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Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Justin Chon Among 16th Annual Unforgettable Gala Honorees (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:00
The 16th Annual Unforgettable Gala, the longest-running celebration of Asian American trailblazers in the entertainment industry, has selected Leonardo Lam, Ross Butler, Awkwafina, Justin Chon, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Dr. Mike Hong as its honorees, Variety has learned exclusively. Nam, who currently stars in HBO’s sci-fi western drama “Westworld” is being named “Actor of the […]

Film Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:00
Hey, comicbook fans, it’s another Thor movie, and that can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for another Avengers movie! While you wait, Disney and Marvel Studios hope to loot another half-billion dollars or so from the world’s wallets with this outlandish amuse bouche featuring the God of Thunder and his Abs of Steel, […]

‘Scandal’s’ Tony Goldwyn on Citizen Fitz and His Mission to Save Olivia From Herself

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:00
The seventh and final season of “Scandal” started without the former president, Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). As Mellie (Bellamy Young) was working through her first 100 days in office, Fitz was up in Vermont, trying to live a normal citizen’s life. But the third episode of the season, entitled “Day 101,” will see a return […]

Lyft Lands $1 Billion Funding Round Led by Alphabet, Google’s Parent

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:55
Car-hailing service Lyft has scored $1 billion in financing — which it says brings its post-money valuation to $11 billion — led by Alphabet’s CapitalG growth investment fund. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, also is an investor in Uber, Lyft’s chief rival. Uber has been in turmoil over a series of scandals, including a wave of […]

Playback: Andy Serkis on ‘Breathe,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Mourning’ for Caesar

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:45
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Whether you see his face in films like “The Prestige” or “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” or you don’t in franchises like “The Lord of the Rings” and “Planet of the Apes,” where his passion for performance-capture […]

TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Slips to Series Low

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:40
This week’s episode of “Empire” is currently at a new low for the Fox music drama in both key ratings measures, according to Nielsen overnight data. Airing at 8 p.m., “Empire” averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.5 million total viewers. While that is not down significantly from last week’s episode (2.0, 5.9 […]

Russia Investigation: Senators to Unveil Bill to Boost Disclosure of Online Political Ads

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:16
WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will introduce legislation on Thursday to require greater disclosure of the sources of online political ads, amid reports that Russian sources bought spots on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to influence the 2016 election. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) is co-sponsoring the legislation, giving it […]

Danielle Darrieux, French Star of ‘La Ronde,’ Dies at 100

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:14
Danielle Darrieux, one of the great French movie stars, died Wednesday in Bois-le-Roi, France. She was 100. The star of director Max Ophuls’ classic early ’50s films “La Ronde” and “The Earrings of Madame de…” and Anatole Litvak’s 1936 “Mayerling” also made some films in Hollywood and, late in life, starred, with an all-star cast […]

British Film Institute Withdraws Harvey Weinstein’s Fellowship

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:01
The British Film Institute has withdrawn Harvey Weinstein’s BFI Fellowship, its highest honor. The organisation said: “The serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein’s appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI’s values. The BFI Board has met and decided to withdraw the BFI Fellowship awarded to Harvey Weinstein in 2002.” The Fellowship was awarded […]

Adobe Is Visualizing Sound to Simplify VR Video Editing (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:00
The clapperboard has been a staple of Hollywood filmmaking for decades. But in an era of virtual reality (VR) 360-degree video, the simple tool may not be enough anymore, and new tools are needed. One of these could be Adobe’s SonicScape project, which is set to be unveiled at the company’s Adobe Max conference in […]

‘Punisher’ Netflix Series Sets Premiere Date

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:38
The Marvel-Netflix “Punisher” series has set a premiere date, Netflix announced Thursday. The show will premiere on Nov. 17. It was rumored that Marvel was going to reveal the premiere date during the show’s New York Comic-Con panel earlier this month, but the panel was cancelled in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in […]

Film Review: ‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:27
“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” is a documentary that’s incisive and haunting, like Didion’s best writing. It includes interviews with Joan Didion culled from over the decades, but it’s centered on one conducted by the film’s director, Griffin Dunne (who’s her nephew), in which Didion, in her early 80s, appears before us as […]

‘Get Out’ Leads Nominations for 2017 Gotham Awards

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:10
“Get Out,” writer-director Jordan Peele’s surprise smash of a scary movie, leads the pack of nominations for the 2017 Gotham Awards, Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual ceremony honoring indie film. “Get Out” scored a nod for best feature, along with nominations for breakthrough director, best screenplay and best actor (Daniel Kaluuya). More to come… The complete […]

Little Steven on His Soulful Solo Act, the ’60s and ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:00
While his “boss,” Bruce Springsteen is lighting up Broadway with an acclaimed one-man show, E-Street Band guitarist/consigliere Little Steven Van Zandt is rocking the Sunset Strip 3,000 miles away with his 15-piece Disciples of Soul band, performing a special showcase for music supervisors (he perform Thursday night at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles). The schmata-wearing […]

NBCUniversal Brings in International Formats VP Suzanne Kendrick (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:53
NBCUniversal has bolstered its international formats team, with Suzanne Kendrick joining in a sales and production role. Kendrick has started in the newly-created VP position, joining from BBC Worldwide. She reports to Ana Langenberg, the former Endemol executive who joined NBCU earlier this year to oversee its international formats business. Kendrick will be based in London […]

Verizon Blames Pay-TV Loss in Q3 on Cord-Cutting, Sees Delay on OTT Plans

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:43
It’s shaping up to be grim quarter for the pay-TV biz, as the drip-drip-drip of cord-cutting continues to put pressure on the fat traditional channel bundle. Verizon reported a net loss of 18,000 Fios Video customers (versus a gain of 36,000 in the year-earlier period) for the third quarter of 2017. That reflects the “ongoing […]

Miles Leonard Leaving Parlophone, Mark Mitchell Named Co-President

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:19
As expected, Warner Music announced today that Miles Leonard will step down as chairman of Parlophone Records in January. In the same announcement, Mark Mitchell, who has been with Atlantic for the past eight years, was named co-president of the label, also effective in January. He will report to Warner CEO of recorded music Max […]

Vogue, Vice Will Team Up in Bid to Win Ad Dollars at Omnicom Showcase

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:00
At first blush, Vogue and Vice would seem to go together as well as soda and mayonnaise. But in the world of advertising, their collaboration might prove quite tasty. The storied Conde Nast fashion outlet and the spirited digital-media empire are joining forces to create “Project Vs,” an editorial collaboration slated to launch in early […]

DMG China Readying Investment in Forbes

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:27
Yinji Entertainment & Media, the Chinese offshoot of Dan Mintz’s film and entertainment rights group DMG, is readying an attempt to buy a minority stake in Forbes. The Shenzhen stock market-listed Yinji is establishing a $256 million investment fund in Hong Kong that will seek to buy 10% of Forbes and license the publishing rights […]

‘Babylon Berlin’ Delivers 1.2 Million for Sky

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:44
“Babylon Berlin” has garnered 1.2 million viewers for Sky in Germany, making it the most popular launch ever on the platform aside from “Game of Thrones.” The series, set in Berlin in the roaring 1920s, is the most expensive ever out of Germany. The launch episode hooked 577,000 linear viewers for Sky in its Friday […]
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