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U.K. Theater Review: Ian McKellen in ‘King Lear’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:27
Something’s rotten in the state of, er, Britain. A country known for its unerring stability and sense looks, to all the world, like it’s lost its marbles of late, and director Jonathan Mumby’s production of “King Lear,” which gives Ian McKellen a second shot at the role, frames the play as an epic state-of-the-nation drama. […]

Trump on Las Vegas Shooting: ‘It Was An Act of Pure Evil’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:02
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, addressing the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, said that the gun attack in Las Vegas was an act of “pure evil.” “We are joined together in sadness, shock and grief,” Trump said from the Diplomatic Room at the White House. Trump called for unity in the wake of the […]

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9: Susie Essman on the Premiere’s Final Scene

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:00
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read unless you have watched “Foisted!” the Oct. 1 episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” It’s especially satisfying, six years after saying goodbye to “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” to return to an episode that ends with Susie Greene punching Larry David in the face. It’s all in a day’s work for Susie Essman, […]

Hollywood ‘Heartbroken’ by Las Vegas Shooting: ‘There Are No Words’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:58
Country musicians and other entertainment industry affiliates woke up Monday morning to news of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Sunday night a gunman opened fire on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. Police named Stephen Paddock, 64, as the gunman, and said that the Mesquite, Nev., resident was […]

Hillary Clinton Slams NRA While Offering Condolences to Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:54
Hillary Clinton criticized the National Riffle Association on Monday morning while offering her condolences to the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas this weekend that left at least 50 people dead and more than 400 people injured. “Our grief isn’t enough,” the former Democratic Party presidential candidate tweeted. “We can and must put […]

Las Vegas Shooting: Senator Says ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Are ‘Cruelly Hollow’ if Congress Doesn’t Act

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:37
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill woke up to the news of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, and questions about the congressional legislative agenda that includes a controversial bill that would relax the sale of gun silencers. Rather, some lawmakers quickly called for action to limit access to firearms. “This must stop. It […]

Analysis: For Disney, Altice Was Not Just Another Deal

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:26
The prospect of TV channels going dark due to a standoff between a media conglomerate and an MVPD has become so commonplace in recent years that it barely registers anymore. And with less than 4% of Disney’s total TV reach coming through its New York-based cable TV footprint, Altice USA may not have loomed too […]

Big 3 News Anchors Head to Las Vegas for Extended Broadcasts on Shooting Massacre

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:21
As the magnitude of the Las Vegas shooting rampage sunk Monday morning, producers and anchors of the Big Three nightly newscasts scrambled to get on the ground there for extended broadcasts tonight from the site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. CBS News confirmed that “CBS Evening News” anchor Anthony Mason will helm […]

Jake Owen, Onstage When Gunfire Broke Out, Talks About Las Vegas Shooting

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:17
Singer Jake Owen had just finished performing and was standing on the side of the stage watching Jason Aldean’s set at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas when a gunman with an automatic weapon began firing at the crowd, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400. He spoke with NBC […]

Amazon Boards BBC Drama ‘A Very English Scandal’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:13
Amazon has taken U.S. rights on BBC drama “A Very English Scandal.” The three-part drama, which stars Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, tells the story of disgraced British politician Jeremy Thorpe. Grant stars as Thorpe who, in 1979, when leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a […]

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9: J.B. Smoove Explains Lampin’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:00
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read unless you have watched “Foisted!” the Oct. 1 episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” J.B. Smoove’s Leon was a later addition to the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” cast, but he’s quickly become a crucial one. “Foisted!” sees him becoming Larry David’s personal assistant, after he helps Larry “foist” his current assistant (Carrie […]

Tinopolis Group Backs Claire Zolkwer’s Thunderclap Media

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:29
U.K.-based international media producer and distributor Tinopolis Group has invested in Thunderclap Media, a new venture from former ITV executive Claire Zolkwer. Tinopolis announced Monday that it would be backing the start-up, which will focus on producing a wide range of content including scripted and non-scripted entertainment and comedy. Zolkwer, who serves as managing director […]

Google Search Ends ‘First Click Free’ Policy for Paywall Sites

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:01
Google’s powerful search business is eliminating its default “first click free” program for subscription-based websites — giving publishers more flexibility in how they surface free content. Under the Google “first click free” policy, publishers have been required to provide a minimum of three free articles per day via Google Search and Google News before people […]

eOne Pacts With Wattpad to Develop Fan Fiction for TV, Film, Virtual Reality

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:00
Entertainment One is looking to mine a few gems out of Wattpad’s 400 million user-generated stories. Toronto-based eOne has inked a partnership with Wattpad to source fan fiction submitted to the service, with an eye toward developing those into original TV, feature film and virtual-reality projects. Under the pact, Wattpad will identify and curate material […]

Jon Hamm to Play Archangel Gabriel in Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:00
Jon Hamm will be God’s messenger in “Good Omens,” Amazon and the BBC’s adaptation of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman novel. Hamm (“Baby Driver”) has been cast as archangel Gabriel, the primary messenger of God, in the upcoming six-part series, which has just gone into production. The “Mad Men” star professed to being a […]

Roku’s Fall Lineup: Faster Chips, a New 4K Stick And Almost No More Boxes

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:00
Just a few days after its successful IPO, Roku is back in the news with the introduction of its new hardware lineup. Altogether, the company is announcing five new or updated devices this fall. It is also slowly saying goodbye to the good, old streaming box. Roku’s line-up once again begins with its budget-focused Roku […]

Las Vegas Shooting Witnesses Describe War Zone Atmosphere on Morning News Programs

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:44
Hours after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, morning TV news programs were full of amateur video and witnesses describing the horrific scene at a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas where more than 50 were killed and 200 wounded. Concert-goer Gail Davis was clearly still in shock as […]

Dogwoof Acquires National Geographic Documentary ‘Jane’ for U.K.

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:40
Documentary specialist distributor Dogwoof has acquired Brett Morgen’s “Jane” for the U.K. and Ireland. The National Geographic Documentary Films’ title will be released Nov. 24 following its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival Oct. 13. Morgen’s film utilizes rediscovered 16mm footage from the National Geographic archives to shed fresh light on world-renowned conservationist […]

Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Chris Young Send Social Media Messages From Las Vegas Shooting

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:38
Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Chris Young are among the artists who sent messages on Twitter and Instagram after a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas Sunday night. Aldean, who was onstage when the shooting started, posted an anguished message on Instagram, while Owen, who’d performed before […]

Fox Sets Simultaneous Global Launch for Marvel’s ‘The Gifted’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00
Fox Networks Group is giving a global sendoff today to its new Marvel drama “The Gifted.” The series that bows tonight on Fox is rolling out virtually day-and-date in 183 countries across 21st Century Fox’s vast collection of Fox-branded international channels. The global launch demonstrates the company’s confidence in “Gifted,” which revolves around a family […]
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