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Colin Firth Says He Will Not Work With Woody Allen Again Following Dylan Farrow Interview

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 03:03
Colin Firth is the latest actor to speak out against filmmaker Woody Allen. In a statement to the Guardian, Firth, who appeared in Allen’s 2013 film “Magic By Moonlight,”  became the latest actor to declare that he would not work with Allen again. The actor also spoke out against Harvey Weinstein, who was executive producer […]

‘Grown-ish’ Renewed for Season 2 at Freeform

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:30
“Grown-ish” has been renewed for a 20-episode second season at Freeform, the network announced Thursday. A spinoff of the ABC series “Black-ish,” the half-hour comedy follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter as she heads into her freshman year of college at […]

Film News Roundup: Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, Charlie Hunnam Join ‘A Million Little Pieces’ Movie

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:22
In today’s film news roundup, Billy Bob Thornton signs up for “A Million Little Pieces,” “The Bricklayer” moves forward, and Greenwich Entertainment finds its first release. CASTINGS Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Giovanni Ribisi in the detox drama “A Million Little Pieces.” Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing for […]

Luke Kleintank Joins ‘The Goldfinch’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:42
Luke Kleintank is set to join the ensemble in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ movie adaptation of “The Goldfinch.” Ansel Elgort will portray Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard is Boris in the film from director John Crowley. Kleintank will play Platt Barbour, the older brother of Theo’s friend Andy. Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer […]

Wes Ball, Gotham Group Developing Suburban Horror Film ‘The Chrysalis’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:40
Wes Ball’s Oddball Productions and the Gotham Group are teaming up on a movie project based on Brendan Deneen’s horror novel “The Chrysalis.” The novel centers on a twentysomething couple who are forced out of New York City and buy an old house in the suburbs, where the husband gets a big-bucks corporate job and […]

Disney-Pixar Hires New Screenwriter for ‘Toy Story 4’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:26
Disney-Pixar has hired Stephany Folsom as the screenwriter on “Toy Story 4,” which is set for release on June 21, 2019. Folsom is filling the slot left vacant by Rashida Jones and writing partner Will McCormack in November. Jones denied a published report that she had left over an unwanted advance from Pixar and Disney […]

Freeform Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Cloak & Dagger,’ ‘Bold Type’ Season 2

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:00
Freeform announced the premiere dates for much of their upcoming slate on Thursday. Freeform will debut the two-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as two teenagers from different backgrounds who are linked together through mysterious powers.  The show is […]

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:00
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media. Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, RJ Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson. The film is a modern rom-com retelling of […]

10 Things We Learned at the Television Critics Assn. Press Tour

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:57
The Television Critics Association winter press tour is officially in the record books. The broadcast and cable networks — and even a few streamers — did their annual dog-and-pony (well, there was a sheep) show for the TV critics press corps, presenting their strategies for the coming season. Amid the swirl of puppies, “prestige popcorn,” […]

House Passes Funding Bill, But Shutdown Still Looms

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:56
A Republican effort to avert a government shutdown at midnight on Saturday cleared the House on Thursday, but the votes do not appear to be there yet as the bill heads to the Senate. The 230-197 vote was on legislation that would extend government funding through Feb. 16. Democrats dug in their heels to demand […]

TV News Roundup: ‘Heathers’ Series Releases First Trailer (Watch)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:11
In today’s roundup, Paramount Network releases the first trailer for its new series “Heathers” and Netflix announces a date for its new documentary series “Ugly Delicious.” FIRST LOOKS Paramount Network has released the first trailer for its new series “Heathers,” based on the cult classic film of the same name. “Heathers” premieres Mar. 7 at […]

Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:00
Richard Colson Baker, known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, has been tapped to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s adaptation of the band’s biography “The Dirt.” Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the “Jackass” movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and […]

Sundance: Brett Haley on ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ and Making Indie Films for Middle America

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 23:25
Brett Haley has become as much a Sundance institution as the trams that circle around Park City, Utah. The indie filmmaker has premiered three films at the festival in four years, scoring with the likes of “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “The Hero.” His latest effort, “Hearts Beat Loud,” will close out this […]

Lionsgate Stock Jumps on Takeover Speculation

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:46
Lionsgate stock jumped nearly 7% to an all-time high closing price on Thursday on speculation that it could be a takeover target. Shares of the studio rose $2.21 to $34.50 following a report that potential buyers include Amazon, Verizon, and a combined CBS-Viacom. Lionsgate did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The takeover […]

L.A. Times Publisher Ross Levinsohn Under Investigation Following Report Of Sexual Harassment Settlements

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:42
Los Angeles Times Publisher and CEO Ross Levinsohn is under investigation after a report detailed two past settlements paid in sexual-harassment lawsuits, as well as other inappropriate workplace behavior by the publishing executive. NPR’s David Folkenflik examined Levinsohn’s behavior over the last two decades, finding examples of sexist and homophobic behavior during his time at […]

Judge Grants Default Judgment to Shut Down PubFilm

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:36
A New York federal judge has granted a default judgment against PubFilm, ruling that its string of websites infringed on studio copyrights and trademarks by illegally offering movies and TV shows for download. Judge Victor Marrero awarded the studios damages of $19.8 million, plus attorneys fees, but the defendants never answered the complaint or appeared […]

Above Average Steers Focus to Original Comedy Series for TV, Digital Services

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:12
Above Average started life in 2012 as the digital-comedy arm of Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, the company best known for producing “Saturday Night Live.” Now, Above Average is putting its shoulder into developing bigger projects, beyond just short web series. Last May, the New York-based company recruited a new CEO: Marc Hustvedt, co-founder of the […]

Snap Layoffs: 22 Staffers Gone Across Content Division, Other Teams

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:06
Snapchat corporate parent Snap Inc. laid off 22 staffers as part of a wider reorganization this week, Variety has learned from a source close to the company. Some of the staffers laid off were part of Snap’s content team, but the majority were from other teams across the company. The Information was first to report the […]

Dolores O’Riordan, ‘Zombie’ and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Column)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:10
Upon hearing the news that Dolores O’Riordan died, writer Ruby Brunton posted on Twitter what was, to me, the most fitting epitaph. It’s just two images. One is a screenshot of the headline. The other is a popular internet meme, which is reportedly a still from a Brazilian music video, of two sexily bestockinged legs […]

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to Tie Up $37 Million in Opening Weekend

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:05
Universal’s “Fifty Shades Freed” should dominate its North American opening weekend on Feb. 9-11 with about $37 million, early tracking showed Thursday. Sony’s family comedy “Peter Rabbit” is tracking for a launch that weekend in the $18 million range and Warner Bros.’ Clint Eastwood thriller “15:17 to Paris” should arrive with about $10 million. The […]
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