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Rakuten TV Picks Up Oscar Contender ‘A Fantastic Woman,’ Sets Day and Date U.K. Release

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:40
Rakuten TV will launch Oscar-nominated “A Fantastic Women” on its platform on the same day it is released in cinemas in the U.K. The Barcelona-based streaming and download platform also has the film for Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. The film comes from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio and […]

‘Troy: Fall of a City’ Team Talk Casting and Diversity in the BBC and Netflix Epic

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:23
“Black Panther” may be storming the global box office, but casting actors of color in the Netflix and BBC epic “Troy: Fall of a City” has stirred up controversy in some quarters. A debate over whether having black actors play Greek gods and heroes is true to Homer’s “Iliad,” which recounts the decade-long siege of […]

‘Devious Maids’ Star Roselyn Sanchez Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘Grand Hotel’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:15
Roselyn Sanchez has been cast in a lead role in the upcoming ABC drama pilot “Grand Hotel,” Variety has learned. The project is described as a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It will center around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets […]

TV Review: ‘Good Girls’ on NBC

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:00
At first blush, “Good Girls” is the kind of show that looks like it belongs on cable. It’s a sleek, propulsive drama starring three misbehaving women lugging around stacks of cash and the occasional firearm; the cool criminality of it recalls TNT’s “Good Behavior” or USA’s “Queen of the South,” where the messy business of […]

Anna Deavere Smith Depicts the ‘Disturbing’ Injustice of the School-to-Prison Pipeline in ‘Notes From the Field’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:00
Shock and alarm may have been the emotions that first started Anna Deavere Smith’s path to create “Notes From the Field,” but it was love that fueled the one-woman play through the process. “It was very alarming to realize that poor kids are pathologized and sent to jail for things that middle class and rich […]

AMC Offers Free ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Tickets for Underprivileged Children

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:56
Color Of Change and the AMC Theatres chain are teaming to provide free tickets to underprivileged children for screenings of Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” starting March 9. The free tickets are being offered through the “Give A Child The Universe” initiative, which encourages individual and group benefactors to purchase and donate tickets to the […]

Michelle Wolf Says She Won’t Hold Back Humor, Even If Trump Attends White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:50
WASHINGTON — Michelle Wolf, the headliner at this year’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner, says that she doesn’t plan to hold back on her material, even if President Donald Trump attends the event. “What is the fun in holding back?” she told Variety on Friday. “I feel like you are not doing a job as […]

TV Ratings: Winter Olympics Slide Week-to-Week on Thursday

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:38
This Thursday’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics was up compared to this Wednesday in the Nielsen ratings, but down from the previous Thursday. In metered market households, this Thursday’s coverage of the Olympics drew a combined 12.0 rating on NBC and NBC Sports Network. This Wednesday’s coverage drew an 11.1 rating, the second-worst for […]

Inside CNN’s Gut-Wrenching Florida Town Hall: How Jake Tapper Tackled His ‘Toughest’ Assignment

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:32
For Jake Tapper, Wednesday night’s town hall “was the toughest thing I’ve ever done at CNN.” Surrounded by more than 5,000 people in Sunrise, Fla.’s BB&T Center, the CNN anchor on Wednesday night moderated one of the rawest and most emotionally charged events ever telecast on the all-news cabler. Students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman […]

Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer Offering Oscar Sweepstakes For a Cause

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:04
The “Call Me By Your Name” cast is using their Oscar platform to give back. In a new campaign with online fundraising platform Omaze, stars Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer, along with director Luca Guadagnino, are raising money for the Trevor Project and Foundation for the AIDS Monument by offering an Oscar-eve celebration sweepstakes. A […]

Raphael Saadiq on His Oscar-Nominated ‘Mudbound’ Song, Working With Mary J. Blige and Declining Prince’s Record Deal

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:00
Without overstating the case, singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq has had an almost Zelig-like career over the past 30 years. Yet at 51, the peak of that career may have arrived: An Academy Award nomination for Best Song for “Mighty River,” the song he wrote with Mary J. Blige and frequent collaborator Taura Stinson for “Mudbound,” the […]

Box Office: ‘Game Night’ Edges ‘Annihilation’ With $1 Million Opening

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:39
New Line’s R-rated comedy “Game Night” has opened with $1 million in Thursday night previews in North America, while Paramount’s sci-fi thriller “Annihilation” took in $900,000 from approximately 1,850 locations. “Game Night,” is expanding to 3,488 locations Friday at it opens against the second weekend of Disney-Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” — which is poised to […]

At NBC Sports, the ‘Highlights Factory’ Takes Olympics to New Screens

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:23
STAMFORD, Conn. – Some Olympics viewers have thrilled to seeing Chloe Kim win a gold medal in snowboarding. Others had their spirits lifted by Mikaela Shiffrin’s slalom victory. For those who yearn for something different, NBC has a runaway walkie-talkie that might prove of interest. Tucked away in a windowless room in NBC Sports headquarters […]

Album Review: Lo Moon’s Self-Titled Debut

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:00
Some albums are like sleeper cells, living inconspicuously amid the general population until they’re activated by a subtle signal and gradually but seemingly suddenly burst into the open. The Velvet Underground’s moment didn’t truly arrive until the early 1980s; Big Star’s until the early 1990s. And thanks to fast-rising Los Angeles-based trio Lo Moon, now […]

BBC Outlines Plan to Become ‘The Best Place for Women to Work’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:44
The BBC has appointed its Scotland boss, Donalda MacKinnon, to lead a program it said aims to “sweep away any barriers to women progressing, fulfilling their ambitions and reaching the top.” The U.K. pubcaster is under fire after publishing talent pay figures that revealed a startling gap between the earnings of its top male and […]

Universal Music Chairman Lucian Grainge to Be Honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:00
Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, will be honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as the 2018 recipient of the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the organization’s annual induction ceremony in New York on June 14. Inductees at this year’s event include Bill Anderson, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” […]

Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:46
Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. “The Oscars,” hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on Sunday, March 4, on The ABC […]

David Mamet Says He Wrote a Play About Harvey Weinstein

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:06
David Mamet said he has written a play about Harvey Weinstein. Mamet mentioned the new script in an interview in the Chicago Tribune. The new work is called “Bitter Wheat,” and there’s a Chicago stage veteran, who’s now in films, interested in starring in it, according to the article. No exact production plans or timeline […]

Stephen Fry Reveals Battle with Cancer in Online Video

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:53
Stephen Fry has told fans about his battle with prostate cancer in a video posted to his website, Friday. The video from the actor, comedian, and several times BAFTA Awards presenter, opens with the title “A Message from Stephen Fry,” before the star recounts how he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and subsequently had surgery. […]

Ioan Gruffudd On Maturing into Crime Series ‘Harrow’ and Directing Ambitions

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:24
“Forever” and “Fantastic 4″ star Ioan Gruffudd is now old enough to play the parts he has always wanted. The L.A.-based Welsh actor will be next seen in “Harrow,” an Australia-produced crime drama in which he plays crime-solving forensic pathologist, Dr. Daniel Harrow. “I’ve been wanting to play a character like this for a long time, […]
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