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Zurich Film Fest Co-Founder to Co-Launch Zurich Summit

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Zurich Film Festival co-founder and artistic director Karl Spoerri and the Film Finance Forum’s Katherine Winston and Amy Baker have announced the launch of the Zurich Summit, an event designed to be a hub for entrepreneurs, leading figures and innovators from the filmed entertainment and media industries. The Zurich Summit is meant to help foster… Read more »

AMC Orders Chris Mundy and Tom Freston’s Afghanistan-Set Drama Pilot

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AMC has ordered the pilot of the Afghanistan-set geopolitical drama “White City,” Variety has learned. The project, which will concentrate on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan, focuses on a lead character named Jon Liston, a war junkie who makes a fatal error and tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders…. Read more »

Giada Debuts in Las Vegas: A Menu With the De Laurentiis Touch

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Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis opened her first restaurant inside Caesars Entertainment’s new Cromwell boutique hotel in June, and it’s quickly become one of the toughest dinner reservations to get on the Strip. Now also open for lunch, the nearly 300-seat eatery, with an inviting bar lounge and dining room and prime view of the… Read more »

Willem Dafoe Remembers His First Mention in Variety

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Willem Dafoe has played tough guys in films like “To Live and Die in L.A.,” starred in boundary-pushing pics like “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and been Oscar-nommed for his roles in “Platoon” and “Shadow of the Vampire.” He got sentimental as he reflected on coming of age in the 1970s New York theater scene… Read more »

Road to the Emmys: Guest Star Nominees

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This year’s crop of Emmy nominees for guest actor in comedy and drama series made an impact in only a handful of moments, and in the process also had a truly profound effect on the storytelling of their shows.

The Ramones Punked Their Way Into History

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Who’da thunk they’d all be dead, but their music would live on? Certainly not anybody who came across the Ramones’ debut in the bins back in ’76, with its black-and-white cover and music so contrary to what was happening as to be almost incomprehensible — or a joke. But despite having a great sense of… Read more »

Vincent Kartheiser Lists Hollywood Micro-Bungalow

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SELLER: Vincent Kartheiser LOCATION: Hollywood, CA PRICE: $808,000 SIZE: 603 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: “Mad Men” star Vincent Kartheiser — he deftly portrays the waspy, perpetually dissatisfied and high-strung account executive Pete Campbell — is well-known in certain Hollywood circles for his unusual eschewal not only of the privileges and trappings of… Read more »

‘Lucy’ Scores $2.7 Mil, ‘Hercules’ Muscles Way to $2.1 Mil at Thursday Box Office

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“Lucy” roared to $2.7 million at the Thursday box office, with “Hercules” just behind, muscling its way to $2.1 million. The two films are targeting similar action-loving ticket-buyers, which means competition will be fierce. For now, give the edge to Universal Pictures’ “Lucy,” which stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman injected with drugs that turn… Read more »