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Lost's Greg Yaitanes has been drafted as showrunner for the upcoming Manifesto TV show on Discovery Channel. The scripted drama from Lionsgate, Discovery Channel, and Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti's Trigger Street, centers on the "Unabomber," Ted Kaczynski.
Yaitanes will also direct, and will executive produce with John Goldwyn, Spacey, Brunetti, and Troy Searer. Per Discovery, Manifesto will be told from the point of view of the FBI profiler in charge of the manhunt, Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald.
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Why wait for the weekend? Leonardo DiCaprio stepped out on Tuesday to party the night away at Up & Down club in New York City - where he ran into a few of his fellow A-list pals. Both Rihanna and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal were spotted at the club. The actor arrived at the club with Agdal, 24, and a group of friends, while Rihanna showed up solo. But shortly after going inside, the model left while DiCaprio stayed and partied with Rihanna. "They were in the VIP section," a source tells People. "It was a very chill night, they »
- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3
Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Bryan Singer as director.
Bryan Singer studied film at the New York School of Visual Arts and USC School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating, one of his short films caught the eye of a production company who funded low budget films. He then wrote Public Access with childhood friend Christopher McQuarrie, which he then directed as his first feature film in 1993. Two years later, he had his breakthrough with The Usual Suspects, which caught the eyes of critics at the Cannes Film Festival before ultimately becoming profitable in theaters. Next, Singer adapted a Stephen King novel for the screen, directing Apt Pupil (1998). That film received mixed reviews and was not a financial success. Singer was then hired to direct X-Men »
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Urbaniak will be playing Gus Lobrano, who was the real-life fiction editor of the New Yorker during the Salinger’s most productive years in the late ’40s through the ’50s. Previously named cast include Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Lucy Boynton and Brian d’Arcy James.
The movie is based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” which Strong adapted. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman and Strong. CAA is representing North American rights.
The movie will cover Salinger’s rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, a life of rejection to the pages of the New Yorker and the Ptsd-fueled writer’s block that led to »
- Dave McNary
Bravo has set the premiere date for “Rhonj” season 7, plus Img to handle global sales for BBC’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Academy,” and more in Tuesday’s TV news roundup…
Bravo has announced the return of the hotly anticipated “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga are joined by new housewives Dolores Catania, a surgical technician turned realtor, and Siggy Flicker, a relationship expert and TV personality. Jersey veteran Jacqueline Laurita will be returning as well. The seventh season premieres July 10 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
The Television Academy announced Jon Cryer, Chelsea Handler, Allison Janney, Regina King, Rami Malek, Garry Marshall and Bob Newhart will be attending its Hall of Fame Cornerstone Award ceremony during its 70th anniversary gala. The award ceremony will honor ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as the first and only networks to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. »
- Maria Cavassuto
It’s that time of year — Emmy season is almost upon us. Before the race for TV’s top trophy takes off in earnest, Variety takes a look at nine key categories and breaks down which of last year’s nominees are in and out of the running and which newcomers have already made an impact on the kudos landscape.
What’s out: AMC’s “Mad Men” retired after seven seasons and eight series noms.
What’s back: AMC’s “Better Call Saul”; PBS’ “Downton Abbey”; Showtime’s “Homeland”; Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black”; and HBO’s reigning champ, “Game of Thrones,” are all eligible again.
Looking to return: CBS’ “The Good Wife,” last nominated in 2011, has one final chance to make its case.
What’s new: Among freshmen contenders, USA’s “Mr. Robot” has a leg up thanks to a Golden Globe victory, »
- Geoff Berkshire
- Clarence Moye
A new trailer has arrived online for Barry Sonnenfeld’s upcoming comedy Nine Lives, which stars Kevin Spacey as a billionaire father who finds himself trapped inside the body of a cat. take a look below after the official synopsis…
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).
Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His Gps directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric »
- Amie Cranswick
Sonam Kapoor wowed once again in Cannes this time at a special event. amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS event hosted during the Festival de Cannes is a spectacular, star-studded gala and one of the world’s most successful benefit events and the most coveted ticket in town during the Cannes International Film Festival.
This year, amfAR returns to the fabled Hôtel du Cap for the 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS. To date, the event has raised more than $170 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and helped keep the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight.
Actress and international fashion icon, Sonam Kapoor, attended the prestigious auction alongside British designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, sporting a customized Ralph & Russo gown. She accessorized her look with jewellery from Kalyan Jewellers.
- Stacey Yount
Black Label will also continue its strong partnership with Lionsgate, which now has worldwide distribution rights, including North America, through its Summit Entertainment label. This news comes on the heels of the project’s strong international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Tron: Legacy” helmer Joseph Kosinski will direct the film, which follows the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members. »
- Justin Kroll
The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to “The Dinner,” starring Richard Gere, Chloe Sevigny, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall and Adepero Oduye. Directed by Oren Moverman and based on Herman Koch’s bestseller, the film tells the stories of two struggling families making the hardest decisions of their lives over the course of one meal. “It’s an honor and a privilege for our filmmaking family to be working with The Orchard and their innovative team to bring this extraordinary book to the screen,” Moverman said. Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 10: Sean Penn's 'Last Face »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Robin Wright negotiated a salary equal to Kevin Spacey‘s on Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards. Robin Wright On Equal Pay Pay equity in Hollywood has been a main topic of conversation over the last couple of years, and Wright weighed in on it at an event in New York City Tuesday hosted by […]
- Chelsea Regan
Robin Wright is now being paid the same amount as Kevin Spacey, her costar on Netflix's House of Cards. But it took her asking for it and the actress negotiated her salary in a way that would make her House of Cards' character, Claire Underwood, proud. Both actors also serve as producers of the show.
Wright shared her gender pay gap story during an event hosted by Rockefeller Foundation in New York on Tuesday, as Huffington Post reports. During "Insight Dialogues," which hosts conversations with activists, Wright conversed with »
Robin Wright took a stand for equal pay in the workplace. On Tuesday, the House of Cards star told a roomful of media, activists and philanthropists at the Rockefeller Foundation that she made a bold move after learning that costar Kevin Spacey, 56, was earning $500,000 - nearly $100,000 more than her $420,000-per-episode contract, adding up to a 16 percent disparity in their salaries. Wright, 50, plays first lady female counterpart to Spacey's President Frank Underwood on the hit series, recalls that she demanded producers level out her compensation with Spacey's. "I was like, 'I want to be paid the same as Kevin,' " Wright said, »
- Brittany King, @brrriitttnnii
When “House of Cards” star Robin Wright discovered she was being paid less than her on-screen husband and co-star Kevin Spacey, the actress did exactly what her character, Claire Underwood, would do, and closed the gap — by any means necessary.
“I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,'” Wright said during an interview at the Rockefeller Foundation, per the Huffington Post.
“It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in ‘House of Cards,'” she noted of the Netflix series. “I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Spacey’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public,’ and they did.”
Wright is also an executive producer on the Netflix hit, »
- Variety Staff
Score 1 for equal rights, thanks to Claire Underwood, who held all the cards. Robin Wright says she demanded to paid the same amount as co-star Kevin Spacey for her work on the Netflix series House of Cards—and even said that if she were denied her request, she would go public about it. The 50-year-old actress made her comments during a discussion about human rights and equality at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City Tuesday. "I was like, 'I want to be paid the same as Kevin,'" The Huffington Post quoted Wright as saying. "It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are »
Somewhere, Claire Underwood is approving this message with one of her crafty Mona Lisa smiles. Robin Wright has become a force on "House of Cards," not only sharing the stage with Kevin Spacey (even breaking the fourth wall with him in 2016's recent Season 4) but also acting as an executive producer on the last 13 episodes, and director of seven from the past two seasons. Spacey, who plays President Frank Underwood, is also an executive producer on the show, but he hasn't directed any episodes.
This is only relevant because actress Robin Wright just revealed she took a cue from her Flotus character and stepped up to demand equal pay for the Netflix series.
As the actress told the audience at the Rockefeller Foundation (via Huffington Post), "I was like, 'I want to be paid the same as Kevin.' It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, »
- Gina Carbone
“House of Cards” star Robin Wright demanded to be paid the same as her male co-star Kevin Spacey, and threatened “to go public” if Netflix didn’t cough up the dough. “I was like, ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin,'” Wright told media at the Rockefeller Foundation, according to the Huffington Post. Wright plays Claire Underwood, the wife of President Frank Underwood (Spacey)on the Netflix show, while also serving as a producer and occasional director. Also Read: Robin Wright to Join 'Blade Runner' Sequel With Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford “It was the perfect paradigm, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Actor threatened to go public unless she was given the same pay as co-star Kevin Spacey
Related: Robin Wright targets Congo's 'conflict minerals' violence with new campaign
Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalised on it.
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- Bonnie Malkin
Say cheese! Kate McKinnon managed to pack more stars into one selfie than even Ellen DeGeneres—ironic, considering that she did so while impersonating the beloved talk show host. DeGeneres was unable to attend the NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Monday, so she gave the audience the next best thing: McKinnon, live and in the flesh. After a riotous introduction from Seth Meyers, McKinnon sat in Andy Cohen's lap and asked the surrounding stars to gather for a selfie that would rival the one DeGeneres famously took during the 2014 Oscars. You know, the one with Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong'o, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad »
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