Film Review: ‘Hedi Schneider is Stuck’

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

German humor is a distinctly conflicted concept in "Hedi Schneider is Stuck," an improbably wry, compassionate character comedy about that least chucklesome of topics: clinical depression.

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John Fairchild, Women’s Wear Daily Editor, Dies at 87

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

John Fairchild, who transformed his family’s fashion trade, Women’s Wear Daily, into an international force to be reckoned with, died on Friday at his Manhattan home after a long illness. He was 87. He headed Fairchild Publications Inc., with publications that included Jane and Details magazines, for more than 30 years. In addition to being... Read more

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Weinstein Co. Buys Michael Keaton’s McDonald’s Movie ‘The Founder’

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Weinstein Co. has acquired distribution rights to Michael Keaton project “The Founder,” the story of how Ray Kroc turned McDonald’s into a global fast food empire. FilmNation is producing along with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield, through their shingle theCombine. The company plans to shoot later this year with John Lee Hancock directing. The... Read more

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PopPolitics: How ‘Madam Secretary’ Became an Antidote to Dark D.C. Dramas (Listen)

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Madam Secretary,” which returns on Sunday on CBS after a brief hiatus, has made a mark for what it isn’t — a tick-tock thriller or dark serialized drama that is part of the current wave of D.C.-set shows. The show stars Tea Leoni as a CIA analyst who is unexpectedly nominated to the top role... Read more

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‘Lost’ Vet Terry O’Quinn to Star in ABC Legal Drama ‘The Adversaries’

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Lost” veteran Terry O’Quinn is returning to his old stomping grounds. The actor will star on the ABC drama pilot “The Adversaries.” O’Quinn will play Charlie, the patriarch of a famous New York law firm, who becomes embroiled in his own legal troubles. His estranged daughter, Jess, is forced to lead his defense team. “The... Read more

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Zelda Williams, Patricia Arquette Honor Family Members at Noble Awards

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In light of the #AskHerMore campaign that arose this past awards season — which contends that celebrities in Hollywood should be asked about more than their red carpet style — the 3rd Annual Noble Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday could not have been more relevant. The awards honored celebrities such as Kristen Bell, David... Read more

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Box Office: Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Sets Sights on $20 Million Opening

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A new romance is dominating the bigsreen. Will Smith’s “Focus” has dethroned “Fifty Shades of Grey” as the No. 1 film in the country. The crime drama opened to $6.5 million on Friday in the U.S. and has set its sights on $20 million this weekend. Tracking had pegged a debut in the $21 million... Read more

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Dave Annable Lands Male Lead in NBC Medical Drama ‘Heart Matters’

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dave Annable has been cast as the male lead in NBC’s medical drama “Heart Matters,” Variety has learned. Annable, who recently starred in “Red Band Society” and previously “Brothers & Sisters,” will co-star opposite Melissa George, who was cast earlier this week in the lead role. He will play her boyfriend. The medical soap, inspired by the... Read more

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Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Montana Drama

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Kristen Stewart has joined Michelle Williams and Laura Dern in Kelly Reichardt’s untitled drama, set in  Montana. Stewart will portray a lawyer from Boise, Idaho, who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. After taking the job, Stewart’s character develops a friendship with a local woman who’s auditing her class. Stewart was seen... Read more

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Bill Cosby Seeks Dismissal of Accusers’ Defamation Suit

February 28, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bill Cosby is seeking dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed by three women who claim that his representatives falsely branded them as liars after they each alleged he sexually assaulted them in the 1970s. In their motion for dismissal, Cosby’s attorneys denied “each and every one of the allegations of sexual misconduct” leveled at him... Read more

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