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Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard

Breeders: FX Orders New Comedy Starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard
Martin Freeman is coming to FX. This week, the network announced they've ordered a new TV show with the Sherlock star called Breeders.

The comedy "exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there." Daisy Haggard also stars.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65
Paul Allen, who launched Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and went on to produce documentaries, own professional sports teams and dedicate time to philanthropy, died today at age 65.

Allen died this afternoon of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” Allen’s sister said in a statement to CNBC. “For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series

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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series
Who watches the Watchmen, you ask? Apparently, it's a bunch of rabid fans who're foaming at the mouth for details, that's who. On Monday afternoon, the official Watchmen Instagram account shared a first look at the upcoming series from Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof. The brief video footage, which depicts an officer of the law with their face…
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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’

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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’
Brace yourselves, Halfman fans, because Tyrion Lannister may be one of the remaining “Game of Thrones” characters who doesn’t make it out of the series alive.

In an interview with Vulture published Monday, the “My Dinner With Herve” star revealed just how he felt about where his character was left come of the end of the eighth and final season of David Benioff and D.B. WeissHBO fantasy series.

And when he was asked to do so “without giving anything away,” he may (or may not) have given a lot away.

“I feel very, very — I’m trying to find the right word,” Dinklage said. “I think he was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”

Interviewer David Marchese noted
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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu

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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu
Enrico Colantoni is set to join Kristen Bell in Hulu’s eight-episode Veronica Mars revival. He will reprise his series regular role from the original of Keith Mars, Veronica’s (Bell) father and head of Mars Investigations.

The hourlong limited series, slated to premiere in 2019, hails from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who will pen the first episode. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Thomas executive produces with Bell, Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge.
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Ratings: ‘Arrow’ Season 7 Premieres, NBC’s ‘Manifest’ Dips Double Digits

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NBC won another Monday primetime pretty easily, despite “Manifest” slipping 11 percent in ratings versus last week’s episode. Further down the Nielsen sheets, “Arrow” started Season 7 off fine — for CW’s standards, that is.

All of last night’s rankings seemed to shake out as they should.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. A two-hour “The Voice” at 8 p.m scored a 1.9/8 and 9.8 million viewers. At 10, “Manifest” had a 1.5/6 and 7.5 million viewers.

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Fox was second in ratings with a 1.2/5, but fourth in viewers with 5.5 million. “The Resident” at 8 received a 1.0/4 and 4.8 million viewers. At 9, “9-1-1” put up a 1.5/6 and 6.2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and second in viewers with 7.1 million.
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Paul Greengrass: Why I Needed to Make ’22 July’

Paul Greengrass: Why I Needed to Make ’22 July’
Paul Greengrass was stuck. It was early 2016, and he’d been exploring a possible project about the migration of refugees coming through Lampedusa, the Italian island that had become a landing point for many seeking asylum in Europe — as well as the site of numerous incidents involving sinking boats and mass deaths. (For a good overview of what was happening there, check out the documentary Fire at Sea.) Something, however, did not feel right. “I just had the sense that this was a small part of a bigger picture,” the director says,
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Adia Victoria Readies New Album ‘Silences,’ Shares ‘Dope Queen Blues’

Adia Victoria will release a new album, Silences, on February 22nd, 2019, led by the LP’s first single “Dope Queen Blues.”

Out via Canvasback Music, Silences follows Victoria’s acclaimed 2016 debut album Beyond the Bloodhounds. The new album finds the Nashville-based singer-songwriter working alongside producer Aaron Dessner, known for his work as part of the rock band the National. Victoria and Dessner recorded the new music at his New York studio.

In September, Victoria released a first taste of Silences via “Dope Queen Blues,” a dark, slinky blues number that
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Mipcom: Turner Latin America’s Tomás Yankelevich on its Build as a Full-On Multi-platform Producer

Cannes — These days, six months is a long time in Latin American TV. Last April,Tomás Yankelevich, Evp and chief content officer, general entertainment, Turner Latin America, took Variety through the main paradigm shifts in the market and at Turner. For Mipcom, he delivered an update on the ever-evolving priorities at one of the region’s pacemakers in terms of original production and preparation for an ever-more digital age.

His comments came as Turner Latin America has revealed that a year after a creating a new comprehensive production department to develop contents for its own general entertainment brands, its broadcast TV network Chilevisión,
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Song You Need to Know: Oh Pep!, ‘Your Nail and Your Hammer’

Melbourne’s Oh Pep! make indie-pop with the emphasis on “pop”: Their songs are smooth-running, precision-crafted melodic machines that just happen to be written and performed by two or three people instead of a factory. The couple in their new single “Your Nail and Your Hammer” first meet at a government office while they’re waiting to get their Social Security cards. The flat grey boredom of the setting — like finding love at the Dmv — makes the romantic sparks seem a little brighter. “Bust through the ceiling and I
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‘Riverdale’ Stars Play Their On-Screen Parents in First Look at ‘Breakfast Club’ Tribute Episode

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‘Riverdale’ Stars Play Their On-Screen Parents in First Look at ‘Breakfast Club’ Tribute Episode
Hey, hey, hey, hey — we have our first look at “Riverdale”s “The Breakfast Club” tribute episode, which also happens to be the pivotal flashback installment that will show the cast playing their on-screen parents as teens.

In new photos teasing the episode, titled “The Midnight Club” published by Entertainment Weekly Tuesday, we see Lili Reinhart playing a young Alice Cooper — who was a member of the Serpants at the time — and Omg Betty without her ponytail And that’s just the tip of the amazing flashback iceberg, as all the other core cast is there too, portraying their parent counterparts as high schoolers.

Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased the episode in August, telling reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour that the episode would be a “much-darker version” of “The Breakfast Club,” featuring the young CW drama’s leads as teen version of their on-screen parental units.

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Sharon Van Etten Announces 2019 ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ World Tour

Sharon Van Etten Announces 2019 ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ World Tour
Sharon Van Etten has announced a world tour in support of her forthcoming album, Remind Me Tomorrow, which will be released on January 18th via Jagjaguwar. The follow-up to 2014’s Are We There, the album is the singer’s fifth full-length effort and features the synth-heavy single, “Comeback Kid.”

During Rolling Stone‘s Acl Fest Morning Sessions interview series, Van Etten opened up about what she’s been doing in the four-year gap between albums, which included going to grad school for psychology, acting in Netflix’s The Oa and
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Remembering the ‘Enterprise, Enthusiasm and Zeal’ of Arnold Kopelson

Remembering the ‘Enterprise, Enthusiasm and Zeal’ of Arnold Kopelson
Back in the 1980s, before I became a Variety “mugg” (as journalists were once known in our parlance here), I was an ink-stained wretch, aka an indie screenwriter with a pirate picture getting peddled to the buyers in the Cannes market. And before he became an Oscar best picture-winning producer (for Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” in 1987), Arnold Kopelson, who died Oct. 8 at his home in Beverly Hills at age 83, was already a Cannes market big shot, running his fast-growing international shingle Inter-Ocean Film Sales.

Established in the early ’70s, Kopelson’s firm was a two-person outfit perhaps better known as “Arnold and Anne,” as Kopelson and wife-to-be Anne Feinberg were, along with Dino De Laurentiis and the Salkinds (Ilya and father Alexander), pioneers of presales of North American films to independent distributors all over the world. One early success that helped catapult Inter-Ocean to the top ranks of sellers was
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See Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam’s Rowdy ‘Fast As You’ at Hollywood Bowl

See Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam’s Rowdy ‘Fast As You’ at Hollywood Bowl
Dierks Bentley wrapped up his Mountain High Tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this weekend with a surprise appearance from Dwight Yoakam, who showed up to perform “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and then “Fast As You” with the help of Brothers Osborne.

Bentley, playing on Yoakam’s home turf in the Golden State, revs up for “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” by trading some jabs about his home city of Phoenix with Yoakam, who’s synonymous with Bakersfield (thanks to his Number One hit with Buck Owens,
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Biggs to hit Small Screen in TeleImage’s ‘Odd Man Out’ (Exclusive)

Biggs to hit Small Screen in TeleImage’s ‘Odd Man Out’ (Exclusive)
The story of Ronnie Briggs, one of the U.K.’s most notorious and well-known criminals of the past century, will be making its way to TV screens thanks to “Odd Man Out,” an upcoming series produced by Brazil’s TeleImage.

The series will tell the true story of the once-petty thief straight from the source, using his co-authored autobiography from 2011, “Ronnie Biggs: Odd Man Out : the Last Straw” as its source material.

To that end, they have enlisted the help of the book’s co-author Christopher Pickard, who told Variety, “Patrick and his team at TeleImage understand the scope and scale of the story we are trying to tell of an ordinary man’s extraordinary full life. It is not a tale that can be told in a 90-minute film, or four to six episodes. It needs the wider canvas of a multiple series and episode format to
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Climax Films Sees No ‘Ordinary’ Future for Europe (Exclusive)

A complex spy thriller set in the near future imagines Europe on the brink, manipulated by a shadowy organization bent on destroying democracy across the continent.

With far-right political parties making strides across Europe, it’s an all-too-plausible scenario portrayed in “An Ordinary Citizen,” a 10 x 52’ series from Belgium’s Climax Films that has been selected for Mia’s drama series pitching competition.

Set on the eve of the campaign to elect the first President of the newly formed United States of Europe, the series follows an ordinary family man who becomes a fugitive when his daughter disappears, and he’s accused of killing his wife. Hunted by the secret service, he gradually realizes he’s a pawn in a much larger game that could ultimately tear Europe apart.

“An Ordinary Citizen” arrives at a pivotal moment in European history. “It looks like our democratic societies have lost their goal and direction,
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Gina Rodriguez Plays a Dangerous Game in First ‘Miss Bala’ Trailer (Video)

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Gina Rodriguez Plays a Dangerous Game in First ‘Miss Bala’ Trailer (Video)
Gina Rodriguez plays a dangerous game in the first trailer for “Miss Bala,” in which she plays a woman who has to work for a crime boss after witnessing a murder.

Entertainment Weekly released the first trailer for “Miss Bala,” as well as some first look images. In the trailer, Rodriguez’s character travels to Tijuana after the death of her parents, and while at a club, a group of criminals come in with guns and kidnap her best friend. However, the American police are on to her, and Rodriguez’s character must play both sides to survive.

“In the end, the bullet settles everything,” says Miss Bala.

Also Read: Catherine Hardwicke to Direct 'Miss Bala' Remake for Sony

Catherine Hardwicke directs the action film that also stars Anthony Mackie and Matt Lauria. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer wrote the screenplay. The film is an adaptation of Mexico’s 2011 Oscar submission
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‘The Voice’: See Colton Smith, Patrique Fortson’s Stunning Blake Shelton Cover

‘The Voice’: See Colton Smith, Patrique Fortson’s Stunning Blake Shelton Cover
Monday night’s episode of The Voice saw the first battle rounds of Season 15, and the show closed with a bold, unexpected country cover.

With high-flying soul belters Colton Smith and Patrique Fortson set to square off in the night’s final battle, coach Jennifer Hudson pulled a fast one on viewers. She chose fellow coach Blake Shelton’s tender ballad, “God Gave Me You,” as their duet, putting a whole new spin on the tune. Filled with vocal acrobatics and a build-up that crashed like a romantic wave over the coaches,
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Nicole Kidman Says Marriage to Tom Cruise Protected Her From Sexual Harassment

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Nicole Kidman Says Marriage to Tom Cruise Protected Her From Sexual Harassment
Nicole Kidman has her marriage to Tom Cruise to thank for protecting her from sexual harassment in Hollywood early on in her career, the “Big Little Lies” star said in an as-told-by-her essay published by New York Magazine Tuesday.

“Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I’m always reluctant to talk about, because I’m married now to the man who is my great love [Keith Urban], and it almost feels disrespectful,” Kidman said, before discussing her decades-old relationship with the actor, whom she met when they were cast in the film “Days of Thunder.” The couple were married on Dec. 24, 1990.

Kidman added: “That said, I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me — it was protection. I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned.
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