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Sean Penn Steps Up Fight Against Netflix’s El Chapo Series From Kate del Castillo

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:35
Sean Penn is turning up the heat on Netflix over the docu series on his infamous 2015 meeting with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Penn is at odds with actress Kate del Castillo over her retelling of the story in “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story,” which is […]

Quentin Tarantino on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:31
In an interview with the New York Times, Quentin Tarantino has opened up about his knowledge surrounding the sexual harassment and abuse allegations that have come out surrounding his close collaborator Harvey Weinstein. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” he said, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. “There was more to it […]

LAPD Investigating Rape Claim Against Harvey Weinstein

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:28
The LAPD has opened an investigation into whether Harvey Weinstein raped an Italian model in 2013. The model, whose name was not disclosed, reported her allegations to police on Thursday. The woman told the Los Angeles Times that Weinstein bullied his way into her hotel room at Mr. C Beverly Hills — a hotel within […]

Katie Couric Lists 10-Room Park Avenue Spread

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:12
Having upgraded to a substantially more expensive condominium less than a mile to the south, multi-Emmy and Peabody Award winning television host and journalist Katie Couric listed her longtime co-operative apartment on New York City’s posh Park Avenue with an asking price of $8.25 million. The former “Today” anchor, who earlier this year left a […]

‘Only the Brave’ Taps Trump Digital Guru Brad Parscale (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:00
Brad Parscale, the digital media director for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was hired by the makers of “Only the Brave” to help the action-drama appeal to red-state moviegoers, Variety has learned. Black Label Media, the film’s financier, retained Parscale to supplement online and social media marketing efforts. Sony Pictures is distributing the $38 million […]

Selena Quintanilla to Receive Posthumous Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:00
Selena Quintanilla, known by her fans as the Queen of Tejano music, is posthumously receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Nov. 3 Hollywood Chamber of Commerce ceremony will honor the Mexican-American singer who went on to become a celebrated figure for Latinos everywhere and a global icon in music and beyond after being […]

Classics Film Fest Unspools in Colombia (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 20:46
With Sean Baker, Trey Edwards, Chris Newman, Ed Lachman, Peter Webber and Mike Hausman among its board members, a new film festival of classic films will unspool from Nov. 10 -13 in Bogota, Colombia. Dubbed The Classics – Festival of the Films That Will Live Forever, the new film fest is founded by producer Ivonne Torres […]

Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Set as Closing Night Film at AFI Fest

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 20:30
AFI Fest has set the world premiere of Ridley Scott’s kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” as its closing night film on Nov. 16 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. “All the Money in the World,” the story of the 1973 kidnapping in Italy of John Paul Getty III — the rebellious teenage grandson […]

New York Yankees Invest in eSports Holding Firm Backed by Ex-NBA Star Rick Fox

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 20:18
The Bronx Bombers are the latest pro sports club to take a bite of the eSports apple. The New York Yankees have made an equity investment in Vision Esports, an investment company that is the largest shareholder of three eSports-related companies: Echo Fox, founded by former NBA all-star Rick Fox, which fields 10 competitive-gaming teams; […]

Morelia: Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Opens Wide in Mexico Before the U.S. and the World

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:55
A week after “Coco,” Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead-themed toon, marks its world premiere at the Morelia Int’l Film Festival on Oct. 20, it rolls out across Mexico to coincide with the country’s Day of the Dead festivities, roughly a month before it bows in the U.S., quite an unprecedented move. “It’s quite unusual but […]

Lumière Festival: ’Gertie the Dinosaur,’ ‘Professor Balthazar’ Reanimated After Restorations

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:45
LYON, France — The Lumière Film Festival’s International Classic Film Market put the spotlight on conservation and restoration of classic animated films on Wednesday, offering an examination of both the challenges and opportunities for cinematheques, private companies and other rights holders. Marco de Blois, artistic director, programmer and curator at Quebec’s Cinémathèque Québécoise, presented two […]

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan Lead All-Star Country Tribute To Victims on CMT’s ‘Artists of the Year’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:34
As promised, CMT’s annual Artists of the Year telecast Wednesday night took a “triumph of the human spirit” turn, as country stars gathered for their first regularly scheduled kudocast since the Las Vegas shootings took time to read scripted material acknowledging the tragedy and celebrating resilience. Jason Aldean closed the show by reprising his “Saturday […]

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:33
Four years after his last solo film, the Norse god Thor returns to the big screen in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Sitting comfortably at 100% with 30 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, critics agree that this lighter, less brooding take on the character and his mythos are far superior to the two previous entries in the Thor series. […]

‘Dark Net’ Author Jamie Bartlett Sets Development Partnership With Electus (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:30
Electus has struck a development partnership with celebrated author, investigative journalist, and social media and cyber culture expert Jamie Bartlett, Variety has learned exclusively. Under the new deal, Electus and Bartlett plan to take several high-profile projects to market this month. The author of the successful books “The Dark Net” and “Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue […]

Megyn Kelly Calls on ‘Male Titans’ to Fight Sexual Harassment Culture: ‘Victim Blaming Must Stop’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:13
Megyn Kelly has called on male titans in the industry to combat sexual harassment culture. In a piece penned for Time magazine on Thursday, Kelly referenced former Fox News chief Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment scandal in July 2016 and alluded to similar stories from Uber earlier this year, and said both were instances where change didn’t ignite the […]

Hollywood’s New Leaders in Film

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:11
Each year Variety’s New Leaders feature profiles the most prominent up-and-comers in the entertainment business. To determine this year’s worthies, Variety looked for go-getters across disciplines, from television, digital, music and film, to law and finance, as well as content creators. They were proposed by their bosses and peers who have worked with them and […]

Relativity’s Legally Embattled Ryan Kavanaugh Sold Los Angeles Mansion at Almost Half of a Million Dollar Loss (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:10
Once high-flying and famously profligate film producer and financier Ryan Kavanaugh, founder of Relativity Media, sued early this year by ex-Relativity president Adam Fields and slapped with another multi-million dollar lawsuit over the summer by hedge fund investor Carey Metz, isn’t exactly killing it on the real estate front either having sold a “Hamptons Style […]

International Newswire: Mipcom Sees First Signs of Peak TV Animation

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:09
In today’s International Newswire, MipJunior sees a growing flow of kids’ content coming onto the market, Chiwetel Ejiofor starts to shoot his directorial debut in Malawi, five feature debuts compete at the European Film Awards, a report finds scripted TV production in the U.S. declined last year, and Showmax is to make a Polish version […]

Reese Witherspoon to Produce Drama ‘Delivery’ in Development at NBC From Kristin Newman, Rob Wright

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:00
Reese Witherspoon is attached as an executive producer on a drama in development at NBC, Variety has learned. Titled “Delivery,” the series is based on the real experiences of series creators, writers, and executive producers Kristin Newman and Rob Wright. It is described as a family drama set in a high-risk perinatology unit. Newman and Wright, a […]

‘Walking Dead’ Claws Deeper Into VR in AMC’s New Virtual-Reality App

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:00
Now you can experience the full terror of turning into a zombie from “The Walking Dead” in AMC’s new virtual-reality app — if you’re into that sort of thing. The free AMC VR app, published Wednesday, is stocked with 360-degree immersive content created for “The Walking Dead” and martial-arts series “Into the Badlands,” with more […]
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