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The NBA and Hollywood Unite for the Premiere of ‘Kobe Bryant’s Muse’

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The NBA and Hollywood came together on Thursday at the London West Hollywood hotel to celebrate the premiere of “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” the upcoming Showtime documentary that tells the story of the basketball icon’s career to date. Gotham Chopra, the film’s director and son of Deepak Chopra, said that one of the coolest experiences while working… Read more »

Film i Väst, Nordisk Film and SVT Join Forces to Make Bigger Swedish Movies

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PARIS– Film i Väst, Nordisk Film and Swedish Television (SVT) are joining forces to co-finance and co-produce bigger-budgeted Swedish movies with international potential. A rep from each company will meet once a month to review projects. Although the three shingles have not set a limit on the number of projects they will support, they will give out… Read more »

Brazil’s Gullane, Universal Channel Team on ‘Basic Health Center’

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Fresh off its Sundance actress prize and Berlin Panorama Audience Award for “The Second Mother,” Gullane Filmes, run by Fabiano and Caio Gullane and a Brazilian movie powerhouse, is partnering with Universal Channel in Brazil on a groundbreaking medical drama: eight-seg half-hour fiction series “Basic Health Center.” Universal Channel, one of the three channels operated… Read more »

Hotel Normandie: Historic Koreatown Lodging Ready for Drinks, Events

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Koreatown might not seem industry-adjacent, but with easy access to Paramount and Raleigh, L.A. Center Studios and mid-Wilshire media offices, it’s actually a central location with a burgeoning nightlife scene that will appeal to young creatives. The restored 1920s boutique hotel — Hotel Normandie — (from the same architects as the historic Beverly Wilshire) includes… Read more »

‘Jessie’ Star Karan Brar to Co-star in Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Invisible Sister’

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Disney Channel has added three to its upcoming TV movie “Invisible Sister,” starring “Girl Meets World” starlet Rowan Blanchard and Paris Berelc from Disney XD’s “Mighty Med,” Variety has learned. Karan Brar, known from the hit series “Jessie” and set to star in the newly announced spinoff, has been cast, along with Rachel Crow (“The X Factor”) and newcomer Austin… Read more »

Richard LaGravenese on His ‘Rude Awakening’ to Hollywood

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Richard LaGravenese was nominated for an Oscar at age 32 for his first solo screenplay, “The Fisher King.” But his movie career got off to a rocky start a few years earlier, as co-writer of the Cheech Marin-Eric Roberts comedy “Rude Awakening” for producer Aaron Russo. LaGravenese, who most recently directed the musical “The Last… Read more »

‘Jane the Virgin’ Adds Recurring Character in Four-Episode Arc

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“Jane the Virgin” has set actress Rachel DiPillo in a recurring arc this season, Variety has learned. DiPillo, whose credits include “Mad Men,” “Revenge,” “The Gates” and “Bones,” will play Andi, a girl that Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) meets in her writers’ program. She’ll debut in episode 16 of this season, appearing in four consecutive episodes with the possibility of… Read more »

MTV Renews ‘The Challenge,’ ‘Are You the One,’ Orders 2 New Series

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MTV has renewed “The Challenge” and “Are You the One” and given the greenlight to two new unscripted series. “Girl Code Live” is a latenight talkshow hosted by three hosts from MTV’s “Girl Code” series: Nessa, Carly and Awkwafina. The half-hour weekly series will feature celebrity guests and gameshow-like elements. MTV has ordered 10 episodes from… Read more »

Sarah Doole Brings Drama to Unscripted Giant FremantleMedia

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Global production and distribution company FremantleMedia is best known for unscripted shows like “The X Factor” and the “Got Talent” franchise, but it’s increasingly turning the spotlight on dramas, like zombie thriller “The Returned,” which debuts in the U.S. on A&E in March. The show is one of the first results of a shift in… Read more »

Incentives Scorecard: Mississippi Lures High-Profile Projects

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Thanks to incentive programs, Southern states such as Louisiana and Georgia have become hotbeds of production. Mississippi, which created its program in 2004, offers a 25% cash rebate on local spending and nonresident payroll, and a 30% cash rebate on resident payroll. With evocative locations, large soundstages in Canton and on the Gulf Coast, a… Read more »