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Gerald Hirschfeld, Cinematographer on 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Fail-Safe,' Dies at 95
Gerald Hirschfeld, the veteran cinematographer who shot the films Fail-Safe and Young Frankenstein in beautiful black and white, died Feb. 13 of natural causes at his home in Ashland, Ore., a family spokesman said. He was 95.
Hirschfeld was the American Society of Cinematographers' most senior member, having joined the organization in 1951, and he received its prestigious Presidents Award in 2007.
Hirschfeld's first major assignment came for director Sidney Lumet on the taut Cold War drama Fail-Safe (1964), and he brilliantly captured the look of the Universal monster movies of the 1930s with »
- Mike Barnes
Emma Watson’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tops Social Media Buzz
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” topped social media buzz last week as it generated nearly 130,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
Disney released a new behind-the-scenes clip on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. The live-action romance, starring Emma Watson, has produced a total of 987,000 new conversations on social media.
Bill Condon directed the adaptation, which also stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe.
Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated 101,000 new conversations last week as director Rian Johnson offered details on Feb. 15 about the movie, explaining that the story will resume from the end of “Star Wars: »
- Dave McNary
First Look: The Cast Of Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’; Arnold Schwarzenneger Likely Not Part Of Cast
“There’s one of two ways we can go,” writer/director Shane Black said in May of 2016. “We use [Arnold] Schwarzenegger or we don’t. And there’s advantages to using him and there’s a story to be told if we don’t, and I’m not going to tell you which one we chose, but we made a choice that I think is cool and we’ll see what happens,” Black said.
- The Playlist
WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Arrival’ Win Top Film Prizes; FX’s ‘Atlanta’ & ‘The Americans’ Lead TV – Complete Winners List
Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins and Arrival’s Eric Heisserer were the big film winners on Sunday night at the 69th annual WGA Awards, which were handed out at dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. On the TV side, FX swept the top categories with Atlanta winning for Comedy Series and New Series, The Americans for Drama Series and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for Long Form Adapted. See the full list of winners below, along with video of Jenkins… »
‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Golden Reel Sound Editing Awards
Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” claimed top honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) 64th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The film won in both the FX/Foley and Dialogue/Adr categories. “La La Land” won in the musical field.
On the television side, “Westworld” won prizes in both the short form and long form categories. “Penny Dreadful,” “The Night Of” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” were also recognized.
- Kristopher Tapley
7 of the Best Hurt Bae Parodies (Videos)
These two made a Hurt Bae video about the most serious type of cheating — eating without each other. The disrespect is just too real. This person decided to just answer the question for Hurt Bae’s ex. Yes, he says he didn’t count how many times he cheated on her, but let’s be real … he really knows all their names from Tonya to Nicole. This pair reenacted the video and showed what was probably a more realistic approach to how things would’ve really went down. They added real captions for effect. You can watch the second part here. »
- Rasha Ali
Watch Angelina Jolie Eat a Tarantula With Her Kids (Video)
Angelina Jolie is taking the celebrity diet to a new level. Jolie appeared on BBC World News from Cambodia while filming her latest directorial effort, the documentary “First They Killed My Father.” The actress and director discussed her high-profile split from Brad Pitt with journalist Yalda Hakim, but one of the more memorable moments came when Jolie ate scorpions and tarantulas with her kids. “Crickets — you start with crickets. Crickets and a beer, and then you kind of move up to tarantulas,” Jolie says in the clip (below) while removing the tarantulas’ fangs with her fingers, preparing them for cooking. »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Flip or Flop’ Star Christina El Moussa Targeted by Skin-Product ‘Scam,’ Spokesperson Says
As if Christina El Moussa didn’t have enough to worry about with her personal life, now she’s been targeted by a website claiming that the “Flip or Flop” star helped “create” a skincare product that she actually has nothing to do with. A website, doctored to look like an article from People, claims that El Moussa is behind a skincare business known as Vinetics-c, that accounts for “close to 50 percent” of her and estranged husband Tarek El Moussa’s income. The website goes on to claim that Christina El Moussa said she created an anti-wrinkle serum “so that I could take care. »
- Tim Kenneally
Angelina Jolie Breaks Her Silence on ‘Difficult’ Brad Pitt Divorce
Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance in several months on Saturday for the world premiere of her new film “First They Killed My Father” in Cambodia.
Accompanied by her six children, the Oscar-winning actress said her upcoming Netflix drama was a way of saying “Thank you” to the region, where she filmed the 2001 movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and later adopted her eldest son, Maddox.
“Without Cambodia I may never have become a mother,” she said. “Part of my heart is and will always be in this country.”
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say that it was a very difficult time,” Jolie said of the Pitt divorce. “And we are a family »
- Variety Staff
Oscars: Guide to Hollywood’s Top Viewing Parties (Updating)
For a guide to the parties with actual nominees — and some trophies floating through after Jimmy Kimmel signs off — click over to TheWrap’s “Ultimate Guide to the Hottest Invites.” Also Read: Oscar Parties 2017: Ultimate Guide to the Hottest Invites in Hollywood (Updating) For the industry-affiliated who did not score one of the 3,400 tickets for the Oscars on Feb. 26, these are the top invites during the show away from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Several shiny entertainment industry fiefdoms with varying degrees of affiliation to the 24 awards handed out at the Oscars still want to “touch” the industry’s biggest night. »
- Mikey Glazer
Behind the Scenes Video of Ryan Gosling Playing Piano in ‘La La Land’ (Exclusive)
For his Oscar-nominated role in “La La Land,” Ryan Gosling spent three months learning to play the piano — so it’s somewhat of a compliment that many people ask if there was a hand double involved. “It’s all Ryan,” says writer-director Damien Chazelle, adding that there was initially going to be someone on deck just in case, but it was never needed.
New Bts video provided to Variety shows Gosling on set rehearsing or playing in several scenes, including the number “Start a Fire” with John Legend and at the wedding of his character’s sister.
It’s not the first time Gosling has taken on a special skill or gone to extremes for a film. For “The Notebook,” he spent two months soaking up the culture of in Charleston, Sc and even learned to build furniture like his character. To put on 60 pounds for “The Lovely Bones,” a film he eventually left, »
- Jenelle Riley
Chris Brown and Soulja Boy’s Boxing Match ‘Is Off,’ Rapper Says
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the day that Chris Brown and Soulja Boy face off in the ring, bad news — the highly-anticipated boxing match between “Run It” singer Brown and the rapper is off. Soulja Boy broke the news via Twitter on Monday, writing, “Chris Brown manager call my manager last night sand said the fight is off and he’s not signing contract.” The rapper added, “Don’t ask me about the s— no more.” Also Read: Soulja Boy Slapped With Felony Gun Charges “I aint gon say he a b—- or he shook or nothing,” the rapper continued. »
- Tim Kenneally
‘Logan’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Logan.”
Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.77 million through Sunday for 1,514 national ad airings across 49 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Feb. 13-19. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox spent the most on CBS and NBC networks, prioritizing budget toward sports events including college basketball broadcasts, the 2017 NBA All Star Game and 2017 NBA All-Star Saturday; sports fans are clearly a target demographic for this latest installment of the “X-Men” film series.
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What We’ve Learned About the Oscars Race From the Guild Awards
The four major Hollywood guilds have now made their choices for the best work of 2016. All that’s left is for the last group of late-voting Academy members to cast their ballots before the end of the day on Tuesday, when Oscars polls close. And since the Producers Guild Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Directors Guild Awards and Writers Guild Awards are the shows whose voters have a significant overlap with the Academy, they’re the ones to watch if you want to figure out what film will emerge victorious at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 26. So here’s the breakdown: Also Read:. »
- Steve Pond
Milo Yiannopoulos Responds to Backlash: ‘I Am a Gay Man, and a Child Abuse Victim’
Soon after Milo Yiannopoulos was disinvited from speaking at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (Cpac) on Monday, the Breitbart editor and face of the alt-right movement backpedaled on his comments about pedophilia that sparked outrage over the weekend. “I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim,” Yiannopoulos wrote on his Facebook page Monday. “I would like to restate my utter disgust at adults who sexually abuse minors.” Yiannopoulos went on to say that he was “horrified by pedophilia,” adding that he’s “outed three of them, in fact — three more than most of my critics.” Also »
- Itay Hod
‘King Arthur’: Charlie Hunnam Pulls the Sword From the Stone in New Trailer
The new take on the Excalibur tale follows King Arthur, who is robbed of his birthright after his father is murdered and his uncle Vortigern, played by Jude Law, takes control of the throne. Arthur has a rough upbringing, living in the alleys of the city, but once he pulls the sword from the stone, he’s forced to acknowledge his legacy.
“I’ve never had any power, or any desire to achieve it,” says Hunnam in the trailer.
Hunnam and Law star alongside Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Mage, Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill, and Eric Bana as King Uther Pendragon. “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” helmer Guy Ritchie directed from a screenplay by himself, »
- Alex Stedman
Dick Clark Productions Sale to Dalian Wanda Is Dead (Exclusive)
Dalian Wanda’s $1 billion purchase of Golden Globes producer Dick Clark Productions is dead, two individuals familiar with the matter told TheWrap. The deal has fallen apart over problems getting currency out of China — and passing regulatory muster with the Chinese state, the insiders said. Speculation that Donald Trump’s administration would not approve the deal was not the primary reason for its breakdown, according to both individuals. Also Read: Dalian Wanda's 'Billion-Dollar' Deal for Dick Clark Productions Isn't Closed - Will It? Top brass at Dcp owner Eldridge Industries still expect the deal to close, however, one insider close »
- Matt Pressberg and Matt Donnelly
Keith Cox to be Named Paramount Network Development President
Keith Cox is set to be named president of development and production for Paramount Network, the relaunched version of Viacom’s Spike TV that is currently in the works, Variety has learned. Cox adds programming responsibilities for the rebranding network to his role as president of development and programming for sister channel TV Land.
Sharon Levy, executive vice president of original series for Spike TV, will depart Viacom. Levy had been with the company for 11 years, and developed series such as “Lip Sync Battle,” “Ink Master,” and “Bar Rescue.”
Deadline first reported Cox’s promotion and Levy’s departure.
Earlier this month, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish unveiled a new strategy for the media company that included rebranding Spike TV as Paramount Network, a »
- Daniel Holloway
'Mr. and Mrs. Smith': THR's 1941 Review
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is not the most brilliant comedy to hit the screen, nor is it the best directed, acted or produced. It may be disappointing to many of the followers of Norman Krasna, Alfred Hitchcock and Carole Lombard who expected extreme brilliance from that trio, but there's enough fun in it to send you home happy with your entertainment.
The main trouble with »
- THR Staff
Francis Bean Cobain Remembers Her Father, Kurt Cobain, on His 50th Birthday
Francis Bean Cobain paid tribute to her late father on Monday with a handwritten note posted on Instagram. “You are loved and you are missed,” she wrote. “Thank you for giving me the Gift of life.” Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 on Feb. 20. He died on April 6, 1994, at age 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head when his daughter was just one year old. Also Read: Kurt Cobain's Daughter Honors Rock Star on Anniversary of His Death Francis, now 21, was recently named the face of Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2017 ad campaign. Her father was known for his grunge style, »
- Ashley Boucher
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