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Live Nation Posts Solid Second-Quarter Earnings

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 21:28
Live Nation, the world’s largest live-entertainment company, announced its Q2 2017 financial report Wednesday afternoon, and it showed revenue increasing 29% over the same quarter in 2016 to $2.8 billion, with operating income up 53% to $113 million, and adjusted operating income (AOI) rising 22% to $221 million. Live Nation President/CEO Michael Rapino was predictably... Read more »

FX’s John Landgraf Sounds Alarm on ‘Titanic Struggle’ in Entertainment Economy

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 20:33
“I want the humans to be able to hold their own against the strength of the machines.” That was perhaps the most ominous line spoken from the stage at the summer Television Critics Association press tour, and it came not from an actor or showrunner but FX Networks chief John Landgraf. He wasn’t describing the... Read more »

Android Founder Raises $300 Million for His New Phone Startup

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 20:31
Android inventor Andy Rubin has raised $300 million in funding for his new hardware startup Essential Products. The new round was led by Access Technology Ventures, with Tencent, Foxconn and Amazon also participating in the funding, among others. Altogether, Essential has now raised $330 million. Rubin unveiled Essential at the end of May, and at... Read more »

‘The Flash’ Casts Sugar Lyn Beard as Hazard (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 20:22
Sugar Lyn Beard has been cast as Rebecca Sharpe, aka Hazard, for the fourth season of “The Flash.” The “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” star will appear in the third episode of The CW series’ upcoming season. Sharpe is described as perpetually down-on her luck and is convinced her life is cursed — until... Read more »

21st Century Fox Earnings Beat Expectations, Revenues Miss

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 20:18
Even without Bill O’Reilly, Fox News continues to be the golden goose at Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. The conservative cable network helped offset a box office slowdown and weaker broadcast television results at 21st Century Fox during the most recent fiscal quarter. The company’s fourth quarter profits beat Wall Street’s expectations even as the media... Read more »

CBS Developing Nuclear Submarine Drama From Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:30
CBS is developing a nuclear submarine drama from Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout production banner. The series revolves around the crew of an American nuclear submarine that is rocked by a death on board that threatens to expose a major conspiracy and trigger a potential World War III. The central characters are a young female recent... Read more »

Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller to Star in Psychological Thriller ‘The Maze’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:30
Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller, and Taylor Russell are in talks to star in Sony’s “The Maze.” Adam Robitel is directing the movie, and Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing via Original Films. The film — in in the vein of David Fincher’s “The Game,” starring Michael Douglas — is an elevated psychological thriller about... Read more »

Peak TV: The Count of Scripted Series in 2017 So Far

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:19
FX Networks chief John Landgraf gave an update on the number of scripted series airing in the U.S. market for the year to date during his wide-ranging remarks on the state of the industry at the Television Critics Association press tour. FX Networks has for the past two years undertaken a count that has become... Read more »

Seeso to Shut Down ‘Later This Year’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:06
Comedy streaming service Seeso is shutting down, the streamer announced Wednesday. “We’re writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors,” the service said in a statement posted to Facebook. “Though we will be departing, much of our comedy will live on – and some of your favorite... Read more »

The Ticketing Tech Bruce Springsteen Is Bringing to Broadway

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:06
Suddenly, a lot of Broadway is wondering: What’s Verified Fan? That’s because two of this season’s most hotly anticipated shows — beginning with Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming run of concerts this fall — are namechecking Ticketmaster’s new program as the only way to score tickets. “Springsteen on Broadway” announced it would be using Verified Fan just... Read more »

Why Louis C.K. May Never Do Another Season of ‘Louie’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:05
“Louie” last signed off in mid-2015, and two years later, FX still has no update on whether creator and star Louis C.K. will continue on with another season. Though C.K. is plenty busy with other projects — he co-created FX’s “Better Things” and “Baskets,” along with his web series “Horace & Pete,” the upcoming animated series... Read more »

Ibiza: the Broadway Musical? ‘It’s Possible,’ Says Dance Music Trailblazer Patrick Moxey

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:00
The Ultra Records founder has seen his share of DJs come and go, but says dance music is here to stay.

Jennifer Lawrence Opens Up About Leaked Pole-Dancing Video, Nude Photo Hack: ‘It’s Terrifying’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:46
Jennifer Lawrence getting candid isn’t exactly new, but in a recent interview, the Oscar-winner had a lot to say about protecting her privacy. In the latest Vogue cover story, the actress opened up about having personal intimate photos hacked and leaked in 2014, a highly publicized scandal she more aptly referred to as “a sex... Read more »

Why Bob Newhart Wanted to ‘Intentionally’ Break Boundaries in Television

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:45
On Sept. 16, 1972, CBS premiered the beloved sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” starring the popular comic as Chicago psychologist Dr. Bob Hartley. The funny and whip smart sitcom only received four Emmy nominations during its six seasons. But Tuesday evening at the Wolf Theatre in North Hollywood, the TV Academy paid homage to the... Read more »

‘Fargo’: Will There Be a Season 4 of FX Series?

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:35
FX chief John Landgraf weighed in on the potential for “Fargo” Season 4 during the TCA summer press tour on Wednesday. “We haven’t heard the idea from Noah [Hawley] for what the fourth season would be,” Landgraf said. “What we’ve encouraged Noah to do is think about it and make sure he has an idea... Read more »

Aaron Eckhart Joins Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ at Amazon

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:00
Aaron Eckhart has joined the cast of Matthew Weiner’s upcoming Amazon drama “The Romanoffs,” Variety has learned. The new series will consist of eight hour-long episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors. Each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants... Read more »

BBC America to Show Mark Gatiss’ Gay Britannia Series ‘Queers’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:00
BBC America will launch “Queers,” later this year, the British drama series from “Sherlock” writer Mark Gatiss that looks at life for gay men and women in the U.K. The short-form project comprises eight monologues from well-known actors. In the U.K. it was part of a longer “Gay Britannia” season on pubcaster the BBC, which... Read more »

Katie Holmes to Star in Adaptation of Best-Selling Book ‘The Secret’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:00
Katie Holmes apparently believes in the power of positive thinking. The former “Dawson’s Creek” star will appear in a feature film adaptation of “The Secret,” the self-help book that postulated that human beings can control the universe with their minds and manifest their desires through the “law of attraction.” Somehow quantum physics also comes into... Read more »

Coen Brothers’ TV Series ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Lands at Netflix

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 17:44
The Coen Brothers’ first television series is heading to Netflix, the streaming giant announced on Wednesday. As Variety reported exclusively in January, the Coens are working on a Western anthology series titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” The series will feature six tales about the American frontier. Each chapter will feature a different story about the American West.... Read more »

RuPaul’s Life to Serve as Basis for Hulu Series With J.J. Abrams Producing

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 17:31
Hulu is developing a series based on the life of RuPaul with J.J. Abrams serving as executive producer, Variety has confirmed. The series, currently titled “Queen,” will present a fictionalized version of RuPaul’s rise to prominence beginning in 1980’s New York up to the present day as a world-renowned drag queen and global icon for the LGBT... Read more »
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