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‘SNL’ Names Michael Che, Colin Jost Co-Head Writers

Variety - Front Page - 34 min 45 sec ago
Michael Che and Colin Jost have been named the co-head writers of “Saturday Night Live,” NBC announced Tuesday. They will join current head writers Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker. “SNL” has also announced that Sudi Green and Fran Gillespie have been named writing supervisors. Che and Jost currently host “SNL’s” long-running “Weekend Update” segment, which […]

Net Neutrality: After Thursday’s FCC Vote, Battle Will Be Far From Finished

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 1 min ago
WASHINGTON — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and two other Republican commissioners are expected to vote to repeal most of the agency’s net neutrality rules on Thursday, but they will experience protest, rancor, and pressure in the hours leading up to the decision. What is less certain is what happens next, and if the issue of […]

TV Academy Announces Rule Changes for 2018 Emmy Awards

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 2 min ago
Ahead of the 2018 Emmys, the Television Academy has unveiled a series of rules changes affecting a few key categories, including variety special and special class, costumes, directing and sound editing. Given the confusion around the definition of “special class,” the Variety Special and Special Class categories have been restructured into Variety Special (Live) — […]

After Bannon Beef, Melissa Etheridge Will Stay at SiriusXM: ‘Speaking Is Stronger’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 18 min ago
Generally pretty mild-mannered, Melissa Etheridge was incensed when she learned satellite radio giant SiriusXM had supported having Steve Bannon host the service’s “Breitbart Daily News” program, which airs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. The singer has her own music talk show, “Melissa’s Basement,” on the Volume channel. On Dec. 8, the singer and songwriter tweeted: […]

Stagecraft Podcast: John Leguizamo Says He’s a ‘True Ghetto Nerd’

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 27 min ago
John Leguizamo learned a lot in order to prepare for his new Broadway solo outing, “Latin History for Morons.” But his biggest takeaway? “I am a true ghetto nerd, is the real discovery!” he says. “It’s hard being a ghetto nerd,” the writer-performer muses in the latest episode of Stagecraft, Variety‘s theater podcast. “You’re not cool […]

Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Leaks Online After Being Pulled From Theatrical Release

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 32 min ago
Louis C.K.’s dark comedy “I Love You, Daddy” was released this week — but surely not in the way he had intended. The comedian’s admission of past inappropriate sexual conduct prompted the film’s distributors to scrap release plans, and C.K. reportedly has been trying to buy back the rights. On Monday, a 1.5-gigabyte rip of “I […]

With a ‘Film Stars’ Song in Contention, Rock Star Elvis Costello Reflects on Moonlighting for the Movies

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 36 min ago
Elvis Costello wrote the closing song for the new movie “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” but it’s a classic from his own canon that director Paul McGuigan planted as an Easter egg for music buffs. Costello’s “Pump It Up” is heard early on in the film to establish the late ’70s time frame, right […]

Luca Guadagnino Directing Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Burial Rites’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 37 min ago
Luca Guadagnino, currently drumming up Oscar buzz for the ravishing “Call Me by Your Name,” will direct Jennifer Lawrence in “Burial Rites,” Variety has learned. Lawrence will produce, as well as star in the true crime drama. TriStar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures, has worldwide rights to picture. The film draws on Hannah Kent’s […]

‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Renewed for Season 2

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 5 min ago
Frank Castle will be back to fight another day. Netflix has announced the renewal of “Marvel’s The Punisher” for a second season. “The Punisher” received strong reviews for its first season, which premiered Nov. 17, including from Variety’s Sonia Saraiya, who wrote “Thanks to Jon Berthal’s seamless performance as the non-superpowered vigilante Frank Castle and […]

The Strangest, Swankiest and Most Expensive ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Merchandise

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 18 min ago
“Star Wars” merchandise is some of the most popular and coveted among all fandoms, and as the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” draws near, so do more goodies that fans can buy. But not all merch makes sense, and even Disney can steer an iconic brand like “Star Wars” to the Dark Side […]

Meryl Streep Picks Up Vintage Mid-Century Modern in Foothills Above Pasadena (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 28 min ago
A well-maintained, late-1950’s mid-century modern residence privately tucked up into the affluent foothills above Pasadena, Calif., changed hands for the first time in almost fifty years and property records indicate it was purchased for $3.6 million — a good bit below its $4.125 million asking price — by a corporate entity tied to prodigiously talented […]

Howard Gottfried, ‘Network’ Producer, Dies at 94

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 40 min ago
Howard Gottfried, who received an Oscar nomination as producer of the 1976 media satire “Network,” died of a stroke Friday in Los Angeles. He was 94. Gottfried also partnered with “Network” writer Paddy Chayefsky on films including “Altered States” and “The Hospital.” He met Chayefsky as a regular in a New York card game, and […]

Jim Broadbent Joins Robert Downey Jr. in Universal’s ‘Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 48 min ago
Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent has been cast in Universal Pictures’ “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role. “Dunkirk” actor Harry Collett is also on board to co-star in the pic. Stephen Gaghan, who most recently directed Matthew McConaughey’s “Gold,” will helm the film from his own screenplay. Tom Shepherd wrote […]

Sonia Saraiya’s Top 25 Shows of 2017

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 5 min ago
It’s been a year. In so many ways, the world feels changed. Like the ground is reforming itself beneath us, and we are discovering the rules of the world we live in are much more unjust than we realized. The real world is always intruding on pop culture, but more so than ever in 2017. […]

Five Key Questions About Saudi Arabia’s Decision to Reintroduce Movie Theaters

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 8 min ago
Saudi Arabia’s removal of its 35-year-old ban on cinemas is prompting theater chains including AMC, Vue International, and Dubai-based VOX Cinemas to announce moves to enter the last untapped movie market in the Middle East. With a population of more than 30 million – the majority under 25 – and huge oil-driven wealth, the Saudi […]

Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 13 min ago
The Directors Guild of America has awarded Michael Apted its DGA honorary life member award in recognition of leadership, contribution to the guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement. The award will be presented to Apted, who currently serves as DGA secretary-treasurer, at the 70th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Feb. 3 […]

Nick Stoller Inks Multi-Year Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 17 min ago
Nick Stoller and his new production company, Stoller Global Solutions, has signed a three year TV production overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, Variety has learned. Under the deal, Stoller will write, create, supervise and executive produce original comedies and dramas for network, cable divisions and streaming services. In addition, Stoller has brought on Conor Welch, […]

Netflix, Dreamworks Partner for Six Animated Shows in 2018, Including ‘Trolls,’ ‘Boss Baby’ Series

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 17 min ago
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television are set to release six new original series in 2018, the companies announced Tuesday. The first series to be released will be “Trolls: The Beat Goes On,” which will pick up after the events of the “Trolls” film. It will premiere on Jan. 19 exclusively on Netflix. The new slate […]

Hundreds of Musicians – From R.E.M. to Turnip King – Sign Statement Defending Net Neutrality

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 18 min ago
As the FCC prepares to vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules, a vast list of musicians and independent labels —R.E.M., Neko Case, members of Wilco, Fugazi, the Kills and many more — have signed a statement in defense of net neutrality. The statement was organized by nonprofit organizations Future of […]

Apple Raids Hulu, Legendary to Fill Business Affairs Posts on Content Team (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 28 min ago
Apple has hired two legal execs — Philip Matthys from Hulu and Jennifer Wang Grazier from Legendary Entertainment — for key business affairs roles on its expanding original entertainment team, Variety has learned. Matthys, previously Hulu’s head of business affairs, started last month at the tech giant’s L.A.-based Worldwide Video group. He reports to Zack Van Amburg […]
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