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TV Review: ‘The Dresser’

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Actors are not like everyone else, and that assessment is both a compliment and a diagnosis in “The Dresser,” a play by Ronald Harwood that has been turned into a claustrophobic but ultimately affecting TV movie starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins. The setting will be familiar to those who’ve seen the play or the… Read more »

Todd Garner’s Broken Road Partners With Covert Media

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Todd Garner’s Broken Road Productions has signed a two-year first-look deal with Covert Media covering co-financing and co-production. Broken Road’s films have included the two “Paul Blart” movies for Sony, Tom Cruise’s “Knight and Day” and New Line’s disaster thriller “Into the Storm” during its 11-year history. The company had a long-term first-look deal with… Read more »

‘All the Way’: How a Makeup Designer Turned Bryan Cranston Into LBJ

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Bryan Cranston won a Tony Award playing Lyndon Johnson in “All the Way,” stepping onstage with little more than a couple of false earlobes. For the HBO movie adaptation, makeup designer Bill Corso did a much more extensive transformation. Corso joins Variety’s David Cohen to explain how Cranston became LBJ.

British Columbia Reduces Production Incentives But Expects Little Impact

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Vancouver is hot. There are at least 47 productions currently shooting in the city and in the province of British Columbia, including Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” the second seasons of Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” and Lifetime’s “UnReal,” and the follow-up to “50 Shades of Grey.” And that’s not counting animation… Read more »

Andy Samberg: ‘Popstar’ Is ‘Amalgam of Everything Happening in Pop Music Right Now’

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“You walk into The Lonely Island guys’ machine. You walk into their vision. And it’s going to be funnier than what you can think of,” said Michael Bolton at the New York City premiere of “Popstar” Tuesday night at AMC Loews Lincoln Square. Bolton was just one of many A-list actors, comedians, and musicians who… Read more »

Upfronts 2016: Scheduling Steps Out of Spotlight as Viewing Habits Transform

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The NBCUniversal upfront last week opened with Jimmy Fallon dressed as a character from the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” rapping lines such as: “Ten new shows appear this fall; the word ‘Chicago’ appears in them all.” It was not the last upfront appearance “Hamilton” made last week — the musical inspired gags at the CBS and… Read more »

Ratings: Fox’s ‘Empire’ Finishes as Season’s Top Broadcast Series in Demos

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As the 2015-16 television season officially comes to a close tonight, Fox can celebrate having the top-rated broadcast entertainment program in numerous demos with its sophomore soap “Empire.” While NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 broadcast series for the season in adults 18-49, “Empire” finishes as the highest-rated entertainment series in this demo,… Read more »

Hulk Hogan’s Sex Tape Lawsuit Reportedly Financed by Tech Billionaire; Gawker Asking for Reduced Damages

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Talk about unlikely alliances: Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against blog publisher Gawker Media was secretly financed by Silicon Valley billionaire and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, according to multiple reports. Gawker is now using the revelation to ask an appeals court for a reduction in damages. Hogan had sued Gawker over a 2012 blog post that had included… Read more »