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SAG-AFTRA Supports ‘Unencumbered Press’ After Trump’s License Revocation Threat

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:20
SAG-AFTRA has issued a strong statement in support of a “free and unencumbered press” nine days after President Donald Trump threatened to strip networks of their broadcast licenses. “As a union whose membership includes broadcast and online journalists, SAG-AFTRA champions the rights of a free press, whose primary role is to provide citizens with the […]

Brent Briscoe, ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ Actor, Dies at 56

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:55
Brent Briscoe, known for appearances on “Parks and Recreation” and “Twin Peaks,” died on Wednesday after a short hospital stay due to a serious fall that resulted in internal bleeding and eventually heart complications. He was 56 years old. The character actor was known for his roles like diner owner JJ in “Parks and Recreation,” Detective […]

The Philadelphia Experiment: How Pink and Collaborator Billy Mann Forged a 15-Year Friendship

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:40
With first week consumption of over 400,000 units, according to BuzzAngle Music, Pink’s seventh album, “Beautiful Trauma,” proves that the 38-year-old is once again in the black and No. 1. “She deserves it all,” says Billy Mann, the songwriter who has been by her side since 2003’s “Try This” (newly reissued by Sony Legacy this […]

‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot in Development at CBS From Peter Lenkov With Production Commitment

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:15
“Magnum P.I.” is getting the reboot treatment at CBS, Variety has learned. Peter Lenkov, the writer and producer behind current CBS reboots of “Hawaii Five-O” and “MacGyver,” will serve as the writer and executive producer on a new version of the classic 1980s series, which has a pilot production commitment at the network. Described as an updated […]

Jason Aldean Releases Cover of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ to Benefit Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:30
Jason Aldean opened “Saturday Night Live’s” Oct. 7 episode paying tribute to victims of the Las Vegas shooting with a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” and the singer on Friday released a recording of the cover with all proceeds to benefit victims of the tragedy. Aldean’s rendition was made available Friday across […]

TV News Roundup: YouTube Greenlights Tinder-Themed Comedy ‘Swipe Right’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:27
In today’s roundup, YouTube Red will debut a Tinder-themed comedy, and E! News is launching a new Snapchat Discover series. GREENLIGHTS YouTube has greenlit a female ensemble comedy based on a true story from Carly Craig and Daniel Reisinger. “Swipe Right” is an eight-episode comedy about dating and relationships in the digital age and will […]

Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘Gifted’ Scores for Fox, ‘Good Doctor’ Stands Strong on ABC

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:15
The series premiere of “The Gifted” did well for Fox in delayed viewing numbers for Week 2 of the 2017-2018 broadcast season, which began on Oct. 2. “The Gifted” rose from a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 in the Nielsen Live+Same Day numbers to a 2.8 in Live+7 for an increase of 87 percent. That makes […]

AFI Fest Adds Galas for ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Disaster Artist,’ ‘Hostiles’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:03
The American Film Institute has added a trio of awards season contenders as centerpiece galas for next month’s AFI Fest — “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” and Christian Bale’s “Hostiles.” The AFI Fest will also hold a tribute to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris and a screening of “Wormwood” on Nov. […]

Album Review: Margo Price, ‘All American Made’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:47
The phrase “Waylon, Willie, and the boys” always seemed a little un-inclusive — after all, wasn’t Jessi Colter one of the boys, too? — but it’s really tempting to revive that outlaw terminology in the present day and amend it to “the girls,” since Margo Price has become the foremost living exemplar of that Luckenbachian […]

Colony Capital Has Three-Week Window to Avert Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:44
Colony Capital has been granted a three-week window to negotiate a deal for some or all of the Weinstein Company’s assets, as the company seeks to avoid a bankruptcy filing. Sources tell Variety that the Weinstein Co.’s financial situation, and particularly its debt load, are more dire than was previously known. Nevertheless, Colony Capital, under […]

Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:05
Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is providing the only bright spot on a downbeat weekend with about $23 million at 2,388 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday. Four other new films are showing little traction among moviegoers. The most prominent is costly weather disaster drama “Geostorm,” which is heading for […]

Concert Review: Haim Light Up L.A.’s Greek Theatre With Homecoming Show

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:57
“We’re three sisters from the Valley playing the Greek,” marveled Este Haim, one-third of the sisterly trio bearing their last name. “I’m ‘Stone Cold’ Steven Austin when it comes to emotion, but even I’m emotional.” Indeed, the story of Haim could well be the rock variation on “La La Land,” as directed by fellow Valley […]

Lionsgate Unveils World’s First ‘Hunger Games’ Theme Park

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:42
“Hunger Games” now has its own theme park. Lionsgate and Dubai Parks and Resorts have partnered to celebrate the opening of the world’s first “Hunger Games” theme park, based on the popular series of young adult novels and films. “The World of the Hunger Games” had its first full day of operations in the Lionsgate […]

Lawyer: Weinstein Rape Accuser’s ‘Biggest Regret Is Opening That Door’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:32
The attorney for the Italian actress and model who has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in 2013 says that she is relieved to finally tell her story. “What happened to her is horrible and she is relieved to come forward now, but she’s also extremely scared, and rightfully so,” said attorney Dave Ring, in […]

‘Blade Runner’ Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:20
After breaking out in “Blade Runner 2049,” Sylvia Hoeks is looking to move on to another franchise revamp. The Dutch actress is in talks to join Claire Foy in Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Foy, who stars in the Netflix series “The Crown,” is […]

Microsoft Picks Up Six-Second Ads in AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:35
Before you get to see people eaten by zombies, you can be enveloped by technology. Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox has agreed to run a six-second ad before the second and third episodes in the next cycle of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” the first purchase of the inventory since AMC offered the inventory earlier this month. Six-second […]

Major Lazer Documentary About Historic Cuba Concert to Air on Apple Music

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:30
Major Lazer’s new documentary “Give Me Future,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at how their historic concert in Havana, Cuba, came together, will premiere Nov. 17 on Apple Music. The group’s March 2016 concert, which drew a reported 400,000 fans, marked the first major performance by an American artist in Cuba after diplomatic ties with the […]

Apple Video Taps Amazon Alum Morgan Wandell to Head International Development

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:30
Amazon Studios alum Morgan Wandell has been tapped to lead international development for Apple Video. At Apple, Wandell will be tasked with developing big-ticket productions that can travel well around the world. He will report to Apple Video chief content officers Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg in his role as head of international creative […]

Former Actress Heather Kerr Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Forcing Himself on Her

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:18
Heather Kerr is the latest actress to come forward and accuse disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Kerr, in a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, asserted Friday that Weinstein had exposed himself to her and forced himself on her sexually in a private meeting. “He asked me if I was good,” Kerr said. […]

Female Animators Call for End of Culture of Sexual Harassment in Open Letter

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:03
In the midst of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement, 217 women and gender non-conforming people working in the field of animation signed an open letter to a dozen studios calling for the end of a culture of sexism and sexual harassment in the industry The letter, which was signed by high-profile figures like […]
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