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Meghan Markle could be making her way back into Hollywood very soon.

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has appointed a new culture secretary, Lucy Frazer. She becomes the eleventh culture secretary in the space of ten years. Frazer replaces Michelle Donelan, who was appointed last Fall under former Prime Minister Liz Truss. When Sunak replaced Truss he initially kept on Donelan. Today…

From the Sicilian terraces of the Four Seasons to the asphalt tailgate parties of Phoenix, Emmy-winning writer Mike White is headed to the Super Bowl. The former “Survivor’ contestant and “Enlightened” creator has delivered HBO a ratings and pop culture sensation with his dramedy “The White Lotus” for two seasons…

Ben Stiller is nearing a deal to star in a limited series adaptation of the documentary “Three Identical Strangers,” Variety has learned. The series hails from writer Amy Lippman with Sony Pictures Television producing along with SK Global and TriStar Television. Like the documentary, the series would focus on the…

Making “The Elephant Whisperers,” the Indian film nominated in the Oscars’ documentary short film category, was a five-year long journey for director Kartiki Gonsalves. The film follows a couple, Bomman and Bellie, who devote their lives to caring for an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu. The film marks the directorial…

How many classic hip-hop stars can dance on the head of a pin? We got something close to an answer to that question via a medley on the Grammy Awards telecast that featured close to three dozen rap legends quickly doing their thing, over the course of 15 minutes that…

Dr. Phil’s decision to call it quits last week came months after producers tried and failed to revamp the long-running CBS daytime show in a desperate bid to lure back skittish advertisers, The Post has learned. After years of Dr. Phil staging dramatic “interventions” with wayward teens and squabbling families — and in some cases…

The Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival celebrates movies and the people who make them.  One essential element of SBIFF is its focus on film education. With a carefully curated program, executive director Roger Durling says, “We’re educating your average filmgoer that comes to the festival.” Every event — from panels…

“No one is talking about ‘canceling’ this movie, which will glorify a man who raped children,” said Reed. “What the total absence of outrage accompanying the announcement of this movie tells us is that Jackson’s seduction is still a living force.”

It has been a long road for Cameroon’s Cyrielle Raingou, the director of documentary “Le Spectre de Boko Haram,” about children growing up surrounded by terrorist organization Boko Haram, winner of the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger Award. “Life can be crazy, no?,” she tells Variety after her win. Initially…

Oscar nominee Eskil Vogt – who co-wrote “The Worst Person in the World” with Joachim Trier – delivers another love story, but he goes darker in “Copenhagen Does Not Exist,” a Snowglobe production directed by Martin Skovbjerg, recently awarded at Göteborg Film Festival following its world premiere at Intl. Film…

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad has much to celebrate in just the first few months of the new year: with two films, “A Thousand and One” and “Kokomo City” winning big at Sundance; the family film “Chang Can Dunk” launching March 10 on Disney+ ; a documentary about Mary Tyler Moore…