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5 Things We Learned From TCA: Day 3

There are always plenty of surprises, who-knew and they-said-what moments during the parade of TV show panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. Day three of the summer tour that runs through Aug. 9 featured presentations from TruTV, TNT, TBS and Hulu. Here are five things we learned from …read more

Film Review: ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

A nerdy college boy is transformed into a half-human, half-monster hybrid in “Tokyo Ghoul,” an uneven live-action adaptation of Sui Ishida’s hit manga about flesh-eating creatures running amok in an alternate contemporary Japan. Stylishly decorated and generating all-important sympathy for a character living precariously in two worlds, director Kentaro Hagiwara’s …read more

TCA Roundup: Hulu Acquires ABC’s ‘TGIF’ Series, Mindy Kaling Teases Her Show’s Final Season

The Television Critics Association press tour arrived in Beverly Hills on July 25 and will continue through Aug. 9. Each day, Variety will publish a roundup of the most essential news items to come out of the day’s panels. In today’s roundup, Hulu hopes to tap into nostalgia by licensing …read more

Sally Kirkland, Mel Novak Starring in Thriller ‘When It Rings’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Sally Kirkland and Mel Novak have joined the cast of independent thriller “When it Rings” opposite newcomer Gonzalo Martin, Variety has learned exclusively. Shooting has started in Los Angeles. First-time feature directors Ty Haisten and David Rivers are directing from their own script. Sophia Monti, Mann Alfonso and Amy Ellenberger …read more

Mindy Kaling on Final Season of ‘The Mindy Project,’ Ike Barinholtz Neck Injury

“The Mindy Project” is heading into its sixth-and-final season, which launches on Hulu this September, and to kick off the farewell tour, Mindy Kaling sat down with the press at the Television Critics Association press tour. Kaling was joined by executive producer Matt Warburton and star Ike Barinholtz, who showed …read more

Ed Sheeran, The xx, Sampha Lead Mercury Prize 2017 Nominees

Every year since 1992 the Mercury Prize has presented several nominees for the best albums from the U.K., and every year several of those nominees have even the more attentive music fans from outside the U.K. saying, “Who?” This year is no exception, as well-known nominees like Ed Sheeran, The …read more

From Herzog to ‘Star Wars’: The Amazing History of an Industry-Changing LED

Digital Sputnik Co-founder Kaspar Kallas shares the incredible story behind the Voyager LED.

[Editor’s Note: Kaspar Kallas wrote this first person history of Digital Sputnik, with editing by NFS staff.]

My brother Kaur and I founded Digital Sputnik in 2007 as a post-production company, but I have lost the exact beginning of …read more

‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Grace VanderWaal to Return for Live Results Show (EXCLUSIVE)

“America’s Got Talent” season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal is returning to the NBC show for the first live results episode on Aug. 16. The 13-year old will be joined by other AGT graduates and success stories, including season 9 winner Mat Franco, who performs his Magic Reinvented show nightly at …read more

Kesha Sings About Moving on — Presumably, From Dr. Luke — In New Song and Video ‘Learn to Let Go’

Kesha released the third song and video from her long-delayed third album, “Rainbow,” on Thursday morning, and like the other two songs released so far, “Praying” and the F-bomb-filled party anthem “Woman,” it comes with a long essay and shares a theme of moving on from hardship. “As much as …read more

French Producers, Vet Industry Players Partner Up to Form Zorg Studios

PARIS– Gaspard de Chavagnac, the former boss of Zodiak Media France and FremantleMedia, has come on board Zorg Studios, a Paris-based production banner recently launched by a pair of independent producers, Erwan Marinopoulos (“Les Geeks”) and Edouard Duprey (“I Kissed a Girl”). With offices in Paris and London, Zorg Studios …read more