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Neil Gaiman to Adapt Novel ‘Good Omens’ as Amazon Series
Amazon Studios will adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel “Good Omens” into a six-episode limited series, the studio announced on Thursday. The 2006 novel takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. Set to debut in 2018 on Prime Video, “Good Omens” will consist of six one-hour episodes entirely written by Gaiman, who will also serve as showrunner. (Veteran fantasy writer Pratchett died in March 2015.) See video: Watch 'American Gods' First Trailer From Comic-Con This marks the latest Gaiman novel to get turned into a TV series. Starz will premiere its adaptation of the. »
- Joe Otterson
Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide
The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.
In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.
An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.
The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.
Friday, Jan. 20
Village at the Lift
AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet. »
- Mannie Holmes
‘This Is Us’ Renewed For Second & Third Seasons By NBC
NBC has ordered two minimum 18-episode seasons of its Tuesday night drama sensation This Is Us. "We all got our wish that this is a hit show," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. "'This Is Us' is as good as anything we've ever had, we're thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there's no doubt it will have a long life on NBC. On behalf of everyone at NBC, we're grateful for the artistry of the cast, crew, and producers assembled by our gifted creator, Dan… »
Announcing the 2017 People's Choice Awards Winners!
As award season rolls on, the 2017 People's Choice Awards have also wrapped and rewarded TV, movies, and stars that you, aka the people, chose. Of the nominees, we saw Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson, Blake Lively, and record-breaker Ellen DeGeneres take home awards and have a good time. There are a ton of awards, so check out the full list below. Movies Favorite Movie Finding Dory Favorite Movie Actor Ryan Reynolds Favorite Movie Actress Jennifer Lawrence Favorite Action Movie Deadpool Favorite Action Movie Actor Robert Downey Jr. Favorite Action Movie Actress Margot Robbie Favorite Animated Movie Voice Ellen DeGeneres Favorite Comedic Movie Bad Moms Favorite Comedic Movie Actor Kevin Hart Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Melissa McCarthy Favorite Dramatic Movie Me Before You Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor Tom Hanks Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Blake Lively Favorite Family Movie Finding Dory Favorite Thriller Movie The Girl on the Train Favorite Movie Icon Johnny Depp »
- Maggie Pehanick
Stephen Gaghan to Write and Direct Video Game Adaptation ‘The Division’
Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “Traffic” and “Syriana,” will write and direct video game adaptation “The Division,” Ubisoft Motion Pictures announced Thursday. The film will star Jake Gyllenhaal, who is also producing, and Jessica Chastain. Based on Ubisoft’s hit game “Tom Clancy‘s The Division,” the film is set in the aftermath of a small pox pandemic in dystopian New York. In the game, which set the Ubisoft record for highest first-day sales in company history, players attempt to rebuild, investigate and fight crime in the city. Plot details of the big-screen adaptation have been kept under wraps. »
- Greg Gilman
Sundance Parties: 11 Celebrities Going to Park City Without a Film (Photos)
Starring in a buzzy indie film is no longer the price of admission at Sundance. From A-list producers (Matt Damon), to Youtube icons (Gigi Gorgeous and Tyler Oakley), and buzzy celebrity couples (Kate Upton and Justin Verlander), here’s who you will only see “off screen” around Park City. Keep your head on a swivel. Model Kate Upton and Mlb Pitching Ace Justin Verlander The model and Detroit Tigers pitching star fiancé will promote a branded content series they made for Condé Nast and Golf Digest. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Rock & Reilly’s Matt Damon Last year Damon hit it big »
- Mikey Glazer
‘Cold Case Files’ Revived by A&E With Danny Glover
Using dramatic reenactments and first-person accounts, each episode of “Cold Case Files” explores a single criminal case that has gone years without being solved. The hour-long series brings in the accounts and insights of victims’ loved ones and detectives who have studied the case.
The original “Cold Case Files” premiered on A&E in 1998, spanning 125 episodes and nearly 10 years.
“’Cold Case Files’ remains one of A&E’s most beloved and successful series of all time,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming for A&E. “The new creative team has infused the franchise with a rejuvenated approach to storytelling at a time when true crime investigation is capturing the nation’s attention more than ever.”
- Daniel Holloway
62 Politicians Boycotting Donald Trump’s Inauguration – and Why (Updating)
Congressional Democrats are announcing in droves they won’t attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, and we’ll be updating the list of politicians who will boycott Trump. The number of lawmakers boycotting the inauguration shot up after Trump lashed out on Twitter at Georgia Rep. John Lewis, the Civil Rights icon who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., and who said on “Meet the Press” this weekend that he would boycott the inauguration because he doesn’t think Trump’s presidency is legitimate. Trump responded by tweeting that Lewis was “all talk, talk, talk,” and that he should “spend »
- Phil Hornshaw
Mark Burnett’s Ties to Trump Put Him in Tricky Situation
Donald Trump brings a wealth of diverse business connections with him to the White House. From his years in the entertainment industry, there’s no more significant relationship that he forged than his ties to the prolific and wildly successful TV producer Mark Burnett.
Burnett courted Trump for the role that vaulted the media-savvy billionaire onto the national stage — as the star of NBC’s reality-competition series “The Apprentice” — by emphasizing the inspiration he had drawn from the 1987 book “Trump: The Art of the Deal.”
Starting in early 2004, Burnett and Trump turned “The Apprentice,” and later “The Celebrity Apprentice,” into a global juggernaut that minted profits through brand integration deals and international format licensing. Local-language productions of the show became hits in the dozens of territories to which it traveled. The U.K. edition remains a top draw for the BBC.
Jake Chessum for Variety
In almost any scenario, having a personal connection to the U.S »
- Cynthia Littleton
Key Players Fuel Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment
While Brett Ratner is the face of RatPac, the company’s ambitious mandate — from Warner Bros. blockbusters, mid-range budgeted comedies and dramas, and smaller specialty pics, as well as documentaries — calls for a crack team of pros to keep all of the different projects on track. Meet the company toppers who keep RatPac humming.
Chief Operating Officer
Neinstein oversees all corporate business, legal, financial, and day-to-day operations. Before joining RatPac in 2014, Neinstein served as exec VP in charge of business affairs for Paramount, and was previously a partner at Spyglass Entertainment Group. A member of the executive branch of AMPAS with a background in law, Neinstein has cinema in his veins. “RatPac is a phenomenal brand and [founder] Brett [Ratner] is amazing at understanding that, and growing and expanding the brand, and diversifying us as a business. It’s a 24/7 job but it’s highly rewarding and I absolutely love it, »
- Nick Clement
Netflix Is Not Picking Up ‘Girl Meets World’ (Exclusive)
One avenue for more “Girl Meets World” episodes has closed, as TheWrap has learned that Netflix will not be picking up the recently canceled Disney Channel sitcom for more episodes. The “Boy Meets World” spinoff was canceled on Jan. 4, immediately sparking fan backlash and campaigns for the series, about Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga’s (Danielle Fishel) daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her friends, to continue on another platform. As fans mounted campaigns for Netflix or Hulu or another platform to pick up the show, showrunner Michael Jacobs admitted he doesn’t agree with the cancellation decision at the show’s current network. »
- Linda Ge
China’s TV Players Look to Boost Profile in Global Programming Marketplace
Miami — At a time when television’s import-export business is booming, China is eyed by Western media companies as Shangri-La, a market more than twice the size of the U.S. with some 400 million television homes.
But the business of television is a two-way superhighway. China’s TV production community was on display at Natpe this week as the conference hosted its first-ever China Pavilion. The fact that so much Chinese investment coin is flowing into Hollywood has also heightened interest in building stronger business ties among Chinese and Western production players.
Eighteen companies, including CCTV and a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group, exhibited their wares on the trade show floor, an effort organized by the Beijing-based China Television Drama Production Industry Association and state entities. Many of those companies are expected to participate in the first-ever Mip China conference set for May in Hangzhou, about 700 miles south of Beijing.
- Cynthia Littleton
‘Icarus’ Sundance Documentary Director Was Scared When Exposing Russian Olympic Doping Scandal
Bryan Fogel had created a nice cottage industry when he wrote, directed, and performed in the romantic comedy “Jewtopia.” He took the stage play from Los Angeles to New York, then directed the feature film version released in 2013.
Admittedly “desperate not to go through the rest of life as the ‘Jewtopia’-guy,” though, Fogel turned to his youthful passion of bicycle racing for his next project. Now he’s the force behind the documentary film that helped break one of the biggest sports stories of recent years, even before becoming one of the buzziest titles at the start of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Icarus,” set to screen Friday morning as part of the U.S. documentary competition, started as a kind of “Super Size Me” for athletes. Amateur cyclist Fogel planned to explore the impacts of performance-enhancing drugs, by doping himself, and use film to tell about how the chemicals changed him. »
- James Rainey
Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette to Star in Ghost Story ‘Octavio Is Dead’ (Exclusive)
Gadon is also acting as an exec producer on the project. She portrays the daughter of her overbearing mother (Arquette) and enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father (played by Trujillo) — a man she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the power of will versus imagination confront her on the journey. Dimitris Kitsos also stars as Octavio’s student Apostolis.
The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. It’s represented internationally by sales agent WTFilms.
Gadon will be seen in the title role »
- Dave McNary
Watch Moby Thrash Against Trump in ‘Erupt the Matter’ (Video)
There’s nothing like Donald Trump’s election to bring Moby out of his seemingly quiet shell. Judging from his new video, “Erupt and Matter,” the multi-hyphenate musician is ready to lead a rebellion as the 45th president prepares to take office. Moby and post-punk rockers Void Pacific Choir dropped the politically charged new video on Thursday, a day ahead of Trump’s inauguration. Also Read: Hear Fiona Apple's Anti-Trump Track 'Tiny Hands' (Audio) Moby has called Trump an “actual sociopath” in the past. So, it’s no surprise to see him raging behind the microphone in the video for the tune, »
- Meriah Doty
Inside the Battle ‘For the Soul of Conservative Media’
In life, Andrew Breitbart was a first-class rock thrower, attacking Democrats and the press with the zeal of a guerrilla partisan. The website he founded, Breitbart.com, did not play by the same rules of combat as its forebears in conservative media, as it generated outrage and scandals with occasional carelessness about facts. While outlets like Forbes and The Wall Street Journal thrived on access to Beltway and Wall Street insiders, Breitbart operated on the fringe, and openly scoffed at the ruling elite.
How things have changed. Four years after Breitbart’s death from heart failure at the age of 43, his creation has assumed a central place in American politics, and is now staring out from the windows its founder once tried to break. It has become, in essence, the mouthpiece for the Trump administration. With that has come an invitation to be in the room where it happens: Steve Bannon, the »
- Gene Maddaus
Sundance: Newcomer June Pictures Heads to Fest With Three Films
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June Pictures didn’t even exist one year ago, but the La-based production company has, incredibly, three films playing at the Sundance Film Festival.
Co-founded by Andrew Duncan and former ICM agent Alex Saks, the banner is heading to Park City with Thoroughbred starring Olivia Cook and Anya Taylor-Joy, Fun Mom Dinner with Toni Collette and Molly Shannon and the documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower about Hong Kong student activist and politician Joshua Wong (all are looking for distribution at the fest).
Financial independence and making a point of being hands-on producers has been the secret of their success so far. »
- Rebecca Ford
Una Morera Joins Bond/360 as Director of Distribution
Industry veteran Una Morera has been named director of distribution for indie film distributor and documentary specialist Bond/360, Variety has learned exclusively.
The hire was announced Thursday on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival. Morera will be responsible for executing cross-platform communications strategy for Bond/360 releases.
Before joining Bond/360, Morera served as director of programming for Lionsgate’s Tribeca Shortlist Svod in New York. She had also worked as senior content programmer for Gaia.com Svod in Colorado since 2005.
Morera has produced and directed documentary shorts and worked as a development executive for Jane Berliner and Handprint Entertainment.
“Una Morera is an experienced documentary marketing professional,” said Bond/360 COO Elizabeth Sheldon. “She has a deep knowledge of the documentary landscape and an unrelenting passion to connect audiences with films across platforms. »
- Dave McNary
Donald Trump Claims His Cabinet Is the Smartest in History ‘By Far’ (Video)
Donald Trump addressed supporters and staffers at a luncheon on the eve of the inauguration on Thursday, claiming, “We have, by far, the highest Iq of any cabinet ever assembled.” “I want to thank everyone, we’ve had such great, great support in this room,” Trump said in Washington D.C. before scanning the crowd and pointing out various public figures, including Jeff Sessions, Cory Lewandowski, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. When discussing his selection for attorney general, Trump said the “legendary” Sessions “will be one of the outstanding stars of this country.” The president-elect mentioned that all of his cabinet picks are. »
- Brian Flood
Network Aimed at Rural America Speaks for Population That Feels Underserved by the Media
For anyone who wanted to get a handle on the mood among voters in rural America leading up to the presidential election, there was an obvious metric to consult: the price of soybeans. And cattle, corn, hogs, milk, and the other staples that drive the agricultural futures markets. Prices in the past few years have been down across the board. That spelled big trouble for the incumbent party in the White House.
Patrick Gottsch, founder and president of rural-lifestyle and agribusiness-focused cable channel Rfd-tv, saw the revolt against the political status quo coming more than a year ago. So did Donald Trump’s campaign managers. In the final two weeks before Election Day, Trump’s team spent $150,000 to buy every available advertising spot on Nashville-based Rfd-tv. His rival, Hillary Clinton, spent no money on the channel, according to Gottsch.
“You could really see it turning in the last couple of weeks,” Gottsch »
- Cynthia Littleton
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