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Viacom Channels Grab ‘Seinfeld’ Cable Rerun Rights

Viacom has sealed a deal with Sony Pictures Television for the cable rights to “Seinfeld” starting in October 2021.

The deal comes on the heels of a blockbuster new deal between Sony and Netflix for the streaming rights to the beloved NBC sitcom that also begins in 2021.

Seinfeld” reruns have been a staple of TBS cabler since 2002. TBS set a then-record in 1998 by paying $1 million an episode for cable rights for the show, which was then a huge hit in broadcast syndication. Sony Pictures handles licensing deals for “Seinfeld” through its decades-old distribution pact with series producer Castle Rock Entertainment, which
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Viacom Acquires ‘Seinfeld’ Exclusive Cable Rights From Sony

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Viacom has staked its claim in all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld,” acquiring the exclusive cable rights for the show from Sony Pictures Television.

Beginning in October 2021, Viacom’s entertainment cable networks — including Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land — will air the Jerry Seinfeld-led comedy, which originally aired from 1989-1998 on NBC. Catch-up episodes will also be made available through Viacom’s on-demand services, websites and apps.

Seinfeld” has been available on Hulu since 2015, but Netflix announced earlier this year that it landed global streaming rights to the comedy beginning in 2021.

Also Read: 'Seinfeld,' 'Big Bang' Mega-Deals Prove Classic TV Sitcoms Could Decide Who Wins in Streaming

“We’re extremely proud to bring this little-known series to our viewers,” Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network, TV Land and Vandelay Industries, said. “With the right programming and promotion, we believe we’ll finally get ‘Seinfeld’ the recognition it truly deserves,
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Soho House Lands In Downtown Los Angeles

Warner Music, Spotify and Lyft are poised to welcome a new neighbor to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District with Soho Warehouse, the third California outpost of the Hollywood-loved members-only club — and the largest North American opening to date.

Hot on the heels of the Soho House Hong Kong debut earlier this summer, the private club at 1000 S. Santa Fe Avenue is the brand’s first West Coast location to boast amenities such as a rooftop pool, gym and bedrooms.

The seven-story property, which also features three dining options and a series of club spaces designed for members to work and gather,
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Soho House Lands In Downtown Los Angeles

Warner Music, Spotify and Lyft are poised to welcome a new neighbor to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District with Soho Warehouse, the third California outpost of the Hollywood-loved members-only club — and the largest North American opening to date.

Hot on the heels of the Soho House Hong Kong debut earlier this summer, the private club at 1000 S. Santa Fe Avenue is the brand’s first West Coast location to boast amenities such as a rooftop pool, gym and bedrooms.

The seven-story property, which also features three dining options and a series of club spaces designed for members to work and gather, will be unveiled with a number of invitation-only events kicking off this weekend. On Sept. 30, the club opens to its Founder members, followed by Every House members on Oct. 14.

In a nod to the surrounding arts community, an in-house art team tapped a number of local artists to create pieces for Soho Warehouse.
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Bernie Sanders’ New Plan Wipes Out $81 Billion of Americans’ Existing Medical Debt

On Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced a new plan that would eliminate $81 billion in Americans’ past-due medical bills. The plan would also get rid of private credit reporting agencies, replacing them with a public debt registry that would not include debt from medical costs.

The campaign released a statement that touched on some of the familiar themes the candidate has expressed in the past about how healthcare should be a human right and not a profit-making commodity.

“The very concept of medical debt should not exist,” Sanders said.
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Biden Calls Female Moderator ‘Sweetheart’ After Defending Lgbtq Record

Democratic presidential hopefuls appeared at presidential forum on Lgbtq issues that took place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday night. Candidates including Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg were lauded for their comfortability and familiarity with the issues—Warren, notably, read a list of 18 transgender women of color who have been murdered this year. In contrast, former vice president Joe Biden testily responded to a question on his Lgbtq record from moderator Lyz Lenz, a Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist and former The Rumpus editor, and called her
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Will Smith Squirms When Wife Jada Pinkett Smith Confronts Him About His Drinking (Video)

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Will Smith Squirms When Wife Jada Pinkett Smith Confronts Him About His Drinking (Video)
Will Smith was put in a bit of an awkward spot when his wife Jada Pinkett Smith confronted him about his excessive drinking on her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk.”

“How often are you drinking alcohol?” she asked Will, as their kids Trey, Jaden and Willow, and other family members surrounded them around the table on her talk show.

“That’s my personal business, Jada,” he answered with a big grin, drawing laughter from their kids. “I respect that it’s your show, but at the end of the day this is a house that we share.”

Also Read: Will Smith Jokes That Younger, CGI-Version of Himself From 'Gemini Man' Should Star in a Romantic Comedy

Although it wasn’t an intervention and the family had a good giggle at his expense as they poked fun at him for getting a little buzzed at Jaden’s 21st birthday,
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Born to Be Live: ‘Easy Rider’ Gets a Concert/Screening Premiere at Radio City

Born to Be Live: ‘Easy Rider’ Gets a Concert/Screening Premiere at Radio City
In a year full of major 50th anniversary commemorations — from Woodstock to the moon landing — why not one for “Easy Rider,” Dennis Hopper’s hippie-biker flick that was released on July 14, 1969?

That was the idea when a rep for Peter Fonda, who starred in the film as the laid-back Captain America, reached out to New York impresario Peter Shapiro and Live Nation earlier this year about staging an event where the movie would be screened with the soundtrack performed live by some of the legendary musicians who appeared on it.

When Friday night’s “Easy Rider Live” show at Radio City Hall Music in New York was announced in late July, Fonda had not yet passed away from lung cancer. Before his death at age 79 on August 16, Fonda encouraged fans to come, saying, “Enjoy the new print. Sing along with the songs. Laugh with the humor! Remember the spirit! Find the love.
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The Best Violins for Beginners

The Best Violins for Beginners
Beethoven and Bach may be the OGs when it comes to using violins in their music, but don’t chalk up the four-stringed instrument to a relic of the past. These days, everyone from U.K. dance act Clean Bandit, to rapper Kanye West employ the use of violins in their songs, whether to guide the melody or to help drop the beat.

For John Sinclair, the violinist and lead singer of the dreamy pop act Saint Claire, a violin may not be the first instrument people pick up, but once they do,
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Costa-Gavras and Cast on Nationality, Identity, and Cinema

Costa-Gavras and Cast on Nationality, Identity, and Cinema
San Sebastian — Though he’s been based in Paris since 1955 and came up through the French film industry, director Costa-Gavras has never forgotten his roots.

“Those who are born Greek,” said the Peloponnese-born filmmaker at a Saturday press conference, “stay Greek all their lives.”

The once-and-always Greek was not just in San Sebastian to present his latest film “The Adults in the Room,” a ripped-from-the-financial pages docudrama about one-time Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis; the filmmaker was also due to receive the festival’s Donostia Award, which he will accept at a ceremony on Saturday evening.

And so the conference assumed a fittingly career-spanning scope, as the 86-year-old filmmaker took questions about his filmography, his collaborators and his views on the current geopolitical climate.

“We need a Charlie Chaplin to make a movie about that Brazilian guy,” Gavras replied when asked about the situation in South America, indicating his disdain
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Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Goes to Court (Again) on Monday

The music business will experience collective déjà vu next week when Led Zeppelin goes back to court facing claims that it ripped off its signature “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s “Taurus.” But this time, the stakes are much higher.

After being tossed through years of flip-flopping decisions, the “Stairway to Heaven” case — in which Michael Skidmore, a trustee representing the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, is accusing Led Zeppelin of stealing its 1971 song’s opening guitar riff from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental track — will come before the U.S.
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Nxivm Sex Cult Goes Under the Microscope in Lifetime Movie, Documentary

Nxivm Sex Cult Goes Under the Microscope in Lifetime Movie, Documentary
Based on the Nxivm cult scandal that implicated Smallville actress Allison Mack, Lifetime is airing Escaping the Nxivm Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter on Saturday night, followed by a documentary that dives deeper into the story.

The movie is a dramatization of former Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg’s book Captive, which details how her daughter India was exposed to mental and physical abuse in the cult.

Lifetime’s official synopsis reads, "When Catherine learns about her leadership seminar from a new organization called Nxivm, she decides to take her twenty-year-old daughter India to the professional development meeting. Led by the extremely ...
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‘Queer Eye’s’ Jonathan Van Ness Reveals He Is HIV+, That Drug Addiction Led Him to Sell Sex Online

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‘Queer Eye’s’ Jonathan Van Ness Reveals He Is HIV+, That Drug Addiction Led Him to Sell Sex Online
Jonathan Van Ness, the TV personality and grooming expert on Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” opened up about his HIV-positive diagnosis in an interview with the New York Times on Saturday.

“When ‘Queer Eye’ came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?,'” he told the Times. “And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me.’ … I do feel the need to talk about this.”

The conversation comes in advance of the Sept. 24 release of Van Ness’ memoir, “Over the Top,” which he said will reveal more insight into “the effervescent, gregarious majestic center-part-blow-dry cotton-candy figure-skating queen” that viewers have come to know him as from “Queer Eye.”

Also Read: 'Queer Eye' Star Jonathan Van Ness Worried That He Peaked
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‘American Horror Story: 1984’ – Here Are the Biggest Questions We Have After the Premiere

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‘American Horror Story: 1984’ – Here Are the Biggest Questions We Have After the Premiere
(This post contains spoilers for the season premiere of “American Horror Story: 1984.” You have been warned.)

American Horror Story: 1984” wasn’t too secretive coming in, at least not by “Ahs” standards. We knew it would be a sendup of ’80s slasher movies and that it would involve a summer camp and a killer who escaped from a mental institution, but we didn’t know how that premise would lend itself to a ten-episode season.

But “Ahs: 1984” finally kicked off this week and it revealed that, of course, there’s more going on here than we knew. Of course, now that we know more, we actually feel like we know less — but that’s “American Horror Story” for you.

See below for our list of questions and check back next week to find out which ones have — and haven’t — been answered.

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Prince Andrew ‘Knows the Truth’ About What He Did to Me, Says Accuser in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Ring

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Britain’s Prince Andrew “knows the truth” of what he did, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a woman who has said she was trafficked as a “sex slave” and sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein, told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Friday evening.

In an interview with Guthrie on “Dateline,” Giuffre — who has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her when she was 17 years old in court filings — shared more details about their multiple interactions at a time when she said she was being trafficked by Epstein and his ex-girlfriend and accused “madam,” Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell has denied the allegations against her.

Also Read: Two Women Sue Jeffrey Epstein's Estate, Employees for $100 Million

“Ghislaine woke me up in the morning, excited, and she said, ‘You’re gonna meet a prince today,” Giuffre said of her first encounter with the Duke of York in London. But after a dinner and a night out at an elite night club,
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San Sebastian: Spain’s Svod Players Debate Competition, Brand, Talent

San Sebastian — Executives from HBO, Netflix, Amazon and Movistar+ and “Elite” co-creator Darío Madrona took to the stage to field questions on the Global Impact of Spanish Series. Here, briefly, are five takeaways:

1.Spain First

“La Casa de Papel” was watched by 34,355,956 Netflix accounts over its first seven days, after a July 19 global launch. According to a Parrot Analytics study, “Elite” Season 2, released Sept. 6, was more popular in the U.S. than Spain. That said, all operators insisted their Spanish original series are made first and foremost for their home market. Madrona went even further. “The trick is managing to
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‘Hustlers’ Director Lorene Scafaria: ‘We Wanted to Treat It Like a Sports Movie’

‘Hustlers’ Director Lorene Scafaria: ‘We Wanted to Treat It Like a Sports Movie’
The star-studded cast of “Hustlers” didn’t just become strippers in the empowering female-helmed blockbuster — they also became athletes.

When speaking to “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, “Hustlers” director Lorene Scafaria explained the extreme athleticism required of the movie’s leading actresses, who all had to learn how to pole dance for convincing performances. “We wanted to treat it like a sports movie,” Scafaria said, noting the grueling training that the girls, and especially Jennifer Lopez, had to go through to prepare for the role.

In the film, Lopez stars as Ramona, a scheming stripper who brings “new girl” Destiny (Constance Wu) under her wing to start ripping off money from their rich clientele. Also in their girl gang are Annabelle (Lili Reinhart) and Mercedes (Keke Palmer), each based off of real-life strippers that inspired the story.

“[The girls] are
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Black Keys Respond After Third-Party Ticket Buyers Denied Entry to Fan Club Show

Hundreds of fans who purchased tickets for the Black Keys’ fan club-only concert at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Thursday were barred from entering the venue due to the gig’s ticket policy.

The Los Angeles Times reported that fans spent upwards of 800-percent over ticket price on third-party sites like StubHub and Seatgeek for tickets to the “Let’s Rock” tour warm-up gig, only to be prevented from entering the venue, even if their tickets were legitimate and not counterfeit.

In a statement, the Black Keys defended the ticket policy. “Last
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Professional Climbers Are Laughing at Trump’s ‘Impenetrable’ Wall Claims

President Donald Trump is so proud of his big, beautiful wall, which he claims is unscalable. “This wall can’t be climbed. This is very very hard, and what the panel does at the top, as I said, it’s structural but it’s also very hard to get by that panel. Plus it’s designed to absorb heat, so it’s extremely hot. The wall is, you won’t be able to touch it, you can fry an egg on that wall,” Trump told reporters at a ceremony unveiling
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Does ‘It Chapter Two’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘It Chapter Two’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
“It Chapter Two.” “Pet Sematary.” “Doctor Sleep.” “In the Tall Grass.” Season 2 of “Castle Rock.” 2019 is a banner year for modern Stephen King adaptations, harkening back to the late ’80s and early ’90s when we’d get so many of these every year.

Based on the adult-focused parts of Stephen King’s iconic novel, “It Chapter Two” takes place 27 years after the first film. The Losers Club, now adults who have gone their separate ways, reluctantly reunite in Derry to fulfill the blood oath they made to each other and finish off the evil Pennywise once and for all. Director/writer pair Andy Muschietti and Gary Dauberman return, with James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean playing the older versions of the Losers Club members.

With this being the end of the epic story and all that, you might wonder what could
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