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‘Chicago P.D.’ Casts ‘Ballers’ Alum Anabelle Acosta in Recurring Role for Season 5 (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:04
Anabelle Acosta is joining “Chicago P.D.” Season 5 in a recurring role, Variety has learned exclusively. Acosta will play Camila, making her first appearance in the seventh episode of the new season. In her premiere episode, Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) encounters Camila while he’s undercover working a case. His interaction with her and her family brings up […]

Trump Praises ‘Indescribable’ Police, Medical Response to Las Vegas Shootings

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:40
President Donald Trump, on a visit to Las Vegas in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, praised the work of medical personnel treating the victims in the massacre, in which 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured. Trump visited University Medical Center to meet with victims, families, and medical […]

‘Atlanta’ Writer-Producer Stefani Robinson Signs Overall Deal With FX

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:30
“Atlanta” writer-producer Stefani Robinson has signed an exclusive overall production deal with FX productions, FX announced Wednesday. In addition to her work as a writer and producer on “Atlanta,” Robinson is also a writer and producer on the upcoming “Deadpool” animated series coming to FXX in 2018. She also wrote for FXX’s “Man Seeking Woman.” […]

Melissa Grego Named CEO of Hollywood Radio & Television Society

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:00
Journalist and events producer Melissa Grego has been named CEO of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. Grego, a Variety alum and former editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable, takes the reins on Oct. 30 from executive director Dave Ferrara, who is retiring after 18 years with the organization. HRTS is a non-profit industry networking and […]

Fox News Expands ‘Fox & Friends,’ Starting ‘First’ Broadcast at 4 AM

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:50
Early-birds who watch Fox News Channel now have another hour of programming. The 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet said it would kick start “Fox & Friends First” at 4 a.m. – an hour earlier than it currently launches – starting October 9. The 4 a.m. hour will be hosted The 4 a.m hour will be hosted by Heather […]

AT&T Chief Randall Stephenson Talks Time Warner Deal, Getting Hate Mail & Privacy Concerns

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:17
It may not be the sexiest part of the entertainment business but AT&T chief Randall Stephenson is eagerly anticipating the audience data windfall to come from the union of the telco giant and Time Warner. AT&T’s $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner is expected to receive its final federal regulatory clearance within a few months. […]

Senator Calls for Facebook to Release Russia-Related Election Ads

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:10
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) called on Facebook to release thousands of Russia-linked political ads that it has turned over to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Warner, the vice chair of the committee, told reporters that “at the end of the day it’s important that the public see […]

Nicole Kidman to Star in L.A. Cop Thriller ‘Destroyer’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:05
Nicole Kidman will star in the Los Angeles crime thriller “Destroyer” from director Karyn Kusama. She will portray an LAPD detective who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cult-like gang in the California desert. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the […]

AMC to Offer ‘Walking Dead’ Advertisers Six-Second Ads

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:00
In the world of “The Walking Dead,” transforming from living human to undead zombie can take a matter of hours.  AMC, the network that runs the show, hopes making an impression on the audience that tunes in for such stuff will take a significantly shorter amount of time. AMC hopes advertisers in the zombie-apocalypse drama […]

Production Pros Weigh Pros and Cons of Helicopters vs. Drones

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:00
It’s hard not to hum Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” from “Apocalypse Now” as Kevin LaRosa II of Helinet Aviation carefully lines up the Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter he’s piloting behind the company’s newly acquired Sikorsky Black Hawk. DP Hans Bjerno, controlling the camera from a seat in back, grabs a shot of the former military […]

Was Life Is Beautiful Festival the Las Vegas Shooter’s Original Target?

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:53
Stephen Paddock, the shooter who killed at least 59 people at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, may have originally targeted the city’s Life Is Beautiful the previous weekend, the Daily Beast reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed senior law enforcement source, which it says is not directly involved in the […]

Tillerson Reaffirms Support for Trump After ‘Moron’ Report

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:46
Amid reports that Rex Tillerson had considered stepping down from his position, the secretary of state held a rare press conference on Wednesday morning to deny rumors of rising tensions between him and President Donald Trump. In response to an NBC News story that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron,” the secretary of state did not […]

Revitalized Asbury Park Gets Its Groove Back as Music, Art Haven

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:45
Asbury Park was synonymous with rock ’n’ roll even before New Jersey native son Bruce Springsteen first picked up a guitar at age 14. But for the better part of the past 30 years, the New Jersey Shore town suffered neglect and a series of lofty but ill-fated entrepreneurial stop-starts. By the early 2000s, its […]

YouTube TV Swings for 2017 World Series Hits in MLB Pact

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:44
Google is putting YouTube TV, its $35-per-month internet skinny bundle, into the top pitching spot for this year’s World Series. Under a multi-pronged deal with Major League Baseball, YouTube TV will serve as the presenting sponsor of the baseball’s 2017 World Series with a variety of national TV spots and on-air callouts on Fox during each […]

‘Fast and Furious 9’ Moved Back a Year to 2020

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:20
Universal Pictures will move its ninth “Fast and Furious” movie back a year to April 10, 2020. The studio did not disclose the reason for the shift, which was announced on Wednesday. “Fast and Furious 9” had been set for April 19, 2019. Both dates are Easter weekends. Universal is freeing up the 2020 slot […]

Timothee Chalamet on His Racy Sex Scene in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:20
“I wouldn’t be the actor I am without New York,” says Timothée Chalamet. The 21-year-old breakout star of three upcoming movies with Oscar buzz (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird” and “Hostiles”) grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, graduated from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, studied at both Columbia and NYU and now […]

‘Florida Project’ Director Sean Baker on America’s ‘Hidden Homeless’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:15
There are independent filmmakers. And then there are independent independent filmmakers — the ones who live in thrall to their muse, with a spirit that might be called defiance. Or maybe fearlessness. Sean Baker is one of those directors. In movies like “Tangerine,” “Starlet” and his new and transporting “The Florida Project,” he tells close-to-the-bone tales of […]

Ben Platt on Meeting Beyonce and Leaving ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
The lead role in Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” not only earned Ben Platt a Tony Award, he now curates an Instagram account with more star sightings than the Met Gala. Since the musical became a smash hit last fall, celebrities like Julianne Moore, Morgan Freeman and Ralph Fiennes have come backstage night after night to pay their […]

10 Actors to Watch: Danielle Macdonald Goes From ‘Patti Cake$’ to ‘Dumplin”

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Danielle Macdonald is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. Australian Macdonald is enjoying her “a star is born” moment thanks to Geremy Jasper’s Sundance darling “Patti Cake$,” in which she plays a wannabe rapper from the wrong side of the Hudson. But don’t assume this breakthrough moment […]

10 Actors to Watch: Kiersey Clemons Gets Ready to Join the ‘Justice League’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Kiersey Clemons is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. Asked to describe the last few years of her career, following her big-screen breakout in Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope,” Kiersey Clemons notes, “there’ve been hits and misses.” It’s probably not the way most 23-year-old actors would describe a three-year […]
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