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 2020-06-05 13:02 

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Jimmy Kimmel Returns to TV's (Virtual) Upfront...

At a moment when many Americans' rituals and routines have been upended, at least one is staying intact: Jimmy Kimmel's annual pitch to advertisers. The coronavirus pandemic effectively......

 2020-06-05 13:00 

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Racial Report Cards: How the NFL, NBA, MLB and MLS Stack Up...

Since the death of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests around the country, nearly every major sports league and team owner has publicly decried racism. Many athletes have joined the nation......

 2020-06-05 13:00 

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Disney Wants Advertisers to Buy Hulu, TV Networks Together...

While some other TV companies are trying to get advertisers to spend on the programs they may or may not have in the fall, Walt Disney hopes to interest sponsors in what it can do for them no matte......

 2020-06-05 12:54 

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Unemployment Rate Falls to 13.3% as States Re-Open During Coronavirus...

The economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May, while the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3%, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The slight improvement in an otherwise bleak economic picture was......

 2020-06-05 11:53 

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'Ahimsa' Gandhi Documentary Is Timely Reminder About Non-Violence...

Production has been completed on "Ahimsa Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless" a new feature length documentary about Mahatma Gandhi and the concept of non-violence. It features the song "Ahimsa" p......

 2020-06-05 11:41 

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Sam Mendes Calls on U.K. Government to Rescue British Theater Sector...

Sam Mendes, who as well as helming movies like "1917" is also a successful theater director with shows like "The Lehman Trilogy," has called for the U.K. government to assem......

 2020-06-05 11:31 

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David Clementi Stepping Down as BBC Chairman in February...

Sir David Clementi is stepping down as chairman of the BBC in February. Variety has confirmed that Clementi will not seek a second term as chairman of the U.K. public broadcaster after completing f......

 2020-06-05 10:11 

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BBC Apoints Tim Davie as Director General, Succeeding Tony Hall...

The BBC has appointed BBC Studios CEO and ex-marketing maven Tim Davie as the successor to Tony Hall. Davie is an experienced BBC operator and is believed to have been interviewed formally in the l......

 2020-06-05 09:54 

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ViacomCBS Networks U.K. Strengthens Digital Channels, Acquisitions...

ViacomCBS Networks U.K. has bolstered its digital channels and acquisitions team under director of programs Ben Frow. Gemma Hewlett has been promoted to VP of digital channels, while Anna-Belen Dun......

 2020-06-05 09:16 

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Luxbox Takes 'Toll,' First Feature of 'The Orphan' Carolina Markowicz...

Paris-based sales company Luxbox has acquired world sales rights to "Toll," an involved, discomforting social drama that marks the highly-anticipated feature film debut of Brazilian-based writer-di......

 2020-06-05 07:04 

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Whoopi Goldberg Teams With Extinction Rebellion to Narrate Short...

Whoopi Goldberg has teamed up with Extinction Rebellion and "Searching for Sugar Man" producer Passion Pictures for an environmental short entitled "The Gigantic Change." The three-minute animated ......

 2020-06-05 05:49 

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Twitter Removes Trump Campaign Video Over Copyright-Infringement Claim...

A video posted by Donald Trump's 2020 election campaign — decrying civil unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd — was removed Thursday by Twitter, citing a copyright-in......

 2020-06-05 04:00 

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Lionsgate Announces June 24 Re-Opening of China Theme Park...

Lionsgate has set a June 24 re-opening of its Chinese theme park, which has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lionsgate Entertainment World, touted as the world's first "vertical"......

 2020-06-05 03:52 

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Lauren London on Gun Violence, Nipsey Hussle's Death...

Lauren London opened up on gun violence in America a little more than a year after her partner Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in Los Angeles. On Wednesday's episode of "Red Table Tal......

 2020-06-05 03:28 

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Variety Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller Sends Apology Memo to Staff...

Variety Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller sent the following memo to staff on Thursday night: Dear Team, The last few months have been an incredibly stressful and challenging time, for everyone. That s......

 2020-06-05 03:11 

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NFL Stars Call for League to Admit Silencing Players Was Wrong...

Several of the most prominent stars in the National Football League posted a video demanding the league condemn racism and admit it was wrong to silence protesting players. The video comes after th......

 2020-06-05 01:24 

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China to Allow Foreign Airlines One Inbound Flight a Week...

China said Thursday it would allow more foreign airlines to run flights into the country, a day after the U.S. said it would bar inbound Chinese passenger flights by June 16 in retaliation for Beij......

 2020-06-05 01:20 

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Steve Priest, Longtime Bassist for the Sweet, Dies at 72...

Steve Priest, bassist and singer for long-running glam-era rock band The Sweet, has died, according to statements from the band and Priest's family. The cause of death was not announced; he was 72.......

 2020-06-05 00:59 

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WGA Leaders Seeking Multiple Gains for TV Writers in Pay, Option Terms...

The Writers Guild of America has told the major studios that television writers need improved per-episode compensation and looser rules over how long writers can be held to a show. "TV series......

 2020-06-05 00:46 

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Jordan Clarkson Sells His Los Angeles Home to Thomas Bryant...

Former Laker Jordan Clarkson has bounced out of his spacious San Fernando Valley home, located in the prototypically suburban Woodland Hills neighborhood, with a $3.25 million check. And records re......

 2020-06-05 00:27 

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'Tomiris' Kazakhstan Queen Movie Acquired for U.S....

In today's film news roundup, Kazakh action-adventure movie "Tomiris" and Scottish music film "Beats" find U.S. homes and the Lulu Wilson thriller "Becky" ......

 2020-06-04 22:51 

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Universal Music Task Force for Inclusion Details Action Plan...

"Blackout Tuesday" may have been the day that the industry tasked itself with reflecting on ways that it can support the black community, but obviously it's about much more than one day. The Task F......

 2020-06-04 22:09 

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Oprah Winfrey Sets Two-Night Town Hall on Systematic Racism in America...

Oprah Winfrey is set to host a two-night town hall to discuss systemic racism in America and the current state of a country which has seen mass protests since the death of George Floyd at the hands......

 2020-06-04 22:09 

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Paradigm Secures Investment From Tom Gores, Taps Bruce Rosenblum as Adviser...

Paradigm talent agency has secured a new investment from Crescent Drive Media, a company owned by the brother of agency chief Sam Gores, and has recruited industry veteran Bruce Rosenblum as an inv......

 2020-06-04 21:00 

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'Next in Fashion' Canceled After One Season at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)...

"Next in Fashion" has sewn its final thread — at least at Netflix. Netflix has canceled the fashion competition series hosted by Tan France and Alexa Chung after only a single season, V......

 2020-06-04 20:50 

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Kanye West Tops Forbes' List of Highest-Paid Musicians...

Kanye West is not only the highest-paid musician of 2020 — he's the second-highest-paid celebrity overall, according to Forbes annual list, which dropped on Thursday. While far behind extended-fami......

 2020-06-04 20:00 

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'Wake Up: Stories From the Frontlines of Suicide Prevention' Review...

Director Nate Townsend opens "Wake Up: Stories From the Frontlines of Suicide Prevention" with an attention grabbing re-enactment of Ryan Candice's frantic attempts to quell his severe anxiety hour......

 2020-06-04 19:58 

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Facebook to Start Labeling Content From State-Controlled Media...

Facebook will begin labeling ads, pages and posts from media outlets "wholly or partially" under the editorial control of their government, the company said Thursday as it faces pressur......

 2020-06-04 19:50 

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Garmin Founder's Son Buys $22.5 Million L.A. House...

Arguably one of the most beautiful newer estates in Los Angeles — or at least one of the most visually intriguing — is architect Noah Walker's so-called Upside Down House. Sited i......

 2020-06-04 19:50 

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'Hammer' Review...

As if to illustrate the hypothetical "So you think you're having a bad day?," Canadian thriller "Hammer" puts its characters through a Rube Goldbergian obstacle course of peril in the immediate hou......

 2020-06-04 19:39 

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'Whose Streets?,' James Baldwin, Toni Morrison' Docs Available Free...

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and O Cinema will work with Magnolia Pictures to make "I Am Not Your Negro," "Whose Streets?" and "Toni Morrison: The Pieces......

 2020-06-04 19:23 

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George Floyd Memorial: Celebrities, Politicians on Hand for Service...

Hundreds of people, including prominent celebrities and politicians, gathered Thursday in Minneapolis to honor George Floyd, the man whose death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality......

 2020-06-04 18:44 

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Kanye West Launches College Fund for George Floyd's Daughter...

It's been nearly 10 days since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hand of a Minneapolis police officer, during which time massive protests against police violence have taken place across......

 2020-06-04 18:40 

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'Pod Save America' Host Jon Favreau Sells L.A. Home...

Having upgraded earlier in the year to a larger, more luxuriously updated home in L.A.'s distinguished Hancock Park neighborhood, political speechwriter turned digital media dynamo Jon Favreau has ......

 2020-06-04 18:25 

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NBA Basketball Season Poised to Return...

The National Basketball Association will return to play this summer, the latest big-league sport to pivot back to an active season after being shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, th......

 2020-06-04 18:04 

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Gabrielle Union Files Discrimination Complaint Against 'AGT'...

Gabrielle Union has filed a harassment complaint in the state of California against the producers and network behind "America's Got Talent," and raised a new accusation that NBC E......

 2020-06-04 18:03 

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Jake Paul Faces Criminal Charges After Arizona Mall Looting Incident...

Jake Paul, a high profile YouTube creator and digital influencer, was charged by police in Scottsdale, Ariz., with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after he was identified among the crowd......

 2020-06-04 18:03 

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Jake Paul Faces Criminal Charges After Arizona Mall Looting Incident...

Jake Paul, a high-profile YouTube creator and digital influencer, was charged by police in Scottsdale, Ariz., with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after he was identified among a crowd o......

 2020-06-04 17:38 

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Strand Releasing Acquires North American Rights to 'Twilight's Kiss'...

Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to Ray Yeung's "Twilight's Kiss" ("Suk Suk") which world premiered at Busan and played at this year's Berlin ......

 2020-06-04 17:05 

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Disney, Netflix, Sony, Cartoon Network, Aardman Ready Annecy Unveils...

Netflix, Disney Sony, Cartoon Network Studios, Dean DeBlois and Aardman are reading presentations at France's Annecy Film Festival as 2020's Annecy, even online, once more proves to be the ......

 2020-06-04 17:00 

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Biographer on How 'King Kong' Composer Max Steiner Changed Film Music...

Steven C. Smith's first book, 1991's "A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann," preceded — and arguably helped precipitate — a huge uptick of interest in that once ne......

 2020-06-04 17:00 

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Nick Offerman Hosts CuriosityStream 'The History of Home'...

Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation" fame is lending his voice to CuriosityStream's newest original — taking viewers through every doorway and around each corner of human......

 2020-06-04 16:45 

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Apple TV Plus, HBO Max, Other New Streamers Vying for Emmy Nominations...

As the streaming wars have been consumed this spring by the launches of HBO Max and Quibi — with Peacock still to come — another new entrant, Apple TV Plus, recently found reason to celebrate on th......

 2020-06-04 16:41 

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BTS Issues Statement Supporting Black Lives Matter...

BTS is not known for making political statements, but on Thursday the group issued a social media post early Thursday saying that they "stand together" against racial discrimination and used the ha......

 2020-06-04 16:41 

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Critics Week's Next Step Award Goes to Camille Degeye's 'Sphynx'...

Camille Degeye's feature debut "Sphynx" won the Next Step Award as part of the program launched by Cannes' Critics' Week to help the directors of the 10 shorts which p......

 2020-06-04 16:41 

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Critics Week's Next Step Award Goes to Camille Degeye's 'Sphynx'...

Camille Degeye's feature debut "Sphynx" won the Next Step Award as part of the program launched by Cannes' Critics' Week to help the directors of the 10 shorts which p......

 2020-06-04 16:39 

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AMC Networks Gives Employees $1,000 for Racial Justice Donations...

AMC Networks has taken the unusual step of asking its U.S. employees to identify charitable organizations that tackle issues related to racial inequality to receive a $1,000 donation from the compa......

 2020-06-04 16:10 

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8 Can't Wait: Oprah, Ariana Grande & More Want to Curb Police Violence...

8 Can't Wait, a project launched on June 3 by activist group Campaign Zero, aims to reduce police violence by enacting eight policies in cities across the United States. The policies — which ......

 2020-06-04 16:00 

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Gold House to Host Book Club With 'Joy Luck Club' Author and Cast...

Nonprofit organization Gold House has announced the cast of "The Joy Luck Club" will host a virtual reunion to discuss the seminal 1989 novel, along with the author Amy Tan, which was a......

 2020-06-04 15:43 

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TV Ratings: 'Up' and 'Agents of SHIELD' Lead ABC to Wednesday Win...

The highest-rated show on Wednesday night wasn't a TV show, but a rather sweet animated movie called "Up." Many of you may have heard of it? ABC won the night overall, as the clas......

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