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Scopely continues to attract buckets of bucks for its free-to-play mobile games business. And after banking $340 million in fresh capital, the company is renewing the hunt for new acquisitions to continue its growth trajectory. With the new funding, L.A.-based Scopely now has a $3.3 billion post-money valuation, nearly doubling the valuation in just under
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After consolidating the content catalogs across its holdings earlier this year, Russia’s National Media Group is ready to shore up its international sales through Art Pictures Distribution, the exclusive distributor of content produced across the group’s media properties, including a range of terrestrial and satellite broadcasters, the production company Art Pictures Studio (“Sputnik,” “Invasion”), and
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In a milestone move, production-distribution powerhouse Fremantle has unveiled its first fully-financed high-end factual original, “Arctic Drift,” the story of Mosaic, the biggest Arctic climate research expedition. A two-hour documentary, described by Fremantle international CEO Jens Richter as “a scientific adventure film,” “Arctic Drift” is being launched on the market this week as Fremantle drives
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Munich-based world sales company Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to adventure movie “The School of the Magical Animals,” based on the bestselling kids’ book series by Margit Auer. Global Screen will present a teaser trailer and begin presales on the movie at the upcoming American Film Market. The live-action film with CGI
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Russian production and distribution company Central Partnership is hoping for a scorching run at the box office with the upcoming release of “Fire,” a big-budget, high-octane actioner about heroic smokejumpers racing against disaster. Variety has been given exclusive access to the first trailer for a film slated to hit Russian theaters on Christmas Eve. Central
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Slovak director and artist Tomáš Rafa, whose documentary “Refugees Are Welcome Here” has its world premiere in Ji.hlava Film Festival’s Between the Seas section, will also bring his new project “Polish Rainbow” to the festival’s East Silver Market. “Polish Rainbow,” which is focused on Poland’s conservative stance on reproductive and sexual rights, couldn’t be more
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“Spell” adds to the significant recent growth of African American horror cinema, though really only in casting terms. Otherwise, this reasonably suspenseful if implausible tale is just another variation on the familiar formula of “city folk” making a big mistake going to the country, where every primitive peril awaits them. Here, instead of homicidal hillbillies
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Nearly a quarter-century has gone by since cult horror classic “The Craft” tapped into a pre-Harry Potter fascination with witches, giving teenage audiences a sense of how empowering it might feel for four young women, persecuted by date-rapey D-bags and openly racist prom queens, to invoke a little black magic in their desire to get
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Tayshia Adams has essentially been confirmed as the new star of “The Bachelorette,” replacing Clare Crawley. The news was revealed in a promo that aired on Tuesday night teasing next week’s episode, which will finally reveal everything. Despite rampant rumors about the unprecedented casting shakeup, up until now, ABC has remained silent on whether Adams
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President Donald Trump’s campaign website appeared to be temporarily seized on Tuesday night and replaced with a message threatening to expose him and his relatives. According to the Associated Press, Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said that the website was “defaced” and their camp is working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of
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As the lights dimmed in the Grand Theatre Lumiere in Cannes on Tuesday evening, and the opening notes to Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of Animals” echoed over the loudspeakers, one could almost imagine themselves back in the normal swing of things. In some respects, the opening night of the three-day ‘Special Cannes’ program felt very
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In today’s TV news roundup, Showtime announced the release date for “Couples Therapy: The COVID Special,” and Starz cast German actor Alicia von Rittberg as young Queen Elizabeth in “Becoming Elizabeth.” CASTING Starz cast Alicia von Rittberg as the lead in the network’s upcoming project, “Becoming Elizabeth.” The eight-episode series tells the story of Queen
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When CBS announced the second-ever “All-Stars” season of “Big Brother,” fans had hoped the unscripted series will brighten up their summer in quarantine. But new seasons of the long-running show have never come without controversy, most often centering on the lack of representation across its cast and specific houseguests’ use of derogatory speech. And this
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“Borrego,” a survival thriller starring Lucy Hale, Nicholas Gonzalez (“Good Doctor”) and Leynar Gómez (“Narcos”), has just started shooting (pictured) in Almeria in Spain. Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) also stars in “Borrego” and is producing the film with Monica Gil-Rodriguez through their banner Spotted Cow Entertainment. “Borrego” is based on Jesse Harris’s critically acclaimed short,
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