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Shia LaBeouf Found Guilty on Count of Obstruction in July Arrest

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:58
Shia LaBeouf has been found guilty by a Georgia court on one count of obstruction as a result of his arrest back in July, according to the Associated Press. LaBeouf appeared in court in Savannah, Ga., Thursday morning. LaBeouf was found not guilty on one charge of public intoxication and pleaded no contest to disorderly […]

‘Arrow’s’ Juliana Harkavy on Season 6: There’s a Lot of ‘Bad Blood’ Between Black Canary and Black Siren

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:45
When Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) was killed during the fourth season of “Arrow,” it seemed that the show was moving past the prospect of having a Black Canary among the cast. But that turned out to be far from the plan. Halfway through Season 5, the show introduced Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake, a meta […]

Hollywood’s Most and Least Profitable Stars Revealed

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:10
New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect. According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine Hollywood’s most and least profitable actors, Emilio Estevez takes the crown. Estevez, whose Brat Pack heyday was in […]

‘Casual’ Renewed for Final Season by Hulu

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:04
Hulu has renewed drama series “Casual” for a final season, Variety has confirmed. The series’ eight-episode fourth season is set to premiere in 2018. Premiered in 2015, “Casual” was one of Hulu’s first original drama efforts, hailing from creator Zander Lehmann, showrunner Liz Tigelaar, and director Jason Reitman. Starring Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey, and Tara […]

Showtime Orders Peter Moffat’s ‘Your Honor’ To Series, Robert and Michelle King to Produce

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:00
Showtime has ordered a new series from Peter Moffat that will be executive produced by “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, the premium cabler announced Thursday. Titled “Your Honor,” the series is described as a legal thriller that rips through all strata of Chicago society. The project follows the son of a respected judge […]

Kelly Clarkson Shares Album Title Track ‘Meaning of Life’ (Listen)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:53
Kelly Clarkson released the title track of her eighth studio album “Meaning of Life” on Thursday. The track arrives along with the third video from her Nashville Sessions series, performed live from Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium. “‘Meaning of Life’ is the song that started this entire project,” Clarkson said. “The vibe, soul, and message of this […]

‘I, Tonya’ Teaser: Margot Robbie Transforms Into Disgraced Figure Skater

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:37
The first teaser for Margot Robbie’s “I, Tonya” proves that the actress took a no-nonsense approach to her portrayal of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. The footage shows her smoking a cigarette under the arena hallway prior to competition, stubbing it out with her skate, then coming out to the ice with a dazzling smile. […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda on Trump and Puerto Rico: ‘I Don’t Run Well on Anger’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:30
“Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda has been among the most vocal agitators raising awareness about the devastation Hurricane Maria has wreaked upon Puerto Rico. He’s been outspoken in the press and on social media to help raise funds for recovery, and he pulled together an all-star lineup of Latin artists from across genres and generations, including […]

SAG-AFTRA Grants Waiver on Non-Union Low-Budget Digital Commercials

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:21
SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have reached an agreement to allow union members to work on non-union digital low-budget commercial productions. The Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations and SAG-AFTRA made the announcement Thursday. The waiver applies only to productions with budgets of $50,000 and under. The union and industry reached a three-year […]

Apple Watch Loses Cellular Connectivity In China, Spooking Investors

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:07
The latest version of the Apple Watch has been crippled in China due to government concerns that it could be used to circumvent state surveillance, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The report apparently spooked investors who have long been wary of Apple’s performance in the country, sending the company’s stock down 2.9%. The Apple […]

Gotham Awards Once Again Remind of the Oscar Season Possibilities

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:02
It’s rather wonderful that the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project is always the one to get the awards season ball rolling with its nominations for the annual Gotham Awards. The organization’s process, recognizing a narrow field of categories decided by separate, tight-knit juries, is unusual, and certainly nowhere near the film Academy’s methodology. So the […]

‘Better Things’ Renewed for Season 3 at FX

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:00
“Better Things” has been renewed for a third season at FX, the network announced Thursday. The series, co-created by and starring Pamela Adlon, centers on Sam Fox (Adlon), a single, working actor with no filter raising her three daughters, Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles. Sam also watches out […]

Nascent Middleburg Film Festival Banks on Rural Charm, Awards Hopefuls

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:00
The fifth annual Middleburg Film Festival will run from Oct. 19-22 in the picturesque community of Middleburg, Va. Festival directors Sheila Johnson and Susan Koch boast of their setting, an hour from Washington, D.C., and 30 minutes from Dulles Intl. Airport, as well as a starry slate of Oscar contenders and provocative indie gems. “We’re […]

Makeup-Hair Designer Specializes in Bruising Looks for ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Stronger’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 17:00
This is a busy year for makeup and hair designer Donald Mowat, who worked on two major releases: “Blade Runner 2049” and “Stronger.” Mowat was a big fan of Ridley Scott’s original “Blade Runner,” released in 1982, so he was psyched when helmer Denis Villeneuve asked him to lead the makeup department for the sequel […]

‘France’s Got Talent’ Suspended by M6 After Judge Gets Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:52
French commercial channel M6 has suspended one of its primetime program, “La France a un incroyable talent,” in reaction to sexual misconduct allegations which have been made against one of the show’s judges, Gilbert Rozon. Rozon, the president of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, and a judge on “La France a un incroyable talent” […]

Imagine Television Names Samie Kim Falvey President

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:49
Samie Kim Falvey has been named the president of Imagine Television, Variety has confirmed. She takes over the role from Francie Calfo, who was recently named chairman of Imagine Television. Falvey has previously served as the head of comedy for ABC, where she developed hit shows like “Modern Family,” “Black-ish,” and “Last Man Standing” among many […]

Taylor Swift Teases New Single, ‘Gorgeous,’ Dropping Tonight (Listen)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:48
Taylor Swift announced via Instagram that she’s dropping a new single at midnight E.T. tonight called “Gorgeous.” She included a very brief snippet, apparently from the song, but it’s not really anything but a synth hook and a baby-like voice saying “Gorgeous.” The song will be the third to be released from her forthcoming album […]

A Merger Between Scripps and Discovery Could Be a Smart Fit

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:45
As Scripps Networks and Discovery Communications work toward a merger, they’ve already promised shareholders substantial cost savings. But, arguably, the bigger long-term benefits will come from what the two sides can learn from each other. The two companies’ domestic revenues have been growing strongly over the past years. However, when you look at where that growth […]

TV Academy to Discuss Harvey Weinstein’s Status at Thursday Night Meeting

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:40
The Television Academy is holding a regularly-scheduled meeting of the board of governors tonight, but high on the agenda is the topic of Harvey Weinstein. Though membership rolls of the Academy are confidential, sources confirm to Variety that the embattled mogul is indeed a member of the TV Academy, given his role as an executive […]

Directors Guild of America Leaders to Address Sexual Harassment in Industry

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:24
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Directors Guild of America leaders have announced that they will address the issue of sexual assault. A DGA spokesperson made a brief announcement on Thursday: “The DGA’s National Board of Directors has a long-scheduled quarterly board meeting this Saturday, October 21 in New York City and will […]
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