'Star Trek: Discovery' to Premiere in Late Summer or Fall, CBS CEO Says
Star Trek: Discovery is now set to premiere later this year on CBS All Access.
Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS, on Monday told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that the reboot of the sci-fi franchise will debut "in late summer, early fall we're looking at probably, right now."
Originally slated to debut last month as CBS All Access' first original scripted series, the project has been delayed several times, most notably due to the departure of Bryan Fuller as showrunner.
But Moonves said the drama, currently in production in Toronto, will not be hurried into the »
- Etan Vlessing
Vera Farmiga to Play Millie Bobby Brown's Mother in 'Godzilla' Sequel
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is now a family affair.
Michael Dougherty (Krampus) is directing from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The Legendary and Warner Bros. feature is the follow-up to Gareth Edwards' 2014 reboot, which earned $529.1 million worldwide.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is slated for release »
- Borys Kit,Mia Galuppo
Oscars: A Closer Look at the Results That Were Overshadowed By the Best Picture Confusion
It's early Monday morning, and I'm finally back at my desk and starting to process what I witnessed only a few hours ago, but one thing's for sure: Bonnie and Clyde ended better for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway than the 89th Oscars did.
When the two Hollywood legends took the stage to present best picture — something that I reported was going to take place — and Dunaway shouted the name "La La Land," the storyline for the evening seemed like it couldn't be more positive for the Academy. Jimmy Kimmel, who ABC had persuaded the »
- Scott Feinberg
Oscars Best-Picture Flub Explained: Read PWC’s Full Statement
The Oscars’ accounting firm, PWC, has just released a statement taking the blame for the error that led to “La La Land” being incorrectly named the Best Picture. The producers of “La La Land” had to hand over the Best Picture Oscar to the team behind “Moonlight” (pictured) — the film that truly won Best Picture. Warren Beatty, who incorrectly announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner with his “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star, Faye Dunaway, explained after “Moonlight” was named as the real winner that they had been given an envelope containing the name of “La La Land” star Emma Stone, »
- Tim Molloy
Oscars: Watch Warren Beatty’s Explain Insane Best Picture Flub (Video)
Warren Beatty had some explaining to do Sunday after he and co-presenter Faye Dunaway made perhaps the biggest flub in awards show history, erroneously naming “La La Land” the Oscar’s Best Picture instead of the real winner, “Moonlight.” This one will fuel conspiracy theories for years. But Beatty suggested it was a simple, albeit huge mistake: It seemed that they had been handed an envelope containing the name of Best Actress winner Emma Stone. “I want to tell you what happened,” he said. “I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone, ‘La La Land.’ That’s why I took such a long. »
- Tim Molloy
‘The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth’ Gets Second Batch at Showtime
Showtime has bought itself another ticket to the circus. The premium cabler has ordered a second batch of episodes of political docuseries “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” Variety has learned. The second run will premiere in three weeks, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 19.
Hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will return to examine the riveting and unprecedented events unfolding — both inside and outside the Beltway — during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Mark McKinnon will return in a producing role with occasional guest appearances. The real-time series will follow the circus of American politics, political culture and government, featuring interviews with key figures and offering analysis of the stories behind each week’s headlines.
“During the historic drama of the 2016 election, ‘The Circus’ was a compulsively watchable series, providing unparalleled access and critical insight,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. “Presented »
- Oriana Schwindt
Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In-Memoriam Photo
Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.
In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used.
Oscars 2017: ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub Strikes Again
“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered. Janet was a great beauty and »
- Lawrence Yee and Patrick Frater
With ‘Moonlight’ Win, Dede Gardner Becomes First Female Producer With 2 Best Picture Oscars
“Moonlight” didn’t only win Best Picture in an unprecedented manner, it also shattered glass ceilings as well. When Warren Beatty admitted to having read the wrong Best Picture winner as “La La Land” when it was really “Moonlight,” he gave Plan B producer Dede Gardner her second Best Picture statue, which makes her the first female producer to have that many. On Sunday night, it was clear something was amiss when Beatty, presenting with “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star Faye Dunaway, took a long pause after looking at the card inside the envelope that was supposed to contain the name of the. »
- Linda Ge
USA’s ‘Queen of the South’ Casts Ryan O’Nan in Season 2 (Exclusive)
USA drug cartel drama “Queen of the South” has added actor and writer Ryan O’Nan, both as a cast member and a story editor, in Season 2. O’Nan will recur in multiple episodes as King George, a high-rolling Texas weed smuggler who will help Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) and Camila Vargas (Veronica Falcon) build their empire. He is described as eccentric, ruthless, lethal and unpredictable — laughing with you one moment, and gutting you like a fish the next, a loose cannon who is as slippery as an eel. Additionally, O’Nan, who last wrote on Season 1 of FX’s X-Men series. »
- Linda Ge
Donald Trump Accuses Critics of Playing ‘Race Card’ at Oscars
President Donald Trump fired back Monday at criticism directed at him from the stage at the Academy Awards.
“Look, it just seems like the other side, whenever they’re losing badly, they always pull out the race card,” Trump said in an interview conducted Monday night for Tuesday morning’s episode of “Fox & Friends” on Fox News. “I’ve watched it for years. I watched it against Ronald Reagan, I’ve watched it against so many other people. And they always like pulling out the race card. In fact I did much better than many other than other Republicans in the last election. I did much better with Hispanics, I did much better with African Americans, if I didn’t do better, I wouldn’t be sitting here.”
Trump and his administration’s policies were the subject of multiple jokes and critical remarks Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Host »
- Daniel Holloway
Why ‘Moonlight’ Oscar Win Resonates Far Beyond Hollywood (Guest Blog)
When “Moonlight” finally received its Oscar for Best Picture Sunday night, it was an amazing win for more than the movie’s director, Barry Jenkins, or producers Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. While each artist involved rightly deserved to be commended for their tremendous talent, the film’s triumph also gave voice to so many members of the Lgbtqi community who are rarely depicted as positive subjects on film, much less recognized by the Academy. “Moonlight” gives us what we so rarely receive from media portrayals of black men: deep abiding intimacy and the challenges of wrestling with the demands of. »
- J. Bob Alotta
Oscars Accountants Detail 'Human Error' Behind Best Picture Mix-Up
The Academy Awards' accounting film PricewaterhouseCoopers has accepted responsibility for Sunday night's epic Best Picture mix-up, blaming "human error" for the historic Oscars mix-up.
"We clearly made a mistake and once the mistake was made we corrected it and owned up to it, " Tim Ryan, the U.S chairman of the accounting firm, told Variety. On Sunday night, La La Land was accidentally named as the Best Picture winner before producers alerted everyone onstage that a mistake had been named and Moonlight was the winner.
Since the unbelievable Best Picture error, »
U.S. State Department Tweets, Then Deletes Congratulations for Iran Oscar Win
The U.S. State Department on Monday sent out and then deleted a tweet congratulating an Oscar win by director Asghar Farhadi, who criticized President Trump’s travel ban as “inhumane.”
The state department’s official Farsi-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, posted the congratulatory tweet to the Iranian people and Farhadi, director of “The Salesman,” after the movie won an Oscar for foreign-language film on Sunday.
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Farhadi boycotted the Oscars ceremony to protest Trump’s January executive order that temporarily banned entry to the United States by Iranians and citizens of six other predominately Muslim countries, and released a statement criticizing the order. Though the ban was blocked by federal courts, the administration is currently working on a new order.
Though Farhadi wasn’t at Sunday’s ceremony, the filmmaker still made a political statement, »
- Sarah Ahern
Comcast’s Brian Roberts Says Company Has Become ‘Aggregator of Aggregators’
Comcast is a massive media conglomerate that owns content producing assets ranging from Universal Studios to NBC to Telemundo. But CEO Brian Roberts spent a good part of his Q&A session at a Monday investor conference talking about — and demonstrating — how the company’s hit set-top box has made it easier to watch Netflix and YouTube. That’s what TV customers want today, Roberts said, and Comcast is prepared to deliver. “We’ve been using X1 to change your experience and merge streaming and traditional television and on-demand,” he said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco. »
- Matt Pressberg
Why Trump’s Skipping White House Correspondents Dinner: They ‘Make Stories Up’
Donald Trump says he’s skipping this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner because its members “make stories up.” “Over the years you make a mistake, I fully understand when they hit you,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” scheduled to air Tuesday morning. “But when they make stories up, when they create sources, ’cause I believe that sometimes they don’t have sources, you know, the sources don’t exist.” “I do believe that a lot of the sources are made up,” he added. “A lot of the stories are made up. I believe a lot of, »
- Itay Hod
State Department Deletes Tweet Congratulating Iranian Director for Oscar Win
In an unexpectedly conciliatory move, last night during the 89th annual Academy Awards, someone manning the U.S. State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account congratulated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and the Iranian people, after his film “The Salesman” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Then they deleted the tweet. So did rogue State Department staffers use Twitter to send a subtle rebuttal Donald Trump’s way during the Oscars? Or was it a simple mistake? Also Read: Oscars: Stars' Reactions to 'Moonlight' Best Picture Win Are The Best (Photos) Farhadi chose not to attend the 2017 Oscars, remaining »
- Phil Hornshaw
TV News Roundup: ‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho to Star in Jason Katims’ NBC Pilot ‘Drama High’
In today’s TV news roundup, “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho has been cast in the lead role for NBC’s drama pilot, “Drama High,” plus more…
Fresh off of her stellar Oscars performance last night, 16-year-old “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho has been tapped for a lead role in NBC‘s drama pilot “Drama High” from Jason Katims, Variety has confirmed. “Drama High” is about a stand-out high school drama department and the talented students who are enlivened by both their passionate and dedicated teacher. Cravalho will play one of the students, Lilette, who works part time after school at the local town diner and has big dreams, and joining the drama department is one of them. The character is so much more than her single mother Vanessa (yet to be cast) thinks she is. Deadline first reported the casting.
Haley Strode has been slated for a recurring role in the second season of Cmt »
- Sarah Ahern
Study Ranks American Actors’ British Accents, and Vice Versa
Anyone who’s seen “Mary Poppins” knows what a bad Cockney accent sounds like. But for the first time, British actors have ranked Dick Van Dyke’s “mockney” as the worst attempt at a U.K. accent in a pool of the highest grossing films’ leads.
Language-learning app Babbel commissioned ex-pat professional actors from both the U.K. and U.S. to vote on a five-point scale on how convincing the accents were for leading parts in blockbusters grossing over $100 million.
For the United States accent, American Actors UK awarded British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor a 4.5/5 for his work as Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave.” Tied for second are the DC superheros; Christian Bale as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman both garnered 4.2/5 scores.
- Dani Levy
Charlie Sheen Gushes Love for Sean Spicer After Wishing He’d ‘Asphyxiate’
Choke on this, Sean Spicer. Or maybe not. The White House press secretary found a seemingly unlikely fan Monday in the form of Charlie Sheen, just weeks after the former “Two and a Half Men” star wished asphyxiation upon him. The source of Sheen’s dramatic change of heart? Spicer’s neckwear. Also Read: Charlie Sheen to Chuck Lorre: 'Suck My Butt' “@seanspicer your tie is now Fabulous!” Sheen tweeted Monday. “Pardon my earlier rant. If our paths do cross; drinks are on me!” Sheen finished off his social media love note to the Trump mouthpiece with, “Have a great day! »
- Tim Kenneally
‘The Freedom to Marry’ Review: Meet the Attorneys Who Fought for Marriage Equality
Eddie Rosenstein’s documentary “The Freedom to Marry” can be seen as a feel-good movie for a feel-bad time. It documents the struggle for gay people to marry as viewed mainly through the story of Evan Wolfson, an attorney who has made marriage equality his life’s work. This is a glib film that moves very fast through time — and it begins badly — but, as they say, it gets better. Or somewhat better. “The Freedom to Marry” was actually the title of the organization that Wolfson founded to advance marriage equality. We see him at his office in 2015 during the. »
- Dan Callahan
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