Asia Argento, Golshifteh Farahani, Gaspar Noe Head Voice Cast of Animation ‘Schirkoa’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Asia Argento (“Agony”), Golshifteh Farahani (“Extraction”) and Jim Sarbh (“Made in Heaven”) star in the voice cast of Ishan Shukla’s animated feature “Schirkoa,” production on which begins in the spring. The voice cast also includes Soko (“Little Fish”) and Arish … Read more…

Ms. Juicy Shares What Her & Ms. Minnie’s Relationship Was Really Like + Details Of New Season Of Little Women Atlanta [EXCLUSIVE]

Ms. Juicy is back on screen for Little Women Atlanta! This season Juicy has a lot of new things lined up and she says all of the ladies become bosses. With the untimely passing of her friend and casemate Ms. … Read more…

Sony Pictures Entertainment Germany Nabs ZDF Enterprises’ Ukrainian Noir Series ‘Hide and Seek’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Sony Pictures Entertainment Germany has picked up “Hide and Seek,” Ukraine’s first crime noir series, in a deal struck with ZDF Enterprises. The show is expected to air on the Sony Channel, available on German pay TV via cable and … Read more…

Ciera Payton Shares What Surprised Her The Most About Wendy Williams’ Story [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Wendy Williams: The Movie is premiering soon and Ciera Payton is giving all of the behind the scene tea.  The Lifetime biopic is Payton’s first leading role and she shares with BAW everything from the moment she knew she would play … Read more…

Norway’s Mer Film Produces Social Issue Sami Musical Drama ‘Arru’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Mer Film, the well-established Norwegian film production banner, is reteaming with “Sami Boy” filmmaker Elle Sofe Sara on her feature debut “Arru.” The project will be pitched for the first time at the virtual Nordic Film Market, the industry program … Read more…

Icelandic Soccer World Cup Hero Bows Directorial Debut at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market (EXCLUSIVE)

A national hero at the 2018 soccer World Cup 2018 after famously blocking a penalty shot from Argentine star Lionel Messi, Icelandic-born professional goalkeeper and filmmaker Hannes Þór Halldórsson is poised for another daunting challenge – pitching his first feature … Read more…

ZDFE to Distribute WWII Docu-Series ‘Inside Japan’s War’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has scored international distribution rights to “Inside Japan’s War,” a new four-part docu-series from Wildbear Entertainment. “Inside Japan’s War” combines archive material, first-person accounts, interviews with historical and cultural experts, modern graphics and contemporary images to … Read more…

Entertainment Marketing Agency Think Jam Unveils Global Restructuring (EXCLUSIVE)

Think Jam will undergo a global restructuring, one that will consolidate the leadership of the entertainment marketing agency’s operations under current U.S agency heads Stella Ferguson and Louise Brennand. As part of the overhaul, Think Jam is embracing an office-less … Read more…

Kinology Spotlights New Films By Catherine Corsini, Jacques Doillon and More (EXCLUSIVE)

Gregoire Melin’s Kinology, the Paris-based company handling Leos Carax’s and Mia Hansen-Love’s next films, has added a string of ambitious new films from a mix of emerging and seasoned directors. Kinology has launched sales on “A Girl’s Room,” a stylish … Read more…

Iris Brey and Totem Films Team on ‘The Female Gaze: A Screen Revolution’ Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Franco-American critic and broadcaster Iris Brey has teamed with Paris-based sales/production outfit Totem Films to adapt her 2020 book “The Female Gaze: A Screen Revolution” as a nonfiction feature. A member of France’s 50/50 Collective and a lecturer at the … Read more…

Iris Brey and Totem Films Team on ‘The Female Gaze: A Screen Revolution’ Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Franco-American critic and broadcaster Iris Brey has teamed with Paris-based sales/production outfit Totem Films to adapt her 2020 book “The Female Gaze: A Screen Revolution” as a nonfiction feature. A member of France’s 50/50 Collective and a lecturer at the … Read more…

Gaumont Unveils Female-Powered Thriller ‘The Colors of Fire’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Gaumont is set to unveil sprawling period thriller “The Colors of Fire,” based on Pierre Lemaitre’s international bestseller. Directed by Clovis Cornillac, “The Colors of Fire” is headlined by a prestigious cast, including Lea Drucker (pictured), the Cesar-winning actor of … Read more…

Agnieszka Holland’s Oscar Entry ‘Charlatan’ Acquired By AX1 in U.K. and Ireland (EXCLUSIVE)

Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan,” the Czech Republic’s official entry in the International Feature Film category of the 93rd Academy Awards, has been acquired for distribution in the U.K. and Ireland by AX1 from international sales agency Films Boutique. Variety spoke to … Read more…

‘La Civil,’ With Dardenne Brothers, Cristian Mungiu, Michel Franco on Board, to Be Sold By UDI (EXCLUSIVE)

Frédéric Corvez’s Urban Distribution International, which is taking part in this week’s 23rd Rendez-vous With French Cinema international film market, is launching world sales on action drama “La Civil.” The film has been produced with the assistance of a heavyweight … Read more…

Indonesia’s Falcon Pitches French Films to Expanding Online Audience (EXCLUSIVE)

Falcon Entertainment, one of Indonesia’s leading film and entertainment groups, has licensed some 300 movies from French sources, and is now launching them on its video-on-demand service Klik Film. The collection ranges from classics to current year contenders. They include … Read more…

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Star Karla Souza to Headline Ana Cristina Barragan’s ‘The Ivy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Karla Souza, co-star of “How to Get Away With Murder” and star of two of the three highest-grossing Mexican films of all time – “¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño?” and “Nosotros los Nobles” – is bringing her marquee clout to … Read more…

Sundance Hostage Thriller ‘Prime Time’ Seals World Sales Pact With IKH Pictures Promotion (EXCLUSIVE)

Izabela Kiszka’s boutique sales agency IKH Pictures Promotion has boarded hostage thriller “Prime Time,” which will have its world premiere in Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition section. The Polish film stars Bartosz Bielenia, who broke through in Oscar … Read more…

Producers of First Italian Netflix Doc Series ‘SanPa: Sins of the Savior’ Ramp Up Projects on Vittorio De Sica, National Scandals (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix’s first Italian original doc series “SanPa: Sins of the Savior” follows controversial drug rehab founder Vincenzo Muccioli, and has made a splash on the platform since its Dec. 30 debut. In the last week, the series has cracked the … Read more…

MrBeast Brings Back ‘Finger on the App’ Endurance Game, Promising $100,000 Cash Prize (EXCLUSIVE)

MrBeast, the popular YouTube hype-master, is launching a reprise of “Finger on the App” — quadrupling the cash prize to $ 100,000 to whomever can literally keep their finger on the game the longest. Jimmy Donaldson, a.k.a. MrBeast, launched the … Read more…

Italy’s Cineteca di Bologna Publishes Book With Full Screenplay of Charlie Chaplin’s Unfinished Film ‘The Freak’ (EXCLUSIVE)

When Charlie Chaplin passed away on Christmas Day in 1977, aged 88, he left the screenplay for a last unfinished film titled “The Freak,” a passion project about a young woman with wings named Serapha who is exploited in all … Read more…

Exclusive: As Trump leaves office, 50% of Americans see him as a ‘failed’ president

Trump hasn’t succeeded in overturning the election results but he has persuaded a third of Americans that Biden wasn’t legitimately elected        GANNETT Syndication Service SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save … Read more…

Amazon Prime Video, Twitch Set NFL Coverage Plans In Christmas-Week Blitz Leading Up To Exclusive Game Stream

Amazon has set broadcast crews and other programming on Prime Video and Twitch for what it is billing as a week-long “NFL Holiday Blitz.” The spree of football starts today and runs through Saturday’s exclusive stream of the San Francisco … Read more…

Legendary Global, Spain’s ESPotlight Set Time Travel Series ‘Los Forasteros del Tiempo’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Legendary Global, the TV production-financing house launched by Chris Albrecht and Anne Thomopoulos, has teamed with Barcelona-based ESPotlight to acquire rights for a small screen adaptation of “Los Forasteros del Tiempo,” a family-targeting, illustrated time travel book series from Spain’s … Read more…

Exclusive: LeBron James’ Foundation to Open New Community Hub With Job Training and Financial Literacy Education in Akron

Throughout his career, no matter where he’s played, LeBron James has remained staunchly loyal to his hometown of Akron, Ohio. His off-court initiatives in the city started with an annual charity bike-a-thon, then evolved into educational investment in local students: … Read more…

World War II Drama ‘Plan A,’ Starring August Diehl and Sylvia Hoeks, Travels to Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Global Screen, the Munich-based sales company owned by Will Smith and Marc Forster’s Telepool, has closed distribution deals for major territories on “Plan A,” a true World War II story, starring August Diehl (“A Hidden Life,” “Inglourious Basterds”) and Sylvia … Read more…

ViacomCBS Breaks Down Workforce Demographic, Unpacks Inclusion Initiatives on New Diversity Website (EXCLUSIVE)

ViacomCBS is launching a dedicated diversity and inclusion website that sheds light, for the first time, on the combined company’s workforce demographics following the merger of Viacom and CBS, Variety has exclusively learned. The portal is an effort to promote … Read more…

Guneet Monga Boards India’s Oscar Entry ‘Jallikattu’ As Executive Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Lunchbox” producer Guneet Monga has boarded “Jallikattu,” India’s entry in the Academy Awards’ international feature category, as executive producer, in time to shepherd its 2021 Oscars campaign. Monga was an executive producer on “Period. End of Sentence,” which won … Read more…

Morgan Stewart Shares Exclusive Photos & Details From “Surprise” Wedding to Jordan McGraw

Morgan Stewart is officially off the market. The E! co-host spilled all of the details on her private wedding to Jordan McGraw on Friday, Dec. 11’s Daily Pop, beginning with the… E! Online (US) – Top Stories SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN: … Read more…

Exclusive: Watch BTS Perform ‘Dynamite’ During TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year Special

The coronavirus pandemic may have changed BTS’ plans, but it hasn’t slowed them down. On Thursday, the seven-member group of Korean stars—just named TIME’s 2020 Entertainer of the Year—shared an exclusive performance of their hit song “Dynamite” on NBC’s Person … Read more…

Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Charlatan’ Acquired by Strand Releasing for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Agnieszka Holland’s critically acclaimed “Charlatan” from Berlin-based company Films Boutique. “Charlatan” competed at the Berlin Film Festival this year in the Special Gala section, and was most recently selected at Telluride. … Read more…

Amazon Studios Executive Bianca Gavin Boards ‘Gangs of London’ Producer Pulse Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Former Amazon Studios executive Bianca Gavin has joined “Gangs of London” producer Pulse Films as it looks to grow its scripted pipeline. Gavin joins Pulse as head of production for scripted television and film, and will be the primary production … Read more…

Netflix Snaps Up Big-Budget ‘All Quiet on The Western Front’ Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix is believed to have swooped for world rights to Edward Berger’s long-anticipated adaptation of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” starring Daniel Brühl (pictured). The project is understood to be among the biggest-budget films to ever come out of … Read more…

Chinese Multimedia Artist Yi Zhou Set to Shoot Sci-Fi ‘Scars and Stars’ in Italy (EXCLUSIVE)

Chinese multimedia artist Yi Zhou is set to shoot her feature film debut “Scars and Stars,” an English-language sci-fier centered on the memory phenomenon known as Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). The ambitious $ 20 million drama, set in 2050 … Read more…

Hulu, Discovery Nab ‘Killer in Plain Sight,’ ‘High Maintenance’ From Canada’s Frantic Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Canadian production house Frantic Films has scored several sales deals on factual series “High Maintenance” and “Killer In Plain Sight,” via deals brokered by U.K.-based distributor Abacus Media Rights. Hulu has taken U.S. rights to true crime series “Killer in … Read more…

Italy’s Titanus and RAI Com Pact to Restore and Distribute 400 Vintage Italian Titles (EXCLUSIVE)

Italy’s storied Titanus studio, producers of myriad golden era works from Cinema Italiano, has inked a global distribution deal with pubcaster RAI’s sales unit RAI Com for its entire library of roughly 400 titles. The landmark agreement, besides distribution, entails … Read more…

Fascination With Kamala Harris Could Attract U.S. Audiences to ‘A Suitable Boy,’ Says Mira Nair (EXCLUSIVE)

A fascination with Vice-President elect Kamala Harris could drive American audiences towards Mira Nair’s mini-series “A Suitable Boy,” the director says. Based on Vikram Seth’s epic 1993 novel, the series follows the Mehra family and their associates as they go … Read more…

The President-elect previewed a sharp change of direction from President Trump with an appeal to all Americans in a CNN exclusive interview

President John F. Kennedy urged Americans to ask not what their country could do for them, but what they could do for their country. When he takes the same oath of office next month, Joe Biden will effectively beseech the … Read more…

Ventana Sur: Film Factory Acquires Psychological Horror Feature ‘Nest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In a now firmly established Ventana Sur tradition, Film Factory Ent., one of the Spanish world’s premiere sales agents, has announced a new sales rights pick-up on the market’s final day: Italian-Argentine psychological horror movie “El Nido” (“Nest”). With “Nest” … Read more…

Logical Pictures Launches Investment Vehicle 21 Content Ventures (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based Logical Pictures, a four-year-old company that has financed more than 20 movies including “Revenge,” is launching 21 Content Ventures, an investment fund dedicated to internationally-driven films and series. Set to launch in January, the investment fund will be capped … Read more…

France’s Cine Sud Promotion Boards ‘Land and Shade’ Director Cesar Acevedo’s ‘Horizonte’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Thierry Lenouvel’s Cine Sud Promotion has boarded the upcoming sophomore feature of Colombia’s Cesar Augusto Acevedo, “Horizonte” whose debut feature “Land and Shade” (“La Tierra y La Sombra”) took Cannes 2015 by storm, winning the Camera d’Or for best first … Read more…

‘German Doctor’s’ Natalia Oreiro, ‘El Marginal’s’ Juan Minujin Set for ‘Bypass, Almost Dead’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Natalia Oreiro (“The German Doctor”) and Juan Minujín (“The Two Popes,” “El Marginal”) are set to star in “Bypass: Almost Dead” (“Bypass: Casi Muerta”). Adapting the original Basque film “Bypass,” the first feature of Aitor Mazo and Patxo Tellería which … Read more…

Bukky Bakray to Headline Ella Greenwood’s Mental Health Film ‘Self-Charm’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Rocks” star Bukky Bakray will headline “Self-Charm,” a mental health themed film from writer/director Ella Greenwood. The film will follow a young teen who is struggling with self-harm and so is recommended multiple alternatives by a therapist but each to … Read more…

‘Le Temps Perdu’ Director Maria Alvarez to End Trilogy About Art and Old Age With ‘Close’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Following 2017’s “Las Cinéphilas,” about retired women who go to the cinema every day, and this year’s “Le Temps Perdu,” which just had its world premiere in IDFA’s feature-length documentary competition, Argentinian director Maria Alvarez is already developing the third … Read more…

Netflix’s Teresa Moneo, Producer Matteo Rovere Talk Italian Original Film ‘Rose Island’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In 1968, idealistic Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa founded an independent micro nation on a tiny island he built on a platform supported by steel pylons off the coast of Rimini, Italy, outside Italian territorial waters. He named the platform — … Read more…

Chinese Action Tentpole ‘The Rescue’ Grabs Pre-Christmas Release in China and North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Chinese action film “The Rescue” has pulled forward its local and international release plans. It will now go out in a plum pre-Christmas slot on Dec. 18 in mainland China, North America and major English-language territories. The $ 80 million … Read more…

Liam Neeson Action Thriller ‘Retribution’ Near Sells Out International for Studiocanal – AFM (EXCLUSIVE)

At last. After a star-spangled American Film Market lineup this year was met by an initial near deafening silence from buyers, European film-TV group Studiocanal confirmed Wednesday that it has pre-sold the world, apart from the U.S. and China, on … Read more…

KimStim Acquires North American Rights to Locarno Prizewinning ‘The Fever’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Brooklyn-based distributor KimStim has acquired North American rights to Brazilian director Maya Da-Rin’s feature debut “The Fever” (“A Febre”), which world premiered in competition at Locarno and played at Toronto in 2019. The film is represented in international markets by … Read more…

Topic Acquires North American Rights to Season 2 of Nordic Thriller ‘Arctic Circle’ (EXCLUSIVE)

First Look Media’s niche streaming service Topic has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the second season of the Nordic thriller “Arctic Circle,” which just started shooting in the icy wilderness of Lapland. Lagardère Studios Distribution, which was recently acquired … Read more…

Ryan’s World ‘Super Spy Ryan’ Special Is Amazon Kids Plus’ First Original (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon Kids Plus has picked up its first original production: “Super Spy Ryan,” a special featuring the star of the massively popular Ryan’s World kids’ franchise. The half-hour hybrid live-action/animated show comes from Pocket.watch, the exclusive studio partner for the … Read more…

Patrick Tillieux, CEO of Middle East Pay TV Network OSN, on Ramping Up Arabic Originals While Partnering With Disney (EXCLUSIVE)

Prominent Middle East satellite pay TV and streaming service Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) is launching an OSN Originals unit as part of new plans to double its investment in Arabic content with the stated goal that Arabic acquisitions and originals … Read more…

Spain’s Wanda Films Boards Antonio Mendez Esparza’s Comedy Thriller ‘Madrid Is It’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Spanish producer-distributor Wanda Films is set to co-produce Antonio Méndez Esparza‘s “Madrid Is It,” a thriller with comedic touches produced by Pedro Hernández’s Aquí y Allí Films, the Madrid-based outfit that has backed all of the features directed by Esparza, … Read more…

Banijay France, Malika Abdellaoui Team on Marathon Studio to Increase Scripted Output (EXCLUSIVE)

Banijay France has entered a joint venture with seasoned French industry player Malika Abdellaoui to launch Marathon Studio, as part of its strategy to ramp up its output in the scripted landscape. Abdellaoui was previously managing director of Newen Distribution, … Read more…

Anthony Michael Hall to Star in High School Drama ‘The Class’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Anthony Michael Hall is heading back to high school, starring as the assistant principal and executive producing the independent drama “The Class,” Variety has learned exclusively.. Hall broke out as high school brainiac Brian Johnson in the 1985 classic “The … Read more…

Tallinn Competition Film ‘The Penultimate’ Picked Up By Italy’s TVCO (EXCLUSIVE)

Italy-based sales outlet TVCO has acquired international rights to Jonas Kærup Hjort’s Danish black comedy “The Penultimate” ahead of its world premiere in competition at the Tallinn Black Night Film Festival. Described as a “Kafkaesque tale” by Tallinn festival, “The … Read more…

Jim Sheridan Sets Documentary Series Debut With Sky Studios’ ‘Murder at the Cottage’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (“My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father”) is to make his documentary series debut with “Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie.” The five-part series examines the murder of Sophie … Read more…

Multi-Prized Spanish First Feature ‘Once Again’ Scores Sales Deal with KAF Europa (EXCLUSIVE)

Winner of Andalusia Cinema Awards for best new director and new actress (Silvia Acosta), Guillermo Rojas’ debut feature “Once Again” (“Una vez más”) has been acquired for international by Javier’s Krause KAF Europa, a Switzerland-based sales company. The news comes … Read more…

Jodie Turner-Smith’s Anne Boleyn Drama Sets ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Mark Stanley as Henry VIII (EXCLUSIVE)

A new drama about Tudor queen Anne Boleyn, starring Jodie Turner-Smith, has found its Henry VIII. British actor Mark Stanley has been cast as the iconic monarch. Best known for playing Grenn in the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” Stanley … Read more…

Director David Perez Sanudo Discusses Buzz Film ‘Ane Is Missing,’ New Basque Cinema (EXCLUSIVE)

“Ane Is Missing,” the feature debut of Spain’s David Pérez Sanudo, begins with a fixed shot of a woman security guard sitting in a hut on a construction site. For a full 45 seconds absolutely nothing happens until a firebomb … Read more…

Mediawan Plans Rejig Post Lagardere Takeover, Buys Stake in Spain’s Weekend Studio (EXCLUSIVE)

Mediawan, one of Europe’s most thriving independent production-distribution groups, is looking to expand its leadership further into Europe with the acquisition of Lagardere Studios and a minority stake in Madrid-based banner Weekend Studio. Following last month’s clearance by the anti-trust … Read more…

‘God You Are Such a P—k,’ Starring Til Schweiger, Travels to Further Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Picture Tree International has sold family drama “God You Are Such a P—k,” starring Til Schweiger and Heike Makatsch, to several additional territories. The Berlin-based sales agent revealed the latest deals as the American Film Market entered its second day … Read more…

David Bowie Origin Film ‘Stardust’ Acquired By U.K.’s Vertigo Releasing (EXCLUSIVE)

British distributor Vertigo Releasing has acquired David Bowie origin film “Stardust,” starring Johnny Flynn (“Emma,” “Beast”), who recently won the best actor award at London’s Raindance Film Festival for his performance as Bowie. Vertigo will release the film before the … Read more…

Reel Suspects Acquires Anna Melikyan’s ‘The Three’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based outfit Reel Suspects has acquired “The Three,” directed by up-and-coming Armenian-Russian filmmaker Anna Melikyan. “The Three” will have its international premiere at Tallinn Black Nights and will be distributed in Russia by Disney in December. Penned by Melikyan and … Read more…

Greece Selects Venice Horizons Opener ‘Apples’ for International Feature Film Oscar Race (EXCLUSIVE)

Christos Nikou’s “Apples” will represent Greece in the best international feature film race at the 2021 Oscars, Variety has learned. Nikou’s directorial debut, which opened the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival and was also a selection in Telluride and … Read more…

Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures to Adapt Chinese Webcomic ‘I’m a Killer Maid’ for TV (EXCLUSIVE)

Legendary Entertainment has closed a deal to develop Tencent Comics’ popular webcomic “I’m a Killer Maid” into a TV series for the international market, marking a rare example of Chinese IP … news entertainment – BingNews DEAL UPDATE:

Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures to Adapt Chinese Webcomic ‘I’m a Killer Maid’ for TV (EXCLUSIVE)

Legendary Entertainment has closed a deal to develop Tencent Comics’ popular webcomic “I’m a Killer Maid” into a TV series for the international market, marking a rare example of Chinese IP … news entertainment – BingNews DEAL UPDATE:

Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures to Adapt Chinese Webcomic ‘I’m a Killer Maid’ for TV (EXCLUSIVE)

Legendary Entertainment has closed a deal to develop Tencent Comics’ popular webcomic “I’m a Killer Maid” into a TV series for the international market, marking a rare example of Chinese IP … news entertainment – BingNews DEAL UPDATE:

Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures to Adapt Chinese Webcomic ‘I’m a Killer Maid’ for TV (EXCLUSIVE)

Legendary Entertainment has closed a deal to develop Tencent Comics’ popular webcomic “I’m a Killer Maid” into a TV series for the international market, marking a rare example of Chinese IP … news entertainment – BingNews BEST ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE: