Denzel Washington Circling Dan Gilroy’s Legal Drama ‘Inner City’ (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety

Denzel Washington is eyeing the lead role in “Inner City,” a legal drama written and to be directed by Dan Gilroy. The project is being billed as a character study in the vein of Paul Newman’s 1982 classic “The Verdict,” and could land two-time Oscar winner Washington back in the awards race. Washington will play……

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‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘UnReal’ and the Perils of Big Swings in Second Seasons — Variety

It may not be entirely fair that “UnReal” and “Mr. Robot” are yoked together, at least in the minds of some TV critics and drama aficionados, but more than the proximity of their mid-2015 debuts unites them. Both dramas engendered a lot of buzz by doing smart and provocative things with very tricky premises. Neither……

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Chinese TV Blurs Out Korean Talent — Variety

“Gangnam Style” singer Psy and K-pop group iKON were blurred or cut from reality show “Ganshi Yingxiong,” broadcast by Chinese regional TV channel Jiangsu Television on Sunday. The move is growing evidence of punitive action by the Chinese government against the Korean entertainment industry. The action was reported by state-controlled Chinese tabloid newspaper The Global……

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Film Review: ‘Kampai! For the Love of Sake’ — Variety

As a movie genre, food porn came of age in the 1980s, when art-house curios like “Babette’s Feast” and “Tampopo” left audiences salivating into their popcorn buckets. To this foodie, however, the taste-sensation aspect of those movies tended to be superior to the stories they told. If you asked me whether I’d prefer to watch a mouth-watering documentary……

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Olympian Ryan Lochte Fabricated Robbery Story, Brazilian Officials Say — Variety

New reports from Brazilian officials indicate that Ryan Lochte made up a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio. One police official, who spoke to the AP under the condition of anonymity, said that Lochte as well as the other swimmers on the U.S. Olympic team Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were seen……

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TV Ratings: Olympics Beach Volleyball, Track, Diving Boost NBC Over Rivals — Variety

NBC’s coverage of the Olympics from Rio continued to boost the network above its rivals in the ratings. The network’s broadcast of sundry track and field, beach volleyball and diving events helped it nab a 14.4 rating and 24 share, as well as a 7.0 rating among adults between 18 and 49. The overall rating was……

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‘Arrival’ Architectural Invasion Stirs Political Reaction in Hong Kong — Variety

Amy Adams-starring sci-fi thriller “Arrival” has accidentally sparked a new wave of anti-China sentiment in already politicized Hong Kong. One of the film’s promotional posters has superimposed a Shanghai landmark over an image of the city. The poster released on Tuesday (August 16) depicts a gigantic spacecraft as part of an alien invasion hovering over……

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