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Trump May Shun NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Interview (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:00
The Super Bowl has launched dozens of customs, ranging from the event’s eye-popping halftime show to the consumption of thousands of pounds of pizza, buffalo wings, and seven-layer dip. In 2018, however, one new tradition is in danger of being broken. The White House has at present, according to a person familiar with the matter, […]

How ‘Wonder’s’ Makeup Effects Artist Transformed Jacob Tremblay

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:45
Based on the New York Times best-seller, Lionsgate’s “Wonder” chronicles the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy born with facial differences who enters a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Jacob Tremblay — who blew audiences away in “Room” (2015) — stars as the 9-year-old with Treacher-Collins syndrome, which results in some bones and […]

Producers Guild of America Sets Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:30
The Producers Guild of America has issued its “Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines” to its 8,200 members in the wake of expelling Harvey Weinstein from its ranks. The guidelines, issued Friday on the day before the PGA’s awards show, are the initial recommendations from the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force, which was created last October after the […]

Natalie Portman on ‘Lady Bird’: ‘I’ve Wanted to See This Movie for the Past 20 Years’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:27
Two weeks after putting the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on notice for producing an all-male lineup of best director Golden Globe nominees, actress (and director in her own right) Natalie Portman sang the praises of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” in Hollywood Thursday night. “I just want to say, I’m so grateful for this movie,” the […]

As Trump Nears One-Year Mark, Shutdown Looks More Likely

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:22
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump changed plans to stay in Washington on Friday, with the very real threat of a government shutdown at the stroke of midnight landing on the first anniversary of his inauguration. Republicans and Democrats spent much of the morning blaming each other for the possibility, as cable news networks displayed countdown […]

Remote Controlled: ‘Versace’ Star Darren Criss on Playing Andrew Cunanan, Plus ‘The Four’ Experts

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:00
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with Darren Criss, who stars in the new installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” franchise, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Criss says that he’d […]

Latin Music Venue The Conga Room Taps UTA for 20th Anniversary Initiatives

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:00
The Conga Room, a full-service venue specializing in Latin music and cuisine, has tapped United Talent Agency (UTA) to develop initiatives and campaigns related to its 20th anniversary. UTA’s responsibilities will include creating content and developing strategic alliances. In addition, Conga Kids, a nonprofit which engages 6,000 fifth grade students through dance instruction (Salsa, Merengue, […]

Steve Harvey’s Daytime Talk Show Renewed for Season 2

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:00
Steve Harvey took a gamble this past fall on a total remodel of his syndicated daytime talk show “Steve.” He changed the format, moved from Chicago to Los Angeles and shuffled production companies behind the scenes. “Steve” is getting second year to prove itself now that distributor NBCUniversal Domestic TV has renewed the show for […]

TV Ratings: TGIT Lineup Returns Strong on ABC

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:54
ABC’s TGIT lineup returned mostly up on Thursday night, according to Nielsen overnight data. At 8 p.m., “Grey’s Anatomy” kicked things off with a 2.2 and 8.2 million viewers, up nearly 20 percent in the demo compared to its last new episode in November. “Scandal” drew a 1.3 and 5.2 million viewers, up over 10 percent […]

Off Broadway Review: ‘Until the Flood,’ A Docu-Drama Set in Ferguson, Mo.

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:36
The Repertory Theater of St. Louis confirmed the political power of theater when it commissioned this one-person show written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith to capture the reactions of Ferguson, Mo., residents to the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the summer of 2014. The results are both eye-opening and quietly moving. In this […]

Grammy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich on the Show’s Big (and Expensive) Return to New York, and This Year’s ‘Woke’ Factor

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:30
What a year to be producing the Grammy Awards. Not only are they being held in New York for the first time in 15 years, the world is crazy and something memorable or mind-boggling has happened on the stage of nearly every awards show in the past year, from Oprah’s rousing speech at the Golden […]

‘The Graduate’ Soundtrack Turns 50: How ‘Mrs. Roosevelt’ Became No. 1 Hit ‘Mrs. Robinson’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:08
After the soundtrack album for Mike Nichols’ comedy/drama “The Graduate” was released on Jan. 21, 1967, it quickly vaulted to No. 1 on the American LP charts, where it established itself as something distinctly new and different. It was not the soundtrack for a movie musical like “West Side Story,” whose 54-week reign at the […]

Kodak Black Arrested While Livestreaming

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:08
Rapper Kodak Black’s legal troubles grew on Thursday when he was arrested in Florida on seven felony counts, including grand theft of a firearm, child neglect, possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon, and two counts of probation violation. The rapper, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, will remain […]

Joel McHale to Host Weekly Netflix Unscripted Series

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:01
Joel McHale is set to host a new unscripted series for Netflix, the streaming giant announced Friday. Titled “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” the show will be a half-hour topical series that will skewer the latest events in pop culture and news from across the globe. It will feature celebrity guests, comedy sketches, […]

‘Blue Planet II’ Team on New Characters, New Technology, Same Inspiring Ocean

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:00
In 2001 BBC America launched “The Blue Planet” to explore the inner depths of the world’s oceans and introduce audiences to a number of “characters” in the sea creatures that call those oceans their home. The world sat up and took notice — from England’s prime minister, who tweeted about the show, to the United […]

Facebook Watch a Hit? Study Finds 40% of Users Tune In to Video Weekly

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:45
Just a few months after launching, Facebook’s Watch video platform has been surprisingly popular with the social-media service’s users — with 40% of U.S. Facebook users saying they use Watch weekly, according to a new Morgan Stanley survey. Moreover, about 60% of those who use Facebook three or more hours per day said they use Watch […]

GLAAD Media Award Nominees: Full List

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:45
On Friday morning, GLAAD announced its nominees for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards via a live-stream from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The nominations, presented by “Star Trek: Discovery” star Wilson Cruz and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette, were streamed on Variety‘s Facebook page. The organization’s awards honor media for fair, accurate, and and inclusive […]

Box Office: ‘Den of Thieves’ Outshoots ’12 Strong’ on Thursday Night

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:39
Heist thriller “Den of Thieves” took in $950,000 on Thursday night, edging Afghanistan war drama “12 Strong” with $900,000. STXfilms will open the R-rated “Den of Thieves,” starring Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, in 2,342 locations on Friday with a projected opening in the $9 million range. “Den of Thieves,” […]

Jimmy Kimmel Slams GOP for Using Children’s Health Program in Shutdown Fight

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:33
WASHINGTON — Jimmy Kimmel again waded into a divisive congressional debate, this time over the showdown over a funding bill to prevent a shutdown at the end of the day on Friday. On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday, Kimmel slammed Republicans for making an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, part of […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘306 Hollywood’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:30
Annette Ontell wasn’t important. The Newark housewife met her husband Herman at 15, bought a small, white home on 306 Hollywood Ave., and stayed put for 67 years. There, at the address that lends this experimental documentary its name, she amassed heaps of clutter and raised two kids, one of whom gave her two grandkids, […]
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