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Stupid Pet Tricks: How Letterman's Failed Morning Show Launched His Longest-Running Gag
"We briefly considered Stupid Baby Tricks," says former EP and segment creator Merrill Markoe, "but we were concerned that the idea would inspire desperate attention-seeking people to commit borderlin...
Here's Why BitTorrent Needs to Condemn Piracy
It's a simple question, really. How does BitTorrent, Inc. feel about the fact that the peer-to-peer protocol it created is used by millions of people to avoid paying for creative content? After all, ...
The IW Springboard: For 'Child of God' Star Scott Haze, Acting Is Like a Sport
Actor Scott Haze is nothing if not committed: To prepare for Franco's latest film release, the Cormac McCarthy adaptation "Child of God," Haze moved into a cabin in the middle of t...
Review: How 'Get On Up' Criticizes James Brown's Legacy
Many artist biopics celebrate their subjects. "Get On Up" doesn't make it that simple. In the best scene from Tate Taylor's biopic of James Brown with Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of So...
YouTube Loses Product Management Head Shiva Rajamaran to Spotify
YouTube director of product management Shiva Rajamaran — who has led development of site’s consumer features for more than four years including its yet-to-launch music-subscription ser...
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'Guardians of the Galaxy': Who Was That in the Post-Credits Sequence?
If you're wondering who Benicio Del Toro was talking to in the final scene of Marvel's new movie, all is revealed. Spoilers and surprises await.read more
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ WrapOff Review: ‘It's Just Sort of Fun and Ridiculous’ (Video)
As the newest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has a lot to live up to. But does the film, debuting this weekend, deserve all its hype? “I thin...
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'Grey's Anatomy's' Ellen Pompeo Developing ABC Family Drama (Exclusive)
The book adaptation marks the Golden Globe nominee's first behind-the-scenes role.read more
Social Media Buzz: Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ to Fly High Above Box Office
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies a...
‘Glee's’ Dianna Agron Drinks, Cries and Torches Chris Messina's Stuff in Sam Smith's ‘I'm Not the Only One’ Video
Infidelity is an ugly, wretched subject, but at least Sam Smith has given it a beautiful soundtrack. The 22-year-old British singer-songwriter released a video for his new single “I'm Not th...
Daniel Radcliffe Wants a Career as a Director
In this week’s issue of Variety, Daniel Radcliffe talks about distancing himself from the “Harry Potter” franchise by starring on Broadway and in indies like “Kill Your Darling...
Michael Moore Wants The World To Watch '1971' Today
Academy Award-winning documentarian Michael Moore is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Traverse City Film Festival today with a worldwide screening of one of his favorite documentaries of the ye...
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Judge Waives Off Aereo's Emergency Motion About 'Bleeding to Death'
U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan gives broadcasters the opportunity to write up a proposed injunction.read more
‘Modern Family’ Star Sarah Hyland Joins Tyler Posey as ‘Teen Choice’ Awards Co-Host
“Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland has been tapped to join Tyler Posey as the host of this year's “Teen Choice 2014” Awards. This year's ceremony will air live on Fox Au...
Stephen Colbert, Out of Character, Tells Teen Girls What to Do About Catcalls (Video)
Stephen Colbert broke character to give some very sincere answers to teenage girls seeking an adult man's advice on dealing with catcalls and harassment, strict dads, mean people and figuring out ...
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James Lafferty to Star in Indie 'Waffle Street' (Exclusive)
Danny Glover also stars in the film about a hedge fund vp who, after losing his job, works at a 24-hour diner.read more
Allison Janney Remembers Her First Mention in Variety
The prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival prides itself on discovering top talent, and in the summer of 1985, a tall, young actress arrived in Massachusetts ready to make her mark. Allison Janney&...
Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'Haircut,' 'Scene Queen,' 'Americana' or 'Convergence'
The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultati...
Q&A: NPR President-CEO Jarl Mohn on News and Diversity
Jarl Mohn, NPR’s new president-CEO as of July 1, talked with Variety about the 44-year-old institution’s expansion in both content and delivery. Will news remain NPR’s foundation? So much comme...
Ivory Coast Animators Sketch Out Nascent Business Initiatives
A year after the release of the country’s first 3D animated feature, toonmakers in Ivory Coast are trying to build on the gains of an industry whose potential remains largely untapped. Lacking coin ...

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