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Alamode Acquires Lone Scherfig’s Berlin Opener ‘The Kindness of Strangers’

Munich-based Alamode has taken German and Austrian rights to Lone Scherfig’s “The Kindness of Strangers,” ahead of the picture’s opening-night gala screening at the Berlin Film Festival next month. Alamode acquired the rights from London-based Ha…

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‘Pokemon Go’ Developer Secures $245 Million in Series C Funding

Niantic, the developer behind “Pokemon Go,” finished its Series C financing with $245 million on Wednesday, according to a press release. The latest round of funding brings Niantic’s valuation to nearly $4 billion. The Series C fundin…

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Pelosi Asks Trump to Delay State of the Union

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is asking President Donald Trump to delay his planned State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 29, or to deliver it in writing. Pelosi cited the government shutdown and the fact that the two agencies …

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Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne to Headline 2019 Broccoli City Festival

Childish Gambino — who made a surprise performance at Film Independent’s “An Evening With…” series in Los Angeles last night — and Lil Wayne will headline the third annual Broccoli City Festival, taking place April 26-27 at FedEx Field in Landover, Mar…

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Voltage Pictures to Produce Airborne Thriller ‘Blackwing’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Voltage Pictures will produce and fully finance screenwriter David Loughery’s latest thriller “Blackwing,” Variety has learned exclusively. The company will introduce “Blackwing” to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market at…

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Massive ‘Fortnite’ Security Hole Allowed Hackers to Take Over Accounts, Eavesdrop on Calls

“Fortnite” players were exposed to hackers who could control their accounts, purchase items through their credit cards, and even access their microphones to spy on conversations in homes, cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies…

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Amazon’s IMDb Launches Original Series ‘UnMade’ About Comedians’ Rejected Hollywood Pitches

IMDb, the Amazon-owned entertainment database, has premiered its latest original show: “UnMade,” featuring Rainn Wilson, Nick Cannon, Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts and other comedians discussing early pet projects that were never produced, u…

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Consumers Spent More Than $101B on Mobile Apps in 2018 (Analyst)

Consumers spent about $101 billion on mobile apps in 2018, according to analytics company App Annie. Mobile games accounted for about 74% of the total consumer spending last year and was the fastest growing sector of the overall gaming market, beating …

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‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Family Guy’ Game Developer Jam City Raises $145 Million in Strategic Financing

Mobile game developer Jam City is receiving $145 million in strategic financing jointly led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and a syndicate of lenders including Silicon Valley Bank, SunTrust Bank, and CIT Bank, it announced on We…

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Mr. Peanut to Appear in His First Super Bowl Commercial

The monocle-wearing Mr. Peanut is about to offer snack fans an entirely new lens on Super Bowl advertising. Planters, which has featured the anthropomorphic legume for more than a century as its spokes-character, will place him in a 30-second ad slated…

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Berlin Competition Film ‘The Ground Beneath My Feet’ Sold to Germany’s Salzgeber (EXCLUSIVE)

Salzgeber has acquired the German rights for Berlin Film Festival competition title “The Ground Beneath My Feet” from sales agent Picture Tree International. Variety has been given exclusive access to the film’s trailer. Salzgeber will release the film…

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Berlin Competition Film ‘The Ground Beneath My Feet’ Sold to Germany’s Salzgeber (EXCLUSIVE)

Salzgeber has acquired the German rights for Berlin Film Festival competition title “The Ground Beneath My Feet” from sales agent Picture Tree International. Variety has been given exclusive access to the film’s trailer. Salzgeber will release the film…

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DRG Boards Sales on Scandi Sci-Fi Mystery Series ‘The White Wall’

Scandinavian sci-fi series “The White Wall” is coming to the international market, starting at NATPE, after DRG picked up international rights to the upcoming project. Finland’s Fire Monkey and Nice Drama, part of the Nordic Entertainment Group, are ma…

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DRG Boards Sales on Scandi Sci-Fi Mystery Series ‘The White Wall’

Scandinavian sci-fi series “The White Wall” is coming to the international market, starting at NATPE, after DRG picked up international rights to the upcoming project. Finland’s Fire Monkey and Nice Drama, part of the Nordic Entertainment Group, are ma…

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Childish Gambino Surprises Beverly Hills Crowd With Reimagined ‘Redbone’

Donald Glover made an unexpected appearance at Film Independent’s “An Evening With…” series tonight (Jan. 15), held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and presented by the HFPA. Joining “Black Panther&…

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Gucci Mane, French Montana, Tiesto Tapped to Perform Super Bowl Weekend

Gucci Mane, French Montana, Tiësto and Kaskade are among the artists headed to Atlanta at the end of the month as part of Super Bowl weekend festivities in the city. The four performers will be playing at The H.wood Group’s annual Bootsy Bellows …

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Verizon Bundles Apple Music With Top-Tier Unlimited Wireless Plans for No Extra Charge

Verizon has expanded its ties to Apple — offering wireless subscribers on its two most expensive unlimited plans access to the Apple Music for no extra charge. Starting Jan. 17, Apple Music will be included in Verizon’s Beyond Unlimited and…

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Tokyo Film Festival and Market Set Separate Dates in 2019

The Tokyo International Film Festival and its accompanying rights market, TIFFCOM, will be held on separate dates this year. Some film executives may have to choose to attend one or the other. The film festival Wednesday announced that it will be held …

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Film News Roundup: Glenn Close Selected for Oscar Wilde Award

In today’s film news roundup, Glenn Close gets an honor, AFI names its Directing Workshop for Women participants and Teri Polo gets cast in a Christmas drama. CLOSE HONOR Glenn Close will be honored on Feb. 21 by the US-Ireland Alliance at the 14…

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Roku Removes Infowars Channel Following Backlash

Roku has taken the Infowars channel off its platform after the streaming device faced criticism for carrying the controversial program hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. “After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard fro…

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