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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James Franco Opens ‘Of Mice and Men’ on Broadway: ‘They Are On Our Asses About Everything!’

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Of Mice and Men” may be a particularly American tale, but Irishman Chris O’Dowd — who stars with James Franco in the Broadway revival that opened April 15 — still knew the story well. “Oddly, Steinbeck is quite big in Ireland,” O’Dowd said at the afterparty at Gotham’s Plaza Hotel. “I think there’s something about the... Read more

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Walter Roy Beery, Stage and TV Actor, Dies at 75

April 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Walter Roy Beery, an actor who appeared in numerous television shows but whose first love was the theater, died at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on April 6 from complications of lymphoma. He was 75. Beery supported himself by working as a film broker at MGM until beginning his acting career in summer stock.... Read more

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Showrunners Michelle Ashford, Carlton Cuse, Jenji Kohan Talk Sex, Emmys and Binge-Watching at HRTS Panel

April 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

No topic – from sex and nudity to binge-watching – was off limits at the Hollywood Radio and Television Society’s Hitmakers Newsmaker luncheon as the creators of some of the most popular shows on TV discussed what it takes to create and maintain a hit skein. Michelle Ashford, creator of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” “Bates... Read more

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West End Review: ‘Handbagged’

April 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Everyone likes secrets, especially dramatists. So it’s no surprise that the unravelling of the mysteries of the current Queen Elizabeth’s famously undocumented weekly meetings with her Prime Minister proved audience catnip in Peter Morgan’s fictional “The Audience” starring Helen Mirren. But playwright Moira Buffini got there first with “Handbagged,” a 2010 short about the Queen... Read more

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