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From ‘Big Little Lies’ to ‘Veep,’ Male Creatives Tap Into Their Feminine Sides

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:30
Perhaps it started with Glenn Close on “Damages.” Or Kyra Sedgwick on “The Closer.” But no matter who deserves the credit for shattering the TV glass ceiling, there’s no question that women have found an abundance of rich, complicated characters on the small screen — and this year’s lineup of nominees serves as prime example. They’re... Read more »

Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix’s ‘Medici’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:16
The producers of Netflix’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” have completed casting for season two, with Daniel Sharman and Bradley James among the new names on the Frank Spotnitz-created Italian period drama. An international cast is headed by Sharman (“Fear the Walking Dead”), who will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in... Read more »

‘Girls,’ ‘Master of None,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Music Supervisors Set Moods Through Sound

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:15
For the first time in its history, the Emmys are honoring the art of music supervisors, those audio excavators who dig up the perfect song to set a mood, evoke a setting, or express a character’s feelings more succinctly than any line of dialogue ever could. “Music can be used as costumes are — or... Read more »

Why Was a Giant ‘Trump Chicken’ Near the White House?

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:09
WASHINGTON — In a city accustomed to an ongoing series of protests, particularly since President Donald Trump took office, this one stood out: A 30-foot inflatable chicken placed on the Ellipse near the White House. With a scowl and a torch of gold hair, it had a striking resemblance to the Executive Mansion’s current occupant.... Read more »

NBCUniversal Builds ‘Sprout House,’ Hopes Kids Will Visit

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:03
On most weekdays at 9 a.m this fall, Megyn Kelly will vie for viewer attention with time-slot rivals Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. But these morning luminaries will have to contend with someone else: a chatty orange puppy named Snug. When fans of Sprout, the kiddie-cable outlet that is part of Comcast’s NBCUniversal, tune in... Read more »

Emmys 2017: Will Claire Foy or Elisabeth Moss Take the Lead Drama Actress Trophy?

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:00
A twenty-something queen, a president with blood on her hands, a powerful defense attorney and law professor, a volatile robot, a savvy Soviet spy and a Handmaid who refuses to allow her spirit to be crushed. That’s the tableau of characters played by the six contenders for lead drama actress. And that alone explains why... Read more »

Netflix Developing Two Series With ‘Fauda’ Creators

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:42
Netflix is partnering with the creators of Israeli series “Fauda” on two new series, the streaming giant announced Thursday. Netflix has ordered straight-to-series an untitled project from Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, in which Raz will also star. A second series from the critically-acclaimed team, “Hit and Run,” is also in development. “We are incredibly... Read more »

‘The Crown’ Season 2 Sets Premiere Date on Netflix, Releases First Trailer (WATCH)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:19
Netflix released the premiere date and the first look at “The Crown” Season 2 on Thursday. The second season of the critically-acclaimed series will launch in all territories where Netflix is available on December 8. The series tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second... Read more »

Tribeca Film Festival Sets 2018 Dates

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:00
The Tribeca Film Festival has set its 2018 dates, lining up a 12-day run in April for the 17th annual New York City festival. Submission deadlines have also been mapped out, with creators able this year to submit features and shorts through the digital system Withoutabox. Submissions in all fields, including features, T.V., immersive and... Read more »

Tanya Tucker Releases Tribute Song for Former Paramour Glen Campbell: ‘Forever Loving You’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:48
Glen Campbell and country singer Tanya Tucker had a torrid romance that began around the time of his 1980 divorce from his third wife, Sarah Barg, and spiraled out two years later in a flurry of substance abuse and tabloid headlines. Less than 48 hours after his death at 81 after a long battle with... Read more »

AFM to Welcome Record Number of Chinese Executives (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:26
The American Film Market is this year poised to see record attendance from Chinese executives. Based on early registration numbers, Chinese delegates could overtake those from the U.K. to become the second largest national group behind only the domestic U.S. attendees.The AFM will this year be held Nov. 1-8 in Santa Monica, California. Chinese participation... Read more »

Pink Drops New Single ‘What About Us,’ Album Due in October (Listen)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:57
On Thursday morning Pink dropped a new song called “What About Us,” the first official single from her forthcoming seventh album, “Beautiful Trauma.” The song is an aching ballad with a soaring chorus that shows off the singer’s powerful range, was written by Pink with Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol and Steve Mac, and produced by... Read more »

Hony, Foxconn, Temasek Back PCCW Streaming Ventures

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:13
Hong Kong’s telecoms giant PCCW has raised $110 million from a collection of blue chip investors for its over the top streaming ventures. PCCW OTT operates Internet media and entertainment services in 24 territories, with video streaming services under the Viu and Vuclip brands, and music streaming service under the MOOV brand. PCCW Media acquired... Read more »

The Pastor Brothers Board Mediapro, Dramacorp’s TV Drama Project ‘The Head’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:00
MADRID  — Spanish writer-director brothers Alex and David Pastor have joined high-concept TV drama project “The Head,” a co-production by Spain’s Mediapro with Sweden’s Dramacorp, the Patrick Nebout-Beta Film joint venture. “The Head” was presented as a project at April’s Series Mania forumin Paris. A survival thriller, “The Head” follows ten scientists trapped in a... Read more »

San Sebastian: ‘Dantza,’ ‘Erased,’ ‘A Decent Man’ Form Inaugural Glocal in Progress

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:51
MADRID — Basque Telmo Esnal’s “Dantza,” “Erased,” from Slovene producer-turned-director Miha Mazzini, and “A Decent Man,” the debut of Romania’s Hadrian Marcu, make up San Sebastian’s first Glocal in Progress competition, a showcase for films in post-production made in Europe but not in one of its “big six” languages. Celebrating its first edition at September’s... Read more »

YouTube Red Orders Original Kids Series ‘We Are Savvy’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:05
YouTube has greenlit “We Are Savvy,” a kids magazine series out of Canada, for its premium YouTube Red service. It will be hosted by Annie LeBlanc from the Bratayley YouTube channel and have segments on music, fashion, and DIY, as well as lifestyle elements, and celebrity profiles and interviews. A first season of the show... Read more »

Facebook Wants Tons of Original Shows — But It Doesn’t Want to Pay for Them

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:00
Do you go to Facebook to watch episodic, TV-style shows? Me neither — and that’s what the social giant wants to change with the new Watch video tab, launching this week in a limited test in the U.S. To start with, Facebook Watch will be stocked with several hundred short-form shows from a slew of... Read more »

Film Review: ‘Ron Goossens, Low-Budget Stuntman’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:04
Much of what’s here is inspired goofiness, mixing the genially rude with plenty of mockery at the expense of Dutch character and institutions.

Locarno Film Review: ‘Wajib’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:41
A father and son in Nazareth encapsulate the differences between Palestinians living in Israel and those living abroad.

Glenn Close to be Honored at the Zurich Film Festival and present ‘The Wife’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:12
Glenn Close will receive the Golden Icon Award at the Zurich Film Festival. The six-time Academy Award nominee will also present her latest film at the Festival, “The Wife.” “From her commanding portrayal of Patty Hewes in “Damages” to the glorious Marquise de Merteuil in Stephen Frears’ “Dangerous Liaisons” via Alex Forrest and Cruella De... Read more »
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