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Cinestaan Boards Saif Ali Khan Vehicle ‘Kaalakaandi’

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 11 min ago
India and U.K. based Cinestaan Film Company has boarded “Kaalakaandi,” a co-production with India’s Flying Unicorn Entertainment that Cinestaan will release on September 8. The film marks the directing debut of Akshat Verma, who wrote Aamir Khan Productions’ 2011 hit “Delhi Belly.” The “Kaalakaandi” ensemble cast is led by Saif Ali Khan and features Kunal Roy... Read more »

‘Love in Times of Tinder,’ ‘Mothers in Trouble,’ ‘Amargura Street’ Win Development Prizes at Conecta Fiction

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 45 min ago
“Love in Times of Tinder,” “Mothers in Trouble” and “Amargura Street,” three TV series projects turning on women, snagged Thursday night development prizes at the inaugural edition of the Conecta Fiction TV co-production and networking forum. The awards were given by Spain’s leading pay TV operator, Telefonica’s Movistar+, and public broadcaster RTVE, both event partners... Read more »

Film Review: ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff’

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 59 min ago
It’s somewhat impressive that this latest feature by the prolific Butcher Brothers renders an inherently repulsive idea farcical enough to bounce jokes off of.

ABC Studios Strike First Look Deal With Hoodlum Entertainment

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 6 min ago
Disney’s ABC Studios International and Australian production company Hoodlum Entertainment have signed a worldwide first look deal. The agreement expands an existing partnership and steps up their international development and production efforts. Under the new pact, ABC Studios International and Hoodlum will develop new content for the global international marketplace, including the U.S. Disney Media Distribution will have international rights... Read more »

Hollywood Bids Adieu to Retiring Directors Guild Chief Jay D. Roth

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 53 min ago
More than 400 attendees — and many top Hollywood players — assembled Thursday night for a heartfelt sendoff for  DGA National Executive Director Jay D. Roth, who’s retiring after more than two decades. The 90-minute tribute at the DGA Theatre highlighted Roth’s penchant for preparation and truthfulness in conducting seven contract negotiations with the companies... Read more »

China Probes Finances of Wanda, Fosun (Reports)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:50
The China Banking Regulatory Commission is understood to have begun a probe into the sources of finance used by some of China’s most acquisitive companies. Companies within the scope of the review are believed to include Dalian Wanda, Fosun International and Rossoneri Sports Investment, a Chinese company which recently acquired the Italian soccer team AC... Read more »

With Yahoo Deal Done, Verizon Digital Network Steps Into Spotlight

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:32
Now that Verizon has finally completed its acquisition of Yahoo, the telco giant is looking to turn the focus on the sum of all its new parts. That was the message at Vidcon Thursday from Marni Walden, executive VP and president of media and telematics at Verizon, who brought her executive team together for a... Read more »

Broadway Review: ‘1984’ Starring Olivia Wilde

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:27
The management of “1984,” the lauded West End import playing at Broadway’s Hudson Theater, felt it necessary to ban children under 13 from the stage production adapted by co-directors Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan from the 1949 dystopian political novel by George Orwell.  That should be fair warning that this show, originally produced by Headlong, the Nottingham Playhouse... Read more »

Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell Teams Up With ‘Narcos’ Exec for Reggae Documentary

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:21
Island Records founder and entrepreneur Chris Blackwell has teamed with “Narcos” showrunner Eric Newman and Propagate Content’s Ben Silverman to develop a narrative TV series about the birth of reggae music and the rise of Jamaica’s music industry in the wake of the Caribbean island nation’s independence from Britain in 1962. Silverman, co-CEO of Propagate... Read more »

Watch: Bruno Mars Shares Rehearsal Footage From Prince Grammys Tribute

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:15
Bruno Mars released an exclusive rehearsal video from his memorable Prince tribute at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. Celebrating the 33rd anniversary of “Purple Rain,” the rehearsal footage shows Mars and the band Hooligans as they perform Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” while bathed in purple light. “33 years ago this Sunday, Prince and his band,... Read more »

Noah Wyle’s Drama ‘Shot’ Lands at Paladin (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:56
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. “Shot” stars Wyle, Sharon Leal and newcomer Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., in his first leading role. It’s directed and produced by Jeremy Paul Kagan along with Dave... Read more »

Appeals Court Throws Out ‘Making a Murderer’ Confession

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:53
An appellate panel on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling awarding a new trial to Brendan Dassey, the teenage murder convict made famous by the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” In a 2-1 ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel held that Dassey’s confession was coerced. The judges ruled that Wisconsin courts had failed... Read more »

Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler Revive ‘SNL’ Segment to Mock Pro-Trump Protesters

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:39
Former “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update co-anchors Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler reunited on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” Wednesday night to resume roles in their classic segment “Really!?! With Seth and Amy.” In the skit, the duo prodded pro-President Donald Trump protesters who interrupted a Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar,” in... Read more »

‘Criminal Minds’ Alum Virgil Williams Inks Overall Deal with Universal TV

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:30
Virgil Williams has signed a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television, Variety has learned. Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will develop new series for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. He previously served as co-executive producer on the long-running CBS series “Criminal Minds,” a position he held from 2012-2017. He is also credited with... Read more »

How NBC and Endemol Shine Built ‘The Wall’ Into a Business

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:23
In its first season on NBC, “The Wall” proved solid. The Chris Hardwick-hosted game show averaged a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.7 million total viewers, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day data — more than respectable for a freshman primetime unscripted series. But those numbers are not the only reason that the show... Read more »

Han Solo Firing: Will Ron Howard Share Directing Credit With Lord & Miller?

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:17
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, who officially will get the nod for bringing the Star Wars smuggler’s early days to the big screen, particularly after the... Read more »

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to Play Inaugural Concert at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:13
On October 12, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will play the first concert at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. ET “Two of Arthur Blank’s goals for Mercedes-Benz Stadium were to create premiere home venues for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC, and to attract... Read more »

Michael Beach Joins Cast of Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:03
Michael Beach has joined Jason Momoa in the cast of “Aquaman” for the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe, currently being shot in Australia by director James Wan. Beach has been cast as Jesse Kane, part of a group of high-seas hijackers who has a fateful interaction with Aquaman. Beach guest-starred alongside Momoa on “Stargate: Atlantis”... Read more »

Actress Thandie Newton Turns to Producing for Animated-Live Action Documentary ‘Liyana’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:00
Actress Thandie Newton, who took home a supporting actress BAFTA for the Oscar-winning film “Crash” and was nominated for a Golden Globe for HBO’s “Westworld,” has taken on the role of executive producer with “Liyana,” a hybrid animation and live-action documentary from Emmy-nominated directors Aaron and Amanda Kopp. The doc premiered at the Los Angeles... Read more »

ABC Moves ‘Still Star-Crossed’ to Saturdays After 3 Low-Rated Episodes

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:36
The end appears to be in sight for “Still Star-Crossed.” Variety has confirmed that ABC is moving the freshman Shondaland drama from Mondays to Saturdays after just three episodes. All three episodes have failed to make an impact in the Nielsen ratings, even with a “Bachelorette” lead-in. To date, the series is averaging just a... Read more »
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