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Bryan Singer Dismissed from British Actor’s Sex Abuse Case

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A British actor has voluntarily dismissed his teenage sexual abuse case against Bryan Singer. The dismissal from the actor, identified only as “John Doe 117,” was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Friday. “We are pleased the case was dismissed,” said Marty Singer, attorney for the director. The John Doe plaintiff’s claim… Read more »

Amazon Launches Free, Short-Form Video Site Aimed at Boosting Product Sales

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Amazon has expanded into short-form online video, launching a destination stocked with 100,000 free clips aimed primarily at driving up e-commerce sales, as well as generating incremental revenue through video ads. Over the past few weeks, Amazon quietly added a new section to its website, called Video Shorts. Clips include movie and TV trailers, actor and book-author interviews, music videos, videogame trailers, and how-to… Read more »

Comic-Con: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Team on Season 8, ‘Star Wars’ Trivia

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CBS’ juggernaut comedy “The Big Bang Theory” invaded Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 on Friday morning, with latenight host Craig Ferguson moderating a lively discussion with the writers and executive producers. Garfunkel and Oates (comedy-folk duo Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome) — who wrote Howard’s song to Bernadette, “If I Didn’t Have You” — performed a special… Read more »

Joaquin Phoenix In Talks to Play Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks to star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” sources confirm. Deal is far from complete but insiders confirm that Phoenix is strongly considering the superhero role, which had previously been linked to Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. Scott Derrickson is directing with Jon Spaihts currently rewriting the script. The pic will… Read more »

Zurich Film Fest Co-Founder to Co-Launch Zurich Summit

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Zurich Film Festival co-founder and artistic director Karl Spoerri and the Film Finance Forum’s Katherine Winston and Amy Baker have announced the launch of the Zurich Summit, an event designed to be a hub for entrepreneurs, leading figures and innovators from the filmed entertainment and media industries. The Zurich Summit is meant to help foster… Read more »

AMC Orders Chris Mundy and Tom Freston’s Afghanistan-Set Drama Pilot

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AMC has ordered the pilot of the Afghanistan-set geopolitical drama “White City,” Variety has learned. The project, which will concentrate on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan, focuses on a lead character named Jon Liston, a war junkie who makes a fatal error and tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders…. Read more »

Giada Debuts in Las Vegas: A Menu With the De Laurentiis Touch

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Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis opened her first restaurant inside Caesars Entertainment’s new Cromwell boutique hotel in June, and it’s quickly become one of the toughest dinner reservations to get on the Strip. Now also open for lunch, the nearly 300-seat eatery, with an inviting bar lounge and dining room and prime view of the… Read more »