Tribeca Film Review: ‘Five Star’

April 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Straight out of Brooklyn comes Keith Miller’s “Five Star,” a low-key but powerfully affecting urban drama that tells a familiar story with unusual authenticity and dramatic force.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Characters Insist They’re ‘Just Like You’ (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The whole gang has finally come together in all its fearsome glory. In the new trailer for Showtime’s upcoming horror series “Penny Dreadful,” Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and the rest of the cast insist that their eccentric characters are “just like you.” We’re assuming the same goes for the classic horror characters that... Read more

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ABC Family Orders Drama Pilot ‘Stitchers’

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC Family has given a pilot order to procedural drama “Stitchers,” from scribe Jeffrey Schechter. Reality-bending vehicle revolves around a young woman recruited into a government agency where she is “stitched” into the mind of a person who recently died to investigate murders and crimes that would otherwise go undetected. Schechter will executive produce alongside... Read more

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Lara Spencer Named Third Co-Anchor of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lara Spencer, the “Good Morning America” newsreader who recently negotiated a new contract with ABC to stay on the program, has been elevated to the role of co-host, and will, going forward, hold forth alongside current anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopolos. The move comes as “GMA,” TV’s most-watched morning program, has been in the... Read more

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WATCH: Shonda Rhimes on Kimmel’s ‘Behind the Scandalabra’

April 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” made the most of its access to ABC’s “Scandal” on the night of the sudser’s season finale. The latenight series produced a special “Behind the Scandalabra” episode featuring series creator Shonda Rhimes, star Kerry Washington and other key cast members. Take a look:

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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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