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Christopher Nolan Says His Filmmaking Process a ‘Combination of Intuition and Geometry’

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Christopher Nolan described his filmmaking process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festivalgoers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher,” “Moneyball”). “Usually my answer… Read more »

Cathy Schulman Joins STX Entertainment as Top Production Executive (EXCLUSIVE)

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Cathy Schulman has joined STX Entertainment as a top production executive, Variety has learned. Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures. Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She… Read more »

West Coast IATSE Reaches 3-Year Deal with Producers

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The West Coast members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Employees — Hollywood’s key below-the-line union — have reached a tentative agreement with producers on a three-year successor deal to the master contract. The new deal was concluded Sunday after two weeks of negotiations between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television… Read more »

Clinton Supporters to Hollywood: ‘We Hope We Can Count on You’

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In one of the first showbiz fundraising pitches for Hillary Clinton’s recently announced candidacy, Haim Saban and Casey Wasserman are asking donors to write checks to her campaign. In an email sent out to potential donors, Saban and Wasserman are asking that supporters write checks to Hillary for America for $2,700 — the maximum allowed… Read more »

Comcast, Time Warner Cable To Meet With DOJ on Merger

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Comcast and Time Warner Cable will meet with officials at the Department of Justice on Wednesday to discuss their proposed merger. The news comes after a Bloomberg story on Friday reported that DOJ attorneys were preparing to recommend that the Antitrust Division block the $45 billion merger. (A Variety source says the meeting was already on… Read more »

Hugh Jackman’s ‘Pan’ Moves Back from Summer to Fall

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Warner Bros. has pushed back the release date of “Pan” to October in an effort to avoid a big crowd at the summer box office. The Peter Pan original tale, directed by Joe Wright, will now open Oct. 9, 2015, instead of July 24. Co-starring Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund, the 3D adventure pic was… Read more »

CNN on Demo High Sunday While Fox News’ ‘Legends’ Grows in Week 2

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On a good night for special programming on the cable news networks, CNN scored Sunday with “Weed 3″ and “High Profits” while Fox saw viewership spike for the second week of “Legends & Lies: The Real West.” According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution” averaged 299,000 adults 25-54 in the… Read more »

‘SNL’s’ Cecily Strong Promises Hard Laughs at White House Correspondents Dinner

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Cecily Strong of “Saturday Night Live” will be this year’s featured entertainment at the April 25 White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, but the gig may be one of the tougher comic assignments. “For the past couple of months I was truly terrified, and then it’s like, ‘Well, now it’s public so I can’t back out,’”… Read more »