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2017-03-25
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The Disney live-action adaptation starring Emma Watson grabbed an additional $23.5 million on Friday night from 4,210 theaters. After conquering box office records in its firs..
Several character teasers later, a new “Justice League” trailer was finally released Saturday morning that unites the team. “We have to be ready,” Ben Affleck’s Batman says in a vo..
“The Desert Bride,” an Argentine second-chance drama from first-time helmers starring Berlinale Best Actress winner Paulina Garcia (“Gloria”), took both big prizes at the 31st Film..
2017-03-24
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K Period Media, the production company that financed “Manchester by the Sea,” is co-financing the upcoming remake of the horror thriller “Suspiria” with Amazon Studios, Variet..
I would argue that the way we watch political documentaries has changed in the last two months. Before that, if I had seen a movie like “Tickling Giants,” an ebullient po..
“Saban’s Power Rangers” (or, simply, “Power Rangers,” though its official title pays proprietary homage to the franchise’s co-creator) is careening into theaters for its March..
TBS Digital has ordered seven parts for the comedic series, titled “One Deeper Talks,” in which Francis — as his German deep house alter ego known as DJ Hanzel — will sit down with..
The halls of Congress aren’t the only place where a strenuous debate over the fate of health care has taken place this week. The guild is seeking a significant step-up in AMPTP fun..
Fox is targeting summer for the start of production, with Michael Ireland overseeing the film. The project has been in the works at the studio since 2015, when Fox obtained the rem..
Sources tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt is in early negotiations to direct Universal’s R-rated musical comedy with the running title “Wingmen.” He’s already attached to s..
Disney’s second weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” is heading for a  dominant $85 million in North America for the Friday-Sunday period, early estimates showed Friday. Lionsgat..
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may have been making a flippant comment about one of the movies he produced, but it has ethics watchdogs wondering if the Trump administratio..
Although the distributor did not give a reason for the change, the news comes after it was announced that the film features an LGBT protagonist. In 2013, Russia passed an anti..
“Kong: Skull Island” roared to a $22.5 million opening day in China on Friday, including Thursday midnight screenings. The first-day take represented nearly 76% of C..
Ian Kenny, who broke out with his scene-stealing performance in “Sing Street,” has joined the ensemble of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo stand alone pic starring Alden Ehrenreich, Variety ha..
Cher has dropped out of Lifetime’s television movie “Flint” about the water contamination crisis, Variety has confirmed. The iconic actress and musician was schedule..
Adam Sandler, the A-list movie star who cleaned up at the ’90s box office with comedic hits such as “The Waterboy” and “Big Daddy,” is sticking with Netflix. The streaming network ..
“Sinister 2” director Ciaran Foy has signed on to helm Broad Green Pictures’ horror movie “Eli.” Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing will rewrite David Chirchirillo’s 2015 Bla..
Farrell would play the father of the children who fall in love with the lovable elephant. Will Smith, Chris Pine, and Casey Affleck all passed on the role. Eva Green and ..
Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” has launched with a solid $3.6 million at 2,700 North American locations from Thursday night previews. Sony’s sci-fi thriller “Life” grossed $800,000 fr..
“Last people on Earth” movies are practically a genre in themselves, having begun as a reaction to 1950s atom-bomb anxiety (“On the Beach,” “Five”), then remained a sporadic p..
This is what people mean when they talk about “a Broadway show” — melodic songs, big, beautiful voices, a huge ensemble, full-scale pit orchestra, sumptuous production numbers, and..
2017-03-23
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Disney is in talks with Thea Sharrock, director of “Me Before You,” to helm its movie version of the gorilla story “The One and Only Ivan.” British director Mike Newell had be..
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force acquired the movie rights in 2013 to Maria Semple’s 2012 novel. The story follows an architect-turned-recluse named Bernad..
Ron Meyer, vice chairman at NBCUniversal and the former president and co-founder of Creative Artists Agency, is slated to deliver the keynote address at the USC School of Cinematic..
Based on David Finkel’s 2013 book, “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, w..
Amy Schumer has parted ways with Sony’s live-action “Barbie” over a scheduling conflict, Variety has learned. “Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to schedu..
Variety has named veteran music journalist Shirley Halperin as Executive Editor, Music — signaling the entertainment publication’s launch of a new initiative to cover the musi..
Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers,” the third big screen iteration of the mega-successful franchise from Haim Saban, is the first blockbuster action flick to feature an LGBTQ-identif..
Larry Wilcox, one-half of the original “CHiPs” duo, isn’t too ecstatic for the iconic TV show’s big-screen reboot. Although he hasn’t seen the movie yet, Wilcox, who starred with E..
Dushku will appear in a three-episode arc this season on “Bull,” and has the option to be upped to a series regular in Season 2. She makes her debut on Tuesday, May 9. Dushku will ..
We critics often get asked how we can sit through so many bad movies. The answer — apart from the fact that it isn’t exactly hard labor — is that even a lot of middling Hollyw..
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are developing a scripted religious drama entitled “Messiah” for Netflix, Variety has confirmed. The project is in the very early development..
Vudu, Walmart’s premium video-streaming service, will now let people “convert” DVD and Blu-ray Disc collections into digital copies — which they can then watch on hundreds of ..
2017-03-22
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Fresh off smash hits “Split” and “Get Out,” producer Jason Blum admitted Wednesday that he loves making micro-budget movies instead of big-budget tentpoles. “When you have a movie ..
Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” with Jake Gyllenhaal, and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” with Nic..
Dan Gregor, who works as a writer and consulting producer with Bloom on her CW series “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Doug Mand, his writ..
Todd Garner, Grant Scharbo, and Gina Matthews are producing the film. Erin Cardillo wrote the original script with revisions by Dana Fox and Katie Silberman, and the latest draft b..
“The human whose name is written in this note shall die.” In the first teaser trailer for Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the hit 2003 Japanese manga “Death Note,” high-school ..
Lionsgate has big ambitions for “Power Rangers,” its reboot of the popular 1990’s television show about a group of teenage warriors. A year before the movie even hit theaters,..
The Uber driver can’t come fast enough for John Singleton. The filmmaker is hopping between studio lots in Hollywood on a warm afternoon in early November as he tends to the two dr..
Movie-going hit record levels in 2016, setting a new high-water mark for the film industry, but only reaching the new pinnacle by a hair. Global box office revenue was essentially ..
Haim Saban doesn’t do anything in a small way. Even as he readies “Power Rangers” for its introduction to a young generation by re-introducing the characters in a new origin-story ..
For nearly 25 years, Saban Brands’ “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” entertainment franchise has fueled the imaginations and backyard adventures of a generation of young fans. Like it..
Holy smokes! Here we are 23 years after the inception of your Japanese brainchild, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” I wanted to take this opportunity to finally thank you for allowi..
Over the past decade, Israel has become a booming hub for creativity and the arts, from its hearty and lush technology sector to its rash of wildly successful television series bei..
Disney’s smash hit “Beauty and the Beast” is showing no signs of slowing down, setting a pre-summer record gross for a film playing on a Tuesday. The live-action remake earned ..
It was August 2003 and Haim Saban was awaiting word on a deal to acquire a controlling stake in ProSiebenSat.1 Media, Germany’s largest broadcasting group, that country’s approxima..
Universal’s marketing campaign for “Get Out” pressed all the usual buttons for a low-budget R-rated horror film, with creative that emphasizes scares and media buying focused on ge..
Forest Whitaker has joined Codeblack Films’ untitled Angela Davis biopic movie project as an executive producer, Variety has learned. Lionsgate’s Codeblack acquired the movie right..
Malaysian censors have approved “Power Rangers” for release in the country, despite the film boasting a character who questions her ---. The film will be released from Thursd..
Strong performances and atmosphere elevate an intriguing suspense tale somewhat let down by its resolution in “Dig Two Graves.” Hunter Adams’ low-key thriller is likely to reward d..
Chuck Barris, who hosted “The Gong Show” and created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N.Y., his publicist confirmed. He was 8..
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has secured global distribution rights to “Ladies in Black,” a female-skewing Australian drama. Bruce Beresford, director of “Driving Miss..
2017-03-21
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If you can imagine a multi-movie-mashup of boardroom suspenser, “Die Hard” redux and zombie apocalypse — well, too bad, director Joe Lynch and scripter Matias Caruso have already b..
Fox Animation is developing the novel “The Memory Thief” as a live-action/animated movie. The film will be set up with Adaptive Studios and Shawn Levy’s Fox-based 21 Laps. The..
After two weeks of speculation, Jim Gianopulos’s ascent to the top of Paramount Pictures as Chairman and CEO appears to be close to being made official by the studio’s co..
Six of the seven biggest Hollywood studios are continuing to push to offer movies in the home mere weeks after their theatrical debuts. However, the companies, particularly Fox and..
With upfront season now beginning in earnest, Lifetime has unveiled its upcoming programming slate, which includes a new original movie starring Anjelica Huston and directed b..
Variety first reported in 2015 Stone was attached to the project. “Little Miss Sunshine” filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directed from a script by Simon Beau..
Are you a fan of horror movies? Anime? Arthouse? British dramas? Whatever your off-the-beaten-path obsession is, there’s a subscription video service just for people like you out t..
This weekend, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” scored a huge victory at the box office, earning $175 million, making it the biggest March opening of all time. But it’..
Alec Baldwin brought his own boss babies to DreamWorks Animation’s blue carpet on Monday for the premiere of “The Boss Baby.” The star, his wife, and their three-year-old..
Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is crossing the $400 million mark in worldwide box office grosses Tuesday after less than a week of release. The studio reported that th..
A veteran screenwriter filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing Disney of stealing his idea for the hit animated film “Zootopia.” Gary Goldman alleges that Disney took character de..
More than 180 art houses in North America and Europe have scheduled April 4 showings of “1984,” the dystopian drama starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. “1984” director Michael R..
Ted Field’s Radar Pictures is developing a movie about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series — their first in 108 years — with the team and its recently-retired catcher Da..
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Daniel Y-Li Grove’s gangster movie ‘The Persian Connection” for release this summer in theaters and on demand. The movie,..
  With his debut single “Maybellene,” Chuck Berry, who died on Saturday at 90, arrived fully formed, artistically complete, revolutionary and prophetic. Though he came to be k..
Dax Shepard was showing the fanboy love for “CHiPs” during the buddy cop movie’s Monday night premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre. “Every day we blew something up or had a mot..
The Anne Frank Center of Mutual Respect released a statement on Sunday taking offense to a comparison that Tim Allen made on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” comparing being a Republican in Ho..
The Indian film industry had a dismal year, growing just 3% in 2016 according to an annual media and entertainment industry report by KPMG. The accounting firm published its annual..
The festival unspools at locations around the island of Okinawa and is backed by leading talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo. The 9th edition runs April 20-23, 2017. The new show, “Jimmy..
Whatever its flaws, Natalia Leite’s “M.F.A.” certainly doesn’t suffer from timidity. Offering an unapologetically feminist, female-centric take on the oft-problematic (and oft-male..
Sinclair Television Group and MGM’s Comet TV sci-fi and horror broadcast network is now available on televisions nationwide via new apps for Apple TV and Roku. The free, ..
It looks like John Hawkes is carving a niche for himself on the seedier streets of neo-noir. Two years ago, the impressively protean character actor essayed a low-rent shamus who d..
2017-03-20
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Lionsgate and CBS Films have set a Sept. 15 release date for “American Assassin,” starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch. “Kill the Messenger” helm..
Colin Farrell is ready to return to the small screen. Farrell and his “Lobster” director Yorgos Lanthimos are teaming up again on an Amazon show about Oliver North a..
Many might imagine that Woody Harrelson and a joint could be two inseparable entities, and for 30 years, it looks like that was indeed possibly the case. However, the actor ha..
“Versace: American Crime Story” will explore the murder of Gianni Versace, who was killed on the steps of his home in Miami Beach by serial murderer Andrew Cunanan, who killed..
Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot have signed “Fences” actor Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell to star in the World War II drama “Overlord.” The film is..
When it comes to “The Flash,” it wasn’t really a case of if the CW show would do a musical episode, but when. The cast of the show, which is midway through its third season,&n..
Robert Downey Jr. will star in the movie “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” based on the classic character who can talk to animals, for Universal Pictures. Stephen Gaghan, who most r..
When it came to saving lives during World War II, Oskar Schindler had his factory, Leopold Socha had the Lwów sewers, and Antonina Żabiński had the Warsaw Zoo, transforming abandon..
Giorgio Serafini is directing from a screenplay by Kurt Brungardt and Christopher Momenee. Rene Sheridan and Gina G. Goff are producing. Shooting will start in the late spring..
The ticketing company will have an “in association” credit in the end titles, not a producer credit, the company told Variety. It is understood that in return it will enjoy 10% of ..
2017-03-19
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The music superstar makes her highly anticipated TV acting debut in Monday’s episode of the A&E drama as Marion Crane, the role made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred H..
It earned a very solid $42.8 million in its opening three days, according to local box office service Ent Group. Disney reported the figure as $44.8 million. With an average of 100..
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” scored with audiences, racking up a massive $170 million domestically to become the biggest March debut ever and the seventh-best opening in history..
In Ana Asensio’s Big Apple-set “Most Beautiful Island,” a cash-strapped but model-gorgeous undocumented immigrant agrees to attend a dangerous party for rich and ruthless New Yorke..
Stars descended upon the Arizona desert on Saturday to pay special tribute to Muhammad Ali at Celebrity Fight Night, the first time in 20 years the event was held without the late ..
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a global box office sensation. The fairy tale remake debuted to a majestic $350 million worldwide during its first weekend in theaters. The live ..
Why is it that practically every time sci-fi characters discover evidence of extraterrestrial life, they are just as swiftly confronted with creative new ways to die? As “we are no..
Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, head of Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board, says he sought over four minutes of material to be cut from “Beauty And The Beast.” That is far more than the thr..
2017-03-18
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Mulan will have no time to sing about her reflection in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake, according to the film’s director, Niki Caro. “From what I understand, no songs ri..
Mark Hamill is here to rescue your weekend with some good old-fashioned nostalgia. The “Star Wars” actor shared a photo Saturday morning of himself as a young Luke Skywalker posing..
The live-action Disney musical waltzed to the tune of $63.8 million on Friday from 4,210 locations. Its three-day estimate now stands at a potentially record-breaking $170 million...
Zhang Yimou, the Chinese director whose recent “The Great Wall” has grossed $328 million worldwide, has begun production of his next movie, “Shadow.” The film is a co-venture betwe..