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DreamWorks, Frank Marshall Developing Horror-Thriller ‘Cropsey’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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DreamWorks and Frank Marshall are developing a horror-thriller titled “Cropsey” through his Kennedy/Marshall Co., Variety has learned exclusively. The studio is in negotiations to acquire a pitch from Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg, who will also write the screenplay. Jake Steinfeld is the executive producer. “Cropsey” will center on a group of adolescents at a… Read more »

‘UnReal’ Adds New Exec Producer to Season 2; Marti Noxon to Remain Showrunner

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Lifetime’s “UnReal” has added Carol Barbee as an exec producer to its sophomore season, Variety has learned. The “Touch” and “Hawaii Five-0” alum joins co-creator Marti Noxon who will continue to serve as exec producer and showrunner for Season 2. Co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro has been elevated to exec producer, alongside former co-exec producer Stacy Rukeyser who… Read more »

Snapchat’s Vanishing-Video Advantage Over YouTube, Facebook

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Snapchat now claims to serve an average of 4 billion daily video views — doubling its video traffic in the past three months, per an L.A. Times report Thursday. Most of that video, of course, is snippets of user-generated sound and fury signifying nothing in the way of revenue. But the figure, if true, reflects Snapchat’s significant growth as… Read more »

Netflix’s Lemony Snicket Series Taps ‘True Blood’s’ Mark Hudis, Barry Sonnenfeld (EXCLUSIVE)

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Former “True Blood” showrunner Mark Hudis and director Barry Sonnenfeld have signed on to steer Netflix’s adaptation of the Lemony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” fantasy book series. Hudis will serve as showrunner and exec producer of the series, while Sonnenfeld will direct and exec produce. Lemony Snicket creator Daniel Handler is also an… Read more »

Deauville’s Artistic Director Bruno Barde Chats About American Cinema, Talent

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Bruno Barde, the man behind five festivals including the Deauville American Film Fest, sat down with Variety on the eve of the 41st edition, which opens today with an homage to Keanu Reeves and the French premiere of Baltasar Kormakur’s epic adventure drama “Everest.” A former high-profile agent and the current boss of Paris-based Public… Read more »

‘Star Wars’: Anthony Daniels Slams Disney’s ‘Kremlin Attitude’ Over ‘Force Awakens’

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Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played lovably finicky robot C-3PO in six “Star Wars” films, has no stomach for the saga’s three prequels, over-reliance on special effects or for Disney’s “Kremlin attitude” when it comes to leaks about the seventh installment in the space epic, a new interview reveals. Daniels told the Guardian how… Read more »

Venice Film Festival’s Alberto Barbera Looks Back on Early Days With Turin

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Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera has been assembling film events for more than 30 years, during which he’s scoured the planet seeking fresh fare, and seen the global fest circuit become much more competitive, impersonal and beholden to marketing machines. His first mention in Variety dates to 1989, the year he was appointed head… Read more »

Disney Channel Orders Latino Family Sitcom Toplined by ‘Jane the Virgin’ Star (EXCLUSIVE)

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Disney Channel has ordered new series “Stuck in the Middle,” starring “Jane the Virgin’s” Jenna Ortega, Variety has learned exclusively. The comedy is slated to debut in spring 2016 with production beginning this November. The family sitcom marks a move toward Latino-targeted programming for the kids’ cabler. The single-cam series is centered around the Diaz family,… Read more »