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Female-Focused Digital Network Kin Community Raises $13.5 Million from Tegna, Others

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More money is rolling into digital video: Kin Community, a multiplatform network focused on young women, has raised $13.5 million in new funding. The Series D financing round was led by previous investor Emil Capital Partners, with participation from Tegna — the new name of Gannett Co.’s broadcasting business, after it spun off its publishing… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Matt Passmore Visits ‘Roadies,’ ‘Harry Potter’ Star Tom Felton Joins ‘The Flash’

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Showtime has cast Matt Passmore in a guest role on “Roadies;” Harry Potter alum Tom Felton joins Season 3 of “The Flash” as a series regular and more in today’s TV news roundup.  CASTING Matt Passmore (“The Glades,” “Satisfaction”) will be joining the cast of “Roadies” as a guest-star later this season, Variety has learned… Read more »

Comic-Con 2016 TV Schedule: Is Your Favorite Show Heading to San Diego?

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TV has become an integral part of San Diego Comic-Con, the annual pop culture convention that sees more than 160,000 attendees descend on the San Diego Convention Center every year. To prepare you for the 2016 show,  taking place July 21-24, Variety is keeping track of all the television-related screenings and panels in one handy master-list. Bookmark… Read more »

‘Pacific Rim 2’ Starring John Boyega Gets Release Date

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“Pacific Rim 2,” starring John Boyega of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” fame, has gotten a new release date. The sequel hits theaters on Feb. 23, 2018; it’s the first film slotted for that date. The movie is the follow-up to 2013’s sci-fi actioner, which grossed more than $410 million at the worldwide box office on a $190 million budget…. Read more »

Sumner Redstone Competency Hearing Ends with No Ruling

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After a daylong hearing about the mental competency of Viacom mogul Sumner Redstone, a Massachusetts judge told a packed courtroom that he needed time to consider the issues at hand. Judge George Phelan of Massachusetts Probate Court in Canton, Mass., asked for a transcript of the trial that unfolded in Los Angeles Superior Court in… Read more »

Jessica Williams’ Departure Points to Bigger Problems at ‘The Daily Show’

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Yesterday, longtime “The Daily Show” correspondent and fan-favorite Jessica Williams announced that she would be leaving the show to work on a scripted pilot with “Broad City” and “Difficult People” writer Naomi Ekperigin. With her, she takes one of the finest voices at “The Daily Show.” Williams was an important hire for the Comedy Central… Read more »

Olivia de Havilland Turns 100: How ‘Gone With the Wind’s’ True Rebel Fought the Studio System and Won

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July 1 marks the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland, an actress who made Hollywood history in more ways than one. She is best remembered as Melanie in the 1939 “Gone With the Wind,” as well as her roles opposite Errol Flynn, including “The Adventures of Robin Hood”; she’s also one of the few to have… Read more »

Oscars: Academy Issues Rule Changes for Awards and Campaigns

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tweaked its rules on Oscar awards and campaigns., with the most significant changes centering on qualifying runs and on parties and concerts during the Oscar campaign period. In terms of eligibility, the Academy is now more specific on the number and times of screenings. It has… Read more »

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Movie Moves to Paramount

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Paramount Pictures is developing a movie adaptation of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” — a live-action/CG hybrid. Paramount has tapped Justin Malen to write the screenplay about of the 25-foot-tall dog. Scholastic Media’s Deborah Forte will produce the film, based on Scholastic’s book series by Norman Bridwell. The first book was centered on a young girl receiving a… Read more »