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Snapchat Adds CNN as Second Daily News Show

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:00
CNN debuted a daily program Monday on Snapchat Shows, a growing roster of short-form video series on the social-media platform. Airing every weekday at 6 p.m. ET, “The Update” will feature breaking news from the cable network’s reporters exclusive to Snapchat in its signature Shows format. CNN will also offer rolling updates on developing news... Read more »

Google May Be Building Smart Headphones (Report)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:52
Google’s next major hardware product may be designed to bring the company’s smart assistant closer to your ears. Code in one of the company’s Android apps indicates that it may be building, and getting ready to launch, smart headphones that offer direct access to the Google Assistant, according to a report from 9to5Google. Traces of... Read more »

Eclipse: New Yorkers Celebrate ‘Communal Moment’ in Central Park

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:52
There were no tickets, no lines, no security checks. All anyone who happened to be in Central Park on Monday afternoon needed to enjoy the rare transcontinental solar eclipse was a patch of ground and curiosity about the cosmos. As peak eclipse time of 2:44 p.m. ET approached, a crowd of a few hundred people... Read more »

Broadway Box Office: ‘On Your Feet!’ Congas Away With a Sales Spike

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:41
Most of the Broadway box office found itself in the grip of the usual late-August slowdown last week — but not “On Your Feet!,” the bio-musical about Gloria Estefan and her producer-husband Emilio Estefan, which saw sales spike in its last days on the boards. Propelled by last-minute business before the production shuttered Aug. 20,... Read more »

Amazon Studios Buys ‘Cold War’ From Oscar Winner Paweł Pawlikowski (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:30
Amazon Studios has acquired “Cold War,” a period romance from Oscar-winning director Paweł Pawlikowski. The film takes place across Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, and is set in the 1950s — a time when the forces of democracy and communism were clashing throughout Europe. The terms of the deal are being kept under wraps, but it has been... Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Director Alan Taylor Breaks Down Timeline in ‘Beyond the Wall’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:10
SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Season 7 Episode 6 of “Game of Thrones,” titled “Beyond the Wall” While the “Game of Thrones” episode “Beyond the Wall” had many talking about the insane fight sequences between humans, zombies, and dragons, others were more concerned with gaps in the timeline of... Read more »

‘American Idol’ Star William Hung Sings ‘She Bangs’ at Karaoke

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:48
William Hung is not one to sing the blues. However, the internet sensation can bang out an old favorite on the karaoke machine. On Sunday, the former “American Idol” contestant was seen singing Ricky Martin’s song “She Bangs” at a friend’s birthday in Chandler, Ariz. Hung entered the public eye in 2004 after judge Simon... Read more »

Streams of Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ Skyrocket During Solar Eclipse

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:33
As it turns out, millions of people were looking for the perfect track to score Monday’s total solar eclipse. So much so, that Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 ballad “Total Eclipse of the Heart” saw a major spike on streaming platforms. In the hours leading up to Tyler’s performance of her hit aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise,... Read more »

‘Imma Let You Finish’: Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and the Biggest Beefs in MTV VMAs History

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:25
As rumors circulate about a possible Katy Perry-Taylor Swift reconciliation at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 27, it’s worth noting how many beefs have been instigated or squashed at the annual event. From Eminem versus Moby in 2002, to Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus in 2015, who needs therapy when there’s the VMAs?... Read more »

L.A. Times Ousts Four Top Editors; Ross Levinsohn Named Publisher

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:15
Four top editors at the L.A. Times were terminated on Monday morning, including editor and publisher Davan Maharaj, the paper announced. Also leaving the paper are Marc Duvoisin, the managing editor, Megan Garvey, the deputy editor for digital, and Matt Doig, the assistant managing editor of investigations. Tronc, the Times’ corporate parent, appointed veteran media... Read more »

‘Friends From College’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:06
Netflix has renewed comedy series “Friends from College” for Season 2, Variety has confirmed. The series follows a group of friends from Harvard played by Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage, and Jae Suh Park. The series is described as “a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life... Read more »

Will Ferrell, Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions Developing Two New Comedy Series With CBS, CBS TV Studios

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:43
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions is developing new TV comedy projects with CBS and CBS Television Studios, Variety has confirmed. The first project, set up at CBS, is based on the book “Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You F—ing Idiot,” which was written by Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses, due out later... Read more »

‘American Assassin’ Red Band Trailer Shoots Movie to Lead Social Media Buzz

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:41
Dylan O’Brien’s “American Assassin” easily topped social media buzz last week with 59,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service. The activity was spurred by the studio holding a social promotion for fans to unlock the new poster online along with the release of a new red band trailer on Aug.... Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Helmer Matt Shakman Named Artistic Director of Geffen Playhouse

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:39
Matt Shakman, the director behind two recent watercooler episodes of “Game of Thrones,” has been named the artistic director of Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. He’ll join the staff next month, working alongside the Geffen’s executive director, Gil Cates Jr., to begin programming the 2018-19 season. He fills a role about to be vacated by Randall... Read more »

Mick Management’s Michael McDonald Named Chair of MusiCares Foundation, Amazon’s Steve Boom Joins Board

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:30
MusiCares, the music industry organization that provides emergency aid, addiction recovery, and financial assistance to members of the music community who are in need, has named Michael McDonald, founder and CEO of Mick Management (Walk the Moon, Leon Bridges, Ray Lamontagne) as Chair (he was previously vice-chair). Alexandra Patsavas, founder of Chop Shop Music Supervision, who is exiting... Read more »

Bryan Singer’s Queen Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Casts Band Members

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:15
Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, and Joe Mazzello have joined upcoming biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” about the band Queen, with Rami Malek starring as frontman Freddie Mercury. Production on the film will begin this fall, with Bryan Singer directing from Justin Haythe’s script. New Regency and Graham King’s GK Films are the production companies. The producers are... Read more »

‘American Idol’ Alum and ‘Scorpion’ Star Katherine McPhee Upgrades to Studio City Spanish (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:57
BUYER: Katherine McPhee LOCATION: Studio City, CA PRICE: $2,050,000 SIZE: 3,527 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’ NOTES: Although she’s yet to sell a smaller, stylishly appointed house in L.A.’s celeb-stacked Toluca Lake community — a bit more on that in a minute — “Scorpion” star Katherine McPhee already upgraded her residential circumstances... Read more »

‘Narcos’ Star Pedro Pascal to Play Villain in ‘Equalizer 2’ Opposite Denzel Washington (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:53
Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to play the antagonist in Sony and Escape Artists’ “The Equalizer 2” starring Denzel Washington. Antoine Fuqua is returning to direct. Todd Black is producing. Plot details are currently scarce, other than that Washington will reprise his role as Robert McCall, a former special ops agent who now helps those that... Read more »

Edinburgh Theater Review: Irvine Welsh’s ‘Performers’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:18
In a theater festival with 3,398 shows, it can be hard to get your voice heard. But making his presence felt more than most on this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is Irvine Welsh, whose name is attached to no fewer than three productions. As well as a revival of “Trainspotting Live,” an immersive adaptation of... Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Talks Fighting With a Flaming Sword: ‘That’s Real Flames Every Single Time’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:15
SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Season 7 Episode 6 of “Game of Thrones,” titled “Beyond the Wall” “Game of Thrones” kept the epic battle scenes rolling this week, with Jon Snow and his “Magnificent Seven”-esque team fighting off a horde of undead soldiers north of The Wall. Richard Dormer,... Read more »
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