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Hollywood Cashes in as Mobile Providers Ante Up to Hook Customers With Free Programming

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Consumers who line up for the new iPhone this week will once again get seemingly irresistible offers from the big carriers. But this time around, telcos have something more to offer than just lucrative trade-in deals and deeply discounted iPads: “Game of Thrones,” “Stranger Things” and other hot TV shows, for free. Both AT&T and T-Mobile are… Read more »

Mark Wahlberg to Star in Paramount’s ‘Instant Family’

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Mark Wahlberg is set to star in the Paramount comedy “Instant Family,” sources confirm to Variety. “Daddy’s Home” helmer Sean Anders is helming. Anders and Brian Burns, the writing duo behind the “Daddy’s Home” series, wrote “Instant Family” and will produce alongside Wahlberg and Steve Levinson. Paramount is fast-tracking the project and aims to start… Read more »

‘I Mom So Hard’ Web Series Scores Pilot Production Commitment at CBS

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Popular web series “I Mom So Hard” is in development at CBS as a multi-camera comedy, Variety has learned. The series has landed a pilot production commitment. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, who co-created the web series, will star in and co-write the series, which will see the two moms show how their friendship gets them through being… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

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There was no such thing as a “Pooh” until A.A. Milne made it so, although walking, talking teddy bear Winnie’s companion, Christopher Robin, wasn’t just some character the English novelist invented, but a boy based on Milne’s own son, who grew up to resent how the success of “Winnie-the-Pooh” wrecked his childhood. That’s just one… Read more »

Director of Mel Gibson Movie ‘Professor and the Madman’ Seeks to Seize and Destroy Producer’s Cut

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The director of the Mel Gibson film “The Professor and the Madman” filed for a restraining order on Wednesday, seeking to force producer Voltage Pictures to turn over its cut of the movie so that it can be destroyed. Farhad Safinia, the director and writer of the film about the Oxford English Dictionary, is accusing… Read more »

Emmys Announcer Jermaine Fowler Responds to Backlash: ‘Some People Are Going to Resist Change’

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The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards made history in a lot of ways: for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ record wins as a performer, for the first African America female writer to win for comedy series (Lena Waithe), for the first African-American director to win for comedy series (Donald Glover) —  and for the first African-American announcer. “Superior… Read more »

ABC Developing Comedy About Undocumented Family With ‘New Girl’ Writer

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ABC is developing a comedy about an undocumented family with “New Girl” writer and co-executive producer David Feeney, Variety has learned. Titled “Sanctuary Family,” the single camera comedy would follow a hard-bitten husband and empathetic wife who butt heads over the chaos created when they provide sanctuary for their undocumented nanny and her family. They come to… Read more »

‘Beyond the Sun,’ in Which Pope Francis Plays Himself, Gets Vatican Premiere

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VATICAN CITY – “Beyond the Sun,” a simple but effective English-language children’s adventure film in which Pope Francis plays himself, premiered Wednesday at the Vatican, signaling a clear attempt by the pontiff and his communications advisors to use movies as a medium to spread the Catholic message to the young. The pic, in which Francis appears… Read more »

Shawn Mendes, Ricky Martin Cancel Concerts Following Mexico City Earthquake

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Shawn Mendes and Ricky Martin have canceled their upcoming Mexico City concerts following the strong earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday. More than 200 people died in the wake of the 7.1 magnitude tremor, with rescue efforts continuing among dozens of collapsed buildings. “My deepest condolences are with those affected by the earthquake in Mexico… Read more »

Gal Gadot in Talks to Join Bradley Cooper in Thriller ‘Deeper’

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Gal Gadot is in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in the MGM thriller “Deeper.” “White God” helmer Kornel Mundruczo is also attached to the project. Max Landis, who penned the script, will produce with David Goyer and Addictive Pictures. If a deal closes, production is expected to start in the first quarter of 2018. The… Read more »