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Marrakech Fest Salutes Director Abdellah Masbahi, Comedian Abderrahim Tounsi

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MARRAKECH, Morocco — The 16th Marrakech Festival paid tribute on Tuesday to the late director-producer Abdellah Masbahi, and 80-year old comedy actor Abderrahim Tounsi. Often known as Abderraouf, Tounsi created a Moroccan Chaplin-style character that was hugely popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, typically wearing a red hat as he represented the humble “fool”… Read more »

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Eliminate Newspaper-Broadcast Ownership Rule

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Legislation was introduced on Wednesday to eliminate a 41-year-old ban on common ownership of a newspaper and radio or TV station in the same market. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), are co-authors of the legislation to repeal the ban. The broadcast… Read more »

‘Reign’ To End After Upcoming Fourth Season on The CW

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“Reign” will no longer be reigning over the CW — after next season, that is. Sources tell Variety that Season 4 of the historical fantasy series, which begins in Feb. 2017, will be its last. The fourth season is currently still in production, so the team behind “Reign” will be able to work on a series… Read more »

‘The Bachelor’ Season 21 Cast Revealed: Meet the Women Vying for Nick Viall’s Heart

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If 2016 was truly, as John Oliver deemed, “the f—ing worst,” then the lineup of “Bachelor” contestants for Season 21 released on Wednesday hints that brighter days may be just around the bend in 2017. Specifically, on Jan. 2 — the day that Nick Viall’s season of “The Bachelor” premieres on ABC. Viall has been around… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Watch the Trailers for Netflix’s ‘One Day at a Time,’ Amazon’s ‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’

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In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix and Amazon battle it out in the trailer game as they released previews of “One Day at a Time” and “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” and more.  TRAILERS Netflix has released the trailer for Norman Lear reboot “One Day At A Time,” which you can watch above or here…. Read more »

Teenaged Reality Star, Social Media Maven and Budding Real Estate Mogul Kylie Jenner Lists One of her Four Los Angeles Homes

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SELLER: Kylie Jenner LOCATION: Hidden Hills, CA PRICE: $5,400,000 SIZE: 5,154 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: In addition to being the youngest scion of the pop culturally ubiquitous Kardashian-Jenner family reality television juggernaut, the daughter of transgendered former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner, and an entrepreneurial social media powerhouse in her own… Read more »

PopPolitics: How ‘Loving’ Took on New Relevance After the Presidential Election (Listen)

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“Loving” director Jeff Nichols acknowledges that moviegoers may see the film in a different light following the recent presidential race and the election of Donald Trump. The movie is about the marriage of Richard and Mildred Loving (played by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) whose union was illegal in Virginia until they challenged the state’s law prohibiting… Read more »

Lifetime Buys Thriller ‘Under the Bed’ Starring ‘Black Sails’ Actress Hannah New (EXCLUSIVE)

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Lifetime has acquired worldwide rights to the telefilm thriller “Under the Bed,” starring Hannah New, Pat Healy and Beverly D’Angelo, Variety has learned exclusively. “The Blair Witch Project” director Dan Myrick directed “Under the Bed” from his own script. Inspired by true events, “Under the Bed” follows a young woman who is trying to get… Read more »