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March 4, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Golden Bear winner “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” a Sam Rockwell-Marisa Tomei dramedy  and a documentary about the legacy of Christian Dior will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival when it kicks off next month, organizers announced Tuesday. “Black Coal,” Diao Yinan's Mandarin-language film, is a China-set noir about a mysterious set of murders and the defrocked cop who sets out to solve them. The movie, which has just been announced for a  China release slot, won the top prize -- the Golden Bear -- at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Silver Bear for actor Liao Fan. Meanwhile, Tribeca will see the world premiere of “Loitering With intent,” theater-world crossover Adam Rapp's film about screenwriting and family that stars Tomei and Rockwell.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
For much of Samuel Brett Williams' “Derby Day,” in its L.A. premiere at the Elephant Theatre (which gave Williams' “Revelation” its world premiere last year), the sole sympathetic character onstage is Becky (Kimberly Alexander), a waitress at Oaklawn Park Race Track in Arkansas. Lovely Becky has the misfortune of waiting on “the Ballard boys,” three grown brothers who have rented a luxury box on Derby Day. Frank, Johnny and Ned came straight to Oaklawn from their father's funeral (sharp suits courtesy of Michael Mullen)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The second season of A&E's drama "Bates Motel" premieres on Monday and it's getting the must-have accessory for any self-respecting drama on cable these days: a live aftershow. "Bates Motel: After Hours" will air after the second season premiere and the series premiere of "Those Who Kill. " It will feature series stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore discussing the episode with executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse. While A&E is describing this half-hour show broadcast live from New York as a special event, it's not inconceivable that it could return if people decide to stick around and watch.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | by Scott Collins
This "Late Night" thing might work out OK for Seth Meyers. The former "Weekend Update" newscaster on "Saturday Night Live" delivered the NBC talk show's highest ratings in nine years with his premiere on Monday. Well, technically it was Tuesday morning - 12:35 a.m. to be exact. But "Late Night With Seth Meyers" delivered a 2.6 rating/9 share in households from the top 56 markets in the nation, according to Nielsen. That compares with the 1.6 rating that "Late Night" has been averaging this season.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
With the Olympics now over, "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" returned Monday, propelling NBC to a nightly win. The "Voice's" sixth season premiere was down slightly from last year's season opener in the key demographic, though it had a bigger audience overall.  Among advertiser-desired 18- to 49-year-olds, the show garnered a rating of 4.7, losing about a tenth of a point from last year's March premiere. However, the two-hour episode drew an average of 15.7 million viewers, marking its biggest audience since 2012 when it aired after the Super Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Downton Abbey" wrapped its fourth season -- again, this time in the U.S. -- with piggish ratings, bringing in 8.5 million viewers. The season ender was up about 300,000 viewers from last season's conclusion, which included the car crash death of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), but was down significantly from the 10.2 million the season opener brought in January. The finale, which gave viewers an epic hand-holding moment between Carson and Mrs. Hughes, placed third for the night, behind the Winter Olympics and "The Walking Dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
CBS has set midseason premiere days for the new comedy "Bad Teacher" and returning drama "Unforgettable. " "Bad Teacher," based on the 2011 film starring Cameron Diaz, will premiere April 24 at 9:30 p.m. after "The Crazy Ones" finishes its full 22-episode first season on April 17. The series stars Ari Graynor as a former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her. The comedy costars...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, who has faced mounting pressure in her own province to do more to support the film industry, quietly paid a visit to Hollywood last week. During a trade mission to California, Clark stopped by the Hollywood offices of Prime Focus World, the Indian-owned 3-D conversion and visual effects company that recently expanded its Vancouver facility, where it employs about 200 people. In a meeting Wednesday with Prime Focus World executives, Clark said her government was considering expanding the province's support for the post-production and digital animation sector, according to people familiar with the private meeting.  VIRTUAL TOUR: Hollywood's Walk of Fame British Columbia offers a 33% rebate on labor expenditures in the province and an additional 17.5% credit on labor costs for digital animation and visual effects projects.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
If anyone has a great excuse for taking so long to put out a solo album, it's Benmont Tench, longtime keyboardist and occasional songwriter with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Close to 40 years ago he came to Southern California with other members of the aspiring Florida rock band Mudcrutch, which failed to gain any traction and shortly disbanded. Tench and bandmate Stan Lynch subsequently went into a West Los Angeles recording studio with the intention of starting a new band. “We were going to call it the Drunks,” Tench said by phone from New York earlier this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are packing on the PDA since news of their reported engagement broke in January. The celebrity pair stepped out for the premiere of Heard's latest film, "3 Days to Kill," at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood on Wednesday. The McG-directed action flick stars Kevin Costner as a dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Heard plays a femme fatale FBI agent who offers Costner's character a mystery drug in exchange for a three-day killing spree.
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