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Many Malibu Areas Still Off-Limits for Filming After Fire

The California Film Commission has maintained its ban on filming in several Malibu areas hit by the massive Woolsey fire in Southern California last month. The commission announced Tuesday that due to continued clean-up and repair work along Pacific Coast Highway, permits for filming on the highway are not being issued at this time. PCH […].....»»

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Film News Roundup: Andy Garcia’s Spy Thriller ‘Against the Clock’ Bought by Gravitas

In today’s film news roundup, Andy Garcia’s spy thriller is sold, “Battlestar Galactica” gets a screenwriter, and Brooklyn Decker gets an award. ACQUISITION Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to spy thriller “Against the Clock,” starring Andy Garcia, Dianna Agron (“Glee”), and Justin Bartha, Variety has learned exclusively. The film, formerly titled “Headlock,” is […].....»»

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Verizon Is Officially Killing the ‘Oath’ Name

Oath, we hardly knew ye. Less than two years after Verizon unveiled Oath as the name for the merged AOL-Yahoo internet group, the telco announced that the name will be discontinued, with Oath to be renamed the “Verizon Media Group” as of Jan. 8, 2019. Oath has been a disappointment for Verizon: The telco spent nearly $10 […].....»»

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‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross Working on Show’s Movie Version, Idris Elba Says

A movie version of crime series “Luther” is moving forward, with writer-creator Neil Cross working on the script, the show’s star Idris Elba confirmed at the launch of Season 5 in London. “We are really advancing on getting a movie version [of the show] up on the screen,” Elba said. “Neil is beavering away on […].....»»

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‘Aquaman’ Outpacing ‘Wonder Woman’ in Fandango Pre-Sales

Pre-sales of “Aquaman,” which opens on Thursday night, are outpacing “Wonder Woman” at the same point in the advance ticket sales cycle on online ticketer Fandango. “Wonder Woman” opened with $103 million domestically during the June 2 to June 4, 2017, weekend on its way to a $412 million North American total for Warner Bros. “Aquaman,” […].....»»

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As Wilco’s ‘Mermaid’ Turns 20, an Original Woody Guthrie Tape Is Found (EXCLUSIVE)

  Among the many reasons to celebrate Jeff Tweedy right now — including his first real solo album, “Warm,” and a new memoir, “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)” — it’s worth throwing a 20th anniversary party for “Mermaid Avenue,” the landmark album he and his band Wilco recorded with Billy Bragg in 1998. There […].....»»

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Adds Ex-Hulu Execs Tim Connolly, Jim O’Gorman to Management Team

Quibi, the mobile-TV startup led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, has tapped several Hulu alums among its latest hires. Tim Connolly, formerly senior VP of partnerships and distribution at Hulu, has joined Quibi as head of partnerships and advertising. Jim O’Gorman, previously Hulu’s SVP of talent and organization, is now head of talent and […].....»»

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Remembering Penny Marshall, Who Forged Her Own Path and Paved the Way for Others

She was a natural comedian — fearless and funny, willing to trade on her natural Bronx brogue to craft a sassy and street-wise character that was tailor-made for sitcoms. But Penny Marshall, who died Monday night at the age of 75, proved throughout her long career that she had so much more in the way […].....»»

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TV News Roundup: NBC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates

In today’s roundup, NBC reveals midseason premiere dates for six shows, including “The Voice.” DATES  NBC has announced midseason premiere dates for four returning and two new series. “The Voice” will air Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m., and March 5 at 8 p.m. It will return April 23 at 8 […].....»»

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Couldn’t He Just Tell-All? Todd Rundgren Reveals Enough in Candid, Funny New Memoir

Todd Rundgren has spoken up about his feelings on not having made the transition this year from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee to actual inductee. “I’m heartbroken,” he says. “For LL Cool J. Five times a bridesmaid…” That’s an indication of how seriously he took the Hall of Fame’s much-belated flirtation with inducting […].....»»

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John Boyega in Talks to Star in Legal Drama ‘A Naked Singularity’

“Star Wars” actor John Boyega is in talks to star in the legal drama “A Naked Singularity” with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions on board to produce. The movie is based on Sergio De La Pava’s debut novel, which centers on a successful New York public defender whose life begins to unravel after he loses […].....»»

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Games Workshop Hires Fan Film Director to Helm ‘Warhammer’ Animated Series

“Warhammer 40,000” fan film director Richard Boylan has been tapped to work on an official “Warhammer” animated series dubbed “Angels of Death.” Boylan previously captivated audiences with both “Guardsman” and “Helsreach,” two excellent short films based on different aspects of the in-game universe. Both projects utilized animation and live-action segments and impressed fans of the […].....»»

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Despite Rumors, ‘Fortnite’ Doesn’t Appear to Be Banned in China

Rumors of Chinese citizens being unable to access certain games, including “Fortnite,” last week appear not to be true, sources and Variety’s own tests verify. While several sources reported that China blocked “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” including Deseret News and GameRevolution, there doesn’t appear to be any definitive proof that the games were blocked in China. The rumor sparked […].....»»

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CBS News Faces New Challenges in Weeks Ahead

At CBS News, President David Rhodes has a series of important decisions to make that could affect the trajectories of some of TV’s best-known news programs. As its parent company seeks to move forward from recent seismic events – the ouster of its former CEO, Leslie Moonves; a corporate probe into its workplace culture; and […].....»»

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‘Mahogany’ Producer Rob Cohen Loses a Bit on Sale of Hidden Hills Home

After ten months on the market at steadily declining asking prices, long-time Hollywood hypenate Rob Cohen, director of the first installment of the money-minting “Fast and Furious” franchise in 2001 and producer of several iconic 1970s films including “Mahogany” and “The Wiz,” sold his home in guard-gated, celebrity-filled and equestrian-oriented Hidden Hills, Calif., for $3.2 […].....»»

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‘Black Ops 4’ Update Brings Fixes, Operation Absolute Zero

Operation Absolute Zero hit “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” on Xbox One and Windows PC Tuesday, bringing an entire season of content to the game, as well as a cornucopia of patches and updates. It’s all live as of Tuesday’s 1.10 Title Update, which came packing a slew of fixes, content additions, and overall […].....»»

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John Mulaney’s Pitch for ‘Spider-Ham’ Film: ‘‘Spotlight’ … but Family Friendly’

There is much to celebrate about “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”: groundbreaking inclusion, a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack, Kathryn Hahn’s neurotic villain. But the arguable breakout star of the film is Peter Porker, aka Spider-Ham, voiced by John Mulaney. The prolific comedy writer, stand-up, and rising animation star (see “Big Mouth”) charms as one of the more […].....»»

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‘Queer as Folk’ Reboot in Development at Bravo (EXCLUSIVE)

In a competitive situation, Bravo is developing a new version of “Queer as Folk,” Variety has learned exclusively. Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original UK series, is onboard the new project as an executive producer. Stephen Dunn is attached to write, direct, and executive produce. Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, who executive produced the […].....»»

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Battles ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in Crowded Holiday Weekend

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the most competitive time at the multiplexes. This weekend sees two very different heroes vying for the box office crown with “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns” both eyeing sizable debuts. “Mary Poppins Returns” is getting a head start by opening on Wednesday, though estimates show “Aquaman” […].....»»

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Katy Perry, Garth Brooks, Miley Cyrus Join MusiCares’ Dolly Parton Grammy Tribute

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood have been added as performers at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton. Previously announced performers include Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Linda Perry, P!nk, Mark Ronson, Mavis Staples, and Chris […].....»»

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