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June 30 would be the 100th birthday of Lena Horne, who had it all: looks, charm, and a singing voice that was noted for its “expressiveness and dramatic intensity,” as Variety once..
Gabourey Sidibe, the Oscar-nominated star of “Precious,” didn’t think she wanted to direct. So when Refinery29 approached her about making a short film, as part of an initiative to..
In America, the cutting-edge meaning of the First Amendment — that it’s about protecting the speech you don’t like — often gets tested by the outer limits of sleaze. Larry Flynt, t..
The L.A. premiere of “Ingrid Goes West” was Instagram-worthy enough to impress even the movie’s social media-crazed title character, portrayed by Aubrey Plaza. The dark comedy, whi..
PARIS– “The Strange Ones,” the mystery thriller starring Alex Pettyfer, Stella Meghie’s biting comedy drama “Jean of the Joneses’ and Loïc Paillard’s feature debut “Les etoiles res..
Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the very beginning — and that he’s..
The tip sheet was relatively short for the premiere of HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” at Los Angeles’ Paramount Studios on Thursday night (June 22), but befitting a fete honoring Dr. Dre..
Johnny Depp sparked controversy while introducing his movie “The Libertine” at the Glastonbury festival with a comment about assassinating the U.S. president. Depp is at the U.K. m..
Most real-world and folkloric taboos alike have lost some of their ability to outrage in entertainment form — the never-ending zombie vogue has devalued cannibalism, while childhoo..
If the Han Solo spinoff is the kind of blockbuster that most box office sages predict it will be, a lot of people will be taking credit for its success. It’s not clear, however, wh..
Paladin has acquired domestic theatrical rights to Noah Wyle’s “Shot,” a drama about three lives irrevocably changed when a gun is accidentally fired on a busy Los Angeles street. ..
Over her storied career, Meryl Streep has racked up dozens of film credits going back to the ’70s, scored a record-breaking 20 Oscar nominations (along with three wins), and, of co..
Lionsgate has announced that it’s releasing a pair of Tyler Perry movies in 2018 — “She’s Living My Life,” starring Taraji P. Henson with Perry directing, and “Tyler Perry’s A Made..
Having played a swoon-worthy boyfriend in the hit weepie, “The Fault in Our Stars,” Ansel Elgort shows off his edgier side as a music-loving crook in “Baby Driver.” The heist thril..
The spirit of rebellion will be in the air at the Munich Film Festival, which will be occupied by movies focusing on young people protesting against how their societies are run and..
Jennifer Lopez will star in and produce the romantic comedy “Second Act” for STXfilms as part of the company’s efforts to focus on female-driven movies. STXfilms touted the movie a..
“Wonder Woman” continues to be a box office force. In less than three weeks of wide release, “Wonder Woman” has earned $601.6 million. The breakdown, after Wednesday night’s totals..
During an interview at the Variety Studio in Cannes Lions, the actor Ian McKellen had harsh words for President Donald Trump if he fails to follow through — as seems to be the..
The role of Bette Davis was one Susan Sarandon had avoided playing until she was presented with Ryan Murphy’s scripts for “Feud.” Her performance as the legendary movie star has wo..
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will take over as director of the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff, Lucasfilm announced. His hire comes after the movie’s original directors Phil Lor..
As we rapidly approach 2017’s midway point, there are already a number of films that deserve to be remembered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when Oscar ballots ..
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. With movies like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz..
Paramount and Hasbro’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” has generated a moderate $15.7 million in first-day business Wednesday in North America, signaling a launch in the $65 millio..
The sequel to “Jurassic World” got an official title on Thursday morning — one year ahead of its expected release. The new poster for the upcoming film, subtitled “Fallen Kingdom,”..
Mosaku won a BAFTA for her performance in last year’s BBC drama “Damilola, Our Loved Boy,” and was recently in Sky’s Idris Elba starrer “Guerrilla.” The Nigerian born British actor..
“The structure of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ comes straight from Hong Kong cinema (where anything can happen at any moment),” “Guardians” director James Gunn said this week. “Johnni..
The two-year agreement covers movie and TV projects and is the latest step in Munich-based Constantin’s efforts to ramp up its English-language slate. In the wake of the deal, Prim..
The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year. The series, which f..
It’s officially summer, and new programs coming to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in July are setting up a nothing if not plentiful platform to let the binge-watching commence. Ju..
In a triumph for Lionsgate, two Wicks in one week made the top 10 on the two national home video sales charts for the week that ended June 18. “John Wick: Chapter 2” bowed at No. 1..
Sen. Orrin Hatch waded into the controversy around content filtering on Wednesday, writing a letter urging the MPAA to allow filtering on streaming services. Hatch is the author of..
An authorized biopic of iconic baseball player Lou Gehrig was announced Wednesday, the 78th anniversary of Gehrig’s retirement from the New York Yankees. The baseball team has give..
FilmRise is planning a fall release in theaters and on VOD. Cage had been attached to direct “Vengeance: A Love Story” in 2016, but later stepped aside. The film, is based on the 2..
With new movies from Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow and Steven Spielberg on the horizon for the second half of 2017, it’s tempting to conclude that the year is off to a slow st..
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were dumped from the Han Solo spinoff film this week after more than four months of production, an unusually late date to make a shift behind t..
Becoming the most famous teenager in America with 1995’s “Clueless” wasn’t always easy for Alicia Silverstone. “I was young and I thought it was really overwhelming and it was real..
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Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to “Boy Erased,” the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton. The project is based on Garrard Conley’s “B..
In an ever-more crowded calendar of summer film festivals, the Maui event stands out for its popularity. It celebrates its 18th anniversary this year and offers both casual fans an..
Seth Green is making his feature film directorial and writing debut in the independent drama-comedy movie “Changeland,” in which he will also star. Production begins this week in T..
Every awards show reflects the tastes of its voting pool. The Golden Globe Awards are voted on by obscure journalists from outlets no one has ever heard of. The People’s Choice Awa..
A few days ago, my colleague Owen Gleiberman wrote a scathing essay questioning whether Colin Trevorrow was the right choice to direct “Star Wars: Episode IX,” suggesting that the ..
Cammi Martino, 36, is standing outside the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 shaking her head. “I like them both, but I’m not planning to watch it,” she says, talking about Dwayne Johnso..
Philippe Le Sourd didn’t have to lobby for “The Beguiled” to be shot on film. Producer Youree Henley and Sofia Coppola, writer and director of the Civil War-era thriller,..
Fans of offbeat comedy know Michael Showalter well from his years on “The State” and “Stella,” not to mention writing, co-producing and starring in the cult movie-turned-Netflix-se..
Anthony Sabet’s ASA Pictures has cast Brian Baumgartner (“The Office”), Kelly Stables (“The Exes”), and Ali Cobrin (“Neighbors”) in the comedy-drama “One Last Night,” Variety has l..
July 14 marks a special occasion for Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Not only is it their 10-year wedding anniversary —  it’s the day the film about their courtship, “The..
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Ira Glass wants advertisers to follow their ears. The host of “This American Life” stopped by at the Variety Studio at Cannes Lions this week to talk about branding opportunities w..
BARCELONA – Argentina’s Ricardo Darín will receive the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Donostia Award for career achievement on Sept. 26. The prize is the highest distinction given b..
Exhibitors around the world are joining forces to present a united front with the launch of the Global Cinema Federation, a new industry group that will represent many of the world..
British actor and playwright Steven Berkoff, whose credits include “A Clockwork Orange” and “Beverly Hills Cop,” has started a crowd-funding campaign with his production partners t..
The ESX Entertainment movie is a sequel to “American Wrestler: The Wizard”, which starred John Voight, William Fichtner, Lia Marie Johnson, Afshar, and Kosturos. Shaun Piccinino is..
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s reputation for writing irreverent, poppy films such as “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie” helped the white-hot writing and directing duo land one of..
The “Transformers” films, as befitting a series spun out of a Hasbro monster-truck toy system designed to connect with the inner worldview of nine-year-olds, started off, in 2007, ..
The untitled “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff has parted ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who cited “creative differences” for the split. “Phil Lord and Chris..
Fresh off the series finale of “The Leftovers,” Lindelof is in talks to develop an adaptation of the comic book series “Watchmen” to the cabler. This will be HBO’s second attempt a..
“Mad Max: Fury Road” star Riley Keough is set to co-star opposite Al Pacino in HBO Films’ currently untitled Joe Paterno project, from executive producer/director Barry Levinson. K..
Chazelle is directing a script by Oscar-winning “Spotlight” scribe Josh Singer. Producers are Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (“The Twilight Saga,” “The Fault in Our Stars”) through t..
The producer of a Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic on Tuesday denounced the efforts of surviving band members to block the film’s release, saying it poses a threat to freedom of expression. B..
Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, widely considered one of the preeminent actors of his generation, is retiring from acting, Variety has learned. The 60-year-old star, who ..
Toni Cornell — the 12-year-old daughter of Soundgarden frontman Chris, who died in an apparent suicide last month — posted a moving open letter to him that was posted on his Facebo..
Paramount has acquired movie rights to Steve Silberman’s science book “Neurotribes” and set up the project with Lorne Michaels at his Broadway Video production company. Silberman’s..
“The Twilight Zone” is gaining momentum at Warner Bros., which has tapped Christine Lavaf to pen the screenplay for the sci-fi tentpole. Warner has been developing the project sinc..
“Transformers” might wish it were in better shape. Heading into the weekend, Paramount and Hasbro’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” looks to be the latest blockbuster to bank on ov..
Almost two years after he first set it out for sale at a sliver under $6.5 million, big-budget movie producer Basil Iwanyk finally sold his rambling 1930s Monterey colonial residen..
Love of horror movies and screaming pervaded the red carpet Monday night for New Line’s advance screening of “Annabelle: Creation” for the L.A. Film Festival at the Theatre at Ace ..
What a difference a blockbuster makes. “Wonder Woman,” the comic-book global juggernaut about the do-gooding warrior princess, has lifted spirits around the Warner Bros. lot and re..
Jon Berg and Geoff Johns are riding high. The two men, whose job is to oversee the DC film universe for Warner Bros., are basking in the glow of the critical and commercial success..
“Hello Rick.” “Hello Jill.” Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and business partner, Jill Larson, didn’t recognize the number that sent them these two short text mes..
Swipe Films has acquired U.K. and Ireland rights to Swiss filmmaker Rolando Colla’s “Seven Days” in one of the first deals announced at this year’s London Screenings, the British f..
A prequel nobody asked for to a spin-off nobody needed, “Annabelle: Creation” fills in the demonic backstory for the creepy doll seen in “The Conjuring.” Sort of. Instead of enrich..
Leveraging the Basque Country’s advantageous tax regime, Laniakea Capital, a new Bilbao-based film and TV label run by Eduardo Carneros (“Timecrimes”) and Alejandro Miranda (“Burie..
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“The Handmaid’s Tale,” which aired its Season 1 finale June 14, is one of the best shows of the 2016-2017 season. It’s also one of the most challenging. The drama is beautifully li..
In today’s roundup, EPIX has released a sneak peek of “Get Shorty,” and Sean Bean will star in Crackle’s “The Oath.” FIRST LOOKS EPIX has released a sneak peek of its upcoming seri..
On “Part 6” of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return,” the much heralded look at the surreal Pacific Northwest town 25 years after the mysterious murder of Laura Palmer, the charac..
Sony Pictures is developing a live action-animated hybrid movie based on Drew Daywalt’s  children’s picture book “The Day the Crayons Quit.” The project has been set up with 2..
Take a drive on the Sunset --- this week and you’re sure to be bombarded by a kaleidoscopic array of “for your consideration” billboards calling like sirens to TV Academy voters...
Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot have set a release date for World War II horror movie “Overlord,” starring  “Fences” actor Jovan Adepo and Wyatt R..
Veteran publicity executive Julie Fontaine has left Lionsgate and will be heading up film publicity for Netflix starting at the end of the month, Variety has learned. She will repo..
He’s juggling a lot these days — hosting and producing TV shows — and he tends to spend a lot of time with Kelly Ripa. But we’re not talking about Ryan Seacrest. It’s Andy Cohen wh..
Miles Teller was arrested and charged with public intoxication on Sunday in San Diego, a spokesperson with the San Diego Police Department confirmed to Variety. Teller was out..
In 2004, Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo became the first woman from the Middle East to be nominated for an Oscar, for her work in “House of Sand and Fog” opposite Ben ..
British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has signed on to adapt the immigrant story “In the Skin of a Lion” as a movie for Serendipity Point Films, UK’s Film4 and Potboiler Films. Serend..
Green will also produce and Shahmir, a frequent collaborator with Green, will make his feature film directorial debut. Casting is underway. “One in the Chamber” follows an ex-Marin..
June is graduation month, which means a long parade of commencement ceremonies and family parties celebrating the new graduate. And at many of those parties, someone will make a jo..
Arthouse and festival film fans in Belgium and the Netherlands will get a new service this week with the launch of the Film Europe Channel. The linear channel and streaming service..
Fernando Cardona, the star of Jim McKay’s supremely confident and captivating independent feature “En el Séptimo Día” (“On the Seventh Day”), has the most hypnotic face I’ve seen o..
“Alien: Covenant,” clumsily cut by the Chinese censors, debuted on top of the China box office with a lowly $28.6 million opening weekend. It led a chart in which Hollywood movies ..
When “Straight Outta Compton” opened in August of 2015 to over $60 million — about $20 million more than most trades predicted — a conversation sparked about the industry’s failure..
MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Amazon Studios global head of Prime Video content Roy Price loves F. Scott Fitzgerald which is key to the tone of “The Last Tycoon,” the big-budget serie..
“The Mummy” is closing in on $300 million worldwide after leading the international box office for the second consecutive weekend. The Tom Cruise vehicle had a disappointing $32.2 ..
This weekend featured a heated race between four new films that opened in wide release. As of Sunday morning, it appears some have fared better than others. The big winner is Disne..
Evil prevailed at Saturday night’s world premiere of Ric Roman Waugh’s prison drama “Shot Caller” at the L.A. Film Festival at the Arclight in Culver City. Actors on the red carpet..
Despite having invested in Chinese and Hollywood movies, Yu Yongfu, chairman of Alibaba Pictures, does not want to be confused with a conventional film producer or distributor. “We..
French and Japanese animation left little room for anyone else, outside of Vincent Van Gogh, on the roll call of award-winning features at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival. Pa..
For Dave McCary and Kyle Mooney, the early 1990s were very much at the forefront of Friday night’s L.A. Film Festival gala for “Brigsby Bear” at the Arclight Hollywood. “Dave and I..
June 17 marks the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, a seemingly low-profile incident that quickly ballooned into an international incident and exposed a huge web of decei..
The second official sequel in the “Cars” franchise is racing to a domestic debut in the high $50 million range, with potential to break the $60 million barrier thanks to Sunday’s h..
ANNECY, France — “Animal Crackers,” “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” and “The Breadwinner” proved to be three standouts among titles at a hugely hectic 2017 Annecy Animation Film ..
ANNECY, France —  “Mr. Passenger,” “Papertoyz,” and “The Inventor” figure among 83 TV series projects set for the 2017 Cartoon Forum, which runs Sept. 12-15 in Toulouse, South..
Enigmatic “Chameleon” is a minimalist psychological thriller in which a seemingly benign visitor to a well-off lesbian couple’s home turns out to have very sinister intentions. Sti..
A couple of nights ago, when I emerged from “The Book of Henry,” the rather ludicrous turkey that opened the Los Angeles Film Festival (full disclosure: I saw it at a screening roo..
Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3” is racing toward a $58 million opening weekend, while Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” is performing well above forecasts, and could earn as much as $36..
Three of the most celebrated documentaries of 2016 have been disqualified from the Primetime Emmy competition due to eligibility rules, Variety has learned exclusively. They are Os..
We’ve been to many Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremonies, but Thursday night’s was the first one that made more headlines for what didn’t happen than what did. As the entire world se..
ANNECY, France — If Allison Abbate wanted to win over the hearts of an Annecy audience presenting Warner Animation Group’s upcoming lineup, she did so conclusively attempting to st..
BET has acquired the comedy film “Fat Camp” and will schedule the film for a July airdate, the network announced on Thursday. Directed by Jennifer Arnold and written by Chuck Haywa..
In a series of tweets, Pinkett Smith said certain moments were fabricated in the movie, saying, “Forgive me. My relationship to Pac is too precious to me for the scenes in ‘All Eye..
Cannes Lions Intl. Festival of Creativity. Long known as the world’s top event for advertising execs, the confab is taking its engagement with the entertainment industry to the nex..
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Kumail Nanjiani somehow finds time to do it all..
Sony Pictures Virtual Reality announced a new VR experience for Columbia Pictures’  upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” flick Friday that will let players experience how it feel..
The Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” has opened impressively with $3.1 million on Thursday night at 2,000 sites in North America, topping Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3” with $2.8 mill..
One of the most anticipated titles at this week’s AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington is “Recruiting for Jihad,” in which a Norwegian filmmaker spends several years with a jihadis..
ROME – 20th Century Fox Film Intl. and Paramount Pictures Intl. have forged a unique distribution partnership in Italy under which Fox will release Paramount titles in the country ..
ANNECY, France — Flanders’ Joeri Christiaen, an auteur on Europe’s animation scene who caught attention with “Plankton Invasion” and “My Knight and Me,”  has a new TV show in ..
On the surface, the “Despicable Me” cartoons appear to be sendups of the James Bond franchise, but beneath that slick, spoofy exterior, they’re really marshmallow-centered affirmat..
Under the deal, Weying will be entitled to an unspecified share of global revenues, including theatrical, video, TV, VoD, and merchandising. It will also be a strategic marketing a..