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Fall TV Preview at the Academy (WATCH LIVE)

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The nation’s top television critics discuss Fall 2014’s hottest new series at the Television Academy. Moderated by Variety’s editor-in-chief Cynthia Littleton, the panel begins at 7:30 p.m. PT. Panelists include: Robert Bianco, USA Today Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter Brian Lowry, Variety Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Matt Roush, TV Guide WATCH LIVE:

China’s Huayi Brothers to Launch U.S. Subsidiary (EXCLUSIVE)

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HONG KONG – China’s Huayi Brothers Media, which recently ditched plans to invest in Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 company, has instead announced plans to set up its own U.S. outfit. Huayi, which is China’s leading private sector film conglomerate, said that it will invest $130 million in the launch of a wholly-owned subsidiary. The unit… Read more »

Film Review: ‘The State-Mafia Pact’

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Muckraking helmer-performer Sabina Guzzanti’s “The State-Mafia Pact” provides a step-by-step account of how the Italian government — including, but hardly limited to, Silvio Berlusconi — made a deal with the Mafia to gain and maintain power.

Labor Board Orders CNN to Rehire 100 Fired Employees

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The National Labor Relations Board has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 200 others for a labor dispute that originated in 2003. The 11-year dispute stems from CNN’s decision to replace a unionized subcontractor called Team Video Services, which provided the network with audio and video technicians, with an in-house nonunion work force… Read more »

Matt Damon to Return to Jason Bourne Franchise

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Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are ready to be born again at Universal Pictures. Sources tell Variety the the studio is in the early stages of bringing back Damon and Greengrass for an untitled “Jason Bourne” feature, marking the revival of one of Hollywood’s biggest action franchises. Over the years Greengrass and Damon and… Read more »

Legendary TV Buys John Scalzi Novel ‘Lock In’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Legendary TV has acquired the rights to John Scalzi’s novel “Lock In” to adapt into a pilot for a potential series. The book revolves around a highly contagious virus that causes one percent — or five million — of the U.S. population to become paralyzed but fully aware, while the rest of the infected get nothing… Read more »

Film Review: ‘The Chambermaid Lynn’

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The unlikely pairing of an obsessive-compulsive chambermaid and an androgynous dominatrix proves oddly liberating in Ingo Haeb’s intimate Teutonic two-hander, “The Chambermaid Lynn.”

Machinima Names Daniel Tibbets Chief Content Officer

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Daniel Tibbits, who once ran Bunim/Murray Prods digital media division, has joined Machinima as chief content officer, a newly created position at the online entertainment network that targets younger males. In the role, Tibbets will oversee all of Machinima’s programming efforts, content strategy and talent development operations, program planning and scheduling, production, acquisitions, and business… Read more »