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Thai Prison Boxing Movie ‘Champion’ in the Works at Storyscape

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Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein have partnered with Robert Kravis and Karl Herrmann of Pioneer Pictures on “Champion,” an action-thriller in the world of Thai prison fighting. Tyler Mitchell, who developed the project while working with Cooper at Landscape Entertainment, will also produce. Gary Scott Thompson, whose credits include the original “The Fast… Read more »

The Monkees Reunite for a New LP, Tour

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The Monkees, the made-for TV group that produced a stream of hits in the ’60s and ended up selling more than 75 million records worldwide, are reuniting for a tour, as originally reported by Rolling Stone.

‘Pursuit of Happyness’ Helmer Gabriele Muccino Boards Erotic Thriller ‘Laughter in the Dark’

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Italian helmer Gabriele Muccino is in talks to direct the erotic thriller “Laughter in the Dark,” based on the Vladimir Nabokov novel. Muccino, whose credits include “Playing for Keeps,” “Seven Pounds” and “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will direct from a script by newcomers Bradley McManus and Justin Parker. Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone… Read more »

‘White Girl’ Director Elizabeth Wood on Tackling Sex, Violence, Race, Gender

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“White Girl” director Elizabeth Wood, Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc and Justin Bartha stopped by the Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers to discuss their Sundance drama, which Bartha described as “current and irreverent.” “It has something for everyone,” Wood said. “The kids love the sex and violence. The adults like the important messages of race… Read more »

‘The O.C.’ Writers’ Reunion, ‘UnREAL,’ ‘Younger’ Added to ATX Television Festival Lineup

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Austin’s annual ATX Television Festival has unveiled more events from its fan-friendly lineup, including another “Friday Night Lights” reunion, and the reassembly of “The O.C.” writers’ room, featuring creator Josh Schwartz, writer/executive producer Stephanie Savage (“The Astronaut Wives Club”), and writer Leila Gerstein (“Hart of Dixie”), with other participants to be announced. In addition to… Read more »

NBC Renews Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Shades of Blue’ for Season 2

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NBC has picked up a second season of Jennifer Lopez’s cop drama “Shades of Blue,” Variety has learned. Though the early renewal comes right after the show’s lowest ratings came in for its fifth episode last night, the pickup comes as no surprise, given Lopez’s star power and “Shades of Blue” still-strong performance as one of NBC’s biggest debuts… Read more »

Bruno Mars Joins Super Bowl Halftime Show Lineup

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Bruno Mars confirmed that he will indeed join Coldplay and Beyonce on the Super Bowl 50 halftime stage this Sunday. The “Uptown Funk” crooner made the announcement on his Instagram account Friday afternoon. “It ain’t a party if Mr $how Up & $how out doesn’t show up.#Confirmed #SB50 #Halftime #Coldplay#Beyonce #TheBrunz #Shwaaaggg,” he captioned a… Read more »

In Brooklyn, aNew Theater Offers Retro Films and High-End Snacks

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Enticing people out of the house to watch movies is a lot easier when there’s also a chef-driven restaurant and full bar involved. Launched in mid-January by former location scout Tim Chung, Syndicated will program a wide variety of titles from recent indies to classics of every genre. Located in a former warehouse in Brooklyn’s… Read more »

TV News Roundup: ‘Last Man on Earth’ Sets Return Date; Ben Vereen Cast in ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

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“The Last Man on Earth” gets a return date and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” casts Ben Vereen, plus more from the world of TV in Friday’s news roundup… Premiere Dates Will Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth” has set its midseason premiere date for March 6, replacing animated comedy “Bordertown” in the 9:30 p.m. Sunday timeslot. The Fox comedy will… Read more »