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Golden Globes Nominations: Streaming Steals the Spotlight

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:15
What a difference a year makes. Last year, streaming services nabbed 10 Golden Globe nominations between Amazon and Netflix (5 each) — an impressive haul, to be sure. But this year, they proved that they’re a force to be reckoned with on the awards scene. While HBO retained its lead atop the list of most […]

Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Announce First-Ever Tour as a Duo

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:00
More than 50 years into their career there isn’t much the members of the Grateful Dead haven’t done, but Bob Weir and Phil Lesh can cross one more thing off of their bucket list: The two will embark upon their first-ever tour as a duo, according to Relix.  The two founding members will play a […]

Oscar Fortunes Appear to Rise and Fall, but It’s Just the Golden Globes

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:43
Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards are in as the 2017-2018 film awards season adds yet another notch to its belt. There were snubs, there were surprises, but nothing about Monday morning’s announcement would appear to have significantly altered the course of the circuit. Then again, nothing ever really does; these are just […]

Trump Accusers Reiterate Claims in Appearances for New Documentary

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:37
WASHINGTON — Three women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” on Monday to reiterate their claims and call for some kind of reckoning amid the #MeToo movement. The women appear in a new documentary short video about Trump’s accusers, called “16 Women and Donald Trump,” […]

Golden Globe TV Nominations Analysis: Spotlight Shines on Newbie Comedies, Netflix

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:19
Golden Globe voters stuck with the tradition of shining the nominations spotlight on a clutch of buzzy new TV series. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Showtime’s “SMILF,” USA Network’s “The Sinner,” and NBC’s revival of “Will & Grace” all racked up key nominations that bolster their status as awards contenders. The nominations haul for the […]

Golden Globes Nominations: First-Timers Break Through

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:19
Every awards group has their trademark quirks, and the HFPA loves nothing more than anointing the wunderkinds. And this year didn’t disappoint: On the TV side, voters embraced Showtime’s “SMILF” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; in film, breakouts included Margot Robbie, Daniel Kaluuya, and Timothée Chalamet. Several others across film and TV were also rewarded for their […]

Golden Globes Music Nominees Include Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:01
The two music categories in the Golden Globe nominations announced Monday morning include songs by Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Miguel with Natalie Lafourcade and Keala Settle and scores by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood as well as frequent nominees Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. The full music nominations appear below […]

Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:00
Despite a best picture, comedy or musical nomination for “Lady Bird” and widespread acclaim for its first-time director, Greta Gerwig, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. stuck with an all-male group for the 2018 best director nominations. In a year in which Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” also received universal praise — and […]

Golden Globes Leaderboard: ‘Shape of Water,’ Fox Searchlight Top List of Nominees

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:52
Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards. “The Shape of Water’s” seven noms, coupled with the six nods for “Three Billboards,” put Fox Searchlight Pictures on the film distributor leaderboard with 15 nominations. Twentieth Century […]

Mario Batali Out as Co-Host of ‘The Chew’ Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:16
Mario Batali has abruptly exited as co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” amid sexual harassment allegations leveled against the celebrity chef and restaurateur. The website Eater reported that four women have come forward with allegations of groping and other inappropriate behavior while working for Batali. The allegations stretch back at least two decades. In a statement, […]

Golden Globes Nominations: ‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Score Big

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:03
Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were among the big winners as nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were unveiled on Monday. “Three Billboards,” a revenge drama, “The Post,” a dramatic re-telling of the Pentagon Papers saga, and “The Shape of […]

Bloomberg’s Twitter News Network, TicToc, Goes Live Dec. 18

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:00
Bloomberg Media announced the name of its built-for-Twitter 24-hour news network — TicToc by Bloomberg — which is set to go live next Monday, Dec. 18. The company is staffing TicToc with a dedicated team of about 50 reporters, overseen by M. Scott Havens, Bloomberg’s global head of digital, and Mindy Massucci, who is the […]

Japan Box Office: ‘Kamen Rider’ Roars to Top Spot

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:44
“Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Rider,” roared to the top of the Japanese box office in its first weekend on release. The film is the latest feature entry in the long-running Toei action series featuring motorcycle heroes. For the Dec. 9-10 frame, it grossed $3.2 million on 303,000 admissions. This is […]

NYPD Investigating Explosion in Times Square Station, Suspect in Custody

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:36
Midtown Manhattan went into crisis mode early Monday following an explosion in a Times Square transit station. Police said an explosive device went off around 7:20 a.m. ET inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. Broadcast reports said police have one suspect in custody. The device went off as the […]

Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:29
Robin Campillo’s “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” France’s foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, Gaul’s equivalent to the Golden Globes. “BPM,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980’s Paris, will be competing in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script […]

Golden Globe Nominations Announced Live

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:17
Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” show live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone were joined by Golden Globe ambassador Simone Garcia Johnson, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president, Meher Tatna, and executive vice president of television […]

‘Mihara,’ ‘Savage,’ ‘Without a Head’ Named as Macau Project Winners

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:15
Director Jacqueline Castel and producer Pier Harrison’s psychological horror film “Mihara” won the Ivanhoe Pictures award at the IFFAM project market. The U.S.-Japan production will follow an American teenage girl, traumatised by her mother’s ambiguous death, who is drawn to a mysterious Japanese volcano. Castel is currently in pre-production on her first narrative feature, a […]

NFL, Verizon Set Massive $2 Billion Five-Year Streaming Deal

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:00
Verizon will no longer be the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier for NFL games — instead, the telco is gaining rights to live-stream gridiron action to any mobile, web and connected-TV device nationwide under a new five-year pact with the league. Verizon will pay the NFL more than $2 billion under the new deal, the Wall […]

How to Watch the Golden Globe Nominations Live

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:30
Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be revealed on Monday morning, and those unable to tune in to the broadcast on NBC can watch online via live stream. Presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone will be announcing the nominees from the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 5:15 a.m. PT/8:15 […]

Saudi Arabia Lifts 35-Year Cinema Ban

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:55
A 35-year ban on cinemas in Saudi Arabia has been overturned as the Kingdom’s efforts to liberalize gain pace, and commercial movie theaters are expected to open as soon as next March. A resolution allowing the Culture Ministry to license commercial cinemas has been passed, and the licensing process started for new theaters. Cinemas were […]
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