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Sundance Film Review: ‘Juliet, Naked’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 05:57
“Juliet, Naked” is a gently funny and winning romantic comedy, all keyed to a delightful note of indie-rock obsession. It’s exactly the sort of movie you want to see at Sundance — though by that, I don’t mean that it’s a knockout work of art like “Manchester by the Sea” or “Whiplash” or “Boyhood.” It’s […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Pity’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 05:23
In the near-decade since “Dogtooth” gnawed its way into viewers’ imaginations, the words “Greek comedy” have come to mean something nearly as distinct as “Greek tragedy” to arthouse audiences — just not always distinct from Greek tragedy, as Babis Makridis’s brittle, brutal, bone-dry “Pity” makes quite clear. Co-written with Efthimis Filippou, regular right-hand man to […]

Senate Fails to Garner Votes to Pass Funding Deal, Shutdown Looks Likely

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 04:18
WASHINGTON — The federal government was poised to shut down at midnight, after the Senate failed to pass a short-term spending bill in a showdown between Democrats and Republicans and President Donald Trump. A late Friday evening Senate vote on a House funding bill failed to garner 60 votes needed. But the vote was held […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘American Animals’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 03:30
What do most of us know about planning a heist that we didn’t glean from the movies? As “American Animals” points out, there’s not a wealth of published how-to manuals on the subject. Yet cinema has shown us enough intricate robberies, both failed and fortune-yielding, to fuel many an idle daydream about how we’d hypothetically […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Long Dumb Road’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 03:30
Freshman photography student Nathan (Tony Revolori) is on a quest to find the real America. On “The Long Dumb Road” of director Hannah Fidell’s title, his trek from Texas to Los Angeles, he pulls over to shoot shuttered movie theaters and American flags drooping over drive-thrus, the kind of cynical corporate salute a kid like […]

Rihanna to Perform at Grammys With DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 02:57
Rihanna, DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller will perform their smash hit “Wild Thoughts” on the Grammy Awards, Khaled announced in his characteristically low-key manner on social media Friday night. #FANLUV! IT’S GO TIME!,” he wrote. “I’m performing #WILDTHOUGHTS at the #GRAMMYS !!!! with the ICON @rihanna AND @brysontiller !!

How Harvey Weinstein Drove the PGA to Combat Sexual Harassment on Set

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:57
PGA presidents Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi knew they needed to act. The allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein were so horrifying that the Producers Guild of America quickly initiated a process of banning him for life from membership in the guild. But as the cascade of accusations grew along with the #MeToo movement, […]

Fox Orders Pilots From Lee Daniels and Vali Chandrasekaran, Josh Safran, and Lil Rel

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:50
Fox has given a pilot order to the single-camera comedy project that hails from Lee Daniels and Vali Chandrasekaran, as well as a multi-camera from Lil Rey and a one-hour drama from Josh Safran, Variety has learned. Based on the Israeli series “Nevsu,” Daniels and Chandrasekaran’s series entitled “Our People” follows a man from a bombastic African […]

Allison Shearmur, ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies at 54

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:41
Veteran Hollywood producer and executive Allison Shearmur, who produced the “Hunger Games” films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” died Friday, a source told Variety. She was 54. Shearmur worked as an executive at Disney, Universal, Paramount and Lionsgate before becoming a producer in 2011. Her producing […]

Chloe Sevigny Says She Would ‘Probably Not’ Work With Woody Allen Again (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:39
From “Boys Don’t Cry” to “American Psycho,” Chloe Sevigny has had one of the most prolific resumes of character parts in independent movies. In 2004, she appeared in the Woody Allen comedy “Melinda and Melinda.” During an interview with Variety on Friday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival, Sevigny expressed reservations about collaborating with the […]

Disney Eyes Director for Live-Action ‘Sword in the Stone’ Remake

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:30
Disney is in talks with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to helm its live-action reimagining of the 1963 animated movie “The Sword in the Stone.” Fresnadillo, a native of Spain, directed 2002’s “Intacto” as his first full-length feature, followed by the 2006 zombie thriller “28 Weeks Later,” the sequel to Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later.” He […]

ABC Orders Tim Doyle Comedy Pilot

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:30
ABC has ordered its first pilot for the 2018-19 season. The Alphabet has picked up an untitled half-hour comedy from Tim Doyle. The single camera comedy hails from ABC Studios. Set in the 1970s, it follows an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons navigating changes big and small during […]

TV Review: ‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ on BBC America

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:48
“Blue Planet II” premieres this weekend, just one year after its sister series “Planet Earth II” returned for a second, triumphant series. But while “Planet Earth II” followed “Planet Earth” by a decade, “The Blue Planet,” the original installment of the BBC Natural History Unit’s docuseries about the oceans, debuted almost 20 years ago in […]

Tom Petty’s Family Says He Died of Accidental Overdose

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:27
Tom Petty’s cause of death was an accidental overdose, his family said in a Facebook post on Friday. “Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking […]

A Headline You Won’t See at CNN: Jeff Zucker Could Be in Line for ESPN Job

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:13
Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBCUniversal and current leader of Time Warner’s CNN, has emerged as a surprise candidate to lead Walt Disney’s ESPN. Rumors began circulating this week in media circles that the TV executive who first rose to greater renown by boosting the fortunes of NBC’s “Today” show could be in consideration […]

Sundance: 30West to Buy Neon Following ‘I, Tonya’ Collaboration

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:47
Media investment company 30West is acquiring majority ownership in Neon, a specialist in the independent theatrical marketing and distribution space. Both companies collaborated on the theatrical release of awards contender “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, and Sebastian Stan. The deal was announced Friday on the second day of the Sundance Film Festival. One […]

SAG-AFTRA Developing Code of Conduct to Address Sexual Harassment

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:24
SAG-AFTRA leaders are developing a code of conduct for its 160,000 members to deal with sexual harassment. President Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White made the disclosure in a message sent to members of the union’s national board this week. They said the new code of conduct “will provide clear safety guidance to performers […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Monsters and Men’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:18
Maybe some day the world won’t need movies like “Monsters and Men,” which take the issue of police brutality as their subject and focus on little else. Simultaneously subtle and on-the-nose, this original yet under-cooked examination of such a pressing issue centers on three characters — an eyewitness who captured it all on his cell phone, […]

Dorothy Malone, Oscar-Winning Actress in ‘Written on the Wind,’ ‘Peyton Place,’ Dies at 92

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:07
Dorothy Malone, star of the big and small screen with “Written on the Wind,” “Basic Instinct” and “Peyton Place,” died on Friday morning in Dallas, Texas of natural causes. She was 92. Working in the Golden Age of Hollywood, the striking blonde actress won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in Douglas […]

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Earned $20.3 Million in 2017

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:43
Viacom president-CEO Bob Bakish took in $20.3 million in salary, bonus and stock compensation for 2017, according to Viacom’s proxy filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing details that Bakish earned $2.77 million in salary and a $7 million bonus last year. He received another $5.8 million in stock awards and $4.7 […]
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