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The Fast Five: Film Festivals Hit the Drive-In, ‘Batwoman’ Gets Re-Cast and Warner Bros. Gives Drama Students a Foot in the Door.

Several production companies have spent the last week finding ways to give aspiring actors, writers and directors opportunities, and the results are an interesting mixture of digital showcases, short-film competitions, and the chance for one writer t...

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Fast Five: ‘Hamilton’ Goes Streaming, Studios Stock Fall Schedules With Foreign Content, & All Eyes Are On ‘Tenet’

As our new normal slowly returns to the old normal, the networks and studios have started to announce their plans for the rest of the year. Major films are moving over to streaming services, all eyes are on one high profile release to set the tone fo...

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Weekend Movie Takeaway: Screen Narratives Meet COVID-19

As parts of the country begin to open up to varying degrees, production (for the most part) remains on lockdown, and the prospect of starting it up again remains mired in many unanswered—or as yet unanswerable—questions. Questions principally regardi...

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Variety’s New “How To” Series, Tom Cruise in Space, & 'Tiger King'

As countries all over the world slowly begin to reopen, it’s important to stay safe by remembering to maintain social distancing. Or, do what Tom Cruise is doing and blast yourself into space. More on that later. First, let’s discuss a brand-new vide...

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Fast Five: Disney+ Celebrates 'Star Wars' Day, Latinx Writers Head to Hulu, and Youtube Streams Free Global Film Fest

Happy Star Wars day everybody and may the fourth be with you! You’re in luck, because celebrations include brand-new launches on Disney+ today. But first, we need to talk about Hulu providing an amazing opportunity to people who made the Latinx TV Li...

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The Fast Five: Oscar® Winner Brad Bird Takes Over TCM While the ‘Parks and Rec’ Cast Reunites For Charity in One Special Episode

It’s back to business as the entertainment industry adapts to its “new normal” and makes some solid decisions about its immediate future. While network heads sit in their basement offices making tough decisions about what to do with next season’s sch...

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Fast Five: 'Kimmy Schmidt' & J.J. Abrams

Burned through your streaming watch list and DVR? Thankfully, there are plenty of new options being released, from the interactive return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and group watch parties, to the quarantine emergence of professional wrestling and ...

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The Fast Five: It’s a Streaming World As Celebrities Play Poker On Twitch, ‘Parasite’ Releases On Hulu, and ‘Trolls’ Debuts Straight To VOD

I hope everybody had a great Easter holiday considering the circumstances. It was a good time to embrace being home and enjoy the brand-new streaming services, brand-new movies, and brand-new celebrity poker tournaments that are all on offer. As you ...

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The Fast Five: The Digital Pitch Era Has Arrived

It’s an interesting time as everybody in the industry begins working from home and meetings shift to the virtual world. Television festivals scramble to adapt as well and have started launching digital marketplaces to still give exhibitors a chance t...

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