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Remote Controlled: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Team on Breaking New Ground in Season 2

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with “The Handmaid’s Tale” team, including star and producer Elisabeth Moss, and executive producers Bruce Miller and Warren Littlefield. Coming off of an awards […].....»»

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Valve Loses Appeal Over $2.3M Fine in Australia

The High Court of Australia dismissed yet another appeal from video game publisher Valve on Friday, upholding a 2016 ruling that the company must pay a $3 AUD million (or about $2.3 million USD) penalty after breaking the country’s consumer law. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) sued Valve in 2014 over the lack […].....»»

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Toronto’s Hot Docs Celebrates 25 Years of Truth-Telling Documentaries

When Hot Docs, the documentary film festival held annually in Toronto, staged its first event back in 1994, the program presented a mere 21 features, including the Noam Chomsky profile “Manufacturing Consent” and Nick Broomfield’s “Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer.” From the humble beginning, this celebration of nonfiction short subjects and features […].....»»

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‘Scandal’ Won’t Get Revival Treatment, Shonda Rhimes Confirms

It’s been handled, Gladiators. “Scandal,” the primetime drama from Shonda Rhimes that made Kerry Washington‘s Olivia Pope and #TGIT famous, is finished for good. The series creator and showrunner, who also penned the final episode “Over a Cliff,” confirmed that a possible revival in the future is DOA at a live table-read of the series […].....»»

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Pamela Adlon: When ‘Better Things’ ‘Stops Being Relatable Is When I Stop Doing My Show’

As co-creator, executive producer, writer, director, and star of FX’s “Better Things,” Pamela Adlon juggles multiple roles to portray a single-mother household that’s not always well-represented on TV. Ahead of the show’s FYC panel moderated by Variety’s Debra Birnbaum, which included Adlon and cast members Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood, Olivia Edward, and Celia Imrie, Adlon […].....»»

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Cast, Creator Talk Season 2 in #MeToo Era, Expanding Gilead

Following its debut on Hulu last year, “The Handmaid’s Tale” quickly became a part of the narrative for women’s rights and gender equality. Now, in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the show’s second season is once again drawing comparisons to today’s headlines. Star Elisabeth Moss told Variety at the “Handmaid’s” premiere […].....»»

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Avicii Dies at 28

Artist, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died this afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.  The […].....»»

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Watch the Exclusive Trailer for Tribeca, Series Mania Player ‘On the Spectrum’

Yes Studios has granted Variety exclusive access to the international trailer for the Sumayoko-produced series “On the Spectrum,” set to world premiere at Tribeca and Series Mania in the coming weeks. Yes Studios is the new sales, distribution and production arm of Israeli multi-channel broadcaster Yes TV, where the series will broadcast. They are currently looking for […].....»»

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Details of Prince’s Life Revealed in Newly Released Police Photos From Paisley Park

A selection of wildly elaborate guitars, clothes and shoes. A purple pool table. Lots of old computers. Pill bottles — some vitamin supplements and aspirin, others prescribed. Pamphlets for a California rehab clinic. A wildly decorated kitchen. A Bible, a dictionary, hard drives. Envelopes containing thousands of dollars in cash laying out in the open. […].....»»

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Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios Cancels ‘Firebase’ Movie Crowdfunding Effort After Not Raising Enough Money

Neill Blomkamp’s dream of raising money from fans to turn his startup studio’s Vietnam War-set short film “Firebase” into a full-length film has ended, for now. Oats Studios, which Blomkamp launched last year as an outlet for experimental shorts, said on Friday that it was canceling its “Firebase” crowdfunding effort because it hadn’t raised enough […].....»»

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‘Modern Family’ EP Vali Chandrasekaran Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Veteran comedy writer Vali Chandrasekaran has set up shop with 20th Century Fox Television. Chandrasekaran at present is shepherding a comedy pilot for Fox and 20th TV dubbed “Our People,” about the culture clash between a man from an African family who becomes engaged to a woman from the Midwest. He is also at present […].....»»

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Avicii Dies: Musicians, Celebrities Pay Tribute

Following news of the death of DJ and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, on Friday, celebrities and fellow musicians expressed their condolences on social media. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” a statement from his rep said. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, […].....»»

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Vice Returning to NYC’s NewFronts; Fusion and Jukin Media Drop Out

The shortened 2018 Digital Content NewFronts is getting a reshuffle less than two weeks before the annual online-ad pitchfest kicks off. Univision’s Fusion Media Group and social-video network Jukin Media have pulled out of the NewFronts. Meanwhile, Vice Media is now in the lineup, slated to present Friday, May 4, from 3-5 p.m. Newly appointed Vice […].....»»

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Blue Night’

In the early 1990s, Madonna met with French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda about the idea of directing her in a remake “Cléo from 5 to 7.” That film, which was told virtually in real time, followed a free-spirited chanteuse confronted with her own mortality as she wanders the streets of Paris. Though the project […].....»»

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How Steven Spielberg Used VR Headsets to Shoot ‘Ready Player One’ (Video)

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” isn’t just an ode to virtual reality (VR), the famed director also used VR headsets to work on the film. A new video, released by HTC on Twitter Friday morning, shows how the company’s headsets were used by Spielberg himself as well as some of the actors on set. Get […].....»»

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Vice Media Launches Local Operations in India

Vice Media has given an official launch to its operations in India. The move is a partnership with newspaper and digital media group Times of India. Vice is producing and distributing local programming for digital, mobile and linear platforms. Vice India has introduced all of its digital brands under the Vice.com banner, premiering a significant […].....»»

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‘Assassin’s Creed’ Creator Discusses Prehistoric ‘Ancestors’ Game

Panache Digital Games co-founder and creative director Patrice Désilets spoke today during the Reboot Develop conference about the creative concepts behind his latest project, “Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.” Désilets announced the project last year, a third-person action-adventure survival game where players tackle the dangers of a prehistoric Earth. “It is the story of us coming […].....»»

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TV Ratings: ‘Scandal’ Rises With Series Finale

The series finale of “Scandal” on ABC was up significantly week-to-week in the Thursday overnight ratings but failed to top previous Season 7 highs. Airing at 10 p.m., “Scandal” drew a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers. That is up over 40% in the demo and approximately 29% in total viewers over […].....»»

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‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Gets ‘GTA Online’-Centric Premium Edition

“Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition” is now available in a box in stores for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and hits digital platforms – including for PC – next week, publisher Rockstar Games announced Friday. No price was listed and Rockstar hasn’t responded to Variety’s question about pricing. The game includes the complete “Grand […].....»»

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Hulu Lands All Episodes of ‘Friday Night Lights’

Hulu has planted its flag in Dillon, Texas, grabbing streaming rights to all five seasons of the beloved NBC/DirecTV drama “Friday Night Lights.” The series’ 76 episodes went live on Hulu Friday morning. “FNL” episodes are also available for streaming on Amazon. Although the pact is not exclusive, Hulu has sought to bulk up its […].....»»

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