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Why Sean Hannity Can’t Win a Media Feud With Jon Stewart

variety.com — Other than the not-inconsequential egos of cable-news personalities, it's hard to see Fox News' end game in its recent tit-for-tat squabbles with "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" - with the latest salvo coming from Sean Hannity.
Sean Hannity tried to take on Jon Stewart this week. As media feuds go, it wasn't exactly a fair fight (VIDEO) variety.com/2014/tv/column…

Netflix Announces Premiere Date for ‘The Killing’ Final Season

variety.com — Netflix said it will launch the last six episodes of spooky murder-mystery series " The Killing " in all territories on Aug. 1, 2014. "The Killing" was canceled by AMC in 2012 after two seasons, but was revived when Netflix teamed with the cabler in a shared-window pact.

Monty Python Stage Show to Play in Movie Theaters Worldwide

variety.com — LONDON - Picturehouse Entertainment has nabbed the international distribution rights to broadcast Monty Python's final live show at London's O2 Arena on July 20 to movie theaters around the world. The show, "The Last Night of Monty Python," has been billed as a farewell to the comedy troupe.
RT @EricIdle: So here is The Variety Story on @montypython Live in your local cinema on the Last Night of the Pythons. variety.com/2014/film/news… Dress up!
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New Hobbit Movie Title: Third “Hobbit” Movie is Renamed

variety.com — Peter Jackson, director of the "Hobbit" movie franchise, announced on his Facebook page Thursday morning that the third and final "Hobbit" movie has a new name. Originally titled "There and Back Again," Jackson wrote that the new name will be "Battle of the Five Armies."

Mark Strong, Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in ‘Grimsby’

variety.com — Mark Strong is in negotiations to play the suave secret agent brother of Sacha Baron Cohen in Sony's spy action comedy " Grimsby." Louis Leterrier is directing the pic, which follows a British Black Ops agent who is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, an English soccer hooligan.
This actually sounds like a lot of fun MT @Variety: Mark Strong to Play Sacha Baron Cohen’s Secret Agent Brother on.variety.com/1jCWger

Tavis Smiley Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

variety.com — Tavis Smiley has what could be deemed the perfect talkshow host name - upbeat and amiable - but growing up, he was often the butt of belittling schoolyard jokes.
RT @Variety: .@PBS' @tavissmiley to Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 11:30 PT >> on.variety.com/1rp3siG http://t.co/s8p5u3Zw…

NBCU’s Fandango Adds Twitter Ticketing, Buys Movieclips from YouTube Developer Zefr

variety.com — Fandango, the movie-ticketing and info site owned by NBCUniversal, has acquired the MovieClips network on YouTube from Zefr. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Movieclips, which was the original name of Zefr, comprises 25 YouTube channels that includes 45,000 curated film clips, trailers and original videos.
RT @janamal: Another great example of using the Twitter Cards platform: @Fandango Adds Twitter Ticketing! Congrats @rchoi! variety.com/2014/digital/n…

Watch: Stephen Colbert Sends Himself Off on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show”

variety.com — Even though Stephen Colbert won't replace David Letterman until 2015, Colbert stopped by his old stomping grounds as a send off to himself. TV PILOTS/DEVELOPMENT SCORECARD: Follow all of the development action during upfront season Appearing on Jon Stewart's " The Daily Show " where Colbert used to work as a correspondent, the satirical talk show host broke the news to Stewart that he will be ending his long-standing show, "The Colbert Report."

MTV Prepares To Run Newsy Video Snippets Across Ad Breaks To Lure Sponsors To Its Air

variety.com — Oddball residents have long taken up space in MTV 's commercial breaks, which in years past came packed with surprise appearances by Beavis & Butt-Head, a ranting Denis Leary or Donal Logue as the spacey, rambling Jimmy the Cab Driver. The idea, back in the 1980s and 1990s, was to get viewers talking more about the network.
MTV wants ad dollars that might otherwise go to real-time marketing variety.com/2014/tv/news/m… via @Variety
MTV Prepares To Run Newsy Video Snippets Across Ad Breaks To Lure Sponsors To Its Air variety.com/2014/tv/news/m… via @Variety

WME’s Amos Newman Emerges From the Shadow of Showbiz Royalty

variety.com — Three years into its existence, WME's Music for Visual Media Dept. is trumpeting major successes for its newbie composers, from Alex Ebert's Golden Globe win for "All Is Lost" to Junkie XL's "300: Rise of an Empire" and "Divergent" scores, to the maestros behind three consecutive top winners at Sundance.

Netflix to Create Its First Spanish-Language Original Series

variety.com — Netflix has announced its first Spanish-language original series, a comedy from director Gaz Alazraki that reunites the team that made Mexican box office hit "We Are the Nobles." TV PILOTS/DEVELOPMENT SCORECARD: Follow all of the development action during upfront season The 13-episode series from Alazraki Entertainment is set to premiere in 2015 and centers on a family feud among heirs of a soccer club after the owner's death.
$AMZN gets HBO, @netflix announces Spanish language original series. Which is more profitable? I vote telanovela variety.com/2014/tv/news/n…
"13-episode series is set to premiere in 2015, centers on family feud among heirs of soccer club after owner’s death" variety.com/2014/tv/news/n…
RT @BeardEric: Can't wait. RT @latinorebels: Netflix announced its first Spanish-language original series, a comedy about soccer. fb.me/6GzbZ0ScQ
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All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State TV Review

variety.com — Ann Richards is best remembered for her skewering of George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Democratic National Convention ("Poor George. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth"), and later - somewhat poetically - for losing the Texas governorship to Bush's son.
TV Review: HBO celebrates the Texas-sized wit and humor of Ann Richards in the doc "All About Ann:" variety.com/2014/tv/review… via @Variety

Sundance Theater Lab to Develop New Plays by Pulitzer Winners Annie Baker, Doug Wright

variety.com — New plays by Pulitzer winners Annie Baker and Doug Wright are among the nine in-development stage projects tapped for the Sundance Institute's 2014 Theater Lab. Baker, who just picked up the Pulitzer for her play "The Flick," both writes and directs "The Last of the Little Hours," about the quotidian life of Benedictine monks.
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Austrian Director Michael Glawogger Dies from Malaria

variety.com — LONDON - Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died while shooting in Africa. He was 54. His production company Lotus-Film said Glawogger, who was in Liberia, died from malaria. Glawogger has been travelling with two others in a red Volkswagen van on a year-long trip, starting in Eastern Europe, and also taking in Sierra Leone, Gambia and Senegal.
Sad news. Michael Glawogger has died while filming in Africa. One of the best documentary makers around. RIP variety.com/2014/film/news…

Meg Ryan to Lend Voice to ‘How I Met Your Dad’

variety.com — CBS' " How I Met Your Dad " pilot has found its ... mother. TV PILOTS/DEVELOPMENT SCORECARD: Follow all of the development action during upfront season "Sleepless in Seattle's" Meg Ryan will narrate the story of the "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff, a la Bob Saget's involvement in the original.
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