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Israel’s ‘Foxtrot’ Sweeps Ophir Awards to Become Country’s Oscar Entry

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Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” swept the Ophir Awards — Israel’s version of the Academy Awards — on Tuesday night, taking home eight statues including best picture of the year. The film will now represent Israel in the race for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Earlier this month, “Foxtrot” earned the Silver Lion grand jury prize at the… Read more »

Controversial Comedian Kathy Griffin Price Chops Former Hollywood Hills Mansion Known as ‘Wings’

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SELLER: Kathy Griffin LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $4,750,000 SIZE: 8,098 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Sassy, ribald and sometimes polemical insult comedian Kathy Griffin chopped the asking price of her longtime former home in the Hollywood Hills down to $4.75 million. The celeb-skewering two-time Emmy winner, who took home a… Read more »

Wolfgang’s Vault Hit With Class Action Copyright Suit

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When entrepreneur William Sagan opened up “Wolfgang’s Vault” in 2006, and began streaming a massive archive of concert recordings online, he also opened up knotty legal dispute. Sagan has been sued a half dozen times over the years, including by the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin, for alleged copyright infringement. The latest to get in… Read more »

‘Page Six TV’ Premiere Enjoys Highest-Rated Launch Since ‘TMZ’

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The syndicated pop culture news show “Page Six TV” enjoyed a strong debut in the overnight ratings on Monday. According to Nielsen data, the show’s premiere on Monday earned a 0.8 primary run average, with 48 markets reporting. That makes it the highest overnight ratings for any access magazine launch since “TMZ” first premiered in… Read more »

Johnny Sandlin, Allman Brothers Band Producer, Dies at 72

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Producer Johnny Sandlin, who co-produced the Allman Brothers Band’s two biggest albums and worked with virtually every top name in the Southern rock genre, has died in Decatur, Ala. He was 72. Sandlin’s daughter, Leigh Ellen Sandlin Cauthen, confirmed that the veteran musician, engineer and producer succumbed to cancer. A versatile multi-instrumentalist as a youth,… Read more »

Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei

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Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned. The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save… Read more »

Fox Developing British Gangster Drama With Jim Piddock, Mark Gordon (EXCLUSIVE)

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Fox is developing a new drama series called “Faces” with Jim Piddock and Mark Gordon executive producing, Variety has learned exclusively. The potential one-hour drama would follow a British gangster who comes to Los Angeles with his family for the funeral of his eldest son. But, when he learns his son didn’t die in an accident–but was in… Read more »