Nicole Garcia To Head Cannes’ Camera d’Or Jury

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS — France’s Nicole Garcia, a well-regarded actress-turned-director who has worked with many of French cinema’s greats, will serve as president of the Cannes Festival’s Camera d’Or Award jury. Created in 1978, the Camera d’Or prizes the best feature debut at the Festival.

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‘Scandal’ Season Finale Buckles Under Dizzying Absurdities

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Scandal” often brings to mind Stephen J. Cannell’s story about pitching “The A-Team” to Brandon Tartikoff. The legendary producer fondly recalled that the wilder the pitch became (until they were essentially just winging it with whatever crazy thing they could think of), the more the NBC executive liked it. Viewers have largely responded the same... Read more

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TNT’s Craig Sager Diagnosed With Leukemia

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, known for his ever-colorful suits, has been diagnosed with leukemia. His son made the announcement Thursday on Twitter. Craig Jr.’s tweets also suggested that his dad, who also works for TBS, would miss most if not all of the NBA playoffs, which begin this weekend. Sager has been working with... Read more

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Broadway Review: ‘Act One’ Starring Tony Shalhoub

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Moss Hart has a lot to answer for.  Just think how many future brain surgeons and rocket scientists were lost, lured to Gotham to pursue a theater career after reading “Act One,” the eminent Broadway playwright-director’s captivating 1959 showbiz autobiography. Still, Hart can’t be blamed for the missteps of playwright-director James Lapine in adapting that... Read more

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WATCH: Robert Pattinson Fights for His Life in New ‘The Rover’ Trailer

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Robert Pattinson completely sheds his sparkly vampire image in the dark, suspenseful new trailer for his upcoming film “The Rover.” The crime drama, set in the Australian desert, follows main character Eric (played by Guy Pearce) as he sets out to track down a gang of criminals who have stolen his last possession. Along the... Read more

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Letterman, Seinfeld, Scorsese to Headline Spike’s Rickles Tribute

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Some of the biggest names in comedy, TV and film will be on hand to fete funnyman Don Rickles during the Spike TV special “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles.” David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray... Read more

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TV Review: ‘Salem’

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Marking WGN’s concerted foray into original series, “Salem” wants to have it both ways. This late-17th-century dive into the Salem, Mass., witch trials paints the Puritans as hypocritical scolds, yet also embraces the notion that there really were witches operating at the time, which makes their capital punishments seem a little less crazed and paranoid... Read more

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Watch Netflix’s Trailer for ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 (VIDEO)

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has released the official trailer for the second season of “Orange Is the New Black,” which premieres Friday, June 6, with all 13 episodes available worldwide on the streaming service. Series brings back the inmates of Litchfield women’s prison, starring Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, a 30-something woman serving a 15-month sentence after being... Read more

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Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The official selection lineup of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is being announced at a press conference this morning in Paris by fest delegate general Thierry Fremaux and president Gilles Jacob. Fremaux noted that of the 49 titles selected (from some 1,800 submissions), 15 were directed by women. He also said that more titles might be added... Read more

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Channel 5 Sale Falters as Discovery Withdraws From Bidding: Report

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — An attempt by the owner of U.K. broadcaster Channel 5, Northern & Shell, to sell the network appears to have faltered as reports circulated Thursday that one of the leading contenders to acquire the TV group, Discovery Communications, had withdrawn from the bidding process. Discovery was reported to have tabled a joint bid... Read more

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