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Film Review: ‘Happy 40th’

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In an industry where there wasn’t such pronounced gender imbalance, this resourceful and satisfying indie drama would certainly boost writer-helmer-thep Raine to the rungs of at least TV-episode directorial employability.

ESPYs Host Joel McHale Preps Sports Jokes, Talks Caitlyn Jenner, Stuart Scott

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As Joel McHale, known for “Community” and “The Soup,” prepares to host the 2015 ESPY Awards, he shared with Variety what’s in store. The E! host even joked about fellow network star, Caitlyn Jenner, who will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, drawing most of the attention. “I can’t imagine what event is happening during… Read more »

Amy Schumer Says She’s Sorry. Don’t Believe It

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Will the real standup comedian known as Amy Schumer please stand up? After she apologized Monday to one of her Twitter followers for a joke about Hispanic men, it’s difficult to reconcile the “Trainwreck” star with the same woman who struck a more defiant tone just last week in the face of similar criticism about… Read more »

Rosie Perez to Exit ‘The View’ Next Month

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It’s official: Rosie Perez will exit “The View” at the end of the show’s regular season next month. As Variety reported last week, “View” producers have been eyeing yet another shakeup of the show for next season, and those plans did not include Perez remaining as a regular panelist. There’s also speculation about the future… Read more »

Chris Tucker, Netflix Sued Over Comedian’s Standup Special

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Chris Tucker and Netflix are being sued over the actor’s standup comedy special three days before its release, Tucker’s attorney Marty Singer confirms. Comedian Terry Hodges claims that he hasn’t been paid $66,000 in fees accrued from years of editing, writing, acting and producing work for the program. “This lawsuit is absurd and completely without… Read more »

Robert De Niro’s ‘The Comedian’ Lands Director Taylor Hackford

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Taylor Hackford has come on board to direct Robert De Niro’s drama “The Comedian,” based on Art Linson’s script, with plans to begin production in New York early next year. Linson will produce with Courtney Solomon and Atmosphere’s Mark Canton, who are both financing. Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) had been… Read more »

Can Subway Break Bread With Jared Fogle Ever Again?

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Jared Fogle came to popular renown by dropping hundreds of pounds with a diet that incorporated low-fat sandwiches from Subway. Now the restaurant chain must consider dropping him. Subway said Tuesday afternoon that the chain  had “mutually agreed” with its famous pitchman to suspend their relationship after Fogle’s home was raided by federal and state authorities…. Read more »

Hollywood Screenwriter Earnings Fall 5.4%, TV Gains 2.3%

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Hollywood screenwriter earnings slid 5.4% last year to $313.9 million — the fifth straight year of decline — while TV writing earnings rose 2.3% to $725.6 million, according to the Writers Guild of America West. Total covered earnings for WGA West members topped $1 billion for the third consecutive year, edging down 0.2% to $1.053… Read more »

SundanceTV Launches ‘Serial’-Inspired ‘Rectify’ Podcast

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SundanceTV is making it easier for fans to catch up on crime drama “Rectify” by taking a page from coverage of an actual murder case and has launched the “Serial”-inspired podcast “Rectify: The Case Against.” The podcast, which is written by “Rectify” staff writer Kate Powers, condenses the previously aired 16 hours of television into 16… Read more »

Johnny Depp’s Company Developing Series Based on Music Documentary

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Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil is teaming with Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced and City Entertainment to develop a series based on the music documentary “Muscle Shoals.” The Grammy-nominated doc celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and the signature sound he developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You… Read more »