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 2021-10-22 20:18 

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Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji Reflect on the Legacy of 'Insecure' at Final Season Premiere Event...

As "Insecure" creator and star Issa Rae stepped onto the teal carpet for the hit HBO comedy's final season premiere on Thursday night, a fog cloud rolled in — with the mist only adding to the......

 2021-10-22 20:15 

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'The Harder They Fall: Indigo and Denim Rule in Jeymes Samuel's Western...

When making Netflix's new Western "The Harder They Fall," director Jeymes Samuel was inspired by his early love of the genre. "This is the Western he wanted to see as a kid," costume designer......

 2021-10-22 20:13 

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Apple Plus' New Alien Drama 'Invasion' Begins With More Melodrama Than Aliens: TV Review...

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you haven't watched the first three episodes of "Invasion," Apple Plus' new drama that premiered Friday, Oct. 22. Despite its ominous title, &......

 2021-10-22 19:21 

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Halyna Hutchins, Cinematographer Who Died on Set of 'Rust,' Remembered as 'Truly Unique Artist'...

Michael Nell knew he needed somebody great to help him capture the darker side of Los Angeles — a world of low-rent motels, bar rooms and back alleys — for "Blindfire." The ......

 2021-10-22 19:15 

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Grammy Awards: Stage and Streamers Meet as Concept Albums Look to Dominate Musical Theater Album Race...

While Broadway lights remained dimmed for much of 2020 and 2021, they flipped back on in September and delayed cast albums finally were released — unleashing potential contenders for the musical th......

 2021-10-22 19:10 

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Bloodshot Records Bought by Exceleration Music, Which Vows to Promote Troubled Indie Label's Catalog...

Bloodshot Records, the beleaguered independent label that announced it was closing its office earlier this week, has been acquired by Exceleration Music, a company formed earlier this year to inves......

 2021-10-22 19:00 

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Bollywood Hit 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' Goes to Broadway With Top Talent Attached (EXCLUSIVE)...

Indian filmmaker Aditya Chopra's immensely popular 1995 Bollywood film "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge," commonly abbreviated to DDLJ, is being adapted as a Broadway stage musical ti......

 2021-10-22 19:00 

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Jean Smart's SmartAngel Entertainment Acquires Life Rights to Country Star and LGBTQ Activist Chely Wright (EXCLUSIVE)...

Fresh off her recent Emmy win for the comedy series "Hacks," Jean Smart is ramping up development at her production company, SmartAngel Entertainment. Smart and her producing partner, Angeliki Gian......

 2021-10-22 18:40 

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Donald Trump's New Social Network Violated Software-Licensing Terms, Tech Org Says...

A test version of Donald Trump's Twitter-like social network violated open-source software licensing terms, according to the not-for-profit Software Freedom Conservancy. The Software Freedom ......

 2021-10-22 18:00 

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Rob Thomas' Creative Cup Runneth Over With First Christmas Album, New Music With Matchbox Twenty, Carlos Santana...

As a kid, Rob Thomas always thought December 26th was the saddest day of the year. The festive season brought joy amid an at-times turbulent home life and, through the years, that love for Christma......

 2021-10-22 18:00 

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'4400' Reappears as CW Drama Focused on Character Rather Than Sci-Fi Clues...

When executives at CBS Studios decided to dust off the not-too-distant IP of "The 4400," a four-season drama about a group of people who were plucked from different places and time peri......

 2021-10-22 18:00 

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Randall Einhorn Sets First-Look Deal With Warner Bros. Television (EXCLUSIVE)...

Randall Einhorn and his Sad Unicorn banner have moved to Warner Bros. Television with a multi-year first-look deal, Variety has learned exclusively. Einhorn previously had an overall deal at ABC Si......

 2021-10-22 18:00 

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Inside the Mesoamerican Influences That Inspired the Look of Jorge Gutierrez's 'Maya and the Three'...

In Jorge Gutierrez's Netflix fantasy epic "Maya and the Three," audiences are transported to a lush world of intricate design and carefully crafted mythology. The series, which dropped Oct. 22, fol......

 2021-10-22 17:37 

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Peter Scolari's 'Girls' Performance Was Central to the Show's Triumph: An Appreciation...

Peter Scolari, who died Friday at 66, had a long and decorated acting career, with starring roles in "Bosom Buddies" and "Newhart." But a late triumph — and the performance ......

 2021-10-22 17:25 

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Moon Kissed's 'I'd Like to Tell You Something Important' Is a Powerful Feminist Statement Dressed as Synth-Pop: Album Review...

Moon Kissed are an all-female New York trio whose music is equal parts pop, indie and attitude. It's an angle they hit you with, straight off the bat and in no uncertain terms, on their sophomore a......

 2021-10-22 17:16 

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NBC Debuts First Look at Celina Smith as Annie in 'Annie Live!' (TV News Roundup)...

NBC revealed a first look at Celina Smith as Annie in "Annie Live!," which airs on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. The image sees Smith wearing the titular orphan's famous white-collared red dress, "holding hands......

 2021-10-22 17:09 

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'The Shark is Broken' Review: The 'Jaws' Backstory, Watered Down...

From "42nd Street" onwards, backstage stories were once a staple in the theater, and while there was often a shark or two, they were usually only of the loan variety. But in the West End play "The ......

 2021-10-22 17:00 

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Machine Gun Kelly on Pivoting to Pop-Punk With 'Tickets to My Downfall' and His Hopes for Grammy Gold...

Machine Gun Kelly delivered a high-voltage shock to the music industry when he pivoted from rap to pop-punk with the release of his 2020 album, "Tickets to My Downfall." Produced by Blink-182 drumm......

 2021-10-22 16:29 

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Peter Scolari, 'Newhart' and 'Bosom Buddies' Actor, Dies at 66...

Peter Scolari, who rose to stardom on the brilliant-but-canceled "Bosom Buddies" alongside Tom Hanks, died Friday morning at age 66 of cancer, after a two-year illness. His death was co......

 2021-10-22 16:23 

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Spain's Atera Films Takes Rights to 'Camila Comes Out Tonight' & 'Clara Sola' (EXCLUSIVE)...

San Sebastian-based production-distribution outfit Atera Films has taken Spanish distribution rights to Ins Mara Barrionuevo's "Camila Comes out Tonight" sold by Latido Films and Nathalie lva......

 2021-10-22 16:00 

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Emmanuel Lubezki on Partnering With Lavazza For 2022 'I Can Change the World' Calendar (EXCLUSIVE)...

Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has partnered with Lavazza to shoot their 2022 "I Can Change the World" calendar. The company has been presenting a video and photo projec......

 2021-10-22 15:52 

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The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia Team Up for Smoldering New Single, 'Moth to a Flame'...

Even though they now share management, a collaboration between the Weeknd and dance-music titans Swedish House Mafia didn't seem obvious or even that natural of a fit. Yet "Moth to a Flame," the sm......

 2021-10-22 15:47 

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Alec Baldwin on Halyna Hutchins Death: 'There Are No Words to Convey My Shock and Sadness'...

Alec Baldwin has released a statement on Twitter regarding the shooting incident on the set of "Rust," in which he discharged a prop firearm, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and......

 2021-10-22 15:45 

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How Podcast Leader QCode Uses Star Power — Like an Upcoming Gina Rodriguez Thriller — to Disrupt the Industry...

Gina Rodriguez is on the floor of an audio booth in Hollywood, stretching: The actor, late of "Jane the Virgin," is taking a break as she records a new series for the prolific podcasting company QC......

 2021-10-22 15:42 

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From Hot New Talent, Big Plays and a Spanish Fiction Feeding Fever, How Malaga's Spanish Screenings Played Out...

Held online over Oct. 20-22, 2021's Spanish Screenings-Mlaga de Cine mark Spain's biggest national cinema showcase anywhere in the world, its equivalent of UniFrance's Paris Rendez-vous. 113 recen......

 2021-10-22 15:30 

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'Insecure's' Final Season Is Gratifying, but Illustrates Difficulty of Depicting Growth: TV Review...

The fifth and final season of "Insecure" begins with Issa (played by series co-creator Issa Rae) looking back: Her character chats with a college-era version of herself in the mirror, with young Is......

 2021-10-22 15:25 

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The Rolling Stones' Last Great Album, 'Tattoo You,' Adds Bonus Tracks and Full Concert in 40th Anniversary Edition: Album Review...

After decades of not really dealing with their catalog, the Rolling Stones have been digging deep into their vaults for the past dozen years or so, releasing expanded versions of past albums, many ......

 2021-10-22 15:21 

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Box Office: 'Dune' Opens Strong With $5.1 Million in Thursday Previews...

"Dune," an ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert's famously unadaptable sci-fi epic, opened to a lordly $5.1 million in Thursday previews. The film will unspool across 4,100 theat......

 2021-10-22 15:20 

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J.B. Smoove Reflects on Favorite 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Moments, Previews Season 11...

Fourteen years ago, J.B. Smoove's Leon moved in with Larry David on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and never looked back. Now, it's hard to fathom that there was ever a season of that HBO comed......

 2021-10-22 15:19 

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Issa Rae Reflects on 'Insecure' Soundtrack in Spotify Playlist Ahead of Final Season Premiere...

Issa Rae, a self-described "major music fan," provides new insights about the creation of the soundtrack for her HBO comedy "Insecure" in a new playlist on Spotify. "I......

 2021-10-22 15:15 

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How 'Becoming Cousteau' Producer Story Syndicate Built Up Its Powerful Documentary Pipeline...

It's been just over two years since documentary power couple — director Liz Garbus and producer/financier Dan Cogan — launched Story Syndicate, and already the production company has fo......

 2021-10-22 15:02 

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Elton John Stirs a Quarantine Stew With Famous Duet Partners on 'The Lockdown Sessions': Album Review...

Elton John could've easily taken a breather after putting his Farewell Yellow Brick Road retirement tour on pause due to the pandemic. At this point in his career, he has nothing else to prov......

 2021-10-22 14:28 

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Belarus Documentary 'Flowers Are Not Silent' to Open Ji.hlava Film Festival; Oliver Stone to Deliver Masterclass...

"Flowers Are Not Silent," a film about the brutal suppression of demonstrations against last year's rigged presidential election in Belarus, will open the 25th Ji.hlava Intl. Documentar......

 2021-10-22 14:28 

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Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer on Alec Baldwin Film Contained 'Live Single Round,' Union Claims...

The prop gun that killed "Rust" cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on during an on-set accident on Thursday contained a "live single round," acc......

 2021-10-22 14:28 

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Robert Durst Charged With Murdering His Wife Kathie Durst in 1982...

Robert Durst, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Susan Berman on Oct. 14, has been charged with murdering his wife Kathie Durst in 1982. "The Westchester Cou......

 2021-10-22 14:07 

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Filmax Acquires International Rights to Animated Basque Feature 'Save the Tree' (EXCLUSIVE)...

Filmax has acquired international rights to animated Basque feature "Save the Tree," a new film from director duo Iker Alvarez and Haizea Pastor following the adventures of forest pixies and their ......

 2021-10-22 14:05 

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'Spencer' to Open MOMA's 14th Annual Contenders Film Series...

The Museum of Modern Art announced the lineup for the 14th annual edition of The Contenders on Friday. The film series will run from Nov. 4 through Jan. 22, 2022, primarily in person with a select ......

 2021-10-22 14:00 

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Netflix's 'Maya and the Three' Finds Epic New Ways Into Familiar Fairytales: TV Review...

With every passing episode of "Maya and the Three," I grew more and more annoyed that there wouldn't immediately be a "Maya and the Three" video game to play the second it was done. I haven't playe......

 2021-10-22 13:41 

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European Arthouse Cinema Day to Unspool Across 600 Theaters Worldwide...

The European Arthouse Cinema Day, an initiative aimed at promoting European films and moviegoing, will be hosting its sixth edition with ambassadors including Oscar-nominated Hungarian director Ild......

 2021-10-22 13:19 

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'The Lost Daughter,' 'The Hand of God' Bookend Venice Film Festival's London Showcase - Global Bulletin...

FESTIVAL The Italian Cultural Institute in London, La Biennale di Venezia and Curzon have teamed for 'From Venice to London,' a season where seven films from Venezia 78 will be shown at......

 2021-10-22 12:55 

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Iann Dior, Alessia Cara, G-Eazy Lead 'Blade Runner: Black Lotus' Soundtrack (EXCLUSIVE)...

Iann Dior, 070 Shake, Alessia Cara, G-Eazy, Tori Kelly, Alesso & Danna Paola, A7S, Kiana Lede, X Ambassadors and more are featured on the soundtrack to 'Blade Runner: Black Lotus,' which drops ......

 2021-10-22 12:20 

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Piers Morgan Quits ITV's 'Life Stories' After 12 Years, Teases New Show...

Controversial media personality Piers Morgan has quit U.K. broadcaster ITV's "Life Stories" after 12 years. The show featured interviews with well-known celebrities, "BREAKI......

 2021-10-22 11:36 

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Dismay and Anger After Halyna Hutchins' Death on the Set of Alec Baldwin's 'Rust'...

The film industry is shocked, dismayed and angry following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Thursday. She was killed while filming "Rust" when one of the movie's ac......

 2021-10-22 11:00 

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Spain's Benito Zambrano Delivers a Second-Chance Drama of Sisterly Love in 'Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake'...

Based on the same-titled Spanish best-selling novel, Benito Zambrano's 'Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake' weighs in as a heartwarming second chance in life tale from the Goya and San Sebastian winning wri......

 2021-10-22 10:58 

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Seven Women Directors Team for '7 of Hearts' Anthology in Spain (EXCLUSIVE)...

Spanish director and screenplay writer Mireia Noguera is one of seven female directors teaming up for Barcelona-based production house Corte A Films on the anthology "7 of Hearts." Corte A Films is......

 2021-10-22 09:44 

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Malaga Doc Winner Mo Scarpelli Jumps Into Fiction with Disp rte on 'A Song That Slays' (EXCLUSIVE)...

After having won the Silver Biznaga for best documentary director at this June's Malaga Festival with "El Father Plays Himself," which screens now at the Spanish Screenings, director-cinematographe......

 2021-10-22 09:35 

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Bikini Films Boards 'Karnawal' Director Juan Pablo Felix's Next Pic, 'Ofelia' (EXCLUSIVE)...

Buenos Aires-based Bikini Films, led by Edson Sidonie, has boarded "Ofelia," the sophomore pic of Juan Pablo Felix whose acclaimed feature debut "Karnawal" won best direction at last year's Guadala......

 2021-10-22 08:41 

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Minderoo Pictures Launched by Australian Philanthropic Organization...

Minderoo Pictures, which pitches itself as "a social impact film enterprise" is being launched by the Minderoo Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the Asia-Pacific. The ne......

 2021-10-22 08:26 

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'Fifty Meters' Wins Big at El Gouna Film Festival's CineGouna Platform...

Yomna Khattab's "Fifty Meters" (Egypt) was the big winner at the CineGouna Platform, the El Gouna Film Festival's industry arm created to support and empower Egyptian and Ar......

 2021-10-22 08:00 

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'Midas Man': First Look at Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Beatles Manager Brian Epstein, 'Outlander's' Rosie Day to Play Cilla Black...

"Midas Man," the biopic about legendary music manager Brian Epstein, has begun shooting in Liverpool, U.K., giving fans the first look at Jacob Fortune-Lloyd's transformation into......

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