‘The Conjuring’s Hayes Brothers Writing Duo Sign With CAA

EXCLUSIVE: Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, best known for writing New Line Cinema’s global box office horror hits The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, have moved to CAA from WME. Both films are in the Top 10 highest-grossing horror films of all time, with the first installment $318M worldwide in 2013 and the second $320.17M globally this summer for Warner Bros. The writing duo also worked (uncredited) on a rewrite of the studio’s San Andreas which grossed a whopping $473.9M…

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‘Red Oaks’ Appropriately Channels The ’80s In Faux TV Promo

Season 1 of Amazon Studios’ Red Oaks nailed the 1980s vibe with its coming-of-age story set at a suburban New York City country club that felt a bit like what a Caddyshack: The College Years would have looked like had it existed — only smarter and with fewer gophers. It certainly joined the streaming service’s original series like Man In The High Castle, Catastrophe and even, a bit less so, Woody Allen’s Crisis In Six Scenes in nailing their time and place and making…

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Matthew McConaughey to Be Honored at the Napa Valley Film Fest

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will receive a tribute award at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November. His latest film “Gold,” an adventure drama directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan, will screen at the festival on at 9 a.m. Nov. 10. “Gold” centers around Kenny Wells (McConaughey), a prospector desperate for a lucky break, who teams… Read more »

Donald Trump’s Debate 3 Performance Outstrips Cubs Game To Win Social Race

Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton Debate 3 smackdown topped Nielsen Social Content ratings for the week ending October 23, besting out all other comers by several laps. That’s saying something, given the week also included the Cubs routing of the Dodgers to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945.
The third presidential debate clocked 53.243M total interactions. The Major League Baseball finished second for the week, though it could not keep pace with the…

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President Barack Obama Arrives in L.A. for ‘Jimmy Kimmel,’ Hillary Clinton Fundraisers

President Barack Obama arrived in Los Angeles on Monday for an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” as well as a $100,000-per-person Hillary Victory Fund fundraiser at the home of Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg. Obama arrived at about 1:30 p.m. and was met by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas,… Read more »

African-American Film Critics Association to Honor Lee Daniels, Anthony Hemingway and More

The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) announced Monday the honorees for its annual Special Achievement Awards. This year’s recipients include director/producer Lee Daniels (“Empire”), animator Floyd Norman (Disney’s “Mulan”), Anthony Hemingway (“Underground”), film critic Mike Phillips and president of Fox Animation Vanessa Morrison. Awards will be handed out Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at the California Yacht Club in Marina… Read more »

Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Oct. 24, 2016

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, a “Friends” favorite made its way back to network television. “Man With A Plan,” CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. Though… Read more »