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Magnolia Pictures Buys ‘In the Fade,’ Propelling Diane Kruger Into Oscars Race (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:20
One of the most celebrated movies at this year’s Cannes Film Festival has found a home. “In the Fade,” the German-language drama starring Diane Kruger as a woman who deals with the tragic aftermath of the murder of her family, has sold North American right to Magnolia Pictures, Variety has learned. The movie, written and... Read more »

Fox in ‘Preliminary Conversations’ to Revive ‘King of the Hill’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:15
From “The X-Files” to “24: Legacy” to “Prison Break,” Fox has been in the business of reviving beloved series of late. The next series to make that list may just be “King of the Hill.” “We have had preliminary conversations with Greg [Daniels] and Mike [Judge],” Dana Walden, Chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group,... Read more »

HBO Hackers’ Ransom Demands Bring Back Memories of Netflix Leak

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:05
Hackers who break into the internal IT network of a studio, and then attempt to blackmail one of Hollywood’s biggest brands — you might have heard this one before. When a group of hackers started to leak episodes of unreleased HBO shows last week, their motives were initially unknown to the public. But as the... Read more »

‘Insecure,’ ‘Ballers’ Renewed at HBO

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:01
HBO has renewed “Insecure” for Season 3 and “Ballers” for Season 4, the network announced Tuesday. “We’re thrilled that the summer lineup of ‘Ballers’ and ‘Insecure’ connected with our viewers out of the gate,” said Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming.. “We’re so proud to work with Dwayne, Issa and all of the... Read more »

Concert Review: Spoon, Belle and Sebastian Co-Headline Sleepy Sunday at Hollywood Bowl

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:00
The beloved indie bands took a solid swing at bringing a sedate crowd to its feet.

Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Gets 2019 Release Date

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:39
Universal Pictures announced on Tuesday that “Cowboy Ninja Viking” starring Chris Pratt has been slotted for June 28, 2019. Guymon Casady, Mark Gordon, Michael De Luca and Pratt are producing the project. The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel revolving around assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: a cowboy,... Read more »

YouTube Star Brian Jordan Alvarez Signs With CAA

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:33
YouTube star Brian Jordan Alvarez has signed with CAA for representation. He’s best known as the creator and star of the popular YouTube show “The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo,” which was named IndieWire’s best web series of 2016, was nominated for a 2016 IFP Gotham Independent Film Award for breakthrough series —... Read more »

‘Only Living Boy in New York’: Marc Webb Says He Needed to Direct Something on a Smaller Scale After ‘Spider-Man’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:21
At Monday night’s New York premiere of the indie drama “The Only Living Boy in New York,” which took place at the Museum of Modern Art, the film’s director, Marc Webb, told Variety that after working on “The Amazing Spider-Man” and its sequel, he was happy to take a break and helm something on a smaller... Read more »

Despite Controversy and Trump Attacks, AT&T Can’t Just Hang Up on CNN

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:15
CNN producers just a few weeks ago would readily acknowledge the trouble they were having in getting Trump administration officials to speak about current events on the network. Now, they can’t get them to shut up. Just last week, Trump adviser Stephen Miller took time out during a White House press briefing to berate Jim... Read more »

‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ Claims Largest Total Viewer Margin of Victory Ever

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:15
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” claimed its largest margin of victory in total viewers ever for the week ending Aug. 4, according to Nielsen data. The CBS late night series averaged 3.2 million viewers for the week, compared to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s” 2.3 million viewers, meaning Colbert topped Fallon by 39%... Read more »

Maya Rudolph to Star in Fox’s Live Musical ‘A Christmas Story’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:07
Fox has announced its next live musical event will be “A Christmas Story,” starring Maya Rudolph, to air Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET (and tape-delayed on the west coast). The three-hour live event is inspired by the classic holiday film of the same name, as well as the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A... Read more »

Fox Orders Singing Competition ‘The Four’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:04
Fox has given a series order to “The Four,” a new singing competition series from ITV Entertainment and Armoza Formats. The new series is the latest entry in a multi-network rush to launch the next hit singing competition — a race that began earlier this year with competition over the rebooted “American Idol.” “The Four”... Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Sets New Record With 10.2 Million Viewers on Sunday

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:02
Hackers be damned: Script leaks and an episode accidentally put in piracy circles from Indian pay TV did nothing to stop the juggernaut that is “Game of Thrones,” which rocketed to a best-ever 10.2 million viewers in its 9 p.m. time slot Sunday. The tally tops the 10.1 million that turned out for the season... Read more »

Ryan Murphy Fox Series ‘9-1-1’ Casts Peter Krause to Star Opposite Angela Bassett

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:00
Peter Krause has been cast as the male lead in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Fox drama “9-1-1,” Variety has learned. Krause will star opposite Angela Bassett, who was announced as the series lead when the show was ordered in May. The procedural drama explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most... Read more »

Variety Announces 10 Actors to Watch for 2017

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:00
Variety is pleased to announce its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has bestowed since 1998. Past honorees include many future Oscar winners and nominees, such as Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Shannon, and Melissa Leo. This year’s honorees will be feted in the Oct. 3... Read more »

Stephen King on ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ How to Adapt His Novels and What Scares Him

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:00
Stephen King will turn 70 in September, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, he has “The Dark Tower” in theaters and “The Mist” on TV. September will see the film adaptation of “It” and a book co-written with his son, Owen King, called “Sleeping Beauties.” There are also two Netflix movies due this... Read more »

Walk of Fame Honoree Jeffrey Tambor on His Long Path From Stage to ‘Transparent’ Triumph

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:00
Long before his TV success, Jeffrey Tambor spent many years in repertory theater. Recalling those days, when he traveled around the country performing in cities such as Seattle, San Diego and Louisville, Tambor says, “There was an actor playing Casca in ‘Julius Caesar.’ He read my palm and I rolled my eyes, but he said... Read more »

Chris Noth Sheds West Hollywood Condo (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:50
Chris Noth, best known as Mr. Big from the “Sex and the City” series, quietly sold a modest if not exactly inexpensive condo at the full-service Shoreham Towers complex in West Hollywood for $1.3 million. Noth, who went on to plummy roles on “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and the third and... Read more »

TV Ratings: ‘Bachelorette’ Finale Hits Season High

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:47
“The Bachelorette” Season 13 finale was not only the top show of the night in both key ratings measures, but it also hit a high for the season, according to Nielsen overnight data. Airing from 8-11 p.m. ET, the ABC reality competition series posted a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers. That... Read more »

‘American Idol’ Producer Lists Mid-Century Home in Encino (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:45
Nine-time Emmy-nominated reality TV producer Cécile Frot-Coutaz listed a crisply renovated mid-century modern residence tucked up into the prosperous foothills south of Encino with a price tag of a smidgen more than $2 million. French-born Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia and, as Simon Cowell’s right-hand woman, a longtime producer on “American Idol,” “The X Factor” and... Read more »
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