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‘Arrow’: Echo Kellum Teases the New Team Arrow in Midseason Premiere

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:55
Team Arrow took quite a hit in Season 6’s midseason finale, and it didn’t even come at the hands of one of the villains. After learning that someone on his team became a witness in the case to prove he is the Green Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) grew suspicious of his newest team members — […]

Jane Fonda and Richard Perry Sell BevHills Contemporary at Steep Discount

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:27
Though they settled for far less than their last asking price of $9.995 million, not to mention a remarkable 34% less than their pie-in-the-sky original price tag of $12.995 million, former Hollywood power couple Jane Fonda and Richard Perry still earned a few bucks on the modern-minded residence they once shared in the popular if […]

Robert Redford Says #MeToo Movement Will Give Women More Opportunities in Hollywood

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:24
Robert Redford kicked off the Sundance Film Festival by praising the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements as a “tipping point” in Hollywood that will create more opportunities for women in Hollywood. “I’m pretty encouraged right now,” said Redford during a press conference on Thursday. “What it’s doing is bringing forth more opportunities for women and […]

First Look at Poster for Buzzy Sundance Heist Film ‘American Animals’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:22
“American Animals,” a true story about a group of college students who plan an elaborate rare books and art heist, debuts Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie hits the mountainside festival with a lot of buzz, and is sure to be a conversation starter for its colorful plot, imaginative direction by Bart Layton, […]

Indie Sales Acquires Claus Drexel’s Daring Documentary ‘America’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:00
Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired Claus Drexel’s politically-engaged documentary feature “America,” the helmer’s anticipated follow up to “On the edge of the World.” “America” unfolds in November 2016, when the United States was about to elect its new president. Drexel traveled to Arizona and zoomed in on folks living on the margins of society one […]

CW Beefs Up Development Team Under Gaye Hirsch With Two Promotions, New Hire

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:47
The CW is building up the development team under newly-named executive vice president of development Gaye Hirsch, the network announced Thursday. Julie Jarmon has joined The CW as vice president of scripted development. Additionally, Laura Terry has been promoted to vice president of scripted development and Cyle Zezo has been promoted to director of alternative […]

Rachel Weisz to Star in Sci-Fi Movie ‘Cloud One’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:40
Rachel Weisz is attached to star in the indie sci-fi pic “Cloud One,” sources tell Variety. “Wristcutters: A Love Story” helmer Goran Dukic is directing the film from a script he penned. Plot details are being kept under wraps, other than it being described as a grounded sci-fi movie. “The Imitation Game’s” Bristol Automotive will […]

Iconic French Director Agnes Varda Sets Off to New Film Journey with MK2 (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:31
Rolling off an honorary Oscar and worldwide acclaim for “Faces Places,” iconic French auteur Agnes Varda is reteaming with MK2 for her next untitled documentary project which she will co-direct with Didier Rouget. Described by MK2 as an “unpredictable documentary” from a “fascinating storyteller,” Varda’s next film will shed light on her own experience as […]

Facebook Will Exclusively Stream ‘CS:GO’ Pro League Esports Events Previously on YouTube

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:20
Two of ESL’s biggest esports competitions — CS:GO Pro League and ESL One — will be broadcast exclusively on Facebook. Both of the series were formerly streamed on YouTube exclusively. The World Esports Association (WESA) and ESL will launch Facebook live-streaming of CS:GO Pro League, one of the top “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” competitions, starting with […]

Rupert Murdoch Recovering After Suffering Back Injury While Sailing

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:17
Rupert Murdoch is recovering at home after suffering a serious back injury. The media mogul was hospitalized after taking a fall while sailing earlier this month, Variety has confirmed. The 86-year-old head of 21st Century Fox fell and was rushed off the boat by a helicopter, according to Vanity Fair, while vacationing on his son […]

Lara Croft Defies Death in New ‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:17
A new “Tomb Raider” trailer released Thursday offers a further look at Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft and her dangerous adventure for answers about her father’s death. Upon arrival at a mysterious island — his last-known location — she encounters a man, played by Walton Goggins, who says he was taken there by Croft’s father seven […]

Former Oculus Story Studio Team Unveils New Company, Announces 4 VR Projects

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:15
Key members of the former Oculus Story Studio team unveiled their new company at the Sundance film festival Thursday. Fable Studio, which was co-founded by Story Studio co-founder Edward Saatchi and filmmaker Pete Billington, aims to be a technology company slash studio for augmented and virtual reality content. One of the first projects of Fable […]

Golden Globes Music Sweep Is a Kraft-Engel Production

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 19:00
Last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards saw Alexandre Desplat win Best Score (for “The Shape of Water”), and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Best Song (for “The Greatest Showman”). What do they have in common? All three are represented by Richard Kraft and Laura Engel, whose Kraft-Engel Management is one of Hollywood’s top music agencies. Kraft-Engel’s […]

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 […]
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