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Jason Bourne: More than a rerun, because he’s never been more relevant

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On screen, the “Bourne” thrillers, from “The Bourne Identity” (2002) to the new “Jason Bourne,” have always been powered by a cool contradiction. A movie about a brainwashed human-robot ex-CIA assassin — or rather, a movie in which a brainwashed human-robot ex-CIA assassin is the hero — starts off, let’s not kid ourselves, as more… Read more »

NFL Denies Sending Donald Trump Letter About Debate Schedule

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An NFL spokesperson Saturday denied that the league had contacted Donald Trump to complain about the schedule for the upcoming presidential-election debates between Trump and Hillary Clinton. The statement contradicted Trump’s assertion that he had received a letter from the NFL bemoaning the fact that the debate dates overlap with scheduled games. “While we’d obviously… Read more »

Variety’s 2016 Comics to Watch Talk Hecklers, Trump at Just For Laughs

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Some of the hottest comics working today discussed their influences, aspirations, and dealing with hecklers at the Just For Laughs Festival. Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch were honored at a cocktail reception on Thursday, July 28 before gathering for a panel discussion the following afternoon. The events were sponsored by entertainment law firm Cohen Gardner…. Read more »

Nat Geo Acquires Climate Change Pic from Leonardo DiCaprio, Partners with Katie Couric on Gender Doc

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National Geographic Channel has acquired the worldwide rights to an untitled climate change feature documentary produced by Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio, the cable network announced at their Television Critics Association summer press tour panel Saturday. NatGeo plans to release the film theatrically in New York and Los Angeles in October, followed by a global… Read more »

‘Westworld’ EP Defends Portrayal of Sexual Violence: It’s ‘Part of Human Nature’

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The first episode of “Westworld” features the implied rape of a main character — making it the latest in a string of HBO series to prominently feature violence against women, particularly sexual violence against women, as part of its narrative. Co-creator and executive producer Lisa Joy defended that depiction Saturday. “It was definitely something that… Read more »

Sarah Jessica Parker on How HBO’s ‘Divorce’ Is Different from ‘Sex and the City’

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12 years after “Sex and the City” left the air, Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO for a new comedy, “Divorce,” written by “Catastrophe” co-creator Sharon Horgan, who executive produces with Paul Simms. While Carrie Bradshaw still looms large in popular culture, Parker insists that her new character, Frances, could not be further removed… Read more »

J.K. Rowling on Expectations of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’: ‘It was Daunting’

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Amongst London’s bustling muggle-filled streets, magic resurfaced on Saturday afternoon at the city’s grand Palace Theatre. Behind walls of impenetrable black hoardings lay a secret red carpet, securely guarded at its borders, not unlike the prison periphery of Azkabhan. Here, in the core of Theatreland, only a lucky and chosen few were permitted entry to… Read more »

Jon Stewart’s HBO Show Will Be Animated Cable-News Parody

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When HBO signed Jon Stewart to a four-year production deal after his departure from “The Daily Show,” details were scant about what fruit that deal might bear. Now some of those details are emerging. Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Saturday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys discussed the multiplatform project that Stewart… Read more »

HBO Chief Talks Violence Against Women, ‘Game of Thrones,’ Jon Stewart and ‘Vinyl’

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New HBO programming president Casey Bloys’ first Television Critics Association press tour executive session saw him field several questions about violence against women in his network’s shows — including “Game of Thrones,” “The Night Of” and the upcoming “Westworld.” “I’d like to not think so,” Bloys said when asked whether HBO and other premium-cable networks in… Read more »