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Film Victoria Hires Caroline Pitcher as CEO

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:01
Film Victoria, the Australian regional screen agency, has appointed Caroline Pitcher as its new CEO. She replaces Jenni Tosi who has resigned. Pitcher was national GM, film & television post production at Deluxe, from 2013-2016, and prior to that she was director, marketing & enterprise solutions at Omnilab Media. She has been a member of […]

Jose Alvarez’s ‘The Gaze of the Sea’ Vies for the Top Docu Prize at Morelia

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
Executive produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”), Jose Alvarez’s poignant docu “The Gaze of the Sea” (“Los Ojos del Mar”) turns on a prostitute who makes it her mission to help the families of shipwrecked fishermen lost at sea. “Gaze” is produced by Julio Chavezmontes’ Piano, the Mexican lead-producer of Emiliano Rocha Minter’s “We […]

TV Academy Votes to Begin Disciplinary Proceedings Against Harvey Weinstein

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:23
The Television Academy has voted to begin disciplinary proceedings against Harvey Weinstein. At a regularly scheduled meeting of the board of governors, the Academy overwhelmingly decided to pursue disciplinary action against the embattled producer, who stands accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment and assault. The proceedings may result in termination of his Academy membership, […]

Lumière Festival: Celluloid Angels to Give Anna Karina Directorial Debut “Vivre Ensemble” 4k Restoration

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:30
LYON — Hundreds of cinema restoration professionals meet in Lyon each year, as well as filmmakers, actors, and superfans, to admire and discuss cinematic gems, which might otherwise become victims of time and technology. At this year’s festival Jean-Luc Godard’s iconic muse, Anna Karina, gave a master class and introduced the restoration of her 1973 directorial […]

Film Review: ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 04:04
In his career as a writer, director, actor, mogul, and one-man filmmaking factory, Tyler Perry has given us shamelessly over-the-top demon-yuppie melodrama; exuberantly dirty-minded dress-up burlesque; squeaky-clean family soap opera; a rare bid for prestige with his 2010 adaptation of “For Colored Girls”; and, in last year’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” his message-movie version of […]

Tracy Morgan’s ‘The Last O.G.’ Loses Showrunner, Delayed Until 2018

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:37
Tracy Morgan’s return to series television has been delayed. Variety has confirmed that executive producer and showrunner John Carcieri has left “The Last O.G.” the new TBS comedy series in which Morgan is set to star. Originally scheduled to premiere next week, the series is now set to debut some time in 2018. “The Last […]

XXXTentacion, Rapper Facing Domestic Violence Charges, in Talks for Distribution Deal With Caroline

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:23
While a report published Thursday says that rapper XXXTentacion, who is facing a series of domestic violence charges from his pregnant girlfriend, has signed a $6 million deal with Capitol Music Group, a source close to the situation disputed some of the report’s details to Variety. The deal in question is actually a distribution pact […]

Lupita Nyong’o Details Harvey Weinstein’s Advances Toward Her in Op-Ed: ‘I Felt Unsafe’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:59
Lupita Nyong’o has come forward about her encounters with Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in the New York Times, writing that not only did Weinstein attempt to ply her with alcohol when she met with him at a restaurant, but after they moved the meeting to his home to watch a film screening, tried to […]

Roy Price’s Top Amazon Lieutenants Under Scrutiny (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:39
Roy Price is gone from Amazon Studios, bounced from his post as president as a result of detailed sexual harassment allegations. Now the ground looks increasingly unsteady beneath members of his executive team. Joe Lewis, head of drama and comedy development at Amazon Studios, has already seen his purview shrink significantly this year. Under orders […]

‘Chelsea’ Proves Netflix Can’t Always Beat TV At Its Own Game (Opinion)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:31
Let’s take a moment to celebrate a rare victory for traditional TV over Netflix. There’s no other way to read the demise of “Chelsea,” the streaming service’s talk show featuring Chelsea Handler, who announced Wednesday that she is moving on after its second season concludes at the end of the year.  Though CEO Reed Hastings […]

‘Loud House’ Showrunner Chris Savino Fired From Nickelodeon for Sexual Harassment Allegations

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:18
“The Loud House” showrunner Chris Savino has been fired from Nickelodeon, amidst allegations of sexual harassment. Savino had first been suspended by the network when allegations first surfaced. A dozen women have accused Savino of inappropriate behavior, in a story first reported by the website Cartoon Brew. Their accusations — which date back several years — […]

Twitter to Ban Groups Promoting Violence, Hate Symbols

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:12
Twitter laid out a detailed plan to curb hate and abuse on its platform Thursday, revealing that it will soon ban groups that promote violence, and bar users from using hate symbols as their profile picture. The company also plans improve the abuse reporting process, and implement steps that could lead to a lot more […]

TV News Roundup: HBO to Air Jon Stewart’s ‘Night of Too Many Stars’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:06
In today’s roundup, HBO will air the “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs” benefit show for the first time and WGN America’s new crime thriller Bellevue gets a premiere date. SPECIALS HBO will air the autism benefit show “Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs” for the first […]

CW Developing DC Comics Adaptation ‘Project 13’ With Elizabeth Banks Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:30
The CW is developing a drama series based on DC Comics characters Traci Thirteen and her father Dr. Terrance Thirteen with Elizabeth Banks attached as an executive producer, Variety has learned exclusively. Titled “Project 13,” the one-hour drama would center on Traci, a twenty-something forensic scientist and believer in the paranormal who discovers her own hidden extra-sensory abilities […]

Weinstein Co. Staffers Ask to Be Released From NDAs

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:17
A group of Weinstein Company staffers are asking to be released from non-disclosure agreements in the wake of a sexual harassment and abuse scandal that has engulfed the company and led to the ouster of co-founder Harvey Weinstein. In a statement to the New Yorker, the staffers insist that while they were aware of their […]

David Blaine Accused of Rape by Former Model

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:10
Former model Natasha Prince has accused magician David Blaine of raping her in a private home in London’s Chelsea neighborhood during the summer of 2004, opening up about the alleged incident in an interview with the Daily Beast. When contacted by Variety, a Met Police spokesperson provided the following statement, based on details from the Daily […]

Film News Roundup: Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson to Star in Thriller ‘A Violent Separation’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:00
In today’s film news roundup, Brenton Thwaites and Ben Robson are starring in “A Violent Separation,” Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut begins production in Malawi, and Max Landis’ horror project “Decon” gets financing.  AFM PROJECT Brenton Thwaites and Ben Robson have been cast as the leads in the crime thriller “A Violent Separation” along with Alycia […]

Sophia Bush Inks Development, Talent Holding Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:00
Sophia Bush has signed a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday. The deal calls for her to star in a comedy or drama project for the studio this pilot season, as well as develop additional projects for which she would serve as an executive producer. “Now more […]

‘Now’ and Then: Shania Twain on Chasing Love and Fun, 20 Years After ‘Come on Over’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:00
Shania Twain’s new album “Now,” released Sept. 29, arrived 15 years after she sang “Can only go up from here!” Those words — from her 2002 chart-topper “Up!” — proved not to be so prophetic, as Twain had some downturns to weather before she would return to recording, including a few nearly career-ending vocal problems […]

‘The Snowman’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:43
Jo Nesbø’s 2007 novel “The Snowman” may have been a critically acclaimed best-seller, but Tomas Alfredson’s film adaptation has not impressed critics. Stars Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson could not save “The Snowman” from critical collapse. So far, reviews have been highly unfavorable for the film about detective Harry Hole (Fassbender) and recruit Katrine Bratt […]
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