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Quincy Jones Apologizes for Controversial Claims in Candid Interview: ‘I Am an Imperfect Human’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:50
Quincy Jones took to Twitter on Thursday to apologize for recent headline-making comments he made about a number of Hollywood’s elite, including Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, Richard Pryor, and the Beatles. In interviews with GQ and Vulture earlier this year, Jones’ claims included that he knew who killed JFK; that Jackson stole many of his […]

Janelle Monae Drops Two New Videos, ‘Dirty Computer’ Album Due April 27 (Watch)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:44
Today Janelle Monae dropped two songs and further details about her long-awaited third solo album, “Dirty Computer.” Monae doesn’t do anything by half — in the five years since her last album, she’s toured, landed star-making acting appearances in “Hidden Figures” and Oscar Best Picture “Moonlight,” launched her Wondaland label (home to Jidenna, St. Beauty and others) […]

‘Game Night’: Director, Writer Talk ‘Straddling Genres’ and the Influence of ‘Get Out’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:43
Even though temperatures were in the 40s, the premiere of New Line’s dark comedy “Game Night” at the TCL Chinese carried plenty of warmth Wednesday night. Jason Bateman, who stars and produces, said he was particularly proud of the strong early reviews — ranked at 82% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes — and the ability of […]

Saoirse Ronan Struggles With Intimacy in ‘On Chesil Beach’ Trailer

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:40
Saoirse Ronan’s next film is here, following the success of awards-season favorite “Lady Bird,” and it takes her far away from early-2000s Sacramento. In the new “On Chesil Beach” trailer, released on Thursday, Ronan stars alongside Billy Howle as a young couple from drastically different backgrounds. Ronan’s character Florence, an upper-class violinist, falls for Howle’s […]

21st Century Fox Finalizing Deal With Sinclair to Acquire 6 TV Stations (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:38
21st Century Fox is closing in on an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy at least six TV stations, a transaction that stems from Sinclair’s pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. The deal is understood to encompass Tribune-owned Fox affiliates in five markets — Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, and Cleveland — […]

Google to Make Major Augmented Reality Push at Mobile World Congress (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:38
Google is set to make a major push to bring augmented reality technology (AR) to Android at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, Variety has learned from sources familiar with the company’s plans. Central to these efforts will be the release of the company’s ARCore framework, which will allow third-party developers to bring AR […]

Oprah Responds to Trump’s Tweet Claiming Bias in ’60 Minutes’ Segment

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:30
In a visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, Oprah Winfrey responded to Donald Trump’s attacks on her recent “60 Minutes” segment, where he called her “very insecure.” During Winfrey’s panel, she explored America’s division during Trump’s presidency. The segment came shortly after her powerful speech at the Golden Globes, which led many to speculate […]

‘Darkest Hour’ Makeup Artist Left Retirement to Turn Gary Oldman Into Winston Churchill

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:15
The Oscar buzz surrounding Gary Oldman’s turn as Winston Churchill has been deafening since “Darkest Hour” hit the festival circuit last August, and he’s already racked up the lion’s share of this season’s accolades. But when Oldman first met with producers and director Joe Wright for the Focus Features movie, he was open about his concerns. […]

‘Blade Runner 2049’: How Cutting-Edge Techniques Re-Created Character From Original

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:13
When the Academy Award nominations came out, it was a tech and craft sweep for helmer Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” The sequel to the sci-fi classic took five noms: cinematography, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects. With such a high mark set by the first film, these crews sought out cutting-edge […]

Tiffany Haddish to Host 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:05
Tiffany Haddish will host this year’s MTV Movie and TV Awards. The comedian made the announcement with a video post on Instagram. One of the most sought-after talents in the business, Haddish has been on a tear of late, racking up a series of high-profile gigs. She recently inked a two-year first-look deal with HBO with her She Ready production […]

‘Baby Driver’ Director, Crew Prepped to the ‘Millisecond’ Before Production Began

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:01
“ ‘Baby Driver,’ is not just an action film. It’s more like an action musical,” says its writer-director Edgar Wright. “The key is actually not that it is edited to the music, but more crucially it’s choreographed to the music.” Getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) is listening to music through earbuds for nearly the entire […]

‘The Looming Tower’ Boss on the Importance of the Muslim-American Hero of the Story

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:00
Dan Futterman began his career as an actor, working on sitcoms like “Caroline in the City” and “Will & Grace.”  It was a dramatic turn in a guest-starring role on “Homicide: Life on the Street” where he met writer Anya Epstein, who later became his wife, that caused him to turn his attention to writing. […]

Divided Oscar Loyalties: Who Do They Really Want to Win the Gold?

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:00
Decisions, decisions: Academy Awards voters have plenty of worthy nominees to choose from as they mark their ballots in the final stretch of a particularly competitive Oscar season. But what about those voters who struggle with divided loyalties? There are a handful every year: those who, in fact, have strong ties to more than one […]

Tom Welling Reflects on Lessons from ‘Smallville’ and Talks Returning to TV for ‘Lucifer’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:00
For a decade Tom Welling played a young Clark Kent on the Superman origin story “Smallville.” This was his first major role, and one that he calls his “version of college where I just wanted to learn as much as I could.” He has carried those lessons into his new role on Fox’s “Lucifer,” as […]

‘Versailles’ Set as Canneseries Festival Curtain-Raiser

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:48
“Versailles” is coming to Cannes — the first episode of the latest season of the drama series will open the inaugural Canneseries TV festival. French-set period drama “Versailles” looks at the rule of King Louis XIV, and festival goers at Canneseries will get the first look at the new season on April 4 inside the Palais […]

Tom Quinn on How Neon Nailed the Landing With ‘I, Tonya’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:45
This winter, Tom Quinn hit the ice with Tonya Harding. The indie film executive and the controversial Olympian grew close during the rollout of “I, Tonya,” the acclaimed dramedy that Quinn’s company Neon is releasing. They bonded over being parents of young children, and Quinn came to see Harding differently from her tabloid image as […]

Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Star-Switch Pays Off

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:35
A mere 76 days before scoring an Oscar nomination for playing ruthless tycoon J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World,” Christopher Plummer wasn’t even in the movie. But scandal swirling around colleague Kevin Spacey set in motion one of Hollywood’s all-time boldest gambles: completely excising and replacing an A-list star. Allegations of […]

Playback: Ryan Coogler on ‘Black Panther’ and What It Means to Be African

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:34
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Ryan Coogler is the center of the universe this week. The sky is apparently the limit for his bold, block-busting, record-smashing Marvel Studios tentpole “Black Panther,” which sits at $270 million domestic just six days into […]

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Tops ‘Avengers’ for Highest MCU Wednesday Gross

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:33
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” has stayed powerful, taking in an impressive $14.5 million on Wednesday at 4,020 North American locations — the highest Wednesday gross for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title. “Marvel’s The Avengers” took in $13.6 million on its first Wednesday in 2012. “Black Panther” has now grossed $277.5 million in its first days domestically. […]

‘Coco’ Faced Big Responsibility in Getting Right Mexico’s the Land of the Dead

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:33
Of all the places that Pixar’s computer-animated features have taken audiences, few can rival the dazzling Land of the Dead in “Coco.” It’s a huge place, crammed with buildings that reach the sky, and bursting with crowds of lavishly costumed skeletons. The Land of the Dead an identifiable place, but it also depicts an idea […]
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