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 2018-12-11 01:47 

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Phil Proctor Looks Back at His First Comedy Album...

When the Firesign Theatre's first comedy album, "Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him," was released in 1968, Rolling Stone rated the Los Angeles-based sketch comedy foursome as "the fun......

 2018-12-11 01:00 

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Michael Uslan's U2K Becomes Asia-Hollywood Formats Pipeline...

Michael and David Uslan, the father and son producing team with credits that include "The Dark Knight" and "Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch" have struck a cluster of deals that makes them a two......

 2018-12-11 00:35 

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James Corden Not Hosting Grammys, Although CBS Is Eyeing His Producer...

James Corden will not be returning as the host of the Grammy Awards this year, Variety has confirmed, although a source close to the situation says that "Late Late Show" show producer B......

 2018-12-11 00:25 

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Court TV Brand to Resurface as Digital Multicast Channel From Scripps Co....

Court TV is back in session. The cable TV channel that once carried gavel-to-gavel live coverage of high-profile trials will be revived by a new owner, nearly a dozen years after it was shuttered b......

 2018-12-11 00:08 

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark's 'Guilty'...

Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker's Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller "The Guilty," with Gyllenhaal attached to star. T......

 2018-12-11 00:07 

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Allan Bregman Dead: Booking Agent Was 92...

Allan Bregman, a booking agent and talent manager who represented the likes of the King family, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, died Sept. 25 in La Quinta, Calif. He was 92. Bre......

 2018-12-10 23:57 

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Legendary Developing 'Toxic Avenger' Mutant-Hero Movie...

Legendary Entertainment is developing "The Toxic Avenger" as a movie after acquiring the feature film rights. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as produce......

 2018-12-10 23:55 

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Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Named Most-Streamed Song From 20th Century...

Universal Music Group today announced that "Bohemian Rhapsody," the iconic single by British rock legends Queen, officially became the world's most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as t......

 2018-12-10 23:51 

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TV News Roundup: Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Carmen Sandiego Series...

In today's TV news roundup, Netflix announced a premiere date for its upcoming Carmen Sandiego series and Stars released the premiere date for its original comedy series "Now Apocalypse......

 2018-12-10 23:45 

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Dish Testing Flixpert Content Recommendation Service...

Dish and its corporate sibling EchoStar have quietly been testing a movie recommendations platform called Flixpert, Variety has learned. Flixpert promises to help people find movies to watch throug......

 2018-12-10 23:41 

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Tom Petty Manager Segues to Consultant as Protege Launches New Firm...

Tony Dimitriades, who managed Petty for 42 years until the rocker's death October 2, 2017, and worked with Billy Idol for more than 30 years, tells Variety he is getting out of the "day-to-day busi......

 2018-12-10 23:18 

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Star Constance Wu in Negotiations for Comedy...

"Crazy Rich Asians" star Constance Wu is in talks to join Sony's Screen Gems' untitled romantic comedy, with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman producing. "GLOW" ......

 2018-12-10 23:08 

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Actors on Actors: Maggie Gyllenhaal on Working With Women Directors...

Having a female director doesn't automatically make a story more feminine, says "The Kindergarten Teacher" star Maggie Gyllenhaal, but when it comes to her film with director Sara......

 2018-12-10 22:58 

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Oscars: Academy Scrambles for Host Following Kevin Hart Departure...

Kevin Hart's abrupt departure as Oscars host has left the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scrambling to find someone to take the gig. As of now, the situation remains fluid as ......

 2018-12-10 22:51 

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Regina King on Intimacy Experts...

Maggie Gyllenhaal's sex-trade industry series "The Deuce" features one job that's unlike any other in television: an intimacy expert. During her Variety Actors on Actors int......

 2018-12-10 22:46 

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Craig Hunegs to Exit Warner Bros. TV Group and Digital Networks...

After nearly 25 years in the Warner Bros. family, Craig Hunegs is exiting his post as head of business for Warner Bros. TV Group and president of the studio's digital networks wing. Hunegs sa......

 2018-12-10 22:19 

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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek Starring in Sally Potter Film...

Production has begun in Spain on Sally Potter's untitled family drama, starring Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, and Laura Linney. The story is described as a chronicle o......

 2018-12-10 22:13 

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'Walking Dead' Profits Dispute Heading to Trial...

The long-running legal battle between Frank Darabont and AMC over profits from "The Walking Dead" will run a bit longer, as a judge ruled Monday that the case must go to trial. Darabont......

 2018-12-10 22:00 

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How 'Ark' Informed Massive Do-Anything Nautical World of 'Atlas'...

The idea for "Atlas," the recently announced massively multiplayer online pirate-themed game, came from the developers watching people play their last creation: dino-survival game ......

 2018-12-10 21:59 

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CBS Sells Television City Production Studio...

CBS sold its venerable Television City production facility, one of Hollywood's most storied production studios, in a deal the company says will give it more flexibility to invest in content f......

 2018-12-10 21:54 

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Live+7 Ratings for Week of Nov. 19: 'This Is Us' Rebounds From Series Low...

"This Is Us" may have hit a series low in Live+Same Day during the week of Nov. 19, but the show came right back in delayed viewing. In the Nielsen Live+7 numbers for the week, "T......

 2018-12-10 21:36 

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Shonda Rhimes Buys New York City Penthouse...

Powerhouse primetime showrunner turned exceedingly well compensated Netflix content creator Shonda Rhimes has splashed out $11.75 million for a posh penthouse atop a discreetly elite co-operative a......

 2018-12-10 21:34 

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Disney Tops $7 Billion at Global Box Office for 2018...

Disney has topped $7 billion at the global box office for 2018 — with three weeks left in the year. Disney reached the milestone on Dec. 9, marking only the second time in history that any st......

 2018-12-10 21:22 

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing Extends Deal With Hitmaker Noonie Bao...

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its worldwide deal with Swedish songwriter Noonie Bao, whose hits include "Stay" by Zedd and Alessia Cara and "Never Be The Same" by Camila ......

 2018-12-10 21:10 

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Filmax Snags Top Spanish Kids Feature 'The Lunnis'...

Barcelona-based sales agency Filmax announced today at Argentina's Ventana Sur market, that it has acquired the rights to the film adaptation of RTVE's preschool children's part-puppet, part-live a......

 2018-12-10 21:00 

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Jean-Marc Valle to Direct 'Gorilla and the Bird' Series at HBO...

Jean-Marc Valle has lined up yet another HBO project. Valle has signed on to direct and executive produce the limited series "Gorilla And The Bird," based on the memoir of the same na......

 2018-12-10 20:30 

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Why Christopher Judge Nearly Didn't Take Kratos 'God of War's' Role...

"God of War" took home the much-deserved game of the year award from last week's Game Awards. The game delivered through skilled direction, development, artistry and of course act......

 2018-12-10 20:29 

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Payroll Specialist Cast & Crew Sold to Investment Fund EQT VIII...

Payroll specialist Cast & Crew Entertainment Services has been sold by Silver Lake to the investment Fund EQT VIII for an undisclosed price. Cast & Crew, based in Burbank, Calif., and found......

 2018-12-10 20:12 

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Lindsey Buckingham Says Fleetwood Mac Suit is Settled...

Lindsey Buckingham has peacefully gone his own way — with a stop at the bank, presumably — now that he and the four other longtime members of Fleetwood Mac have reached an out-of-court settlement a......

 2018-12-10 19:39 

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Participant Partners With Filmmaker Steve James on 'Chicago Story'...

Participant Media is reteaming with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James and his longtime production home, Kartemquin Films, on his latest documentary, "Chicago Story." Participant Med......

 2018-12-10 19:34 

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Criss Angel Directs Korn's Jonathan Davis In 'Mindfreak' Video: Watch...

When illusionist and magician Criss Angel debuts the latest incarnation of his popular "Mindfreak" live show in Las Vegas later this month, he'll do so with a little help from musician ......

 2018-12-10 19:30 

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'Metro 2033' Film Project Halted Because 'A Lot of Things Didn't Work'...

It appears that MGM's film adaptation of "Metro 2033" is no longer happening because "a lot of things didn't work," according to VG24/7. "Metro 2033"......

 2018-12-10 19:30 

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Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein Launch Prodco at CBS TV Studios...

"Jane The Virgin" creator Jennie Snyder Urman and development executive Joanna Klein have partnered to launch their own production company, Sutton St. Productions, Variety has learned. ......

 2018-12-10 19:15 

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Concert Review: Maxwell Brings Down the House at Hometown Show...

Maxwell is usually a happy and gracious performer. But he was downright giddy at New York's Beacon Theatre on Sunday night: The gig was not only the finale of his "50 Intimate Nights" tour, which s......

 2018-12-10 19:03 

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'Jirga' Review...

Buried within the closing crawl of writer, director, cinematographer and co-producer Benjamin Gilmour's unfortunately cryptic but nonetheless fascinating debut film "Jirga" are shout-outs for secur......

 2018-12-10 18:59 

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Fox Names Benjamin Bach Theatrical MD for Germany...

Twentieth Century Fox has upped Benjamin Bach to managing director, theatrical, for Austria and Germany. In Germany he takes over from the long-serving Vincent de la Tour who is leaving after 27 ye......

 2018-12-10 18:44 

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Google+ Is Shutting Down in April...

Google will shutter its struggling social network Google+ sooner than previously announced: The company said Monday that Google+ will shut down in April of 2019. It also disclosed a new security vu......

 2018-12-10 18:35 

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Producer Busbee Launches Joint Venture With Warner Bros. Records...

Grammy-nominated Warner/Chappell songwriter and producer Busbee, who's worked extensively with a wide array of artists ranging from Maren Morris to Pink to Shakira, today the launch of a joint-vent......

 2018-12-10 18:30 

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'Spider-Man' Cast Discuss Making a Great Spidey Game...

It's hard to say that "Marvel's Spider-Man" was robbed during last week's Game Awards — the amazing game lost to the likes of "God of War" and "......

 2018-12-10 18:20 

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Wes Anderson's 'French Dispatch' Adds Lois Smith...

Lois Smith has joined the cast of Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch," Variety has learned. It continues a late-career resurgence for the 88-year-old stage and screen actress. Sm......

 2018-12-10 18:14 

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Kroq Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two Review...

After hosting Smashing Pumpkins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Third Eye Blind on Saturday night, Kroq returned to the Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday for night two of its annual Almost Acoustic Chris......

 2018-12-10 18:06 

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Steven Wilson, Ron Hofmann, Hayley Antonian Form New Agency...

BWR's Steven Wilson, Ron Hofmann, and Hayley Antonian have announced the formation of a new communications company, Scenario, headquartered in Los Angeles and New York. Together, Wilson, Hofm......

 2018-12-10 18:04 

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Brian Tyree Henry Breaks Out Big in Jenkins' 'If Beale Street Could Talk'...

The final days of filming writer-director Barry Jenkins' adaptation of James Baldwin's "If Beale Street Could Talk" were dedicated to moments that foreshadowed its entire plot: Having run into the ......

 2018-12-10 18:00 

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Robbie Rogers on the Importance of Athletes Also Being Advocates...

As a professional athlete, Robbie Rogers played soccer for Leeds United and the LA Galaxy. He also authored a book about his experience coming out as a gay man in the world of sports. Now he'......

 2018-12-10 18:00 

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TV Shows to Watch the Week of Dec. 10: 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'...

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week's TV. Each week, Variety's TV team combs through the week's schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch an......

 2018-12-10 18:00 

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'Monster Hunter: World' Expansion Iceborne Coming in Fall 2019...

Capcom is working on a massive expansion for "Monster Hunter: World," it announced on Monday. Iceborne will be available in Fall 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Capcom said it will ......

 2018-12-10 17:32 

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'Power' Shuts Down Production After Crew Member Killed...

The Starz series "Power" has shut down production after an on-set accident led to the death of a production assistant early Monday morning. Pedro Jimenez was setting up traffic cones fo......

 2018-12-10 17:29 

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'Bumblebee' Team on Getting Rave Reviews for the 'Transformers" Film...

"Bumblebee" director Travis Knight admits he couldn't really believe it when Paramount Studios and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura called him two years ago to ask him to direct th......

 2018-12-10 17:19 

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Sonos Hires Tribune Media GC Eddie Lazarus as Chief Legal Officer...

Smart speaker maker Sonos has hired former Tribune exec Eddie Lazarus as its new chief legal officer. Lazarus will be in charge of all legal, regulatory, compliance and SEC reporting issues, among ......

 2018-12-10 17:18 

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Netflix to Release Fyre Festival Documentary Next Month: Watch Trailer...

The Fyre Festival is a gift that keeps on giving for video streaming services, as Netflix today announced a documentary about the disastrous 2017 festival, which collapsed before it even started an......

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