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Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions Inks First-Look TV Deal With Sonar Entertainment

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Jordan Peele has just signed a first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment, Variety has learned. The agreement encompasses all content for television, including digital. The news comes just ahead of the premiere of Peele’s feature directorial debut with horror film “Get Out,” which is already earning rave reviews. “Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell… Read more »

Hollywood Democrats See Signs of Hope in Burst of Anti-Trump Activism

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Hollywood’s Democrats are starting to line up again after the bruising defeat from the 2016 elections, setting their sights not just on the midterms, but on the next presidential race. This week, a number of politicians are trekking to Los Angeles for fundraisers during the week-long recess, even though this has traditionally been a time… Read more »

New Musical With Familiar Tunes on Tap at Geffen Playhouse

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The Geffen Playhouse in L.A. has lined up a 2017-18 season headlined by the world premiere of “Chasing Mem’ries,” a new musical starring Tyne Daly and featuring the songs of lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, whose catalog of well-known tunes includes “The Way We Were,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “That Face” and “What… Read more »

Kristen Stewart in Talks to Star in Adventure-Thriller ‘Underwater’

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Fox is in talks with Kristen Stewart to star in adventure-thriller “Underwater,” produced by Chernin Entertainment. Will Eubank, who helmed the sci-fi thriller “The Signal,” is directing “Underwater.” The story focuses on an underwater scientific crew forced to go on dangerous journey for survival following an earthquake, and is described as an underwater version of… Read more »

CAA to Host ‘Take Action Day’ Summit With Speakers Including Senator Kamala Harris

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Creative Artists Agency will host a day-long nonpartisan summit with U.S. political leaders, employees, advocates and guests called “Take Action Day” on Feb. 23. Featured speakers include U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23). Held at the CAA offices in Los Angeles, the event will provide clients, colleagues and… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Get Out’s’ Rave Reviews Will Power Jordan Peele Thriller to Strong Opening

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“Get Out” is getting some of the best reviews of this or any year. The thriller about a young African-American man’s visit to his white girlfriend’s estate has scored raves for mixing scares and social commentary, enjoying a rare 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. Not to be outdone in the plaudits, Variety‘s Peter Debruge… Read more »

Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen List Loft in New York City’s TriBeCa Neighborhood

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SELLERS: Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen LOCATION: New York City, NY PRICE: $2,995,000 SIZE: (approx.) 2,200 square feet, 2-3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Word on the New York City celebrity real estate street is that Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen hoisted their professionally decorated TriBeCa loft on the market with an asking price… Read more »

‘La La Land’ Director Damien Chazelle, Crew on the Musical’s ‘Timeless and Classic’ Look

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“La La Land” writer-director Damien Chazelle, composer Justin Hurwitz, costume designer Mary Zophres, cinematographer Linus Sandgren, production designer David Wasco, and set decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco stopped by the Variety Screening Series, presented by AARP, on Friday to discuss their critically acclaimed film. “On the hand, we were trying to shoot very much L.A. for L.A.,… Read more »

Brit Awards 2017: Watch the Live Stream Here

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The Brit Awards are taking place on Wednesday, honoring some of the buzziest acts from across the pond, and featuring some high-profile American talent as well. Want to watch all the action, but not near a TV? No problem. The Brit Awards is making it extremely easy to watch online, providing a live stream on… Read more »

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds’ Space Thriller ‘Life’ to Close SXSW

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds’ space thriller “Life” will land down at South by Southwest. The film will world premiere as the fest’s closing night movie on March 18. “Life,” directed by Daniel Espinosa, also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, and Olga Dihovichnaya. The film, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, centers on a team of scientists… Read more »