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TBS Orders Reality Show Following NBA Vet Kenny Smith

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TBS has greenlit “The Smiths,” an unscripted series following NBA star Kenny Smith, his wife Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith and their five children. The series is set to shoot in Los Angeles and Atlanta. It’s produced by Good Clean Fun, with Jason Carbone (“The Bachelor”), Nick Lee (“The Bachelor”), Jeff Altrock (“The T.O. Show”) and Smith (pictured… Read more »

‘Crouching Tiger 2’ Deal Reinforces Netflix’s Rebel Brand

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Netflix doesn’t need every single one of its subscribers to have a burning desire to see the sequel to a 14-year-old Asian martial arts movie — nor does it really matter to the company that few in the U.S. may actually be able to see it on the bigscreen. Its goal with the landmark deal with The Weinstein Co…. Read more »

Digital Audience Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Hits High Note Following Premiere, #DeviousArmy Assembles for Season 3

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Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR), a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to TV shows (see the film version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more… Read more »

Kyle MacLachlan To Let Sunset Strip Pad

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It was eagle-eyed informant Lucy Spillerguts who snitched that Kyle MacLachlan and his 10-time Emmy-nominated “Project Runway” exec producer wife Desiree Gruber have their Hollywood Hills house listed for lease as a fully furnished rental at $20,000 per month. MacLachlan paid $795,000 for the 2,669-square foot home back in the early 1990s, and current digital… Read more »

Gores Brothers Play High-End Property Games

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Paradigm Talent Agency chairman Sam Gores has surreptitiously sold a two-bedroom and two-bathroom condo at the celebrity-stacked Sierra Towers building on the border of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood in an off-market deal for $3.1 million to big time book editor, publisher and occasional TV and radio host Judith Regan. Gores made a good return… Read more »

‘Midnight Rider’ Trial Date Set for March 9

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A Georgia judge has scheduled March 9 as the start date for the trial of four defendants facing criminal charges related to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones and other injuries on the set of “Midnight Rider.” Judge Anthony Harrison in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit wrote in an order that jury selection will begin… Read more »

CBS’ ‘Scorpion,’ Fox’s ‘Gotham’ Hold Up Well in Second Airings Monday

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Two of Premiere Week’s best-performing new shows — CBS’ “Scorpion” and Fox’s “Gotham” — held up nicely in their second outings Monday, but it was NBC and its combo of “The Voice” and “The Blacklist” that finished on top in demos. The night also saw solid season premieres for veteran dramas “Castle” on ABC and… Read more »

‘Crouching Tiger 2′ Fallout: Regal, Cinemark Won’t Play IMAX Release

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Netflix, IMAX and the Weinstein Company are up-ending traditional release patterns for movies by debuting “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2″ simultaneously in theaters and on streaming platforms. It’s a revolutionary move, but the three partners may have trouble securing screens in the United States for the sequel to the martial arts epic. Two of the… Read more »

‘1001 Grams’ and ‘Heaven Knows What’ Head Tokyo Festival Competition

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TOKYO — The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled a 15-film competition section with five world premieres and a strong contingent of films from other autumn festivals. Pick-ups from Toronto include Bent Hamer’s Norwegian Oscar contender, drama “1001 Grams,” Cedric Jimenez’s crime thriller “The Connection,” Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s school drama “The Lesson,” and Joshua and Benny Safdie’s… Read more »