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Showrunners Behind Abortion Safety Protocols Letters Speak Out for the First Time, Reveal Second Letter to the Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

The coalition of television showrunners and creators who’ve mobilized in recent weeks around the pressing issue of abortion safety protocols on set have now sent a second letter…

‘Trump Was a Horrible President And is a Horrible Person,’ Says Stephen King

“It” and “The Shining” author Stephen King has made his views on former U.S. President Donald Trump clear. In an interview with the Sunday Times, where he was…

Elina Psykou, Nikola Ležaić Set New Projects for Sarajevo Co-Production Forum

New films from Tribeca prize winner Elina Psykou, Sarajevo winner Nikola Ležaić and the producers behind the upcoming Venice Horizons premiere “The Happiest Man in the World” are…

How ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Continues to Soar After 11 Seasons

After 11 seasons and more than two decades on HBO, Emmy voters are still finding “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to be, in Larry David parlance, “pretty … pretty ……

‘Shantaram,’ Gandhi’s Assassin, Ophelia: The Many Faces of Shubham Saraf

During his eclectic career so far British actor Shubham Saraf has played a variety of roles. Saraf, who studied at the U.K.’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama…

Joseph Arthur Sues L.A. Times, Says Article About His Vaccine Views Left the Singer ‘Shunned and Avoided’

Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times, saying the newspaper’s use of the term “anti-vax” in a headline a year ago was defamatory,…

More Than 40 Film Pitches Slated for Haugesund’s New Nordic Films

More than 300 industry delegates from top shingles including Warner Bros Discovery, Viaplay, Germany’s Constantin Film, The Match Factory and France’s TF1 Studio are expected on the shores…

‘The Harbinger’ Review: A Devilish Pandemic Quandary

The isolation and helplessness some people felt during the prime days of COVID lockdown is utilized to good effect in “The Harbinger.” Andy Mitton’s second solo feature (following…

UTA Co-Heads of TV Lit Dan Erlij and Allan Haldeman Break Down State of Streaming, ‘Transparency’ of AVOD Future

With streamers making their biggest bets yet on content — and more of them about to include advertising options — Variety spoke with Dan Erlij and Allan Haldeman,…

‘Yes, Chef!’: Brooklyn Peltz Beckham, Heir of Britain’s Other Royal Family, Has Instagram Eating Out of His Hand

The first thing you see when you get off the commuter train in Mount Kisco, N.Y., is the Union Jack. Facing the station is a shop bedecked with…

‘Angel shots’ outed as secret ‘code’ for bartenders to ‘save lives’ in viral videos

Who knew a bartender could be a guardian angel? The hashtag #angelshot has garnered 142 million views on TikTok, with now-viral clips educating users on how to keep people safe.

Locarno Industry Attendance Soars and 9 Other Takes: Deals, Buzz Titles, ‘Medusa Deluxe,’ Jason Blum, New Mantras

In its first full-on post-pandemic edition, Locarno roared back into action as an industry hub over Aug. 3-9, smashing attendance records with delegates at industry arm Locarno Pro…