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Warner Bros. Moves Forward on ‘Past Due’ with ‘Trouble with the Curve’ Director (EXCLUSIVE)

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Warner Bros. has come on board “Past Due,” setting up the action project with Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood’s longtime producing partner. The studio acquired Thompson Evans’ Blacklist script as a possible directing vehicle for Lorenz, who made his feature directorial debut on 2012’s “Trouble With the Curve.” “Past Due” is described as a female version… Read more »

Nakache and Toldedano’s ‘Samba’ To Close San Sebastian

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MADRID — “Samba,” Oliver Nakache and Eric Toldedano’s follow-up to B.O. behemoth “The Intouchables,” will close Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival on Sept. 27. Co-produced, distributed in France and sold worldwide by Gaumont, “Samba” will be released in Spain by Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente Films, The closing night gala slot for “Samba” marks the third… Read more »

HBO Exec Defends Scenes of Sex and Violence in ‘Game of Thrones’

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LONDON — Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, has defended the inclusion of graphic scenes of sex and violence in “Game of Thrones.” Lombardo told attendees at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival that the pay TV operator had more freedom than free-to-view broadcasters, but used that freedom responsibly, the Guardian reported. “It is an adult… Read more »

Inside the Emmy Parties: Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt Rev Audi Party

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The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Thursday, Aug. 21: 7:15 p.m. Ty Burrell is the first one on the carpet at Audi’s pre-Emmys… Read more »

PHOTOS: Emmy Awards Week Parties

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The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest.

U.K.’s Channel 4 Detonates North Korean Thriller ‘Opposite Number’

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LONDON — U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has greenlit North Korean political thriller “Opposite Number.” The 10-part drama series has been penned by British playwright and screenwriter Matt Charman, who wrote the original script for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Cold War movie. The Channel 4 series kicks off with a covert mission to North Korea by a… Read more »

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