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Whoopi Goldberg Lists Longtime Los Angeles Estate

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:56
Whoopi Goldberg is cutting her West Coast real estate ties, listing her longtime residence in the posh, sea breeze-licked Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles with an asking price of $8.795 million. The acclaimed actress, comedian, children’s book author, and morning chat show host, a rare winner of an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy, and Golden […]

Samantha Bee Weighs in on Aziz Ansari Controversy: ‘It Doesn’t Have to Be Rape to Ruin Your Life’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:38
On Wednesday’s “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” the host took on critics of the #MeToo movement and those who said allegations against Aziz Ansari should not be part of the conversation. #MeToo backlash has spread across social media in recent days, with some saying that the Ansari accusations have tainted the fight against sexual harassment […]

Revamped Orange Studio Bows First Slate, Sales Execs at UniFrance RDV in Paris

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:33
Orange Studio, the revamped film and TV arm of France’s leading telco operator Orange, is rolling into the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema with a new international sales team and a first slate including Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Maya” and Sophie Marceau’s “Mrs. Mills.” The newly-launched international sales division is being led by Andreï Kamarowsky, who joined […]

Frank Darabont Sues AMC Again in ‘Walking Dead’ Pay Dispute

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:29
Frank Darabont doubled down Thursday on his claim that AMC cheated him out of millions of dollars in “Walking Dead” profits, filing a new lawsuit alleging that he is owed additional tens of millions of dollars. Darabont has been warring with AMC for more than four years, as he and his agency CAA contend that […]

‘Party of Five’ Reboot Scores Put Pilot Order at Freeform

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:16
Freeform has given a put pilot order to a reboot of “Party of Five,” Variety has confirmed. The new series hails from original “Party of Five” creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. The original series followed the five Salinger siblings who must band together after their parents died in a car accident. It ran for six seasons and […]

Former Assistant’s Long Collaboration With Oscar-Winning Editor Reaches Fruition on ‘The Post’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:15
What began as a mentor-mentee relationship has bloomed into a professional partnership that finds Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar sharing credit as the editors of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.” Broshar met Kahn, who has been working with Spielberg for four decades, when she was an assistant editor on the director’s “The Adventures of Tintin” (2011). […]

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Talks State of the Union

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00
On the eve of the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris acknowledges that the spotlight is shining particularly brightly on the union’s 160,000 members. The Jan. 21 ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium mark the first time the SAG Awards have an emcee, with Kristen Bell tapped to handle hosting duties at a show that will […]

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Actress Kaya Scodelario on Playing Complicated Women

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00
Kaya Scodelario reprises her role as Teresa, one of the heroines in “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” which opens Jan. 26. Next for the British-born actress, who also starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” is “Die in a Gunfight,” a modern-day action remake of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” You’ve been […]

SAG Life Achievement Honoree Morgan Freeman Proves Life Can Begin at 50

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00
When Morgan Freeman receives the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award on Jan. 21, the honor will feel triumphantly inevitable. At 80 years old, his impressive resume includes 84 films, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar. But there’s a difference between Freeman and past winners, including Elizabeth Taylor and Gene Kelly. Freeman didn’t get his […]

‘The Post’s’ Liz Hannah, Josh Singer to Be Honored by Writers Guild

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:00
Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Paul Selvin Award for their screenplay for “The Post.” The film chronicles the decision by the Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers in defiance of the Nixon administration in 1971. The award is given each year for the script […]

Variety to Live-Stream GLAAD Media Awards Nominations

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:53
For the first time, nominations for the annual GLAAD Media Awards will be live-streamed from Park City, Utah, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Announced by “Star Trek: Discovery” star Wilson Cruz and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette, the nominations will be streamed on Variety’s Facebook page, directly from the DIRECTV Lounge presented by AT&T in Park […]

Joan Jett Rocks New ‘Bad Reputation’ Documentary at Sundance Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:45
By many measures, Joan Jett is one of the most influential figures in rock history. But how many young fans who adore her proto-punk attitude would guess that one of the rocker’s early influences was … Liza Minnelli? “I wanted to be an actor before I fell in love with music,” Jett, 59, explains in an interview with Variety. […]

New Regency, See-Saw Films Partner for First-Look Deal

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:30
New Regency and production company See-Saw Films have signed a three-year, first-look development, financing, and production deal for films. Under the deal, announced on Thursday, See-Saw will develop movies to be financed by and co-produced with New Regency. In addition to development and production financing, the first look provides See-Saw with global studio distribution through […]

Four Disney-Managed YouTube Stars Launch Twitch Channels

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:00
Twitch will get exclusive content from four of Disney’s biggest YouTube content-creator partners — Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, LuzuGames and Strawburry17 — under a multiyear pact with Disney Digital Network. The creators are part of the Disney Digital Network, as part of Disney’s absorption of multichannel network Maker Studios. Each will manage their own channels on Twitch, […]

VR Startup Within Hires Former Discovery Exec Colin Decker as Its New COO (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:00
Within, the Los Angeles-based VR startup headed by director Chris Milk, has hired former Discovery Digital GM Colin Decker as its new COO. In his new role, Decker wants to help Within launch new revenue-generating projects in 2018. Most recently, Decker served as COO for the anime streaming service Crunchyroll, where he helped to grow […]

‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:00
The untitled drama series based on Gabrielle Union’s “Bad Boys” character has been ordered to pilot at NBC. Union will star as Syd Burnett, her character from “Bad Boys 2.” In the show, she has left the DEA and now has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with […]

TV Ratings: ‘9-1-1’ Builds Big on ‘X-Files’ Lead-In

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:59
“9-1-1” was up in both measures this week, building substantially on its lead in from “The X-Files,” according to Nielsen overnight data. Airing at 9 p.m. on Fox, “9-1-1” drew a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers. That is up approximately 20 percent in the demo and 10 percent in viewers compared […]

‘Get Out,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Wonder Woman’ Nominated for Publicists Awards

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:38
Hollywood publicists have nominated the teams behind Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” TriStar Pictures’ “Baby Driver,” Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2,” Universal’s “Get Out,” Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman,” and Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” for the Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Motion Picture Award. The awards will be presented on March 2 by the International Cinematographers […]

Playback: Dee Rees on ‘Mudbound’ and Her Trump-Inspired ‘Electric Dreams’ Episode

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:29
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. It’s been nearly a year since Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. With the latest edition of the Park City fest revving its engines, the film is still in the thick of […]

Sony Teams Up With Survios to Bring ‘Jumanji: The VR Adventure’ to Virtual Reality Arcades (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:00
Sony Pictures Virtual Reality has struck a partnership with Los Angeles-based virtual reality (VR) startup Survios to bring the recently-released “Jumanji: The VR Adventure” to VR arcades around the world. The studio’s virtual reality unit is also releasing the game on consumer VR headsets this month. Sony began distributing “Jumanji: The VR Adventure” in 50 VR […]
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