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Box Office: Will ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Protect No. 1 From Newcomers?

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 21:12
A sluggish summer at the box office appears to have almost reached a standstill. Last weekend, “Hitman’s Bodyguard” won the domestic box office with $21.4 million. That was a solid opening for a film without a superhero, well-known source material, or a franchise to back it up. But now, in week two, it seems the... Read more »

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Godless’ Gets Premiere Date, First-Look Images at Netflix

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 21:04
“Godless,” a new seven-part original limited series from creator Steven Soderbergh, will premiere on Netflix Nov. 22. The western stars Jeff Daniels as notorious criminal Frank Griffin, who, along with his band of outlaws, is on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Donnell), who betrayed Griffin and his men. While on the run, Roy... Read more »

Facebook Demographic Dilemma Has No Easy Fix

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:28
So maybe Facebook isn’t perfect after all. Mark Zuckerberg’s social-media powerhouse has seemed impregnable as of late, cruising through its second quarter results with all cylinders still firing and an unmatched audience over 2 billion worldwide. But then along comes eMarketer with a damning estimate, forecasting unprecedented declines among teens and tweens in the U.S.... Read more »

Will Ferrell to Star in ‘The 100 Year-Old Man’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:24
Will Ferrell is producing and starring in the CBS Films comedy “The 100 Year-Old Man.” The project is based on bestselling author Jonas Jonasson’s “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” Ferrell is producing the film with partners Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via their Gary Sanchez shingle alongside Andy Licht... Read more »

Epix Renews ‘Get Shorty’ For Season 2

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
Epix has given a second-season pickup to its latest original series, MGM Television’s dark comedy “Get Shorty.” Epix has ordered 10 more episodes of the show, exec produced by Davey Holmes and Alan Arkin. The adaptation of the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel stars Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano, Lidio Porto, Megan Stevenson, Sean Bridgers, and Carolyn... Read more »

Showtime Acquires Prince Concert Film ‘Sign o’ the Times’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:54
The Prince 1987 concert film “Sign o’ the Times’ has been acquired by Showtime and will premiere on Sept. 16. The broadcast marks the first time in more than a decade that the rarely seen film, which was directed by Prince, will air on American television. It was never issued on DVD. “Sign o’ the... Read more »

Netflix to Release Gay Talese, Joan Didion Documentaries

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:28
Netflix has unveiled a pair of documentaries — Gay Talese’s “Voyeur” and “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” — and plans to release both later this year. Both titles are due to premiere first at the 55th New York Film Festival in October. “Voyeur” follows Talese as he reports one of the most controversial... Read more »

Film Review: Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Jungle’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:25
There doesn't outwardly appear to be a psychotic killer on the loose in "Jungle," the fifth feature from slash-happy Aussie horror specialist Greg McLean, but it turns out Mother Nature is more than happy to do the honors.

Robert Zemeckis, Jeff Rake Score Put Pilot Order for Missing Plane Mystery Series at NBC

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:07
Robert Zemeckis and Jeff Rake have gotten a put pilot order at NBC for a new series that centers around a plane that mysteriously disappeared, Variety has confirmed. The series, currently titled “Manifest,” follows the passengers of a plane that disappears from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea.... Read more »

Joshua Satine Joins Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Thriller ‘A Simple Favor’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:00
Six-year-old Joshua Satine has been cast in Lionsgate’s thriller “A Simple Favor” opposite Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding, Variety has learned exclusively. Satine will play the son of Kendrick’s mommy blogger character, who tries to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend, portrayed by Lively. Golding plays the husband of... Read more »

‘Entourage’ Star Emmanuelle Chriqui to Star in Thriller ‘Hospitality’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:56
Emmanuelle Chriqui has joined the cast of the crime thriller “Hospitality” opposite “True Blood” star Sam Trammell. Chriqui plays Donna, a woman with a checkered past who must protect her son when a man brings trouble to her isolated bed and breakfast. JR Bourne (“Teen Wolf”), Jim Beaver (“Supernatural”), and Conner McVicker (“Vice Principals”) have... Read more »

Palme d’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Is Sweden’s Pick for Foreign-Language Oscar

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:45
Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or-winning “The Square” will represent Sweden in the Foreign Language Oscar race at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. A satirical drama weaving dark comedy, “The Square” takes place in the contemporary art world. Written by Östlund, the film stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. “The Square” world premiered in... Read more »

ESPN Faces Criticism for Announcer Switch on University of Virginia Football Game

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:32
ESPN has come under fire Wednesday for the decision to switch announcer Robert Lee from the University of Virginia’s opening game on Sept. 2 because his name is the same as the Confederate general who figured into the violence that erupted in the college’s home town of Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Lee had previously... Read more »

‘Terminator 2’ Rerelease an Example of Changing Attitude Toward 3D Conversion

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:30
Back around 2010, all eyes in Hollywood were on the resurgent phenomenon of 3D — with more and more big-budget films shot on the format generating a hefty box office premium from moviegoers, who readily donned glasses to watch the action. While the fad hasn’t entirely fizzled, it hardly lived up to its promise of... Read more »

‘Grace and Frankie’ Writer Lands Put Pilot Order for Single-Cam Comedy at Fox

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:15
Fox has given a put pilot order to a new single-camera comedy project from “Grace and Frankie” writer Billy Finnegan. The currently untitled project tells the story of a girl who meets a boy, but the boy does not notice. But when the girl “meets” a bus, the boy notices…sort of. Finnegan will write the... Read more »

France, Britain Lead Europe’s Foray Into VR Content Creation

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:15
They’re already home to two of Europe’s most vibrant film industries. Now France and Britain are leading the way in the region in creating VR content. Between them, the two countries have eight of the 22 titles competing in the upcoming Venice Film Festival’s new virtual-reality section — the world’s first competitive VR strand at... Read more »

Former ITV Exec Dan Gopal Joins eOne in New EMEA Sales Role

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:05
Former ITV executive Dan Gopal has joined eOne in a newly created role as executive vice president of sales for EMEA. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Stuart Baxter, president of eOne Television International. The new position will see Gopal lead all EMEA film and TV content sales efforts to broadcasters and over-the-top platforms for... Read more »

Frenzied News Cycle Challenges Creatives of Late-Night Shows

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:00
The presidency of Donald J. Trump and his penchant for using his personal Twitter account has led to a political climate where a 24-hour news cycle is often whittled down to a scant six hours or so. For most of the Emmy-nominated variety talk series that means having to be ready to write a new... Read more »

CEOs, Media Chiefs Aghast Over Trump’s Reluctance to Denounce Neo-Nazi Violence

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:00
On Aug. 18, just two hours after Mitt Romney called President Donald Trump’s inflammatory response to the violence in Charlottesville an “inflection point of national consequence,” joining the chorus of CEOs, media figures and politicians left and right, the news media was on to something else. Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, was ousted. Trump’s seven-month... Read more »

Composers for Marvel’s TV Universe Strike a Different Chord

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:00
Traditionally, when comic-book super-heroes are adapted for the screen, they are accompanied by big orchestras playing heroic themes. Think John Williams’ “Superman” theme or Danny Elfman’s “Spider-Man” music. For its TV series, however, Marvel has thrown out the old rulebook. Like the Marvel Universe itself, not every hero is alike; some of them don’t even... Read more »
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