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Nikki Finke To Exit Deadline Hollywood

"As Universal enters its second century in Hollywood, we look forward to working closely with the Chinese film industry to deliver outstanding movies for fans in both of our countries and around the world," he said. "Our key initiatives include doing more co-productions and establishing an office in Beijing." Universal's Despicable Me 2 will release in China in early 2014. PHOTOS:Inside Hollywood's Surprise Trip to 'China's Oscars' The gatherings in Los Angeles this week are taking place in the shadow of China's increasingly formidable market sway.China's box office take was $2.7 billion in the first nine months of this year, an impressive 35 percent rise on the same three quarters last year. Hollywood is eager to find ways to tap this market, which many analysts expect to overtake North America sometime in the next five years. The stakes for Hollywood are heightened by the fact that its films have slipped in China this year, despite the surging overall box-office growth.Local Chinese movies took $1.57 billion (9.56 billion yuan) in the first three quarters of this year, up 94 percent on 2012, while box office from overseas movies (made up predominantly worldstarhiphop kim kardashian by Hollywood titles) fell 5.2 percent to $1.13 billion (6.86 billion yuan). This is the third such event that we have hosted in Los Angeles with our good partners at the SAPPRFT, and it reflects the broad and deep relationship enjoyed by the Chinese and American film industries, said Dodd. It is our strong belief that co-productions are a tremendous opportunity for two or more countries to learn and benefit from each other and contribute to the growth of Chinas film industry. <br>Source:

Chris Hemsworth, was treated no less than a deity to screaming fans who lined Hollywood Boulevard Monday evening in the drizzle to catch a glimpse of the superhero heartthrob. He showed up rocking a crisp gray suit, although a bit intimidated by his own face and red cape in a 20-foot poster on the Hollywood walk-of-fame. The 30-year-old Australian actor stopped for a chat on his way down the carpet and commented that when this all started he signed up for six Thor projects. When asked if that was enough to tell the story of this Norse god, he didnt answer. Great Odins beard, we hope thats not enough! So far, we have Thor, The Avengers, and this sequel, but what else is in store for the realm jumper and his great hammer? <br>Source:

Nikki Finke has severed ties with Deadline Hollywood, the website that she built into a must-read for the entertainment industry. Finke is leaving after repeated clashes with Jay Penske, who purchased the site in 2009 and also owns Variety. "I'm so happy," Finke said in a brief interview. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Finke said she plans to start a new website that will compete with Deadline and Variety in chronicling the ins and outs of Hollywood. However, things took a turn this week after the two met with a mediator in an effort to reach an accord. While Finke said the talks didn't appear to go far, nonetheless Penske decided to release her from her contract, which ran through 2016. <br>Source:,0,602685.story

Bajra's federal lawsuit, filed against the city and Officer Jonathan Commella, claimed false arrest, battery and violation of his constitutional rights. Photos: South Florida news anchors through the years Bajra needed surgery to have a metal plate implanted under his left eye after his arrest and still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, says his attorney, Wayne Koppel. "The injuries and the conduct in this case are egregious," Koppel said. "I will give the city of Hollywood credit. They did end up doing the right thing and elected to settle this case rather than putting him through any more grief. He's had nightmares about this for a very long time." Commella, 27, could not be reached for comment. Commella, now a deputy with the Broward Sheriff's Office , arrested Bajra in 2010 on charges of resisting arrest with violence. <br>Source:,0,1445334.story

Critics of the law will be closely watching to see if "Hollywood might be airbrushing the president's core program, because they are close to the Democrats." Hollywood can be a forceful shaper of style and public sentiment. A survey conducted several years ago for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that among those who said their feelings toward gays and lesbians had become more favorable, many said a contributing factor was seeing more gay and lesbian characters on TV and in movies. Vice President Joe Biden has credited the 1998-2006 TV sitcom "Will & Grace," which featured a gay character, with doing "more to educate the public than almost anything anybody's done so far." But Hollywood sparkle doesn't always get results. The Obama administration is facing questions about whether the U.S. is improperly or even illegally snooping on people at home and abroad. <br>Source:

Finkes departure from Deadline has been the subject of discussion in media and showbiz circles for several months. Deadline will continue its operations with Michael Fleming Jr. overseeing film coverage and Nellie Andreeva spearheading television. Pete Hammond continues as Awards Editor and David pictures of kim kardashian Lieberman serves as executive editor of the site driving business and financial coveragebased out of Gotham. Finke has been a prominent voice in the industry for decades, but never more so since she became a digital pioneer with Deadline Hollywood. <br>Source:

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