Monday, September 30, 2019

‘Access Hollywood’ Ups Sibley Scoles To Weekend Co-Host

Eight months after joining Access Hollywood as a correspondent, Sibley Scoles has been promoted to weekend co-host. The nationally syndicated celeb-news program announced Monday that Scoles will join Scott Evans as co-anchor of Access Hollywood Weekend. “Since joining ‘Access’ full time in February, Sibley had become an integral part of the team – alongside Mario […]

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Trevor Noah Torches Donald Trump Over “Snowballing” Impeachment Drama

From Trevor Noah’s vantage point, President Trump appears to be melting down over the House impeachment saga. For proof, The Daily Show host turned to the president’s Twitter feed. “What started as a scandal about a call to Ukraine is now snowballing bigly,” Noah quipped Monday night. “I don’t know how Trump is dealing with […]

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Hillary Clinton Talks Mike Pompeo & Rudy Giuliani On Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’

Hillary Clinton (and her daughter) are on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight, which is solid timing with all the bombshell reporting today regarding that infamous phone chat involving the presidents of the United States and Ukraine. And a few other folks, apparently. The former Secretary of State discusses the news that current Secretary of State […]

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Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden To Depart

Shawn Layden, the chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios, is exiting the top role overseeing the company’s PlayStation games development. The news came Monday in a tweet from Sony’s official PlayStation account. “It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE,” read the tweet. “His […]

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Film News Roundup: Arthouse Specialist Kino Lorber Launches Digital Platform

In today’s film news roundup, Kino Lorber has started a VOD platform, Tony Todd is starring in a horror-comedy, the Red Nation International Film Festival sets its lineup and ballet dancer Kirsten Bloom Allen starts a production company. VOD DISTRIBUTION Arthouse distribution specialist Kino Lorber is launching VOD platform Kino Now with more than 600 […]

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‘Joker’ Atom Tickets Pre-Sales Besting ‘Venom’ & ‘It Chapter Two’; Batman Villain Pic Still Eyeing $80M+ October Record Debut

Mobile and online movie ticket retailer Atom Tickets reports tonight that the pre-sales for Warner Bros.’ Joker is beating that of last October’s Venom, this month’s It Chapter Two, Us and Glass. To date, Joker is Atom’s second best-pre-sales for a R-rated movie this year, behind John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum ($56.8M opening). And despite all the headlines out there about […]

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‘Motherland’ Renewed For Season 3 By BBC Two

A week ahead of the Season 2 premiere, BBC Two has renewed Sharon Horgan’s Motherland for a third season. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Lucy Punch, Paul Ready, Philippa Dunne and Tanya Moodie, Motherland doesn’t linger on the instagrammable side of parenting. Instead it revels in the unromantic side, navigating the trials and traumas […]

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Thanks for the Memory: How Leo Robin Helped Usher In the Golden Age of Song in Film

The centerpiece of Scott Ora’s cluttered San Fernando Valley apartment is the 1939 Oscar his step-grandfather, the late lyricist Leo Robin, was presented for co-writing “Thanks for the Memory.” Sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in the film “The Big Broadcast of 1938,” the trophy sits proudly on the piano where Robin worked on […]

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TV Review: ‘Almost Family’

In its first two installments, that’s the case for Fox’s new drama “Almost Family,” a show whose attempts to introduce tonal variation and lightness only emphasize how gruesome is the story at its center. “Almost Family” strives to be a drama about a woman (Brittany Snow) who discovers as an adult that she has several […]

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‘Smallville’ Meets the Arrowverse in Behind-the-Scenes ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Image

For the first time ever, The CW's annual DC Comics crossover-palooza, this year titled "Crisis on Infinite Earths", will encompass all six Arrowverse shows— that's Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman—but the possibilities for outside cameos remain, uh, infinite. As we've learned in the last few weeks, Smallville stars Tom Welling and Erica Durance will reprise the roles of Clark Kent and Lois Lane for the event to stand alongside two other Supermen (Brandon Routh and Tyler Hoechlin) and one other Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch). That's a whole lotta' …

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Hayu Reality TV Streamer Launches in South East Asia

Hayu, NBCUniversal’s subscription video platform specializing in reality TV programming, has launched in The Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore. The expansion brings to 14 the number of markets in which the service now operates. Targeting a base of viewers who are keen fans of the reality genre, Hayu includes over 6,000 episodes of reality content […]

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‘Siegfried & Roy’ Biopic in the Works From Director Michael Bully Herbig, UFA Fiction

The life story of magicians and entertainers Siegfried and Roy is coming to the big screen. German multihyphenate Michael Bully Herbig, one of Germany’s biggest stars and most successful directors, is partnering with UFA Fiction to direct two feature film projects, including a biopic about the German-American entertainers, whose Las Vegas act with big cats […]

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Korea Box Office: ‘Battle of Jangsari’ Heads Local Films’ Chart Domination

Opening on Wednesday, Warner Bros. Korea’s “Battle of Jangsari” topped the weekend box office chart. The war drama earned $4.59 million from 690,000 admissions between Wednesday and Sunday, including $3.45 million over the weekend. Co-directed by Kwak Kyung-taek (“Friend”) and Kim Tae-hun (“Iris 2”), the war action film stars top cast including Kim Myung-min (“Detective […]

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BBC Studios Doubles Down on Mipcom From a New Spot in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

After creating a stir by skipping MipTV earlier this year, BBC Studios has doubled down on sister event Mipcom instead with a huge new stand designed for the international confab, which kicks off in two weeks. BBC Studios is the production and commercial arm of U.K. pubcaster the BBC and the largest distributor of British-originated […]

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‘Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager’ Producer Noah Media Group Launches Sales Division

Noah Media Group, the London-based producers of sports documentaries Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager and Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, has formally set up an international sales wing ahead of MIPCOM. Catherine Quantschnigg, previously of factual producer Atlantic Productions, sales company Cornerstone Films, and finance and post-production outfit Goldcrest, is heading up […]

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Micro-Budget UK Sci-Fi 20 Years In The Making Lands Distribution Deal Against The Odds

EXCLUSIVE: As UK studios and cinemas fill up with mega-budget U.S. superhero movies, here’s a rare David and Goliath story from the other end of the spectrum. Micro-budget UK sci-fi film Invasion Planet Earth, a passion project 20 years in the making, has secured UK distribution. Lightbulb Film Distribution and Munro Film Services have teamed […]

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Warner Bros Hires Disney Exec Charlie Coleman As Senior Vice President, Marketing EMEA

Long-time Disney marketing exec Charlie Coleman has been named Senior Vice President, Marketing EMEA, Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Julien Noble, Executive Vice President, International Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. Coleman takes up position today, Monday 30 September, reporting to Noble. Coleman will be responsible for EMEA development and campaign oversight, leading the […]

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Studiocanal Inks Library Deal With Classic Horror Brand Hammer Films

Studiocanal has inked a deal with classic UK horror brand Hammer Films for the former to license global distribution and marketing rights to films from the Hammer catalogue of more than 200 titles, including the right to market the Hammer brand name and trademarks in relation to films in the agreement. Studiocanal will handle international […]

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‘Vikings’ & ‘Brooklyn’ Backer Screen Ireland Plans To Expand Presence In Los Angeles By 2020

Irish film and TV funding body Screen Ireland will appoint a permanent representative based in Los Angeles next year, the Vikings and Brooklyn backer has announced. The expansion was confirmed as part of a two day trade mission in partnership with Enterprise Ireland in Los Angeles, led by the Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. […]

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Studiocanal Inks Global Deal With Classic Horror Producer Hammer Films

Studiocanal has extended its relationship with Hammer Films and licensed the global distribution and marketing rights to films from its catalogue, which includes horror classics such as “The Curse of Frankenstein,” “Dracula” and “The Mummy.” The deal gives Studiocanal the rights to more than 200 Hammer titles, which it will sell internationally and distribute itself […]

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Noah Media Moves Into Sales, Inks Deals With Amazon, BBC for Cricket Film ‘The Edge’

U.K.-based sports film specialist Noah Media has moved into sales and has already sealed eye-catching deals with Amazon Prime Video and the BBC for its cricket film “The Edge.” Sports indie Noah’s other projects include “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” and “Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager.” It has brought on Catherine Quantschnigg to […]

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

China Box Office: Patriotic Local Titles Rule Quiet Pre-Holiday Weekend

In a muddled up pre-holiday weekend, patriotism rather than any individual film was the box office winner in China. The upcoming 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, which will officially be celebrated on Tuesday Oct. 1, has already swayed the film releasing calendar for weeks. Over the past weekend, the top scoring […]

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Jim & Eleanor Randall Sell $23 Million Malibu Compound to Ohio Businessman

A titanic estate on a prime Malibu blufftop recently transferred for about $23.4 million, significantly less than the original $32.5 million asking price but also nearly $10 million more than the sellers — airplane rivet tycoon-turned-philanthropist James Randall and his longtime wife Eleanor — paid for the property, way back in late 2008. The new […]

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Wisebuddah Execs Launch New Audio and Podcast Label (EXCLUSIVE)

A new audio production and podcast label, Listen Entertainment, has been launched to help TV content creators tune into the power of audio. There is an increasing cross-pollination of podcasts and TV content, with audio series being developed for the small screen and spinoffs of television IP such as “The Chernobyl Podcast” getting traction. Listen […]

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‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Explains Trump-Ukraine Scandal, Refers To It As “Stupid Watergate II: The Stupidest Watergate”

The events surrounding Donald Trump, Ukraine and a whistleblower gave John Oliver plenty of things to discuss and skewer on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight.  Oliver started at the very beginning of the scandal, talking about the phone call where Trump asked Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son Hunter not one, not two, not […]

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‘Preacher’ Series Finale: The Search Ends For AMC’s Subversive Saga

SPOILER WARNing: This article reveals major plot points for the series finale of Preacher, which airs tonight on AMC.

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Pete Davidson Missed ‘SNL’ Premiere To Film James Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad’

The entire Saturday Night Live gang plus some new faces reunited for the season 45 premiere but there was one cast member that was noticeably absent: Pete Davidson. Besides the opening credits, none of the sketches featured Davidson and during host Woody Harrelson’s goodbye at the end of the episode, he was not on the stage with […]

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Capitol’s Steve Barnett Quietly Sells $17 Million Beverly Hills Mansion

Though the off-market transaction went down without fanfare, records show that powerhouse music executive Steve Barnett — the current Chairman and CEO of Capitol Records — has sold his hilltop L.A. mansion for just a smidgen under $17 million, more than double the $7.9 million he paid for the property less than seven years ago. […]

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Finale: A Showdown With Gravel In the Gut

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major plot details about the Season 5 finale of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. Divided and nearly conquered, the characters of Fear The Walking ended Season 5 of the AMC series with their hopes in tatters. It’s a cruel blow considering the hopeful spirit that became their collective’s guiding North Star philosophy […]

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Busbee, Hit Songwriter and Producer, Dies at 43

Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Busbee, who’s worked extensively with a wide array of artists ranging from Maren Morris to Pink to Shakira, has died. The news broke in early evening on Sept. 29. A cause of death is unclear. Busbee had credits on such records as Maren Morris’ “My Church” and Keith Urban’s 2016 album […]

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Theater Review: ‘Almost Famous’

How do you create original music for a stage show about the love of music? It’s a tall order for even the most seasoned theater producer, never mind a first-timer. But Cameron Crowe, as we’ve come to know, is nothing if not courageous. From his earliest magazine work in the 1970s to the era-defining script […]

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New ‘The King’s Man’ Trailer Reveals the Origin of the Stylish Spy Agency

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The King’s Man. The film—which was put together rather quickly and quietly—traces the origins of the spy franchise that director Matthew Vaughn brought to life in 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and 2017’s sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The official logline teases that “a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions,” which in turn spurs the creation of Kingsman. So it looks like tyrants and criminals were behind World War I, and not a complex …

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Denies Involvement Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder, Says It Was “A Heinous Crime”

During a 60 Minutes interview with CBS News’ Nora O’Donnell, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said that he was not involved the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who criticized him in The Washington Post. In his first on-camera interview about Khashoggi, O’Donnell asked if he ordered murder, to which he responded: “absolutely not”. He called it a […]

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Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Documentary Film Coming Next Month

As part of the unusual rollout of Kanye West’s forthcoming album “Jesus Is King” — which is apparently now being released sometime today — IMAX announced that it is releasing a companion film of the album, bearing the same name. It will be released exclusively in IMAX theatres around the world on Friday, October 25, […]

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“Budgets On U.S. Independent Movies Can Still Come Down”: Zurich Summit

Production budgets on U.S. independent movies are regularly too high to make them viable in the international sales marketplace, but it’s no easy task for producers to cut them, said speakers at the Zurich Summit yesterday (September 28). Talking at the event, Thorsten Schumacher, founder and CEO of international sales outfit Rocket Science, said that […]

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BBC Films Chief Rose Garnett Talks Reshaping The UK Stalwart & Changes To The Public Funding Landscape: Zurich Summit

In a rare public speaking engagement, BBC Films director Rose Garnett took to the stage at the Zurich Film Festival yesterday (September 28) to discuss how the organization has changed under her tenure, and how the nature of public service broadcasting is evolving. BBC Films remains a stalwart of the UK business and in recent […]

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Netflix & China Boosting Foreign Language Film & TV, Agree Int’l Sales Vets: Zurich Summit

Theatrical play for foreign language movies is increasingly hard to come by in markets such as the U.S. and UK, despite the best efforts of a handful of dedicated distributors. There are bright spots on the horizon, however, attendees at the 2019 Zurich Summit heard yesterday. Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval told the audience that […]

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‘Downfall’ Director Oliver Hirschbiegel to Direct Series on Migrants (EXCLUSIVE)

Oliver Hirschbiegel, the director of “Downfall” and Sundance-winner “Five Minutes of Heaven,” is set to produce and direct “Europe” (working title), a contemporary drama series about African migrants coming to Europe. Hirschbiegel told Variety at the Zurich Film Festival that the series was being co-developed with Sky. Stefano Bises, the co-creator and co-writer of the […]

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‘War Of The Worlds’: BBC Unveils First Trailer For Rafe Spall-Fronted Reboot Of H.G. Wells Classic

The BBC has unveiled the first trailer for its reboot of H.G. Wells’ classic War of the Worlds starring The Big Short’s Rafe Spall and Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson. The pair star in the BBC One series, which is produced by ITV-owned Mammoth Screen, alongside Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle and Sherlock’s Rupert Graves. The series, which filmed in Liverpol, was adapted by Wallander’s Peter […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds New Writers For Season 45

The end credits of Saturday Night Live‘s Season 45 premiere revealed changes in the NBC series’ writing staff. Joining SNL as new writers are Dan Bulla, Dan Licata and Jasmine Pierce. Gone from last season are Michael Koman, Alan Linic, Eli Coyote Mandel and Julio Torres who has HBO series Los Espookys. Additionally Bowen Yang, […]

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‘The War of the Worlds’ Trailer Drops From the BBC (Watch)

The BBC has dropped a trailer for its upcoming adaptation of H.G. Wells’ alien-invasion classic, “The War of the Worlds.” Set in Edwardian England, in the southern English county of Surrey, the three-part series stars Rafe Spall (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingfom”), Eleanor Tomlinson (“Poldark”), Rupert Graves (“Sherlock”) and Robert Carlyle (“The Full Monty”) as earthlings […]

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Larry David & Maya Rudolph Back On ‘SNL’ For Town Hall Skit As Show Goes Heavy On Trump Impeachment

The just launched impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump was the big story of the week, and it also dominated the Season 45 premiere of Saturday Night Live with three skits devoted to the it, aw well as the top of Weekend Update. Following the Cold Open featuring Trump making panicked calls over the impeachment, […]

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Trailer Gets ‘SNL’ Treatment With ‘Joker’ Twist

The Downton Abbey movie just set a boxoffice opening record for NBC sibling Focus Features. In its Season 45 premiere, the network’s late-night sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live spoofed the movie’s heavily played trailer. Featuring SNL cast portraying the Crawleys and their servants panicking that they may not manage to get Downton Abbey ready […]

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

How Woody Harrelson’s ‘SNL’ Monologue Comments on the State of Comedy (Watch)

Before “Saturday Night Live” debuted its 45th season, it was already making major headlines with its decision to hire Shane Gillis, a comedian and podcaster who, just months before booking this high profile gig, had been using racial slurs online. Just days after he was hired, he was fired from the late-night NBC sketch comedy […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin Kicks Off Season 45 With Impeachment Cold Open (Watch)

“Saturday Night Live” has returned with its 45th season, and it wasted no time diving into the polarizing political climate with its season premiere cold open sketch. Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon kicked things off with a phone call Baldwin’s Donald Trump made from the Oval Office to McKinnon’s Rudy Giuliani to tell him he […]

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Returns With Trump Calling Ray Donovan To Fix Impeachment Saga

After four months without Alec Baldwin and his Trump impersonations, Saturday Night Live kicked off season 45 this weekend by tackling the house impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump The cold open began with Baldwin’s Trump complaining to his attorney Rudy Giuliani: “I’m being impeached!” Giuliani, played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon, warned him not […]

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Bruce Springsteen Exhibit Draws the Boss Himself for Surprise Performance (Watch)

Bruce Springsteen was in Freehold, New Jersey, on Saturday night (Sept. 28) for the opening of a new exhibit, “Springsteen: His Hometown.” Hosted at the Monmouth County Historical Association, the exhibit features 150 pieces, including 20 donated by Springsteen himself, and offers a deep-dive into the thematic fabric of his music and lyrics. It opens […]

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Nancy O’Dell Spends $4.65 Million on a La Cañada Flintridge Mansion

Longtime “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Nancy O’Dell, who departed the newsmagazine show last month after nearly eight years at the helm, has forked over a hefty $4.65 million for a brand-new home in the discreetly prestigious and seriously expensive San Gabriel Valley city of La Cañada Flintridge, directly below the Angeles National Forest. Built on speculation […]

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‘Batwoman’ Star Ruby Rose Undergoes Emergency Surgery After Stunt Injury Left Her Facing Paralysis

Ruby Rose has revealed she needed emergency surgery after a serious injury left her facing the possibility of paralysis. The Batwoman actress shared the details in a video posted Friday to Instagram. “To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck… A couple of months ago I was told I needed an […]

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‘Joker’ Premiere: Todd Phillips Lets Film ‘Speak for Itself’ at Hollywood Debut

With a quick joke and a plea to let his film stand alone as art, director Todd Philips unveiled “Joker” to an audience of executives and glitterati at the film’s buzzed-about Hollywood premiere. Forgoing the usual introduction of cast and producers, Phillips made a quip to the audience at Los Angeles’ TCL Chinese Theater: “If […]

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Cobie Smulders, Tika Sumpter on Redefining ‘Strength’ in Female TV Characters

As the television landscape only continues to expand and gender parity, especially when it comes to salaries, is at the top of conversations, a few new fall shows are endeavoring to equally enlarge the footprint their female characters are having on- and off-screen. For Cobie Smulders of ABC’s “Stumptown,” a pivotal part of her character […]

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‘Fast & The Furious’ Director Rob Cohen Denies Sexual Assault Claims; Says “Untruths & Lies”

EXCLUSIVE: Describing a “web of untruths and lies,” Rob Cohen has come forward today to vehemently deny all the allegations of sexual assault and child molestation made against him by a TV project collaborator and by his own daughter. “I have never assaulted, raped, drugged or molested anyone,” The Fast and the Furious director told […]

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LAPD Launches Investigation After Recruitment Ad On Breitbart Sparks Anger

The LAPD is rethinking how it gets the word out about new jobs. A department recruitment ad appeared on Breitbart Friday, sparking anger and a rapid police response saying the conservative website goes against the LAPD’s “values.” The advertisement showed a uniformed officer along with the message: “Choose your future. LAPD is Hiring!” The LAPD […]

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Bill Dern, Former New Edition Manager and ‘Cool It Now’ Producer, Dies at 74

William “Bill” Dern, a longtime music executive who worked with such acts as New Edition, the Temptations, Tangerine Dream and the Four Tops, died of a stroke in Los Angeles on Sept. 11. He was 74. Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey on August 22, 1945, Dern was an avid music lover who played multiple instruments […]

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Ben Platt & Lucy Boynton on ‘The Politician’ and Ryan Murphy’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion



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‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Director Scott Aukerman & Lauren Lapkus on Improvising and Deleted Scenes



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TV Premiere Dates 2019: Here’s When Your Favorite Shows & Streaming Series Return

Last Updated September 26th In this era of Peak TV, it can be hard to keep up with which shows are coming on when, if they're taking a break, and when they're returning. With almost 500 scripted series on the air from the broadcast networks like ABC, Fox, and The CW to cable channels like USA, FX, and Syfy, to premium networks like HBO and Starz, as well as streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon ... there's a lot to keep track of. But we have you covered! Below is a continually updated list of TV premiere …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

President Donald Trump had a rough week in Washington, so clearly he was anxious to hit the links at Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Va. this morning. So much so that the usual long messages of the early tweetstorm were abbreviated into quick bursts. Like a presidential version of Seinfeld’s erudite lawyer, Jackie Chiles, […]

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Adds David Strathairn to its A-List Cast

The cast continues to grow as things firm up for director Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Nightmare Alley. This is the second adaptation of the 1946 noir novel written by William Lindsay following the 1947 film of the same name starring Tyrone Power. The new Nightmare Alley is also del Toro's first film since he scooped up the Best Director Oscar for 2017's The Shape of Water. First reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday was news that David Strathairn had signed on to join the already impressive Nightmare Alley cast which is led by Bradley Cooper and …

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Edward Berger, Daniel Bruhl to Direct New Movies for Amusement Park Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Germany’s Amusement Park Film is developing an English-language remake of the French-Italian movie “Les Aventuriers,” with Edward Berger on board to direct, and “Next Door,” a Berlin-set dark comedy that will mark the directorial debut of actor Daniel Bruhl. Berger, who is known for helming “Deutschland 83″ and Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer “Patrick Melrose,” is co-developing the […]

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Daniel Bruhl To Direct, Star In German Dark Comedy ‘Next Door’ For Amusement Park, Warner Bros Germany

German-Spanish actor Daniel Bruhl, most known for his roles in Good Bye Lenin! and as racing driver Niki Lauda in Rush, is set to make his directing debut on the German-language dark comedy Next Door. Bruhl’s own production shingle Amusement Park Films is behind the project, with Warner Bros Germany part-financing and taking German-speaking territories. […]

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‘Undone’ Review: An Animated Sister Series to ‘Fleabag’ | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Listen here: On this episode of the Saturday Mourning Cartoons podcast, Sean Paul Ellis and Dave Trumbore review the impressively animated series Undone, available on Amazon. Co-created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy (BoJack Horseman), and led by Rosa Salazar (Alita) and Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), the talented cast and creative team deliver something akin to an animated Fleabag. Minnow Mountain, the masters of Rotoscoping, bring the animation technology further into the 21st century in order to capture the cast's incredible performances in stunning detail. It's a technique that blends the real and the surreal, …

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Bill Maher: Rudy Giuliani’s New Nickname Is “America’s Traitor”

Impeachment wouldn’t be a peachy experience for anyone not even Bill Maher who conceded on Friday night that he isn’t as keen on the endgame tactic now that it more topical and less theoretical.  “I feel like I’m the dog that caught the car,” the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher said after months […]

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Friday, September 27, 2019

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Bids Farewell To Series Regular, But Leaves The Door Ajar And Tiki Torches Lit

After weeks of speculation, tonight’s Season 10 premiere of Hawaii Five-0 confirmed that a long-running character will not be on board for at least the rest of the season. The successful reboot of the classic Hawaii Five-0 series with Alex O’Loughlin as Detective Steve McGarrett and Scott Caan as Danno ended Season 9 with a […]

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White House Appeals Judge’s Decision To Restore Brian Karem’s Hard Pass

The White House is appealing a federal judge’s decision from earlier this month to restore the hard pass of Playboy’s correspondent Brian Karem. The Trump administration suspended Karem’s credentials after a raucous incident in July in which he got in argument with former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka following a Rose Garden ceremony. The notice of […]

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Chinese Company Stocks May Face De-Listing On US Exchanges Under Trump Administration Plan – Report

Chinese companies that list on American stock exchanges may be de-listed and American investment in China limited if a drastic plan being discussed by the Trump administration is put into action. Bloomberg News reported that internal discussions are being held on the issue, but no imminent action is expected. The two countries are locked in […]

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Robert De Niro Hopes Trump Is Impeached: ‘He’s Such A Low Life’

Robert De Niro was not afraid to express his support for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. “I hope he gets impeached, it has to be followed through,” De Niro told Variety’s Marc Malkin at the New York premiere for the Netflix film “The Irishman.” “He’s such a low life… He taints everybody around him.” […]

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‘Superstore’ Actress Linda Porter Dies at 86

“Superstore” actress Linda Porter has died, her representatives have confirmed to Variety. She was 86. Porter, who also appeared in “Twin Peaks: The Return,” “Mercy,” “American Horror Story,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” “Gilmore Girls” and other series dating back to the late 1980s, most recently played Myrtle on “Superstore.” She appeared in 35 episodes […]

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Film News Roundup: David Strathairn Joins Bradley Cooper in Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’

In today’s film news roundup, David Straithairn gets cast as an alcoholic, “Parasite” gets a beer and the Other Israel Film Festival sets its opener and closer. CASTING David Strathairn is joining Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro’s remake of the film noir  “Nightmare Alley” for Fox Searchlight. The production is an adaptation of the […]

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Endeavor IPO Delay Sends Shockwaves Through Agency Business

As Endeavor grew from a small startup to a worldwide entertainment conglomerate, it cultivated a reputation for limitless ambition and ruthless competition. So when the company withdrew its public offering on Thursday, mere hours before it was to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange, it was more than a temporary setback. Endeavor not […]

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‘The Irishman’ Takes Bows At New York Film Fest World Premiere

Martin Scorsese began his introduction of The Irishman at its world premiere Friday night by noting that his previous narrative film at New York Film Festival was Mean Streets in 1973. “It’s extraordinary to have come full circle,” he said. Later, while introducing the cast, he said, “Everybody’s here from Mean Streets, it’s amazing.” Scorsese noted the […]

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CAA, UTA, WME Consolidate Antitrust Suits Against Writers Guild

CAA, UTA and WME have consolidated their antitrust suits against the Writers Guild of America into a single action, accusing the union of engaging in an illegal group boycott. The agencies filed the suit Friday in federal court in Los Angeles. The complaint repeats allegations that were filed in individual agency suits in June and […]

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Linda Porter Dies: ‘Superstore’, ‘Twin Peaks’ Actress Was 86

Linda Porter, a character actress who appeared in dozens of TV series and feature films and was perhaps best known for her role as Myrtle in NBC’s Superstore, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 86. Porter most recently was seen in her recurring role as Cloud 9 employee Myrtle Vartanian in […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix in October 2019

October marks the beginning of fall and winter festivities, and Netflix does not want to be left out. The online streamer is prepping for Halloween, releasing family-friendly content such as “Super Monsters: Vida’s First Halloween” on Oct. 4 and “The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween” on Oct. 8. On Oct. 11, Netflix releases “Haunted: […]

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New York Film Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

It’s the film that, I think, a lot us wanted to see from Scorsese: a stately, ominous, suck-in-your-breath summing up, not just a drama but a reckoning, a vision of the criminal underworld that’s rippling with echoes of the director’s previous Mob films, but that also takes us someplace bold and new. Scorsese, working from […]

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‘The Irishman’ Screens On Both Coasts Sparking Instant Oscar Talk – How High Can It Go?

Ever since it came into our cinematic consciousness there has  been much talk and a whole lotta anticipation for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman , the decades-spanning mob crime epic reuniting Scorsese with Goodfellas and Casino stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci , and giving Al Pacino his surprisingly first-ever opportunity to make a film with the iconic director.  All […]

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CBS Buys Medical Drama ‘Control’ From Jonathan Collier, Josh Berman & Sony TV

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Control, a medical drama from veteran TV writer-producer Jonathan Collier (In The Dark), Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman and Sony Pictures TV. Written by Collier, Control is described as an intense, high-stakes medical investigation drama that follows the members of the Center for Disease Control’s Rapid Response Team, […]

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Comcast Urged By NAACP To Stop “Attack” On Civil Rights Statute In $20B SCOTUS Battle With Byron Allen

Locked in a U.S. Supreme Court bound $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit with Bryon Allen’s Entertainment Studios, the alliance between Comcast and Donald Trump’s Department of Justice has now roused the scrutiny of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – and it might prove a bridge too far for the media giant. […]

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‘The Irishman’ Video Review: A Bold and Shattering Saga of Old Age | NYFF 2019



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Elton John To Be Interviewed By Graham Norton In BBC One Documentary

Elton John will open up about his struggles with addiction in a BBC One documentary, in which he will be interviewed by Graham Norton. BBC Studios is making the special, titled Elton John: Uncensored, which was recorded in the south of France in August. John will reflect on his career and performances, as well as […]

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Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus Will Enter Europe Playing Catch-Up to Netflix, Amazon

Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus are the next global streaming services slated to roll into Europe, joining Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in some of the world’s most lucrative markets. But along with the opportunities come local programming and investment obligations that the new players — including upcoming services Peacock and HBO Max — may […]

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Cesc Gay, Marta Esteban, Filmax Re-team for ‘Sentimental’ (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN —  Having scored a career high with “Truman” and Canneseries-selected “Felix,”  director Cesc Gay, one of Spain’s most popular cross-over auteurs, is re-teaming with long-time producer Marta Esteban, as well as distributor Filmax for “Sentimental,” Gay’s first studio stage film. Gay’s producer of near 20 years standing, Esteban will produce her eighth title […]

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BBC Orders ‘Crystal Maze’-Meets-‘Ninja Warrior’-Style Primetime Gameshow ‘First & Last’

The BBC has commissioned Crystal Maze-meets-Ninja Warrior-style primetime gameshow First and Last, as first revealed by Deadline. British comedian Jason Manford is to host the comedy gameshow from Endemol Shine’s Zeppotron. The six-part series will air on BBC One after Deadline broke the news that the British public broadcaster was developing a UK version with […]

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‘Riviera’: ‘Sherlock’s Rupert Graves Joins Third Season Of Sky Drama

Sherlock’s Rupert Graves is joining the third season of Sky drama Riviera. Graves, who is set to star in Autumn De Wilde’s Emma, will play Gabriel Hirsch, the carefree, charismatic and worldly ally of Julia Stiles’ Georgina Ryland. Filming has begun on the third season with Delevingne and Jack Fox returning alongside Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor […]

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TV Review: ‘Raising Dion’

A detail on “Raising Dion,” Netflix’s new family drama about a boy with remarkable abilities, signals quite how far the streamer’s ambitions for this show might extend. Jason Ritter’s character Pat, a geek immersed in comic book lore and thus the person on this show best able to understand the story he finds himself in, […]

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Awesome Media Options Caroline Mitchell Novel ‘Truth And Lies’ In Bid To Create Female ‘Luther’

Awesome Media & Entertainment, the Kew Media-backed IP and production company run by writer-producer Jeff Norton, has optioned a contemporary detective novel in the hope of creating a female Luther. Awesome has secured the rights to New York Times best-selling author Caroline Mitchell’s Truth and Lies, the first installment in a series of novels on […]

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Amazon Studios Head Talks ‘Fleabag,’ Pivot in Film Release Strategy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Just days after Amazon Studios’ “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” earned the studio several top honors at the Emmys, studio head Jennifer Salke switched gears from television to film, outlining the streaming service’s movie strategy and defending the performance of Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night.” Speaking at the Paley Center for […]

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‘Joker’: LAPD Says “No Credible Threats”; Exhibitors Remain Vigilant As Theatrical Release Nears

In the wake of several mass shootings in Gilroy, CA; Dayton, OH, and El Paso, Texas, there’s plenty of concern surrounding the opening of Warner Bros.’ The Joker on Oct.  4, particularly as it’s poised to bring in a record amount of moviegoers for an October release. Some sources in distribution and exhibition believe these […]

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‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Boss Breaks Down Final Death Mystery (SPOILERS)

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the sixth and final season premiere of “How To Get Away With Murder,” entitled “Say Goodbye.” For five seasons on “How To Get Away With Murder,” lawyer and professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) was involved, to various degrees, in other deaths. But this time, it […]

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Fox News Host Tucker Carlson: Congressman Adam Schiff Is “Mentally Ill”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson savaged Congressman Adam Schiff’s take on what President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky was like, calling Schiff “clearly, demonstrably mentally ill.” Speaking on Thursday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson raised his eyebrow at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for making up an imaginary transcript of […]

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Billy Porter Talks Historic Emmy Win, Mj Rodriguez in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

It’s been quite a week for “Pose” star Billy Porter. “You know, it’s a whirlwind. I’m trying to breathe, trying to take it all in, you know. It’s a lot coming at me and I feel very blessed,” Porter told Variety on the red carpet Wednesday for the opening night of “Little Shop of Horrors” at Pasadena […]

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More ‘Fleabag’ From Phoebe Waller-Bridge Hopes Amazon Boss Jennifer Salke After Emmy Wins

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has said that Fleabag is done, but Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke isn’t quite ready to let the Emmy winning comedy go just yet. “I’ll have to really know that and see evidence of that before I really buy in,” the exec admitted tonight at a SRO Paley Center shindig in Beverley Hills. […]

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Alexandra Billings on Becoming the First Trans Person in the Cast of ‘Wicked’

Alexandra Billings is heading to Oz. The “Transparent” actress is set to make history as she becomes the first trans women to join the Broadway company of “Wicked,” where she’ll take on the role of Madame Morrible in January. Billings begins performances on Jan. 20, replacing current actress Nancy Opel. “There’s never been a trans […]

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Hillary Clinton Claims “Funny Things” That Happened To Her During The 2016 Election “Will Not Happen Again”

Hillary Clinton may have cracked open the door for yet another run for president. In an interview airing Sunday on CBS Sunday Morning, she said that things happened during her ill-fated 2016 campaign that won’t happen again. “Look, there were many funny things that happened in my election that will not happen again,” she told […]

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Film News Roundup: Kristen Stewart’s ‘Seberg’ Gets Awards Season Release

In today’s film news roundup, Kristen Stewart’s “Seberg” is getting a prime release date from Amazon and John Simmons, Debra Kaufman and Joe Alves have been selected for guild honors. RELEASE DATE Amazon Studios has given Kristen Stewart’s independent political thriller “Seberg” an awards-season release date of Dec. 13. Amazon bought the film at the […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Talks Of Ukraine, Rabid Weasels And Chopped Liver

“It has been a helluva week,” said Stephen Colbert to open tonight’s Late Show monologue. “To paraphrase our president, the news has been moving on us like a bitch.” However, Colbert noted, “Trump has shown that when he is cornered, he will fight like the rabid weasel that lives on his head.” The whistleblower accusations […]

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LAPD to Boost Visibility for ‘Joker’ Opening Weekend

The LAPD plans to increase its visibility at theaters when “Joker” opens next week, amid heightened law enforcement concern about the violent Warner Bros. film. The department said it has not received any specific threats about the movie, but encouraged moviegoers to be vigilant. “The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of public concerns and […]

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Beatles Remixer and Curator Giles Martin on the Art of Re-Crossing ‘Abbey Road’

Here comes the scion. Giles Martin, the son of original Beatles producer George Martin, has again worked his audiophiliac and curatorial magic on “Abbey Road: Anniversary Edition,” his third 50th anniversary Beatles project in a row, following “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band” two years ago and the White Album in 2019. If anything, “Abbey Road” is […]

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Daniel Wu Joins Genies Avatar Agency (EXCLUSIVE)

Asian-American star, Daniel Wu has partnered with Genies, the Los Angeles-based company that creates working avatars for celebrities. The company’s proprietary technology allows users to express ideas, thoughts, and feelings in a way they cannot with text, voice, or camera – and to be in two or more places at once. Other users include Rihanna, Cardi B […]

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Tom Welling and Erica Durance Have ‘Smallville’ Reunion On Arrowverse Set

Worlds are colliding as Smallville entered the Arrowverse with a reunion of Tom Welling and Erica Durance on the set of the forthcoming five-part “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover. Durance took to Instagram and posted a photo of her and Welling with the caption: “So, I was just minding my own business, and I ran into […]

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Arturo Guillén Named SVP & Global Managing Director Of Comscore Movie Division

EXCLUSIVE:  Comscore has promoted Arturo Guillén to Senior Vice President & Global Managing Director of their movie division. Guillén takes over for departing Comscore Film SVPs Steve Buck and Jim Zak. Guillén, a Spain native, was in Los Angeles this week meeting those in the stateside distribution and exhibition sphere as they came together for […]

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‘Supernatural’s Osric Chau Enters Arrowverse For ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’ Crossover

Actor Osric Chau is going from Supernatural to superhero. The alum of the CW’s longest-running sci-fi/genre series on broadcast television is set to join the Arrowverse for the forthcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” five-part crossover event, Deadline has confirmed. Chau will recur as Ryan Choi, who is described as a physics professor at Ivy Town University. He […]

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Nadia Turincev, Omar El Kadi Launch First Slate at Easy Riders Films (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN  —  Rouge International co-founder Nadia Turincev, whose credits included the Oscar-nominated “The Insult,” “Raw” and “Mimosas,” has teamed with Omar El Kadi, head of acquisitions and sales, EMEA, at Lebanon’s MC Distribution, to launch Easy Riders Films, a new Paris-based production company. If Easy Riders Films first titles are anything to go by […]

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Animation Fuels Economic Growth in Navarre’s Audiovisual Sector

If two’s company then Navarre’s animation sector has officially become crowded with last week’s news that until-now Madrid-based animation production company The Thinklab will relocate their operations to the northern Spanish territory, joining already-established companies Apolo Films and Dr. Platypus & Ms. Wombat. The region has started to attract animation and post-production firms in the […]

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Belen Funes on San Sebastian Competition Player ‘A Thief’s Daughter’

SAN SEBASTIAN  —  The slums of Rio (“City of God”) and Casablanca (“Horses of God”), and now low-income youth, juggling love, broken families and bills in the proudly modern city of Barcelona: For many middle-class spectators, Spain’s “A Thief’s Daughter” will present as bracing an only-half-known reality – as the earlier-mentioned films. At its get-go, […]

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Eyes Have It: Brian Grazer, Ted Sarandos Talk “Human Connection,” Grazer’s New Book at Writers Guild Theatre

Here’s looking at you, Ted. Tonight, Brian Grazer told interviewer Ted Sarandos that the key to his success in Hollywood comes down to eye contact: “The WiFi of human connection is looking at somebody.” Grazer, partner with Ron Howard in Imagine Film Entertainment, said the eyes have it in conversation with Netflix chief content officer […]

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New Trailer for ‘The Irishman’ Reveals Martin Scorsese’s Return to Organized Crime

The new trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman has arrived in all its gangster glory. The film returns Scorsese to the world of on-screen organized crime and brings together three titans of the genre—Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci—in a based-on-a-true-story tale following real-life hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. Let's ignore, just for the moment, all those digitally de-aged faces, because even though they do occasionally look way too Call of Duty-like for their own good, this trailer really does drive home the point that we'…

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‘American Horror Story’ Recap: Was ‘Mr. Jingles’ Framed?

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched, “Mr. Jingles,” the second episode of “American Horror Story: 1984.” Last week, the main characters in “American Horror Story: 1984” decided Los Angeles was not the best scene in the summer of 1984, owing to the Olympics being in town and also crazed serial killer […]

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How the Kavanaugh Hearings Informed ‘Law & Order: SVU’s’ Storytelling

With its upcoming 21st season, NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” is primed to hit an important milestone: becoming the longest-running live-action series on a primetime network. But although its procedural format has not changed much since its inception, showrunner Warren Leight is still finding new ways to keep its storytelling fresh — from taking inspiration […]

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China Doesn’t Like ‘Game Of Thrones’ And Won’t Play, Says Foreign Minister

First they censored it. Now, they’re saying they don’t want to play the game. Chinese state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing did not want to “play the Game of Thrones on the world stage.” He was speaking in New York at a dinner co-hosted by the National Committee on US-China Relations and […]

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Joe Biden Tells Jimmy Kimmel President Trump Committed ‘Blatant Abuse of Power’

Former US Vice President and current US Presidential candidate Joe Biden addressed the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday. “The idea that someone would call a head of a foreign state, ahead of time withhold significant military aid that’s badly needed in order to prevent the […]

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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Will Develop A ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Kevin Feige will develop a Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm, Disney has confirmed. Feige reportedly discussed the idea in a late summer meeting with Lucasfilm head Katheleen Kennedy and studio co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. Disney Studios co-chairman and CCO Alan Horn confirmed the project is in development in a statement. “We are excited […]

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Kevin Feige to Produce a New ‘Star Wars’ Movie for Lucasfilm

Marvel Studios president and mega-producer Kevin Feige is heading to a galaxy far, far away. While Sony Pictures cited Feige’s busy schedule as a reason talks between Disney and Sony broke down to continue their Spider-Man partnership, the architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is adding another massive project to his docket: he’s making a Star Wars movie. The news comes via THR, which reports that Feige is currently developing a new Star Wars movie and has already told “a major actor” that there’s a specific part in mind for them to play. Walt Disney …

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‘Suits’ Series Finale: Creator Aaron Korsh On “Bittersweet” Ending, Coming Full-Circle, Which Alums Couldn’t Come Back & What’s Next

SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about the series finale of USA series Suits. At the time Suits was renewed for a ninth and final season in January, creator Aaron Korsh predicted that the series will “probably end with some happiness and some sadness.” And that is the series finale he delivered. It was a […]

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Joe Biden To Jimmy Kimmel: It’s “Hard To Avoid” Conclusion That Trump Committed An “Impeachable Offense”

Joe Biden, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday, said that “it seems to me it’s awful hard to avoid the conclusion” that President Trump committed “an impeachable offense and a violation of constitutional responsibility.” “I’m confident in the ability of the House and Senate to deal with this,” Biden said. “My job is to […]

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Marvel’s Kevin Feige Developing ‘Star Wars’ Movie for Disney

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is developing a new “Star Wars” movie for Disney, Variety has learned. Feige will join Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in ushering in a new wave of “Star Wars” content as the Skywalker Saga comes to a close with “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opening in theaters on Dec. 20. Walt Disney Studios […]

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Takes Great Delight In Trump/Ukraine Phone Call

The uproar over President Trump’s conversation with Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky was red meat for Late Show host Stephen Colbert. His monologue tonight focused on the notes from the phone call. Colbert said Trump reminded Zelensky how much Ukraine owed the US, despite his struggles with the word “reciprocal.”  Zelensky thanked Trump for the sale […]

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The Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now

Last Updated: September 18, 2019 It can be tough to keep an account of everything running on a multitude of platforms these days: from traditional broadcast and cable to premium networks to a multitude of streaming options, knowing where to find the best TV and movies can be a nearly impossible task. But we are here to help! For those who are already subscribed to Hulu (or who are thinking about it), we've compiled a list of our favorite series available, from new classics to old favorites, and everything in between. We'll also be updating the list as …

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‘A Hard Problem’ Being Solved By Directing Duo hazart & Producers Ryland Aldrich and Adam Maffei

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Ryland Aldrich and Adam Maffei have set their next movie, A Hard Problem, which will mark the feature directorial debut of duo hazart (pictured above). Aldrich’s productions It Happened in L.A. and Folk Hero & Funny Guy respectively made their world premieres at Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival. Maffei is a writer, director and producer on Disney […]

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Film News Roundup: ‘Twilight Zone’ Anniversary Show Set for Nov. 14

In today’s film news roundup, Fathom Events has set a one-night showing to celebrate the 60th anniversary of “The Twilight Zone” and “Lazy Susan” and “Liberte” get distribution. ANNIVERSARY SHOW Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment have scheduled a Nov. 14 showing for “The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration” at more than 600 North […]

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Ken Marino Returning For Netflix’s ‘The Babysitter 2’

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Ken Marino is coming back to play Dad aka Mr. Johnson in Netflix’s The Babysitter 2 which Charlie’s Angels director McG is helming and producing off a screenplay by Dan Lagana. The film is currently in production. It’s Marino’s third back-to-back film for the streamer. He just recently wrapped production the Netflix/WWE Studios movie The Main […]

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‘Moonlight’ & ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ Star Ashton Sanders In Talks To Join ‘Jesus Was My Homeboy’ With Daniel Kaluuya & Lakeith Stanfield

EXCLUSIVE: Moonlight breakout Ashton Sanders, currently starring as RZA in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, is in talks to join Warner Bros’ and MACRO’s anticipated Black Panthers pic Jesus Was My Homeboy, starring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta), Jesse Plemons (The Post) and Dominique Fishback (The Deuce). The Ryan Coogler-produced film will follow […]

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Silent House, a Powerhouse Behind Pop’s Top Tours, Aims to Streamline the Spectacular

“If people in the touring business had been alive 200 years ago, they probably would have been pirates,” says Baz Halpin, who’s responsible for much of what you’ve seen in some of the most spectacular concert outings in recent years, including the past several Taylor Swift and Pink tours. He’s speaking of a maraud-and-run business […]

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Movie in the Works Based on Sci-Fi Comic Book ‘Blink’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Russell Sanzgiri’s Counterpart Pictures has optioned the film rights to Tapas Media’s digital comic book “Blink,” Variety has learned exclusively. The comic, written by former DC Comics editor Rex Ogle and drawn by Eduardo Francisco, focuses on a young African-American girl pushed to the brink — until she screams at the top of her lungs, […]

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Broadcast Networks Cut Into Regular Programming to Cover Trump Impeachment Cycle

The major broadcast networks and cable news outlets interrupted regular programming to air President Trump’s press conference live at the United Nations on Wednesday, the first since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal inquiry into impeachment proceedings the day before. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox stations, as well as MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, tuned […]

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3D Wire Brings Oscar, Annie, Annecy Winners to Segovia’s Animation Fest-Market

Spain’s 3D Wire Animation, Video Games and New Media Festival and market is preparing to kick off on Sept 30 beneath the Roman aqueducts of Segovia in the shadows of the Alcázar de Segovia, a castle referenced by animators when designing Walt Disney’s own. The festival runs until Oct 6, with Oct. 3-5 dedicated to […]

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Dutch Features Picks Up Three European Films Aimed at Pre-Teens

Dutch Features has secured international distribution rights to three films aimed at pre-teen audiences, “Contained,” “Lilith & The Ghastly Brothers” and “Sihja” ahead of the Warsaw Kids Film Forum. Directed by Marja Pyykkö, “Sihja” is an adventure film about a cheeky fairy and an eccentric boy who each have to overcome their fears in order […]

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Former ProSiebenSat.1 and A+E Exec Nicolas Eglau Joins Kids’ Content Outfit Moonbug

Nicolas Eglau has joined Moonbug, the kids’ digital content business run by René Rechtman, the former Walt Disney digital studios head, and John Robson, the former head of international digital distribution at Paramount. Eglau will run Moonbug’s EMEA business from London. He was latterly EVP of international at German media giant ProSiebenSat.1. Before that, he […]

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Prentiss Fraser Joins Endeavor Content as Its Global TV Sales Business Moves to London

After exiting Fox in the wake of the Disney takeover, Prentiss Fraser is heading to Endeavor Content to be its executive vice president for international TV sales. The move sees Endeavor’s TV distribution business relocate from L.A. to London, where Fraser is based. U.S.-based Gary Marenzi is exiting the business. Fraser will be in post […]

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Channel 4 To Test Meat-Eaters In Format From Royals Producer Spun Gold

Channel 4 is to test the resolve of meat-eaters by asking them to live with the animals they usually serve up for dinner, in a new format from Spun Gold and Rise Films. The British broadcaster has commissioned Meat the Family (working title), a three-part series in which four families look after animals including pigs, […]

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Rachel Lefevre, Matt Whelan Starring in ‘The Sounds’ for Acorn TV, Sky NZ, CBC

AMC Networks-owned streamer Acorn TV, Kiwi pay-TV platform Sky NZ, and Canadian pubcaster CBC are tuning into “The Sounds,” an original thriller set on New Zealand’s South Island. The eight-parter will star Rachelle Lefevre (“Under the Dome”) and Matt Whelan (“Narcos”) as a couple who move to Marlborough Sounds to start a new life. When […]

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AMC Streamer Acorn TV Commissions Kiwi Thriller ‘The Sounds,’ Starring Rachelle Lefevre And Matt Whelan

Acorn TV has unveiled its latest original commission — a thriller set against the magnificent backdrop of New Zealand’s south island. The AMC Networks-owned streamer, which passed one million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada last week, has teamed up with Sky NZ and CBC in Canada to make The Sounds. Created and co-written by […]

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Bafta Scotland Noms Include ‘The Cry’ And ‘Wild Rose’; Russia Submits ‘Beanpole’ To Oscars; Kew Media Inks Deals With BBC Four – Global Briefs

BBC series The Cry and Tom Harper’s feature Wild Rose lead this year’s Bafta Scotland nominations with three apiece. The Cry picked up nominations for actress Jenna Coleman, best scripted television show, and writer for Jacquelin Perske. Wild Rose picked up nods for best feature film, best actress for Jessie Buckley, and writer for Nicole […]

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Ricky Ow Gets Enlarged Asia Role at WarnerMedia as Jonathan Spink Leaves HBO

Broadcast veteran Ricky Ow has been named as president of WarnerMedia Networks distribution and advertising sales, in the Asia Pacific region. The move merges Turner Asia Pacific and HBO Asia and means the departure of Jonathan Spink, the long-time chief of HBO Asia. The move was announced Wednesday by Giorgio Stock, president, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, […]

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Local Trio on San Sebastian Golden Shell Contender ‘The Endless Trench’

SAN SEBASTIAN — From the Basque filmmaking trio of Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga – 2014 San Sebastian competition player “Flowers” and 2017’s Special Jury Prize winner “Handia” – “The Endless Trench” is the region’s, and among Spain’s most buzzed-up title at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival. It doesn’t take a […]

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BBC Studios Developing Access Documentary On Pizza Express For Viacom’s Channel 5

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Studios is developing an access documentary on one of Britain’s biggest restaurant chains, with Viacom’s Channel 5 the likely destination for the show. Deadline has learned that BBC Studios wants to take viewers behind the scenes of Pizza Express, which operates 627 restaurants in the UK and is many Brits’ favorite pizza joint. […]

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‘Kelly Clarkson’ Scores Highest Rated Premiere Week In 7 Years, ‘Judge Jerry’ & ‘Tamron Hall’ Ratings Also Solid

The big series premiere for NBCUniversal’s Kelly Clarkson  was not a fluke. The Week One averages for new and returning syndicated programs are in, and the new talker hosted by The Voice coach logged a 1.6 Live+Same Day national household rating for the week ending on Sept. 15, scoring the biggest debut week of any first-run […]

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Debra Messing, Billy Porter & Larry David Bringing The Mueller Report Live To L.A.

Today’s declaration by Nancy Pelosi of an official impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s conduct in office makes the March 22 submitted Mueller Report seem like a tome from another era. However, that era isn’t quite so far way that the officially entitled Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election can’t […]

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Haut et Court Closes France on Alejandro Amenabar’s ‘While at War’ (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN — In one of the big deals to go down at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival, prestigious French production-distribution house Haut et Court has secured French distribution rights to Alejandro Amenábar’s “While at War.” Buena Vista Intl. (BVI) releases the film, Amenabar’s first in Spanish since the Oscar-winning “The Sea Inside,” in […]

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Female Filmmakers Lead French Industry Revolution

Reverberations from the 2018 Women’s March in Cannes echoed all the way to the Bell Lightbox this year as the Toronto Intl. Film Festival played host to a social-minded pack of filmmakers transforming the French industry. Alongside projects from women’s march leaders Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”), Rebecca Zlotowski (“Savages”) and the […]

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‘Jurassic World 3’ Bringing Back Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill

Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill are returning to the world of the dinosaurs in the upcoming “Jurassic World 3.” The trio, who all appeared in the original “Jurassic Park” in 1993, will reprise their roles in the third chapter in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World” franchise. Dern will play Dr. Ellie Sattler, […]

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‘This Is Us’: Griffin Dunne Promoted To Series Regular For Season 4 Of NBC Series

EXCLUSIVE: Present-day Nicky is becoming a permanent member of the Pearson clan on NBC’s This Is Us. Griffin Dunne, who was introduced as an older version of Jack’s once-presumed-dead younger brother Nicky in one of Season 3’s biggest twists, has been upped to series regular for the series’ fourth season. The expansion of contemporary Nicky’s […]

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‘Jurassic Park’ Trio Laura Dern, Sam Neill & Jeff Goldblum Returning For ‘Jurassic World 3’

EXCLUSIVE: For Jurassic World 3, Universal Pictures will bring back original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum to star alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, sources said. Colin Trevorrow is back to direct and production starts early next year. Dern moments ago revealed her participation in the film at a […]

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‘Jurassic World 3’ Bringing Back Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum in Key Roles

Colin Trevorrow has found a way to bring back the original cast of Jurassic Park, as the director announced that Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are set to reprise their iconic roles in Jurassic World 3. Trevorrow revealed the exciting news at a Collider-hosted screening of Jurassic World at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Tuesday night. And not only will Dern, Neill and Goldblum all be back, but they'll all have sizable roles in the sequel. While Goldblum appeared in a small role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Dern only returned to the franchise for …

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News & Documentary Emmy Awards: HBO Leads Nets As ‘Vice News Tonight’ Ties ‘60 Minutes’

HBO strutted away with a leading 10 trophies at the 40th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, topping perennial leader PBS, which grabbed nine during tonight’s ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan. CBS was third with six. HBO’s now-canceled Vice News Tonight took five Emmys overall to tie CBS’ Emmy juggernaut 60 Minutes […]

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Mysterious Mac Pro Shutdowns Likely Caused by Chrome Update

A serious data corruption issue that resulted in Mac Pro workstations being rendered unusable at a number of Hollywood studios Monday was likely caused by a browser update gone haywire: Google told Mac Pro users Tuesday evening that an update to its Chrome browser is likely to fault for the issue, which particularly impacted video […]

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‘Abominable’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, DreamWorks Animation claims the top spot in spending with “Abominable.” Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.97 million through Sunday for 1,543 national ad airings on 40 networks. […]

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Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah Warn ‘Buckle Up’ – The Trump Impeachment Inquiry Could Get Bumpy

Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah have a warning for late-night viewers — get ready because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. “This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would […]

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‘Noura’s Dream’ Director Hinde Boujemaa Owes It All To The Arab Spring

SAN SEBASTIAN —  Hinde Boujemaa might have started her filmmaking career later than others, but she hasn’t lost any time in the subsequent years. The Tunisian director’s 2012 documentary “It Was Better Tomorrow” premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and she now returns with her feature-length fiction debut, “Noura’s Dream,” which follows a working-class woman […]

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Ángeles Cruz’s ‘Nudo Mixteco’ Impresses at San Sebastian Works in Progress

SAN SEBASTIAN —   Ángeles Cruz, one of Mexico’s highest-profile indigenous cineasts, screened for the first time a nearly-finished version of her feature debut “Nudo Mixteco” at the San Sebastian Films in Progress sidebar. Having won two Mexican Academy Ariel Awards for her first two shorts, “Nudo Mixteco” arrived in Spain buzzing. It deftly intertwines […]

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Issa Rae Acquires Stake in Streamlytics, a Streaming-Media Data Startup

Actress and creator Issa Rae is getting into the streaming data and analytics business. Rae has taken a minority stake in Streamlytics, an L.A.-based startup led by tech entrepreneur Angela Benton, which is aiming to democratize access to streaming media data — with a specific focus on providing data that better reflects the usage of […]

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Outsider Pictures Nabs U.S. Rights to ‘Our Mothers,’ Belgium’s Oscar Submission (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN —    Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures has picked-up U.S. distribution rights to César Díaz’s “Nuestras madres” (“Our Mothers”), Belgium’s submission for the international feature film Academy Award. Sold by Pyramide International, “Our Mothers” world premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week, winning the Golden Camera for best first film at the Cannes Festival. Outsider Pictures […]

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Basque Industry Backs Female Filmmakers with Noka Mentoring Program

SAN SEBASTIAN — The Noka Mentoring program, a local initiative to support up-and-coming Basque female filmmakers, kicked off on Monday morning at this year’s 67th San Sebastian Film Festival. The program was co-developed by the Basque Government’s Department of Culture and Language Policy and Zineuskadi, a non-profit org set up by the department and the two […]

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Basque Production: New, Upcoming Titles

‘+90dB’ A Basque rock band travels the globe playing to diehard fans from Japan, the U.S., Germany and France. Marina Lameiro’s second film, produced by Arena Comunicación and Txalap.art. ‘918 NIGHTS’ Arantza Santesteban writes and directs her first feature documentary in which she explores the experience of being incarcerated for what seemed to be 918 […]

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Basque Cinema Broadens Industrial Base

SAN SEBASTIAN — Basque cinema is attacking the future with higher industrial and creative expectations than ever, playing off two motors: Co-production with other parts of Spain, international equity partnerships. Two game-changers in the Basque film landscape, “Handia,” winner of 10 Spanish Academy Goya Awards in 2018, and “Loreak,” Spain’s 2016 Oscar submission, have contributed […]

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Mysterious AVID Issue Knocks Out Mac Pro Workstations Across Hollywood

Film and TV editors across Los Angeles were sweating Monday evening as their workstations were refusing to reboot, resulting in speculations about a possible computer virus attack. Social media reports suggested that the issue was widespread among users of Mac Pro computers running older versions of Apple’s operating system as well as AVID’s Media Composer […]

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‘The Taste Of Pho’ Bows Trailer Ahead Of San Sebastian World Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Poland’s New Europe Film Sales is handling worldwide sales rights to Mariko Bobrik’s feature debut “The Taste of Pho.” The food drama’s trailer is launching exclusively in Variety ahead of its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Culinary Cinema sidebar. Described as a story about love, misunderstanding and food, “The Taste of Pho” follows Long, […]

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Filmax Snags International Rights To ‘Bye Bye Mr. Etxebeste!’ (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN  —  Filmax is handling international rights to Asier Altuna and Telmo Esnal’s “Bye Bye Mr. Etxebeste!,” produced by the Basque Country’s Irusoin, one of the main companies behind Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi and José Mari Goenaga’s “The Endless Trench,” a main competition contender at the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival. “Bye Bye Mr. […]

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Sean Spicer Appeals To MAGA Supporters For ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Votes

After an underwhelming performance last week on his Dancing With the Stars debut, Sean Spicer has a plan to stay in the competition — a campaign for votes. The former White House press secretary made the announcement on tonight’s episode of the ABC competition series. “We’re going to run this like a campaign,” he said. […]

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L.A. Theater Review: Ethan Coen’s ‘A Play Is a Poem’

With all due respect to Ethan Coen, a poem is a poem, a play is a play, and “A Play Is a Poem” isn’t much of either, although that doesn’t make this 105-minute evening at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum a failure so much as a case of false advertising. This isn’t the first time […]

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‘Supergirl’s’ Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood Join Greg Berlanti to Raise Money for Immigrants at Concert for America

Fresh off their wedding earlier this month, Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood teamed up with Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery, Wayne Brady and more Saturday night to help raise money for low-income immigrants. The star-studded group, which also included Yuri Sardarov, Gina Torres, Grant Gustin, and Caroline Rhea, were all on hand Saturday night for a […]

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J. Michael Mendel Dies: ‘The Simpsons’ And ‘Rick And Morty’ Producer Was 54

J. Michael Mendel, an Emmy-winning animation producer best known for his work on The Simpsons and Rick and Morty has died. He was 54. Mendel began working on popular Adult Swim series Rick and Morty when it launched in 2013. The cable network released a statement Monday calling him the “heart” of the show’s production […]

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J. Michael Mendel, ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Rick and Morty’ Producer, Dies at 54

Animation producer J. Michael Mendel, best known for his work on “The Simpsons” and “Rick and Morty,” has died. The four-time Emmy award-winner was 54. A spokesperson for Adult Swim, the network where “Rick and Morty” airs, confirmed the death in a statement, saying, “All of us at Adult Swim are devastated by the untimely […]

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Key Disney Parks Executive Exits Amid Lackluster Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Attendance

Catherine Powell, president of Disney Parks Western Region, is leaving the company after more than a decade. Powell oversaw Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris, but her position is being eliminated, Bloomberg reported Monday. The heads of each resort will now report to Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products division. A 15 […]

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‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ Review: An Ambitious Genre-Bender with Too Much Netflix Polish

When you think of Jim Mickle, you probably conjure a certain type and tone of movie to mind. The filmmaker behind indie horror gems like Stake Land and We Are What We Are and crime thrillers like Cold in July and the wonderful Sundance TV series Hap and Leonard, Mickle has an established talent for blending grounded narratives with a touch of high-concept fantasticism. With his new Netflix sci-fi detective drama, Mickle takes his biggest swing yet with an ambitious genre-bending tale of murder, obsession, and redemption. The less you know about In the Shadow of the …

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Film News Roundup: Chinese-Language Version of ‘Abominable’ Offered in U.S. Theaters

In today’s film news roundup, “Abominable” gets a Chinese-language version, “The Mandela Effect” gets a home, Buffalo 8 expands its post-production services and “Miracle on Grass” is becoming a movie. SPECIAL RELEASE Universal Pictures has partnered with audio tech company TheaterEars to offer a Mandarin-language version of “Abominable” for Chinese-speaking moviegoers. “Abominable,” produced by DreamWorks […]

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Emmys: Basic Cable Networks Hold Their Own, With Nat Geo Leading the Way

The 2019 Emmys were a harsh, recurring reminder for broadcast networks that their awards lunch is being eaten by premium cablers and streaming services featuring buzzy prestige shows. But basic cablers, despite collectively logging a year-over-year decline in statuettes, managed to grab onto some key prizes with standout titles such as “Pose,” “Killing Eve” and […]

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Fourward Taps Shannan Hatch as President of Music Publishing Company Fourward Music

Will Ward’s management company Fourward has announced the formation of new music publishing company, Fourward Music, LLC. and has tapped industry leader Shannan Hatch to serve as president. The new company will have offices in Los Angeles and Nashville. “I am excited to expand and grow the Fourward brand in the publishing space,” Ward said. […]

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E!’s ‘Live From The Red Carpet’ Gets Boost With Emmys Purple Carpet Coverage

Audiences may have not tuned into the actual ceremony for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, but they certainly were tuning into the action happening on this year’s red — er — I mean purple carpet. E!’s Live From The Red Carpet: The 2019 Emmy Awards served up some top-notch ratings on Sunday as it saw […]

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Michole Briana White & Jacqueline McKenzie Board James Wan’s Untitled Atomic Monster Movie

EXCLUSIVE: Michole Briana White and Jacqueline McKenzie have joined the growing ensemble cast of James Wan’s untitled Atomic Monster film, which marks a return to his indie horror roots. They join already cast Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel, George Young and Maddie Hasson. Pic is currently in production in Los Angeles, a recipient of the Independent California […]

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CNN Allegedly a Target of Arrested Solider’s Terror Plans

CNN was allegedly discussed as a potential target by a U.S. Army solider who was arrested this weekend after making known his plans for terror attacks, according to court documents released Monday and subsequent press reports. According to documents filed in Kansas federal court, Jarrett William Smith, 24, was charged with distribution of information related […]

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Kimmel Roast No-Host Emmys, Share Presenting Duties With Amazon’s Alexa

If Emmy producers had decided to go with a host this year, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel likely would have been in the candidate pool. As presenters only at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday, the late-night hosts decided to give their tongue-in-cheek evaluation of the no-host decision, suggesting that a “host” only belongs at Appleby’s. […]

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‘When They See Us’ Jharrel Jerome Pays Tribute To The “Exonerated” Central Park Five As He Accepts Emmy For Lead Actor In A Limited Series

When They See Us’ Jharrel Jerome paid tribute to the “exonerated” Central Park Five as he accepted the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie. Jerome’s award for the first pick up of the evening for Netflix. He beat Escape At Dannemora’s Benicio del Toro, Fosse/Verdon’s Sam Rockwell, True Detective’s Mahershala […]

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Patricia Arquette Calls For More Jobs For Transgender Community After Emmy Win

Patricia Arquette made an impassioned plea for Hollywood and other industries to hire more transgender individuals, after winning the Emmy on Sunday night for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series. The actress, who plays overprotective mom Dee Dee Blanchard in Hulu’s The Act, noted that her career is thriving but for many transgender individuals, […]

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‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Takes Emmys Stage For One Final Hurrah, Seth Meyers Pays Tribute

After eight seasons, three dragons, one “Red Wedding”, one “Long Night” and a bloody body count to rival any television show in history, the Game of Thrones cast took the stage for one last time after eight seasons to a standing ovation at the Emmys before they announced Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series — […]

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Emmys: Patricia Arquette Makes Powerful Plea For Trans Rights

Patricia Arquette gave an impassioned plea for transgender rights while accepting an Emmy on Sunday night. The actress won for her supporting role as Dede Blanchard in Hulu’s limited series “The Act.” “I just have to say I’m grateful to be working, I’m grateful at 50 to be getting the best parts of my life,” […]

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Bill Hader Gives Shout-Out To ‘Barry’ Co-Creator Alec Berg In Emmy Win

Bill Hader gave a shout-out to the directors on his hit HBO comedy series Barry when accepting the trophy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series tonight at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Hader, who also directs on the show, said he’s often asked by the press ‘”how do you direct yourself?'” Hader […]

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Amazon’s ‘Fleabag’ Sweeps Comedy Series Writing, Directing Categories

In accepting her Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on Sunday, Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge was both humble – “I’m really shaking, oh my God, look at her!” she said directly to her Emmy statuette – and as irreverent as is befitting for her character, the sexually impulsive Fleabag. Starting off humble she […]

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Disney+ Trailer Teases the Movies and Shows Coming to the Streaming Service

While the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards were busy handing out trophies to a variety of shows from broadcast TV and streaming, Disney took the opportunity to tout its own upcoming streaming service with a 60-second ad for Disney+. The Disney+ trailer is short and to the point, teasing the bounty of content that’ll be available to stream on Disney’s proprietary streaming service. The trailer teases films like Thor, Wall-E,Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mary Poppins, Moana, Free Solo, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Rogue One, Mulan,Brave,TRON: Legacy, and holiday-appropriate Hocus Pocus. The trailer …

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Emmys: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Surprise Lead Comedy Actress Win For ‘Fleabag’ Ends Julia-Louis Dreyfus’ ‘Veep’ Streak

Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge scooped the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy tonight, ending Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Veep streak in the same category at six. The win was Waller-Bridge’s second of the evening, coming a few minutes after she accepted a trophy for writing Fleabag. Stunned on stage, she howled, “Nooo. Oh, my God, nooo,” […]

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RuPaul Gets Political As ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Sashays Into Second Straight Reality Emmy Win

RuPaul’s Drag Race has sashayed into its second straight win in the Outstanding Competition Program category and host RuPaul Charles got political as he accepted the award. The VH1 reality competition series beat The Amazing Race, The Voice, Top Chef, American Ninja Warrior and Nailed It! It had already made history VH1, picking up the […]

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Laverne Cox Raises Awareness About LGBTQ Supreme Court Case With Rainbow-Colored Purse

“Orange is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox strutted down the purple carpet at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards flaunting a small, rainbow-colored purse with the words “Oct. 8, Title VII Supreme Court” across the front. “Oct. 8 there’s an incredibly important case going to the Supreme Court involving Title VII,” she told Variety as […]

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Disney Starts Taking U.S. Pre-Orders For Disney+ Ahead Of November Debut

Disney crashed the Emmys on Sunday, announcing the start to pre-orders for Disney+ and running an ad for the streaming service in the first position of the awards telecast’s first commercial break. The company said U.S. consumers can start signing up now, nearly two months before the November 12 launch of the streaming service. Pricing […]

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Emmys Surprise: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Wins Lead Actress in a Comedy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge won the 2019 lead comedy actress Emmy for her titular role on Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag.” Waller-Bridge created the streaming series in which she also stars and was also nominated in the comedy writing category this year (the show was also up for comedy series overall). Her MI6 drama “Killing Eve” was also […]

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Emmys: Tony Shalhoub (‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’) Wins Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy

The marvelous Tony Shalhoub won the first trophy of the night at the 71st Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Abe Weissman on the Amazon-produced original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It was the fourth Emmy win of Shalhoub’s career, which has included high-profile roles on shows such as Wings (he played Antonio Scarpacci on the NBC […]

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Nicolaj Coster-Waldau: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cast Wondered “Why Don’t You Like It Anymore?”

Nicolaj Coster-Waldau had spoken out in defense of Game of Thrones’ contentious final season before, but speaking to Deadline on the Emmys red carpet on Sunday he said fans’ negative reactions to the show had come as a huge surprise to the cast and crew. “I think that for a lot of people on the […]

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Emmys 2019: Executive Red Carpet Arrivals Photo Gallery

Take a look at Deadline’s gallery of TV executives who walked the red carpet Sunday at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater. Click on the image above to launch the photo gallery. Photos by Todd Williamson/Variety/Shutterstock.

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‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’s Alex Borstein Goes Commando As She Urges Women To “Step Out Of Line” – Emmy Awards

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Alex Borstein caused a stir last year when she revealed she picked up her Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series without a bra. This year, she doubled down and joked that she wasn’t wearing any underwear as she picked up her second straight win for her role in […]

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Emmys: Alex Borstein Pays Tribute to Grandmother Who Survived the Holocaust

After winning the supporting comedy actress Emmy for the second year in a row, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Alex Borstein paid tribute to her grandmother, who was a Holocaust survivor, with a powerful speech. She started by thanking a number of women, including “Maisel” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and the cast and crew of the […]

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Emmy Opening Problems Solved? Homer Simpson, Anthony Anderson & Bryan Cranston Do Their Best

Did they really solve it this year? Though Emmy producers had suggested there would be no opening monologue or traditional production number, the Fox broadcast recruited one of its longtime stars to do the honors: Homer Simpson. Last year, the broadcast promised no opening and then sprung the celeb-heavy “We Solved It” production number on […]

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Netflix Drops Final ‘The Politician’ Trailer (Watch)

As Netflix is busy battling HBO on stage for Emmys supremacy, the streamer also released the final trailer for Ryan Murphy’s latest series “The Politician.” The series centers around Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), an aspiring politician from Santa Barbara, California who must navigate the ins and outs of high school if he’s to ever win […]

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Juiciest Takeaways From Bob Iger’s NYT Chat: Murdoch Drama, Executive Diversity and Female Directors

Bob Iger’s forthcoming memoir “The Ride of a Lifetime” is by all means a reflection on the Disney CEO’s long career, but a Sunday interview discussing the project saw him touch on some hot topics surrounding the media company. A lack of diversity in Disney’s C-suite, complaints over his compensation, Lucasfilm’s track record in hiring […]

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Fox Censors Sarah Silverman’s Salty Complaint About…Censorship

Fox censors hit the mute button on Sarah Silverman’s salty comments on Sunday during the network’s coverage of the arrivals carpet from the 71st Emmy Awards. In a wry twist, Silverman’s clipped comment was a critique of today’s “cancel culture” and its smothering effect on truly trenchant comedy. Silverman was answering a question posed by […]

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Emmy Winners 2019: Full List

The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards have arrived. The big show kicks off at 8pm ET/5pm PT on FOX, and we'll be live-updating this article throughout the night with all the major winners as the show progresses. Heading into the ceremony, the final season of Game of Thrones leads the pack with a whopping 32 nominations, breaking a long standing record set by NYPD Blue for the most nominations for a single season. HBO—which, it should be noted, has the most voters in the TV Academy which in turn feeds into their dominance—shined bright even beyond …

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Georgia-Notre Dame Game Is Highest-Rated College Football Tilt This Season

CBS Sports’ coverage of the SEC game between No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday evening was the highest-rated college football game on any network this season, earning an average household metered market rating/share of 6.2/13. Notre Dame’s first trip to Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. ended with a 23-17 Georgia triumph in a game […]

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Hollywood Park Redevelopment Sets First Tenants For Retail Complex Near SoFi Stadium

The 298-acre Hollywood Park development has announced its first tenants for its planned retail, restaurant, office, housing and hotel complex. The site will be adjacent to the Inglewood SoFi Stadium where the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will play starting next year A new 12-screen Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas is one of the arrivals. It […]

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Alan Ruck on ‘Succession’ Season 2, Why He Nearly Missed the Audition, & That Big Dinner Scene

From show creator Jesse Armstrong, the HBO drama series Succession (already picked up for a third season) follows the ultra-wealthy Roy family, headed by patriarch Logan (magnificently played by Brian Cox), as they struggle to maintain control of their empire. While the future looks increasingly uncertain and the past threatens to destroy them, the Roy children – Connor (Alan Ruck), Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) – are endlessly fighting to carve out their own legacy. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Alan Ruck (who plays the son who doesn’t want to …

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Sunday Edition

Two figures that have a propensity for showing up at disasters are being celebrated today. President Donald Trump heads to flood-ravaged Houston for “Howdy, Modi,” a gathering at NRG Stadium expected to draw 50,000 people. The event celebrates Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was first elected in 2014 and is credited with modernizing India’s […]

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‘Talking About Trees’ Director Suhaib Gasmelbari Receives Variety MENA Award

Suhaib Gasmelbari, whose Sudanese documentary “Talking About Trees” premiered in the Berlinale’s Panorama section, received the Variety Middle East and North Africa Region Talent Award Saturday at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt from festival director Intishal Al Timimi. Variety critic Jay Weissberg, who selected the honoree, said that it is not usual that […]

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Box Office: ‘Downton Abbey’ Reigns Over ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ With $31 Million Debut

In a box office win fit for a queen, Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” ruled over the competition in North America. The big-screen continuation of the popular British TV show beat expectations with $31 million when it debuted in 3,079 theaters, setting a new opening weekend record for the studio. “Downton Abbey” easily surpassed newcomers “Ad […]

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Watch Zach Galifianakis Neg Paul Rudd in a ‘Between Two Ferns’ Uncut Interview

I expected Netflix's Between Two Ferns: The Movie to deliver the goods when it came to star Zach Galifianakis (playing a fictional version of himself, as he did in the popular Funny or Die series of the same name), shot some real zingers at his celebrity guests. What I never expected was Netflix to actually release an uncut, and thereby extended, version of Galifianakis' interview with Paul Rudd. The interview we get in the movie only lasts a few minutes but this newer, uncut version runs a little longer and goes big with its negging and its punchlines. Rudd'…

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The Best Indie Movies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: September 22, 2019 While everyone loves a good blockbuster from time to time, there’s something about a great independent film that strikes a particular chord. Indie movies can feel like hidden gems when you discover them, as they rarely get the kind of distribution or marketing that turns major studio movies into box office hits. And you can often feel the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making an indie movie, as the filmmakers involved put everything on the line for the sake of their art. So since Netflix contains a multitude of viewing options, we …

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Josefina Molina: Still Battling After All These Years

SAN SEBASTIAN  — She isn’t done yet. The battling character of Josefina Molina, winner of Spain’s 2019 National Cinematography Prize, was glimpsed in her acceptance speech at the San Sebastian Festival on Saturday. She used part to thank those who had given crucial help, such as, among women, editors Nieves Martin (1981’s “Función de Noche,” […]

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TV Review: ‘All Rise’ Starring Simone Missick

Finding a new way to do a legal procedural is such a difficult prospect at this point that it would be hard to blame TV for giving up entirely and just going on autopilot. “All Rise,” however, both indulges the basics of the genre and finds some refreshing ways to twist them into slightly new, […]

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Expect High Heat and Traffic for Emmys Sunday

If you work in TV, are a fan of TV, or are in fact a TV yourself, the 71st Primetime Emmys promise to be a treat. Television’s biggest awards show takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday night, with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars set to appear as the entertainment community honors the best of […]

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How To Watch The Primetime Emmy Awards Online And On TV

The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards are set for Sunday, with the ceremony to air live from downtown Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Fox beginning at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. The network will also offer the broadcast via authentication at Fox.com and on the Fox Now app. The night will cap off the celebration […]

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Lastor, ‘The Endless Trench’s’ Irusoin, Malmo Team for Mikel Gurrea’s ‘Suro’ (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN – Barcelona-based Lastor Media and Malmo Pictures have teamed with San Sebastian’s Irusoin to produce “Suro” (The Cork), the feature debut of Mikel Gurrea and a product of San Sebastian’s Ikusmira Berriak program. The film stars Laia Costa, who broke through with Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria” and also serves as executive producer, and Pol López […]

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Madrid’s ECAM Incubator Develops Terrorism Drama ‘Ane’

SAN SEBASTIAN — For the second year in a row, the ECAM Madrid Film School has paired a number of up-and-coming filmmakers with various industry veterans for an Incubator program part of the school broader development arm called The Screen. For its initial edition in 2018, this Incubator selected five feature projects, putting the selected […]

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Location Managers Guild International Award Winners: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout,’ ‘Jack Ryan’ & More

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Roma, Jack Ryan, and Chernobyl all picked up honors tonight from the 6th annual Location Managers Guild International Awards at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The awards are handed out by the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) and honor features, television and commercials for creative use of […]

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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and ‘Roma’ Win LMGI Awards for Motion Pictures

Two major 2018 releases – actioner “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and critics’ darling “Roma” – were honored for film location work by the Location Managers Guild International at a ceremony this evening at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The 6th Annual LMGI Awards also recognized “Chernobyl” and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” […]

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Chloë Sevigny Says Democrats Must “Fight” To Vote Out Trump

Chloë Sevigny believes it’s time for political change in the U.S., and she’s willing to support any Democrat who can defeat President Trump. The Oscar-nominated actress (Boys Don’t Cry) discussed the 2020 presidential election in a Saturday article published by the U.K.’s Guardian, while promoting her perfume Little Flower. Sevigny said she’s backing Bernie Sanders, […]

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City Of LA Gets Into The Groove On September 21 With “Earth, Wind & Fire Day”

“Do you remember the 21st night of September?” In case you forgot, the city of Los Angeles declared today “Earth, Wind & Fire Day.” City council members used the designation to recognize the hometown group and their iconic hit “September.” Earlier this month, Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson invited Earth, Wind & Fire to L.A. City Hall […]

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Viacom Channels Grab ‘Seinfeld’ Cable Rerun Rights

Viacom has sealed a deal with Sony Pictures Television for the cable rights to “Seinfeld” starting in October 2021. The deal comes on the heels of a blockbuster new deal between Sony and Netflix for the streaming rights to the beloved NBC sitcom that also begins in 2021. “Seinfeld” reruns have been a staple of […]

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‘Seinfeld’: Viacom Nabs Cable Rights To Comedy Series

Just days after Netflix landed global streaming rights to Seinfeld, currently on Hulu, the classic NBC sitcom also has found a new cable home. Viacom has acquired the exclusive cable syndication rights to Seinfeld in a deal with Sony Pictures Television. Beginning in October 2021, the full library of all 180 Seinfeld episodes will leave […]

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Soho House Lands In Downtown Los Angeles

Warner Music, Spotify and Lyft are poised to welcome a new neighbor to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District with Soho Warehouse, the third California outpost of the Hollywood-loved members-only club — and the largest North American opening to date. Hot on the heels of the Soho House Hong Kong debut earlier this summer, the private […]

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Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Thinks Teen Activists Should Chill Out Over Climate Change

Young people took to the streets Friday for global protests over climate change, known as “Global Climate Strike” events. The marches and rallies took place in just about every corner of the world, including in Paris, Seoul, New York City, San Francisco, and Madison, Wisconsin, according to The Associated Press. Many U.S. students were excused […]

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The Best Dramas on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: September 21, 2019 The beauty of Netflix is that the streaming service has a wealth of genre options at your disposal. If you want to get your action fix on, you are free to do so. If you’re in the mood for a comedy, thriller, or straight-up horror movie, they’ve got those as well. But sometimes it’s hard to beat a genuinely great drama, and boy does Netflix have a wealth of options in this particular genre. To help whittle down your choices, we’ve gone ahead and curated a list of the very …

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Tinder’s Apocalyptic ‘Swipe Night’ Interactive Dating Show Sets Release Date

Tinder next month will bow its first original entertainment content — “Swipe Night,” an interactive adventure series in which viewers are forced to make dating choices on humanity’s last night on Earth. Variety previously reported details of the social network/dating app service’s foray into original content, which recently wrapped production in Mexico City and was […]

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‘Gully Boy’ to Represent India In Oscars Race

The Film Federation of India has chosen Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy” as its entry in the Academy Awards’ international feature film category. The picture, a coming of age tale about an aspiring rapper in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum premiered at the Berlin film festival in February before opening to a wave of acclaim at home in […]

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Cartoon Forum: 30th Anniversary, Little Giants and New Generations

TOULOUSE, France –  Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Cartoon Forum wrapped Sept. 19 having showcased the ever-growing strength of European animation. 85 projects were pitched from 24 countries at the co-production forum platform that played host to north of 1,000 investors, distributors and producers – a record number. Falling on French-speaking Belgium – Wallonie-Bruxelles – whose […]

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HBO Europe Unveils ‘Patria’ Footage to Captive San Sebastian Audience

SAN SEBASTIAN — Amid large expectation, HBO Europe has revealed first footage giving a first sense of tone and pace of its Spanish original series “Patria.” A packed-to-overflowing press conference on Saturday morning at the San Sebastian Festival can be read as one sign of the potential popularity of the eight-part series. The panel sneak-peek […]

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Friday, September 20, 2019

‘The Immaculate Reception’ Is Voted Greatest Play In NFL History

The deflected pass that Pittsburgh Steeler running back Franco Harris miraculously caught for a touchdown and the first playoff victory in the team’s history has been voted the greatest play in National Football League History. A nationwide panel of 68 media members gave that 1972 play by Harris 3,270 points and 39 first-place votes. Second […]

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Maher: Trump’s European Union Is ‘A Threeway’ With Russia, Ukraine

President Donald Trump got in bed with Moscow to get elected and now he’s “invited Ukraine in for a three-way” for another round of political dirty-tricks and international infidelity, according to Bill Maher. The host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher ripped the Commander-in-Chief for taking the low road by allegedly dialing up a foreign […]

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‘The Rookie’ Guest Star Accused Of Misconduct By Afton Williamson Reacts To Being “Exonerated” By eOne Probe

The actor accused of sexual misconduct by former The Rookie star Afton Williamson has spoken out personally three days after being cleared in an investigation by producers eOne. Westworld alum Demetrius Grosse took to social media tonight in his first direct public statement since being accused of sexual harassment by Williamson on August 5, who […]

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Democratic Presidential Candidates Face Tough Questions At LGBTQ Forum In Iowa

A form hosted tonight by advocacy and media monitoring group GLAAD in Cedar Rapids, Iowa saw some tough questions posed to 10 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. The panel was the first to discuss LGBTQ issues among the 2020 candidates, who focused elsewhere during their prior debates. Former VP Joe Biden had the night’s […]

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‘Korean Zodiac Killer’, Subject Of Bong Joon-ho Film, Has Been Identified 30 Years After Serial Murders

A South Korean serial killer who inspired a film by Palme D’or director Bong Joon-ho has been identified 30 years after his murder spree. The Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency says a suspect has been identified as the previously unknown “Korean Zodiac Killer.”  The man, Lee Chun-jae, allegedly raped and murdered 10 women from 1986 […]

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Emmys: Comedian Thomas Lennon As Voice-Over Presenter, No Orchestra, Pop Songs As Walk-Up Music

This marks the first Primetime Emmy Awards for the newly independent Fox Entertainment, and the network is looking to put its stamp on the ceremony with several tweaks. The biggest, of course, is going host-less for only the fourth time in Emmy history and for the first time since 2003, also on Fox. The network […]

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Fox To Cool Down Emmy Red Carpet With “Big Ass” Fans

It’s going to be another scorcher at the Emmys on Sunday with weather reports already seeing temperatures in the 90s. How can the Emmys conquer this ferocious annual heat wave? Nothing says cool more than having a “Big Ass Fan” on the red carpet. Excuse me, what’s that, now? In order to provide a “cooler” […]

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ABC Studios Head of Alternative Fernando Hernandez Exits

Fernando Hernandez, head of ABC Studios’ alternative division, is leaving the studio. The exit comes two months after Jonnie Davis came on board as new ABC Studios president. Davis’ predecessor, Patrick Moran, launched an alternative division almost two years ago, led by Hernandez, former head of Universal TV Alternative Studios and EVP of Development and Production at […]

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Amanda Crew, Lexy Kolker and Bruce Dern on the Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Freaks’



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Monkees/Badfinger/Nazz Supergroup Gets Back to ’68 by Touring Beatles’ ‘White Album’

The 50th anniversary re-release of 1969’s “Abbey Road” may be just days away, but that doesn’t mean Beatles fans have been there and done that when it comes to celebrating ’68. Todd Rundgren, the Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Badfinger’s Joey Molland and several other name musicians of a certain vintage are teaming up to go out […]

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Renée Zellweger: Judy Garland Was ‘My Childhood Hero’

Awards buzz is building around Renée Zellweger for her performance as Judy Garland, emerging as a frontrunner in the Oscar race for best actress. But for her, the real prize was paying tribute to Garland, of whom she’s been a lifelong fan. “Nobody was prettier, nobody sang prettier…the adventures she had, [she was] my childhood […]

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Layoffs Hit Topic Studios as TV Division Relocates to West Coast (EXCLUSIVE)

A small round of layoffs has hit Topic Studios this week in the television division, insiders familiar with the company told Variety. One of the insiders said three executives at the New York-based producer and distributor are out: senior vice president of scripted programming and Viacom alum Lisa Leingang, vice president of development Mona Panchal […]

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‘The Bachelor’s’ Mike Johnson on Diversity and New Leading Man Peter Weber

ABC named its newest star of “The Bachelor” this week, officially making Peter Weber the leading man for Season 24 of the long-running dating show. Social media backlash ensued following the announcement due to ABC’s selection lacking diversity, yet again. Since the dating franchise began in 2002, there has been only one “Bachelorette” of color […]

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Keke Palmer Brought to Tears Accepting Truth Teller Award at #BlogHer19 Creators Summit

Keke Palmer stood surprised and wide-mouthed on the #BlogHer19 Creators Summit stage as she was presented with the Truth Teller Award for her recent acting work — and her viral “sorry to this man” clip. “This means so much,” the multi-hyphenated star softly whispered as she got teary-eyed upon accepting the award. Last week, the […]

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ABC Studios Head of Alternative Fernando Hernandez Exits

ABC Studios’ head of alternative Fernando Hernandez has departed from his post at the Disney-owned television studio, a source familiar with the situation told Variety. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Hernandez’s exit follows an executive shuffling at the top in recent months that has included the departure of Amy Hartwick, ABC Studio’s head […]

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