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Roman Polanski’s Effort to Dismiss Rape Case Rebuffed Again by Judge

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:57
For the second time in four months, Judge Scott Gordon on Friday refused to dismiss the 40-year-old rape case against director Roman Polanski. In his ruling, Gordon reiterated that no deal can be worked out before Polanski returns to the U.S. and submits to the court’s authority. Gordon made the ruling in spite of the... Read more »

Dr. Luke Has a New Protege — and She’s Not What You’d Expect

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:57
Dr. Luke’s name has been noticeably absent on pop track credits over the last couple of years, though it’s certainly seen its share of headlines, thanks in no small part to a contentious legal battle with Kesha over allegations of contractual servitude and abuse (her claims) and defamation (his). But he does have a new... Read more »

Sony Pictures Television Promotes Marketing Executives Jaime Blanc, Cathy Goldman

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:49
Sony Pictures Television has promoted marketing executives Cathy Goldman (pictured above, left) and Jaime Blanc (pictured above, right). Blanc has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president of marketing and advertiser sales. She joined the company in 2013, and has nearly 20 years of experience within the industry. She has previously held positions... Read more »

‘The Conjuring’ Series, Spinoffs Top $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:32
New Line’s four-film “Conjuring” series has scared up more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, thanks to “Annabelle: Creation” taking in more than $110 million. The low-cost franchise launched in 2013 with “The Conjuring,” starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as paranormal investigators, and was spun off with 2014’s demonic doll “Annabelle,” followed... Read more »

Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:27
In today’s film news roundup, two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label. ACQUISITIONS Under the Milky Way has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Dalida,” directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. The film stars Sveva Alviti as... Read more »

Steve Mnuchin’s Former Yale Classmates Urge Him to Resign From Treasury

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:15
Over 300 of Steve Mnuchin’s Yale University Class of 1985 classmates have signed a letter asking him to resign as Secretary of the Treasury in response to President Donald Trump’s comments on recent events in Charlottesville. The letter, which was posted on lettertostevemnuchin.com, addressed Yale’s legacy of graduates serving as presidents, members of the cabinet, and... Read more »

Steve Bannon Returns to Breitbart News After White House Exit

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:19
WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon returned to Breitbart News on Friday, after he was ousted as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist. Charlie Spiering, the White House correspondent for Breitbart, tweeted that Bannon returned as executive chairman and chaired their evening editorial meeting.

Summer Late-Night Ratings: Stephen Colbert Grows Total Viewers Lead, Gains Ground on Jimmy Fallon in Key Demo

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:12
As the summer begins to wind down, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has shown no signs of slowing down in the ratings. According to Nielsen data from May 25 to Aug. 13, Colbert is averaging a 0.53 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 3.38 million viewers per episode. “The Tonight Show Starring... Read more »

‘Predator’ Actor Sonny Landham Dies at 76

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:07
Actor Sonny Landham, who appeared in “Predator” and “48 Hrs,” died from congestive heart failure Thursday in Lexington, Ky. He was 76. The actor, who was part Seminole and part Cherokee, was best known for portraying Native American tracker Billy Sole in Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer “Predator” in 1987. However, he did not appear in the film’s sequels.... Read more »

Carl Icahn Steps Down as Trump Special Adviser

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:03
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is stepping down as a special adviser to President Donald Trump on regulatory reform, he announced Friday. In a letter posted on his website addressed to POTUS, Icahn responded to criticism on the Democratic side that his role might create a conflict of interest. “I never sought any special benefit for... Read more »

TV News Roundup: Viola Davis to Produce ‘XQ Super School Live’ Event

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:56
In today’s roundup, NBC gives a commitment to drama pilot “The Unrequited,” while Viola Davis will exec produce the multi-network live event “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live.” DEVELOPMENT NBC has given showrunner Kevin Falls a put pilot order for “The Unrequited,” Variety has confirmed. The hourlong drama series will tell the story of four adult siblings... Read more »

Dale Spina, Former Warner Bros. Ad Exec Who Worked on ‘Batman’ and ‘Beetlejuice,’ Dies at 66

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:40
Dale Spina, formerly Warner Bros.’ vice president of creative advertising and a copywriter for the studio, died on Aug. 4 after a brief illness. He was 66. Spina served as co-head of The Idea Place, Warner’s in-house ad agency that was formed in the early 1980s. He worked on “Batman,” the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, “Beetlejuice,”... Read more »

Does Taylor Swift’s Social-Media Blackout Mean New Music Is Coming? Almost Definitely …

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:30
Taylor Swift sent fans into a frenzy today by wiping clean her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, which combined have approximately 250 million followers, setting the Internet alight with speculation about whether a new album is imminent. But that’s not the only reason Swift’s fan base is snapping into anticipatory mode. For one, more time... Read more »

Stuart Thompson, Broadway Producer of ‘Book of Mormon’ and ‘Mean Girls,’ Dies at 62

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:18
Stuart Thompson, the longtime theater producer and general manager of shows including “The Book of Mormon” and the upcoming musical adaptation of “Mean Girls,” died in New York on Thursday of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 62. A well-liked figure in the Broadway community and the winner of six Tony Awards, Thompson was the... Read more »

RIAA Posts Fiery Response to Blog Post From YouTube’s Lyor Cohen

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:43
Barely 24 hours after YouTube’s new head of music, Lyor Cohen, published a cheerful blog post about the company’s work with the music industry, the RIAA’s Cary Sherman has responded with a fiery post of his own in which he asks: “Why is YouTube paying so little?” YouTube has long been a target for the music... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shooting for $20 Million in Slow Weekend

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:14
Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is heading for as much as $20 million at 3,337 North American locations, which will easily top a sleepy weekend at the domestic box office, early estimates showed Friday. Steven Soderbergh’s heist caper “Logan Lucky” is showing little traction with about $8 million at 3,026 sites — about half the second... Read more »

Relativity Media Sued by Digital Ad Agency

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:55
Add one more plaintiff to the growing list of vendors and investors who have filed suit against Relativity Media. Unfold Agency, a digital ad maker, sued the studio on Thursday in Santa Monica Superior Court, alleging that Relativity has failed to pay more than $70,000. The company alleges that it was hired to create a... Read more »

Oscars: Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott Race to the Finish

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:04
"The Papers" and "All the Money in the World" are already last-minute contenders. "The 15:17 to Paris" may soon join them.

Hollywood Reacts to Steve Bannon’s White House Exit

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:59
On Friday, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and the former executive chair of Breitbart News Steve Bannon exited the White House just days after Trump declined to guarantee Bannon’s job security at a press conference at Trump Tower. Reports are mixed as to whether Bannon was fired or resigned, but Hollywood took to Twitter to... Read more »

Budding Real Estate Baller Miley Cyrus Nabs Secluded Farm Outside Nashville

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:41
BUYER: Miley Cyrus LOCATION: Franklin, TN PRICE: $5,800,000 SIZE: 6,689 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Miley Cyrus may be just 24 years old but her personal property portfolio is fast approaching bone fide baller status with the $5.8 million purchase of a secluded farm about 20 miles... Read more »
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