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‘Rings’ First Trailer Promises Plenty of Death and Destruction

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The first trailer for the “Rings” sequel paints a portrait of death and destruction for the digital age, culminating with a malevolent spirit causing a jet airplane crash. The teaser gets right to the point as protagonist Julia, played by Matilda Lutz, tells a shadowy girl with stringy hair “You’re not real.” Julia’s boyfriend sets… Read more »

World War II Documentary ‘Three Days in Auschwitz’ Scheduled for September Release (EXCLUSIVE)

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The documentary “Three Days in Auschwitz,” produced by filmmaker Philippe Mora and musician Eric Clapton, has been set for a Sept. 9 release in North America by Vision Films, Variety has learned exclusively. Australian filmmaker Mora was a second-generation holocaust survivor who lost eight members of his family at Auschwitz. For many years, he was… Read more »

Leslie Jones’ Personal Website Hacked, Nude Photos Posted

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Leslie Jones’ personal website was hacked Wednesday, with nude photos and personal information of the star posted. Photos of “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters” star’s passport and drivers license were released in a gross invasion of privacy, in addition to the nudes. The photos reportedly originated from her iCloud account. The site was taken down shortly after 9am PT.  No… Read more »

Disney Channel Greenlights Supernatural Vampire Pilot Starring Teen Boy Band (EXCLUSIVE)

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Disney Channel has greenlit a supernatural comedy pilot starring the boy band Forever In Your Mind, Variety has learned exclusively. The pilot, titled “Forever Boys,” will star the three members of the Hollywood Records band, Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelly and Liam Attridge. The potential series follows three brothers, played by the band, who were bitten by a vampire during… Read more »

Comedy Central Greenlights Series Starring Comedian James Davis

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James Davis is hopping from Comedy Central’s portfolio of Snapchat programming to its cable network. Davis, who has hosted “Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis.” will star in a new weekly series set to debut on the Viacom-owned network in January 2017. The untitled program is executive produced by Davis and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and… Read more »

TV Ratings: NBC’s ‘Better Late Than Never’ Off to Good Start

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NBC owned primetime on Tuesday as unscripted comedy “Better Late Than Never” got off to a solid start behind “America’s Got Talent.” “Better Late Than Never” a travelogue reality series featuring William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Forman, Terry Bradshaw and comedian Jeff Dye , delivered a 1.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million… Read more »

CMT Announces ‘Nashville’ Season 5 Premiere Date

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“Nashville” is heading back to TV with a new network, new showrunners and a new year. The fan-favorite show — which was axed by ABC after four seasons — will return for Season 5 with a special two-hour episode on CMT on Thursday, January 5 at 9 p.m. Hulu will continue to stream “Nashville” for its… Read more »

‘I Love Dick’: Kevin Bacon Talks ‘Redefining What It Means to Be a Dick’ in Jill Soloway’s New Amazon Pilot

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On Aug. 19, Amazon Studios dropped the pilot for one of the most fascinating and unconventional television projects ever — a series adaptation of the landmark feminist work “I Love Dick,” an epistolary novel that crisscrosses through feminist theory, philosophy, and thwarted desire. The book, technically a work of fiction, is a collection of love… Read more »

James Franco Developing Crime Movies ‘Smonk,’ ‘Poachers,’ ‘Hell at the Breech’

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James Franco is developing three movies based on novels by crime fiction writer Tom Franklin — “Smonk,” “Poachers,” and “Hell at the Breech,” Variety has learned exclusively. Franco and partner Vince Jolivette are producing through their Rabbit Bandini Productions, which recently obtained the movie rights in a deal put in place by Joel Gotler of… Read more »

Saudi Arabia Submits Second Ever Film, ‘Barakah Meets Barakah,’ for Oscar Foreign Language Race

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Saudi Arabia has backed Mahmoud Sabbagh’s “Barakah Meets Barakah” as its 2017 Academy Awards entry for best foreign language film. The movie marks the second-ever Saudi film to be submitted for consideration. “Mahmoud Sabbagh is a representative of a new generation who will soon be a pioneer in the history of filmmaking in Saudi Arabia,”… Read more »

Crackle’s ‘Startup’ Promises to Compete With Netflix, Hulu Originals

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Crackle is spicing up its lineup with a new player, “Startup.” The series, starring Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi, Martin Freeman, and Otmara Marrero, follows a group of unlikely allies in the quest to launch a bitcoin-like venture. But how will this newcomer do against heavyweights like Hulu and Netflix originals? “I think there’s room in the… Read more »