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Film News Roundup: ‘Precious’ Scribe to Write Memphis Sanitation Strike Movie

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 23:01
In today’s film news roundup, Oscar-winner Geoffrey Fletcher has been hired to write “I Am a Man,” Gravitas picks up rights to LGBTQ marriage drama “The Ring Thing,” and a finishing fund for Sundance titles has launched. SCREENWRITER ATTACHMENT Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Fletcher has been hired to write “I Am a Man,” a historical drama […]

SAG-AFTRA to Honor ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Hamilton’ Albums, KPBS San Diego

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 23:01
SAG-AFTRA is honoring the television series “This Is Us,” the “Hamilton” cast album, and KPBS San Diego with its American Scene Award. The awards will be presented on Friday as part of the celebration event at the Globe Theatre in Universal Studios Hollywood during the first night of SAG-AFTRA’s biennial convention. Jaime Camil (“Jane the […]

Ben Affleck Calls ‘Batman v Superman’ Criticisms ‘Fair’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 22:49
Last year’s superhero spectacle “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was polarizing to say the least — while it was profitable at the box office, it was blasted by critics, earning a dismal 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Ben Affleck, who played Batman in the movie, has heard fans’ complaints, many of which zeroed in […]

Unarmed Security Guard Found Vegas Shooter

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 22:46
An unarmed security guard named Jesus Campos found shooter Stephen Paddock in his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday night. He drew Paddock’s fire away from concertgoers before police or a SWAT team arrived, according to a report from the Daily Beast. Dave Hickey, president of the International Union, […]

TV News Roundup: Jimmy Kimmel to Host Billy Joel, David Letterman During New York Shows

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 22:39
In today’s roundup, Jimmy Kimmel announces the initial guest lineup for his “Back to Brooklyn” shows and Fox announces the beginning of the Fox Writers Lab program PREMIERE DATES ABC‘s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” returns to Brooklyn for five original shows on Oct. 16-20. “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Back to Brooklyn” will welcome guests Billy Joel, David […]

All Five Living Former Presidents to Participate in Oct. 21 Hurricane Relief Concert

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 22:34
All five living former presidents will participate in a hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena on Oct. 21. The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation said that Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama will be featured at the concert. A spokesman for George H.W. Bush said that all […]

CEO Patrick Spence on the Sonos One, Voice Control, Retail and a Possible IPO

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 22:27
Sonos officially unveiled its new voice activated Sonos One speaker today, which offers access to Amazon’s Alexa assistant at launch, but also is going to get Google’s Assistant some time next year. CEO Patrick Spence told Variety that his company wants to compete with others in the market by building smart speakers for music lovers. […]

Concert Review: Shelby Lynne and Allison Moore Come Together in Sisterly Harmony at Largo

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 22:06
Listening to Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer perform together now, as they did in a two-night stand this week at Largo in Los Angeles, it’s hard to believe that the sisters weren’t always singing or living in complete harmony. But Lynne referred back to a time when the two were estranged as she introduced “Miss […]

Harvey Weinstein Lawyers Up for Bombshell New York Times, New Yorker Stories

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:50
Harvey Weinstein has hired a high-powered team of attorneys to push back on soon-to-be-published bombshell stories from the New York Times and the New Yorker detailing sexual allegations and improper workplace behavior against him. Some women making the charges are believed to be on-the-record. Weinstein has retained star litigator David Boies, as well as attorneys […]

Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Aims for $50 Million Opening Weekend

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:40
“Blade Runner 2049” is opening at the box office this weekend, but does the future look bright? The long-awaited sequel looks to earn between $45 million and $50 million when it launches in more than 4,000 locations in North America. That would not be a huge number for a film that cost at least $150 […]

‘Glee’ Actor Mark Salling Pleads Guilty, Faces Four to Seven Years in Jail for Child Porn Charges

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:30
Mark Salling, who starred on Fox’s hit show “Glee” as Noah “Puck” Puckerman from 2009 to 2015, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and faces four to seven years in prison, with 20 years supervised release. The actor will also pay $50,000 in restitution to each of the victims who request it and register […]

Glassnote Announces Strategic Partnership With Spacebomb Group

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:27
Glassnote Entertainment Group announced this week that its Resolved Records has entered into a strategic partnership to provide financial, marketing and industry expertise to the founders of Spacebomb Group — Matthew E. White and Ben Baldwin — as they expand their recording studio, record label, publishing, production, and artist management operations. The agreement enables the […]

New Phones, Smart Speakers and a Chromebook: Everything Google Announced at Its Pixel 2 Event

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:25
Google announced a wide range of new devices at its second “Made by Google” event in San Francisco Wednesday, including new phones, smart speakers and a new laptop. Here are all the major announcements, and the key details you need to know about them: Pixel 2: After introducing its first Pixel-branded line of phones last […]

Celebrities Join L.A. Loves Puerto Rico Restaurant Fundraiser

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:56
Los Angeles restaurants are coming together Oct. 7-14 to raise money for Puerto Rico hurricane relief, with help from several celebrities. Among the entertainment figures supporting the LA Loves Puerto Rico fundraiser are “Arrow” star Stephen Amell, Lance Bass and Disney star Kayla Maisonet. Each participating business will create a dish or cocktail inspired by […]

Tom Petty Song Sales Spike More Than 6,000% in Wake of Rocker’s Death

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:55
Tom Petty’s death on Oct. 2 saw sales of his songs spike 6,216%, according to data analysis company BuzzAngle Music. On average, the four days prior saw Petty’s catalog move 950 tracks. In the 24 hours after news emerged that the singer had suffered a cardiac arrest, song sales totaled 60,000. The top song downloaded […]

Baobab Studio’s Eric Darnell Talks About VR Storytelling Ahead of VIEW Conference Keynote

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:50
Virtual reality is the next great frontier for entertainment. And one of the companies at the forefront of the VR entertainment revolution is Baobab Studios, which won a Daytime Emmy for interactive original earlier this year for its first VR short, “INVASION!” Baobab co-founder and chief creative officer Eric Darnell, a longtime animation professional who […]

Will Ferrell, Adam McKay CBS All Access Comedy ‘No Activity’ Sets Cast, Premiere Date

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:45
The upcoming Will Ferrell-Adam McKay produced comedy series “No Activity” has set its cast and has an official premiere date on CBS All Access. Series co-creator Patrick Brammall was previously announced to star, and he will now be joined by co-star Tim Meadows. Guest stars will include: Ferrell, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, Mark Berry, Arturo […]

Judd Apatow on Donald Trump: ‘I Think It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:34
Hollywood comedy heavyweight Judd Apatow did not mince words Wednesday at an industry gathering when asked about President Donald Trump and whether there’s a silver lining to his presidency. “I think we’ve revealed how horrible people can be,” Apatow, who has consistently criticized Trump, said at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills. “And […]

Beck Lists Bucolic Spread in L.A.’s Mandeville Canyon (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:30
Mononymous art-pop musician Beck and Marisa Ribisi listed a storybook cottage tucked down a bucolic private lane deep in the celeb-favored Mandeville Canyon area of Los Angeles between Brentwood and Pacific Palisades with an asking price of $3.75 million. The five-time Grammy winner and the former actress, sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi, have only owned […]

Verizon Media Chief Marni Walden to Exit in February 2018

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:23
Marni Walden, Verizon’s EVP and president of global media, plans to leave the company in February 2018, the telco announced Wednesday. Walden, the highest-ranking female exec at Verizon, was the key driver of the company’s acquisition of Yahoo and the formation of Oath, which merged AOL and Yahoo. As of Dec. 31, 2017, Walden will […]
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