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 2018-01-24 06:10 

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Li Ruigang Runs out of Time in Controversial TVB Takeover...

TVB, Hong Kong's leading free-to-air broadcaster, has called off a controversial share buyback plan. The scheme would have made Chinese mogul Li Ruigang the dominant force at the group. The plan ha......

 2018-01-24 04:00 

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Accused Director Fired From Connecticut Theater...

Gordon Edelstein, the Connecticut theater leader who was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct during his tenure at the Long Wharf Theater, has been terminated from his position as the theate......

 2018-01-24 03:16 

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Sundance Film Review: 'Damsel'...

In "Damsel," a deadpan minimalist Western comedy written and directed by David and Nathan Zellner (it's the sort of movie that provokes more mental chuckles than actual laughs), one of ......

 2018-01-24 02:24 

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TV Writers, Actors Push for Pay Parity With Anonymous Survey via Google Doc...

The latest front in Hollywood's push for pay parity are anonymous Google docs making the rounds in an effort to bring transparency to the going rates for TV writers, actors and assistants. Tw......

 2018-01-24 02:15 

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CBS Orders Greg Berlanti Drama Pilot 'God Friended Me'...

Divine intervention has come to CBS in the form of a drama pilot order for Greg Berlanti and "Gotham" scribes Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. "God Friended Me" revolves a......

 2018-01-24 01:36 

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'Get Out,' 'Dunkirk' to Return to Movie Theaters Following Oscar Nominations...

Months after leaving multiplexes, "Get Out" and "Dunkirk" are returning to movie theaters in the wake of scoring best picture Oscar nominations. "Get Out," which opened Feb.......

 2018-01-24 01:08 

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A&E, Sundance Institute Partner on Documentary Film Grants (EXCLUSIVE)...

The Sundance Institute and A&E are partnering on a new series of grants that will help documentary filmmakers develop their projects. Dubbed the "Brave Storytellers Award," the prog......

 2018-01-24 01:08 

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Barstool Sports Gets Another $15 Million From Chernin Group...

Peter Chernin is doubling down on Barstool Sports, despite recent controversies: New York-based Barstool announced Tuesday that it has received another $15 million from the Chernin Group, which is......

 2018-01-24 00:59 

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Slate Staffers Unionize With Writers Guild of America East...

A majority of employees at digital news site Slate have voted in favor of the Writers Guild of America East serving as their representative in collective bargaining. The guild announced Tuesday tha......

 2018-01-24 00:04 

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Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Moved Back Two Years to 2020...

Sony has pushed the release of its live-action "Barbie" movie back nearly two years from Aug. 8 to May 8, 2020. Anne Hathaway is expected to star. Amy Schumer left the project last March, citing sc......

 2018-01-24 00:01 

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TV News Roundup: Jimmy Kimmel Needs Therapy After Best Picture Flub in New Oscars Promo (Watch)...

In today's roundup, a new Oscar promo shows host Jimmy Kimmel traumatized by the best picture flub at least year's show and STARZ will air a short film series on sexual harassment. AWA......

 2018-01-24 00:00 

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'Get Christie Love' Reboot Starring Kylie Bunbury Scores ABC Pilot Order...

ABC has officially ordered the reboot of "Get Christie Love" to pilot, Variety has learned. Kylie Bunbury takes over the lead role in the reboot, described as a music-driven one-hour dr......

 2018-01-23 23:53 

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Who Is Oscar Best Song Nominee Sufjan Stevens, Beloved by Indie-Rock Fans and Music Supervisors?...

Sufjan Stevens is a household name... if you happen to live in an indie-rock household. Among the broader pool of Oscar-watching or -voting homes, there may be a bigger Sufjan-ian learning curve. (Fo......

 2018-01-23 23:37 

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'The View' Slams Megyn Kelly for Jane Fonda Remarks (Watch)...

News anchor Megyn Kelly is once again in hot water over her recent comments regarding Jane Fonda, and this time those speaking out against her constant criticisms of the actress are the co-hosts of......

 2018-01-23 23:23 

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Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed Fantasy Author, Dies at 88...

Fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin died in her Portland home Monday. She was 88. Her son confirmed her death to the New York Times. He did not provide a cause of death but said her health had been su......

 2018-01-23 23:20 

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Monica Bellucci, Jean-Paul Belmondo Announced as Guests of Honor at France's Lumire Awards...

The Lumire Academy has announced that Monica Bellucci and Jean-Paul Belmondo will be guests of honor for the 23rd edition of the organization's Awards, taking place Feb. 5 at Paris' Ar......

 2018-01-23 23:06 

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'American Idol' Director Bruce Gowers Price-Chops Malibu Equestrian Compound (EXCLUSIVE)...

Award-winning veteran awards show director Bruce Gowers, an Emmy-winning director of almost 250 episodes of "American Idol" and a 1985 Grammy winner for his direction of a long-form Huey Lewis and ......

 2018-01-23 22:59 

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TV Review: 'Bellevue,' Starring Anna Paquin...

In the town of Bellevue, Annie Ryder (Anna Paquin) is a detective with boundary issues. Specifically, she doesn't have any: In the first scene, she smashes a stranger's car window and makes amends ......

 2018-01-23 22:57 

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'Today,' 'Good Morning America' Slug it Out in New Battle...

Broadcast TV's battle for morning viewers is reaching a new extreme. Since mid-2012, ABC's "Good Morning America" has largely held the distinction of being TV's most-watched morning-news program. I......

 2018-01-23 22:48 

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Univision Promotes Jessica Rodriguez to Oversee All Network Operations...

Univision Communications veteran Jessica Rodriguez has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of the Univision Networks division, overseeing programming, production and marketing op......

 2018-01-23 22:45 

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Russia Bans Dark Comedy 'The Death of Stalin'...

Russia has banned "The Death of Stalin" from being shown in cinemas after officials claimed the dark comedy was offensive. A Russian culture ministry spokeswoman said the film is being ......

 2018-01-23 22:30 

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Jeff Rake, Robert Zemeckis Drama 'Manifest' Lands Pilot Order at NBC...

The drama project "Manifest" from Jeff Rake and Robert Zemeckis has been ordered to pilot at NBC, Variety has learned. In the series, described as a mystery thriller, a plane disappears......

 2018-01-23 21:40 

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BAFTA L.A., N.Y. Announce New Chair, Board Members...

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced on Tuesday it has elected new board members in New York and Los Angeles. Arianna Bocco has been elected to serve as chair of the board of B......

 2018-01-23 21:33 

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The Academy Likes Paul Thomas Anderson and 'Phantom Thread' Even More Than We Realized...

Oscar nominations are read so quickly that it takes most observers a few beats to fully understand what they've just heard: only once you've absorbed who's in, does it hit you who......

 2018-01-23 21:30 

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NBC Orders Four Multi-Cam Comedy Pilots, Including Two From EP Sean Hayes...

NBC has ordered four multi-camera comedy pilots, marking the network's first comedy orders for the 2018-2019 season, Variety has learned. Two of the projects boast "Will & GraceR......

 2018-01-23 21:28 

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As Tech Industry Boosts Lobbying Spending, Showbiz Outlay Stays Largely the Same...

Major tech companies, under increasing scrutiny for a host of issues in Washington, boosted their spending on lobbying in 2017, while many of the content companies often at odds with Silicon Valley......

 2018-01-23 21:14 

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Box Office: 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' Races Toward $20 Million Opening...

Fox's launch of "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" is poised to end the three-week box office reign of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" with about $20 million at about 3,80......

 2018-01-23 21:10 

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AMC Urges Judge to Pause Frank Darabont's 'Walking Dead' Suits...

AMC has responded to Frank Darabont's latest lawsuit, in which the fired "Walking Dead" director claims he is owed additional tens of millions of dollars on top of the $280 millio......

 2018-01-23 21:05 

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Altice Returns Fire at FCC Against Starz as Tyler Perry, 50 Cent Weigh in on Carriage Battle...

Altice USA has fired back at Starz over the cable network's FCC request for emergency injunctive relief in the carriage standoff that is now in its fourth week. Starz has been dark on Altice ......

 2018-01-23 21:02 

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'Teletubbies' Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52...

Actor Simon Shelton, known for voicing Tinky-Winky in the BBC children's show "Teletubbies,4; died on Jan. 17. He was 52. His niece, Emily Atack, confirmed the news on Instagram. &......

 2018-01-23 20:41 

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Stagecraft Podcast: Even John Lithgow 'Feels Like a Fraud' Sometimes...

John Lithgow may have won two Tony Awards, six Emmys, and a couple of Golden Globes, but even he doubts his own skills sometimes. Take, for instance, every time he's in a musical. "I fe......

 2018-01-23 20:27 

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YouTube Will Merge Vevo Channel Subscribers Into Unified 'Official' Music Artist Accounts...

Music is hugely popular on YouTube, and artists with Vevo-branded channels are among the most-followed channels on the platform. Now, YouTube is about to consolidate the millions of subscribers to ......

 2018-01-23 20:24 

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Hugh Masekela, South African Jazz Musician and Activist, Dies at 78...

Hugh Masekela, South African jazz musician and political activist, died on Jan. 23 in Johannesburg, South Africa from prostate cancer. He was 78. Masekela was a trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, ......

 2018-01-23 20:19 

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Genre Movies Get Their Moment in the Oscar Spotlight...

This year's Oscar nominations ended up being a boon to genre movies, which seem to always struggle with Academy voters. Not least of them is Guillermo del Toro's field-leading fairytale......

 2018-01-23 20:00 

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Los Angeles Location Production Declines 3.4% for 2017...

On-location filming in the Greater Los Angeles region declined last year by 3.4% to 38,284 shoot days, thanks to slides in feature film and television production, according to a report released Tue......

 2018-01-23 19:56 

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Netflix Takes Another Stab at Shorter-Form Videos With 15-Minute Comedy Specials...

Netflix announced plans this week to release a new series of 15-minute comedy specials in the coming months. The move, which was first reported by Vulture, was widely seen as evidence that Netflix ......

 2018-01-23 19:46 

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Funny Or Die Lays Off Employees Amid Digital Sector Crunch...

Funny Or Die has laid off an unspecified number of employees across a broad range of divisions within the company, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. CEO Mike Farah announced the job cuts to staff in a......

 2018-01-23 19:38 

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Disney to Give $1,000 Cash Bonuses to 125,000 Employees...

The Walt Disney Company will give more than 125,000 employees one-time $1,000 cash bonuses, amounting to a $125 million allocation by the entertainment giant. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made the ann......

 2018-01-23 19:37 

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Journalists Raise Concerns About 'Fake News' Rhetoric After Man's Arrest for Threats to CNN...

A man was arrested for making threats on CNN employees in Atlanta, and his use of the term "fake news" has raised concerns that the derisive and hostile rhetoric aimed at the news media......

 2018-01-23 19:28 

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How to Stream This Year's Oscar-Nominated Films...

Following Tuesday's Oscar nominations announcement, the year's best films are going to be in high demand for viewers until the March awards show. While in the best picture category, sev......

 2018-01-23 19:25 

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TV Review: Taylor Kitsch in 'Waco' on Paramount Network...

The boom in scripted television has produced an almost insatiable demand for re-examinations of America's recent past, and the bloody Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas, is a natural fit for t......

 2018-01-23 19:15 

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Controversial Radio Host Don Imus Stepping Down...

Don Imus, a fixture on New York radio since he joined the city's WNBC from Cleveland 46 years ago, will step down from his "Imus in the Morning Program" on Cumulus Media's WABC and Westwood One on ......

 2018-01-23 19:00 

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Sundance Film Review: 'Ophelia'...

"It is high time I shall tell you my story myself," announces Daisy Ridley in the voiceover that opens "Ophelia," Claire McCarthy's sympathetic "Hamlet" re......

 2018-01-23 18:58 

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Sundance: 'The Tale' Filmmakers on Sexual Abuse Drama: 'The World Is Ready to Look at This Difficult Subject'...

Initially launched at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, global luxury group Kering kicked off their third season of Women in Motion talks by bringing the series to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The......

 2018-01-23 18:47 

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Sundance Film Review: 'Studio 54'...

There's a memorable moment in "Studio 54," Matt Tyrnauer's thrilling and definitive documentary about the fabled disco haven, in which the camera glides through the gilded lobby of the ......

 2018-01-23 18:45 

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Epic Records Names Ezekiel Lewis EVP of A&R...

Epic Records has appointed Ezekiel "Zeke" Lewis Executive Vice President of A&R. Based in Los Angeles, Lewis reports directly to Sylvia Rhone, president of the Epic Records label. L......

 2018-01-23 18:31 

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'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Premiere Draws 5.5 Million Viewers in Delayed Viewing...

The premiere of "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" is off to a solid start on FX in delayed viewing. According to Nielsen Live+3 data, the launch of the second ......

 2018-01-23 18:22 

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Maria Contreras-Sweet Investor Group Closes in on Weinstein Co. Acquisition...

The investor group led by former Small Business Administration chief Maria Contreras-Sweet is closing in on an acquisition of Weinstein Co. valued at around $500 million, with some backing from fin......

 2018-01-23 18:08 

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Patricia Flores Joins Live Nation Latin as VP of Marketing...

Patricia Flores will join Live Nation as VP of Marketing for its newly formed Latin group, the company announced today. Based in Los Angeles, Flores will report to Hans Schafer, SVP of Live Nation ......

 2018-01-23 17:55 

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'Life in Pieces' Star Angelique Cabral Lists Bungalow Above Laurel Canyon (EXCLUSIVE)...

"Life in Pieces" actress Angelique Cabral listed her snazzily renovated 1920s bungalow above Los Angeles's Laurel Canyon with an asking price of $1.599 million. Cabral, who got her showbiz start wi......

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