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How ‘Dunkirk’ Overturned Conventions of Storytelling, Marketing and More

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:26
The nominated films for the 90th Academy Awards include plenty of breakthroughs, such as works from women and black filmmakers, genre-bending movies and two first-time directors. It’s a cutting-edge lineup. At first glance, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” seems old-school, an epic about one of Hollywood’s favorite subjects, World War II. But in fact, “Dunkirk” overturns conventions […]

‘Hamilton’ Alum Brandon Victor Dixon Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:17
Brandon Victor Dixon has been cast as Judas in NBC’s upcoming live staging of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the network announced Thursday. Dixon won a Tony in 2014 as a producer of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which won for Best Revival of a Musical. In 2006 Dixon was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a […]

Drew Cohen Named Global CEO of Music Theatre International

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:02
Drew Cohen has been appointed to the newly created position of global chief executive officer at Music Theatre International, one of the theater industry’s major theatrical licensing agencies. Cohen will also continue to serve as president of the company, where he has worked for 15 years. Overseeing daily business and leading MTI’s recent expansion into […]

‘Seven Seconds’ Boss on Depicting the Human Stories Behind Headlines

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:00
Back in 2015, Veena Sud noticed how often she would turn on her television and see news stories of black men and children being shot to death, sometimes in the back, by police officers. The images haunted her but also spoke volumes to her about the “value of a life in this country” and she […]

Meet Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas, Who Has ‘About 30’ Starry Clients for Oscars

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:53
Just in time for the Oscars, New York-based celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas — whose clients include Sofia Coppola, Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore — has opened a chic salon in the Sunset Tower Hotel. “It was my home away from home for years,” says Vargas, who spends the last week of each month in Los […]

Betty Who Signs Recording Deal With Kobalt

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:34
Australian pop singer Betty Who has signed a recordings deal with Kobalt, the company announced today. The singer, best known for her hits “Somebody Loves You” and “I Love You Always Forever” (the latter of which was a top 10 Australian hit and was certified double platinum in the country), released two albums and two […]

Time to Suit Up: Hollywood’s Men Hit the Refresh Button on Red Carpet

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:30
From daring colors to dashing cuts, Hollywood’s leading men are cutting a swathe through old, outdated ideas about men’s red-carpet style. We asked stylists Michael Fisher, who works with Oscar nominee Sam Rockwell and Grammy host James Corden, in addition to a plethora of stars that includes Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, left, and Ilaria […]

TV Ratings: Winter Olympics Near Low on Second Wednesday

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:22
The 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, delivered less than stellar numbers in the Nielsen ratings, nearly matching the previous low. The primetime coverage of the second Wednesday of the 2018 Olympics drew an 11.1 rating in metered market households on NBC and NBC Sports Network. That is up just 7 percent from the previous […]

Netflix, Korean Talent Giant to Launch ‘YG Future Strategy Office’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:22
Global streaming giant Netflix and South Korea’s leading talent management agency YG Entertainment have announced the launch of a Netflix original sitcom series, “YG Future Strategy Office.” The show will feature YG stars including Seung-ri of K-pop idol group BIGBANG, Yoo Byung-jae, writer-television personality of SNL Korea fame, and Lee Jae-jin of veteran K-pop boy […]

Foreign-Born Talent Finds a Welcome Place in Entertainment

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:15
It’s impossible to imagine Hollywood without the talented contributions from those who were born outside of America. Immigrant culture has long been embraced by the industry, and with a recently renewed focus on inclusion, diversity and acceptance, it’s becoming more commonplace to see people from all ethnicities being represented at end of the year festivities, […]

‘Daily Show’ Contributor Michelle Wolf to Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:10
WASHINGTON — Michelle Wolf, a contributor to “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” will be the featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Assn. dinner. The dinner will be held on April 28. “I’m delighted to announce ‘Nice Lady’ Michelle Wolf as our featured entertainer this year,” Margaret Talev, president of the WHCA, said. […]

Margaret Brennan Named Anchor of CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:09
Margaret Brennan has been named the new moderator of CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” Brennan will assume the permanent role on Sunday, and will continue in her position as senior foreign affairs correspondent based in Washington, D.C. She succeeds John Dickerson as the anchor of CBS’ Sunday morning public affairs show. More to come…  

Adaptive Studios Taps Courtney Parker as VP of Alternative Programming

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:00
Adaptive Studios has hired television producer and writer Courtney Parker, most recently with cable network TV One, as VP of alternative programming. In addition, Adaptive announced that it has promoted Kate Grady to VP of production, digital, and Stephen Christensen to VP of development, digital. Parker will oversee initiatives to expand Adaptive Studios’ unscripted and […]

Lionsgate Unveils ‘Studio L’ Digital Slate With ‘Honor List,’ ‘Most Likely to Murder’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:00
Lionsgate has unveiled the first slate of feature films from its digital content business, recently branded Studio L, for release in the spring. The slate includes the coming-of-age female-driven drama “The Honor List,” which stars Meghan Rienks (“Freakish”),  Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”), Karrueche Tran (“Claws”), and Arden Cho (“Teen Wolf”). “The Honor List” is […]

Sound Is 50% of the Movie, but Hollywood is Often Tone-Deaf

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:00
People in the industry vaguely understand the job of an editor, cinematographer or production designer. But even sophisticated showbiz veterans are flummoxed by the work of sound people. It’s ironic because the movies of 2017 created some indelible sounds: the tinkle of a stirred teacup in “Get Out”; the hollow singing of the holograms in […]

Chance the Rapper, Camila Cabello, Bon Jovi To Be Honored at iHeartRadio Awards

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:51
Chance the Rapper, Camila Cabello and Bon Jovi will all be honored at the iHeartRadio Music Awards next month, the company announced today. Chance the Rapper will receive the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award, Camila Cabello will be honored with the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award (presented by L’Oréal Paris), and Bon Jovi — who will also perform at the show will […]

‘Parks and Recreation’ Team Rips Into NRA for Using Amy Poehler GIF

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:29
The NRA thanked the spokeswoman who repped the gun-lobbying org at CNN’s town hall Wednesday about the Florida high-school massacre by tweeting a GIF of Amy Poehler’s character from NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” saying “Thank you.” But the team behind the popular show, in no uncertain terms, told the NRA it was way out […]

A First Look at Guadalajara Film Festival’s Ibero-American Fiction Competition Selection

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:15
Each year the Guadalajara Film Festival features a carefully curated selection of fiction and documentary films, recent and brand-new, from Mexico, and throughout Ibero-America, to the Jalisco capital. This year’s competition runs from March 9-16, and boasts 17 Ibero-American fiction features, 19 documentaries and more shorts than you can shake a churro at. Here are the […]

Vision Esports Raises $38 Million Led by CAA-Backed Evolution Media

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:00
Vision Esports, a holding company set up to invest in esports businesses, has closed a $38 million round of funding led by Evolution Media, the investment firm backed by CAA and private-equity fund TPG Growth. Other investors — who join the New York Yankees in backing the venture — include NFL star Odell Beckham Jr.; NBA star […]

Amazon Sets Spanish-Language Content Pact With Televisa (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:00
Amazon Prime Video habla español. The streaming giant is making its first foray into original production in Latin America by inking a multi-series pact with Televisa and its new premium content unit, Televisa Alternative Originals. In its bid to catch up with market leader Netflix, which has produced several original series in Latin America led […]
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