Tuesday, July 31, 2018

‘Dirty John’: Jake Abel & David Barrera To Recur In Bravo True Crime Anthology

Jake Abel (Percy Jackson & The Olympians) and David Barrera (Bosch) are set for recurring roles opposite Connie Britton and Eric Bana on Bravo's true crime anthology series Dirty John, from Universal Cable Productions, Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment. Written by Chance co-creator Alexandra Cunningham, Dirty John is based on the articles and breakout true-crime podcast from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. It centers on John Meehan (Bana)…

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Angela Bassett Talks ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, Tom Cruise, and Plays “Ice Breakers”

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Logitech Acquires Mic Giant, Blue, For $117 million

Logitech announced on Monday that it acquired microphone manufacturer, Blue Microphones. The Verge reports the tech company – the portfolio for which already includes brands like Astro Gaming, Jaybird, Logitech G, and Ultimate Ears – purchased Blue for $117 million “in cash”. “For Logitech, this is a new space. But, at the same time, it’s […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in August 2018

The end of the summer may be rapidly approaching, but that doesn’t mean the top dogs of video streaming don’t have anything in store to end August with a bang. With John Krasinski making his debut as the titular analyst-turned-spy on Au. 31 in Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” to the return of the money-laundering Byrde family […]

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We Took The Ultimate Die Hard Tour For The Movie's 30th Anniversary

Hollywood, take note: this is how you properly celebrate a blockbuster's anniversary.

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Pulse Films Hires Protagonist COO As Scripted Film & TV Prez, Ups Lucas Ochoa

EXCLUSIVE: Skate Kitchen and American Honey production outfit Pulse Films is bolstering its scripted film and TV division with the hire of Protagonist Pictures COO Dimitra Tsingou. Tsingou, who joins as President of the scripted division from August 15, will concentrate on business expansion and strategy. Meanwhile, long-time Pulse producer Lucas Ochoa is being promoted to CCO and will be the creative driver for the scripted unit, overseeing and developing the slate. At…

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MoviePass Officially Responds To Monday Meltdown & Future Tentpole Blackout Plan

Following a Monday where MoviePass parent company Helios & Matheson saw their share price plummet to below $1 (it’s now trading at $0.82 as of 11AM EST) and its app go dark, the monthly movie ticket service put out a press release this morning entitled “MoviePass Accelerates Plan for Profitability” further underscoring their initiative to re-arrange decks chairs on their Titanic. Meanwhile Mastercard responded to the MoviePass melee this morning with the following…

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Pamela Post Upped to Head of Scripted for MTV, VH1 & Logo

A month after MTV launched MTV Studios with an inaugural slate that includes Daria and Aeon Flux revivals, Pamela Post, SVP Original Programming & Head of West Coast for MTV, VH1 and , has been elevated to Head of Scripted for the MTV, VH1, and Logo Group. In this expanded role, Post will oversee scripted programming across all three networks as well as the newly launched MTV Studios. The top scripted position in the group has been vacant since Maggie Malina stepped do…

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Michael Ealy Boards ‘Really Love’ Romance Film From MACRO

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Ealy has joined Kofi Siriboe, Uzo Aduba, Naturi Naughton, Tristan Mack Wilds, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, and Jade Eshete in MACRO's romantic drama Really Love, which is being directed by Angel Kristi Williams from a screenplay she wrote with Felicia A. Pride. Ealy’s more recent film credits include The Perfect Guy, Think Like a Man Too, About Last Night, Underworld Awakening, and Takers. Currently in production, Really Love follows the life of a starving…

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Refinery29 Partners With Neon For Feature Film Expansion; ‘Assassination Nation’, ‘Little Woods’ First Titles

Digital media company Refinery29 will expand into feature films through a new partnership deal with Neon, the studio behind the releases of such recent hits as I,Tonya, Ingrid Goes West, and Three Identical Strangers. The announcement was made by the companies today. Under the deal, Neon and Refinery29 will identify, purchase and co-distribute films “that align with both companies' missions to work with rule-defying storytellers that continue to challenge the…

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Judge in AT&T Trial Orders Unsealing of Most Bench Conference Transcripts

WASHINGTON — The federal judge who presided over the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust trial is allowing the release of transcripts of private bench conferences from the proceedings, but will leave under seal 50 instances where he says proprietary or confidential information was discussed. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon issued an order on Tuesday to release the […]

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Mackenzie Phillips on Playing ‘Someone with No Options’ on ‘Orange is the New Black’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the sixth season of “Orange is the New Black,” streaming on Netflix. While season six of “Orange Is the New Black” tackles an assortment of timely issues — immigration detention centers, opioid addiction, the Black Lives Matter movement — at its heart is a […]

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TV Time Launches Social-Analytics Tool to Break Down Fan Reaction to Shows

Startup TV Time is opening the kimono to its database with billions of fan reactions to television shows — to let TV networks, digital-video services and others take a deeper dive into the buzz about specific programs, characters, and episodes. The company’s new TVLytics platform provides a window into reactions to 60,000 shows, including on […]

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Refinery29 Jumps Into Feature Films in Pact With Neon

Refinery29 has been bitten by the cinema bug. The digital media company, which targets young female audiences, struck a partnership with indie-film distributor Neon. Under the the pact, the two New York-based companies will work to identify, acquire and co-distribute films centered on “rule-defying storytellers.” The first films distributed by Neon and Refinery29 will be […]

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Pamela Post Named Scripted Head for MTV, VH1, Logo

Viacom veteran Pamela Post has been promoted to head of scripted programming for MTV, VH1, and Logo. In her new role, Post will lead scripted efforts for the three cable channels as well as the recently launched MTV Studios. Post will continue to head the channel group’s West Coast office and serve as executive producer […]

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Atom Tickets Targets Near-Death MoviePass With ‘Break Up’ Sweepstakes

Atom Tickets, smelling blood in the water, launched a contest encouraging customers of the flailing MoviePass service to cancel their memberships for a chance to win one year of free movie tickets. The movie-ticketing company, whose backers include Disney, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate, on Tuesday kicked off a “Break Up Sweepstakes” — offering one […]

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How Broadcast, Cable and Indies Can Survive the Peak TV Era (Guest Column)

In his August 2015 address to the Television Critics Assn., in which he coined the phrase “Peak TV,” FX’s John Landgraf predicted, “My sense is that 2015 or 2016 will represent peak TV in America, and that we’ll begin to see declines coming the year after that and beyond.” There are signs that parts of […]

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Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman Talk Reuniting for ‘Making It,’ Exploring Unscripted TV

When Amy Poehler first thought about doing crafting competition show “Making It,” she knew there was only one person she wanted to do it with: her former “Parks and Recreation” co-star and renowned woodworker, Nick Offerman. “It was so nice to just be on a set with him again and spend time with him,” Poehler […]

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MoviePass Hikes Subscription Fees, Limits Access to Films

MoviePass, the beleaguered subscription service that once had ambitions to revolutionize moviegoing, is instead making a Hail Mary pass as it struggles to survive. The company is strapped for cash and has introduced a series of measures that it hopes will keep itself solvent. They include jacking up the prices from $9.99 to $14.95 per […]

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Sister Sledge Feature Film ‘Life Song’ in the Works (EXCLUSIVE)

Kim Sledge, one of the members of “We Are Family” hit maker Sister Sledge, is working on bringing the iconic band’s story to the big screen. Sledge is developing “Life Song,” a feature film about the rise to international stardom of the four musical sisters from Philadelphia. Kim, Debbie, Joni, and Kathy Sledge achieved worldwide […]

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Listen to an Exclusive Track from Benjamin Wallfisch’s ‘The Darkest Minds’ Score

We at Collider are happy to bring you an exclusive preview of the upcoming score for 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds. Based on the book of the same name by Alexandra Bracken, the story takes place in a world where nearly all of America’s children have been wiped out by a plague. The ones that remain acquire special powers, and Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) is a 16-year-old girl who might be the most powerful among her peers when teens start mysteriously developing new abilities. When she and her friends discover that running isn’…

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Watch: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Deleted Scene Sees Thanos and Gamora Go Down Memory Lane

Not that Avengers: Infinity War ever needed to be longer, but Marvel has been releasing the deleted scenes that will appear on the comic book character-a-palooza's home video release. The latest sees Zoe Saldana's Gamora confronting her adopted father Thanos (James Brolin) about the whole kidnapping and slaughtering her entire homeworld thing. In turn, the Mad Titan calls out his daughter for lying about the Soul Stone, the orange MacGuffin for which he'll later toss her off a cliff to possess. (Spoilers, I suppose, for this movie that came out three months ago.) At four …

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MoviePass Announces Major Changes to Service; Will Black Out New Releases

The drama surrounding MoviePass continues to unfold, but this subscription-based service isn’t dead yet. This thing really kicked into gear about a year ago, when it announced itself as a sort of Netflix for theatrical movies. Subscribers could pay $9.95 per month and see as many movies in the theater as they’d like. The community quickly grew into over 3 million members, but of course the question then became how can this possibly be profitable? The short answer is, it can’t. As the MoviePass community has grown, the service has implemented a number of changes …

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First Poster for Gareth Evans’ Netflix Film ‘Apostle’ Promises a Fiery Cult Conflict

We haven't seen much out of writer-director Gareth Evans' upcoming Netflix film Apostle yet, but what we have seen looks promising. The film, set in the early 20th century, finds a man returning home to discover that his sister has been kidnapped and held ransom by a dangerous religious cult. Now if you know Evans' pedigree from films like Merantau and The Raid movies, you might expect the hero of the piece to bust into the cult's compound and fight everyone there one on one to save the day. But Apostle sounds like it leans more in …

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AMC Theatres’ New Movie Ticket Subscription Program Counts 175K Members As MoviePass Struggles

As MoviePass struggles to stay alive with its monthly movie ticket subscription program, AMC Theatres is just getting theirs started. The No. 1 exhibitor in the world announced today that in the last five weeks since its launch, their new AMC Stubs A-List frequent moviegoer program has enrolled more than 175K fully-paid members. This news comes after a day when MoviePass saw another major chain outage on Monday, followed by evening news breaking that the all-you-can-see…

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CBS Stock Back In Black, But Wall Street Analysts See Les Moonves Exit

Shares in CBS, after two straight days of setbacks that cut their value by 11%, have re-entered positive territory this morning, rising a fraction to about $51.50. And yet, even as investors seemed to calm their nerves about the sexual misconduct allegations facing CEO Leslie Moonves, several prominent Wall Street analysts are predicting that he will not stay in his job. The CBS Board of Directors yesterday took no action in the matter, saying it would seek outside…

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The 10 Most Iconic ‘Mission: Impossible’ Set-Pieces, Ranked

For six films and more than 20 years, Tom Cruise has dangled from wires, scaled buildings, and dodged explosions for our entertainment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. It's not only one of the best action franchises running right now, it's the one with an outrageous among of the best stunts in cinema history, and defying all reasonable understanding of biology and physics, Cruise just keeps getting more impressive and physically daring. With Mission: Impossible - Fallout now in theaters, I'm taking a stroll back through the most iconic set-pieces of the franchise and ranking my favorites. There'…

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‘The Sinner’ Season 2 Review: A New Mystery Unravels the “Why?” Behind a Young Killer

The first season of USA’s The Sinner put a spin on the typical “whodunnit” and instead focused on the “whydunnit.” Viewers saw the crime happen from the start, so the mystery was not in who committed that sudden horror, but rather, what drove its innocuous female perpetrator (played by Jessica Biel, who is also an EP) to what seemed like such a random act of violence. In Season 2 — which picks up with an almost entirely new cast and a new story — that basic setup remains the same. This time, a young family travels to Niagara Falls together, but …

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New ‘Venom’ Trailer Brings the Riot

Sony Pictures has released a new Venom trailer for the upcoming spinoff. Ruben Fleischer directs anti-hero take starring Tom Hardy in the title role. Or at least he will be once the alien symbiote takes over his human form and turns him into the super-powerful Spider-Man foe. This trailer certainly shows off much more of Venom than the previous trailer, but I still think your mileage on this film will vary depending on how you feel about the anti-hero character in the first place. It doesn't appear that Fleischer's film aims to really add …

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Nintendo Closing In On 20 Million Switch Sales

Nintendo sold nearly 20 million Switch units since the console’s launch in March 2017, according to an earnings report the company released on Tuesday. Nintendo said it sold 19.67 million of its flagship console as of June 30. We don’t know how well the Switch did in July, so it’s possible the hybrid handheld/home console […]

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Sony Unveils Netflix-Optimized 4K Ultra HD TVs Designed to Deliver on Filmmakers’ Vision

Sony teamed with Netflix to develop a new line of televisions the companies claim will deliver the highest-quality picture possible — to reproduce the emotional impact of the filmmaker’s intent — for content on the streaming-video service. For the new TVs, Sony and Netflix collaborated on a new display mode that the companies say make […]

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Why Tom Cruise’s Stunts Have Become the Measure of His Stardom

Last summer, when Tom Cruise broke two bones in his ankle during the shooting of “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” it was a mishap that could have happened to anyone, including a veteran stunt person, but it didn’t play well for the Cruise brand. Video footage of the accident was leaked, and what it showed was Cruise […]

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AMC Subscription Moviegoing Service Attracts 175,000 Subscribers in First Five Weeks

AMC has signed up more than 175,000 to its new subscription service, Stubs A-List, the exhibitor said on Tuesday. The theater chain announced the plan five weeks ago, and says the response has been far more enthusiastic than it anticipated. AMC had expected to have 500,000 signups by the end of June 2019 and 1 […]

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Alan Alda Reveals Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Alan Alda revealed he has Parkinson’s disease on Tuesday’s episode of “CBS This Morning.” The actor said he was diagnosed with the illness three and a half years ago. “I’ve had a full life since then,” he said. “I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. […]

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Concert Review: Joe Jackson Tests New Songs, Revives Bowie and Mancini at Tour Closer

Out-of-town tryouts aren’t just for the theater world. There’s a rich tradition in rock, too, of taking to the road to test and strength unrecorded material, although the custom is on the ropes, obviously, in the YouTube era. Joe Jackson still believes in the process: For July , he tacked a 15-city mini-tour of secondary […]

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Leslie Moonves, CBS, and How Toxic Corporate Cultures Poison the Stories Being Told (Column)

One of the most infuriating aspects of the many, many stories of ingrained Hollywood abuse that have come to light is how the alleged perpetrators have apparently gotten away with their wrongdoing for decades. From their positions of power, they’ve blocked deserving voices from flourishing to keep rebranding assault as “flirting,” and writing off victims […]

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Alan Alda Has Parkinson’s Disease: Tells ‘CBS This Morning’ The Diagnosis Came Three Years Ago

Actor Alan Alda revealed today that he has Parkinson’s disease, the first time he’s publicly disclosed the diagnosis he received three and a half years ago. The MASH actor Alda made the announcement during an interview on CBS This Morning, explaining that his recent spate of TV appearances promoting his new podcast led to his decision to go public. (Watch clips from the interview below). “I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new…

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Charter’s Q2 Results Beat Wall Street Estimates; CEO Addresses New York Dust-Up, John Malone Board Exit, M&A Talk

Charter Communications, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator and a wild card in the media M&A derby, reported stellar second quarter numbers well ahead of Wall Street estimates. Earnings of $273 million, or $1.15 a share, nearly doubled the figures from the year-earlier quarter, from $139 million or 52 cents. Wall Street analysts had been expecting earnings of 93 cents a share, according to FactSet. Revenue rose 6% to $10.9 billion from $10.4 billion a year ago, also ahead of…

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‘Venom’ Trailer #2: First Look At New Villain Who Battles Tom Hardy’s Parasite

“I’ve got a parasite,” says an embarrassed Eddie Brock – played by Tom Hardy – in this new trailer for Venom, as if that explains all the mayhem. With an unexpected amount of sly humor – and no small amount of grossness – this second official trailer for the Columbia/Marvel thriller also gives a good look at the thing Eddie/Venom will go up against. That would be Riz Ahmed’s Riot, a bigger, stronger symbiote than even Venom. Venom follows Hardy’s Brock, a journalist who…

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Leslie Moonves Allegations Could Clear Path for Shari Redstone’s Next Moves

Shari Redstone was under a ton of pressure when she arrived in Sun Valley, Idaho, earlier this month for the annual Allen & Co. conference of media moguls and tech titans. But she didn’t show it. Redstone, the controlling shareholder of CBS and Viacom, was upbeat and cheery throughout the week of the high-powered gathering […]

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Why Spider-Man Doesn’t Wear Spandex or High Red Leather Boots in New Game

Turns out a realistic Spider-Man wrapped head to toe in spandex is not a good look for the hero. “When we first started designing his new suit … you always start with spandex and it’s not very appealing,” said Insomniac Games’ Jacinda Chew, art director for the upcoming “Marvel’s Spider-Man” PlayStation game. “We were like, […]

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Ronan Farrow Reveals How He Landed the Leslie Moonves Exposé

Farrow’s bombshell New Yorker story led CBS to launch a sexual harassment probe into Leslie Moonves. The journalist spoke with Variety about the eight months he spent reporting the piece and his work exposing sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men. What made you decide to look into Leslie Moonves? After the publication […]

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BAFTA Gives Record Amount Of Financial Aid To Film & TV Students In U.S.

EXCLUSIVE: BAFTA says it has made a record annual contribution of $113,500 to those studying MFA programs and other film and TV courses in the U.S. this year. The 2018 students getting support come from the U.K., the U.S., Ghana, Peru and Iran, with some scholarships targeting underrepresented groups and communities. A full list of recipients is below. Students will receive up to $10,000 of financial aid towards their graduate studies. Of the 20 recipients, nine students…

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All3Media Invests In Fledgling British Production Company Bullion Productions

All3Media has invested in nascent British production company Bullion Productions, which was involved in People Just Do Nothing's early YouTube videos and Ed Sheeran music videos. The Liberty and Discovery-backed superindie has backed the company, which was founded by Managing Director Jack Newman, Creative Directors Ben Murray and James Willis and Head of Post Production Anna Meller. The indie, which produces scripted comedy, factual, music and branded content, produced…

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British Writer Chris Lang On Crime Dramas ‘Unforgotten’ & ‘Innocent’ & Why He’s Moving Into Romantic Comedy

British crime series from Inspector Morse to Midsomer Murders have long dominated linear television schedules in the UK and show no sign of slowing down. The man responsible for many of the latest gruesome hits is Chris Lang, creator of ITV's Unforgotten and Innocent. Lang tells Deadline why this new generation of police dramas is resonating with audiences and why he is interrupting this murder spree to focus on a number of more lighthearted, romantic comedy projects. Unfo…

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Tilda Swinton Narrates Epic Venice-Bound Doc About Women Directors

In among Venice’s typically stellar documentary line-up was Northern Irish director Mark Cousins' next film: Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema. More details are emerging today about the episodic 16-hour documentary, whose first four hours will debut on the Lido and be narrated by Tilda Swinton. The film will celebrate female directors from around the world. The project is produced by Hopscotch Films, with Dogwoof handling world sales. Swinton will also…

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‘Poldark’ Producer Mammoth Screen Heads To 19th Century With Adaptation Of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’

Poldark producer Mammoth Screen is heading to the 19th Century to adapt Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. The ITV-owned indie is working with Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield on the remake after it emerged that Aidan Turner's scythe-wielding drama is set to come to an end following its next season. The story, written by The Three Musketeers author Dumas, is set between 1815 and 1839 in France and Italy. It follows the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of…

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The Weirdest Part About The Star Wars: Episode IX Casting Announcement

Last week, Lucasfilm officially announced that production on Star Wars Episode IX is about to get underway, but there was something about the statement that was really strange.

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What’s in Store for the Future of Leslie Moonves — and CBS?

Having Leslie Moonves at the head of CBS Corp. was once a sign of stability and great promise. But now, the chairman and chief executive is sitting atop a faltering media company that faces an uncertain future due to sexual assault and harassment allegations leveled against him less than a week ago. It is unclear […]

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Google Hires PlayStation’s Former VR Expert Richard Marks

Google hired Richard Marks, formerly of Sony, who played a key part in the creation of PlayStation VR, according to a report from VentureBeat. Marks, who worked as a senior research engineer on PlayStation VR, PlayStation Move, and was head of Sony’s Magic Lab, will work for Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP). “ATAP […]

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Syfy Series ‘Killjoys’ First Three Seasons Streaming on VRV Under Exclusive Pact (EXCLUSIVE)

VRV is now the exclusive subscription VOD home for “Killjoys” catch-up seasons in the U.S., as the multichannel service from AT&T/Chernin Group-owned Ellation looks to put a new sci-fi shine to its content lineup and pull in new customers. VRV is launching all three seasons of the futuristic bounty-hunter series that have aired on Syfy […]

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Locarno Film Festival Set to Sign Gender Parity Pledge (EXCLUSIVE)

Following the Cannes and Annecy film festivals, Locarno is the latest international fest whose chiefs have agreed to sign a pledge ensuring gender equality and inclusion in programming. Organized by the Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network (SWAN), the pledge will be signed by Locarno festival president Marco Solari and Vice President Carla Speziali on Aug. 5. […]

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’28,’ ‘Riot,’ Salgado, Contravía Selected For Santiago Lab Mix (EXCLUSIVE)

Latin American women’s horror anthology “28,” Chilean Claudia Huaiquimilla’s “Riot” and titles from Mexico’s Marco Antonio Salgado and Colombia’s Contravía Films figure among 35 projects at the 7th Santiago Lab, one of the biggest industry attractions at this year’s Sanfic-Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic). The full Sanfic lineup will be announced later today, July 31, […]

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NBC Sports, PGA Tour Ink Three-Year Deal for Live-Streaming Golf Subscription Package (EXCLUSIVE)

NBC Sports is hoping to score more greenbacks by streaming more action from the golf green. The NBCUniversal group has nabbed a three-year deal for the PGA Tour’s live-streaming subscription service, which will move exclusively to NBC Sports Gold in the U.S. starting in 2019. Launched in 2015, the PGA Tour Live has been run […]

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Chile’s Sanfic Announces Works in Progress Participants (EXCLUSIVE)

Chile’s Santiago-based international film festival, Sanfic, has shared with Variety its list of seven films set to participate in the 2018 Sanfic Industria Latin American Works in Progress section. The films will compete for the following prizes: The Chemistry Award – $50,000 worth of post-production services towards color correction in HD or 2k resolution; the Avid Media […]

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Hollywood Is More Talk Than Action When It Comes To On-Screen Diversity, Claims USC/Annenberg Study

The rhetoric in Hollywood may be changing when it comes to 
inclusion, but the numbers are not, according to a new study out today on diversity in top-performing movies. The report, from Professor Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at USC's
  Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, reveals that on-screen progress toward inclusion remains to
 be seen in popular movies with regard to females, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, the LGBT

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Sony Pictures Television Reveals International Territory Heads After Global Reshuffle

Sony Pictures Television has revealed the senior international execs that will lead the business as it moves towards a territory management model. The Hollywood studio has named the "first wave of leaders" to run many of its major territories, while it is still searching for an exec to run the UK. Monica Veiga and Nathascha Rengifo will lead the Latin American business, excluding Mexico and Brazil, Phil King is in charge of Canada, Dai Huang will lead China, Noemie Weisse…

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Sony Buys Out Michael Jackson Estate’s EMI Share For $288M

In May this year, Sony said it had reached an agreement with a consortium led by Mubadala Investment Company to acquire the 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing held by the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund. The $2.3B cash deal, which is subject to certain closing conditions and regulatory approvals, was to give Sony about 90% of the equity in the EMI catalog with the rest held by the Michael Jackson estate. In its earnings notice this morning, Sony revealed it has this month…

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Despite Diversity Push, Women and Minorities Aren’t Getting Better Movie Roles (Study)

Time’s Up and #MeToo is dominating the talk in Hollywood, and not an awards show nor a red carpet interview seems to take place these days without filmmakers and actors being peppered with questions about pay equity and diversity. Everyone says the same thing: they want change. Yet the rhetoric doesn’t appear to be making […]

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Roc Nation’s Jay Brown Joins MedMen Cannabis Company Board (EXCLUSIVE)

In the latest example of music business figures entering the rapidly expanding cannabis business, Roc Nation co-founder and CEO Jay Brown has joined the Board of Directors of MedMen, the aggressive farm-to-counter retail chain dubbed the Apple Store or Starbucks of pot dispensaries. Twenty-year music industry veteran Brown, who has worked with partner Jay-Z to […]

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‘Lady Macbeth’ Star Florence Pugh Set For ‘Hereditary’ Director & A24’s Next Horror

Lady Macbeth star Florence Pugh will lead Hereditary director Ari Aster’s next movie, an untitled horror for A24. Pugh confirmed the casting during a TCA panel for BBC series Little Drummer Girl and tweeted about it late last night, saying, "What a role this will be…god am I pumped/nervous/can't believe this is happening." Aster has written the script for the new film with Lars Knudsen producing. The Wicker Man-esque plot will follow a young woman who joins her boyfriend…

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‘Love Island’ On The Verge Of U.S Remake Deal As Reality Dating Format Scores Record Ratings For ITV2

Love Island, the smash hit British reality dating competition, is “on the verge” of cracking on into the United States and a number of other major markets – fresh from its latest finale scoring record breaking ratings for ITV2. An overnight audience of 3.6M and a peak of 4.1M watched Dani Dyer, daughter of British action star Danny Dyer, and cheeky Essex stationery salesman Jack Fincham win the show on the youth-skewing network and clinch the £50,000 ($66,000) cash prize…

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Banijay Launches New U.K. Production Banner Little Wonder (EXCLUSIVE)

Banijay Group has launched Little Wonder, a shingle for unscripted fare to be headed by creative director Claire Morrison, who joins the new operation from ITV Studios production business Potato. Little Wonder will sit within one of Banijay’s existing U.K.-based producers, 7 Wonder, under CEO Alexandra Fraser. The new banner will work up factual, popular […]

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Sony Buys Out Michael Jackson Estate’s Remaining Stake in EMI Music Publishing

Sony Music’s Q1 earnings point to performance that’s in line with industry trends when it comes to streaming (revenues up 30%) and physical product sales (down 30%). Overall, Sony’s music division enjoyed an 8% or JPY12.9 billion improvement in revenue in the quarter ending June 30, reflecting stronger visual media and platform sales, including the […]

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Sony Pictures Narrows First-Quarter Loss To $68M, Ups Full-Year Forecast

Sony Corp is reporting first quarter earnings this morning in Tokyo with Sony Pictures Entertainment posting a $68.3M loss for the April-June period. This marks an improvement on 2017's $86.2M Q1 loss, which in turn had improved on the previous year’s comparable quarter. Sony says the advance is thanks to a decrease in theatrical advertising costs — there were no major global releases during the quarter — and strong home entertainment sales of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jung…

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Sony Pictures Reduces First Quarter Loss

Sony Pictures Entertainment made a slightly smaller loss of $68 million (JPY7.6 billion) in the three months between April and June this year, the first quarter of its financial year. Revenues dropped to $1.58 billion (JPY175 billion). In the same period last year, revenues were JPY206 billion, and net losses JPY9.5 billion. The parent company, Japanese […]

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Bi Gan’s ‘Journey’ to Open Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” by rising star mainland Chinese director Bi Gan (“Kaili Blues”,) has been set as the opening film of the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan. The festival runs through much of November and has its high point with the Golden Horse Film Awards, which are open to films in any […]

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Stephen Colbert Addresses Leslie Moonves Allegations: ‘That’s Not Good’

Julie Chen may have dodged any discussion of the allegations against her husband, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, Monday morning on her show “The Talk,” but “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert didn’t hold back. Colbert opened his show on Monday night reporting that he was away for the weekend in South Carolina without internet […]

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Film Review: ‘The Darkest Minds’

A disease that wipes out 98% of the world’s children. Government roundups that send the survivors to concentration-camp-like rehabilitation facilities. Heavily armed “tracers” tasked with hunting down the few who manage to escape. Despite its PG-13 rating, “The Darkest Minds” would have been one of the darkest teen fantasy thrillers ever made — if not […]

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Film Review: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘Death of a Nation’

In “Death of a Nation,” the latest smirky documentary screed from the fake-historical-news factory of Dinesh D’Souza, there’s an astonishing section in which the filmmaker displays the legal statutes of Nazi Germany, all to demonstrate his thesis: that American liberalism was, and is, the Third Reich’s ideological sibling. (Yes, he’s really saying that. And no, […]

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‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: 5 Takeaways from ‘The Men Tell All’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the July 30 episode of “The Bachelorette: Men Tell All.” Now just a week away from the finale, Becca Kufrin is almost at the end of her journey for love on “The Bachelorette.” Before she gets her happily ever after, though, this season’s leading lady had […]

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Prehistoric Shark Movie ‘The Meg’ Swims Onscreen After Two Decades

After two decades in the deep waters of development, prehistoric shark actioner “The Meg” is finally ready to swim into the late-summer box office. Steve Alten, the author of the novel on which the film is based, thought many times over that the project might sink without a ripple. When Alten was 15 in 1975, […]

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Live Nation Lures Steve Ackles and Anna Plumley

Live Nation has lured Steve Ackles and Anna Plumley from AEG. Ackles joins as senior Director of Touring tasked with overseeing national stadium and arena tours across North America. Plumley takes the position of senior Director of Marketing. Both are based out of Los Angeles and will report to Omar Al-Joulani and Ryan McElrath, senior VPs of North […]

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Jamie and Claire Head to North Carolina in ‘Outlander’ Season 4 Trailer (Watch)

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) are braving the New World this November when Season 4 of “Outlander” returns to Starz. In the teaser, the Frasers dive into making a home for themselves in North Carolina, believing that they can start anew in the Americas. They arrive at the sprawling mansion of Jamie’s Aunt […]

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‘24’ Prequel Series in the Works at Fox

“24” could once again live another day. Sources confirmed to Variety that showrunner Howard Gordon and original series co-creators Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran are working on a new iteration of the series, with this one set to focus on a young Jack Bauer. The project is in the early phases of development with no word yet on […]

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Movie Talk: Could Disney Re-Hire James Gunn After the ‘Guardians’ Cast Statement?

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Monday, July 30th, 2018) Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff, and John Rocha discuss the following: Multiple outlets are reporting that Mission: Impossible - Fallout opened to $61.2M this weekend making it the highest opener of the franchise. However, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies underperformed with an opening of just $10.4M. The cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, and Dave Bautista released a statement of support for James Gunn on social media. Exclusive: Collider reports that Jack Reynor and Will Poulter are nearing deals …

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FOX Developing Jack Bauer-Centric ’24’ Prequel Series

Dammit, Fox! Are you ready for more Jack Bauer... without Kiefer Sutherland? No, me neither. Per THR, Fox is developing a new 24 prequel series that will explore the origins of the counter terrorist agent Jack Bauer before the events of the original series. The good news is that the idea comes from original series creators Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, who are reportedly teaming for the idea with executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon. Surnow and Cochran will pen the script. Back in May, Fox TV Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden revealed that there was a new incarnation in …

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‘Outlander’ Season 4 Trailer Introduces “a Brave New World” of American Adventures

Droughtlander is still lasting for quite a bit longer, as Outlander won't return for Season 4 on Starz until November, but every additional snippet we get helps! The now-American adventures (in North Carolina) of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will be very different from what we've experienced with the show before, but the themes will certainly be familiar. The trailer released today (during an event for Heughan's new movie The Spy Who Dumped Me) teases plenty of adventures, mystery, and time-traveling for the duo, as well as some acknowledgement that they are indeed …

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Joe Dante on ‘Nightmare Cinema’ and the History the Horror Anthology

Joe Dante is best known for beloved genre classics like Gremlins and The Howling, but he’s also a filmmaker who knows a whole lot about horror anthologies. Over the years, Dante directed segments for the iconic TV anthologies The Twilight Zone and Amazing Stories (not to mention Twilight Zone: The Movie), as well as two episodes of the sadly short-lived Masters of Horror. For Nightmare Cinema, a new horror anthology steeped in the tradition of the subgenenre, Masters of Horror creator Mick Garris unites a new round of filmmakers, including Alejandro Brugués, David Slade and Ryûhei …

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Christopher McQuarrie Reveals the Dark Storyline He Cut from ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’

Be aware there are spoilers for Mission: Impossible - Fallout below. Mission: Impossible - Fallout  is getting a lot of well-deserved love for finally putting Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt front-and-center as a character and giving him a little room to breathe and grow. That's not to say the film is packed with all the action spectacle fans know and love from the franchise, but this time around, Ethan's not just the action hero extraordinaire, he's a man who has to deal with the consequences of his heroics and his past. It's already a bit …

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Priyanka Chopra in Talks to Join Chris Pratt in ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

Former Quantico star Priyanka Chopra is in talks to join Chris Pratt in Universal's action movie Cowboy Ninja Viking, Collider has learned. Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) is directing the film, which is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Pratt will play Duncan, a new kind of assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas — a cowboy, a ninja and a viking. Sources say that Chopra will play Sara Nix, a psychologist who's assigned to monitor Duncan, and who may or may not develop feelings for him despite …

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Jake Johnson and Shameik Moore on ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and Miles Morales

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Heroes: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Makes a Stand for James Gunn

On this 264th episode of Heroes, John Rocha, Amy Dallen, and Coy Jandreau discuss the following: According to multiple outlets, Disney and Fox's shareholders approved Disney’s proposed $71.3-billion takeover of Fox which will see all of Fox's Marvel characters under the Disney banner. The cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy issued a letter on social media supporting James Gunn. The panel discusses if Disney might change their minds and rehire him as a result. The panel discusses what they enjoyed most out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con. THR reports that Robert …

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No, Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Hasn’t Changed Its Release Date Yet

Some reports have been circulating today, speculating that Disney and Marvel would be moving their Untitled Avengers Film release date from the previously set May 3, 2019 opening to an earlier date in April. The source for this speculation was IMAX's quarterly financial report, but that's about as deep as the write-ups dove before running the story. Their justification was that "the majority of movies on the IMAX schedule are organized by domestic release dates", but that's not entirely accurate. Currently, the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War is set to open in France on April 24, …

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Exclusive: ‘Indecent Proposal’ Remake in the Works from ‘Snow White’ Screenwriter

The Girl on the Train scribe Erin Cressida Wilson has been hired to write a remake of the 1993 drama Indecent Proposal for Paramount Players, Collider has exclusively learned. Adrian Lyne directed the original film, which starred Robert Redford as a lonely billionaire who offers a young married couple (played by Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson) one million dollars to spend a romantic evening with Moore's character. The erotic encounter has devastating consequences for the couple's relationship, which is never the same again. Indecent Proposal was a massive box office success when it was first released, taking in $…

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Justin Theroux on ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, Playing a Secret Agent, and ‘The Last Jedi’ Backlash

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’: Patty Jenkins Reveals the First Look at Pedro Pascal in Character

The very 80s first look at Pedro Pascal in Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman 1984 is here, courtesy of writer-director Patty Jenkins. Unfortunately, we still don't have any concrete, official statement as to just which character Pascal is playing, but the blonde hair, blue suit, and power tie absolutely scream 80s. The image in question is framed in an old-fashioned CRT TV, which begs the question, is Pascal's character appearing on some sort of commercial or news broadcast, or are we watching him through closed-circuit TV somehow? And just which DC Comics character is he playing …

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Leslie Moonves Allegations Tackled By Stephen Colbert In ‘Late Show’ Monologue

UPDATED with more monologue: CBS’s Late Show tackled explosive allegations against CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves in tonight’s monologue. “How was everybody’s weekend?” Colbert began, saying he spent it down in south Carolina, “really relaxing, no internet – they don't' have it there yet.” “I heard there was article about CBS chairman and man I hope isn't watching tonight's monologue, Les Moonves.” “Where was the article?” he wondered. In the New Yorker, says a voice in a…

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Is MoviePass Dead? Ticket Service Won’t Cover Big Pics Like ‘Meg’, ‘Christopher Robin’ In Near Future – Update

2ND UPDATE, MONDAY 10:05PM:  MoviePass is apparently alive. It’s just that they won’t be selling tickets to big movies like Meg and Christopher Robin going forward. Business Insider reported the latest update tonight for the $9.99/a month-all-you-can-see movie subscription program after MoviePass boss Mitch Lowe held an “all-hands meeting” following today’s outage in which he announced that upcoming major movies won’t be available to subscribers in the foreseeable future…

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Bob Woodward To Chronicle The Trump White House In ‘Fear’

Celebrated investigative Watergate journalist Bob Woodward is set to put Donald Trump’s presidency under a microscope in the upcoming book Fear: Trump in the White House, which will be available for your reading pleasure on Sept. 11 — just in time for midterm elections. In his 40-year career, Woodward has written best-selling books on presidential administrations including All The President’s Men and The Final Days, which put the spotlight on President Richard Nixon. He…

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Late Night Hosts Dig Into Rudy Giuliani For Saying “Collusion Is Not A Crime”

Rudy Giuliani continues to be the hot topic of late night as he continues to spill words all over the place in his interviews. His most popular tagline of the week seems to be “Collusion is not a crime”, referring to the Michael Cohen tapes and the ongoing investigation of Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia for the 2016 election. Of course, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert had some things to say about it. “At some point, everyone who’s close to Trump turns on…

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Rudy Giuliani’s “Self-Contradictory Statements” On Cohen Get The Smeagol-Gollum Treatment On ‘The Late Show’

Rudy Giuliani has been on an interesting journey in the past couple of weeks (some may even argue months). As Donald Trump’s lawyer, he has spoken out about former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and his statements haven’t been consistent. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert illustrated it in a way that everyone can understand: via the lovable Lord of the Rings character Smeagol/Gollum. The Late Show posted a video saying, “Rudy Giuliani’s self-contradictory statements on…

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’: Patty Jenkins Unveils Pedro Pascal Photo, But His Character Remains A Mystery

Today, Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins showed off Pedro Pascal in character, but which one that is remains up in the air. Dressed in a three-piece-pin-striped suit of the era, Pascal sits in the back of a car, looking dead-on into the camera. Can't…Stop… Watching… @PedroPascal1 !!! #WW84 pic.twitter.com/6s7YdkGQNL — Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) July 30, 20…

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Daytime Emmys Revolt: All 4 Daytime Dramas Threaten To Boycott Awards Unless Major Changes Are Made

EXCLUSIVE: The Daytime Emmy Awards are in danger of losing one of their biggest attractions, the daytime dramas, whose acting nominees bring star power to the ceremony. In an unprecedented show of unity, I have learned that all four daytime soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, have come together to demand changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards and the way the competition is held. The…

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‘The Miniaturist’ Explores 1600s Female Inequality With Hints Of The Supernatural – TCA

“I knew nothing about Amsterdam before I wrote this book," author Jessie Burton said at TCA during a panel discussion about PBS Masterpiece’s new series The Miniaturistthe tale of Petronella, a young woman married to a rich merchant in 1600s Amsterdam. Burton had been inspired during a vacation in the Dutch city, when she came across an elaborate doll's house in a museum, once owned by the real-life Petronella who spent more on the doll’s house than on a real home. "I…

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Selma Blair Set To Co-Star In ‘After’ Film Adaptation

Selma Blair has signed on for a role in After, the film adaption of Anna Todd's fan-fiction bestseller, which is currently shooting in Atlanta. Dylan Arnold has also been added to the pic, rounding out the principal casting that includes previously announced leads Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin as well as Jennifer Beals, Peter Gallagher, and Shane Paul McGhie. Directed by Jenny Gage, from a script by Susan McMartin, the plot centers on Tessa (Langford), a…

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‘Victoria’ Season 3 “Starts in 1848” & “We’re Not Going To Lose Albert” – TCA

Fans of PBS Masterpiece's Victoria can look forward to new faces, more drama and more intrigue in Season 3, Daisy Goodwin, creator, writer and EP said at TCA. They can also rest assured that Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) will remain on the scene for quite some time yet. "It starts in 1848," Goodwin said of the new season. "It's the closest Britain got to a revolution in the 19th century. The whole of Europe is falling apart. The French king has been thrown off the…

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‘Outlander’ Teaser Trailer: Claire & Jamie Face New Challenges In First Look At Season 4

The first teaser trailer for season 4 of the hit time-traveling adventure romance Outlander starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe debuted today at a screening of The Spy Who Dumped Me in New York. Heughan, who plays dreamy Scottish soldier Jamie in the Starz series based in the Diana Gabaldon novels, made a surprise appearance at the event and did a Q&A with fans before debuting the new trailer which was also live-streamed on the Outlander Facebook page. Season 3 ended…

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Leslie Moonves Promoted CBS’ “Zero Tolerance Policy” Toward Harassment

EXCLUSIVE: CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves will find himself held accountable to a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual harassment that Moonves himself called for in a company-wide email sent to all employees last year. Deadline got hold of the sexual harassment policy sent in a March 9, 2017 email. CBS’ strength comes from the caliber of employees it attracts, Moonves noted. The company is committed to providing every employee with a professional work environment…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Viacom’s AwesomenessTV Deal Worth More Than $50 Million: Sources

Viacom’s deal to acquire AwesomenessTV, officially announced July 27, has an enterprise value worth at least $50 million, sources familiar with the deal told Variety. One of the factors affecting the valuation: The agreement does not include DreamWorksTV, the YouTube kids’ entertainment channel Awesomeness launched four years ago, which will be retained by NBCUniversal. But even […]

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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Composer Lorne Balfe on Crafting an Epic Score

When it comes to sequels, bigger does not always equal better. Many films think this holds true, but in reality, what makes a really good follow-up is a film the deepens the character dynamics in a unique way. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, however, is no ordinary sequel, and indeed writer/director Christopher McQuarrie found a way to have his cake and eat it too. This is simultaneously the biggest Mission: Impossible film thus far, and the most intimate. For the first time, audiences are invited inside the mind of Ethan Hunt to find out what makes Tom Cruise’s iconic …

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Hugh Howey’s ‘Wool’ in Development as AMC Series From LaToya Morgan (EXCLUSIVE)

LaToya Morgan is developing a TV series at AMC based on Hugh Howey’s “Wool,” Variety has learned exclusively. Originally released as a standalone short story, “Wool” tells a post-apocalyptic story that follows a sheriff, his wife, and their larger society forced underground due to toxic air on the surface of the planet. After the first story […]

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Will Forte Explains How That ‘Last Man on Earth’ Cliffhanger Would Have Resolved

One of the most exciting new sitcoms of the last few years was The Last Man on Earth. The show launched on FOX in 2015 with Will Forte playing the titular last man, a pilot directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and a heck of a lot of secrecy. The main cast was completely under wraps, as the show led audiences to believe Forte really was playing the last man on earth, and we followed his solitary hijinks and melancholy in a really engrossing way. The show continued for four seasons, and really grew into its own as a …

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Netflix’s Cindy Holland On Overall Deal Boom, Shonda Rhimes’ Slate & Buying From Everyone

Netflix helped kick off the current arms race for talent with the mega overall deal with Shonda Rhimes it made last August, followed by another gigantic pact with Ryan Murphy made earlier this year. Murphy’s five-year deal could reach $300 million, Rhimes’ is structured differently but is believed to have a similarly big upside in success. Poaching two of the biggest creators in traditional TV had a ripple effect, with Warner Bros. TV recently stepping up with a $300+…

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Here’s Why ‘National Treasure 3’ Hasn’t Happened Yet

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Exclusive: Jack Reynor, Will Poulter to Star in Ari Aster’s Follow-Up to ‘Hereditary’

Jack Reynor and Will Poulter are nearing deals to join Florence Pugh in the new horror movie from Hereditary director Ari Aster, sources tell Collider. Pugh and Reynor will play a couple that travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for it's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. We've heard the ensemble will also include Vilhem Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia and Archie Madekwe. Lars Knudsen is producing the film, which is currently in …

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Jordan Peele’s Next Movie ‘Us’ Rounds Out Cast

Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, and Noelle Sheldon have rounded out the cast of Jordan Peele’s next film, “Us.” They join Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, Winston Duke, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Anna Diop in the Universal pic. The movie is the first project under Peele’s first-look deal with Universal […]

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The Android Version of ‘Fortnite’ Might Not Be On Google Play (Report)

Epic Games’ hugely popular free-to-play battle royale game “Fortnite” is launching on Android soon, but when it does it might not be on available on Google Play. Wording hidden in the source code of “Fortnite Mobile’s” web page suggests fans will have to download and install the game via a web browser, according to XDA […]

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Bart & Fleming: Should Leslie Moonves Continue To Lead CBS After Devastating Sex Harass Allegations?

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: On the next-to-last day of July and the onset of the summer dog days, we should be talking about Tom Cruise's remarkable physical performance in the summer tour de force Mission: Impossible – Fallout, or how Cruise and The Equalizer 2's Denzel Washington brought back fond memories…

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Starts Production, Rounds Out Cast

Jordan Peele’s social thriller Us begins production today with young castmembers Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon joining alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop. The already announced cast includes Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker. The pic, which Peele also wrote, opens on March 15, 2019. Us will be shot entirely in California with a portion of production occurring on the Universal

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Florence Pugh Lands Female Lead in ‘Hereditary’ Director Ari Aster’s Next Film

Florence Pugh is set to star in “Herditary” director Ari Aster’s next film, which A24 is producing. Pugh broke the news while promoting her new BBC drama “Little Drummer Girl” at this week’s Television Critics Association press tour. Production is currently underway in Budapest. Following the success of “Hereditary,” which recently became A24’s highest-grossing movie […]

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MTV Orders Lindsay Lohan Docuseries ‘Lohan Beach Club’

MTV has ordered a docuseries centered on Lindsay Lohan. Currently titled “Lohan Beach Club,” the series will follow Lohan as she tries to launch an exclusive seaside resort in Mykonos, Greece. This marks Lohan’s third business venture in the Greek Islands, following the opening of Lohan Nightclub in Athens and Lohan Beach House Rhodes in […]

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Julie Chen Says She ‘Stands By’ Statement Supporting Leslie Moonves on ‘The Talk’

Julie Chen briefly addressed allegations surrounding her husband, Leslie Moonves, on Monday’s episode of “The Talk.” “Some of you may be aware of what’s going on in my life the past few days,” Chen said opening the show. “I issued the one and only statement I will make on Twitter. I stand by that statement […]

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JLo’s ‘Shades Of Blue’ Ratings Steady With Low On Slow Small Screen Sunday

There wasn't a new Celebrity Family Feud on ABC but otherwise last night was a lot like last Sunday when it came to primetime, both in programming and in ratings. On an evening dominated by game shows and unscripted originals, Shades of Blue (0.5/2) was the lone drama on the Big 4. Heading towards its August 12 series ender, the Jennifer Lopez led NYPD show was exactly even among adults 18-49 in the fast affiliates with its July 22 broadcast. That key demo number dropped…

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‘Suspiria’: Epic Runtime Revealed for the R-Rated Horror Remake

One of the most anticipated films from the back half of 2018 is director Luca Guadgnino’s Suspiria remake. Not only is this a redo of a horror classic, it’s the next film from the guy who made the Oscar-winning romance masterpiece Call Me by Your Name. So fan interest has been heavy in this R-rated horror film—whose tone is a far cry from the sweet summer vibes of Call Me by Your Name—and that interest will no doubt increase when folks hear how long this thing is. Indeed, ahead of the movie’s fall …

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‘Pokémon’ Continues to Be the Very Best in New Trailer for “The Power of Us” Theatrical Release

If you're a fan of making pacts with wind gods or watching a manic pixie dream girl learn how to capture wild animals, boy are you going to love this new trailer for Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us! All kidding aside, I love the idea of transitioning the story of Pokémon from its anchor point on Ash Ketchum/Satoshi and Pikachu to a wider range of characters whom a more diverse range of viewers might be able to relate to, male and female, young and old. And you can get a look at that new …

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Sony Hires Erik Moreno To Lead Merges & Acquisitions

Sony Pictures Entertainment has brought on Erik Moreno to serve as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. Moreno, who joins the company after his tenure as M&A executive at mass media corporation, Times Inc., will start August 8, reporting to Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra and to CFO Philip Rowley. The position will require Moreno to work with SPE's senior executive team to develop growth strategies for the studio, identifying…

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UK Union Plans “Strikes & Demonstrations” During London Film Festival Over Cinema Pay Dispute

UK entertainment union BECTU is planning a “series of strikes and demonstrations” during this year’s BFI London Film Festival due to an on-going pay dispute with with art-house cinema chain Picturehouse. BECTU head Gerry Morrissey wrote to BFI CEO Amanda Nevill last week to inform her of the plans. He also called on the festival not to screen films at the Cineworld-owned Picturehouse venues. The union tweeted a copy of the letter today. News: BFI urged to stop using…

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Vivendi To Sell Up To 50% Of Universal Music Group, Says No To IPO

French media conglomerate Vivendi is considering the sale of up to 50% of Universal Music Group’s share capital “to one or more strategic partners,” the company said today. Ending speculation about a potential IPO for the world’s biggest music group, Vivendi said it has ruled out a listing “due to its complexity.” Analysts at Liberum this month valued UMG at 20.6B euros ($24.1B), per Bloomberg. The sale transaction of UMG — whose acts include Lady Gaga, Madonna, Taylor…

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Sony Taps Erik Moreno to Suss Out Merger and Acquisition Opportunities

Sony Pictures Entertainment seems to be signalling that it will be a buyer and not a seller in the wave of media consolidation currently sweeping across the entertainment industry. On Monday, the company announced the appointment of Erik Moreno to the position of executive vice president, corporate development and M&A. He joins Sony after stints at […]

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Pharrell Williams to Host City of Hope Gala Honoring Warner/Chappell’s Jon Platt

Pharrell Williams will host the Oct. 11 City of Hope gala honoring Warner/Chappell Music CEO and chairman Jon Platt. The publishing veteran is being awarded with the organization’s Spirit of Life Award. City of Hope, an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, houses its own Music, Film and Entertainment Industry […]

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Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell on the Artfulness of Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’

Disney's Christopher Robin shows what life is like now for the young boy who grew up and left behind the stuffed animal friends he shared countless adventures with in the Hundred Acre Wood. As an efficiency manager at Winslow Luggage, Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) spends more hours in the office than with his own family (Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael), who are growing tired of his broken promises, prompting Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings), Eeyore (voiced by Brad Garrett), Piglet (voiced by Nick Mohammed) and Tigger (also voiced by Cummings) to leave the Hundred Acre Wood for the …

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Showtime Orders ‘Queen Fur’ Pilot from Eileen Myers

Showtime has ordered pilot “Queen Fur” from executive producer Eileen Myers. Produced by Showtime and Sony Pictures Television, “Queen Fur” is set in a small town in Central Florida where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. Lily Mae Harrington will star as Macy Dunleavy – a high school dropout […]

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HBO Acquires Documentary On USA Gymnastics Sexual-Abuse Scandal

HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide TV and streaming rights to At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, which explores the sexual abuse scandal that shook the sports world in 2017. Slated to bow on HBO, next year, the film is directed by Erin Lee Carr (HBO's Mommy Dead and Dearest) and based on years of research by producers David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider. Here is HBO’s logline: At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal

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Netflix and Amazon Present Differing Visions for Streaming’s Future at TCA (Column)

After taking two years off presenting at the TCA press tour, both Amazon and Netflix returned over the weekend. And both staked memorably forceful claims on their respective roles within the streaming universe. For Amazon, that meant shifting the conversation away from both the niche programming and the boys-club mentality of the now-concluded Roy Price […]

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Releases Statement in Support of James Gunn

The cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy has released a lengthy statement offering support for fired franchise director James Gunn. Gunn was removed by Disney as writer and director of the third Guardians film ten days ago after Twitter jokes about rape and pedophilia from decades ago resurfaced thanks to a targeted online campaign led by alt-right social media personality Mike Cernovich. The statement, posted to Zoe Saldana's Twitter, is signed by Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gilan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, and Pom Klementieff. If you please, read the statement written and …

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Cast Signs Open Letter Supporting James Gunn: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel Among Supporters

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast have signed an open letter supporting fired director James Gunn. Wrote Pratt, who shared the letter on his Instagram account, “Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I'd personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast.” MORE… Here is the letter:  

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‘The Last Ship’ Sets Premiere Date For Fifth & Final Season; Unveils Teaser

TNT’s epic drama series The Last Ship will set sail for its fifth and final season on September 9. It was announced in May that the fifth season would be the last for the drama series that chronicles the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly decimated the world’s population. Eric Dane, Bridget Regan and Adam Baldwin star. This season, the world is finally recovering from the deadly virus that devastated the population, but global political unrest remains. Tom…

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Showtime Orders ‘Queen Fur’ Drama Pilot From Eileen Myers; Lily Mae Harrington To Star

Showtime has given a formal pilot order to hourlong drama Queen Fur, from writer Eileen Myers (Masters of Sex), with Lily Mae Harrington (Some Freaks) set to star. Created, written and executive produced by Myers, Queen Fur is set in a small town in Central Florida – a place where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. And at the center of it all is Macy Dunleavy (Harrington) – a curvy, sexy, unapologetic high…

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‘Monster Hunter: World’ Sales Lead To Capcom’s Most Profitable First Quarter

Capcom just had its most profitable first quarter since it began disclosing quarterly results thanks to the massive success of “Monster Hunter: World.” The game launched in January and has sold a total 8.3 million copies, Capcom said in a financial statement on Monday. “In scoring a worldwide smash hit, the series solidified its position […]

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Variety Hires Marc Malkin to Oversee Events Coverage

Variety has named veteran entertainment journalist Marc Malkin as senior events and lifestyle editor. In his new role, Malkin will oversee all of Variety’s events coverage, and will cover the carpets at all of the industry’s major awards shows and film festivals. He will work out of Variety’s Los Angeles office, and will report to deputy […]

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‘Lodge 49’ Bosses on Making a ‘Modern-Day Fable’

Some series can be summed with a simple logline — and then there’s “Lodge 49,” AMC’s new “modern-day fable” set to debut on August 6th. Executive producers Peter Ocko and Jim Gavin (who created the show) admit their series defies any concise elevator pitch. But therein lies the charm, they say. “I had this image in […]

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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of July 30, 2018

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Dietland” and “Cloak & Dagger” wrap their first seasons and the Trayvon Martin […]

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Andrew Lincoln Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘The Walking Dead’

Back in May, we reported that Andrew Lincoln, who has led The Walking Dead for the past eight seasons, would be making his exit from the hit AMC series for its upcoming ninth season. That departure was confirmed at Comic-Con, and Lincoln spoke to EW about why it was time for him to hang it up as Rick Grimes. It turns out, the reason for Lincoln’s departure is pretty straightforward—he wants to spend more time with his family, especially his children: As for why the star is leaving the biggest TV series in basic cable history, the …

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Ken Burns, Henry Gates, Barak Goodman Doing Docs On Genetics, Reconstruction, Woodstock For PBS – TCA

Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History, a three-hour documentary executive produced by Burns, will premiere over three nights in Spring 2020, PBS announced this morning at TCA. Barak Goodman-directed Woodstock will premiere on PBS in 2019, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the historic three-day concert that defined a generation. And Henry Gates, Jr.’s four-hour documentary, Reconstruction: America After The Civil War, will premiere next spring on PBS…

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Says It ‘Fully Supports’ James Gunn

The cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” issued a statement of support for director James Gunn a little more than a week after Disney fired him from the upcoming third installment of the series. “We fully support James Gunn,” the cast says in a statement posted to Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and other […]

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PBS Names Perry Simon Programming Chief

PBS has named Perry Simon has been named chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming. In his new role, Simon will oversee all non-children’s programming for the public broadcaster. Simon was general manager of BBC America from 2010 to 2015. There he commissioned original programming such as the science-fiction drama “Orphan Black,” and […]

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Vivendi to Sell Up to Half of Universal Music Group

Vivendi is planning to sell up to 50% of Universal Music Group, the company said Monday. The French media giant said it would sell half of UMG, whose artists include Lady Gaga and Drake, to “one or more strategic partners, in order to extract the highest value” from the subsidiary. “An IPO was ruled out due […]

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Perry Simon Named PBS’ New Programing Chief – TCA

Perry Simon is PBS’s new chief programming exec and GM General Audience Programming, the programming services CEO Paula Kerger announced this morning at TCA. Simon will oversee all non-children’s programming and starts his new gig in late September. "Perry brings a breadth of media experience, including leadership roles at BBC and Vulcan Productions — two of our longstanding partners who share a commitment to educational and informative content,” Kerger said of the…

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CBS CEO Les Moonves “Contemplating” Stepping Aside Temporarily While Misconduct Probes Continue

EXCLUSIVE: With a long-scheduled CBS board meeting having just started, Leslie Moonves is "contemplating" stepping aside from his CEO perch for a while as investigations into allegations of misconduct by him and the culture at the network continue. "It would be the right thing to do and a stabilizing move," an insider also told Deadline this morning of the once nearly unthinkable possibility that Moonves could not be leading CBS. The option is one of several being floated…

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‘Euphoria’ Pilot Starring Zendaya Picked Up To Series By HBO, Drake & Future the Prince Join As Executive Producers

HBO has picked up to series its drama pilot Euphoria, a teen drama starring Zendaya and written by The Wizard of Lies scribe Sam Levinson, with Drake and Future the Prince joining as executive producers. Euphoria, based on the Israeli series of the same name from HOT, follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. Zendaya leads the cast that also includes Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Brian "Astro"…

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First ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Images Show Off Alexander Skarsgard and a Mustachioed Michael Shannon

AMC has released the first images from The Little Drummer Girl, the upcoming spy-thriller series based on a John Le Carré novel that marks the television debut from visionary director Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden, Oldboy). Given the Korean filmmaker's involvement, it shouldn't exactly surprise anyone that these shots are gorgeous. The six-part limited series follows an actress, Charlie (Florence Pugh) who meets a mysterious man named Becker (Alexander Skarsgård) while vacationing in Greece. It quickly becomes clear that Becker is interested in more than checking out the sights, and the actress finds herself caught …

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‘Euphoria’ Ordered to Series at HBO as Drake, Future the Prince Join as Producers

HBO has picked up the drama “Euphoria” to series with both Drake and Future the Prince joining the show as executive producers, Variety has learned. “Euphoria” follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. It is based on the Israeli series of the same name from […]

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Rita Moreno, ‘Friends’ to Receive Key Honors at 2018 TCA Awards

Rita Moreno, currently starring on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” will receive the 20018 Career Achievement Award at the 2018 Television Critics Assn. Awards. NBC and Warner Bros. TV’s long-running sitcom “Friends” will receive the Heritage Award at the same ceremony. The non-profit association will pay tribute to Moreno and honor her unparalleled legacy […]

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‘The Predator’ Cast on Seeing the Iconic Monster for the First Time, Working with Shane Black

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‘Mowgli’s’ Sale to Netflix Signals Changing Times

Netflix’s 11th hour purchase of “Mowgli” has been hailed as a coming-of-age moment for the streaming service and as a sign that changing tastes have left some big-budget studio films struggling to justify a traditional theatrical release. But it’s also an acknowledgement that a certain kind of franchise hunting has only resulted in diminishing returns. […]

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TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Leads Quiet Sunday

“Big Brother” easily dominated the Sunday overnight ratings on a night largely filled with broadcast repeats. “Big Brother” was steady with a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers. On ABC, “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.8, 4.5 million) dipped slightly in both measures, while “To Tell The Truth” (0.7, 3.7 million) dipped slightly in […]

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Korea Wins ‘Arena of Valor’ World Cup

The ‘Arena of Valor’ World Cup concluded on Saturday with Korea beating out Thailand, according to the game’s official Twitter page. The competition was held in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theater. China, Chinese Taipei, Korea, and Thailand faced off in a series of best-of-5 eliminations matches. The World Cup premiered in front of a […]

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MGM TV Acquires Rights to French Singing Show ‘Secret Audition’

In a competitive situation, MGM Television has acquired the rights to the French singing show format “Secret Audition” from Groupe M6. MGM will have the rights to the format in 12 territories: US, Canada, Australia, UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and India. In “Secret Audition,” unsuspecting performers who have been reluctant […]

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Kid Fury to Develop HBO Comedy Series With Lena Waithe Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

Podcaster, vlogger, and comedian Kid Fury is developing a half-hour HBO comedy series that boasts Lena Waithe among its executive producers, Variety has learned exclusively. The untitled project is described as a surreal dark comedy that follows Greg, a 20-something sarcastic gay black man navigating adulthood and responsibility in New York City while struggling to wrap his […]

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Challenge to U.K. Regulator’s OK of Potential Fox-Sky Takeover Dismissed

A U.K. court has dismissed a legal challenge to British media regulator Ofcom’s ruling that 21st Century Fox would be a fit and proper owner of Sky, removing a potential hurdle for Fox’s attempted takeover of the European pay-TV giant just as Fox and new owner Disney mull whether to counter Comcast’s leading bid. British activist group […]

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John Oliver Tears Into Facebook Over Apology Ads (Watch)

John Oliver used the occasion of Facebook’s recent stock crash to devote a segment of Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” to the company. “$120 billion is clearly a lot of money,” Oliver said. “For context, it is more than the size of the global cheese market.” Oliver tied the company’s losses to its recent privacy scandals, which […]

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‘The SNES Omnibus’ Review: A Fact-Filled, Nostalgic Chronicle of Super Nintendo Games

The Nintendo Entertainment System may have revolutionized the home gaming industry in the 80s, but the iconic NES got an S-rank upgrade in the 90s with the introduction of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Dominating the first half of the 90s for Nintendo (until the game-changing N64 arrived in 1996), the SNES enjoyed the release of over 700 titles in its library. There were so many games, in fact, that the newly released tome "The SNES Omnibus" from Schiffer Publishing is Volume 1 of 2, encompassing titles A-M. The good news is that this first volume is …

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Snapchat Sets New Partnerships With NFL And NBC For Premier League

Snapchat is ready for some football, whether round or oblong, setting new partnership deals with the NFL and NBC Sports Group for the Premiere League. A previous NFL-Snap deal has been extended for multiple years, with the league adding a new Sunday Publisher Story to the daily output the during the NFL season. In the off-season, the partnership puts out content once a week. Under the extension, Snapchat will continue to produce and distribute Our Stories throughout the…

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‘How To Get Away With Murder’: Timothy Hutton Joins As Series Regular In Season 5

Oscar winner Timothy Hutton has signed on as a series regular for the upcoming fifth season of ABC’s legal thriller drama series How To Get Away With Murder. Per standard Shondaland practice, no details about Hutton's storyline are being revealed. Season 5 picks up after Annalise's (Viola Davis) class action victory in the Supreme Court, with Michaela (Aji Naomi King), Connor (Jack Falahee), Asher (Matt McGory) and Laurel (Karla Souza) moving on with the next chapter of…

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‘The Break With Michelle Wolf’ Discovers Never-Ending Fuel Supply Sitting Untested In Police Crime Labs

Michelle Wolf, playing a corporate type named Cassandra Flex, has an idea for a seemingly endless supply of fuel for cars: The seemingly endless backlog of untested rape kits, sitting ignored in police crime labs across the country. In a faux car commercial on the Netflix comedy The Break with Michelle Wolf, the head of Flex Industries (Wolf) announces a new auto line, the Backlogger X Series, that uses all those untested kits for fuel. “Just show up at your local P.D…

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MGM Acquires Rights To French Singing Series ‘Secret Audition’, Mark Burnett To Produce

A different kind of singing competition is headed into homes across the country thanks to Metro Goldwyn Mayer. In a highly competitive bid, MGM has acquired the rights to the format of the French series Secret Audition from Groupe M6. Mark Burnett, Chairman, Worldwide Television Group, MGM will produce in the U.S. alongside MGM TV. In Secret Audition, talented, unsuspecting performers, who have been reluctant to perform in public and who don't have the courage to apply to…

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Vivendi to Shut Down Studio+, Its Mobile Series App

Vivendi is preparing to shut down Studio+, its app dedicated to mobile-native scripted series, barely two years after its launch in 2016. A spokesperson for the company confirmed to Variety that the Studio+ app is about to be axed. But he said production of short-format digital series, suitable for viewing on mobile phones, would continue […]

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Melissa Benoist On Playing Carole King On Broadway, ‘Supergirl’s’ Topical Shift And ‘Glee’ Castmate Demi Lovato: Q&A

Melissa Benoist broke out on television, but her original show business ideal was being where she is right now: Broadway. Her summer stint playing the lead in the long-running Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ends Saturday. The role has been an organic fit for Benoist, who grew up hearing King’s music while nurturing the ambition to one day make it to the Great White Way. “I am essentially living out my childhood dream,” Benoist said. Beyond checking a big box for her…

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Sacha Baron Cohen Confronts Roy Moore With “Pedophile Detector” On ‘Who Is America?’

Sacha Baron Cohen targeted former GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore Sunday on the latest episode of his Showtime series Who Is America? It’s clear Moore had no idea, at least initially, that it was Cohen with whom he was sitting down with to discuss technological advancements to thwart terrorist attacks, saying he was “honored” to meet Cohen who posed as Israeli anti-terrorism expert Col. Erran Morad. Cohen told Moore that Israel had discovered a way to to use seismic waves…

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UTA Signs Spanish-Speaking Comedian Franco Escamilla

EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed Spanish-speaking comedian, musician and radio personality, Franco Escamilla, in all areas worldwide. The agency will continue to support and further Escamilla's career when it comes to touring, film, TV, branding and more. Known as “The Master of Sarcasm,” Escamilla is the founder of La Diablo Squad, a group of comedians that he performs with live and on his weekly La Mesa Reñoña YouTube show. As a musician, he released a solo album titled, "Fe"…

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John Oliver Unpacks Fox News’ Compassion For Harassment Victims: Those Poor Fear-Frozen Men

HBO’s John Oliver last night duly noted a fresh compassion and concern over at Fox News Channel for victims of sexual harassment – all those poor male executives claiming to be too frightened to hire women. Just two days after Ronan Farrow’s latest New Yorker expose – this one chronicling accusations of vile behavior by chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves and a toxic atmosphere at 60 Minutes – Oliver devoted Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight to the subject of workplace…

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‘Portal 2’ Co-Writer Jay Pinkerton Back At Valve

Former Valve writer Jay Pinkerton has returned to the company in an undisclosed role a year after he left, according to PC Gamer. Reddit user OWLverlord spotted Pinkerton’s name listed on Valve’s staff page in the “Other Experts” category on Sunday. Pinkerton is perhaps best known for co-writing “Portal 2” with former Valve scribe Erik […]

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‘Mission: Impossible’ Is the Best Franchise Running Right Now

It’s no secret that franchises rule the roost in Hollywood. Of 2018’s top 10 films at the box office, only two aren’t part of an existing franchise—and one of those two already has a sequel in the works. It makes sense. If a studio is going to spend $200 million on a movie, it’s a safer bet to put that money into a piece of IP that’s already proven popular with audiences rather than gamble on an original property. And as Hollywood has become more franchise-centric, filmmakers have gotten more ambitious within the …

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‘Sharp Objects’ Director on Helming an Entire Season and Working Without Rehearsals

From author Gillian Flynn, showrunner Marti Noxon and director Jean-Marc Vallée, HBO’s eight-episode limited drama series Sharp Objects follows what happens when Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two pre-teen girls. Trying to understand the crimes puts her in the direct path of her own past and forces her into the line of fire of her disapproving mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and her impetuous 15-year-old half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen). While at the Television Critics Association Press Tour presentation for HBO, Collider got the opportunity …

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Casa Systems CEO Pays $15.3 Million for Striking La Jolla Mansion

One of the San Diego area’s most visually dramatic homes recently sold for just over $15 million, placing it among the biggest local transac...