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Disney Channel Casts Social Media Influencers as TV Embraces Digitally Native Stars

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Life is imitating art on the Disney Channel. “Bizaardvark,” which premiered on the kids’ cabler earlier this year, is a tween sitcom about two young girls who make videos for an online channel. The show stars Vine phenomenon Jake Paul, whose casting marked the first-ever social media star to become a series regular on the Disney… Read more »

‘The Fits,’ ‘Neon Bull’ Nominated for Cinema Eye Heterodox Honors

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“All These Sleepless Nights,” “The Fits,” “Kate Plays Christine,” “Mountains May Depart” and “Neon Bull” have been nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors Heterodox Award. The award honors films that actively blur the line between narrative fiction and documentary. For the first time in Cinema Eye history, two films that are nominated for Cinema Eye’s… Read more »

Thomas Schlamme, Marie Cantin to Be Honored by Directors Guild

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Thomas Schlamme and Marie Cantin will be honored by the Directors Guild of America for their service to the DGA. Schlamme will receive the DGA’s 2017 Robert B. Aldrich Award and Cantin will get the DGA’s 2017 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of… Read more »

Harold Prince Retrospective ‘Prince of Broadway’ Sets Broadway Dates

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“Prince of Broadway,” the long-aborning Harold Prince retrospective, will arrive in New York later this year with a Broadway run that opens in August. Manhattan Theater Club will present the show as part of its 2017-18 season. Prince, the legendary director and producer with 21 Tony Awards to his name, directs, with Susan Stroman (“The… Read more »

‘Train to Busan’ English-Language Remake Rights Go to Gaumont

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Hit Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” will be remade in English by French studio Gaumont. The deal was unveiled Wednesday jointly by Gaumont and the film’s Korean distributor-financier Next Entertainment World. The film premiered in the midnight screening section of the Cannes festival in May and attracted immediate sales and remake interest. Fox and… Read more »

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Immortalized on Hollywood Boulevard

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Hollywood is strewn with the phantom doubles of films that might have been if early casting instincts had been followed. Over time, these ghosts bear less and less resemblance to their existing incarnations, to the point that they barely seem conceivable. (What would “Casablanca” have looked, or sounded, or felt like with Ronald Reagan and… Read more »

AT&T, Time Warner Chiefs Face Questions About Merger in Senate Hearing

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A Senate hearing on the proposed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner went for almost three hours without major fireworks, but elected officials still raised concerns over the potential for the combined company to wield its influence at the expense of competition. In his opening remarks, the chairman of the antitrust subcommittee, Sen…. Read more »

TruTV Renews ‘Adam Ruins Everything’ and ‘The Carbonaro Effect,’ Greenlights Projects From Wanda Sykes, David Spade

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TruTV has greenlit two new upscripted series, while also renewing “Adam Ruins Everything,” “The Carbonaro Effect” and “Greatest Ever,” Variety has learned. The cabler has picked up celebrity game show, “Talk Show the Game Show,” plus hidden camera show, “Chris Webber’s Full Court Pranks.” “Talk Show the Game Show,” starring comedian Guy Branum, is described as… Read more »