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Fox 21 Television Studios Names Andy Richley SVP of Development.

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:59
Fox 21 Television Studios has named Andy Richley as the new senior vice president of development, Fox 21 announced Tuesday. In this role, Richley will focus on the development of programs for cable channels and streaming services, as well as identify fresh talent and concepts for series from the studio. He will work closely with... Read more »

Sony’s Tony Vinciquerra Buys Manhattan Beach Compound

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:55
Famously low-key veteran entertainment executive Tony Vinciquerra, who recently signed on as the powerful new chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has splashed out almost $10.9 million for a lavish French country compound in a quiet and pricey part of Manhattan Beach, Calif. The multi-structure compound, not far from a Craftsman-style residence Vince Vaughn... Read more »

Clooney Foundation for Justice Donates $1 Million to Combat Hate Groups in Wake of Charlottesville

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:48
The Clooney Foundation for Justice, led by George and Amal Clooney, gave a $1 million grant to help the Southern Poverty Law Center combat hate groups in wake of recent white nationalist gatherings in Charlottesville, Va. “We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the... Read more »

‘Doctor Who’ Actress Alex Kingston Renting Out Lake Hollywood House (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:45
British actress Alex Kingston’s comfortably contemporary residence above Lake Hollywood and below the Hollywood sign has come up as a furnished luxury-level lease at a rate of $15,000 per month. The “ER,” “Doctor Who” and “Arrow” actress, once wed to Ralph Fiennes and now married to British producer Jonathan Stamp, purchased the property in 2013... Read more »

Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer to Star in ‘A Discovery of Witches’ for Sky

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:44
Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer will star in supernatural romantic drama series “A Discovery of Witches” for Sky. The Sky Original Production will be adapted from Deborah Harkness’ novel for Sky 1 and NOW TV. Produced by Bad Wolf, “A Discovery of Witches” is scheduled to begin production at the new Wolf Studios facilities in... Read more »

Rachel Skarsten Buys Laurel Canyon Cottage (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:35
Canadian actress Rachel Skarsten, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth I on the recently canceled historical series “Reign” and will soon be seen in Aaron Sorkin’s drama “Molly’s Game,” has purchased a secluded, celeb-pedigreed cottage in the storied Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles for not quite $1.4 million. Previously owned or occupied by model-turned-actress Rene Russo,... Read more »

MTV Orders Second Season of ‘Fear Factor’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:00
MTV has plenty to cheer with its “Fear Factor” revival. The cabler has given a 20-episode order to Endemol Shine North America for a second season of the unscripted competition series, hosted by rapper Ludacris. “Fear Factor” has been a solid performer for MTV with its target young adult demo since its May 30 debut.... Read more »

Exclusive Preview: The Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary Edition of ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:00
On September 22, Abkco will release a lavish 50th anniversary boxed set of “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” an album that some, including members of the Rolling Stones, feel is the band’s worst. Lambasted as a “Sgt. Pepper” knock-off at the time of its release in December 1967, the album has always been an outlier in the... Read more »

LCD Soundsystem’s Latest Music Video Is an Interactive Virtual Reality Dance Performance

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:00
LCD Soundsystem has teamed up with the Amsterdam-based design studios Puckey and Moniker as well as with Google’s data arts team to produce a kind of abstract, interactive music video for their latest single “Tonite.” “Dance Tonite,” as the piece is called, lets owners of high-end VR headsets dance to the single’s music, capturing their... Read more »

Andy Serkis’ ‘Breathe’ Joins 2017 Hamptons Film Festival Slate

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:00
“Breathe,” the film directed by Andy Serkis that will premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival, has been named a centerpiece film at the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival, which has also announced an initial batch of titles on the slate including Alexandre Moors’ “The Yellow Birds” with Toni Collette and Jennifer Aniston and... Read more »

Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:59
Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” Freeman as won a... Read more »

TV Ratings: President Trump Address Draws 17.5 Million Viewers Across Broadcast

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:50
President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on the war in Afghanistan drew an estimated 17.5 million viewers across the Big 4 broadcast networks on Monday, according to Nielsen overnight data. Airing from 9 p.m. until approximately 9:30, Trump’s speech drew a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers on NBC. On ABC,... Read more »

First Look: Christian Bale is a Cavalry Captain in Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:28
Le Grisbi Productions and Waypoint Entertainment have released the first image from Scott Cooper’s upcoming western “Hostiles,” which is set for an international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. The film, set in 1892, stars Christian Bale as a legendary Army Captain who, after stern resistance, agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne... Read more »

Unforgiven - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:03

Craig and John take a deep dive into 1992’s Unforgiven, looking at how the David Webb Peoples script works on the page and on the screen.

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Film News Roundup: Michael Watson Boxing Drama Casts Louis Cordice, Jared Harris (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:00
In today’s film news roundup, 3D documentary “Cuba” gets a release date and the Austin Film Festival unveils its first wave of titles.  CASTING Louis Cordice and Jared Harris have joined the cast of Magnificent Films’ upcoming boxing drama “Michael,” based on the story of Michael Watson, Variety has learned exclusively. Cordice, who appeared in... Read more »

Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren Leading Talks at Toronto Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:06
Javier Bardem, Gael García Bernal, Angelina Jolie and Helen Mirren will headline a series of public conversations about their careers as part of this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Many of these actors and filmmakers aren’t just trekking to Canada to take a jaunt down memory lane. They’re also on hand to launch new films. Bardem... Read more »

ESPN’s New ‘Countdown’ Host Samantha Ponder on Navigating Pay Issues as a Woman in Sports Media

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:30
When the NFL’s new season kicks off next month, ESPN’s flagship football pregame show will have a new look. Gone will be Chris Berman, who hosted “Sunday NFL Countdown” from its inception in 1985. In his place will be 31-year-old Samantha Ponder, a veteran of ESPN’s college-football coverage. Ponder spoke with Variety about navigating pay... Read more »

Lionsgate Promotes Kerry Phelan to President of Global Franchise Management

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:00
On the heels of announcing a massive South Korean theme park, Lionsgate has promoted marketing veteran Kerry Phelan to the newly created post of president of global franchise management. Tim Palen, the studio’s chief brand officer and president of worldwide marketing, made the announcement Tuesday. Phelan, who has been an exec VP of global franchise... Read more »

The Fight for Equal Pay: Women, Minorities on TV Still Making Less Than White Men

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:00
July 31 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown marked the occasion — which recognizes the additional seven months that a black woman, on average, must work to make as much money as a white man does in a year — by swatting down Twitter trolls who claimed calling out the inequity... Read more »

Salary Survey 2017: A Look at Who Makes What in TV

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:00
The explosion of demand for high-end TV series and the emergence of deep-pocketed new buyers such as Netflix and Amazon has been an enormous windfall for marquee talent. Just ask Robert De Niro, or David Letterman, or Katy Perry. Stars with brand names are more in demand than ever as dozens of competing outlets search... Read more »
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