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‘Arrow,’ ‘Awkward’ Exec Producers, YouTubers Talk the Impact of Social Media

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Social media has emerged as a crucial tool for fan feedback, though one that must be taken with a grain a salt, according to a panel of creators from television, film and digital media at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit Monday. With the preponderance of entertainment options on television and the web creating an ever-growing… Read more »

FX Networks Hires AMPTP’s Jesse Hiestand for PR Post

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Jesse Hiestand, longtime spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, has become the director of corporate communications for FX Networks and FX Productions in Los Angeles. Hiestand had been the AMPTP’s director of communications for nearly a decade. His most prominent role during his tenure came during the 100-day Writers Guild of… Read more »

Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

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Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed generations of celebrities in red carpet and evening gowns, has died after battling cancer at 82. In the early 1960s, he came to fame dressing Jackie Kennedy, and founded an influential New York fashion house. Among the actresses who appreciated his glamorous red carpet gowns were… Read more »

‘The Conjuring’ Sequel Pushed Back to 2016

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New Line has moved back its “Conjuring” sequel to 2016 and replaced it with an untitled horror film for a pre-Halloween release on Oct. 23, 2015. The Warner Bros. division had announced in February that it had dated “The Conjuring 2″ for the 2015 opening with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga returning to star. The… Read more »

Michelle Williams Goes to WME From CAA

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WME has signed Michelle Williams for representation in all areas. Williams was previously represented by CAA. She has been nominated for Academy Awards for her work in “My Week With Marilyn,” “Blue Valentine” and “Brokeback Mountain.” The actress is currently starring as Sally Bowles in Broadway’s “Cabaret,” co-directed by Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. She has… Read more »

Oscar Picks Eight To Compete for Docu Short-Subject Prize

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced eight semi-finalists for the documentary short subject award, which will be narrowed down when the nominations are announced Jan. 15. Voters from the documentary branch viewed 58 eligible entries and submitted  ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation. There will be three to five that get Oscar nominations,… Read more »