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Village Rockstars,’ ‘Summer 1993’ win Mumbai Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - 25 min 31 sec ago
Rima Das’ “Village Rockstars” won the golden gateway prize for best film in the India Gold competition, at the Mumbai Film Festival (Oct. 12-18). The festival concluded on Wednesday. “Village Rockstars” also won best film on gender equality. Bornila Chatterjee’s “The Hungry” merited a jury mention in the category. Rahul Jain’s “Machines” took the silver […]

Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From ‘Feud: Betty and Joan’ Writers

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 46 min ago
“Feud: Betty and Joan” writers Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen are making a biopic about Vivien Leigh. The duo received an Emmy nomination with Ryan Murphy for best writing for a limited series for the FX show. Zam and Cohen will adapt the feature from Hugo Vickers’ “Vivien Leigh: A Biography.” The film will focus […]

Netflix and Weinstein Company: Closer Than ‘Arm’s Distance’

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 25 min ago
Netflix executives were asked in an interview Tuesday pegged to their company’s earnings report whether the streaming service would be interested in buying the embattled Weinstein Company. CEO Reed Hastings all but rejected the idea. “It would be extremely unlikely for us to be a bidder for the firm,” he said. But chief content officer […]

Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 26 min ago
In today’s film news roundup, Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden join “Made in Italy,” a new distributor named Anerke launches with a focus on films for minorities and women, Jeffrey Tambor gets an award and the Sloan Summit announces its panelists. CASTINGS Bill Nighy and “Dunkirk” star Jack Lowden have signed up for the comedy “Made […]

California Lawmaker Calls for Ban on Secret Settlements for Sexual Harassment (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 29 min ago
A California lawmaker said Wednesday she will introduce legislation to ban secret settlements in sexual harassment cases, taking aim at a practice that for decades prevented the surfacing of harassment and sexual assault allegations against disgraced studio mogul Harvey Weinstein. State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, told Variety she will introduce legislation early next year that […]

‘Salvation’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 30 min ago
Summer drama “Salvation” has been renewed for a second season at CBS, the network announced Wednesday. Season 2 will air in the summer of 2018 and will consist of 13 episodes. The series centers on Liam Cole, an MIT grad student, and Darius Tanz, a tech superstar, who bring Pentagon official Grace Barrows a staggering discovery […]

New York Lawmakers Target Non-Disclosure Clauses in Wake of Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 33 min ago
Two New York lawmakers are leading an effort to void the type of non-disclosure agreements that for years kept accusers of Harvey Weinstein from going public with allegations of sexual harassment. The most recent version of the legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, both Democrats, would make null and void […]

David Cross Accused of Racist Behavior by Charlyne Yi

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 38 min ago
Led by the Harvey Weinstein ordeal, Hollywood has been flooded in accusations of powerful men acting inappropriately towards powerless women. The latest woman to speak out, actress Charlyne Yi, alleges on Twitter that David Cross made racist comments toward her over a decade ago. According to Yi, the “Arrested Development” actor made fun of Yi’s […]

TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Lady Dynamite’ Season 2 Trailer, Showtime Announces ‘The Chi’ Premiere Date

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 46 min ago
In today’s roundup, Netflix releases a new trailer for “Lady Dynamite” Season 2, Showtime announces the premiere date of Lena Waithe’s new drama “The Chi,” and more. TRAILERS Netflix has released a new trailer for Season 2 of its original comedy “Lady Dynamite” from Maria Bamford. Special guest stars Andy Samberg, Judy Greer, Judd Apatow, Jenny Slate, Fred […]

Busan Facetime: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing Motherhood and Filmmaking

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 31 min ago
When director Kamila Andini showcased her debut feature, “The Mirror Never Lies,” in Busan in 2011, she already mentioned that her second feature would be a story about children and nature. That story, “The Seen and Unseen, which screens in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema, took her six years to make. The filmmaker says […]

FCC Puts Two-Week Pause on Review of Sinclair-Tribune Merger

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 56 min ago
WASHINGTON — The FCC is pausing its review of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed merger with Tribune Media to allow more time for the filing of public comments. The FCC is more than halfway through its 180-day timeline for review of the merger, which would create a broadcasting giant with 223 TV stations serving 108 markets, including […]

VidAngel Declares Bankruptcy To Put Copyright Fight on Hold

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 2 min ago
VidAngel, the Utah-based streaming service that filters out offensive content, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. The filing is designed to put its copyright battle with three major studios on hold, as it seeks to expand its new filtering service. “We have millions in the bank, and we’re already making millions on the new system,” […]

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Talk Show Cancelled After Two Seasons

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 3 min ago
Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show “Chelsea” has been cancelled after two seasons. Handler tweeted the news on Wednesday. In a statement posted online, she wrote, “Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s […]

Mindy Kaling to Produce Two Comedies in Development at NBC From ‘Mindy Project’ Team (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 15 min ago
Mindy Kaling has signed on to executive produce two comedy projects in development at NBC that hail from the creative team behind “The Mindy Project,” Variety has learned exclusively. The first is a currently untitled series from Lang Fisher, who is a co-executive producer, writer, and director on “The Mindy Project.” The series would follow the dedicated diplomats […]

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, More: Get to Know CMT’s Artists of the Year

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 16 min ago
For the network’s annual Artists of the Year telecast, taking place tonight (Oct. 18) in Nashville, CMT has elected not to hand out any actual trophies on stage, in deference to the hurricanes, fires, and mass shootings that have taken a toll on the national mood and cast the distribution of celebrity honors in a […]

Frank Ocean Defeats His Father’s ‘Super Sad’ Libel Case

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 26 min ago
Frank Ocean has defeated the $14.5 million libel suit that his father, Calvin Cooksey, filed against him earlier this year, according to Law360. A California federal judge ruled that Cooksey had not proved that Ocean defamed him with a 2016 Tumblr post, in which he recalled a childhood incident in which his father called a transgender waitress an […]

Morgan Freeman to Play Colin Powell in Biopic

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 52 min ago
Morgan Freeman will star as Colin Powell in an independent biopic about the former U.S. Secretary of State. The film will focus on Powell’s 2003 speech to the United Nations to seek support for the Bush administration’s plan to forcibly remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, based on intelligence — later discredited — that Iraq was […]

Jerrod Carmichael to Produce Comedy Put Pilot at Fox Based on Life of Nate Bargatze (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 16 min ago
Jerrod Carmichael is attached to write and executive produce a series in development at Fox based on the life of comedian Nate Bargatze, Variety has learned exclusively. The currently untitled multi-camera series, which has received a put pilot order at the network, deals with Bargatze’s struggle moving back home to Tennessee and being caught between his wife […]

Hollywood’s Harassment Problem Flows From Harvey Weinstein to ‘Rick and Morty’ (Column)

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 26 min ago
In the wake of the industry-wide meltdown that is the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it seems marginal to discuss the meltdown around two episodes of an animated sitcom on Adult Swim. Weinstein was at home in the glitz and glamor of the Academy Awards, while “Rick and Morty” is a show where the main character usually […]

Ricky Gervais on New SiriusXM Talk Show: They ‘Made Me an Offer I Couldn’t Refuse’

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 41 min ago
Ricky Gervais will bring his acerbic wit — uncensored — to a weekly talk show on SiriusXM premiering next week exclusively on the satellite-radio service. The British comedian-actor’s one-hour “Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius” will debut Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. ET on SiriusXM. He launched his career 20 years ago as a host […]
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