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Trevor Noah Responds to His ‘Daily Show’ Twitter Controversy

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Trevor Noah has responded to the backlash that ensued after his “Daily Show” appointment was announced in March, which prompted the resurfacing of tweets of his that were deemed racist, anti-Semitic and sexist. “I don’t strive to be offensive,” he said Wednesday morning at the Television Critics Assn. press tour event in Beverly Hills of his Twitter… Read more »

John Legend to Produce WGN America’s ‘Underground’

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Musician John Legend, along with his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, has signed on to exec produce WGN America’s upcoming original thriller “Underground,” network president and general manager Matt Cherniss announced Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press tour. Legend’s production banner Get Lifted will also oversee the score, soundtrack and all… Read more »

Sue Kroll Named Worldwide Distribution Chief at Warner Bros.; Vet Dan Fellman Leaving (EXCLUSIVE)

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In a key leadership transition, Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll is expanding her duties, as domestic distribution head Dan Fellman prepares to step down after nearly four decades at the Burbank studio. Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. As part of the management… Read more »

Jake Gyllenhaal Circles Boston Marathon Bombing Pic ‘Stronger’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Following “Southpaw’s” strong performance at the box office, Jake Gyllenhaal looks to have his eye on another underdog tale, this time following the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombing. Sources tell Variety that Gyllenhaal is in early talks to star in Lionsgate’s “Stronger,” which tells the true story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman,… Read more »

Pope Delays New York Film Festival’s 2015 Opening Night

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Organizers of the New York Film Festival have decided to delay the 2015 fest’s opening night screening of Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” due to a concurrent New York City visit by Pope Francis. Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York not-for-profit that runs the 53-year-old NYFF, opted to shift the high-profile opening night screening to alleviate… Read more »

E! Greenlights Unscripted Series ‘Hollywood Teen Medium’

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E! has given the greenlight to series “Hollywood Teen Medium,” which will follow 19-year-old Tyler Henry, who serves as celebrities’ go-to medium, Variety has learned. The cabler ordered eight episodes of the unscripted project. “Hollywood Teen Medium” (working title) will follow the life of Henry, exploring the balance of his unique abilities and living as a… Read more »

Directors Guild to Honor Ron Howard, Tyler Perry, Chuck Schumer

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The Directors Guild of America will honor director-producer Ron Howard, director-producer Tyler Perry, Teamsters Local 817 President Thomas J. O’Donnell, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker at its 2015 DGA Honors ceremonies on Oct. 15. The event will be held at the DGA Theater in New York City. “From an influential DGA and… Read more »

TCA: ‘The Daily Show’ Live Blog

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Trevor Noah takes the stage at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills almost exactly two months before his September 28 “Daily Show” debut.

Relativity Media Lays Off 75 Employees, as Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Looms

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UPDATED: Embattled Relativity Media issued layoff notices to 75 of its 350 employees Wednesday, another sign that the debt-laden entertainment company is on the verge of a bankruptcy filing. The workers received pinkslips just after 10:30 a.m., and senior managers who remained with the company were asked to accept pay cuts. Word came to workers… Read more »

First Trailer for Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo’s Catholic Sex Scandal Drama ‘Spotlight’

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Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo won’t be silenced in the first intense trailer for their Catholic sex scandal drama “Spotlight.” The film from director/co-writer Tom McCarthy tells the true story behind the Boston Globe’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church. The group of journalists won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003… Read more »