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5 Quotes from Famous Artists On How They Became Famous

Curious about the secret to success? A few of music's biggest celebrities share their thoughts on just what it was that helped them make it to the top. ______________________________ Guest Post by Steve Reble on Landr Peek behind the curtain and find out how these major artists hone their craft...

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Russian music industry figures ask Putin to stop 'patriotic pop' project

Musicians and producers ask president to prevent state-owned Goskontsert buying radio and TV stations of Russkaya Media Group A group of popular singers and producers in Russia has appealed to President Vladimir Putin to stop an ownership struggle that could turn a major radio company into a state-owned patriotic music holding. Show More Summary

World's most popular song is not under copyright, according to lawsuit

Film-makers suing music publisher Warner Chappell say they have found proof that Happy Birthday is not covered by copyright You may have noticed something very strange about birthdays in movies and on TV. Namely, that the lucky recipient...Show More Summary

‘Brooklyn Animal Control’ Comic Gets USA Drama Pilot Order, David Goyer Producing

USA Network continues to widen the development net it casts with the pick up of a comic book-based drama. The network has greenlighted Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic created by JT Petty. Written and executive produced by Petty, the pilot also is executive produced by David S. Show More Summary

Diane Keaton To Star In ‘The Young Pope’ Series For HBO, Sky & Canal+

Diane Keaton is set to star opposite Jude Law in Paolo Sorrentino-directed series The Young Pope, a joint production of HBO, Sky and Canal +. Filming begins this week on the eight-episode series, which tells the story of the beginning of the Pontificate of Pius XIII (Law), born Lenny Belardo. Show More Summary

‘I Am Cait’ Debuts To 2.7M Viewers; Tied For Cable Top Spot In Demo

After all the promotion and all the hype, it wasn't exactly a Gold medal moment for the start of the new Caitlyn Jenner reality series on Sunday. I Am Cait drew 2.73 million viewers for its 8 PM premiere on July 26. That's just 7% more than what the latest season debut of Keeping Up With The Kardashians pulled in back in March. Show More Summary

Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Demolition’ To Open 2015 Toronto Film Festival; Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’, Tom Hardy ‘Legend’ Among Galas

Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper, will open the 40th edition of the Toronto Film Festival. The fest announced its first titles today at a news conference presided over by TIFF director and chief executive Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey. Show More Summary

Jeff Nichols’ ‘Midnight Special’ Pushed Into 2016

Warner Bros had dated Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special for November 25 but has now pushed the pic to March 18, 2016. The pic stars Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard and centers on a father and his 8-year old who go on the run when dad realizes the boy has some kind of special powers. Show More Summary

‘Gotham’ Promotes Drew Powell To Regular In Season 2

Batman prequel series Gotham has promoted another recurring player to regular —  Drew Powell. He plays Butch Gilzean, whose loyalty was tested as chief henchman to Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney in Season 1. Season 2 will continueShow More Summary

‘When Calls The Heart’ Renewed For Season 3 On Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel has picked up a third season of original scripted series When Calls The Heart for premiere in February. The network ordered 10 hours of Season 3, with a 2-hour sneak peek of episodes 1 and 2 premiering during the 2015 holiday season. Show More Summary

‘Frozen’ A Mixed Blessing For Licensed Merchandise As Business Changes – Report

Hard to imagine that anyone in the licensed merchandise business would have a bad word to say about Disney’s huge success selling Frozen-related toys, clothing and other merchandise. But many people consider it “both a blessing and a...Show More Summary

Zodiak And Banijay Complete Merger To Create Pan-Euro Giant

After weeks of speculation, Zodiak and Banijay have now confirmed their merger, in the process creating a pan-Euro production giant with revenues in the $1 billion ballpark. The new company will now have a footprint in more than 18 territories...Show More Summary

BBC3’s ‘Thirteen’ Cast Set; ‘Orphan Black’ Producer Has New Backer – Global Briefs

BBC Three's five-part drama, Thirteen, has set Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary) as the lead in the series that starts shooting this week in Bristol. She’ll play Ivy Moxam, a 26-year-old woman who escapes from the cellar that’s been her prison for the last 13 years. Show More Summary

ITV Half-Year Earnings Rise Amid Dip In UK Viewing; ITV Studios Profits Up 18%

The home of Downton Abbey will lose that flagship show at the end of the year, but growth at ITV continues across the board with double-digit profit increases in each sector — and the outlook is positive. Despite a 4% drop in UK viewership,...Show More Summary

SiriusXM Raises Subscriber Guidance, Touts Music Industry Relationships

The satellite radio giant, which recently aired Grateful Dead concerts, added 692,000 subs in the second quarter, up 46 percent from the year-ago period. read more

Carmike Cinemas Shares Volatile After Financial Results

The company posted a 14 percent attendance increase and 24 percent climb in revenue generated at the snack bars. read more

ITV First-Half Earnings Rise as Ad Revenue Climbs 5 Percent, Production Arm Grows

The U.K. TV giant posted improved results despite a drop in viewership, with CEO Adam Crozier reiterating the company's confidence in its position as an independent. read more

'Monkey King' breaks 'Kung Fu Panda 2' record in China as 'Monster Hunt' surges

Box-office records continued to drop like flies last week in China as the homegrown "Monkey King: Hero Is Back" surpassed "Kung Fu Panda 2" to become the top-grossing animated film in Chinese history and the live-action/animated "Monster Hunt" became the top-grossing Chinese movie of all time.

Netflix, on a roll, seeks to double its L.A.-area office space

Netflix, as it continues to bulk up its muscle within Hollywood, is now seeking to take up residence there.

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