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USTelecom Exits Coalition Challenging Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger

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USTelecom, an association representing broadband providers, said that it’s dropping out of a coalition formed to challenge the proposed merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. In a statement, USTelecom said that it’s exiting because “the coalition is no longer aligned with USTelecom’s policy positions.” USTelecom said that it had “made clear it does… Read more »

Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring in Musical Comedy for Universal

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Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in an untitled musical comedy for Universal. The studio outbid rivals in acquiring an untitled pitch for the project, based on an original idea from Michael Bacall and  Gordon-Levitt. Bacall will write the screenplay. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce for Marc Platt Productions alongside Tatum, Reid… Read more »

Berlin: Ethan Hawke Starring in ‘24 Hours to Live’

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Chinese production-distribution outfit Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures have tapped Ethan Hawke to star in their upcoming thriller “24 Hours to Live.” Brian Smrz will direct from a Zachary Dean screenplay, based on an original script from Ron Mita & Jim McClain. “24 Hours to Live” follows an assassin who is given a chance… Read more »

Kudos Founder Stephen Garrett Launches Character Seven, Boards Fickle Fish’s ‘The Rook’

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LONDON — Stephen Garrett, founder of “MI-5” and “Life on Mars” producer Kudos, has launched production company Character Seven, which is developing “The Rook,” a London-set supernatural series for Hulu, with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s company Fickle Fish and Lionsgate. Garrett, who co-founded Kudos in 1992 and was later joint managing director with Jane Featherstone,… Read more »

E! Orders Two More Episodes of ‘Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry’

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E! has ordered two additional episodes of “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry,” bringing the first season to a total of 10 episodes, Variety has learned exclusively. The extra order comes after ratings success for the reality series, which features Tyler Henry, the go-to medium to the stars, giving readings to celebrities. Snooki, Monica Potter and Tom Arnold… Read more »

Anderson Cooper’s Documentary ‘Reveals the Truth’ of His Mom Gloria Vanderbilt’s Life

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Anderson Cooper and director Liz Garbus discussed their Sundance documentary “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper” at the Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers. The CNN journalist said the film about his mother “reveals the truth of her life.” “I knew it was going to very personal,” Cooper said. “The things my mom has been through,… Read more »

Ratings: MSNBC Democratic Debate Draws 4.5 Million Viewers — Lowest This Cycle

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The first head-to-head showdown of Democratic front-runners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders didn’t make much of a ratings impact on Thursday, as MSNBC’s two-hour event — a late addition to the schedule — racked up the lowest numbers for any debate this election cycle. According to preliminary Nielsen estimates, Thursday’s debate from New Hampshire averaged… Read more »