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‘Mary Magdalene’ Pushed to Easter, ‘Current War’ to Open Over Thanksgiving

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:09
The Weinstein Company is delaying the release of “Mary Magdalene,” its upcoming religious epic, by four months, and moving the premiere of “The Current War,” an Oscar-bait historical drama, into the week of Thanksgiving. “Mary Magdalene” will premiere in theaters March 30, 2018, otherwise known as Easter weekend, which pushes it out of this year’s... Read more »

Jay-Z Pays Tribute to Chester Bennington With ‘Numb/Encore’ Performance

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:01
Jay-Z remembered Chester Bennington at the U.K.’s Virgin V Festival Sunday night, where the rapper performed songs from “4:44” for the first time. “Can you guys light it up tonight for Chester?” Jay-Z asked fans. “Linkin Park, one time— tonight. Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way in heaven tonight!” The... Read more »

‘Valerian’ Looks to China After Tanking in Most Markets

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:58
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is shaping up to be one of the biggest flops of the year. Considered the most expensive independent film ever made, the $180 million sci-fi epic never recovered from its crash at the U.S. box office on its opening weekend and has under-performed in most overseas markets.... Read more »

Film News Roundup: David Dastmalchian, Kevin Pollak to Star in Bullying Drama ‘Teacher’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:33
In film news today, David Dastmalchian has been cast as a high school teacher, Paul Greengrass is directing a film about terrorism for Netflix and Pearl Jam is releasing a documentary. CASTINGS David Dastmalchian and Kevin Pollak will star in the independent psychodrama “Bully” with shooting set for this month in Chicago, Variety has learned... Read more »

Suspected Driver in Barcelona Attack Killed by Police

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:19
The suspected driver of the van that plowed through a crowd in Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 people, has been fatally shot by police. Catalan police tweeted the news on Monday, writing “We confirm that the man shot down in #subirats is Younes Abouyaaqoub, author of the terrorist attack in #barcelona.” We confirm that the... Read more »

Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of August 21, 2017

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:00
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Game of Thrones” concludes its epic seventh season, while “The Tick” and “Disjointed”... Read more »

Haugesund: NRK’s Ivar Køhn on Norway’s TV Drama Build, Nordic Noir as a Brand

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:59
HAUGESUND, Norway — For the first time, TV drama features at the Norwegian Int. Film Festival in Haugesund with the world premiere of second seasons of two Norwegian series: “Occupied” (“Okkupert”) and “Norsemen,” aka “Vikings” (“Vikingane”). The first two episodes of “Occupied 2” screen on Aug. 21 with Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg and actors Henrik... Read more »

‘American Horror Story’: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Featured in ‘Cult’ Opening Credits (Watch)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:57
The opening credits for “American Horror Story,” which – in keeping with the anthology format of the show – change every season, always lay clues to the overall theme and mystery of that installment’s plot. For “American Horror Story: Cult,” the biggest hints to glean deal with how the recent political climate with come into... Read more »

Microsoft’s New Xbox One X Goes Up for Pre-Order

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:42
Microsoft is giving Xbox fans a first chance to order the next version of the company’s game console, and rewarding early birds with something special: The Xbox One X went up for pre-orders online today. And as part of the launch, Microsoft is also selling a limited edition “Project Scorpio” model. The Xbox One X... Read more »

Al Gore, Jason Blum to Be Honored at 2017 Gotham Awards

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:00
Al Gore and Jason Blum will be honored at the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards, with Gore set to receive the humanitarian tribute and Blum tapped to get the industry tribute. The Gothams, the Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual round of awards honoring indie film, typically dole out a handful of pre-announced tributes to notable figures, in... Read more »

VH1 Orders ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Season 3 and More ‘Untucked’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:00
“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” will officially be back for a third season, Variety has learned exclusively. Additionally, VH1 has greenlit another season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked,” the behind-the-scenes after-show for the reality competition. “The world is calling out to see more of these beautiful queens and I am going to give them every bit... Read more »

TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Quiet Sunday

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:46
Sunday’s episode of “Big Brother” helped carry CBS to a win in the overnight ratings on a quiet night of mostly repeats. Airing at 8 p.m., “Big Brother” averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers, making it easily the most-watched and highest-rated show of the night. Afterwards, a new episode of... Read more »

Chinese Companies Turn to Resetting Relationship With Hollywood

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:00
Chinese companies talked about not wanting to be regarded as the latest in a series of foolish foreign investors in Hollywood. But it took the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping to bring to an end a 3½-year acquisition frenzy which saw Dalian Wanda and other players strike deals that raised eyebrows on both sides... Read more »

Group Opposed to Fox-Sky Takeover Demands New Look by British Regulator

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:00
A group opposed to 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky has threatened to have the courts intervene if British regulator Ofcom does not revisit its conclusion that the Murdochs would be a “fit and proper” owner of the pan-European pay-TV service. Activist organization Avaaz alleges that Ofcom “made mistake after mistake in deciding to... Read more »

Universal Music Group Partners With ‘Beat Bugs’ Producers for Three New Music-Based Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:00
Universal Music Group (UMG) has partnered with production company Grace/Beyond (GB) to develop three new music-based television series, Variety has learned exclusively. Grace/Beyond’s principal partners — Josh Wakely (pictured above), Mikael Borglund and Trevor Roy — all serve as executive producers on the Netflix animated series “Beat Bugs,” which features re-imagined versions of Beatles’ classics by... Read more »

AMC’s Shudder Takes U.S., U.K. Rights on Six FrightFest Titles

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:40
Six upcoming horror titles have been acquired for a mix of North American and U.K. rights by Shudder, the horror SVOD service run by AMC Networks, it announced Monday. The acquisition comes ahead of the U.K.’s FrightFest horror festival, which runs Aug. 24-28, and will see all six features make their U.K. premieres. The acquisition... Read more »

Berlin Film Festival’s Wieland Speck Takes On New Role

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:17
Wieland Speck is set to take on a new role as consultant on the official program for the Berlin Film Festival. Speck (pictured left) will move his focus to the festival’s main program having spent 25 years as head of its Panorama section. Speck helped build Berlin’s autonomous Panorama program, joining Manfred Salzgeber in 1982... Read more »

Haugesund: Sisters’ Tale ‘Miami’ Gets World Sales Deal with LevelK (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:00
HAUGESUND, Norway — Portraying “The Good Son” (“Hyvä poika”) in her 2011 feature, which won top prizes at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Mons International Festival of Love Films, adding a Jussi, Finland’s national film award, Finnish director Zaida Bergroth is now reuniting two sisters in her third feature, “Miami.” It will have... Read more »

How to Live-Stream the Solar Eclipse

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:00
You probably know by now that a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States from coast-to-coast on Monday for the first time in 99 years. It will be in sight in parts of 14 states and partially visible in others, but those who want a clear glimpse at the path of totality... Read more »

Haugesund: Joachim Trier on Toronto-Bound ‘Thelma,’ his 1980s’ Influences, the Threat to Filmmaking in Norway

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:19
HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s new feature, ”Thelma,” which opened the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund on Sunday Aug. 20, will segue to the Toronto Festival as a Special Presentation, then to the New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Center, which runs Sept. 28-Oct. 15. His previous film, the English-language... Read more »
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