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Viennale Taps Franz Schwartz as Interim Artistic Director, Following Passing of Hans Hurch

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 53 min ago
The Viennale has appointed Franz Schwartz as interim artistic director, following the death of Hans Hurch. The plan of how to carry on with this year’s festival, scheduled to run from Oct. 19-Nov. 2, was announced on Thursday, as colleagues and friends gathered for the funeral of the Austrian film festival’s longtime leader. Hurch, who... Read more »

Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 14 min ago
HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the... Read more »

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Repudiates Election Fraud Claim

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 24 min ago
With the SAG-AFTRA election coming to a close, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has denied an assertion of election fraud by her opponents. The controversy has arisen in the wake of a recent campaign claim by Carteris and her allies that presidential candidate Esai Morales had been negligent in his role as first VP of the... Read more »

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Family Celebrate Latino Community at Imagen Awards

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 50 min ago
Multihyphenate Lin-Manuel Miranda was able to share his latest accolade with those closest to him — his family. The Mirandas, including Lin-Manuel, his mother, Luz, father Luis, and sister Luz, were recognized with the president’s award at the 32nd annual Imagen Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday night. The ceremony,... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shooting to $20 Million Debut, ‘Logan’ Not So ‘Lucky’

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 10 min ago
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” won’t have to fight hard to claim the new No. 1 spot in the box office. The late summer entry starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to easily win this rather slow weekend. Lionsgate’s buddy action comedy is shooting towards a $20 million debut after taking in $8 million... Read more »

President Donald Trump Bows Out of Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 21 min ago
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have decided to bow out of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, the White House said Saturday. The decision comes after several of this year’s honorees said they would skip the traditional White House reception that coincides with the December event in protest of Trump’s political agenda... Read more »

Nordic Content Powers Up Haugesund Market

Variety - Front Page - 20 hours 22 min ago
HAUGESUND, Norway — A record number of 440 Nordic and international film professionals have registered for the 23rd New Nordic Films market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, now the largest Nordic film market.  It opens on Tuesday Aug. 22 at Haugesund’s Edda Theatre with the announcement of the nominations for the Nordic Council... Read more »

‘Inconceivable’ Director Accuses Emmett/Furla/Oasis of Embezzlement

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 02:07
“Inconceivable,” a thriller about surrogate motherhood starring Gina Gershon and Nicolas Cage, was released this summer to terrible reviews. The L.A. Times called it “laughably stilted,” while the Hollywood Reporter said it felt “like a parody of a Lifetime television movie.” For first-time director Jonathan Baker, the bad reviews were the least of his problems.... Read more »

Univision CEO Blasts ‘Abject Failure’ to Denounce White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:49
Randy Falco, CEO of Univision Communications, is the latest corporate leader to call for a forceful condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. Falco sent a memo to staffers at the Spanish-language media giant pledging to speak out against attacks on immigrants, the LGBT community, the... Read more »

Roman Polanski’s Effort to Dismiss Rape Case Rebuffed Again by Judge

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:57
For the second time in four months, Judge Scott Gordon on Friday refused to dismiss the 40-year-old rape case against director Roman Polanski. In his ruling, Gordon reiterated that no deal can be worked out before Polanski returns to the U.S. and submits to the court’s authority. Gordon made the ruling in spite of the... Read more »

Dr. Luke Has a New Protege — and She’s Not What You’d Expect

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:57
Dr. Luke’s name has been noticeably absent on pop track credits over the last couple of years, though it’s certainly seen its share of headlines, thanks in no small part to a contentious legal battle with Kesha over allegations of contractual servitude and abuse (her claims) and defamation (his). But he does have a new... Read more »

Sony Pictures Television Promotes Marketing Executives Jaime Blanc, Cathy Goldman

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:49
Sony Pictures Television has promoted marketing executives Cathy Goldman (pictured above, left) and Jaime Blanc (pictured above, right). Blanc has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president of marketing and advertiser sales. She joined the company in 2013, and has nearly 20 years of experience within the industry. She has previously held positions... Read more »

‘The Conjuring’ Series, Spinoffs Top $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:32
New Line’s four-film “Conjuring” series has scared up more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, thanks to “Annabelle: Creation” taking in more than $110 million. The low-cost franchise launched in 2013 with “The Conjuring,” starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as paranormal investigators, and was spun off with 2014’s demonic doll “Annabelle,” followed... Read more »

Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:27
In today’s film news roundup, two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label. ACQUISITIONS Under the Milky Way has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Dalida,” directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. The film stars Sveva Alviti as... Read more »

Steve Mnuchin’s Former Yale Classmates Urge Him to Resign From Treasury

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:15
Over 300 of Steve Mnuchin’s Yale University Class of 1985 classmates have signed a letter asking him to resign as Secretary of the Treasury in response to President Donald Trump’s comments on recent events in Charlottesville. The letter, which was posted on, addressed Yale’s legacy of graduates serving as presidents, members of the cabinet, and... Read more »

Steve Bannon Returns to Breitbart News After White House Exit

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:19
WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon returned to Breitbart News on Friday, after he was ousted as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist. Charlie Spiering, the White House correspondent for Breitbart, tweeted that Bannon returned as executive chairman and chaired their evening editorial meeting.

Summer Late-Night Ratings: Stephen Colbert Grows Total Viewers Lead, Gains Ground on Jimmy Fallon in Key Demo

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:12
As the summer begins to wind down, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has shown no signs of slowing down in the ratings. According to Nielsen data from May 25 to Aug. 13, Colbert is averaging a 0.53 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 3.38 million viewers per episode. “The Tonight Show Starring... Read more »

‘Predator’ Actor Sonny Landham Dies at 76

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:07
Actor Sonny Landham, who appeared in “Predator” and “48 Hrs,” died from congestive heart failure Thursday in Lexington, Ky. He was 76. The actor, who was part Seminole and part Cherokee, was best known for portraying Native American tracker Billy Sole in Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer “Predator” in 1987. However, he did not appear in the film’s sequels.... Read more »

Carl Icahn Steps Down as Trump Special Adviser

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 22:03
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is stepping down as a special adviser to President Donald Trump on regulatory reform, he announced Friday. In a letter posted on his website addressed to POTUS, Icahn responded to criticism on the Democratic side that his role might create a conflict of interest. “I never sought any special benefit for... Read more »

TV News Roundup: Viola Davis to Produce ‘XQ Super School Live’ Event

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:56
In today’s roundup, NBC gives a commitment to drama pilot “The Unrequited,” while Viola Davis will exec produce the multi-network live event “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live.” DEVELOPMENT NBC has given showrunner Kevin Falls a put pilot order for “The Unrequited,” Variety has confirmed. The hourlong drama series will tell the story of four adult siblings... Read more »
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