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L.A. Times Publisher Placed on Unpaid Leave Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 43 min ago
Los Angeles Times Publisher and CEO Ross Levinsohn has taken an unpaid leave of absence, following a National Public Radio report detailing two sexual-harassment lawsuits against Levinsohn in past jobs and other misconduct by him, a Tronc spokeswoman confirmed Friday. In a memo to Los Angeles Times employees, Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn wrote that Levinsohn […]

Ted Danson Buys Second Santa Monica Canyon Compound (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 46 min ago
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen increased their already substantial residential property portfolio with the $5.15 million purchase of a picturesque micro-compound next door to another mini-compound they already own in L.A.’s rustically ritzy Santa Monica Canyon. Nestled in the shade of a 100-plus-year-old redwood tree amid a colorful garden of begonias and fuchsias, the shingle-clad […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Our New President’

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 52 min ago
Over the last year, we’ve grown used to thinking of “fake news” as a relatively recent phenomenon, one that has its roots in the talk-radio culture of the late ’80s. But when you see the revealing and impishly infuriating documentary “Our New President,” one of the opening-night movies of the Sundance Film Festival (it’s being […]

Nicolás López Gains Traction at Mexico’s Box Office Gold with First “No Filter” Remake ‘A Woman Without Filter’

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 56 min ago
Chilean director Nicolás López has found something of a golden goose at the Mexican box office. In 2017, his “Do it Like an Hombre,” pulled in nearly $11 million. Now in its first week, “A Woman Without Filter,” the Mexican remake of his 2016 Chilean hit original “No Filter” has sold 1.12 million admissions raking […]

Inside the 2018 SAG Awards Post-Show Gala

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 58 min ago
Following Sunday’s SAG Awards ceremony, the stars of the big and little screen will keep celebrating at the official after-party just steps away from the award show stage at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. The SAG Awards Post-Award Gala, hosted by People Magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation for the 22nd year, is unlike other parties […]

Judge Indicates Shutdown Won’t Delay AT&T-Time Warner Antitrust Case

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 6 min ago
WASHINGTON — A federal judge told Justice Department lawyers that he would not be inclined to delay a pending antitrust case against AT&T and Time Warner in the event of a government shutdown. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon cited the urgency of the case, set to go to a trial on March 19. “We’ve been […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Guilty’

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 10 min ago
“Tom Hardy in ‘Locke’ meets Halle Berry in ‘The Call'” sounds like the kind of absurd pitch you’d hear from an over-zealous fictional producer in a broad Tinseltown satire — yet it’s not entirely the wrong number for “The Guilty,” a high-concept, low-budget and skilfully muscle-tensing Danish thriller to which you can imagine more than […]

TV Review: J.K. Simmons and Olivia Williams in ‘Counterpart’ on Starz

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 36 min ago
“Counterpart” is quite likely to appeal to fans of a few different genres. A smartly constructed and atmospheric spy thriller, “Counterpart’s” first allegiance is to hushed conversations, dangerous secrets, and the kind of shadowy alleys and darkened hallways traversed by secret agents. But “Counterpart” is also a work of speculative fiction, and it uses its […]

VR Review: ‘Wolves in the Walls’

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 40 min ago
Fable Studio is having its coming-out at Sundance with “Wolves in the Walls,” a VR adaptation of the Neil Gaiman children’s book by the same name. And just like the book, the VR experience is mysterious and magical. Gaiman’s children’s book, which was first released in 2003, is the story of Lucy, a little girl […]

Felix and Paul Debut ‘Space Explorers’ VR Documentary at Sundance

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 40 min ago
Montreal-based virtual reality (VR) studio Felix & Paul debuted the first episode of its new “Space Explorers” documentary at Sundance as part of the festival’s New Frontier selection Friday, showing off one of the studio’s longest and most ambitious productions thus far. “Space Explorers: A New Dawn” chronicles Nasa’s revived space travel ambitions, with interviews […]

Bruce Willis Lists Six-Bedroom New York City Duplex

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 45 min ago
Veteran action flick superstar and celebrity property gossip column staple Bruce Willis listed his suburban mcmansion-sized duplex apartment on two lower floors of a distinguished, full-service Neo-Renaissance-style pre-war apartment house on New York City’s Central Park West at $17.75 million. The smooth-pated 60-something-year-old “Die Hard” star, with a handful of high-octane projects lined up including […]

John Fleckenstein and Joe Riccitelli Upped to Co-Presidents at RCA Records

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 8 min ago
RCA Records has named John Fleckenstein and Joe Riccitelli co-presidents. Both report to RCA chairman and CEO Peter Edge. Fleckenstein was previously EVP at RCA Records; Riccitelli was GM/EVP of promotion. The two will oversee the day-to-day operations of the label excluding A&R, which is Edge’s domain. RCA is home to such breakout acts as Khalid, […]

Disney Hires Apple Veteran to Launch Its Netflix Killer (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 8 min ago
Disney’s BAMTech Media has hired former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint as SVP and GM, Disney SVOD Service, to build, and ultimately run, the company’s upcoming Netflix competitor, Variety has learned. Swint joined this month, and will be reporting to BAMTech CEO Michael Paull, a BAMTech spokesperson confirmed. Most recently, Swint worked as VP […]

Inaugural Freeform Summit Takes on #MeToo, LGBTQ Media Portrayal

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 32 min ago
Freeform held its first summit Thursday night in Los Angeles, hosting a series of panels discussing issues that the entertainment industry is currently facing. The four panels, titled “Millennials Are Destroying All the Industries,” “Understanding and Cultivating Love On and Off Screen,” “Exploring the Narrative Without Exploiting It” and “From Comics to Screen — Creating Marvel’s […]

Sony Launches ‘Breaking Bad’ YouTube Channel in Honor of 10th Anniversary

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 39 min ago
Sony Pictures Television has launched an official “Breaking Bad” YouTube channel in honor of the tenth anniversary of the show’s premiere. The official channel will assimilate and optimize thousands of existing video clips and content, drawing from official show footage, fans’ user-generated content and newly created themed pieces, giving fans that subscribe to the channel […]

Screen Gems Shake-Up: Clint Culpepper Steps Down, Steve Bersch Takes Over (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 41 min ago
Clint Culpepper is stepping down as head of Screen Gems, the Sony Pictures division that specializes in lower-budget genre films, Variety has learned. He will be replaced by Steve Bersch, the head of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, according to insiders. Culpepper helped rekindle the Screen Gems label in 1998 and was responsible for several hits […]

Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 49 min ago
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” in advance of its Sundance Film Festival premiere. The tender drama about a father (Nick Offerman) trying to convince his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) to form a band, premieres on the festival’s last night. It marks Haley’s third Sundance film in […]

Sundance 2018: Films, Stars & Cultural Moments Gain Early Buzz on Twitter

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 12 min ago
With the Sundance Film Festival officially under way, Twitter has begun to buzz about the happenings in Park City, Utah. The public is already taking notice of certain films and stars that are garnering early momentum on social media, becoming Twitter’s top trending Sundance topics. According to data released to Variety by Twitter, since Sundance kicked […]

Album Review: Fall Out Boy’s ‘MANIA’

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 13 min ago
What’s one thing most of today’s popular rock bands have in common? They don’t sound much like rock bands. Coldplay’s most successful recent moments have come with EDM collaborators. Paramore’s latest felt like Hayley Williams pulling a Gwen Stefani solo move, but keeping the group moniker. Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, and Panic! at the […]

Los Angeles Times Newsroom Votes 248-44 in Favor of Unionization

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 16 min ago
Following months of turmoil over leadership changes and corporate tumult, an overwhelming majority of Los Angeles Times employees who cast ballots voted to unionize, federal labor officials announced Friday. The landslide vote, 248-44, paves the way for the formation of a collective bargaining unit that now has to organize before leading negotiations with parent company […]
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