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Niall Horan Debuts Duet with Maren Morris, Sam Smith Reveals New Album Details at Capitol Congress

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:07
Capitol Congress, the all-day confab conceived by Capitol Music Group chairman Steve Barnett to highlight the company’s recent successes and future projects, held its fourth edition today (Aug. 9) at Hollywood’s Arclight Cinemas. Among the highlights: new songs premiered by Niall Horan (including a duet with Maren Morris), a Q&A and album update from Sam... Read more »

NFL’s Chargers Use Social Media, Video and Real Area Fans to ‘Fight for L.A.’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:00
The L.A. Chargers, whose first pre-season game will be broadcast on KABC TV Sunday as they kick off against the Seattle Seahawks, have taken their Fight for L.A. directly to fans with a new video clip. The Chargers’ Fight for L.A. campaign launched Tuesday though the social media platforms of players Keenan Allen, Jason Verrett,... Read more »

Female Directors Talk Breaking In, Mentoring and Becoming ‘Christopher Nolan With a Vagina’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:35
“We can’t be your first.” That’s the maddening response that many female directors hear when they are trying to break in to the world of directing episodic TV. FX Networks assembled a panel of seven female directors on Wednesday to discuss their experiences working in TV and with Ryan Murphy’s Half, the uber-producer’s initiative to... Read more »

Ryuichi Sakamoto Documentary ‘Coda’ to Screen at Venice Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:32
A documentary about noted Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his music for “The Last Emperor” in 1987, will screen out of competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda” covers five years of the composer’s life combined with archival material illuminating his musical and cinematic history. Sakamoto... Read more »

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ to Start with Murder, Tell Story ‘Backwards’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:28
With his “American Crime Story” anthology series, Ryan Murphy is out to explore well-known criminal cases centering on important cultural figures in a new way. His next installment, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” continues the trend that “The People v. O.J. Simpson” set by opening its premiere episode with the 1997 murder of fashion designer... Read more »

Bribery Case Involving Arnon Milchan Heats Up With Netanyahu Indictment Looming

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:56
TEL AVIV — On Monday morning, three days after Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff agreed to serve as state witness for those prosecuting him, the embattled Israeli prime minister tweeted an article predicting his inevitable ouster with a caption of just two words: “Won’t happen.” Bluster, however, won’t stave off the courts. Israel’s longtime premier... Read more »

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Adds Three Actors, Including ‘Vikings’ Star

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:50
“Westworld” Season 2 is rounding out its cast with the addition of three new actors, Variety has confirmed. Gustaf Skarsgård, Fares Fares, and Betty Gabriel will all be joining the HBO series’ sophomore season. Skarsgård, known for playing Floki on the History series “Vikings,” will play Karl Strand, described as a white-collar guy comfortable in the field. Fares,... Read more »

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Will Focus on ‘What’s Going on in Our World’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:35
Details are scarce about the upcoming new season of “American Horror Story,” as always. But at a panel titled “The Women of ‘American Horror Story,'” held during the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, a few details were revealed, including confirmation that the past presidential election will somehow play a role. Executive producer Ryan Murphy had... Read more »

Riz Ahmed in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in Spider-Man Spinoff ‘Venom’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:29
Riz Ahmed is in early talks to join Sony’s “Venom” movie. Ruben Fleischer is directing the spinoff of the Spider-Man franchise, and Tom Hardy is attached to star. While details on Ahmed’s role have not yet been revealed, sources say that he’ll be playing a popular Marvel Comics character. Sony had no comment on the casting. Sony... Read more »

China’s Wanda Makes $1 Billion Reshuffle of Theme Park, Hotel Assets

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:17
Wanda Hotel Development, a Hong Kong-listed unit of China’s entertainment to property giant Dalian Wanda group, is to spend $1 billion to buy theme park and hotel management businesses from other parts of the group. Currently under siege, Dalian Wanda says that the moves will make Wanda Hotel an offshore “strategic platform.” In a regulatory... Read more »

Taylor Swift’s Mom Accuses DJ — ‘That Guy Right There’ — of Sexual Assault in Day Three of Groping Trial

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 00:06
Taylor Swift’s mother Andrea pointed directly at former KYGO DJ David Mueller and accused him of sexual assault in the third day of the civil trial in Denver. “I knew exactly what happened. He sexually assaulted her — right there, that guy,” Andrea Swift said, pointing to Mueller, according to USA Today. However, she admitted that she... Read more »

TV News Roundup: Ava DuVernay to Adapt Octavia Butler’s Novel ‘Dawn’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 23:15
In today’s roundup, Ava DuVernay will adapt a sci-fi novel, and Jane Lynch has signed on to guest star in a new Amazon series. DEVELOPMENT Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King, and Victoria Mahoney will adapt Octavia E. Butler‘s sci-fi novel “Dawn” into a television series, Variety has confirmed. King’s Macro shingle will produce, with writer-director Mahoney adapting the... Read more »

Facebook Unveils Shows From 30+ Partners Including Univision, MLB, NBA, Hearst and Time Inc.

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 23:09
Facebook is finally getting ready to unveil its premium video efforts. The company announced a new “Watch” tab for its mobile apps Wednesday afternoon, which will feature professionally-produced short-form content from a variety of partners, including A&E, Hearst, MLB, Time Inc. and others. The new tab, as well as the premium content partnerships, are part... Read more »

Anthony Scaramucci to Appear on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 23:00
Stephen Colbert has booked Anthony Scaramucci as a guest on “The Late Show.” The short-lived White House communications director is scheduled to appear this upcoming Monday. On Monday 8/14 Anthony Scaramucci will be my guest on @colbertlateshow. This is just a heads up for our censors to get ready! #themooch — Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) August... Read more »

Glen Campbell Remembered by Julian Raymond, Who Produced His Last Three Albums

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 22:27
Glen Campbell had no better booster in his final decade than producer Julian Raymond, who helmed three late-career comeback albums for the legend before producing and co-writing “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” a farewell recording that was nominated for a Best Song Oscar. Considering that he also joined the band for much of Campbell’s goodbye... Read more »

Discovery Leads $10 Million Investment in VR Startup Here Be Dragons

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 22:18
VR startup Here Be Dragons has raised a $10 million round of funding led by Discovery Communications, with ad agency founder David Droga and former Havas CEO David Jones shipping in some money as well.  Discovery’s SVP of emerging platforms and partnerships Rebecca Howard joined the board of the startup as part of the funding. “Discovery and Here... Read more »

Fox News Host Eric Bolling Sues Journalist Over Lewd Text Report

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 22:09
Fox News host Eric Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit on Wednesday against Yashar Ali, the reporter who broke the story alleging that Bolling had sent lewd texts to co-workers. Bolling was suspended over the weekend pending an internal investigation, as Fox News seeks to get out from under a cloud of sexual harassment... Read more »

Concert Review: Lady Gaga Embraces Every Era of Her Career at the Forum

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 22:04
Lady Gaga has spent much of the past few years proving her versatility. Whether she was collaborating with Tony Bennett, screaming alongside Metallica at the Grammys, or headlining her own larger-than-life Super Bowl halftime show, she seemed to be hammering one message home: Lady Gaga can do more than your average pop star. Her Joanne... Read more »

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Drop $18 Million on French Regency Mansion in Holmby Hills

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 21:31
BUYERS: Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $18,000,000 SIZE: 9,221 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine, an occasional actor and one of three coach-judges on “The Voice,” has yet to sell his custom-remodeled estate high above Beverly Hills’s Benedict Canyon — a... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ to Lead Another Sluggish Summer Weekend

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 21:30
If we are in the midst of the movie business’ summer of hell, one starring a demon-possessed doll might as well top the charts. That appears to be the case for Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Annabelle: Creation.” The fourth installment in what has become the “Conjuring” extended universe is casting its evil eye on... Read more »
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