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Rooney Mara Was Scared About Playing Sexual Abuse Victim in ‘Una’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:13
Benedict Andrews has had a long career in Australian and European theater, staging a plethora of Shakespearean works as well as contemporary pieces. Andrews told Variety at the New York premiere of his upcoming film, “Una” — held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema with an after-party at Hotel Chantelle — about his history with David Harrower’s play “Blackbird,” […]

Amazon, BBC Prep ‘King Lear’ With Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:00
The Bard is heading to streaming service Amazon Prime Video, which has teamed with the BBC on an adaptation of “King Lear,” starring Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.  The BBC commissioned the project; Amazon joined as a co-producer. Principal photography gets underway this month, with former HBO executive Colin Callender’s Playground on production […]

GOP Lawmakers May Consider Banning ‘Bump Stock’ Gun Attachments

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:46
WASHINGTON — Several Republican senators expressed a willingness to look into banning so-called bump stocks, the devices that authorities say allowed the Las Vegas shooter to increase the capacity of his firearm to that of an automatic weapon. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the New York Times and CNN that such a ban is something […]

Netflix Cancels Paris Event for ‘The Punisher’ After Las Vegas Shooting

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:37
Netflix has canceled an upcoming event in Paris for Marvel series “The Punisher,” following a similar decision to ditch a panel on the violence-ridden show at New York Comic-Con. The streaming giant said the moves were in response to the shooting massacre in Las Vegas. The Paris event, scheduled for Saturday, was called Nuit Noire […]

Vivendi Headquarters Raided by Police Amid Spat with Mediaset

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:19
Vivendi’s Paris headquarters were raided by police Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged market manipulation involving its acquisition of a stake in Italian broadcaster Mediaset. The probe was launched by Milan prosecutors following a criminal complaint filed by Mediaset and its majority shareholder Fininvest, a holding owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio […]

‘Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:16
English novelist and screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. Ishiguro is best known for writing “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go,” two acclaimed best-sellers that were later adapted for the screen. The prize committee in Sweden said Ishiguro’s works contained “great emotional force” that “uncovered […]

Vivendi Acquires Remaining Shares in Havas

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:30
PARIS– Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group and Canal Plus Group, has acquired a 94.75% stake in Havas, a leading advertising and communication group which is listed on the Paris stock exchange. Vivendi has acquired an additional 150.34 million shares of Havas and now holds 94.75% of the company’s share capital and at […]

IFC Midnight Takes ‘Ghost Stories’ Starring Martin Freeman

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:24
IFC Midnight has taken North American rights to “Ghost Stories,” the supernatural thriller based on the stage production and starring Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”). The film has its world premiere Thursday at the BFI London Film Festival. The movie was co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (“The League of Gentleman”) and Andy Nyman (“Death at a […]

Movistar + First Original Series ‘Velvet Collection’ Makes a Record-Breaking Bow

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:35
MADRID — “Velvet Collection,” the first high-end Movistar + original series made available to clients, has broken records for the Telefonica Spanish pay TV operator, it announced late Wednesday, also confirming “Velvet Collection” had been renewed for a second season. Movistar + has already announced at a San Sebastián Festival press conference on Sept. 29 […]

Rock Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Nominees: Radiohead, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, More

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:15
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 19 nominees for its 2018 class this morning, nine of which are receiving first-time nods. The complete list (with first-timers noted with an asterisk) is: Bon Jovi Kate Bush* The Cars Depeche Mode Dire Straits* Eurythmics* J. Geils Band Judas Priest* LL Cool J The MC5 […]

New York Film Review: ‘Voyeur’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 04:48
In the April 11, 2016, issue of The New Yorker, the fabled journalist Gay Talese, at the sprightly age of 84, published a luridly provocative article entitled “The Voyeur’s Motel.” In it, he presented the strange chronicle of Gerald Foos, a man who in 1969 purchased a 21-room roadside motel on the outskirts of Denver […]

Shonda Rhimes Talks Netflix Deal, Shondaland Digital Venture and Inclusion Vs. Diversity

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 01:20
Shonda Rhimes was persuaded to move to Netflix after 15 years with ABC by the promise of a “totally open road” ahead for her bustling Shondaland production company. Rhimes addressed her megabucks Netflix deal, the new Shondaland.com endeavor, and her view of inclusion versus diversity in the entertainment industry during a Q&A with Recode’s Kara […]

Forest Whitaker on His ‘Empire’ Role: Eddie Becomes a ‘Consigliere’ to the Lyon Family

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 01:00
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Full Circle,” the second episode of the fourth season of “Empire.” It’s been three months since the car bombing that caused Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) to endure a traumatic brain injury and lose part of his leg. But thanks to his old friend Eddie (Forest Whitaker), […]

Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling Can’t Stop Laughing During Interview

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:28
“Blade Runner 2049” stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling couldn’t control their laughter during a visit Wednesday to the British daytime talk show “This Morning.” Journalist Alison Hammond begins by telling the stars about the special liquor glasses she brought in “because these were from the original ‘Blade Runner'” and she wanted to please fans […]

MPTF Plans ‘A Day at the Races’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:10
The Motion Picture Television Fund may be best known for its star-studded “Evening Before” and “Night Before” events, held annually before the Emmy Awards and the Oscars to raise money for its charitable efforts. But the fund also hosts smaller events for its members, such as the upcoming “Day at the Races,” now in its […]

5 Streaming Debuts on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon You Might Have Missed

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:07
You may have noticed that there’s a lot of TV on right now. As a TV critic whose job it is to review as much of that television as I can, even I’m overwhelmed by what is out there. Sometimes months go by before I can catch up on interesting debuts and buzzed-about series. But […]

Hulu Developing Comedy Series From Vir Das, ‘Goldbergs’ EP Doug Robinson (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 23:35
Hulu is developing a new comedy series from comedian Vir Das and “The Goldbergs” executive producer Doug Robinson, Variety has learned from sources. The series, currently titled “In Theory,” is a single-camera comedy about a self-destructive math genius turned Indian radio DJ Jazz (Vir Das) who moves from Mumbai, India, to a small Mid-Western college town […]

‘The Bold Type’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at Freeform, Names New Showrunner

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 23:35
Freeform has renewed “The Bold Type” for Seasons 2 and 3 and will enlist a new showrunner, Variety has confirmed. Amanda Lasher will become the new showrunner, taking over for series creator Sarah Watson. More to come…

Marvel’s ‘Punisher’ Pulled From New York Comic-Con Following Las Vegas Shooting

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 23:25
Netflix and Marvel Television have scrapped plans to present a panel for upcoming series “The Punisher” at New York Comic-Con. “We are stunned and saddened by this week’s senseless act in Las Vegas,” Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement. “After careful consideration, Netflix and Marvel have decided it wouldn’t be appropriate for Marvel’s […]

Cam Newton Slammed for Mocking Female Reporter

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 23:11
Cam Newton is under fire for making a sexist comment to a female reporter during a press conference on Wednesday. Carolina Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue asked the quarterback about wide receiver Devin Funchess’ improvements on the field. “I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well,” Rodrigue said during […]
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