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Controversial Comedian Kathy Griffin Price Chops Former Hollywood Hills Mansion Known as ‘Wings’

Variety - Front Page - 11 min 5 sec ago
SELLER: Kathy Griffin LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $4,750,000 SIZE: 8,098 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Sassy, ribald and sometimes polemical insult comedian Kathy Griffin chopped the asking price of her longtime former home in the Hollywood Hills down to $4.75 million. The celeb-skewering two-time Emmy winner, who took home a... Read more »

Wolfgang’s Vault Hit With Class Action Copyright Suit

Variety - Front Page - 28 min 5 sec ago
When entrepreneur William Sagan opened up “Wolfgang’s Vault” in 2006, and began streaming a massive archive of concert recordings online, he also opened up knotty legal dispute. Sagan has been sued a half dozen times over the years, including by the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin, for alleged copyright infringement. The latest to get in... Read more »

‘Page Six TV’ Premiere Enjoys Highest-Rated Launch Since ‘TMZ’

Variety - Front Page - 28 min 34 sec ago
The syndicated pop culture news show “Page Six TV” enjoyed a strong debut in the overnight ratings on Monday. According to Nielsen data, the show’s premiere on Monday earned a 0.8 primary run average, with 48 markets reporting. That makes it the highest overnight ratings for any access magazine launch since “TMZ” first premiered in... Read more »

Concert Review: Eric Clapton Lets the Music Do the Talking at Final Forum Show

Variety - Front Page - 29 min 51 sec ago
Eric Clapton has always been a fairly low-key performer, and even though Monday was the closing night of a four-concert stand at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, he let his fingers do most of the talking. Saying almost nothing to the audience except for the occasional “thank you,” Clapton showed yet again that for him,... Read more »

Johnny Sandlin, Allman Brothers Band Producer, Dies at 72

Variety - Front Page - 38 min 24 sec ago
Producer Johnny Sandlin, who co-produced the Allman Brothers Band’s two biggest albums and worked with virtually every top name in the Southern rock genre, has died in Decatur, Ala. He was 72. Sandlin’s daughter, Leigh Ellen Sandlin Cauthen, confirmed that the veteran musician, engineer and producer succumbed to cancer. A versatile multi-instrumentalist as a youth,... Read more »

Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei

Variety - Front Page - 42 min 45 sec ago
Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned. The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save... Read more »

FCC Chairman Defends Review of Sinclair-Tribune Merger in Letter to House Democrats

Variety - Front Page - 44 min 56 sec ago
WASHINGTON — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defended the review of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group with Tribune Media, writing in a letter to House Democrats that he did not discuss any FCC proceedings in two meetings he had with Donald Trump. Responding to a series of questions about the merger sent by Senate... Read more »

Fox Developing British Gangster Drama With Jim Piddock, Mark Gordon (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 12 min ago
Fox is developing a new drama series called “Faces” with Jim Piddock and Mark Gordon executive producing, Variety has learned exclusively. The potential one-hour drama would follow a British gangster who comes to Los Angeles with his family for the funeral of his eldest son. But, when he learns his son didn’t die in an accident–but was in... Read more »

International Newswire: San Sebastian Bids to Become Sales Mecca

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 24 min ago
In today’s International Newswire, fall festivals like San Sebastian bid to become movie rights biz bazaars; Disney’s Patagonik and Adrián Suar score another box-office victory in Argentina with soccer comedy ‘My Love or My Passion’; and Modern Times Group conspires with Pinewood TV and Eccho Rights on global arms trade thriller ‘Conspiracy of Silence.’ Adding... Read more »

Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Killing Fox Exec Gavin Smith

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 28 min ago
A convicted drug dealer was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Tuesday for killing former Fox executive Gavin Smith, whose remains were found two years after he disappeared. John Creech, 45, was found guilty in July for one count of voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus, while... Read more »

Hulu’s New Look, TV Service Go Live on Roku

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 8 min ago
Roku is bringing its newly-designed smart TV app to Roku’s streaming devices. Starting Tuesday, Roku owners with compatible devices will be able to use the new app, and also subscribe to Roku’s live TV streaming service. Hulu’s new app, or channel, as it is called in Roku vernacular, is being made available to recent-generation Roku... Read more »

‘Saturday Night Live’ to Continue Airing Live Coast-to-Coast

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 9 min ago
“Saturday Night Live” will continue its live simultaneous airings in all time zones as it enters Season 43, NBC announced Tuesday. Each episode will air live at: 11:30 p.m. Eastern, 10:30 p.m. Central, 9:30 p.m. Mountain, and 8:30 p.m. Pacific. For the Mountain and Pacific time zones, “SNL” will be repeated at 11:30 p.m. “SNL”... Read more »

Kirsten Dunst Calls Filming ‘Woodshock’ With Mulleavy Sisters ‘Emotionally Draining’

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 24 min ago
“Woodshock” directors Laura and Kate Mulleavy, who are known as the founders of fashion line Rodarte, stepped out Monday night at the ArcLight Hollywood theater for a red carpet premiere of their first film. Actresses Rowan Blanchard and Tessa Thompson and model Kara Del Toro were among those who came to show their support, dressed in items... Read more »

Concert Review: Jason Isbell’s Introspective Country Rock Gets a Hero’s Welcome at L.A. Show

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 37 min ago
Wordsmiths who write subtle songs about unheroic lives of quiet desperation don’t usually become rock and roll heroes. Yet there was Jason Isbell, getting a conquering warrior’s welcome from a sold-out Orpheum Theatre audience in downtown L.A. Sunday night.

‘The Deuce’ Renewed by HBO for Season 2

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 39 min ago
HBO has renewed drama series “The Deuce” for a second season. Created by David Simon and George Pelacanos, “The Deuce” premiered Sept. 10 on the premium service. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the series tells the story of the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s. “We are thrilled to... Read more »

TF1 Studio Broadens Slate with Film Projects From Full House, Dimitri Rassam

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 52 min ago
PARIS– TF1 Studio, the vertically integrated film subsidiary of France’s top commercial network, is pursuing its ambitious acquisition strategy with projects set up at Full House and Dimitri Rassam’s On Entertainment, among others. TF1 Studio is partnering up with Laurent Baudens and Gaelle Nouaille at Paris-based banner Full House to co-develop and co-produce the French-language... Read more »

‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 12 min ago
DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods 2” and a new original feature, “Spooky Jack,” were both added to Universal’s release calendar on Tuesday. The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release. The first... Read more »

Film Review: ‘Caniba’

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 14 min ago
The latest unidentified factual object from Harvard University's convention-busting Sensory Ethnography Laboratory project makes a proud point of its unpleasantness.

Electus Promotes John Pollak to President of Worldwide Television, International (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 42 min ago
Electus has promoted veteran executive John Pollak to the role of president of world television and international. Pollak, who has served as president of Electus International since 2012, will now oversee the global rollout of Electus’ scripted and unscripted content, including development, production and current programming, as well as international co-productions and deficit-financing of scripted... Read more »

YouTube Kills Paid Channels, Expands $4.99 per Month Sponsorship Model

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 42 min ago
YouTube is getting rid of one of its first paid content models: The Google-owned video site announced Tuesday that it is discontinuing its paid channels initiative, effectively killing the option to sell the content of individual channels to paying subscribers. Instead, YouTube is expanding its sponsorship model, making it available to all YouTube Gaming creators... Read more »
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