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‘This Is Us’ Team Talks Season 3 Origin Story for Jack and Rebecca, Rougher Road for Randall and Beth

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Nine Bucks,” the third season premiere of “This Is Us.” The third season premiere of “This Is Us” offered another glimpse at the future lives of Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Tess (Iantha Richardson) and revealed what future Toby (Chris Sullivan) looks like — notably […].....»»

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Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart in ‘Night School’: ‘No One Improvises Like They Do’

An energized crowd filled the street outside of the Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday night, awaiting the arrival of comedy’s newest dynamic duo, Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. The carpet at L.A. Live was transformed with back to school vibes, including lockers, a trophy case and the essence of a high school […].....»»

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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Bad Times at the El Royale.” Ads placed for the thriller had an estimated media value of $5.16 million through Sunday for 721 national ad airings […].....»»

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Film Review: ‘Divine Wind’

Little is known about Nour and Amine, the two young jihadists assigned to sabotage a North African oil refinery in “Divine Wind,” a bare-bones drama from veteran Algerian director Merzak Allouache. The purpose of their mission is unclear, as is the ideology that underpins it and the socioeconomic conditions that led them to this dangerous […].....»»

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Bali Festival Expands Support for Indonesian Film Industry Revival

Triawan Munaf, chairman of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF) was on hand on Monday for the opening of the Bali International Film Festival (Balinale). His presence was intended as a sign that Indonesia, Asia’s sleeping giant as a film player, is rousing itself. It was also an endorsement of the indie festival which, […].....»»

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Film Review: ‘Mothers’ Instinct’

A borderline impossible game of Taboo could be played if one were tasked with describing Olivier Masset-Depasse’s “Mothers’ Instinct” without using the word “Hitchcockian.” The Belgian director’s luxuriant psychological thriller is so redolent of the Master of Suspense’s style, and so gorgeously robed in Thierry Delettre’s ’60s costuming that at times one expects star Veerle […].....»»

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Broadway Review: ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ Starring Janet McTeer

Love the boots! The sexy black ones that Tony winner Janet McTeer (“Sorry For Your Loss,” “Ozark”) dons to play the actress Sarah Bernhardt in the role of Hamlet are mentioned more than once in “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” Theresa Rebeck’s flattering account of that diva’s historic 1899 appearance before a skeptical Parisian audience. In McTeer’s enthralling performance, […].....»»

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Richard Parsons Named Interim Chairman of CBS’ Board of Directors

Richard Parsons, former head of Time Warner, has been named interim chairman of CBS’ board of directors. The newly configured CBS board had its first formal meeting via teleconference on Tuesday after the shakeup that began Sept. 9 with the forced resignation of longtime CEO Leslie Moonves amid sexual misconduct allegations. Parsons was appointed to […].....»»

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Music Modernization Act Heads to President Trump for Signature

The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) […].....»»

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AMC, Smilegate Backed Out of Funding Talks With Telltale a Day Before Closure

Telltale Games’ sudden catastrophic laying off of nearly all of its 274 employees with no notice, no severance, and barely a week’s worth of health care came just a day after two potential investors walked away from potential funding talks on Thursday, sources tell Variety. Both AMC and Smilegate were in discussions to invest in […].....»»

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Estate of Pop Star Rick Nelson Slams Sony With Class Action Lawsuit

The estate of 1950s teen idol Rick Nelson hit Sony Music Entertainment with a class action lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that it improperly withholds a portion of artists’ royalties from international streaming revenue. Rick Nelson LLC filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in New York. The complaint alleges that Sony charges itself intercompany fees […].....»»

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TV Roundup: ‘Daily Show’ to Air Live Episode for Midterm Elections

In today’s TV Roundup, Showtime’s “The Circus” interviews Senator Patrick Leahy on the upcoming SCOTUS vote, and “The Daily Show” plans to go live to cover the midterm elections.  FIRST LOOKS Showtime’s “The Circus” conducted an interview with Senator Patrick Leahy about the upcoming SCOTUS vote, and his thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh. “The Circus” is […].....»»

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Universal Reveals ‘Happy Death Day’ Sequel Title

Blumhouse and Universal Pictures are throwing another slasher birthday rager following the success of 2017’s “Happy Death Day.” The film’s original lead, Jessica Rothe, will return in the newly titled “Happy Death Day 2U” when it hits on the previously announced date of Valentine’s Day 2019. Christopher Landon is back as writer and director with […].....»»

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Jon Platt to Officially Succeed Martin Bandier at Sony/ATV Music Publishing

In one of those “everybody’s saying it but it’s not quite officially official yet” situations, when news gradually broke last week that Warner/Chappell Music Publishing chief Jon Platt was leaving that company to take over for Martin Bandier at Sony/ATV, the corporate-legalese sidestep was so elaborate that in some instances Platt was only being referred […].....»»

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Justice Department Meeting Focuses on Privacy and Antitrust Issues of Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meeting with more than a dozen state officials focused largely on the privacy, data collection, and antitrust issues of tech companies, despite earlier indications that the gathering would address whether platforms were stifling political voices. The meeting on Tuesday, which lasted about an hour, was the latest example of […].....»»

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Fox Orders Animated Comedy Series Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph

Fox has handed out a straight-to-series order for an animated comedy titled “Bless the Harts,” Variety has learned. The half-hour series will feature the voices of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, and Ike Barinholtz. It follows a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke, and struggling for the American dream of status and […].....»»

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Songs for Screens: How an ‘All the Boys’ Hot-Tub Scene Turned ‘Lovers’ Into a Hit

A year ago, Scandinavian pop singer Anna Lotterud, frontwoman of duo Anna of the North, was on her way to quietly becoming Norway’s answer to Bebe Rexha, appearing on buzzy tracks with Frank Ocean, G-Eazy and Tyler, the Creator while carving out her own name with debut album “Lovers,” released last September via Honeymoon/+1 Records. […].....»»

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Nintendo Switch Online Cloud Save Backups Can Be Restored After Canceling Service

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to retain their cloud save information, even if they decide to cancel. They’ll simply need to ensure they reinstate service within a six-month period. Nintendo confirmed the news to Variety, clarifying its stance on preserving cloud save data even for users who choose to cancel or pause service […].....»»

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CAA Fired Adam Berkowitz for Allegedly Groping TV Executive

Former CAA agent Adam Berkowitz was fired over an incident in which he allegedly groped a top executive at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. According to an individual with knowledge of the situtation, Berkowitz is said to have grabbed the crotch of Bad Robot’s head of TV, Ben Stephenson, at the Governors’ Ball last Monday […].....»»

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman Unveil Subscription Prices for WndrCo Short-Form Video Service

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s much-scrutinized streaming-video project is months away from launch, but the executives revealed how much the new content would cost subscribers. WndrCo, their nascent company, will seek to charge subscribers $5 per month for content with ads and $8 per month for an ad-free experience, Whitman said during a presentation at […].....»»

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