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Communist Propaganda Czar Wants China to Become a Movie Power


Liu Qibao says movies should reflect President Xi Jinping’s vision of the “Chinese Dream.”

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Scientists May Have Found Our Brain’s On/Off Switch


Scientists may have discovered how to turn your mind on and off. If the results turn out to be valid, this could radically change the way we perform various medical tasks. Scientists hope it will also give us a better understanding of the human consciousness…
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7 Brain Myths Completely Debunked In This Cool Video


Slated to hit theaters on July 25 is Luc Besson’s Lucy, in which Scarlett Johansson’s titular character undergoes a radical experiment which unlocks the “full potential” of her mind, giving her superpowers. This video, from AsapScience, shows you why that entire plot, while perhaps entertaining, is bullshit.
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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’: Summer’s Next Underperformer, or a Much Needed Hit?

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NORTH AMERICA: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Passes $180M Mark on Monday

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J.K. Rowling Just Wrote A New Harry Potter Story And We’ve Got The Details


As the Quidditch World Cup has played out by report at the official Harry Potter website, Ginny Potter (nee Weasley) has been reporting from the games, delivering the updates for those wizards and muggles who can’t be present at the magical event. But it was Rita Skeeter’s recent report that has given us a real update on the happenings of the Harry Potter characters in the present day.
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New Regency Taps TWC’s Jeff Elefterion, Focus Features’ Paarte As New Marketing Heads

Jeff Elefterion, who had been with The Weinstein Co. for 18 years and most recently served as the head of creative advertising, has been named domestic marketing chief of New Regency, effective immediately. He replaces Valerie Van Galder who exited the company earlier this year. The company also named UK-based Heta Paarte as its international marketing chief. She joins the company after spending over ten years at Focus Features where she most recently served as exec vp of international marketing and distribution. She had been there since Focus began in 2002.

The move of Elefterion comes as a surprise as he had been with the Weinsteins seemingly forever, first at their Miramax Films and then staying with them at their new incarnation, The Weinstein Co. where he oversaw the theatrical marketing campaigns of some 70 films including many that would go on to be recognized by the Academy, including The Artist, The Kings Speech, Silver Linings Playbook, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and this year’s Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Philomena.

In their new posts, the two will work together on a slate of upcoming films including David Fincher’s Gone Girl which stars Ben Affleck, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dark comedy Birdman starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, Cameron Crowe’s Untitled film, starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone and Vince Vaughn’s Unfinished Business.

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‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Looks To Rule

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Chellomedia Rebranded As AMC Networks International

Chellomedia Rebranded As AMC Networks InternationalAMC Networks completed its $1B acquisition of Liberty Global’s Chellomedia in February. Today, it has announced a re-brand of the group to AMC Networks International. AMC Networks International will also encompass AMC/Sundance Channel Global, which operates in Europe, Latin America, the Mid-East and Asia. “Re-naming Chellomedia is a natural next step as we continue to integrate this portfolio of channels and transition AMC Networks into a global media company,” said AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll. AMCNI consists of six operating units: Asia-Pacific, Central Europe, Iberia, Latin America, Zone (EMEA) and DMC. The latter is a European-based global media technology and distribution company. AMCNI delivers programming to subscribers in more than 140 countries and includes such global brands as Sundance Channel and MGM Channel, as well as local channels across various genres.

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Harry Potter Turning 34 As JK Rowling Reunites Hogwarts Gang For Pottermore

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Harry Potter Turning 34 As JK Rowling Reunites Hogwarts Gang For PottermoreWriting as gossip columnist Rita Skeeter at Pottermore.com (registration required), JK Rowling has brought the Hogwarts band back together. In doing so, she also evidently crashed the site for a while. When I took a look a little bit ago, all was fine, but it just asked me to “come back later and try again.” In a 1,500 word piece that appears in the Daily Prophet section of the site, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are gathered together with their families and other old cohorts attending the final of the Quidditch World Cup 2014 — magical timing just ahead of the final of the (Muggle) World Cup in Brazil next weekend. This is the first time Rowling has written new material about the beloved characters since the last book was published seven years ago. There are also a series of match reports and articles about the wizarding sport’s tournament, all penned by Rowling. Back in March, the author posted the first part of her History of the Quidditch World Cup on the site that is the official digital platform for all things Potter.

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Britain Harry PotterToday, Rowling (as the vicious Skeeter) writes that as Harry approaches 34, he has “threads of silver” in his black hair, and also sports a mysterious cut over his cheekbone. Rita deduces it has been inflicted as part of his top-secret career as an Auror, but also wonders if he’s involved in new mysteries — or whether his wife might have cursed him. Ron’s hair, meanwhile, “appears to be thinning slightly.” Their wives Ginny and Hermione and their children, along with ex-Dumbledore’s Army members Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom, all feature in the sharp-quilled piece that offers updates on their current lives.

Rowling will write again about the final match of the Quidditch World Cup on July 11. She’s got Brazil and Bulgaria duking it out. In the meantime, and in addition to her career as an author of books for adults, Rowling is also prepping the first film in a Potter spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which will mark her screenwriting debut.