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Fox, Locksmith Animation Ink Multi-Year Production, Development Deal .

20th Century Fox and Locksmith Animation have entered into a long-term co-production and development deal, Variety has learned. It comes as Fox is ramping up the number of family films it makes. Stacey Snider, who took over as the sole head of the studio a year ago, wants Fox to release an animated picture annually....

- Variety - US

Walter Presents Buys U.K., U.S. Rights to Israel's 'Mama's Angel' From Wild Bunch.

Walter Presents has acquired first-window rights in the U.K. and U.S. to Keren Weissman's Israeli thriller series “Mama's Angel” from Wild Bunch TV. Produced by Black Sheep Film Productions for YES TV, “Mama's Angel” explores the underbelly of life in an affluent Tel Aviv suburb which is suddenly ...

- Variety - US

Formerly Mad River, the Charles bar and restaurant to open in Federal Hill this month.

The Federal Hill bar formerly known as Mad River will reopen as the Charles this month, aiming to shift its focus to food instead of a weekend party scene. Operating manager David Yike and his partners closed Mad River in May for a rebranding, and Mad River regulars should immediately notice significant...

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Lady Gaga Opens Up About 'Fear, Body Pain, Anxiety' in Trailer for Netflix Documentary .

Lady Gaga is vulnerable and reflective in the trailer for her Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two.” “When producers wanted me to be sexy, I always put some absurd spin on it that made me feel like I was still in control,” she says in the trailer, as images flash of the pop star in...

- Variety - US

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Again 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 for the second week in a row with Kingsman: The Golden Circle.' Ads placed for the action comedy had an estimated media value of $7 ...

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Inside the Secrets, Scandals and Legacy of 'Full House' From Creator Jeff Franklin .

September 22, 1987. Thirty years ago. Ronald Reagan was president, and “Full House” debuted on ABC's worst night at 8 p.m. Friday, considered to be not a time slot, but rather a “death slot.” We barely made the Top 75. The reviews of the show were terrible , cheesy, saccharine, mind-numbing” ...

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All3Media Gives a Lift to New U.K. Producer Hitchhiker Television.

All3Media is backing Hitchhiker Television, a new U.K. TV production company being launched by former Endemol Shine execs Anna Blue and Will Spokes. The new venture will be part of All3's Objective Media Group. Based in London's iconic County Hall, Hitchhiker will focus on talent-led projects, and aims to work with big ...

- Variety - US

Stacey Snider Reflects on Her First Year Topping 20th Century Fox in Wide-Ranging Q&A.

It's easy to find Stacey Snider on any given Sunday. The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox closes out her weekend with a trek to the AMC theater at Century City's Westfield mall to catch the latest big-screen releases. I get the same seat, G13, where I can put my feet over the railing,'...

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John Stamos, Finn Wolfhard, Weird Al to Star in 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory In Concert' .

The Warner Bros. classic film, Broadway adaptation, and Roald Dahl novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will get the live-in-concert treatment this Nov. 3 and 4 with “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration.” “Stranger ...

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Taylor Swift shakes off copyright lawsuit as 'ridiculous'.

LOS ANGELES - Representatives for Taylor Swift on Tuesday rejected a copyright infringement lawsuit filed on Monday by two songwriters over Swift's hit song "Shake It Off" as a "ridiculous claim."

- Reuters - US

Rob Reiner, David Frum Help Launch Committee to Investigate Russia.

WASHINGTON , Director Rob Reiner and Atlantic senior editor David Frum are among the advisory board members helping to launch the Committee to Investigate Russia, formed to highlight what is known about the Russian threat to interfere with American elections and other institutions. The committee was scheduled to go live ...

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Lawsuit over debunked Rolling Stone rape article revived on appeal

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a defamation lawsuit brought by three University of Virginia graduates against Rolling Stone magazine over a now-retracted article describing an alleged gang rape at their fraternity.

- Reuters - US

Toronto Film Review: 'Razzia'

If political courage were a measure of artistic merit, Moroccan director Nabil Arouch's Razzia,' a kaleidoscopic drama about intolerance and social tumult in Casablanca, would be a formidable achievement. As it stands, Arouch's decision to keep courting controversy after his last film, Much Loved,' was banned from Morocco ...

- Variety - US

Rob Reiner Helps Launch Committee to Investigate Russia

WASHINGTON , Director Rob Reiner is joining a new group called the Committee to Investigate Russia, to highlight what is known about the Russian threat to interfere with American elections and other institutions. The committee was scheduled to go live with a website on Tuesday at InvestigateRussia.org, as well as a video ...

- Variety - US

Tucker Carlson Slams Issa Rae for Saying 'I'm Rooting for Everybody Black' at Emmys

Diversity may have scored several big wins at Sunday night's Emmys, but Issa Rae's comment ahead of the show that she's “rooting for everybody black” is raising some eyebrows , at least, those of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Rae made the comment to Variety on the red carpet Sunday night. Carlson, on his Fox ...

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Off Broadway Review: 'Charm,' A Heartwarmer About LGBTQ Youth

Question: What amenity does an urban center for homeless LGBTQ youth need more than anything? Answer: Why, an Emily Post charm class, of course – so long as it's like the one in Philip Dawkins' funny, heart-warming play, Charm.' This bona-fide charmer, now playing at Off Broadway's MCC Theater, waltzed in from Chicago, ...

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Eating at Flamant feels like an intimate party

I felt as if I was going to an intimate party in the cozy cottage that houses Flamant in West Annapolis. A pleasant woman greeted us at the door as we approached and chatted with us during the evening like a gracious hostess. We didn’t meet the restaurant’s creative chef-owner, Frederik De Pue,...

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John August Tops Voting in Writers Guild West Election, Incumbents Dominate

Writers Guild of America West members have given screenwriter John August the most votes for a two-year board seat and re-elected incumbents Andrea Berloff, Luvh Rakhe, Meredith Stiehm, and Zak Penn. Nicole Yorkin, Angelina Burnett, and Michele Mulroney were also elected to board seats and incumbent secretary-treasurer ...

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Jimmy Kimmel Says Senator 'Lied Right to My Face' Over Healthcare Bill

Jimmy Kimmel railed against a new Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, this time calling one senator a liar for claiming that he supported a healthcare bill that guaranteed coverage for all families. The senator, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, has been saying that any type of healthcare plan had to pass what he ...

- Variety - US

CBS Wins Bid For Australia's Ten Network, Defeats Lachlan Murdoch

Shareholders at Australia's Ten Network on Tuesday voted to accept a revised takeover offer from the U.S.'s CBS Corporation. The decision is a defeat for a counter-proposal from Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. It follows a court decision on Monday that rejected a plea from Murdoch and Gordon to delay the creditors' ...

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Toronto Film Review: 'Journey's End'

Dibbs' movie is more realistic in gritty presentation than earlier incarnations, but otherwise no attempt has been made to "modernize" the material with harsher language or gore.

- Variety - US

Watch Alicia Vikander in First 'Tomb Raider' Trailer

In a screen career that began in 2002, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander has already appeared in a wide variety of roles, including supporting performances in the action movies The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Jason Bourne. Her role in the upcoming Tomb Raider, however, will likely see her reach a much higher level of ...

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Hulu's Craig Erwich on What 'Handmaid's Tale' Emmys Mean for Streaming Service

With a win for “The Handmaid's Tale” Sunday night, Hulu became the first streaming service to win a best drama series Emmy — beating to the punch larger competitors Netflix and Amazon. “Handmaid's,” based on the feminist dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, dominated the drama categories, taking ...

- Variety - US

Danny Glover will make gumbo for Ida B.'s Table's grand opening

Actor Danny Glover will bring his family’s gumbo recipe to the grand opening of Baltimore’s newest soul food restaurant. Ida B.’s Table will celebrate its grand opening Saturday with a sold-out event that includes a special appearance by Glover, who will join chef David Thomas in the kitchen to...

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Netflix Hip-Hop Movie 'The After Party,' Starring Kyle, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Begins Production

Def Pictures has teamed with Live Nation Productions, WorldStar Hip Hop, and Hunting Lane Films for the Netflix comedy “The After Party.” Principal photography has begun on the coming-of-age film, which is written and directed by Ian Edelman . It is Live Nation's first scripted production. The movie has a ...

- Variety - US

Jada Pinkett Smith denies Leah Remini's claims that she's a Scientologist

Baltimore actress Jada Pinkett Smith says she is not a Scientologist, denying claims made last week by actress Leah Remini. Remini, a former Scientologist who released the memoir “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” in 2015, made the claims about Pinkett Smith in an interview with...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Lady Gaga calls off European tour, citing severe physical pain

LOS ANGELES - Lady Gaga on Monday called off the European leg of her world tour, saying she was suffering from severe physical pain and was seeking medical treatment.

- Reuters - US

Movie News: Harry Dean Stanton Passes Away at 91; Watch Final 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Trailer

Harry Dean Stanton: Known for a rich variety of roles in a busy career that stretched back to 1954, Harry Dean Stanton has passed away. He was 91. He first gained wide attention for a supporting role in Cool Hand Luke, becoming a notable presence later for his turns in Alien , Escape From New York, Christine, Repo Man, ...

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Film Review: 'The Lego Ninjago Movie'

Before delving into the merits of The Lego Ninjago Movie,' it's worth pausing to reflect on just how remarkable it is that the third film in a cinematic franchise based on plastic children's construction toys comes with high expectations attached. Before Lego launched its own film empire, other toy companies like Hasbro had ...

- Variety - US

Seen a gig recently? You're not the only one

A record 30 million gig and festival tickets were sold in the UK last year, new research shows.

- BBC - UK

BidSlate Teams With Premiere Digital on Delivery Platform

Year-old global content rights specialist BidSlate has launched a partnership with leading distributor Premiere Digital, Variety has learned exclusively. The companies are touting the partnership as an alternative method for filmmakers who rely on film markets and sales agents to sell content. The deal was announced Tuesday ...

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Bill O'Reilly calls Fox firing 'political and financial hit job'

LOS ANGELES - Popular former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who was fired over allegations of sexual harassment, said on Tuesday he was the victim of a "political and financial hit job" and that he had never mistreated anyone in his 42-year career.

- Reuters - US

Fox TV Ad-Sales Veteran Toby Byrne Joins Zefr as President

Toby Byrne, who spent two decades at Fox TV in ad sales, has been named president of Zefr, which provides YouTube ad-targeting technology solutions. In the new role, Byrne will head Zefr's marketing and sales organizations. He's also tasked with forging relationships with ad-agency holding companies and major brands as well ...

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Movie News: Matt Damon to Star in 'Charlatan'; 'The Croods 2' Nabs New Release Date

Charlatan: Matt Damon will star as a doctor turned con man in Charlatan. It's based on a book by Pope Brock, first published in 2008, that told the true story of a medical doctor in Kansas who fooled his patients into believing he had found a cure for impotence. Brian Koppelman and David Levien will write the screenplay. ...

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French and Saunders reunite for Christmas special

The sketches will include a spoof of Emmy-winning drama, The Handmaid's Tale.

- BBC - UK

Quick transition at Chick and Ruth's after Annapolis mainstay sold to new owner

“There was a lot of crying. Not a dry eye in the house. We were all crying together,” Beth Levitt said after her husband Ted told his employees Chick and Ruth’s Delly had been sold. Open since 1965, the Annapolis mainstay with the kitschy orange paint job is where everyone from Maryland governors,...

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Beau Willimon Says He'll Push Diversity Initiatives, Organizing Efforts as WGA East Leader

Beau Willimon has an ambitious new drama series launching next year on Hulu, and he has a Broadway play opening in late November. But a busy schedule has not deterred him from taking the reins of the WGA East at a tumultuous time for the film and TV biz. In assuming the presidency of the...

- Variety - US

Movie News: See Josh Brolin in New 'Deadpool 2' Photo; The Scene in 'It' That Scared Stephen King

Deadpool 2: Josh Brolin shared a very intense photo in black and white from Deadpool 2 . His character, Cable, is evidently having a bad day; one commenter suggested that Cable might be suffering from techno-organic virus, which refers to an affliction suffered by Cable in Marvel comic books. Deadpool 2 is heading for ...

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Kingsman sequel The Golden Circle gets mixed reviews

The follow-up, starring Halle Berry, has prompted strong opinions from film critics.

- BBC - UK

BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film

Judi Dench is the most prolific working female actor in British film today. Michael Caine is the most prolific male actor. Queen Victoria, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond are, in that order, the characters who have appeared most in British film, while war is the subject covered most. Such are the facts now discoverable ...

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Sony Buys Into Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Stolen Picture Production Company

Sony Pictures Television has taken a stake in Stolen Picture, the recently minted film and TV production company set up by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Sony has taken a minority stake and will distribute Stolen Picture's TV projects. Miles Ketley has been named CEO of the company. He joins from Jane Tranter's His Dark...

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Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars named 'most dangerous' in online searches

LOS ANGELES - Pop singers Avril Lavigne and Bruno Mars topped a list of celebrities on Tuesday ranked the most dangerous to search for online because of results that could expose fans to malicious websites.

- Reuters - US

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Awards $20 Million in Environmental Grants

Leonardo DiCaprio announced Tuesday that his foundation will give $20 million in grants to more than 100 environmentally focused organizations. The new grants, ranging from wildlife and habit conservation and combating climate change to the defense of indigenous rights, increase the organization's total direct ...

- Variety - US

Today in Movie Culture: The Many Deaths of Marty McFly, 'The Princess Bride' Trivia and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Fan Theory of the Day: Remember all the times Marty McFly dies in theBack to the Futuremovies? Cracked presents a theory that it's all there in the background: Fan-Made Poster of the Day: Vin Diesel shared this fan-made poster forAvengers: ...

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Film Review: 'Under the Tree'

It has the escalating, claustrophobic structure of the darkest farce, but humor doesn't pile up in "Under the Tree" so much as it bleeds out.

- Variety - US

Laos Selects 'Dearest Sister' as First Foreign-Language Oscar Submission

Horror-thriller, Dearest Sister' has been selected by Laos as its first submission of a film in the Academy Awards foreign-language category. The film is directed by Mattie Do, regarded as one of Asia's hottest new film-making talents. The story follows an in impoverished young woman who moves to the city to take care of ...

- Variety - US

Five Key Takeaways From Emmys 2017

Emmy season is more than just a horse race. It's curation. In a world of more than 1,200 scripted and unscripted entertainment television programs, being narrowed into a group of the five to seven best in a category gives a show a much-needed spotlight to help it stand out from the throng. Thus the Emmys...

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Sails Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Wonder Woman The Big Sick The Hero Past Life ...

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Trump-dominated Emmys draw 11.4 million TV audience

LOS ANGELES - Some 11.4 million Americans watched Sunday's Emmy awards on television in a ceremony marked by jokes and jibes at U.S. President Donald Trump and where "Saturday Night Live" was the biggest winner.

- Reuters - US

'It' Buzz: Pennywise Actor Describes Deleted Scene

Bill Skarsgard stars as the terrifying villain known as Pennywise the Clown in It. Recently he talked to Variety about a scene that was cut from the smash hit movie. Skarsgard says: “There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise . The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And ...

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