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Why Gawker Versus Peter Thiel Isn’t Just About Gawker

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The geniuses of Silicon Valley are hacking every aspect of society to make it better — that’s what they constantly tell us, anyway. From how we consume music and TV and news to how we get around, there’s almost no aspect of modern life that tech companies haven’t changed, sometimes radically. And there’s no doubt… Read more »

‘Nashville’ Ratings Rise for Series Finale, ‘Wayward Pines’ Solid in Season 2 Return

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The absence of Fox’s juggernaut “Empire” on Wednesday night offered a ratings boost for its broadcast rivals, with NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” season finale winning the night with a 1.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 7.1 million total viewers, marking a 15% increase in the demo week-to-week and a 7% rise versus… Read more »

‘Roots’ Composer Alex Heffes Blended Themes for Miniseries Reboot’s Four Directors

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U.K.-born Alex Heffes is neither African nor American, but he was chosen with good reason to score History’s revamped adaptation of Alex Haley’s “Roots”: The 44-year-old composer favors projects with a sonic mash-up of influences. And he has spent time researching and recording music in Africa, for both the 2013 biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to… Read more »

Theater Director Ivo van Hove on ‘Crucible,’ Coming From Amsterdam to Broadway

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Last fall, Amsterdam-based director Ivo van Hove had zero Broadway credits to his name. Six months later, he’s got two: “A View From the Bridge,” the critics-darling revival starring Mark Strong, and a revival of “The Crucible,” selling well with a cast that includes Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw. In between, he directed the Off… Read more »

Esquire Greenlights Motorcycle Competition Series ‘Wrench Against the Machine’

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Esquire is revving up a new competition series, ordering “Wrench Against the Machine,” an unscripted motorcycle-centric show, Variety has learned. In each hourlong episode, “Wrench Against the Machine” will feature new teams and new motorcycle build challenges, as contestants will be tasked with building everything from café racers to choppers, bobbers and beyond. “’Wrench Against The Machine’ is… Read more »

Gawker On Reports of Possible Sale: ‘Everyone Take a Breath’

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Gawker downplayed reports that it is getting ready for a sale in a statement sent to media Thursday. The online media company admitted that it had recently hired investment banker Mark Patricof of Houlihan Lokey, which first had been reported by the New York Post Thursday. However, Gawker said that it had “bankers engaged for quite some time”… Read more »

Charter Communications Looks Ahead After Merger With Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks

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Job one for Tom Rutledge, now that his Charter Communications has gulped down Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, is to make customers happy with their cable company. A quixotic endeavor? Not to Rutledge. The Charter chairman and CEO, regarded as one of the cable biz’s top operational minds, has pledged to hire 20,000… Read more »

Colin Firth to Star in Submarine Disaster Movie ‘Kursk’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Colin Firth is in negotiations to star in the EuropaCorp. submarine disaster movie “Kursk.” Matthias Schoenaerts is also set to topline the film. Danish helmer Thomas Vinterberg will direct from a script by “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter Robert Rodat, based on Robert Moore’s book “A Time to Die.” “Kursk” tells the true story of the K-141 Kursk — the pride… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: ‘Incognito’ Starring Charlie Cox

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At the end of “Incognito,” a new play by Nick Payne (“Constellations”) at Manhattan Theater Club, one line of dialogue jumps out: “There is nothing whatsoever remarkable about Albie’s [i.e., Albert Einstein’s] brain.” Had they but told us that at the outset of this pseudo-scientific treatment of that very subject, we might have been spared… Read more »

Hulu, ITV Order Brothel Drama Series ‘Harlots’

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Hulu and the U.K.’s ITV have teamed on a straight-to-series order for drama series “Harlots,” set in the world of the 18th century London sex trade. The ongoing eight-part series will air on ITV Encore in the U.K. and stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu. “Harlots” stars Samantha Morton (J.K. Rowling’s upcoming “Fantastic Beasts… Read more »