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Inaugural Freeform Summit Takes on #MeToo, LGBTQ Media Portrayal

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 20:08
Freeform held its first summit Thursday night in Los Angeles, hosting a series of panels discussing issues that the entertainment industry is currently facing. The four panels, titled “Millennials Are Destroying All the Industries,” “Understanding and Cultivating Love On and Off Screen,” “Exploring the Narrative Without Exploiting It” and “From Comics to Screen — Creating Marvel’s […]

Sony Launches ‘Breaking Bad’ YouTube Channel in Honor of 10th Anniversary

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 20:00
Sony Pictures Television has launched an official “Breaking Bad” YouTube channel in honor of the tenth anniversary of the show’s premiere. The official channel will assimilate and optimize thousands of existing video clips and content, drawing from official show footage, fans’ user-generated content and newly created themed pieces, giving fans that subscribe to the channel […]

Screen Gems Shake-Up: Clint Culpepper Steps Down, Steve Bersch Takes Over (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:59
Clint Culpepper is stepping down as head of Screen Gems, the Sony Pictures division that specializes in lower-budget genre films, Variety has learned. He will be replaced by Steve Bersch, the head of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, according to insiders. Culpepper helped rekindle the Screen Gems label in 1998 and was responsible for several hits […]

Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:50
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” in advance of its Sundance Film Festival premiere. The tender drama about a father (Nick Offerman) trying to convince his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) to form a band, premieres on the festival’s last night. It marks Haley’s third Sundance film in […]

Sundance 2018: Films, Stars & Cultural Moments Gain Early Buzz on Twitter

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:28
With the Sundance Film Festival officially under way, Twitter has begun to buzz about the happenings in Park City, Utah. The public is already taking notice of certain films and stars that are garnering early momentum on social media, becoming Twitter’s top trending Sundance topics. According to data released to Variety by Twitter, since Sundance kicked […]

Album Review: Fall Out Boy’s ‘MANIA’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:26
What’s one thing most of today’s popular rock bands have in common? They don’t sound much like rock bands. Coldplay’s most successful recent moments have come with EDM collaborators. Paramore’s latest felt like Hayley Williams pulling a Gwen Stefani solo move, but keeping the group moniker. Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, and Panic! at the […]

Los Angeles Times Newsroom Votes 248-44 in Favor of Unionization

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:24
Following months of turmoil over leadership changes and corporate tumult, an overwhelming majority of Los Angeles Times employees who cast ballots voted to unionize, federal labor officials announced Friday. The landslide vote, 248-44, paves the way for the formation of a collective bargaining unit that now has to organize before leading negotiations with parent company […]

Slamdance Kicks Off, Prepares to Debut Its Russo Brothers Fellowship

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:14
The 2018 Slamdance Film Festival runs Jan. 19-25 in Utah with 10 narrative films and eight documentaries being showcased, nine of which are world premieres, and with work originating from America, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany and the Netherlands. This is the 24th annual celebration of first-time filmmakers and their passion projects, with the […]

Zach Braff and Alan Cumming to be Honored at 2018 SCAD aTVfest

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:10
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced the lineup and honorees for the sixth annual SCAD aTVfest. Actors Zach Braff and Alan Cumming have been selected as honorees at this year’s festival. Braff, best known for his role on “Scrubs” for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination and several Golden Globe […]

PGA Honorees Sound Off on Risk, Reward and Storytelling

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:45
Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy, and Charles Roven will all be honored at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20. Ava DuVernay Visionary Award DuVernay, the guild’s Visionary Award honoree, first picked up a movie camera 13 years ago. She was 32. Since then the L.A. native has completed three narrative features, with the fourth on […]

French Cinema Box Office Overseas Rebounds in 2017

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:44
PARIS — Fulfilling expectations, after the softest year in a decade in 2016, French film exports bounced back in 2017, with box office for French films outside France near doubling the year before, as French cinema fired on its increasingly well-established three cylinders: a Luc Besson English-language actioner, animation, and comedy. Provisional box office for […]

Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:35
Logan Lerman is in negotiations to play newscaster Dan Rather in “Newsflash,” centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. If the deal goes through, Lerman will portray Rather as a co-worker of Walter Cronkite in the movie. Rather had joined CBS in 1962 and had been appointed chief of […]

‘Get Out’ Channeled the Changing Zeitgeist in Exposing Racial Unease

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:30
“Get Out,” a PGA film nominee and recipient of this year’s Stanley Kramer award, immediately struck a chord with critics and moviegoers when it debuted early last year. Jordan Peele’s horror satire managed to capture the zeitgeist and puncture the notion of a post-racial society once and for all. His achievement is even more noteworthy […]

Ana Gasteyer on Moving From the Groundlings Troupe to ‘Saturday Night Live’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:15
After getting her start training with the Los Angeles improv-sketch group the Groundlings in the ’90s, Ana Gasteyer booked guest roles on quintessential sitcoms of the decade, including “Seinfeld” (in the infamous 1995 episode “The Soup Nazi”), “Mad About You” and “Just Shoot Me!” In 1996, she joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” creating […]

Donna Langley on Universal Success and the ‘Fate of the Movie Gods’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:15
Universal keeps outdoing itself under Donna Langley’s watch. Last year was its most profitable yet, boasting tentpole successes including “Despicable Me 3” and “The Fate of the Furious,” as well as such breakout hits as “Get Out” and “Girls Trip.” Its first quarter was its best ever, setting the momentum for the rest of 2017. […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Generation Wealth’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:05
Lauren Greenfield is on to something. The sociographic photo-essayist best known to moviegoers for her documentary portraits “Thin” and “The Queen of Versailles” has spent a quarter-century chronicling excess in all its forms: luxury living, hyper-consumerism, substance abuse, plastic surgery, child beauty pageants, spoiled celebrity kids, strippers, escorts, and trophy wives. With “Generation Wealth” — […]

5 Burning Questions About Sundance 2018

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:04
As Sundance 2018 kicks into high gear, it comes at a pivotal time for the movie industry. Independent films, for the most part, aren’t the box office darlings they used to be. Only a small handful of titles are able to break through at the box office each year (like “The Big Sick” or “Lady […]

France, Capital of Film, Provides 30% Rebate to Foreign Producers

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:00
France has been at the center of the film world ever since the Lumiere brothers invented moving pictures that could be viewed by an audience in the 1890s. The country’s celebrated cinema output over the years and its Cannes Film Festival have cemented that role. Today, France’s 30% Tax Rebate for International Production, or TRIP, […]

Producers Wade Into Uncharted Territory at Guild Awards

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:00
This year’s Producers Guild Awards has already made history, thanks to a record number of nominees for the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck movie award. For the first time, 11 films made the final ballot. The reason is prosaic — there was a tie during the nomination process — but the uncharted nature of the final […]

All Def Media Taps Brooke Goldstein as COO, Ups Chris Blackwell and Scott Weintrob

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:00
All Def Media, the media company focused on hip-hop and youth culture, announced the hiring of ad sales vet Brooke Goldstein as co-president and chief operating officer. The company also announced the promotions of Chris Blackwell to co-president and chief digital officer and Scott Weintrob to executive creative director. The management changes come after Sanjay Sharma […]
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