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Ex-Real Estate Guitarist Matt Mondanile Acknowledges ‘Inappropriate Behavior’ Toward Women

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:42
A week after Real Estate acknowledged that guitarist Matt Mondanile was ejected from the band for “unacceptable treatment of women” — and days after Spin published allegations against him from multiple women — the guitarist has issued a statement. Via his lawyers, Mondanile acknowledges and apologizes for his “inappropriate behavior,” calls himself an “insensitive creep” and […]

‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Exits APA After Agent Accused of Sexual Abuse

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:28
“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard has left APA days after his agent was accused of sexually assaulting a teenager, Variety has confirmed. On Tuesday, filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman took to Facebook to identify APA’s Tyler Grasham as the man he had kept anonymous in a #metoo post a day earlier detailing sexual assault that he […]

Actress Sean Young Alleges Harvey Weinstein Exposed Himself to Her

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:25
Sean Young has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The actress alleges Weinstein exposed himself to her while working on 1992 film “Love Crimes,” which was produced by Weinstein’s former company Miramax. Young recounted the experience on the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show podcast in Austin, Texas. She said on set, […]

Jessica Chastain’s ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Lands at A24, DirecTV

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:22
A24 and DirecTV have acquired U.S. rights to the western drama “Woman Walks Ahead,” starring Jessica Chastain. The movie had its world premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. The drama, also starring Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, and Bill Camp, is directed by Susanna White from a screenplay by Stephen Knight. Producers […]

Jonathan Krisel Lists Spanish Cottage in L.A.’s Beachwood Canyon (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:20
Ten-time Emmy nominated comedy TV writer/director Jonathan Krisel listed a humbly proportioned but hardly inexpensive Spanish bungalow in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills for $1.249 million. Tax records indicate Krisel, co-creator, writer and director of the long-running cult-favorite sketch comedy series “Portlandia” and, with Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K., a co-creator, writer and director of the acclaimed […]

Ed Sheeran Reveals Secret Struggle With Substance Abuse

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:57
Ed Sheeran admitted a previously undisclosed struggle with substance abuse in an interview on the U.K.’s “Jonathan Ross Show” that will air on Saturday, according to E! News. While the singer had admitted to occasionally drinking a bit too much in the past, this is his first admission of problem with substances, which he did not […]

Katy Perry Gets Stuck Mid-Air During Nashville Concert (Video)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:54
Katy Perry had a glitch in her performance on Wednesday night during the Nashville stop of her “Witness” tour. Perry had just finished singing “Thinking of You” atop a suspended model of Saturn when she got stuck in the air on the giant prop planet. “I’m really stuck,” she told the audience. “This is the […]

From Opioid Report to Oprah Winfrey, ‘60 Minutes’ Is Having a Moment

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:19
The clock was ticking for the staff of “60 Minutes.” One season had ended, but another one loomed – along with a need for new stories. When the entire staff of the venerable CBS newsmagazine gathered in a converted New York firehouse that is the home of contributor Anderson Cooper last spring, Jeff Fager, the […]

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Crossed a Murky River in Style

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:15
When “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” opened in October 1961, Variety reviewer Larry Tubelle predicted “great commercial success” for the romantic comedy. He didn’t know the half of it. The Paramount release was an immediate hit, but its popularity has increased over the years, fondly remembered as one of Hollywood’s most charming and fashion-setting movies. Its success defies explanation […]

Musical Comedy ‘The Prom’ Sets Broadway Run for November 2018

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:04
Broadway musicals are already beginning to line up for next season, with comedy “The Prom” now signed up to hit New York in a production that opens in November 2018 following a 2016 debut in Atlanta. “The Prom,” produced by Dori Berinstein and former DreamWorks Animation exec Bill Damaschke, follows a group of New York […]

Canal Plus, Telecom Italia Launch Joint Venture

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:03
Canal Plus and Telecom Italia have joined forces to launch a joint venture focusing on acquisitions and production of films and TV series. The joint venture aims at bolstering the pay TV offer of Telecom Italia across linear and non-linear (SVOD, VOD and catch-up) and allow the company to thrive amid a highly competitive landscape. […]

Gina Rodriguez to Produce Female-Driven Drama From ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Team at CW (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:00
Gina Rodriguez has signed on to executive produce a female-driven drama in development at The CW, Variety has learned exclusively. The potential series, titled “Femme,” follows four millennial women from different walks of life who become unlikely friends and fierce allies after meeting online in a secret feminist social media group. They form a sisterhood army in […]

Animation Is Film Festival Readies Its L.A. Debut

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:00
Back in the 1990s, Eric Beckman started the New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival, which gradually grew a reputation for screening the types of independent and international animation that too often went missing next to the macrobudget cartoon hegemony of Disney and DreamWorks. The fest eventually blossomed into an Oscar-qualifying institution. Yet Beckman was often […]

Rajiv Dalal Named President of Association of Film Commissioners International

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:00
The Association of Film Commissioners International has selected industry veteran Rajiv Dalal to the newly created post of president. Jess Conoplia has been named to the new position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, reporting to Dalal. Both will be based in Los Angeles to centralize AFCI operations. Friday’s announcement was made at […]

New York Assets and Incentives Lure Major Projects, Provide a Sweet Spot for VFX and Animation

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:00
New York – both the state and the city – offer film and TV producers a plethora of benefits, ranging from iconic visuals such as the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, to modern stages and experienced crews, to some of the best financial incentives found anywhere. These include a 30% credit on qualified expenditures […]

Film Review: ‘Geostorm’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:57
When it comes to the issue of global warming, the world divides into two camps: those who believe in science, and those who adopt an actively skeptical position toward other human beings’ ability to interpret and in any way impact what nature has in store. An inanely spectacular disaster movie — though perhaps “spectacularly inane” […]

Snap Lays Off Recruiters as it Prepares for Slower Hiring (Report)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:54
Snapchat corporate parent Snap Inc. has laid off 18 people from within its recruiting division this week as it prepares for slower hiring next year, Business Insider reported Friday. News of the layoffs comes just weeks after the company laid off about a dozen people from the team that built its Spectacles wearable product. Snap […]

CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Costume Designer Update Builds on Original’s Style

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:45
Meredith Markworth-Pollack, the costume designer of The CW’s “Dynasty” reboot, which debuted Oct. 11, is honored to follow in the footsteps of Nolan Miller, who created memorable looks for the women on the original incarnation of the ABC primetime soap that conveyed power, wealth and glamour. “His work on ‘Dynasty’ was iconic, and he was […]

Remote Controlled: Carly Chaikin Previews ‘Mr. Robot’ and How Trump Fits in Season 3

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:31
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum chats with Carly Chaikin about the new season of “Mr. Robot.” Chaikin addresses where her character, Darlene, picks up in Season 3. “It’s fair to say […]

Warner Music Group Names Mark Baker VP of Public Policy & Government Affairs

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:27
Warner Music Group today announced that Mark Baker has joined the company as Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs. According to a release, Baker will oversee the company’s public policy positions and initiatives, as well as serve as its primary liaison with governmental and regulatory bodies across the globe. Baker, who will be based at […]
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