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Steve Harvey’s Daytime Talk Show Renewed for Season 2

Variety - Front Page - 11 hours 40 min ago
Steve Harvey took a gamble this past fall on a total remodel of his syndicated daytime talk show “Steve.” He changed the format, moved from Chicago to Los Angeles and shuffled production companies behind the scenes. “Steve” is getting second year to prove itself now that distributor NBCUniversal Domestic TV has renewed the show for […]

TV Ratings: TGIT Lineup Returns Strong on ABC

Variety - Front Page - 11 hours 47 min ago
ABC’s TGIT lineup returned mostly up on Thursday night, according to Nielsen overnight data. At 8 p.m., “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked things off with a 2.2 and 8.2 million viewers, up nearly 20 percent in the demo compared to its last new episode in November. “Scandal” drew a 1.3 and 5.2 million viewers, up over 10 percent […]

Off Broadway Review: ‘Until the Flood,’ A Docu-Drama Set in Ferguson, Mo.

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 4 min ago
The Repertory Theater of St. Louis confirmed the political power of theater when it commissioned this one-person show written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith to capture the reactions of Ferguson, Mo., residents to the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the summer of 2014. The results are both eye-opening and quietly moving. In this […]

Grammy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich on the Show’s Big (and Expensive) Return to New York, and This Year’s ‘Woke’ Factor

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 11 min ago
What a year to be producing the Grammy Awards. Not only are they being held in New York for the first time in 15 years, the world is crazy and something memorable or mind-boggling has happened on the stage of nearly every awards show in the past year, from Oprah’s rousing speech at the Golden […]

‘The Graduate’ Soundtrack Turns 50: How ‘Mrs. Roosevelt’ Became No. 1 Hit ‘Mrs. Robinson’

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 32 min ago
After the soundtrack album for Mike Nichols’ comedy/drama “The Graduate” was released on Jan. 21, 1967, it quickly vaulted to No. 1 on the American LP charts, where it established itself as something distinctly new and different. It was not the soundtrack for a movie musical like “West Side Story,” whose 54-week reign at the […]

Kodak Black Arrested While Livestreaming

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 32 min ago
Rapper Kodak Black’s legal troubles grew on Thursday when he was arrested in Florida on seven felony counts, including grand theft of a firearm, child neglect, possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon, and two counts of probation violation. The rapper, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, will remain […]

Joel McHale to Host Weekly Netflix Unscripted Series

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 39 min ago
Joel McHale is set to host a new unscripted series for Netflix, the streaming giant announced Friday. Titled “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” the show will be a half-hour topical series that will skewer the latest events in pop culture and news from across the globe. It will feature celebrity guests, comedy sketches, […]

‘Blue Planet II’ Team on New Characters, New Technology, Same Inspiring Ocean

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 40 min ago
In 2001 BBC America launched “The Blue Planet” to explore the inner depths of the world’s oceans and introduce audiences to a number of “characters” in the sea creatures that call those oceans their home. The world sat up and took notice — from England’s prime minister, who tweeted about the show, to the United […]

Facebook Watch a Hit? Study Finds 40% of Users Tune In to Video Weekly

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 55 min ago
Just a few months after launching, Facebook’s Watch video platform has been surprisingly popular with the social-media service’s users — with 40% of U.S. Facebook users saying they use Watch weekly, according to a new Morgan Stanley survey. Moreover, about 60% of those who use Facebook three or more hours per day said they use Watch […]

GLAAD Media Award Nominees: Full List

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 55 min ago
On Friday morning, GLAAD announced its nominees for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards via a live-stream from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The nominations, presented by “Star Trek: Discovery” star Wilson Cruz and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette, were streamed on Variety‘s Facebook page. The organization’s awards honor media for fair, accurate, and and inclusive […]

Box Office: ‘Den of Thieves’ Outshoots ’12 Strong’ on Thursday Night

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 1 min ago
Heist thriller “Den of Thieves” took in $950,000 on Thursday night, edging Afghanistan war drama “12 Strong” with $900,000. STXfilms will open the R-rated “Den of Thieves,” starring Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, in 2,342 locations on Friday with a projected opening in the $9 million range. “Den of Thieves,” […]

Jimmy Kimmel Slams GOP for Using Children’s Health Program in Shutdown Fight

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 8 min ago
WASHINGTON — Jimmy Kimmel again waded into a divisive congressional debate, this time over the showdown over a funding bill to prevent a shutdown at the end of the day on Friday. On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday, Kimmel slammed Republicans for making an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, part of […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘306 Hollywood’

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 10 min ago
Annette Ontell wasn’t important. The Newark housewife met her husband Herman at 15, bought a small, white home on 306 Hollywood Ave., and stayed put for 67 years. There, at the address that lends this experimental documentary its name, she amassed heaps of clutter and raised two kids, one of whom gave her two grandkids, […]

Starz Files FCC Complaint Against Altice USA as Carriage Fight Heads into Week Four

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 24 min ago
Starz has asked the FCC to intervene in its carriage standoff with Altice USA, urging the commission to order the channels restored on Altice systems because the cable operator violated a rule that requires distributors give customers 30 days notice of big programming changes. Starz has filed a petition for emergency injunctive relief with the FCC. […]

Sundance: MoviePass Announces It Will Acquire Films

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 33 min ago
MoviePass must have some serious Netflix envy. The subscription service isn’t just content offering customers bargain-basement tickets to movies. Like the streaming service it is most often compared to, MoviePass is diving into the content business. Using the Sundance Film Festival as a platform, MoviePass announced that it was creating a subsidiary, dubbed MoviePass Ventures, […]

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin Talk the Realities of Aging at ‘Grace and Frankie’ Season 4 Premiere

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 37 min ago
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s titular characters prove that women can still enjoy life while aging in the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” “The fastest growing demographic in the world are older women,” Fonda told Variety. “I think it’s one of the reasons that the show is popular because Lily and I […]

Inside the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab, the Network’s Geeky R&D Unit

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 40 min ago
Nickelodeon is celebrating the return of its animated comedy series “The Loud House” today with a 360-degree video that lets viewers explore the madness of the Loud family household literally from all angles. The video has been produced by Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab, a small research and development unit that spent the past year quietly working […]

Jay-Z Will Help CNN Launch ‘The Van Jones Show’

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 40 min ago
Van Jones hopes his new CNN show will be a place where both average and above-average Joes feel at home talking about what’s going on in America. “This is an opportunity to really reflect on where we are and where we are going,” he says of “The Van Jones Show,” which will debut Saturday, January […]

Bac Films Kicks Off ‘We Need Your Vote’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 48 min ago
Bac Films has come on board “We Need Your Vote,” a comedy set in the French political world directed by Michel Sapin, a high-profile French comicbook artist. Sapin wrote the graphic novel “Le Château – Une année dans les coulisses de l’Élysée” (The Castle – a year behind the scenes at the Elysée”). He knows […]

Amazon Hikes Price of Prime Membership Monthly Plan by 18%

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 48 min ago
Amazon has raised the price of the Prime free-shipping program monthly plan — which includes unlimited access to Prime Video titles — from $10.99 to $12.99 per month, an 18% increase. However, the annual plan for Prime in the U.S. remains $99 per year, which Amazon last raised in 2014. In addition, Amazon offers a […]
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