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10 Actors to Watch: Grace Van Patten Stars in ‘The Meyerwitz Stories’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Grace Van Patten is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. Growing up in a New York showbiz family — dad is “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire” director Tim Van Patten; uncle was veteran comic actor Dick Van Patten — Grace Van Patten seemed destined to carry on […]

10 Actors to Watch: Daniel Kaluuya Goes From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Black Panther’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Daniel Kaluuya is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. British actor Kaluuya says he knew almost instantly after reading “Get Out” that Jordan Peele’s social commentary masked as a horror film would “shake things up.” “In the original ending, basically he kills everybody,” Kaluuya says of his […]

10 Actors to Watch: Hong Chau Steals Scenes in ‘Downsizing’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Hong Chau is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. When Chau met Alexander Payne to discuss his film “Downsizing,” she left feeling uncertain she’d landed the part. “We talked, but not even about the movie necessarily,” Chau says. “He wanted to know who I was, about my […]

10 Actors to Watch: Kumail Nanjiani Builds Buzz for ‘The Big Sick’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Kumail Nanjiani is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. Fans of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” are familiar with Nanjiani, but ever since Sundance he has broken out on the big screen thanks to sleeper hit “The Big Sick.” The actor had studied computer science, but switched to comedy […]

10 Actors to Watch: Barry Keoghan Pulls Double Duty with ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Sacred Deer’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Barry Keoghan is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. Keoghan stood out in the strong ensemble of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” as George, the doomed young lad who sails with Mark Rylance’s kind boat captain. If you were taken in by his gentle sweetness in that film, prepare […]

10 Actors to Watch: Ali Fazal Leads ‘Victoria and Abdul’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Ali Fazal is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. Growing up in India, Fazal didn’t hear the usual bedtime stories from his mother. Instead she told the 5-year-old the tale of warring mob families in New York. It wasn’t until much later that he realized that she […]

10 Actors to Watch: Timothée Chalamet Breaks Out in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 17:00
Timothée Chalamet is one of Variety‘s 10 Actors to Watch for 2017. For the full list, click here. Chalamet was 17 — the same age as his character in “Call Me by Your Name” — when he met with director Luca Guadagnino about playing a bi-cultural, bi-curious teenager on the brink of experiencing an idyllic summer tryst. […]

Netflix Goes Retro With ‘Stranger Things’ Video Game to Promote Season 2

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:45
Get ready to collect all the Eggos you can find in Netflix’s new “Stranger Things” mobile game — fashioned as an ’80s-era arcade throwback. Netflix launched the free-to-play “Stranger Things: The Game” to promote season 2 of the supernatural thriller series. All nine episodes of “Stranger Things” season 2 will premiere Oct. 27 on Netflix worldwide. The […]

How Joy Reid Took on Trump and Became MNSBC’s New Star

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:45
When Joy Reid takes over MSNBC’s broadcast for two hours each Saturday and Sunday, she knows she has to walk a tightrope. Her show, “AM Joy,” is supposed to have a broader perspective than the rat-a-tat-tat breaking-news coverage that normally fills MSNBC’s dayside grid. But in this current news cycle, headlines are always breaking. The trick, sometimes, is […]

‘Bob’s Burgers’ Movie in the Works at Fox

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:41
“Bob’s Burgers” is getting the movie treatment. Fox is developing a film based on the hit TV series that will be released on July 17, 2020. The show, which premiered on Fox TV in 2011, centers on the Belcher family. Bob Belcher runs a hamburger restaurant in a seaside town with his ever-optimistic wife Linda and […]

Netflix to Stream Seth Rogen’s ‘Hilarity for Charity’ Variety Special

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:34
Netflix has signed on as a sponsor for next year’s variety show from Hilarity for Charity, the organization led by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. The upcoming variety show — the sixth annual event — will be shot in front of a live audience in early 2018 in Los […]

Capitol Music Group Names Brian Nolan SVP of Brand Partnerships Division Seventeenfifty

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:30
Capitol Music Group’s in-house brand partnerships sync licensing division, seventeenfifty, has named Brian Nolan Senior Vice President. He’ll report to COO Michelle Jubelirer. Nolan arrives from Columbia Records where he spent 12 years, most recently as Vice President of International Marketing, where he led global marketing campaigns for David Bowie’s final album, along with acts like Depeche Mode […]

Google Announces New Google Home Mini Speaker

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:25
Multiple leaks had given it all away already, but on Wednesday, Google made it official: The company’s Google Home smart speaker is getting a little sibling. The Google Home Mini offers the same voice control functionalities as the original Google Home, albeit in a smaller package. The device will be available in three colors, coral, […]

Entertainment Weekly Moving Headquarters to Los Angeles (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:15
Go west, venerable magazine. Entertainment Weekly is moving its headquarters from New York City to Los Angeles, Variety has learned. The move is expected to take place by next March and the publication isn’t sure how many employees will opt to head out to California, but it expects that between 40 to 50 staffers will […]

Showtime Acquires BBC Series ‘Ill Behaviour’ With Chris Geere, Lizzy Caplan

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:01
Showtime has acquired the BBC series “Ill Behaviour” with “You’re the Worst” star Chris Geere and “Masters of Sex” star Lizzy Caplan, the network announced Wednesday. In the six-part comedy thriller , the recently divorced Joel (Geere) moves in with best friend Charlie (Tom Riley), who sets him up on a date with Nadia (Caplan), a […]

‘Scandal’ Star Bellamy Young: The Show is ‘Acclimating People to Women in Power’

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:00
The politics of the world certainly look different today than in 2012, when Barack Obama was in the White House and Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal” was first premiering on ABC. Now entering into its seventh and final season, the politics of the show itself look very different, too, after electing its first female president in Mellie […]

Pink to Release Short Film, ‘On the Record,’ on Apple Music (Watch Preview)

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:00
In anticipation of her seventh studio album “Beautiful Trauma,” Pink is releasing a short film on Apple Music called “On the Record: P!nk — Beautiful Trauma.” According to a press release, the film finds the singer “baring it all through candid interviews and behind-the-scenes footage,  reflecting on her art and her career, on motherhood and the world […]

Filmmaking Legends on How New York’s Era of Decay Sparked a Creative Revolution

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:00
In the 1970s and early ’80s, New York City embodied the revolution taking place in American cinema. It was brash and brutal, crude and powerful, sexy and grimey, and had a swagger that was unmistakable. It was also a low point for the city. The Bronx was burning, crime was rising and city hall was […]

Roger Deakins on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and That Elusive First Oscar

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:00
Cinematographer Roger Deakins has amassed 13 Oscar nominations throughout his career for work on films like “The Shawshank Redemption,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “Skyfall.” It has become a slice of Oscar trivia that he has yet to win, tied for the record on that score with the late George J. Folsey (“The Great […]

Low-Key ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Premiere Opens With Poignant Las Vegas Shooting Recognition

Variety - Front Page - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 15:38
“Blade Runner 2049” premiered Tuesday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood in a low-key event without a red carpet celebration — but with a poignant acknowledgement of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas. “So this week once again we’ve been reminded how precious and fragile life is,” said producer Andrew Kosove in introducing the science-fiction […]
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