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Dee Rees, Sean Penn Top Mill Valley Fest Tributes and Spotlights

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:00
In a festival that eschews a true set of awards, the curation of the tributes and spotlight events it holds is probably the best lens by which to understand just where its heart lies. When it comes to the Mill Valley Film Festival, which is holding its 40th gathering this year just north of San […]

Playback: Dustin Hoffman on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ and Trump’s ‘Kernels of Truth’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:57
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Stopping by the studio this week is two-time Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman. He stars this year in Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” and his performance as a self-absorbed artist patriarch ranks right up […]

‘Titanic,’ ‘Master and Commander’ Cinematographers Tapped for ASC Recognition

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:54
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced this year’s honorees for special contributions to the art of cinematography. The outstanding achievement prizes will be presented at the 32nd annual ASC Awards on Feb. 17. Oscar- and ASC Award-winning “Titanic” lenser Russell Carpenter will receive the organization’s lifetime achievement award. Carpenter’s recent work include’s Marvel’s “Ant-Man” […]

Could New Jersey’s Production Tax Credit Return With Exit of Gov. Chris Christie?

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:45
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s pending exit in January after seven years in office could spark the rebirth of the state’s film and television production tax incentive. In 2005, the Garden State created a 20% tax credit program to boost film production throughout New Jersey. But in 2010, Christie suspended the incentive due to his […]

Denzel Washington Fights for Justice in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ Trailer

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:43
Denzel Washington is an even-keeled, no-nonsense criminal defense attorney in the trailer for Sony’s legal thriller “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Sorry for taking a nano-second off you assembly line rubber-stamp existence,” he tells off another attorney, without raising his voice. At another point, an associate discusses a plea bargain with him over the phone, saying, […]

Google Is Striking Deals With Publishers for Upcoming Stories Product (Report)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:41
Google continues to work on its own clone of Snapchat Discover, Instagram Stories and the likes, and has now committed to pay publishers for their participation, according to a Recode report. Some users may be able to test the new product as early as this month, according to the report. The Wall Street Journal was […]

Restoration Hardware CEO Gary Friedman Sells in Napa Valley and Beverly Hills (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:32
Style-savvy and always deeply tanned chairman and co-CEO of home renovation and décor juggernaut Restoration Hardware Gary Friedman has substantially lightened his considerable residential real estate load with the sale of two multi-million dollar properties, one in northern California’s Napa Valley and the other in SoCal’s Beverly Hills In the spring of 2013, Friedman paid […]

Reel One Bringing Philip K. Dick’s ‘Second Variety’ to TV

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:31
Reel One Entertainment has picked up the rights to author Philip K. Dick’s “Second Variety,” with David Titcher (“Houdini and Doyle”) adapting the novella for television. Reel One has also added British drama executive Dominic Schreiber to its ranks as it pushes further into scripted series, an initiative announced earlier this year when Adam Fratto (“Cleverman”) joined […]

SAG-AFTRA Foundation Taps Lionel Richie for Inspiration Award

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:30
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has selected Lionel Richie as the recipient of its inaugural Recording Artists Inspiration Award. The singer-songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist is being recognized for his career achievements and charitable work. He will be recognized at the Patron of the Artists Awards celebration Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing […]

Stagecraft: Harold Prince Never Wanted to Be a Producer

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:17
The producer and director Harold Prince is one of Broadway’s best-known names. But he never actually wanted to be a producer, to hear him tell it. “I didn’t want to be a producer at all,” Prince affirms in the inaugural episode of “Stagecraft,” Variety’s new theater podcast featuring in-depth interviews with the creators of the […]

Discovery Sets Biggest VR Project to Date, Teaming With Google on Epic Travel Series

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:15
Discovery Communications is mounting its largest-scale virtual-reality project yet with “Discovery TRVLR,” a 38-episode travel documentary series taking viewers to all of Earth’s seven continents. The cable programmer has signed an exclusive brand sponsor for “Discovery TRVLR,” to be announced at a later date, according to a rep. Shooting for in the series has spanned about […]

Jeff Ross and Andrew Daly Enroll in ‘Teachers’ Season 2 (Exclusive)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:10
Comedians Jeff Ross and Andrew Daly have booked guest star roles on the second half of the second season of TV Land’s ensemble comedy “Teachers,” Variety has learned exclusively. Ross, who is best known as the Roastmaster General, will play a fire marshal who comes to Fillmore Elementary School after asbestos is found in Mrs. Adler’s […]

TV Ratings: ‘Empire,’ ‘Modern Family’ Tie to Lead Night

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:07
“Empire” and “Modern Family” were broadcast’s top offerings Wednesday on a night when many shows saw ratings decline from their season premieres a week earlier. Fox drama “Empire” suffered the biggest drop-off, down half a ratings point from a week earlier with a 1.9 in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers — […]

Nine YouTube Red Originals Roll Off Exclusive Status Under New Distribution Pact

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:00
YouTube Red soon may no longer be the only place you’ll be able to watch nine original films and series — which until now have been exclusively available on the subscription service. Gunpowder & Sky, an indie studio and distribution company, has secured a worldwide distribution partnership for nine films and series from YouTube Red, […]

Swipe Films Picks Up Marie Curie Film for the U.K., Preps VR Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:16
Swipe Films has acquired U.K. and Ireland rights to “Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge,” the movie about the life of the trailblazing double Nobel Prize-winning scientist. The movie will premiere in London on Nov. 7, the 150th anniversary of Curie’s birth, before being released Nov. 24. In a marketing twist, Swipe’s virtual reality production arm […]

Liam Payne, Camila Cabello Set for iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:13
Liam Payne and Camila Cabello will both be decking the halls this holiday season at the annual iHeartRadio Jingle Ball, iHeartMedia announced today (Oct. 5). Payne and Cabello, who have both launched solo careers in 2017, are the first two performers confirmed to appear on the tour, which will launch Nov. 28 at  American Airlines Center in Dallas and wrap Dec. 17 at the BB&T Center […]

Violet Benson, Tonio Skits Among Social Stars in Travel Series ‘Checked Out’ on Facebook’s Watch

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:00
Viral-video specialist Jukin Media has recruited a quintet of social influencers for “Checked Out,” an original travel series funded by Facebook for its newly launched Watch video platform. In the five-episode show, each host travels to a different destination to provide their real-life stories, interspersed with user-generated video clips from Jukin’s catalog. The social influencers […]

Netflix Gives Series Order to Sci-Fi Family Drama ‘Raising Dion’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:00
Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to a sci-fi family drama “Raising Dion,” based on a short film and comic book by director Dennis Liu. The series revolves around a young, recently widowed African-American mother who discovers her  son has magical powers. Her struggle with being a single mother is compounded by her need […]

Netflix Raises Price of U.S. Standard Streaming Plan by 10%

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:45
Netflix has again raised the monthly price of its most popular streaming plan in the U.S., with the two-stream HD tier now priced at $10.99 per month for new subscribers. That’s up $1 per month from the previous $9.99 monthly fee. The company also increased the monthly fee for its four-stream “family plan,” from $11.99 […]

Twitter Tracker: Trump Calls for Senate Investigation of ‘Fake News Networks’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:33
Variety dissects the inspiration and meaning behind one of President Donald Trump’s tweets. Today’s tweet: Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017 What’s Behind It: On Wednesday, the Republican […]
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