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Focus Features to Remake French Thriller ‘With a Friend Like Harry’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Focus Features has found a friend, acquiring remake rights to Dominik Moll’s French thriller “With a Friend Like Harry.” Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler are producing along with Michelle Krumm. Wentworth Miller is writing the screenplay adaptation. The story centers on the titular Harry, who approaches a henpecked husband at a rest stop… Read more »

Wilton Schiller, Writer, Producer for ‘Lassie,’ ‘The Fugitive,’ Dies at 95

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Wilton Schiller, a writer and producer with a 50-year career that took him from the Golden Age of television to series such as “Lassie,” “Dragnet” and “The Fugitive” to “The Six Million Dollar Man,” died July 27 at home in Studio City, Calif. He was 95. Schiller wrote hundreds of episodes of series such as… Read more »

Variety’s Artisans Party: Celebrating the Below-the-Line Community (PHOTOS)

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Although L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti was traveling out of state, he sent his well wishes for Variety’s Artisans party, which celebrates the below-the-line community. “Entertainment isn’t just about movie stars,” Variety’s Claudia Eller read from the letter, “the business of entertainment is critical not just to our culture and identity here in Los Angeles, but… Read more »

More Shakeups at CBS Films, Maria Faillace Departs

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CBS Films, which saw co-president Wolfgang Hammer depart recently, has cut staff by nine, including exec VP of production Maria Faillace. Faillace will transition to being a producer on the upcoming CBS Films’ romantic comedy “The Exes,” directed by Andy Fickman. Some of the other departures may be moved into other CBS jobs or into… Read more »

YouTube to Stage Worldwide Live Improv Comedy Event Hosted by Epic Rap Battles’ Lloyd Ahlquist

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Google’s YouTube will present its first-ever live interactive comedy improv event, “Off the Top,” on Aug. 1 and 2 hosted by EpicLLOYD (Lloyd Ahlquist) of Epic Rap Battles of History. The event, produced from YouTube Space LA, will comprise three segments: “Pain-prov,” involving a torture element; improvised rap battles; and improv games with actors in… Read more »

Model Toni Garrn Makes Acting Debut in Indie ‘Under the Bed’

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Supermodel Toni Garrn has joined the cast of the Radar Pictures, Sobe Brook Entertainment and Schizo Pictures co-production “Under the Bed.” Leonardo DiCaprio will produce through his Appian Way banner along with Jennifer Killoran, Shawn Papazian, Mike Weber and Ted Field. Daniel Myrick is writing and directing the pic. Hannah New will star. Story follows… Read more »

Keith Urban Addresses Alleged Concert Rape

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Keith Urban has released a statement regarding an alleged rape that occurred at the Boston stop of his Raise ‘Em Up tour on Saturday, July 26. Hosted at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., the statement refers to the accused rape of a 17-year old female by Sean Murphy, 18, which reportedly occurred on the… Read more »

Boyhood Parody Video: Kittens Grow Up Over 12 Weeks in #Cathood

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Every popular new movie needs its own puppy or kitten parody video, but independent films don’t always get as much attention as blockbusters in the knockoff department. Variety deputy editor Pat Saperstein thought Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was ripe for a video homage, and tweeted her suggestion to the Pet Collective. The Fremantle-owned digital animal channel… Read more »

Warner Bros. Teaming with ‘Divergent’ Producers on Vietnam Tale ‘Honorable Exit’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Warner Bros. and Red Wagon Entertainment are teaming on the movie project  “Honorable Exit” about the 1975 secret evacuation of Saigon during the last 60 days of the Vietnam War. The project, based on the yet-to-be-published book by Thurston Clarke, centers on a  renegade group of American diplomats, soldiers and officials who rebelled against their own… Read more »