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Nicholas Hoult Joins Emma Stone And Rachel Weisz In ‘The Favourite’
Exclusive: Nicholas Hoult has been cast in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos' next film — a period drama The Favourite that stars the already reported Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Hoult recently wrapped production on The Current War playing Nikola Tesla opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. He also plays J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye which will be distributed through IFC this fall. In The Favourite, Hoult will play "Harley," the Tory party leader during the reign of… »
Sony’s Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Movie Adds Alex Hirsch as Story Contributor (Exclusive)
The new film is set to feature Miles Morales as webslinger instead of Peter Parker, marking the big-screen introduction of Marvel Comics’ black and Puerto Rican Spider-Man. The Miles Morales announcement was made by Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson at a slate presentation last month at the Culver City, California studio.
- Umberto Gonzalez
Best Picture Winner ‘Moonlight’ to Expand to 1,500 U.S. Locations
A24 is nearly tripling the domestic run of “Moonlight” following its best picture Academy Award with the coming-of-age drama going into at least 1,500 theaters.
“Moonlight” played at 585 sites during the Feb. 24-26 weekend and grossed $591,201 in its 19th weekend, lifting the cumulative total to $22.1 million. The expansion will put “Moonlight” at its widest release, which previously had been 1,104 locations during the Jan. 27-29 weekend following the film’s eight Academy Award nominations.
Open Road expanded “Spotlight” from 685 to 1,227 sites last year following its best picture award. It took in $1.8 million in its 18th weekend to move its total gross to $41.6 million and wound up its run two months later with $45 million.
Mahershala Ali Becomes First Muslim Actor to Win an Oscar
- Dave McNary
Christopher Walken, Steve Coogan Join 'Irreplaceable You' (Exclusive)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Game of Thones actor Michiel Huisman are starring in the film that former Veep director and executive producer Stephanie Laing is helming. The story follows Abbie and Sam, who were soulmates since the age of 8 and were destined to be together forever until death got in the way.
Walken’s recent credits include Eddie the Eagle with »
- Rebecca Ford
Universal DreamWorks Animation Announces ‘Trolls 2’; Sets for April 10, 2020
The first film follows Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends after the Bergens invade Troll Village.
Watch the »
- Justin Kroll
Critic Armond White Ruins Perfect ‘Get Out’ Rotten Tomatoes Score
For days, Jordan Peele’s acclaimed “Get Out” enjoyed a perfect 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. But that’s over now, thanks to contrarian film critic Armond White. In his review of the film for the conservative National Review, White called “Get Out” a “get whitey” film that is “tailored to please the liberal status quo.” He criticized director Peele and actors Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery for their portrayal of the protagonists, Chris and Rod, calling them “attitudes, not complex beings.” “Get Out” is a horror film in which a black man (Kaluuya) visits the mysterious family estate of his white girlfriend. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Casts ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Star P.J. Byrne
Producers are Flynn of Flynn Picture Company, John Rickard of Wrigley Pictures, and Hiram Garcia of Johnson’s own Seven Bucks Productions. Peyton is also producing through his Asap Entertainment banner. Johnson and Dany Garcia are executive producing, along with Marcus Viscidi and Jeff Fierson. Wendy Jacobson will co-produce on behalf of Flynn Picture.
New Line will release “Rampage” on April 20, 2018.
Byrne is currently starring in »
- Dave McNary
Michael Shannon and Richard Linklater Named Presenters for 2017 Texas Film Awards
Shannon will present an award to his longtime-friend and collaborator, director Jeff Nichols, while Linklater, who himself has deep roots in the Texas filmmaking scene as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society and a member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame, will present actress and singer Shirley MacLaine with a lifetime achievement award.
Shannon starred in Nichols’ first ever feature film, “Shotgun Stories,” and the duo have since collaborated on films such as “Take Shelter,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special.” Their most recent work together was on the Oscar-nominated “Loving,” starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed-race couple who are arrested for their marriage in Virginia and embark on a legal battle which would eventually lead them to the Supreme Court. »
- Will Thorne
DreamWorks Pictures Makes Good On ‘Bad Cop, Bad Cop’ Spec With Fortune Feimster Attached To Star
Exclusive: DreamWorks Pictures is looking for a few bad men. The production company just picked up the spec screenplay Bad Cop, Bad Cop written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, with Feimster attached to star. Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films is also in talks to produce as what is being billed as an R-rated action buddy comedy about two hapless cops who stumble on a case that exposes a conspiracy of corruption in their own precinct. This marks the second… »
‘Logan’ Black & Chrome Edition Might Be Coming
If you’ve been following the marketing campaign for “Logan,” you might’ve noticed director James Mangold has shown a particularly affinity for black and white photography. Many of the film’s first look photos were monochrome, and a promo clip for the movie released last month, also played out in black-and-white. So, could we be getting the whole movie in grayscale?
Granted, it’s not much to go on, but a fan recently tweeted Mangold to ask if a black-and-white cut of “Logan” would ever seen the light of day, to which the filmmaker replied simply, “Workin’ on it.”
@AdamMcDee Workin' on it.
Continue reading ‘Logan’ Black & Chrome Edition Might Be Coming at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Keith Feldman Promoted to Fox Worldwide Home Entertainment President
Fox has promoted Keith Feldman to president of worldwide home entertainment. He replaces Mike Dunn, who was promoted last year to be Fox’s president of product strategy and consumer business development.
In his new role, Feldman will oversee the sales and rental of Fox films and shows, both in their disc and digital forms. He will continue to report to Dunn.
His promotion comes as the home entertainment market is grappling with shifting consumer tastes — more people are streaming content than renting Blu-rays and DVDs. As part of that evolution, Feldman will work on new and emerging formats such as Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and virtual reality, and will maintain relationships with retailers like Google Play, Walmart, and Amazon.
Feldman takes charge of a unit that has offices in 16 countries and that distributes products in more than 100 countries.
“Keith is an exceptional global executive that has boldly advanced our transactional businesses, »
- Brent Lang
Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Joel McHale Join Thriller ‘Assassination Nation’
“Assassination Nation” follows four teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted, worldwide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker.
Producers are Foxtail Entertainment’s Matthew Malek and Anita Gou, Phantom Four’s David Goyer (“Batman v Superman”) and Kevin Turen, and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert (“Fences”). Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack are executive producers.
Malek and Gou launched Foxtail Entertainment last year with a pledge to explore edgy material and champion projects that highlight diversity. »
- Dave McNary
‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer Breakdown: New Planet, Same Problem
Last year, I visited the set of Alien: Covenant. Today, I was able to publish my observations, and I wrote all about the film’s gore and monsters, its cast of characters, its sets and costumes, and its connections to Prometheus. And then, like clockwork, a new trailer arrived, and you know what means – it’s time […]
- Jacob Hall
Exclusive: Clip From David Gordon Green, Jody Hill & Danny McBride Produced ‘Donald Cried’
The “man-child” construct in contemporary cinema is perhaps exemplified by popular characters played by Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler, but director/writer/star Kris Avedisian turns that archetype on its head in his new film, “Donald Cried.”
- Kevin Jagernauth
Why Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins Are Sharing the Variety Cover
This editor’s letter first appeared in the March 1, 2017 issue of Variety.
A funny thing happened on the way to our post-Oscar issue.
As we do every year, we prearranged what we like to refer to as our “morning after” cover, where we photograph and interview an Academy Award winner in the early hours following Hollywood’s biggest show. This year, we booked “La La Land” auteur Damien Chazelle, betting that he’d take home the honor for best director. Predetermining our cover subject doesn’t come without risk. We always have a back-up plan just in case we guess wrong.
Well, we guessed right. But what we could not have foreseen was having the good fortune to land two rival Oscar contenders for our cover — highly unusual given the often outsized egos and self-congratulatory nature among Hollywood’s A-list talent.
In fact, it was Chazelle’s camp that suggested »
- Claudia Eller
Oscars Best Picture Gaffe and Slow Response Eclipse Diversity Gains
As he exited the Academy Awards stage following the aborted best-picture celebration for “La La Land,” singer John Legend said, “That was must-see TV.” The film in which he co-starred had just won Hollywood’s top award, only to have it snatched away some two minutes later, when it became clear that presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been given the wrong envelope. Legend and the rest of the “La La Land” team moved on, as the “Moonlight” team took the stage in their stead.
For the third year running, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a furor on its hands, this time not because of a lack of diversity among Oscar nominees and winners, but because the night’s crowning moment was so clumsily misplayed. The ballot mishandling by a partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers meant that the Academy’s good-news story about inclusivity was subsumed in »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
‘Glow’ Teaser Trailer: First Look at Alison Brie’s Female Wrestling Series from Jenji Kohan
Netflix has released a bold teaser trailer to announce the premiere date for its upcoming series “Glow,” starring Alison Brie (“Community,” “Get Hard”) in the lead role. The female wrestling comedy from executive producer Jenji Kohan (“Orange Is the New Black”) will be available for streaming on June 23.
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Inspired by the 80s show “Glow: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,” the series follows an out-of-work actress named Ruth Wilder (Brie) as she struggles trying to make it in the film industry in 1985 Los Angeles. Eventually, her last chance for stardom is making the first-ever women wrestling TV show.
“Glow” was created by Liz Flahive (“Homeland,” “Nurse Jackie”) and Carly Mensch (“Nurse Jackie,” “Orange Is The New Black”). Kohan executive produced the show with Tara Herrmann. The cast also includes Betty Gilpin (“True Story,” “Nurse Jackie »
- Yoselin Acevedo
New Photos Show Pwc Accountant Tweeting, Mixing Envelopes Backstage at Oscars (Exclusive)
Variety has obtained exclusive photos of PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant Brian Cullinan — the man behind the infamous envelope mix-up — leading up to and during Sunday’s gaffe in which “La La Land” was erroneously named best picture over “Moonlight.”
Pwc has already confirmed Cullinan, a top executive at the firm, as the person responsible for giving presenter Warren Beatty the incorrect envelope.
The newly uncovered photographs (see below) not only show Cullinan engaged on his phone shortly before the “La La Land” miscommunication, he’s also photographed mixing two red envelopes backstage alongside Beatty and best actor winner Casey Affleck, who had just exited the stage, which would dispute Pwc’s official explanation that Cullinan grabbed the wrong envelope from a “backup pile,” and shows he was likely always in possession of both the best actress envelope (which was given to presenter Warren Beatty) and the best picture envelope, the night’s two final awards. »
- Lawrence Yee, Stuart Oldham and Jacob Bryant
Rendez-vous With French Cinema New York Put Focus on Female Filmmakers
A new generation of French women helmers is boldly mixing personal and genre cinema to create a fresh image of Gallic cinema abroad.
“Sometimes Americans are curious to see why we have so many women directors, with such strength of vision,” says Unifrance director Isabelle Giordano. “Women directors tackle pressing issues from new angles, with daring, sometimes provocative, approaches, often confronting hard truths in a frank and original manner.”
Almost half the filmmakers attending the Rendez-vous With French Cinema at Lincoln Center that runs March 1-12 (filmlinc.org/festivals/rendez-vous-with-french-cinema) are women, ranging from veteran Agnès Varda — who is scheduled for a talk at the event — to younger helmers such as Emmanuelle Bercot (“150 Milligrams”), Justine Triet (“In Bed With Victoria”), Julia Ducournau (“Raw,” and one of Variety’s 2017 10 Directors to Watch), Rebecca Zlotowski (“Planetarium”), Katell Quillévéré (“Heal the Living”), and Stéphanie Di Giusto (“The Dancer”).
Top female executives attending the »
- Martin Dale
Fox Promotes Keith Feldman To President Of Worldwide Home Entertainment
Keith Feldman just became the go-to exec for Twentieth Century Fox Film’s home entertainment decisions. He was promoted to President, Worldwide Home Entertainment from President of Worldwide Distribution, the company says today. Feldman will continue to report to Mike Dunn, who was promoted in December to be Fox’s President of Product Strategy and Consumer Business Development. The company calls Feldman’s promotion “a strategic move to sustain Fox’s leadership position in… »
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