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‘Go With Me,’ ‘Youth,’ ‘He Called Me Malala’ Lead San Diego Film Fest Line-Up

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The San Diego Film Festival has announced the Gala, Competition, Spotlight and Short Film sections for its 14th year celebration. Screenings leading the program include Daniel Alfredson’s “Go With Me,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda; Reed Morano’s “Meadowland,”… Read more »

‘The Unauthorized O.C. Musical’ Reunites Stars and Creators for One Night Nostalgia Trip

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Fans of “The O.C.” were welcomed back to the dark side for a one night trip down memory lane on Aug. 30, as Sucker Love Productions and Original Penguin presented “The Unauthorized O.C. Musical” to a sold-out house at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross — the team behind “The Unauthorized… Read more »

Cary Fukunaga Weighs in On ‘True Detective’ Season 2

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Cary Fukunaga opened up about his lack of creative input on the second season of HBO’s “True Detective” while speaking to Variety about this week’s cover story about Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which hits stands on Tuesday. The director said it always part of the plan for him to leave after his episodes starring… Read more »

Fox Searchlight Hires Universal Executive Anikah McLaren

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Fox Searchlight has hired veteran executive Anikah McLaren as senior VP of production after 12 years at NBCUniversal. McLaren was most recently VP of production and development at Universal and has overseen “Lone Survivor,” “Dracula Untold” and “The Best Man Holiday.” She also oversaw Blumhouse titles and worked on “Unfriended” and “The Visit.” As a… Read more »

Sony’s ‘Concussion’ Could Bring Laurels for Will Smith, Daggers From the NFL

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Following the critical drubbing of wonky drama “Seven Pounds” and the box office disappointment of M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi clunker “After Earth,” actor Will Smith’s career seemed due for a realignment. He signed on with a handful of indie directors breaking out into larger territory (Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “Focus,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “Collateral Beauty”)… Read more »

Saban Entertainment Co-Founder Shuki Levy to Launch Production Company Wonderfish

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Saban Entertainment co-founder Shuki Levy is teaming with Tori Avey and Mike Pellegrino to form Wonderfish Media as a Los Angeles-based multiplatform production company, Variety has learned exclusively. Wonderfish, based in the mid-Wilshire area, has begun development on a pair of projects: the TV series “Tribe of the Wild,” in which five teens on an… Read more »

Oxygen Greenlights Series ‘Pretty Strong’ Following Female Legends Football League

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Oxygen is stepping into the game, greenlighting the docuseries “Pretty. Strong.” The cabler announced the order on Monday. The series will follow the women who play for the Chicago Bliss, the reigning champ in the all-female Legends Football League. The team is in pursuit of a three-peat championship title, and its sisterhood is put to the test… Read more »

Jeremy Renner Signs First-Look Deal With PalmStar Media

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Jeremy Renner and his producing partner Don Handfield’s production company, the Combine, have signed a first-look deal with PalmStar Media, the financing company behind the upcoming Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty.” As part of the multiyear deal, PalmStar will provide producing services and overhead, development and production financing for the Combine’s growing film slate. The… Read more »

New Broadway Production Contract Reached in Tentative Labor Agreement

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Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents stage actors and stage managers, has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the Broadway League, the trade association of theater producers and presenters. That’s news that comes ahead of schedule: The current contract isn’t due to expire for another month. The quickie resolution suggests a… Read more »