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Frank Zappa in ‘Eat That Question’: A Blast of Sanity From the Rock Past

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In the late ’60s, the last time that America seemed as divided as it is now (back then it was the counterculture vs. the establishment; today it’s reality-based thinking vs. rabbit-hole fantasy), there was a popular technique of rudeness known as “the put-on.” The obnoxious idea was that if you found yourself confronting someone who was clueless,… Read more »

Chandra Levy Limited Series in Development at TNT

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The Chandra Levy case is the latest true-crime mystery to get the TV treatment, Variety has confirmed. A limited series on Levy’s murder is currently in development at TNT as a co-production between Turner and Sony Pictures Television, written and executive produced by Keith Huff. Lawrence Kasdan, Judith Verno and Diane Sokolow are attached to executive produce,… Read more »

HBO Orders Alan Ball Family Drama to Series

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HBO has given a series order to a new project from “True Blood” executive producer Alan Ball, Variety has confirmed. The untitled series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child.  This seemingly perfect, progressive family is… Read more »

10 Takeaways From Variety’s Entertainment and Faith-Based Purpose Summit

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The state of faith-based entertainment is evolving along with the demands of TV and film. More content is being thought up for OTT and streaming platforms and many companies are finding new ways to expand their reach. At Variety and Rogers and Cowan’s Purpose Summit, media and content companies, artists and performers gathered to talk… Read more »

Paul Dano to Make Directorial Debut With Indie Drama ‘Wildlife’

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Paul Dano will make his feature directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama “Wildlife,” helming from a script he’s written with Zoe Kazan. “Wildlife,” based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, is being produced by Alex Saks for June Pictures with Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark and Dano. Kazan is executive producing. The narrator of the book… Read more »

‘Newtown’: Survivors, Filmmaker Talk ‘Tipping Point’ in Fight Against Gun Violence

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Despite the continuous string of mass shootings in the United States, no progress has been made toward enacting stricter federal gun-control laws. But Dr. Bill Begg, an emergency-room physician who was on duty at Danbury Hospital in Newtown, Conn. on the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, sees progress being made. “The Sandy Hook… Read more »

TV News: Adrianne Palicki Joins Seth MacFarlane’s Space Series, Maya Rudolph to Visit ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

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“Agents of SHIELD” star Adrianne Palicki has been cast in Seth MacFarlane’s Fox dramedy; Maya Rudolph is visiting “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”; “Chrisley Knows Best” has a release date; and ABC has acquired a single-camera comedy by DJ Nash in today’s TV news roundup.   DATES “Chrisley Knows Best” is set to return for the second half… Read more »

Ex-Fox News Employee Says Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her for Over 20 Years

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New allegations surrounding the behavior of former Fox News  Channel CEO Roger Ailes suggest he had a relationship with a subordinate for years while running the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet, and that some senior executives at the network may have helped him manage it. The report, posted Friday by New York magazine, alleges that… Read more »

Q2 Week in Review: How Facebook, Comcast, CBS, Google, Et Al, Really Fared

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With dozens of companies in the media and tech sectors reporting earnings this week, it’s tough to keep up with it all. Here’s a highly opinionated round-up of which businesses looked hot (and not)…. Biggest Losers 1. TWITTER The slow-motion train wreck showed no sign of stopping with Twitter’s Q2 earnings. While the user-base total… Read more »