‘Serial’ Suspect Adnan Syed Requests Release While Awaiting New Trial

Nearly four months after being granted a new trial for the 1999 murder of his high school girlfriend, the subject of the first season of the Serial podcast now wants to get out of prison after nearly two decades.

“Syed has now served more than 17 years in prison based on an unconstitutional conviction for a crime he did not commit,” said his lawyers today in a motion for release pending appeal filed in Maryland state court (read it here). “He has no history of violence…

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‘Walking Dead’ Live Q&A with Special Guest – Today at 2pm PT on Variety.com

Variety will host a live chat on Facebook Monday afternoon with one of Negan’s victims from Sunday night’s shocking return of “The Walking Dead.” The Q&A will be streamed right here as well as on Variety’s Facebook page beginning at 2:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. ET. Submit your questions in the comments section below. Exec producer… Read more »

More Than 100 Picketers Descend On Electronic Arts For SAG-AFTRA Strike

More than 100 SAG-AFTRA members and their supporters took to the picket line today outside the Playa Vista, CA offices of Electronic Arts in the first job action of the union’s four-day-old strike against the video game industry. Peaceful and joyous in solidarity, they carried “On Strike!” signs and chanted sing-song slogans: “Hey, hey, shut it down, LA is a union town!”
“We are willing to stay out as long as it takes – not only the performers, but the union itself,”…

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‘The Walking Dead’: Defending the Ultra-Violent Season Premiere

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead,” titled “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.” It wouldn’t be another big episode of “The Walking Dead” without some controversy. Social media was rife with criticism Sunday in the wake of the seventh-season premiere that the hit… Read more »

The Decemberists Announce 10th Anniversary The Crane Wife Box Set With Bonus Tracks And Lin-Manuel Miranda Essay

The Decemberists Announce 10th Anniversary The Crane Wife Box Set With Bonus Tracks And Lin-Manuel Miranda EssayThe Decemberists’ fourth album, The Crane Wife, turned 10 a few weeks ago, and the band has just announced a special anniversary edition to commemorate their major label debut. It will include five LPs — two featuring the original album and three with B-sides, bonus tracks, outtakes, alternate versions, and acoustic demos — and a … More »

‘Miss Sloane’ to World Premiere at AFI Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

“Miss Sloane,” an upcoming thriller about a top lobbyist who takes on the gun industry, will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest, Variety has learned. The film will screen on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. “Miss Sloane” joins a lineup that includes “La La Land,” “Jackie,” and the world premieres of “The… Read more »

‘Walking Dead’ EP Greg Nicotero on the Premiere’s Deaths, Violence (SPOILERS)

“The Walking Dead” killed off two of its more beloved characters last night in about as brutal a fashion as possible. The Internet reacted mostly with outrage, of the order that can’t simply be explained away by passion and love for those characters. There was a real sense of betrayal, leading a number of viewers… Read more »

Fox Buys Legal Dramedy From Carter Covington, Robin Schiff & Jason Winer

Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Token White Male, an hourlong dramedy from Life in Pieces executive producer Jason Winer, Faking It showrunner Carter Covington and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion writer Robin Schiff. 20th Century Fox TV, where Winer’s company, Small Dog Picture Co. is based, is the studio.
Written by Covington and Robin Schiff, Token White Male is a character-based procedural about a fun-loving, no-filter, low-rent lawyer who…

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