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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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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix

‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller has found his butler. Jack Bannon has been cast in the titular leading role in “Pennyworth,” Epix’s upcoming Batman prequel series.

The 10-episode, one-hour drama series will follow Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British Sas soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Per the official character description, “Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an Sas killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

Bannon’s previous notable credits include “The Imitation Game” and “Ripper Street.”

Pennyworth” hails from executive producer/writer Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. The series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

Production on the series begins Oct. 22 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, in the UK.

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One

‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One
BBC One and Netflix have staked a new project from “Sherlock” creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The UK-based network and streamer have ordered “Dracula,” a TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

The three-part 90-minute mini-series is written, executive produced and created by Moffat and Gatiss, and will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. Per Netflix, “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”

“There have always been stories about great evil,” Moffat and Gatiss said. “What’s special about ‘Dracula,’ is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Moffat and Gatiss executive produce alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films,
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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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Fender Study Finds Half of New Guitarists Are Women

Fender Study Finds Half of New Guitarists Are Women
Teenage boys trying to be Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix are, it turns out, only half the picture when it comes to amateur shredders. A new study released Tuesday by guitar-maker Fender shows that women account for 50 percent of all beginner and aspirational players. And the instrument-maker is adjusting its marketing focus accordingly.

Fender worked with consultancy Egg Strategy to survey a representative sample of guitar players in the U.S. and U.K., adding on British data to a similar survey it conducted across North America three years ago with much the same results.
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‘Halloween’ Revisited: John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis Revisit the Horror Franchise That Changed Their Lives Forever

‘Halloween’ Revisited: John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis Revisit the Horror Franchise That Changed Their Lives Forever
True confession #1: I’m going to dress up as Laurie Strode on “Halloween.” Let’s just say Jamie Lee Curtis and I are of an age. Grey hair? Check. Glasses? Check. Jeans, boots and jacket? No problem. And I’ve got a good-size kitchen cleaver, if not a rack of semi-automatics. That’s Strode’s new weapons arsenal, stacked and ready to wreak revenge on Michael Myers after he escapes from a mental hospital after 40 years.

Curtis, the daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, first made her name with John Carpenter’s “Halloween” in 1978, when she was 19, followed by Rick Rosenthal’s “Halloween 2,” also written and produced by Carpenter and his producing partner Debra Hill. True confession #2: I worked on that film as a young press agent at Maslansky/Koenigsberg, followed by Carpenter’s “The Fog” and “Escape from New York” (also co-written by Hill).

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Rebranded Animal Planet Under Susanna Dinnage Goes Global (Exclusive)

Rebranded Animal Planet Under Susanna Dinnage Goes Global (Exclusive)
Susanna Dinnage is putting her mark on Animal Planet, with a new look for the channel and a lineup of global shows. The refreshed Animal Planet will go out of the gate with a series featuring the family of the late Steve Irwin, the Australian conservationist who had deep links with the Discovery-owned wildlife and natural history channel.

Dinnage was upped from running Discovery in the U.K. and named Animal Planet’s first-ever global boss last November in a reorganization that saw Patrice Andrews exit. Based in London, Dinnage now runs the brand worldwide, including in the U.S.
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Inside Elle’s Women of Hollywood With Lady Gaga, Anita Hill and Mia Farrow

Inside Elle’s Women of Hollywood With Lady Gaga, Anita Hill and Mia Farrow
Just a few days after Natalie Portman delivered a rousing speech about women’s rights at Variety’s Power of Women event, the rallying cry of #MeToo and Times Up continued to roar on Monday night at Elle’s Women of Hollywood gala at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif.

One could hear a pin drop when Lady Gaga spoke after Jennifer Lopez presented her award. The icon spoke for almost 25 minutes, detailing how a sexual assault when she 19 by an unnamed man “in the entertainment industry” has left her with long term physical and emotional pain.

“As a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today I wore the pants,
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Inside Elle’s Women of Hollywood With Lady Gaga, Anita Hill and Mia Farrow

Inside Elle’s Women of Hollywood With Lady Gaga, Anita Hill and Mia Farrow
Just a few days after Natalie Portman delivered a rousing speech about women’s rights at Variety’s Power of Women event, the rallying cry of #MeToo and Times Up continued to roar on Monday night at Elle’s Women of Hollywood gala at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif.

One could hear a pin drop when Lady Gaga spoke after Jennifer Lopez presented her award. The icon spoke for almost 25 minutes, detailing how a sexual assault when she 19 by an unnamed man “in the entertainment industry” has left her with long term physical and emotional pain.

“As a
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