Veteran WME Agent David Lubliner to Join UTA

William Morris Endeavor agent David Lubliner is departing the company for a post at United Talent Agency, individuals familiar with the move told Variety. The parting of ways was amicable, the insi… | Continue reading


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Hollywood Agent and Manager Bruce Tufeld Dies at 66

Bruce Tufeld, a Hollywood agent and manager who once repped stars like Rob Lowe, Laura Dern, and Kelsey Grammer, died Tuesday in Los Angeles as a result of complications from liver cancer. He was 6… | Continue reading


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Interscope Records Appoints Caroline ‘Baroline’ Diaz Senior Director of A&R

Caroline “Baroline” Diaz has joined Interscope Records as Senior Director of A&R. She arrives from Columbia Records and will report to Interscope Geffen A&M EVP of Urban Operations, Nicole … | Continue reading


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Film News Roundup: Bruce Dern’s ‘The Lears’ Bought by Vertical for February Release

In today’s film news roundup, Bruce Dern’s “The Lears” and “Angels Are Made of Light” are acquired, Cold War drama “Stanley Cage” is launched and a d… | Continue reading


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CBS Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Story of Us’ From ‘One Day at a Time’ Co-Creator Mike Royce

CBS has ordered a pilot for the comedy “The Story of Us” from writer and executive producer Mike Royce. The hybrid comedy tells the story of how an unlikely couple becomes a family thro… | Continue reading


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Fantasy Woodstock: A Part Reality, Part Dream Lineup for the 50th Anniversary Fest

Following the announcement of Woodstock 50, which will be held on Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, fans immediately began coming up with their dream lineups for the 50th anniversary of the wor… | Continue reading


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Digital Games Saw 12% Growth to $113.4 billion in 2018 (Report)

“Fortnite” generated the most annual revenue of any game in history and popularized gaming video content among mainstream audiences, according to industry analyst firm SuperData. The gr… | Continue reading


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Warner Bros. Records Names Michele Nadelman CFO

Michele Nadelman has joined Warner Bros. Records as Chief Financial Officer. She arrives following a 12-year run at Concord Music, where she also held the CFO title (of Recorded Music) as well as S… | Continue reading


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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Cast Reveals Dream Guest Stars: Oprah, Beyoncé and…

“Schitt’s Creek” has big dreams. Dan Levy, who stars as David on the series, says his wish list of guest stars includes Oprah, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow. “All for different reasons,… | Continue reading


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Bob Costas Officially Out at NBC After Nearly 40 Years

Bob Costas has formally parted ways with NBC after nearly 40 years as a sportscaster for the Peacock. Costas and NBC have been negotiating an exit agreement for months. Word surfaced last summer th… | Continue reading


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TV Roundup: Syfy Drops First Trailer For Season 2 of ‘Happy!’

In today’s TV News Roundup, Syfy drops the first trailer for the second season of “Happy!” and Imagine Kids & Family sets a partnership with Four M Studios.  FIRST LOOKS Syfy … | Continue reading


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Kirsten Gillibrand Kicks Off Her Campaign and Plans L.A. Visit Next Week

WASHINGTON — Fresh off announcing on “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” that she is entering the 2020 presidential race, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has been taking the traditi… | Continue reading


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Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard to Reunite for Comedy ‘Fairy Tale Ending’

Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard will reunite for the ensemble comedy “Fairy Tale Ending.” Jim Hecht (“Ice Age: The Meltdown) and Tracy McMillan (“Marvel’s Runa… | Continue reading


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‘Sea of Thieves’ February Update Requirea Players Re-Install Game

A major update to Rare’s pirate role-playing game “Sea of Thieves” will require all players to download and fully re-install the game on Feb. 6. In a blog post on the official … | Continue reading


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TV Review: HBO’s ‘Brexit’

The announcement of the film “Brexit” — which aired in the U.K. on Channel 4 before its HBO bow on Jan. 19 — engendered serious criticism from the British, and understandably so. The fi… | Continue reading


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‘The Division 2’ Story Trailer Depicts Nation in Turmoil, Dates Private Beta

The latest trailer for “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2” shows the US in turmoil after warring factions take over, as shared by Ubisoft via its YouTube channel Wednesday. There’… | Continue reading


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Magic Leap Plans to Expand to Mobile AR

Magic Leap is getting ready to embrace augmented reality (AR) on mobile devices. The company is currently looking to hire a senior software engineer for mobile AR, who will be tasked with “expandin… | Continue reading


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TV Review: ‘Fyre Fraud’ and ‘Fyre’

It seems in retrospect unavoidable that the week of release for a highly-anticipated documentary about a scammer began with an attention-grabbing stunt. On Monday, in advance of the planned Friday … | Continue reading


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Protesters Rally Outside Sony Music Headquarters, Demand the Company Drop R. Kelly

Standing in the cold with megaphones outside of Sony Music’s New York headquarters, a group of activists delivered the company, parent of Kelly’s longtime label RCA, a petition signed b… | Continue reading


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Robert Smith, Longtime Executive at New York’s DuArt Film Labs, Dies at 88

Robert Smith, a longtime executive with New York’s DuArt Film Labs, died Jan. 11 in Montvale, N.J. He was 88. Smith spent some 62 years with DuArt, the film processing and post-production fac… | Continue reading


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EA ‘Fully Committed’ To Making More ‘Star Wars’ Games

Publisher Electronic Arts tells Variety that it’s still fully committed to making more “Star Wars” games following a report that its studios are no longer working on an open world… | Continue reading


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TV Review: ‘Deadly Class’ on SyFy

High school, according to TV and movies, is either the best or worst thing that can happen to a person. It’s almost always depicted as the most fun a kid can have, or a horrifying hellhole fr… | Continue reading


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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series

We’re getting a few more hints about Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s top-secret fashion project for Amazon Studios. Casting calls have gone out for designers interested in being a part of the… | Continue reading


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‘Trial and Error’ Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

“Trial & Error” is officially done. The true crime spoof had effectively been canceled last year when NBC did not exercise its option to renew the show for a third season. Studio Wa… | Continue reading


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YouTube Officially Bans Life-Threatening Pranks and Stunts, Like ‘Bird Box’ and Tide Pod Challenges

YouTube has long had a policy banning harmful and dangerous content. But now it has explicitly told users that prank or challenge videos that could lead to death or serious physical injury are off-… | Continue reading


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‘Ellen’s Game of Games’ Renewed for Season 3 at NBC

NBC has renewed the competition series “Ellen’s Game of Games” for a third season. Season 2 of the show officially launched on Jan. 8, though a preview aired on Dec. 12. Ellen DeG… | Continue reading


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Los Angeles On-Location Feature Filming Surges 12.2% in 2018

On-location feature filming in Greater Los Angeles expanded impressively in 2018, gaining 12.2% to 4,377 shooting days, according to FilmL.A. Production activity for feature films rose 15.5% to 1,0… | Continue reading


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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Special

The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Colman, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a stand-up speci… | Continue reading


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‘Westworld Mobile’ Lawsuit Settled, Game Begins Shutdown Process

The “Westworld Mobile” game produced by Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive has now been removed from app stores after a related copyright infringement lawsuit from game studio Bethesda was repo… | Continue reading


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Paul DeBenedittis Named Nickelodeon EVP of Programming and Content Strategy

Paul DeBenedittis has been named executive vice president of programming and content strategy at Nickelodeon. There, he will lead content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and … | Continue reading


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Watch the First Teaser for Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, it’s time to watch a teaser for Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters” forthcoming film. Sony Pictures released a first look… | Continue reading


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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ “The Witches” adaptation. Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the… | Continue reading


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R&B Artist MAJOR. Lands Recurring Role on Fox’s ‘Star’ (EXCLUSIVE)

R&B artist MAJOR. is on “cloud three million” right now. His track “Honest” scored a 2019 Grammy nomination for best traditional R&B performance, and, as he tells Va… | Continue reading


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Supercell’s ‘Brawl Stars’ Clears Over $63 Million in One Month

Finnish mobile developer Supercell’s recent release “Brawl Stars” has made over $63 million in its first month on the market. This figure comes from mobile market research firm Se… | Continue reading


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Karen Kovacs, Time Inc. Veteran, Named EVP of Client Partnerships at NBCU Ad Sales

Karen Kovacs, a former senior executive at Time Inc. and a one-time publisher of People magazine, has been named executive vice president of client partnerships at NBCUniversal’s ad-sales uni… | Continue reading


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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan to Be Honored by Writers Guild

Jenji Kohan, creator and showrunner of “Orange Is the New Black” and “Weeds,” has been named recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award fo… | Continue reading


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‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Live-Action Reboot in the Works at Disney

Disney is in early development on a live-action “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” movie, based on Disney’s animated film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “Notre-Dame de Paris.… | Continue reading


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Fake Editions of Washington Post Distributed in D.C.

The Washington Post was forced to issue a statement on Wednesday morning after commuters were handed fake print copies of the newspaper with a headline claiming President Donald Trump had fled the … | Continue reading


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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All the Time’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“It” star Bill Skarsgard and “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlen will star in Antonio Campos’ adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which Netflix has … | Continue reading


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How Writer-Crew Collaborations Are Changing the Script for the Creative Process

In traditional filmmaking, once a script is written, the director and department heads break it down and figure out the costs and logistics of production. But if the screenwriter collaborates durin… | Continue reading


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Microsoft Hints at Mixed Reality Update for Mobile World Congress

Microsoft may give us an update on its Mixed Reality ambitions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month: The company sent out invites for a press conference Wednesday that list Alex Kipman,… | Continue reading


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Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bündchen to Be Honored at UCLA Science Gala

Science can be very glamorous. It certainly will be during Oscar week on Feb. 21 when the UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability (IoES) honors Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bündchen f… | Continue reading


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Stock Buybacks Leave Firms Without Funds to Invest in Future (Column)

Corporate giants on the S&P 500 have spent more than $720 billion during the past year on stock buybacks. Media and entertainment firms account for only a fraction of that spending, but even $1… | Continue reading


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‘Hitman’ Developer Opens New Studio, Teases Future Projects

“Hitman” developer IO Interactive is opening a new studio in Malmö, Sweden, it announced on its official website on Wednesday. “We are super excited and proud to announce IOI Malmö. We … | Continue reading


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Sinclair Enters Streaming Arena With Entertainment Bundle and Local Channels

Sinclair Broadcast Group is diving into the increasingly crowded streaming platform arena with the launch today of Stirr, a free OTT entertainment bundle offering local news and general entertainme… | Continue reading


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‘Space Force’ Comedy Series From Steve Carell, Greg Daniels Set at Netflix

President Donald Trump’s proposed space force may debut on Netflix before it actually makes it to space. Variety has learned that the streaming giant has ordered a comedy series from “T… | Continue reading


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Variety’s Digital Innovators 2019: The Trailblazers Pushing Media Boundaries

A decade ago, when the streaming-video revolution was in its infancy, the internet was more complementary than disruptive to Hollywood. Those days are gone. New platforms have risen up as Silicon V… | Continue reading


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Jason Katims Sets Apple Overall Deal

Jason Katims is departing his longtime home at Universal TV for a new overall deal at Apple, Variety has confirmed. Katims’ previous credits include “Parenthood” and “Friday… | Continue reading


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