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

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 22 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 33 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 […]

Grammy Nom Rodney Crowell Recalls Hot Band Roots

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 39 min ago
The recent Grammy nominations put country singer-songwriter legend Rodney Crowell at the even-dozen mark, with 10 nominations and two wins. But the record is still spinning on his latest nomination for “It Ain’t Over Yet,” a contender for American Roots Song honors to be handed out next year. This comes on the heels of Crowell […]

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 40 min ago
Not so long ago and not so far away, J.J. Abrams awakened the sleeping giant of the “Star Wars” franchise with “The Force Awakens,” which was almost universally praised by critics. As the opening for “The Last Jedi” approaches, critics’ reviews are officially in and the consensus is that the series’ newest offering could be […]

‘Star Wars’ Stickers and World Filters: Facebook and Google Are Trying to Catch Up on AR

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 56 min ago
Alongside the update to the latest version of Android, Google is currently delivering a nice little extra to owners of the company’s Pixel line of phones. Anyone who takes a video with the Pixel can now add so-called AR Stickers — including  some scary Stormtroopers, just in time for the release of “The Last Jedi.” […]

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 12 min ago
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Columbia Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Ads placed for the fantasy remake had an estimated media value of $7.01 million through Sunday for 1,025 national ad airings across […]

CAA Promotes Ten Trainees

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 13 min ago
CAA has promoted ten trainees to agent or exec at the agency. Austin Denesuk has been promoted to agent in CAA’s industry-leading television department. Denesuk is based in Los Angeles, where she serves in the TV lit group. Bennett Beckner, Joseph Harris, Madison Lee, and Joe Mott were elevated to agents in CAA’s music department, […]

‘Coco’s’ Special Lighting Illuminated by Inhouse Coding

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 18 min ago
As the filmmakers behind Disney-Pixar’s hit “Coco” slowly walked through a Mexican village and the nearby cemetery during a Dia de los Muertos celebration while on a research trip for the movie, they were overcome by something that they saw. They knew if they were going to get the feeling and look of this tradition […]

CW, EA Team on ‘Madden NFL 18’ eSports ‘Survivor’-Style Special for TV

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 22 min ago
While eSports fans are a large — and growing — rabidly engaged bunch, the genre hasn’t really crossed the divide into mainstream entertainment. The CW believes eSports has appeal outside the hard-core base, and its latest bet is “EA Madden NFL 18 Challenge,” a one-hour primetime special produced by Electronic Arts and NFL Films that […]

Scene Stealer: Beanie Feldstein Is the Best Friend We All Want In ‘Lady Bird’

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 22 min ago
While Saoirse Ronan soars as the title character in “Lady Bird,” she would be nowhere without her best friend Julie, played by Beanie Feldstein. The 24-year-old actress is also currently enjoying her Broadway debut in “Hello, Dolly!” opposite Tony-winner Bette Midler. Those musical skills came in particularly handy, as Lady Bird and Julie both end […]

Regina Hall to Co-Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel With Samuel L. Jackson (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 26 min ago
Regina Hall has joined the cast of New Line’s latest installment in the “Shaft” franchise opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher, sources tell Variety. Hall will play a former love interest of John Shaft and the younger Shaft’s mother. Alexandra Shipp and the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, are also on board. Tim Story […]

70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Date Announced

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 51 min ago
The 2018 Emmy Awards are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, NBC and the Television Academy announced Tuesday. Airing live coast-to-coast (8-11 p.m. ET / 5-8 p.m. PT) on the Peacock from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., the host and producers for the 70th Annual Primetime ceremony will be announced […]

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets Toward $425 Million Global Launch Weekend

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 52 min ago
The Force is seriously powerful financially, with Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” tracking to deliver about $425 million worldwide in its opening weekend. More than a dozen international markets will open Wednesday, led by France and Italy along with Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Indonesia, Philippines, and Taiwan. On Thursday, […]

Guillermo del Toro Taps Scott Cooper for ‘Antlers’ and Sets New Project ‘Nightmare Alley’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 39 sec ago
After Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” landed a leading seven nominations at the Golden Globes, Fox Searchlight has ramped up development on two projects with the filmmaker. Sources tell Variety that Searchlight is in negotiations with “Hostiles” director Scott Cooper to direct the supernatural pic “Antlers,” which del Toro is producing. Del Toro […]

Ed Sheeran Covers the Pogues’ Christmas Classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ (Video)

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 6 min ago
The song might be a holiday classic in his native U.K., but Ed Sheeran still upped his cool factor significantly by choosing to cover the Pogues’ 1988 Christmas-themed perennial “Fairytale of New York” with singer Anne-Marie for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. He also performed his current hit single “Perfect.” (Watch both videos below.) He […]

Go-Go’s Musical ‘Head Over Heels,’ Produced by Gwyneth Paltrow, Targets Broadway for 2018-19

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 9 min ago
Broadway’s got the beat: “Head Over Heels,” the musical that takes it score from the catalog of the band The Go-Go’s, has mapped out its road to New York, with a San Francisco run lined up for a spring opening prior to a move to Broadway for the 2018-19 season. With Gwyneth Paltrow on board […]

‘Homeland’ Season 7 Sets Premiere Date, Drops First Trailer

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 22 min ago
“Homeland” Season 7 has a premiere date and a first trailer, Showtime revealed Tuesday. Season 7 will debut on Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the trailer above. The series stars Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Elizabeth Marvel, Linus Roache, Maury Sterling, and Jake Weber, with Morgan Spector and Costa Ronin also joining this season. […]

Chris Hardwick, David X. Cohen Team for Museum Comedy in Development at NBC

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 22 min ago
Chris Hardwick and David X. Cohen have partnered to write and executive produce a comedy in the works at NBC. Titled “Natural History,” the multi-camera project follows a young woman who returns home to become director of a beloved local natural history museum, only to find it has gone to hell in her absence. She […]

Twitter Makes It Easier to Compose and Read Threads

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 22 min ago
Twitter took another step towards longer-form content on its platform Tuesday: The company officially embraced threads, giving users a way to more easily string together a number of tweets. The company also added labeling to threads to make it easier for followers to recognize them as such. The new feature allows users to compose multiple […]

Stars Talk Daniel Day-Lewis Retirement at ‘Phantom Thread’ Premiere: ‘We’d Like Him to Make More Films’

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 51 min ago
The stunning Harold Pratt House hosted a night of grace and glamour as the cast of “Phantom Thread” celebrated the movie’s premiere in New York City on Monday night. The 1950s-set film is centered on Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned couture dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis), his sister (Lesley Manville) who runs his couture house, and a love […]
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