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Chelsea Handler Doesn’t Want to Host the Oscars (or the Spirit Awards)

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Some awards hosts must wait forever for the offer, like this year’s Oscars headliner Jimmy Kimmel. But other comedians have a different problem: how to just say no. In an interview with Variety last December, Chelsea Handler revealed she was offered the gig to emcee the Film Independent Spirits Awards. The star of Netflix’s streaming… Read more »

‘Get Out’ Star Daniel Kaluuya Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen Heist Movie ‘Widows’

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Daniel Kaluuya, the star of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” has joined the cast of Steve McQueen’s heist movie “Widows,” opposite Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo. McQueen is directing from a script he’s co-writing with “Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn. Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films, which produced… Read more »

‘Doubt’ Pulled From CBS Schedule

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CBS has pulled Katherine Heigl-starring freshman drama “Doubt” from its schedule after just two episodes. The network will air a rerun of “Bull” at 10 p.m. Wednesday in place of “Doubt.” The following week, the second season of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Border” will premiere, and will take over the timeslot going forward. Production on all… Read more »

Remote Controlled: ‘Bates Motel’ Star Freddie Highmore, EP Kerry Ehrin Preview ‘Heartbreaking’ Final Season

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Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. This week’s episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and editor-at-large Michael Schneider in conversation with “Bates Motel” star Freddie Highmore and executive producer Kerry Ehrin talking about the series finale…. Read more »

‘Elle’ Wins Best Film, Actress for Isabelle Huppert at France’s Cesar Awards

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PARIS — Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” won best picture and best actress for Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert at the 42nd Cesar Awards, the country’s top film prize. Out of 16th Cesar nominations, Huppert had only won once for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.” Huppert has been on a laureled path since “Elle” competed at… Read more »

‘Deadpool,’ ‘This Is Us’ Win Publicist Campaign Awards

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“Deadpool” and “This Is Us” have won the top awards from the Publicists Guild for last year’s best publicity campaigns. Fox’s “Deadpool” topped “Sausage Party,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “The Jungle Book” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the Maxwell Weinberg publicist showmanship motion picture award. “Deadpool” was a massive surprise… Read more »

Matt Czuchry Set for Fox Pilot ‘The Resident’

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Matt Czuchry is returning to broadcast TV. The “Good Wife” and “Gilmore Girls” star has just booked a role on Fox’s medical pilot “The Resident.” Czuchry will play Conrad Hawkins, a cocky third-year resident at Kings County Hospital. The hourlong follows an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a… Read more »

Why Emma Thompson Won’t Be in the ‘Love Actually’ Reunion Short Film

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“Love Actually” director Richard Curtis announced in February that he reunited with the cast for a special short film, produced for the British charity Comic Relief. Although the project brought back almost the entire star-studded, Emma Thompson was not present. Thompson explained, while doing press for “Beauty and the Beast” that it was “too soon” since… Read more »