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Christian Bale Tears ACL, Delaying Fox’s Travis McGee Movie

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20th Century Fox has delayed production on its Travis McGee pic “The Deep Blue Goodby” after learning star Christian Bale suffered a knee injury at his home in Los Angeles. Production was set to start this summer but given the severity of Bale’s injury (sources say he tore his ACL, which requires a couple months… Read more »

Another Brian Williams Blunder? NBC News Probes ‘Daily Show’ Interview (Report)

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NBC News’ ongoing investigation of Brian Williams has expanded to a heretofore unknown incident involving comments he made on “The Daily Show” about what the anchor witnessed during the Arab Spring, The New York Times reported Friday. The internal investigation that was ordered in the wake of Williams’ six-month suspension was already known to be… Read more »

Fran Drescher Q&A: ‘Nanny’ Actress Talks ‘Cinderella,’ Octogenarians and Meditation

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Fran Drescher, fan-beloved star and creator of “The Nanny,” has taken to the stage, reprising her role as the wicked stepmother in “Cinderella” at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theater after a stint on Broadway. Drescher took a moment to chat with Variety about her role, her plans and her marriage. Catch her in “Cinderella” through April 26…. Read more »

Cleveland Playhouse to Receive 2015 Regional Theater Tony Award

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Cleveland Playhouse, which is heading into its 100th season in 2015-16, will take home the 2015 Regional Theater Tony Award. The regional Tony, presented every year during the Tony Awards, have long honored theater companies outside of New York whose work isn’t regularly eligible for the Broadway-centric competitive awards. Recently the Tony organizers decided to… Read more »

Adrien Brody’s Thriller ‘Backtrack’ Sells to Saban Films

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Saban Films is in final negotiations for the U.S. rights to the Adrien Brody thriller “Backtrack,” following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s the second Tribeca title picked up by Saban, which is paying seven figures. The year-old distributor acquired North American rights to the Simon Pegg-Lake Bell romantic comedy “Man Up” earlier… Read more »

Creating Fashion Monsters: Rock Stylists Spill Their Secrets

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Top rock bands today usually look great, but it’s not because musical talent is tied to great fashion sense. Rock Stylists Dee Anderson (Green Day, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon) and Candice Lambert (Atlas Genius, Pentatonix, Echosmith) reveal what goes into creating an image for a rock band.

Hot Docs Festival Taps Into Virtual Reality

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The 22nd annual Hot Docs festival, which kicked off April 23,  is tapping into the reignited interest and recent developments in virtual reality. Hot Docs’ new DocX strand includes a free exhibit of four Canadian shorts using 3D stereoscopic video, Oculus Rift Technology and Samsung Gear VR headsets: the Mongolia-set “Herders” and “Strangers With Patrick… Read more »

‘Furious 7′ Racing to Fourth-Straight Win at U.S. Box Office

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“Furious 7″ still has plenty of gas in the tank, as the tentpole’s poised to win its fourth straight weekend at the U.S. box office with about $16 million, according to early Friday estimates. Lionsgate’s launch of “The Age of Adaline” and Sony’s second weekend of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ will battle for second… Read more »