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Sci-Fi Score Awards Contenders Recruit Veteran Composers for Vastly Different Films

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:43
You could say 2017’s standout sci-fi and fantasy scores cover space, shape and size as these four veteran composers tackle each film’s themes from vastly different conceptual origins. Blade Runner 2049 Music by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer Vangelis’ music for the 1982 original is so iconic, says co-composer Wallfisch, that the challenge was “how […]

Historical Drama Are Difficult to Score, but Attract Awards Attention

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:32
Historical dramas and those rooted in real-life events can be among the most challenging to score, but also yield a proportionally high number of Oscar winners. Four such live-action releases are among the most talked-about this awards season. All the Money in the World Music by Daniel Pemberton For Ridley Scott’s film about the 1973 […]

Google Starts Shipping $399 Google Home Max Speaker

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:23
Google’s new Google Home Max speaker went up for sale Monday morning: The $399 smart speaker, which was first unveiled in October, is now available for sale at Best Buy and Verizon stores as well as via Google’s online shop. Google built the Home Max not only as a bigger and louder version of its […]

Fox Picks Up Leading 27 Golden Globes Nominations as Disney Deal Looms

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:21
It was a big morning for 20th Century Fox, as the film studio picked up a leading 27 Golden Globes nominations on Monday. The haul was more than any other studio and more than double the number of nods racked up by any other media company. Globes voters recognized a number of different Fox releases […]

International Newswire: Animation – An Indie Growth Industry?

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:12
In today’s International Newswire, Variety asks if animation could be a growth sector for the independent movie business, as “Paddington 2” outperforms the original in China and France, as the U.K. before them. Also, homegirl-made-good Alicia Vikander bids fair to be a major presence at late January’s Göteborg Festival, Enders Analysis looks at the vertiginously […]

Frankie Shaw’s ‘SMILF’ Scores Key Comedy Golden Globe Nominations

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:10
Frankie Shaw’s auteur Showtime series “SMILF” was a standout in television comedy categories as the 75th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced Monday. The premium cable comedy, which premiered in November and renewed just a few weeks later, was nominated for best television series, musical comedy; creator and star Frankie Shaw was also nominated […]

Chef Mario Batali on Sexual Harassment: There Should Be ‘Zero’ Tolerance

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:08
Before Mario Batali was himself accused of inappropriate conduct in the workplace, he sounded off on the issue — saying there’s no room for harassment in the restaurant industry. The celebrity chef and author had addressed the recent sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood during a media preview last month for Eataly L.A., the new Los Angeles […]

Fox News Launches Campaign to Woo Morning Viewers

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:05
Fox News hopes to shake up some TV viewers’ morning routines. The 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news network is trying to draw viewers to its “Fox & Friends” and mid-morning “America’s Newsroom” with a new ad and promo campaign – as some rival broadcast morning programs deal with issues of their own. In a series of […]

Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Dec. 11, 2017

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:00
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, Judd Apatow returns to stand up comedy and Ed Helms returns to Comedy […]

Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:52
Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got […]

Golden Globes: ‘All the Money in the World’ Lands Three Nominations After Whirlwind Reshoots

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:32
Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. really want you to know they saw “All the Money in the World” before you did. We kid. Kind of… The international journalists group nominated Ridley Scott’s embattled film for a whopping three prizes Monday morning. Those included a best director nom for Scott himself, who rallied his […]

TV Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Dips From Last Week

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:10
The “Sunday Night Football” matchup between Baltimore and Pittsburgh was down in the ratings compared to last week’s game, according to Nielsen data. Airing on NBC, the game averaged an 11.6 rating in the metered market households, down approximately 11 percent from the 13.1 achieved by last week’s game. This week’s game is also currently […]

Apple Confirms Acquisition of Shazam

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:07
It’s official: Apple is buying the music recognition service Shazam. “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” the company said in a statement sent to Variety. “Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS,” the statement continued. […]

‘Walking Dead’ Star’s Father Rips Series After Midseason Finale Death: ‘I Never Trusted Gimple or AMC’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:05
SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen the Season 8 midseason finale of “The Walking Dead”  The father of a key “Walking Dead” character vented his frustrations with the show and showrunner Scott Gimple on social media following his son’s onscreen death in this Sunday’s midseason finale. “Watching Gimple fire my […]

Diane Kruger Says She Walked Out of Audition Over Director’s Disrespect

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:00
Diane Kruger, whose new film “In the Fade” comes out Dec. 27, talked about her worst-ever auditioning experience during an interview with rising “Downsizing” actress Hong Chau for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series. “Do you have to audition very much anymore?” Chau asked Kruger. “I feel like you don’t.” “Sometimes, for things that I really want […]

‘Homeland’ Enlists ‘The Americans’ Actor for Season 7

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:00
“Homeland” is filling out its cast for Season 7, adding another new character to the upcoming season, which is expected to premiere in early 2018. Costa Ronin, known from FX’s “The Americans,” has joined Showtime’s “Homeland” in a recurring role, Variety has learned. Details on Ronin’s role are being kept under wraps, and the network has […]

TBS Grabs Rerun Rights to ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:00
TBS has grabbed linear rerun rights to the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” from Universal Television. The Andy Samberg starrer is in now in its fifth season on Fox. The show has had a streaming syndication pact in place with Hulu since 2014. The single-camera comedy set in a busy NYC police precinct is a good […]

Golden Globes: ‘Get Out’ Lands Best Picture Nomination Amid Comedy Dispute

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:44
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agreed to uphold Universal’s placement of Jordan Peele’s horror satire “Get Out” in the comedy category at the Golden Globes, it registered as an affront for many. “Their [sic] is nothing funny about racism,” one of the film’s stars, Lil Rel Howard tweeted. “The real question is, what are […]

Golden Globes Nominations: 21 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:22
On Monday morning, the Golden Globes reinforced the notion that Hollywood is still a boy’s club. The organization, made up of about 90 foreign journalists, seemed to go out on a limb not to nominate a single woman for best director. Not Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”). Not Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”). Not Dee Rees (“Mudbound”). […]

Kesha and Macklemore to Tour Together in 2018 (Watch)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:21
Kesha and Macklemore will team up next year for ‘The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore’ tour, the duo announced today. The announcement follows a pair of Grammy nominations for Kesha’s “Rainbow” album and Macklemore’s solo album “Genemini.” The announcement was accompanied by a comic video of the two planning the tour (full dates below). The […]
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