Johnathon Schaech Joins ‘Vice’; Dan Bakkedahl Cast In ‘Agent 47′

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 6:35pm PDT

Johnathon Schaech squareJohnathon Schaech has joined the cast of sci-fi thriller Vice. Director Brian A. Miller’s film is set on a futuristic resort where the rich can live out their darkest fantasies and the lifelike staff are actually synthetic beings. Schaech … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Vice’ Attracts Berlin Buyers; Umedia Takes ‘Six Dance Lessons’; ITV To Launch New Channel

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 2:51am PST

Berlinale 2014 badgeProving yet again the affinity global distributors have for Bruce Willis, K5 International has enjoyed a strong sales run at Berlin with Vice. The Willis-starrer has nearly sold out with more than 37 territories biting. The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films picture, produced by Randall Emmett, George Furla and Adam Goldworm, was picked up across Scandinavia, Russia, Benelux, Japan, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Czechoslovakia and France. The film had previously sold to Germany, Poland, ex-Yugoslavia, Latin America, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, and India. Shooting starts in Alabama next month on the movie that’s set in a resort where the rich live out their most perverse fantasies via synthetic humanoids. When one becomes self-aware and breaks out, she seeks her revenge. Willis plays the resort’s owner and Ambyr Childers is the renegade android. Thomas Jane is also in the cast. Brian A. Miller is directing from a script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore. Read More »

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Berlin Briefs: K5 Selling Bruce Willis’ ‘Vice’; Tom Hiddleston To Topline ‘High Rise’

BerlinFilmFestival_badgeK5 International has boarded international sales on futuristic actioner Vice, starring Bruce Willis. K5 Media Captial has also come aboard to finance with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Shooting starts in Alabama next month on the … Read More »

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Sundance: Bruce Willis To Star In Action Pic ‘Vice’, Teaming Again With Emmett / Furla / Oasis Films

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE:  Lone Survivor producer Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is set to produce willisand finance Vice, an Andre Fabrizio- and Jeremy Passmore-scripted futuristic action thriller that will star Bruce Willis. The $15 million-budget pic will be distributed by Grindstone/Lionsgate Films. The movie … Read More »

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Writer Michael Diliberti Sells ABC Comedy With Shine, CBS Drama With Fake Empire

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 4:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Feature writer Michael Diliberti (30 Minutes Or Less) has set up two TV projects through his double blind script deal at ABC Studios. He has teamed with Shine America and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite for comedy … Read More »

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Madonna-Directed “Secret” Short Film To Debut Via BitTorrent

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT

Madonna, VICE, and BitTorrent have unveiled secretprojectrevolution, the 17-minute short film Madonna has been teasing online for months. The multihyphenate, who most recently helmed 2011’s W.E., co-directed the short with Steven Klein for the Art … Read More »

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Drafthouse, VICE To Bring Genocide Docu ‘Act Of Killing’ To Indonesia

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 12:55pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning The Act of Killing garnered wide acclaim and the year’s best nonfiction debut this summer. But the filmmakers believe the docu, in which ex-death squad leaders of the 1965-1966 Indonesian genocide reenact their own atrocities for the camera, can’t have a traditional release in the country where said mass murderers are still celebrated as national heroes. So the film’s most significant release will come in September when Drafthouse Films, VICE, and VHX open the pic in Indonesia – for free.

Related: ‘The Act Of Killing’ Intrigues As It Nears UK, U.S. Release: Video

The 1965 genocide that killed an estimated 500K to 1 million accused leftists, intellectuals, and ethnic Chinese is rarely talked about in the country and isn’t taught in history books. It’s so sensitive within Indonesia that the 60+ Indonesian crew members on The Act Of Killing are credited as “Anonymous” for fear of retribution. Filmmakers fear that, if submitted to the government-run film board, the docu would likely be banned and subsequent screenings would invite violent attacks by paramilitary groups. Instead, Drafthouse, VICE, Signe Byrge Sørensen’s Final Cut for Real ApS, and VHX will release Act of Killing within Indonesia on September 30 via, where local viewers can download the 159-minute directors cut for free from a site exclusively geo-blocked for Indonesia. Read More »

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Fox Paid $70M For 5% Stake In Vice Media

By | Friday August 16, 2013 @ 3:02pm PDT

The deal just came to light although it was made before the end of June when News Corp split into separate entertainment and publishing companies. But it gives 21st Century Fox a foothold in a trendy digital media, TV, and publishing company that has captured the imaginations and … Read More »

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HBO Renews ‘VICE’ For Second Season

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 10:11am PDT

One day before its freshman-season finale, irreverent news magazine VICE has been picked up for a second 12-episode season by HBO. Check out the release here:

LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2013 – HBO has renewed the news magazine series VICE for a 12-episode second season, with debut set for 2014, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Hosted by Shane Smith, founder of the revolutionary new media company of the same name, VICE smashes barriers of decorum to cover the kinds of stories often overlooked by mainstream media outlets.

“VICE’s fearless, irreverent style of news coverage has produced a uniquely provocative show,” noted Lombardo. “We look forward to more of their groundbreaking reporting in season two.”

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HBO’s ‘VICE’ Expands Season To 10 Editions

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 12:26pm PDT

HBOVICE is expanding its current season from eight editions to ten editions and is devoting its entire June 14 season finale to the show’s recent week-long trip to North Korea. VICE founder and series host Shane Smith … Read More »

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Shane Smith Calls ‘Vice’ Style Of Journalism “Immersionism”: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 6:05pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

HBO isn’t in the habit of doing traditional newsmagazine shows, and its new magazine Vice (premiering April 5) is like no series of its ilk that mainstream TV has ever seen. It’s sort of Rolling Stone-meets-The-BBC-meets-Real Time With Bill Maher. And it’s certainly not coincidental that Maher is an exec producer on the globe-trotting newsmagazine fronted by host Shane Smith. Vice is also the name of the media company that produces the show that practices a New Age-style journalism that Smith called “Immersionism” during an afternoon panel at TCA. “We have local stringers, we dress the part (of the locals), and we try not to be intrusive,” Smith explained. “We also try to be smart about it. We aren’t action junkies. We just try to get a good story. Being able to have smaller crews helps.” Smith’s Vice partner and exec producer Eddy Moretti, who joined him on the panel, stressed that the show isn’t like a traditional news crew in any way. They will hang out with story subjects for days before even beginning to record, to cultivate trust. “Because we come as storytellers, rather than journalists, we’re often welcomed into these communities. It gives us an access that allows us to tell a rich human story.” Read More »

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HBO & VICE Develop Newsmagazine Show With Help From Bill Maher & Fareed Zakaria

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 11:43am PDT

The weekly news magazine — to be called VICE — will be hosted by Shane Smith, who co-founded VICE Media and helped to build it into a youth oriented multi-media entertainment company. Smith, Bill Maher, and VICE Chief Creative … Read More »

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Vice Bolsters Biz With Blowhard Boasts, And Actual Movers And Shakers Tom Freston And Ari Emanuel

By | Tuesday April 5, 2011 @ 6:28am PDT
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK, NY (April 5, 2011) – Vice today announced it has formed major investment partnerships with some of the most influential leaders in the media business: Tom Freston, MTV Founder and former Viacom CEO; WPP, the world’s leading communications services group; and The Raine Group, a top media

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Andrew Lazar, Platinum Studios And Top Cow Target ‘Vice’

By | Wednesday February 2, 2011 @ 8:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Platinum Studios, a producer of the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens, has joined forces with Andrew Lazar and Top Cow Productions to turn the Top Cow comic Vice into a live action feature film. Vice tells the story of hard-core … Read More »

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