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Watch Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in Eerie ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Trailer

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A young woman singing a disconcerting, a cappella rendition of Ellie Goulding’s pop hit “Burn” sets the backdrop of the official trailer for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” As the scenes fly by and intensify, high-pitched, dissonant strings and a rolling timpani creep into the score. “A surgeon never kills a patient,” Colin Farrell’s… Read more »

From ‘Modern Family’ to ‘Veep,’ Emmy Nominated EPs on Keeping Their Comedy Fresh

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It’s always nice to see new shows, like FX’s “Atlanta,” get Emmy nominations for comedy series, and to know that shows nominated for a second time, such as ABC’s “Black-ish” and Netflix’s “Master of None,” weren’t one-season-wonders. But what about the veteran comedies — the ones that have earned Emmy noms year after year? Certainly… Read more »

Lisa Marie Presley on the Business of Elvis, Taking a ‘Breather’ at Graceland: ‘It’s a Special Place’

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Lisa Marie Presley has ensured that the musical lineage in the family did not stop with her father, releasing three strong albums, the last of which to date was 2012’s T Bone Burnett-produced “Storm and Grace.” She’s been through a lot of both those qualities as his inheritor, literally as well as musically. Variety caught… Read more »

Emmys 2017: Was the TV Academy on Autopilot When Nominating Comedies?

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At first glance, this year’s Emmy noms may seem like a boon for new programs. A whopping five freshman shows are nominated for best drama series, projecting a considerable sense of freshness. But when you cast the spotlight over to the comedy side, it’s difficult to shake a sense of stagnancy. Granted, across the major… Read more »

Priscilla Presley Remembers First Gazing at Elvis: ‘Wow, He’s Really Cute!’

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Since opening up Elvis Presley’s mansion in Memphis to the public in 1982, Priscilla Presley has strived to keep the grace in Graceland. Most recently, she’s seen a Graceland-related dream come true with the opening of a 450-room hotel and museum-like complex across the street from the couple’s old digs. As she prepared to fly… Read more »

Tribeca Enterprises Launches New TV Festival, Initial Lineup Includes ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’

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Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch a new standalone TV festival this fall, Variety has learned. ‎”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca, said… Read more »

‘Atlanta,’ ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Master of None,’ ‘Veep’ Break Traditional Comedy Rules

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Topicality and breaking format can get a show noticed, but those same qualities can also be risky, provoking studio concerns about whether an episode is too of-the-moment or viewer tune-out if a program deviates too much from the norm. But in the peak TV era, distinctive programming rules the day, especially when it comes to… Read more »

Another ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Hits Piracy Sites Before Premiere

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HBO’s summer of cyber-woes continues: Episode six of “Game of Thrones” season seven has been leaked to internet piracy sites, four days ahead of Sunday’s premiere. This time, it wasn’t hackers or rogue employees at a production facility: The “Game of Thrones” episode evidently leaked out after it was inadvertently published by HBO Nordic and… Read more »

Hope Hicks to Serve as Interim White House Communications Director

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WASHINGTON — Hope Hicks, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump who has a senior communications role at the White House, will serve as interim communications director, Variety has confirmed Hicks would serve in that role until a replacement is found for Anthony Scaramucci, according to CNN, the Washington Post and other outlets. He was… Read more »