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Amblin Partners’ Michael Wright Steps Down as CEO

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Michael Wright is stepping down as chief executive officer of Amblin Partners and becoming executive producer of two of the company’s forthcoming films, the company said Tuesday. Steven Spielberg, chairman of the company, will step into the CEO role after Wright’s exit. Wright oversaw films like “The Girl on the Train” and “A Dog’s Purpose”… Read more »

Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in, Produce Funeral Home Comedy in Development at CBS (EXCLUSIVE)

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Jamie Lee Curtis will star in and executive produce a new multi-cam comedy in development at CBS, Variety has learned exclusively. The project, titled “Quality of Life” is described as a multi-generational sitcom set at a family-run funeral home, tackling life through the unique perspective that growing up in a funeral home gives you. Curtis will play… Read more »

TV News Roundup: ‘Hollywood Darlings’ Renewed for Season 2

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In today’s roundup, “Hollywood Darlings” has been renewed, and “Tremors” casts its pilot. RENEWALS Pop’s “Hollywood Darlings” has been renewed for a second season. The comedy starring Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”), Christine Lakin (“Step by Step”), and Beverly Mitchell (“7th Heaven”) will begin production this fall. “Hollywood Darlings” follows the real life friendship of… Read more »

Twitter Adds Former Google CFO Patrick Pichette to Its Board

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Twitter has added longtime Google CFO Patrick Pichette to its board of directors, where he is replacing Pepsi CFO Hugh Johnston. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced the appointment with a tweet after the close of markets Tuesday, saying that he was “thrilled” for Pichette to join the company’s board. Big news: Patrick @Pichette is joining… Read more »

Lawmakers Push for Sex Trafficking Bill Despite Silicon Valley Opposition

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WASHINGTON — Major internet companies were put on defense on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for their opposition to a piece of legislation designed to root out online sex trafficking. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and more than two dozen others, would amend a section of the Communications Decency Act that has shielded… Read more »

Johnny Depp’s Sister and Friends Dragged Into Dispute With Ex-Manager

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Johnny Depp’s sister, his assistant, and several friends are being dragged into the actor’s bitter legal feud with his former management company. Depp sued the Management Group (TMG) in January, alleging that the firm mismanaged his finances and made nearly $10 million in unauthorized loans. In an amended cross-complaint filed on Tuesday, TMG alleges that… Read more »

Hundreds Dead, Buildings Collapse After Mexico City Earthquake

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Widespread destruction has been reported in Mexico City after an earthquake registering 7.1 magnitude struck the country just after 1 p.m. local time. The country was still reeling from a stronger 8.2 tremor south of the capital on Sept. 7. At least 104 people have been killed, with rescue efforts just getting under way. “I… Read more »

Israel’s ‘Foxtrot’ Sweeps Ophir Awards to Become Country’s Oscar Entry

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Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” swept the Ophir Awards — Israel’s version of the Academy Awards — on Tuesday night, taking home eight statues including best picture of the year. The film will now represent Israel in the race for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Earlier this month, “Foxtrot” earned the Silver Lion grand jury prize at the… Read more »

Controversial Comedian Kathy Griffin Price Chops Former Hollywood Hills Mansion Known as ‘Wings’

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SELLER: Kathy Griffin LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $4,750,000 SIZE: 8,098 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Sassy, ribald and sometimes polemical insult comedian Kathy Griffin chopped the asking price of her longtime former home in the Hollywood Hills down to $4.75 million. The celeb-skewering two-time Emmy winner, who took home a… Read more »