Posts Tagged ‘news’

SAG-AFTRA Exec Named Chair of Conference of California Bar Associations

September 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SAG-AFTRA exec Duncan Crabtree-Ireland has been named chairman of the Conference of California Bar Associations. The org installed Crabtree-Ireland, who is chief operating officer and general counsel of SAG-AFTRA, at its annual meeting Saturday in San Diego. The org is comprised of various bar association members from California and aims to serve as a forum... Read more

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Cecily Strong Responds to ‘SNL’ Weeked Update Replacement

September 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong has broken her silence about being replaced by co-star Michael Che on the NBC variety show’s “Weekend Update” desk. “I don’t see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a... Read more

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CBS Gives Production Commitment to Buddy Comedy ‘The Meatball Project’

September 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS is in business with Bill Lawrence, giving a pilot production commitment to a buddy comedy written by sitcom vet Jeff Astrof for Warner Bros. TV. “The Meatball Project” is inspired by the successful business partnership of chefs Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow (pictured), owner of New York City’s Meatball Shop restaurants. Show revolves around... Read more

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Toronto: Oscilloscope Buys Romance ‘Felix and Meira’ for U.S.

September 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Canadian romance “Felix and Meira” following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Felix and Meira” will screen next month as part of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Oscilloscope plans to release the film theatrically in 2015. The film, directed by Maxime Giroux, is centered on a... Read more

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British Actor Donald Sinden Dies at the Age of 90

September 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — British actor Donald Sinden, who was known best for his comedy roles, has died at the age of 90. Sinden had more than 70 credits for film and TV productions since the late 1940s, but also had a stellar stage career. His son, actor and director Marc Sinden, said his father only had... Read more

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Shuffle: Michael Che to Replace Cecily Strong as ‘Weekend Update’ Anchor

September 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong on the “Weekend Update” anchor desk for “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th season. NBC confirmed the change late Thursday. Che will serve as co-anchor alongside Colin Jost, who joined the desk opposite Strong about halfway through last season. Strong and Jost were installed on “Weekend Update last season after longtime... Read more

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Weinsteins Developing Thriller ‘The Bye Bye Man’

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s TWC-Dimension has acquired worldwide rights to Intrepid Pictures’ supernatural thriller “The Bye Bye Man.” The deal includes a proceed-to-production commitment. Stacy Title (“The Last Supper”) will direct from a script adapted by Jonathan Penner from the short story “The Bridge to Body Island” by Robert Damon Schneck, chronicling the harrowing events... Read more

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Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol, Christopher Ecclestone Drama ‘Fortitude’ Sells Wide

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Sky Vision has pre-sold the crime drama series “Fortitude,” which stars Stanley Tucci, Sofie Grabol, Christopher Ecclestone and Michael Gambon, to several leading broadcasters. Sky Vision, which is the international distribution arm of U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB, has inked deals with Canada’s Super Channel, France’s Canal Plus, Denmark’s TV2, Sweden’s SVT, Finland’s... Read more

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‘Rising Star’ Talent Show to Rise in China

September 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Interactive game show to launch in country with half billion smart phone users

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Apple Watch: This Is Not the Media Device You’re Looking For

September 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Anyone who expected the Apple Watch — or any of the current crop of smartwatches — to yield a tiny new canvas for mobile TV, streaming video or Dick Tracy two-way “wrist TV” is bound to be disappointed. The Apple Watch, launched with the Cuptertino magic factory’s usual fanfare, reps its first new product category... Read more

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