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Miles Teller, Jack O’Connell Among Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch for 2014

variety.com — Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor they've been bestowing since 1998. SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders Past honorees include many future Oscar-winners and nominees such as Adrien Brody, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong'o, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Melissa Leo and many others.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ‘Birdman': Film Shakes Director Out of Rut

variety.com — Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making. "It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable," says the 51-year-old filmmaker as he holds out two clenched fists, miming the grip on that ladder.
Aug 27, 2014

A Middle-Aged Man with Enormous Wings: Chatting w/ Alejandro Inarritu about his electrifying BIRDMAN. variety.com/2014/film/news… @variety

Aug 27, 2014

Michael Keaton on "Birdman" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu : "He's got huge, big, big balls" variety.com/2014/film/news…

Aug 27, 2014

Variety's @FoundasOnFilm has a good interview with BIRDMAN director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu... variety.com/2014/film/news…

‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary: Central Perk Replica to Serve Free Coffee in New York

variety.com — To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the " Friends " series premiere, Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Eight O'Clock Coffee will team up to offer fans and coffee lovers a unique experience in Manhattan.
Aug 27, 2014

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Aug 27, 2014

For 20th anniv of "Friends," Central Perk is becoming real and giving away free coffee & Gunther will be there variety.com/2014/tv/news/f…

Aug 27, 2014

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Aug 27, 2014

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ESPN Michael Sam Apology: Net Apologizes for Showering Habits Report

variety.com — ESPN issued a statement on Wednesday apologizing for comments made on " SportsCenter" regarding St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam 's showering habits. The response follows a report by Josina Anderson on Tuesday that relayed comments about Sam, the first openly gay player on an NFL roster.

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Subject of New TV Project at Fox

variety.com — More than just "Make Believe": Fox Broadcasting Company has given a put-pilot order to "Psych" creator Steve Franks' 20th TV pitch based on Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. " DeTour" is being billed as a "coming-of-age story, slightly out of sequence."

‘Triple Nine’ Release Date Set for September 2015

variety.com — Open Road Films will release John Hillcoat's police thriller " Triple Nine " on Sept. 11, 2015. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars alongside Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer and Clifton Collins, Jr. Anonymous Content, Sierra/Affinity and Worldview Entertainment are financing and producing.
Aug 27, 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor's 'Triple Nine" set for release on Sept. 11, 2015 from Open Road variety.com/2014/film/news…

Aug 27, 2014

This cast is bananas - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus... #TripleNine Release Set for September 2015 variety.com/2014/film/news…

MGM TV Prepping ‘In The Heat of the Night’ Series with Tate Taylor, Warren Littlefield (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com — MGM TV is in the early stages of developing a drama series based on the 1967 pic " In the Heat of the Night," with Tate Taylor and Warren Littlefield as exec producers. Taylor, writer and director of "The Help," and director of the James Brown biopic "Get On Up," is set to adapt and direct the new incarnation of "Heat."
Aug 27, 2014

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Aug 27, 2014

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Aug 27, 2014

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FX Orders Clown Comedy Series Starring Zach Galifianakis

variety.com — No joke: FX has ordered the comedy series " Baskets," which is co-created and exec produced by Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel and stars Galifianakis as a man who leaves his job in a corporate world to pursue his dreams of becoming a respected clown.

Michael Keaton’s Oscar Buzz: Best Actor Race Heats Up

variety.com — Michael Keaton is back, in a big way. SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders With his new film " Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" premiering to favorable early buzz at the Venice Film Festival and set to play Telluride this weekend, word is out on the 62-year-old actor's kinetic, revelatory performance.

Governor, Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On California Movie and TV Tax Credit

variety.com — California legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown expected to announce a deal on Wednesday to extend and expand California's movie and TV tax credit, a source close to the negotiations said on Wednesday. The agreement was expected to be announced on Wednesday morning, with the amount of the credit in the $300 million to $400 million range, the source said.
Aug 27, 2014

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Aug 27, 2014

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Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam to Play King Arthur

variety.com — Charlie Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie's choice to play King Arthur in the Warner Bros. medieval tentpole. Elizabeth Olsen is the frontrunner for the female lead. Idris Elba is attached to play a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur. Hunnam, who stars in "Sons of Anarch," read for the part recently along with Henry Cavill and Jai Courtney.

Jamie Dornan to Star in ‘9th Life of Louis Drax’ After ‘Fifty Shades’

variety.com — Miramax has cast "Fifty Shades of Grey" actor Jamie Dornan in the psychological thriller "The Ninth Life of Louis Drax," with shooting set to commence in October in Vancouver. Alexandre Aja ("Horns") will direct from a script by Max Minghella, making his feature screenwriting debut by adapting Liz Jensen's novel of the same title.
Aug 27, 2014

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Aug 27, 2014

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David Chase on Tony Soprano Death Story: Author ‘Misconstrued” Him

variety.com — "Sopranos" creator David Chase has responded to the Vox story that went viral on Wednesday as it claims Chase finally revealed that Tony Soprano had lived at the end of the HBO drama, saying that the author of the story "misconstrued" his answer.

‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Posters Introduce the Rebels

variety.com — The promotional campaign for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is in full swing ahead of the film's Nov. 21 release, and Lionsgate has released six "Rebel Warriors" posters, showcasing some o...

Hulu Acquires ‘Party Down,’ Will Stream Entire Series

variety.com — Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Starz's cult comedy " Party Down," it was announced Wednesday. From Friday, August 29, every episode of "Party Down" will be made available on Hulu Plus, while the first five episodes will be available for a limited time on Hulu.com, which is free and ad-supported for non-subscribers.
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