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Longtime WABC-TV New York Chief Dave Davis to Retire

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:08
Dave Davis, the longtime head of ABC’s flagship O&O in New York, is retiring after more than 40 years in the broadcast TV biz. Davis has spent most of the past 15 years as president and general manager of WABC-TV New York. He joined the station in 2003. He served as exec VP of ABC […]

‘A Fantastic Woman’ Star Daniela Vega Creates History

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:00
In casting Daniela Vega in “A Fantastic Woman,” helmer Sebastian Lelio knew he was taking a risk. “I knew I could pay a price for making Daniela the focal point of the film, but if it succeeded, then we would gain something precious,” he says. “Her physical presence carries the story in a way no […]

Yara Shahidi in Negotiations to Star in ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ Movie Adaptation

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:49
Yara Shahidi, star of “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish,” is in negotiations to star in the movie adaptation of the bestselling YA novel “The Sun Is Also a Star” for Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros., and MGM. The Nicola Yoon novel, which was a 2016 National Book Award finalist, centers on a teenage girl who falls in love […]

Joss Whedon Exits as ‘Batgirl’ Movie Director

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:38
Joss Whedon has left as writer and director of the “Batgirl” movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, citing story issues as the reason for his departure. “Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon said […]

‘Loving Vincent’ Uses Real-Life Performers to Animate Canvas

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:30
If ever the term “art film” applied to a theatrical movie, “Loving Vincent” is it. The first feature to animate oil paintings on canvas, it brings to life Vincent van Gogh’s paintings of provincial France. And within these landscapes, Vincent’s portraits of local people also come alive — inspired by performances from such actors as […]

Amazon Targeted in Calls to Drop NRA TV App, Which Is Also on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:27
Amazon is in the cross-hairs of a campaign to drop the National Rifle Association’s NRA TV streaming service from its devices, in the wake of the deadly mass shooting last week at a Florida high school. On Thursday, the hashtag “#StopNRAmazon” was trending on Twitter. Those urging Amazon to give NRA TV the boot included several […]

Charlie Sheen Lists Longtime Mansion in Beverly Hills (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:24
After more than a decade in residence that saw professional apexes such as being the highest paid actor on television and humiliating personal nadirs that included a drug fueled and porn actress populated public meltdown, hard-living Hollywood scion Charlie Sheen listed his longtime Beverly Hills mansion with a memorable, tongue-twisting asking price of $9,999,999. With […]

Sundance Award Winners Lead 2018 New Directors/New Films

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:21
The 2018 edition of New Directors/New Films, the festival organized annually by Film Society of Lincoln Center and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), has set this year’s lineup, led by two documentaries that won awards earlier this year at Sundance. Opener “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,” directed by Stephen Loveridge, is a portrait of the rapper M.I.A. […]

Brendan Fraser Says HFPA Ex-President Sexually Assaulted Him

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:17
Brendan Fraser is joining the #MeToo movement, coming forward on Thursday with allegations of sexual assault by an ex-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In a new interview with GQ, “The Mummy” star alleges that the HFPA’s Philip Berk assaulted him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the summer of 2003. “His left hand […]

‘Mudbound’s’ Morrison Uses Still Photography Skills

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:15
DP Rachel Morrison’s rich, naturalistic imagery lends “Mudbound” a palpable sense of time and place: post-war Mississippi. Her peers in the Academy and at the American Society of Cinematographers recognized her work with nominations. For Morrison, in many ways it was the closing of a circle: The iconic 1930s and ’40s imagery of Dorothea Lange, […]

Brendan Schaub to Host Showtime Digital Sports Talk Show ‘Below the Belt’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:10
Former MMA fighter and podcaster Brendan Schaub is set to host a new Showtime digital talk show called “Below the Belt,” the premium cabler announced Thursday. The twice-monthly, 30-minute show will debut on February 28th. The show will explore the latest news in combat sports and pop culture. It will also feature interviews with combat […]

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-Inspired Movie in Works From Fox Searchlight, DeVon Franklin (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:07
Fox Searchlight and DeVon Franklin are set to produce the film “Flamin’ Hot,” which will tell the true story of Richard Montanez, who rose from humble beginnings to a successful businessman when he created a food phenomenon — Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Fox Searchlight nabbed the project in what was a highly competitive sale, with multiple […]

‘I, Tonya’ VFX Team Had to Transplant Margot Robbie’s Face on a Skating Double’s Body

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:00
The look, movement and subtle signals from a human face are things we all know on a deep, even subconscious level. The face of someone we know personally or the face of a famous person is even more ingrained in our memories. And this is exactly what made the visual effects on “I, Tonya” such […]

Kylie Jenner Tweet, CEO Compensation Package News Drag Snap Stock Down 8%

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:49
Snapchat corporate parent Snap Inc. saw its stock price slide as much as 8% Thursday after Kylie Jenner tweeted that she wasn’t using the service anymore. News about a lavish compensation package for Snap CEO Evan Spiegel likely also contributed to the decline. Jenner, who once proclaimed to have the most-viewed Snapchat account, took to […]

Guillermo del Toro’s Love Story Takes ‘Shape’ Without Words

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:48
For his role in “The Shape of Water,” Doug Jones had to give life to a being that was many things, and he had to do it from within one of the most exquisitely crafted creature suits ever made. “[Guillermo del Toro] kept saying that the monster was the romantic lead in the movie and […]

‘Underground’ Alum Amirah Vann to Star in Regina King, Robin Roberts ABC Drama Pilot

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:37
Amirah Vann has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming ABC drama pilot that hails from executive producers Robin Roberts and Regina King, Variety has confirmed. The untitled series will follow five African-American sisters, all officers in the NYPD, as they face the challenges of their high-risk jobs while juggling the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood […]

Trump Points to Video Games, Movies as Possible Causes of Violence

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:28
A day after a listening session to address concerns from survivors of the Parkland school shooting, President Donald Trump pointed to video games and movies as possible causes for violence, as the White House is faced with raising rallies for gun control laws. “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on […]

TV Review: ‘Seven Seconds’ on Netflix

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:01
The basics of a reasonably good crime drama are buried somewhere in “Seven Seconds,” but there’s a lot of filler blanketing the most interesting elements. Regina King, who plays a mother mourning the loss of her son, is the main draw in this 10-part drama set in Jersey City. Her top-notch work is always emotionally […]

CNN Gun Control Town Hall Draws 2.9 Million Viewers

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:01
CNN’s town hall special “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” lifted CNN head and shoulders above their cable news competition in the Nielsen ratings on Wednesday night. Airing from 9 p.m.-11 p.m., the town hall drew 2.91 million total viewers. In the same time frame, Fox News averaged  2.45 million and MSNBC […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘Ramen Teh’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:00
Bringing two of Singapore and Japan’s most popular dishes (bak kut teh and ramen) together in a film about cultural and culinary fusion, Singaporean auteur Eric Khoo’s “Rahmen Teh” is cinematically more comfort food than haute cuisine. Cinephiles who’ve savored Khoo’s provocative representations of his country’s dark, perverted underbelly will find nothing of the sort […]
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