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TCA Roundup: Elizabeth Smart Talks Autobiographical Films, Starz CEO Promotes Skinny Bundles

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The Television Critics Association press tour arrived in Beverly Hills on July 25 and will continue through Aug. 9. Each day, Variety will publish a roundup of the most essential news items to come out of the day’s panels. In today’s roundup, Elizabeth Smart talks about the two movies she is producing on her life, and Lifetime… Read more »

Kaz Hirai

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In his keynote at the Mipcom TV conference last October, Hirai told the crowd that Sony seeks to achieve “kando,” the ability to stimulate an emotional response, in all its efforts. Hirai earned a form of kando from the Sony board in 2016 when it more than doubled his salary, to $4.9 million, making him… Read more »

Mike Hopkins

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Mike Hopkins has been CEO of the U.S. streaming service since 2013, the successor to founder Jason Kilar. For much of its first decade, Hulu was embroiled in corporate infighting between owners including Disney, Fox and NBC Universal, but Hopkins has had a stabilizing influence on the brand. Hopkins was something of a surprise choice… Read more »

Ron Howard

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The former child star of “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days” not only successfully made the tricky transition to adult actor (at 22 he starred opposite John Wayne in “The Shootist” and was Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor), but went on to establish himself as an Oscar-winning director and producer (for 2001’s ” A… Read more »

‘Outlander’ Stars Talk Time Travel, Fake Vomit and Keeping Up With Diana Gabaldon’s Books

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Stars of the fantasy drama “Outlander” got to stretch their legs outside of Scotland during the production of Season 3, which bows Sept. 10 on Starz. The journey to Jamaica to film sea-faring scenes on stationary ship sets was a nice detour for cast and producers. The “Outlander” team was on hand Friday at the… Read more »

Film Review: ‘I Dream in Another Language’

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At the outset of Mexican director Ernesto Contreras’ entrancing fourth feature, “I Dream in Another Language,” the fate of an indigenous language hangs in the balance: Only two living souls — once the closest of friends, now bitter rivals — still speak Zikril, which could easily die with them. Like certain species of rare butterflies,… Read more »

4 Things We Learned From TCA: Day 4

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There’s always plenty of surprises, who-knew and they-said-what moments during the parade of TV show panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. Day four of the summer tour that runs through Aug. 9 featured presentations from A&E, Lifetime, Viceland, and Starz. Here are four things we learned from Friday’s sessions: 1. Rob Lowe and… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: July 24

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Justin Bieber Cancels Remaining ‘Purpose’ Tour Dates After 154 shows, Justin Bieber is bowing out of the remaining dates of his “Purpose” world tour, Variety has confirmed. According to a source, the pop star made the call on his own after much consideration. “It wasn’t a decision made overnight,” says an insider. “He’s had some… Read more »

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in August 2017

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With every month comes the death of some shows’ streaming availability and the birth of others — August is no exception. Late summer will see a few recent big-name films come to Netflix, like “The Matrix,” “The Founder” starring Michael Keaton, and “Gold” with Matthew McConaughey, as well as some throwbacks like “Holes” and “A… Read more »

Pedro Correa Joins ‘S—heads’ With Tracy Morgan, Luke Wilson (EXCLUSIVE)

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Pedro Correa has been signed for the lead role in the dark comedy “The S—heads” opposite Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson, Variety has learned exclusively. Imperative Entertainment acquired the rights to project in March in a competitive bidding auction with Macon Blair attached to direct from his own script. Blair won the U.S. dramatic Grand… Read more »