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10 ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 23:49
(SPOILERS: Do not read if you haven’t seen “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”) With Spider-Man’s move into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character’s first solo outing was bound to include plenty of fun nods to the other famous superheros. From Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man, to Peter’s school showing PSAs featuring Captain America, and references... Read more »

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Reality Show Not on E! Schedule, Network Says

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 23:38
A recent feud between reality stars Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna has erupted into a tabloid super-scandal, but could the “revenge porn” saga have any impact on the Kardashian family’s E! empire? Earlier this week, pornographic images exchanged between exes Kardashian and Chyna — who co-star on their own E! series, “Rob & Chyna” — were... Read more »

TV News Roundup: Selma Blair Joins Cast of ‘Heathers’ Reboot at Paramount Network

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 23:24
In today’s roundup, Selma Blair has been cast in “Heathers,” and Katrina Law joins Crackle’s original drama “The Oath.” CASTING Selma Blair is joining the cast of “Heathers,” Paramount Network’s television reboot of the 1988 cult classic film of the same name. In the upcoming adaptation, Blair plays Jade, the stepmother of Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell), who... Read more »

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Opens With $25.5 Million Internationally Led by Korea

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 22:43
Led by a strong start in South Korea, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has launched internationally with $25.3 million through Thursday. The South Korean opening day of $3.7 million set a record for a non-holiday Wednesday and was 157% higher than 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The three-day total through Friday has hit $10.4 million. In the U.K.,... Read more »

Epic Records Head of Pop Promotion Todd Glassman Fired

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 22:18
In a surprising move, Epic Records head of promotion Todd Glassman has been fired from the Sony Music label, multiple sources confirm to Variety. He had recently seen a string of radio hits, with Epic artists holding five spots on the Top 40 radio chart, including DJ Khaled’s Justin Bieber-assisted “I’m the One.” Since the abrupt... Read more »

Tribune Top Executive Payouts Disclosed as FCC Sets Sinclair Merger Comments Timetable

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 22:14
Top Tribune Media executives are set for multimillion dollar payouts if the company’s $3.9 billion merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group is completed. The payouts were revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday by Sinclair. That came a day after the FCC set the timetable for public comments on the proposed combination as part... Read more »

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Star Randall Park Joins ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 21:48
Randall Park has come on board Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” to portray S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo. Park joins “Black Mirror” star Hannah John-Kamen, who was cast in a new role. Paul Rudd is returning in the title role with Evangeline Lilly coming back as Hope van Dyne — a.k.a. the Wasp. Michael Douglas and Michael Pena are... Read more »

Rumor Has It Teenaged Real Estate Mogul Kylie Jenner Inked Deal To Sell Calabasas Starter House

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 21:26
SELLER: Kylie Jenner LOCATION: Calabasas, CA ASKING PRICE: $3,300,000 SIZE: (approx.) 5,100 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: After just over a year on the market, unconfirmed word on the celebrity real estate street, via eerily omniscient real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, is that teenaged Kardashian family scion, cosmetics entrepreneur and budding... Read more »

Laura Benanti Exits ‘Supergirl’; CW Recasts Role

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 21:00
Laura Benanti is saying goodbye to the CW’s “Supergirl.” “Smallville” alum Erica Durance has been cast to take over Benanti’s role as Alura for the upcoming season. Benanti had played Alura since Season 1, when the show debuted on CBS. “Unfortunately Laura, who Greg and I have worked with for years going back to ‘Eli... Read more »

‘Despicable Me 3’ Scores Biggest Opening Day Ever for Animated Movie in China

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 20:39
Illumination-Universal’s “Despicable Me 3” has opened in China with an impressive $20.1 million on its first day — the best opening for an animated movie ever in the country. The figure is 17.5% above the opening of Illumination’s “Minions,” which set the record two years ago. It’s also the sixth-biggest debut day of the year.... Read more »

Ringo Starr Reveals New Album Details, Celebrates 77th Birthday With David Lynch, Joe Walsh, Jenny Lewis

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 20:26
The Beatles drummer says "Give More Love" was originally planned as a country record. 

Paul Williams on His ‘Baby Driver’ Cameo, Being ASCAP President, and Having a Song Covered by Elvis

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 20:25
Over the course of a unique career that stretches back to the 1960s, Paul Williams has been and is a songwriter, singer, actor, a recovering alcoholic and recovery advocate, and not least the president/chairman of ASCAP, a role he’s held since 2009 and for which he was recently elected to a fifth term. He’s also... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Soaring to $100 Million-Plus Opening

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 20:01
Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is flying high — heading for at least $100 million in its opening weekend at 4,348 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday. If the number holds, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will join “Beauty and the Beast,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and “Wonder Woman” as the fourth 2017 title to launch to... Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Episode Titles, Descriptions Revealed

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 19:33
HBO has released the titles and plot descriptions for the first three episodes of the upcoming penultimate season (Season 7) of their hit show “Game of Thrones.” Episode 61, “Dragonstone,” premieres July 16 and sees Jon Snow (Kit Harington) organizing the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke)... Read more »

Fusion to Rebrand Website as Splinter as TV Channel Broadens Focus

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 19:33
Univision’s Fusion Media Group is rebranding its Fusion news website as Splinter as it plans to broaden the focus of the Fusion cable channel. The Fusion news website will become as of July 24. The site will focus on news and political commentary “for a justice-minded, inclusive, and incisive audience,” the company said. The... Read more »

Madonna-Funded Children’s Surgery Institute Opens in Malawi

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 19:14
Madonna announced today the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will open at the Queen Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi on July 11. The unit, named after Madonna’s Malawi-born daughter Mercy James, is the first of its kind in Malawi and was funded by Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi in collaboration with the... Read more »

Stephen Baldwin Hosting American Road Trip Series on RT Network (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 18:41
Stephen Baldwin will produce and star in “The GAP: Great American Pilgrimage,” a new series taking a look the varying definitions of what it means to be an American for RT Network. Baldwin and co-producer Max Keiser will hit the road in an RV to examine the different ways that people believe, perceive, and live... Read more »

Kristin Chenoweth, ‘American Gods’ Stars Turn Out for Bryan Fuller at Outfest Opening Night

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 18:33
Encouragement and authenticity rung throughout the opening night of the annual Outfest at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. Outfest alumni and LGBT filmmakers Aurora Guerrero, Andrea James, and Angela Robinson reminisced and praised their early days at the festival, now celebrating another milestone — 35 years. “Seeing my five-minute parody [at Outfest]... Read more »

Album Review: Haim’s ‘Something to Tell You’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 18:23
Haim “Something to Tell You” (Columbia) Anyone who’s been celebrated or taken on as a pet cause by both Taylor Swift and Paul Thomas Anderson must be doing something right. Haim are coming correct with their sophomore album, “Something to Tell You,” a sister-act sequel that betters the original. It’s not hard to see why... Read more »

Emma Stone Says Her Male Co-Stars Took Salary Cuts so She Could Receive Equal Pay

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 18:21
As the pay gap between male and female actors continues to pose challenges for the industry, Emma Stone has revealed that her male co-stars have taken salary cuts in the past so that she could achieve equal pay. In a discussion with tennis pro Billie Jean King, who Stone portrays in her upcoming film “Battle... Read more »
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