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Film Review: ‘The Crossing II’

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Like passengers who overpaid for tickets to escape war-ravaged Shanghai on the Taiwan-bound liner Taiping in 1949, only to end up on a sinking ship, audiences get a pretty lousy deal with John Woo’s “The Crossing II,” an inert follow-up that doesn’t deliver enough visual or emotional payoff in its overdue yet short-lived shipwreck climax. Released eight… Read more »

Universal Music Group Chairman Extends Contract Through 2020

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Lucian Grainge has agreed to a five-year contract extension as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group until at least 2020, the media conglom Vivendi announced Friday. Grainge was named head of UMG in 2011 and has since led it to become the largest music company in the world following acquisitions such as EMI’s recorded-music… Read more »

‘UnReal’ Creators Talk Season 2’s Focus on Quinn and Rachel, Possible Spinoff

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The rowdy cast and creators of the Lifetime scripted series “UnReal” opened up about the show’s first season and where they’ll go next during a Paley Center panel on Thursday. The panel opened up discussion of the show’s second season, which will definitely reprise “Everlasting,” the “Bachelor”-style show within the show, and could find Faith, played… Read more »

Watch: Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor Wants You to Turn Your Phone Off

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Over five seasons of “Friday Night Lights,” Kyle Chandler’s coach Eric Taylor became TV’s poster boy for inspirational locker room speeches, rallying the Dillon Panthers and East Dillon Lions to victory on the football field each week with a rousing declaration of “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!” Now, thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse theater… Read more »

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Producers Talk Potential ‘Walking Dead’ Crossovers

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The cast and creative team of “Fear the Walking Dead” made their Television Critics’ Assn. debut on Friday when, as expected, the room of journos, reporters and critics at the press tour event asked exec producers if viewers can expect any crossovers with the flagship series “The Walking Dead.” “There are no crossover plans right… Read more »

Hairstyling on ‘Key & Peele’

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“Key & Peele” is the underdog in the Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series Emmy race. But the show’s hairstyling have been a standout for years. Department head hairstylist Amanda Mofield joined Variety‘s Mannie Holmes to explain how she makes it all work, with little time and a small budget — and people she sees on… Read more »

Hollywood Unions Promised $8 Million of Relativity Funds

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A federal judge has approved $8 million in residual payments from bankrupt Relativity Media to the Hollywood unions for screenwriters, directors and actors. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles approved a request Friday by the studio attorneys to earmark the $8 million in its future funds to the unions. The residuals and funds for “participation… Read more »

‘The View’s’ Raven-Symoné to Guest Star on Disney’s ‘K.C. Undercover’ Sept. 7

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Raven-Symoné is returning to her Disney Channel roots with a guest-star shot on the Sept. 7 episode of “K.C. Undercover,” the sitcom anchored by Zendaya. The new “View” co-host starred on her own Disney show, “That’s So Raven,” which ran four seasons, wrapping in 2007. Eight years later, Raven-Symoné will be back on the kids’… Read more »

‘Limitless,’ ‘Catfish’ Expected to Continue Despite Relativity Woes

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Relativity Media is in the midst of disruptive financial problems, but several of the most popular TV properties to come from the shop will continue to air, according to people familiar with the programs. “We will continue to move forward with a robust production slate of scripted and non-scripted shows during the reorganization process,” Ryan… Read more »

‘Sesame Street’ Spanish-Language Show Launched by Univision

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Elmo, Cookie Monster and other childhood favorites from “Sesame Street” are saying hola to audiences in the U.S. with the launch of “Sesame Amigos.” Univision’s 30-minute Spanish-language show will feature segments where Elmo, Lola, Rosita and friends interacting with guest stars. The program is meant to teach children important educational lessons. “‘Sesame Amigos’ is a new and… Read more »

CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ to Premiere Earlier

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The CW’s Monday series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin” will bow a week earlier than expected, the network announced Friday. Both shows will now premiere on Oct. 12. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” stars Rachel Bloom as an unhappy lawyer who quits her job and moves across the country in search of love, with her inner monologue… Read more »