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Derek Hough Joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as Judge

Derek Hough has joined “Dancing With the Stars” as a judge for the show’s upcoming season.

Hough, a professional dancer on the show, will replace Len Goodman, who is exiting his longtime judges-table role due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Goodman, is expected to participate in another capacity in the new season of the ABC reality competition, albeit remotely from the United Kingdeom.

Hough, who was a professional dancer on the show from 2007 to 2016, will serve as a judge this season alongside Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

The changes at the judges table followed the surprise announcement in July that Tyra Banks would join the show as host for the coming season, taking over from Erin Andrews and original host Tom Bergeron...

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‘Mosquito State’ Review: Tedious Allegory for the Financial Crisis Has Grisly Imagery, But Draws No Blood

The sound design of “Mosquito State” takes the title as a mission statement. Across much of its running time, the sonic backdrop is a veritable chorus of mosquitoes whining in high, overbearing harmony, providing their own sinister vocal track to a more conventionally orchestrated score. You have to be confident in your film’s power to transfix its audience even as it’s liable to drive any anopheliphobics in the room to delirium, and Polish-American director Filip Jan Rymsza seems to be: His body horror-tinged allegory for the global financial crisis of 2007 swaggers with slick, nasty formal showmanship designed to get under the viewer’s skin...

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‘Life Is Not About Words,’ Ana Rocha, Director of Venice Film ‘Listen,’ Says

Before she moved to the U.K. to take an M.A. in filmmaking in 2010, Ana Rocha left behind a long and respectable acting career in her native Portugal. This year sees the first fruits of that career change with her directorial debut “Listen,” which premieres Tuesday at the Venice Film Festival, competing in the Horizons section. Shot last summer in London’s East End, the film deals with the little-known issue of forced adoptions and tells the story an immigrant couple, played by Lúcia Moniz and Ruben Garcia, whose deaf daughter (newcomer Maisie Sly) comes to the attentions of social services after a misunderstanding at school.

How did you come to write and direct this film? What inspired you?
It really just came from my feeling of urgency about this subject matter...

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‘Supernova,’ ‘African Apocalypse,’ ‘Mogul Mowgli’ Among BFI London Film Festival Selections

The 64th edition of the British Film Institute London Film Festival (LFF) revealed its full program Tuesday, containing a robust line-up of 58 features from around the world, as well as a range of extended reality (XR) projects and shorts.

As previously announced, Steve MacQueen’s “Mangrove” will open the festival and Francis Lee’s “Ammonite” will close it.

Highlights of the program include Harry Macqueen’s mature love story “Supernova,” starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci; Rob Lemkin’s “African Apocalypse,” where British-Nigerian poet, activist and the film’s co-writer Femi Nylander travels to West Africa to uncover the secrets of a colonial killer whose spirit lives on; and Bassam Tariq’s Berlin winner “Mogul Mowgli,” co-written with Riz Ahmed, that follows Ahmed’s Briti...

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Penelope Cruz to Star in Emanuele Crialese’s ‘L’immensita’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Oscar-winning actor Penelope Cruz is set to star in the 1970s-set Italian movie “L’immensita,” to be directed by Emanuele Crialese, the critically acclaimed helmer of “Respiro.”

“L’immensita” is represented in international markets by Pathé (“Judy,” “Pain & Glory”) and in the U.S. by CAA. Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa at Fremantle-owned Wildside are producing the movie with Dimitri Rassam at Mediawan-owned Chapter 2. Warner Bros. Italia is also co-producing and will distribute the film in Italy, while Pathé will distribute it in France.

Penned by Crialese, Francesca Manieri (“The First King”) and Vittorio Moroni (“Terraferma”), “L’immensita” will deliver the intimate portrait of a family in the 1970s, depicting Italian society at a turning point...

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Hipgnosis Songs Names Ted Cockle and Amy Thomson to Senior Posts

Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis named Ted Cockle president and Amy Thomson as chief catalogue officer of the company.

Cockle was most recently president of Virgin EMI in the U.K., which under his tenure managed the recorded music for artists including Queen, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, George Michael, Justin Bieber, Emeli Sande, The Killers, Lorde and Lewis Capaldi. Previously, Cockle served for 10 years at Sony Music before joining Universal to as co-president Island Records.

Thomson is a veteran manager of artists including Swedish House Mafia, DJ Snake, Seal and others...

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Federation Kids & Family Boards TeamTO’s ‘Presto! School of Magic!’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Federation Kids & Family and leading European kids entertainment company TeamTO are joining forces on the new animated comedy series “Presto! School of Magic,” a spinoff of Studiocanal’s animated feature hit “The House of Magic.”

Federation Kids & Family will be repping the series in international markets outside of China. Set to be launch this fall, “Presto! School of Magic” is produced by TeamTO with Belgian partners Panache Productions and La Compagnie Cinématographique.

French broadcasters M6 and Canal Plus have already commissioned the series. It revolves around a band of talented and curious kids who dream of becoming magicians, including Dylan and Lisa who are new students of the school which used to be an old mansion...

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Is No. 1 for a Sixth Consecutive Week, as Sales Enjoy an Uptick

Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” continued its run at the top of the Rolling Stone album chart for a sixth consecutive week, as sales actually increased from week five.

In the latest frame, “Folklore” collected 91,2000 album units, a figure that combines sales and streaming numbers. That’s up from 87,400 album units the week before.

Actual full-album sales in week six amounted to 42,900, an increase from 38,900 in week five. In both of these weeks, independent record shops reported getting shipments of autographed “Folklore” CDs, designated as a gesture to help boost traffic for brick-and-mortar indies during the pandemic, though these would not have accounted for more than a small portion of Swift’s overall tally. Streams for “Folklore” in the sixth week were tallied at 47 million...

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Susan Rovner Set to Join NBCUniversal in Top TV Programming Role

Susan Rovner has been tapped for the top entertainment programming job at NBCUniversal. A source close to the situation confirmed to Variety that Rovner has accepted an offer for the new role.

In heading up the entertainment programming division, Rovner will be responsible for scripted, unscripted, late-night and alternative programming for NBC, the NBCU cable networks, and direct-to-consumer service Peacock.

Variety exclusively reported in August that Rovner was the leading contender for the job. She joins NBCU from Warner Bros. Television, where she has served in various executive roles going back to 1998, starting out as the director of drama development. She was promoted to co-president of the studio in 2014.

She was then promoted to president of WBTV alongside Brett Paul in August i...

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‘The Venture Bros.’ Canceled at Adult Swim After Seven Seasons

“The Venture Bros.” has been canceled by Adult Swim after seven seasons, creator Christopher McCulloch announced on Twitter on Monday.

McCulloch said he and the writers had been in the middle of writing season 8 when they received the news a few months ago that the show would not be returning to air.

“Unfortunately, it’s true: ‘Venture Bros.’ has been canceled. We got the highly disappointing news a few months ago, while we were writing what would have been season 8. We thank you, our amazing fans, for 17 years of your kind (and patient) attention. And, as always, we love you,” wrote McCulloch, who uses the pseudonym Jackson Publick on Twitter.

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