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‘Grown-ish’ Star Francia Raisa Developing Mendez Desegregation Story

“Grown-ish” star Francia Raisa and “13 Reasons Why” executive producer Mandy Teefey are teaming on a feature film about the key 1946 Mendez vs. Westminster school desegregation case. The duo began working on the project this year and quickly became convinced that the story had resonance in today’s society. They were able to persuade the […]

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Eva Longoria Baston to Direct, Star in Comedy ’24-7′ With Kerry Washington

Eva Longoria Baston will make her feature directorial debut, produce, and star with Kerry Washington in Universal’s workplace comedy “24-7.” Paul Feig is producing with partner Jessie Henderson through their FeigCo Entertainment banner. Longoria Baston is producing through UnbeliEVAble Entertainment as is Washington via her Simpson Street company. UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector is also a producer. […]

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Model and Actress Kim Porter Found Dead at 47

Model and actress Kim Porter, who dated rapper Diddy for 13 years and is the mother of three of his kids, died on Thursday at her Toluca Lake, Calif., home, a source close to Porter confirmed to Variety. TMZ, which first reported the news, said Porter went into cardiac arrest on Thursday at noon after suffering from pneumonia for several weeks, though her […]

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CAA Promotes Four Trainees to Brand Executives, Motion Picture and Sports Agents

Creative Artists Agency has promoted four members of their trainee program to agent or executive, the company said Thursday. The agency, led by managing partners Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd and president RIchard Lovett, listed the following promotions: Paige Feldman and Jack Kingsley have been promoted to executives in CAA Brand Consulting, the agency’s brand […]

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Docu Filmmaker Daniel Rosenfeld on Tango Musician Astor Piazzolla

Daniel Rosenfeld’s “Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark,” a biographical documentary about tango musician Astor Piazzolla, world premieres at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Rosenfeld talked with Variety about Piazzolla’s legacy, the revelations within the film and his interesting exhibition strategy. Piazzolla is, along with Carlos Gardel, the most notable tango musician of […]

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MGM Sees Strong Revenue Gains Due to TV Content

MGM Holdings has reported a strong 42% third-quarter revenue hike to $380.2 million, thanks to higher television revenues. In a filling Thursday on its investor relations website, privately held MGM also disclosed that its earnings slid to $25.3 million from $114.2 million in the year-ago quarter and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and […]

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Apple Taps A24 to Produce Slate of Films

Apple is enlisting Oscar-winning indie studio A24 to produce a slate of films for the tech behemoth. The partnership comes as Apple is delving more deeply into making its own shows and movies, having previously signed deals with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey. Apple did not provide many specifics about […]

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Listen: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Marielle Heller Really Wanted to Avoid the ‘Sophomore Slump’

PLAYBACK is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday. Coming off her critically acclaimed debut feature “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” filmmaker Marielle Heller put a lot of thought into how she would follow it up. She at least knew […]

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