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Harvey Weinstein Apologizes for Citing Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence in Legal Defense

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:13
Harvey Weinstein has apologized to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence after his attorneys quoted the actresses in his defense against a class-action sexual harassment lawsuit. Weinstein’s attorneys, Phyllis Kupferstein and Mary Flynn, argued in a motion filed Tuesday that the proposed plaintiffs’ class was too broad. According to the attorneys, it would include every actress […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘Sunday’s Illness’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:07
With breathtaking elegance and stunning assurance, Ramón Salazar takes a melodramatic chestnut and makes it flower with unexpected emotion in “Sunday’s Illness,” one of the genuine discoveries of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. Though hardly an unknown quantity (“20 Centimeters”), and notwithstanding a bid for more serious attention with 2013’s barely seen “10.000 noches en […]

‘Goosebumps’ Sequel Sets Ensemble Cast

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:00
Sony Pictures has tapped Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor to star in “Goosebumps 2.” Ari Sandel is developing the project, which is one of multiple iterations based on the dozens of books in the series that the studio is developing. Neal H. Moritz of Original Film and Deborah Forte of […]

Jodie Foster-Sterling K. Brown’s ‘Hotel Artemis’ Gets Distribution

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:57
Global Road Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to Drew Pearce’s action-thriller “Hotel Artemis,” starring Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown. The cast also includes Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. Financed by the Ink Factory in partnership with 127 Wall, the movie is […]

Will Alexandre Desplat Take Home Another Oscar? A History of Score Wins

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:45
Will French composer Alexandre Desplat win best original score award for “The Shape of Water,” as most Oscar prognosticators are currently predicting? As more than 7,300 eligible Academy members cast their ballots this week, they are mulling over the musical categories as well. Competing with Desplat is Jonny Greenwood’s score for “Phantom Thread,” Carter Burwell’s […]

Taye Diggs Joins April Blair-Spencer Paysinger Pilot at CW

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:40
Taye Diggs has been cast in a major role of The CW’s upcoming drama pilot inspired by the life of football player Spencer Paysinger, Variety has confirmed. In the pilot, a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. Diggs will play Beverly Hills High coach Billy […]

Broad Green’s ‘Fight Before Christmas’ Santa Movie Revived by Tucker Tooley

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:38
Tucker Tooley has acquired the holiday comedy “The Fight Before Christmas” from the now-defunct Broad Green Pictures. Tooley and Matt Alvarez (“Straight Outta Compton,” “Ride Along”) will produce the movie through Tooley Entertainment. Jason Barhydt of Tooley Entertainment will executive produce. Karen McCullah (“Legally Blonde”) will pen the script. The pic is targeting a fall […]

TV News Roundup: ‘Drunk History’ Renewed for Season 6 at Comedy Central

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:28
In today’s roundup, “Drunk History” has been renewed for a sixth season and BBC America releases teaser and premiere date for “Killing Eve.”  CASTING Titus Welliver has been as “Ronald Booth” on “Chicago P.D.,” to be featured on the 18th episode of season five. He will play a big-time meth dealer recently released from prison. […]

Film Review: ‘Every Day’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:00
When it comes to romantic matchups, Hollywood has never been particularly shy about pairing a conventional human being with a fluky, not-of-this-earth partner: a mermaid, a superhero, King Kong, or Zach Galifianakis. But “Every Day,” an adaptation of David Levithan’s 2012 young-adult novel, marks a surprisingly original entry in the genre of fanciful mismatched love […]

Dominic West on Ruth Wilson’s ‘The Affair’ Pay Claim: ‘She Should Get Paid More’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:54
Dominic West has said Ruth Wilson should get paid more than him on “The Affair,” not less, as she earlier this week claimed was the case. Wilson scooped a Golden Globe in 2015 for her role in the Showtime drama. West said neither actor knew what the other was paid, but he supported his co-star […]

Kristin Chenoweth to Star in ‘Trial and Error’ Season 2 at NBC

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:48
Kristin Chenoweth is joining the sophomore season of “Trial & Error” at NBC. Chenoweth will play suspected killer Lavinia Peck-Foster, who is described as the first lady of East Peck who is a larger-than-life grand dame — at least in her own mind. She is an eccentric heiress known for her flamboyant outfits, large hats […]

The Holmby Hills Estate of Late Paramount Chief Brad Grey Comes to Market

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:40
The custom-designed estate of late entertainment industry powerhouse Brad Grey, more than two picturesquely landscaped acres in a particularly posh section of L.A’s exceedingly hoity-toity Holmby Hills ‘hood and officially known as The Grey Estate, has come to market with an astonishing, publicity generating $77.5 million price tag. The late chairman and CEO of Paramount […]

HBO, CW, Sundance Execs Offer Advice on Breaking into TV for Young Writers

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:30
For writers looking to break into television, having a unique voice and story to tell is important — but it’s not everything. Executives say the other part of the equation is knowing the marketplace well enough to know where your story would fit best. “The things that make us come out of a meeting and […]

‘Sense8’ Star Brian J. Smith Takes Lead Role in ‘LA Confidential’ Pilot at CBS

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:20
Brian J. Smith has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming “LA Confidential” pilot at CBS, Variety has confirmed. Smith will play Detective Ed Exley, the role played by Guy Pearce in the 1997 film. Exley is described as cold though not without a conscience, obviously brilliant, authoritative, and fiercely ambitious. The son of former […]

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Adds New Charges Against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:13
WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller added new charges against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates as he investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. The fraud and money laundering charges stem from their work for a political party in the Ukraine that was favorable to the Russians. […]

CNN Town Hall Tackles Tough Gun Control Issues, but Blind Spots Persist

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:01
The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has once again put the spotlight on a host of immense challenges in America, the battle over assault weapons among them. But one of the biggest problems extends far beyond Florida — and into the heart of Silicon Valley. The CNN Town Hall on Wednesday night was generally transfixing […]

‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young Lands Lead Role in ABC Drama Pilot ‘False Profits’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:00
“Scandal” star Bellamy Young is staying in the ABC family. The actress, who plays Mellie Grant on the Shondaland series, has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming ABC drama pilot “False Profits.” The project, described as a comedic soap in the vein of “Desperate Housewives,” follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban […]

Animated Features Rely on VFX for That Wow Factor

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 22:00
While many live-action features include an increasing amount of CG animation, the movement has gone both ways, and animated features now also boast effects that are increasingly sophisticated and often highly realistic. It is a trend validated by the Visual Effects Society, which honors effects in animated films at its annual VES Awards. One film […]

CAA’s Peter Micelli to Join Entertainment One as Chief Strategy Officer (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:51
Longtime CAA TV agent Peter Micelli is poised to move to Entertainment One as chief strategy officer for TV, film and digital, according to industry sources. Micelli has been with CAA since the mid-1990s, rising from the mail room to become one of the agency’s top TV literary reps. Client he has represented over the […]

Liz Gateley Out at Lifetime, Tanya Lopez and Gena McCarthy Promoted

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:30
Liz Gateley, Lifetime’s head of programming, is stepping down at the A+E network. In a memo to her staff obtained by Variety, Gateley cited a desire to focus more on her family as the reason for her leaving her position, which she took up in 2015. “With the sudden passing of my beloved nanny of […]
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