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SXSW Launches SXsports, Interactive and Film Event Featuring ESPN's Bill Simmons, Nate Silver and More

SXSW has announced SXsports, which will launch at the 2014 fest. This curated, sports-focused track will be open to all Interactive and Film registrants, and take place March 7-9, 2014, in Austin. Featured speakers include Peter Guber, Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media, and Grantland’s Bill Simmons in conversation with Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, along with a handful of panels.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2013 3:00 PM
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Top Five Cable and Broadcast Finales of All Time: Who's Number One?

The water cooler lives. For all the hoopla surrounding the "Breaking Bad" finale, it was neither the most-watched cable finale, nor did it come near the sheer numbers generated by the top broadcast finales. (Our analysis here, roundup here.) Variety helpfully put together a list of the top TV finale performers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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Weinsteins to Release '12-12-12,' Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert Doc, in November

The Weinstein Company will release their Hurricane Sandy benefit concert documentary, “12-12-12,” in New York and Los Angeles on November 1. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the show, which took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2013 1:48 PM
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Cannes Announces 2014 Festival Dates

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has set its dates for May 14-25, 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2013 1:15 PM
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'Philomena,' Starring Dench and Coogan, Nabs Stateside Release

The Weinstein Company has slated Stephen Frears' "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, for a November 22 stateside release. The film gained terrific awards buzz out of Venice and Toronto for Dench's performance as a mother who enlists a journalist in Washington to help find her long-lost son.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2013 12:30 PM
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