2049.   Try to imagine in on the giant screen in your world.  Here ya go:
 

Keep it cool,
 
Harry

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‘Lockwood & Co’: Big Talk Prods To Adapt Spooky YA Detective Series For Television

EXCLUSIVE: London-based Big Talk Productions has optioned the best-selling Lockwood & Co series with plans to adapt the books for television. The supernatural adventure stories are written by Jonathan Stroud, and the deal comes as the fifth and final installment, The Empty Grave, is to be published this week by Penguin Random House imprint, Corgi.
Launched in 2013 with The Screaming Staircase, the Lockwood & Co books are set in an alternative London that’s facing an…

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Harry says “mother!” is Aronofsky’s Divine Comedy, one that breaks the rails off reality! Genius!!

Just fucking wow man

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Darren Aronofsky’s mother! – isn’t a typical box office popcorn chomper.  It’s also a film that people come away from spewing hate and spewing love – at nearly equal measures.   Why?
 
For one, what you see happen in the film isn’t necessarily what is going on.  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.   But this isn’t a film taking place in reality.   And you should be able to get that from the opening shots of the film which seems to be turning back time, but I could argue it was the healing advancement of time. The film exists on a dream and nightmare plane of existence. 
 
The overall story is simple enough – this is a tale about an artist, his muse, their creations and the destruction of all, for the artist to rise anew from the ashes. 
 
But the film is shot like ROPE and THE RED SHOES gone insane.   The camera swoops and the blocking of the film is just… mind numbing to think about.  Aronofsky said he was making a rollercoaster – and he knew what he was doing.   Right now – it’s beautiful watching this movie breaking people down.   It will make you FEEL things, but those feelings of repulsion, of going mad & insane, the feeling of being unhinged and threatened.  About being on the outside of a scene that doesn’t accept you.   It’s powerful stuff.
 
So why see it?   Because it is a masterful film.   If you lock eyes with Jennifer Lawrence and read her mind in this role.  

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Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions (EXCLUSIVE)

PARIS – Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni. Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any French-language project produced or co-produced by Marvelous Productions. The… Read more »