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Danny Strong to Produce Legal Drama From ‘Gran Torino’ Writer at Fox

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 23:15
Danny Strong is attached to executive produce a legal drama in development at Fox, Variety has learned. “The Midnight Lawyer” follows an attorney who gets his clients out of trouble they get into after dark. He used to live the NYC after-hours life and now he’s always striving to save people the way he saved himself, […]

Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Kimmel Developing Fox Comedy ‘The Nepotist’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:30
Jimmy Kimmel and his brother Jonathan are developing a multi-camera comedy series at Fox, Variety has learned. Titled “The Nepotist,” the series would follow Tom Primo, who has had enough of keeping his mother, son, daughter and ex-wife employed. But he’s got too much heart and guilt to fire them. Josh Dixon is the answer to all […]

Jenny Slate Joins Tom Hardy in ‘Venom’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:13
Jenny Slate is in negotiations to join Tom Hardy in Sony’s “Venom” movie. Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed are also on board with Ruben Fleischer directing. Sony had no comment on the casting. Sources say Slate will play a scientist in the film. Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”) will write the […]

Broadway Press Agents Launch Personal PR Firm

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:05
Molly Barnett and Chelsea Nachman, two theater press agents who have worked together for years at DKC/O&M, have stepped out on their own to launch Grapevine Public Relations, a PR firm that specializes in repping theatrical talent. At DKC/O&M, Barnett and Nachman have worked on shows including “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Kinky Boots,” “Fun Home” and […]

‘Despacito,’ Kendrick Lamar Drive New Streaming Records: Nielsen Q3 Study

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:56
Nielsen Music unveiled its third-quarter report for the nine-month period ending September 28, once again demonstrating the powerful effect streaming has had on the record business. Weekly on-demand audio streams for the week of September 28 surpassed 8.3 billion, the highest single-week total to date. On-demand audio streams have topped 287 billion streams so far […]

Disney CEO Iger Decries Las Vegas Shooting: ‘A Huge Crisis for Our Country’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:18
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke out forcefully about the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, calling the violence a “human tragedy of huge proportion” and noting the incident is indicative of  “a huge crisis” for the United States. “We should be demanding a dialogue about this from our politicians,” said Iger, speaking at a […]

Jack Antonoff Pays Tribute to Tom Petty During Stripped-Down Performance and Chat

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:16
Producer and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff honored Tom Petty during a stripped-down performance and Q&A Monday night at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. He also addressed the heaviness of the day’s news surrounding both the hospitalized rock icon and the mass shooting in Las Vegas, hoping to bring some light to a very […]

‘Good Doctor’ Scores Full Season Order at ABC

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:05
ABC has given out an early full season order to freshman medical drama “The Good Doctor,” Variety has confirmed. The series follows Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who relocates from a quiet country life to join the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit. In addition to Highmore, the […]

‘The Batman’ Writer-Director Matt Reeves to Produce Cop Drama From ‘Hell on Wheels’ Creators at Fox

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:00
Matt Reeves, who will write and direct the upcoming DC film “The Batman,” is attached as an executive producer on a police drama called “The Dime” in development at Fox, Variety has learned. Based on New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Kent’s new novel of the same name, the one-hour drama follows Brooklyn cop Betty Rhyzyck, […]

Saoirse Ronan’s ‘On Chesil Beach’ Bought by Bleecker Street

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:56
Bleecker Street has bought U.S. rights to the romantic drama “On Chesil Beach,” which stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle. Bleecker Street plans a 2018 release for the film, which premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Dominic Cooke directed the movie and Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, and Adrian Scarborough also […]

Yahoo Says 3 Billion User Accounts Were Hacked, Upping Previous Estimate

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:53
Yahoo, now part of Verizon, said that a 2013 hack that it previously believed had resulted in the theft of info for 1 billion user accounts actually affected approximately 3 billion after further investigation. Yahoo said it’s alerting additional affected user accounts. The internet company on Tuesday said its investigation indicates that the account information […]

Michelle Obama Talks White House ‘Standard of Ethics’ in Conversation With Shonda Rhimes

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:52
Michelle Obama sat down for a conversation with Shonda Rhimes at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Tuesday, where she addressed female empowerment as well as the standards of ethics used in the White House. Reflecting on the past eight years she spent in the White House alongside her husband, Obama said she admired the […]

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Almost Doubled CBS All Access Mobile Subscription Revenue (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:42
CBS was able to almost double the mobile subscription revenue for its CBS All Access service with the premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery,” according to new data that app analytics specialist App Annie exclusively shared with Variety this week. Additionally, the number of downloads of the CBS mobile app grew by 2.5x following the premiere […]

Ronda Rousey’s Docu-Series ‘Why We Fight’ Set to Run on Go90

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:38
“Why We Fight,” a documentary series executive produced by UFC champion Ronda Rousey about a talented but troubled young boxer, is set to premiere on Verizon’s Go90 free video service later this month. The series follows Zac “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman on his pilgrimage across the globe, where he encounters fellow fighters with their own issues […]

‘The Good Doctor,’ ‘Young Sheldon’ Lead Broadcast Resurgence

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:57
With more than 500 original scripted television series expected this season, it’s more difficult than ever for a new show to rise above the din and make its mark, ratings-wise. And no week is more competitive than the first week of the Nielsen season, which began Sept. 25. But after a 2016-17 that saw broadcasters […]

Sheryl Crow Dedicates Concert to Tom Petty

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:55
Sheryl Crow paid tribute to Tom Petty Monday night during her performance at the epsnW Women + Sports Summit, dedicating the concert to the artist and revealing that her 1996 song “If It Makes You Happy” was inspired “by the way he played.” “I would be remiss if I didn’t say that we’re all playing […]

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent 2’ Taps ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director Joachim Ronning

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:49
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” helmer Joachim Ronning is in talks to direct Disney’s “Maleficent 2.” Angelina Jolie will return in the title role. Joe Roth is producing, with Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton penning the latest draft. It is unknown where this film will pick up following the first movie, […]

‘Mean Girls’ Cast Members Set Up GoFundMe for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:40
On Oct. 3, “Mean Girls” cast members set up a GoFundMe for Las Vegas shooting victims. Mean Girls Day typically honors the comedy classic’s legacy with memes and movies quotes, but this year Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, and Daniel Franzese made a video urging fans to donate to their “Mean Girls for Las […]

Patty Jenkins on Why ‘Wonder Woman’ Isn’t Just a Woman’s Movie

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:39
Patty Jenkins hopes that someday reporters will stop asking her about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, but until the movie business creates more opportunities for women and minorities, she’s happy to weigh in on the issue. “It’s a conversation that has to be had,” Jenkins said during Vanity Fair’s New Establishment summit on Tuesday. […]

Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex to Step Down

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:28
Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex is stepping down after less than two years on the job. Co-founder Jane Rosenthal will become the interim CEO. Rosenthal will also continue as executive chair. Essex will be transitioning to an advisory role by the end of the year. She made the announcement about the changes to the Tribeca […]
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