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No Zoom for Oscars 2021, as Academy Says ‘In-Person Telecast Will Happen’ (Exclusive)

No Zoom for Oscars 2021, as Academy Says ‘In-Person Telecast Will Happen’ (Exclusive)
There will be no “virtual” Oscars.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” a rep from the Academy and ABC tells Variety exclusively.

This year, the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences moved their annual telecast back two months to April 25, 2021, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sources inside the Oscars say that by pushing the awards ceremony back, the Academy hoped that theaters would be open again in the spring, thus allowing for more movies to compete in the annual celebration of the year’s best films.

But even if movie theaters stay closed, by holding the Oscars later in spring, organizers are now focusing to make sure that the event continues as it always has live. That may still create some questions as to exactly how many people are allowed inside the 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where the ceremony traditionally takes place.

“The Academy has done
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‘Umbrella Academy’ Cast, GLAAD And More Voice Support For Elliot Page

‘Umbrella Academy’ Cast, GLAAD And More Voice Support For Elliot Page
Various celebrities and entertainment entities took to social media Tuesday to voice their support for Elliot Page, an actor known for his work on “The Umbrella Academy,” after he came out as transgender.

From co-stars to the actor’s talent agency, voices from across the entertainment spectrum chimed in to react to the news.

Justin H. Min, who plays the role of Page’s dead brother in “The Umbrella Academy,” took the opportunity to share a comforting message. “Welcome to the fam, elliot,” he said, adding a heart emoji.

welcome to the fam, elliot. ♥️ https://t.co/ElqkV1NjIh

— Justin H. Min (@justinhmin) December 1, 2020

United Talent Agency, which works with Page, shared a picture of the star along with a quote from the letter he shared to social media earlier in the day. The agency expressed its pride in how Page used his platform to bring awareness to the issues disproportionately faced by transgender people.
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Jada Pinkett Smith to Star in ‘Redd Zone’ for Netflix (Exclusive)

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Jada Pinkett Smith to Star in ‘Redd Zone’ for Netflix (Exclusive)
Jada Pinkett Smith will star in “Redd Zone,” an upcoming drama that will be released by Netflix and produced by Westbrook Studios.

The film is based on the true story of Tia Magee (played by Pinkett Smith), a single mother who helps her sons and their high school football teammates, “The Bros,” heal after the murder of their best friend, Dominic Redd. One by one, the boys start moving into her house, and soon, 17 of “The Bros” are living under her roof. Eventually, all of them go to college, and four make it to the NFL. Magee’s son, Brandon Magee, became a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was later drafted by the Boston Red Sox to play outfield.

The film will be dedicated to Redd’s memory.

Pinkett Smith, Miguel Melendez and Jon Mone, Westbrook Studios co-president and head of motion pictures, will produce
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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look TV Deal With HBO, HBO Max (Exclusive)

Charlize Theron Inks First-Look TV Deal With HBO, HBO Max (Exclusive)
Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah banner is putting down its TV roots.

The production company has inked a two-year, first-look TV deal with HBO and HBO Max. Under the pact, Theron and her Denver & Delilah partners Beth Kono and A.J. Dix will create and develop new projects for the premium cable network and streaming service.

The company, which previously was housed at Universal Content Productions, has produced multiple scripted series including David Fincher’s Netflix drama Mindhunter, Netflix’s short-lived Girlboss and the unscripted entry Hyperdrive. Andrew Haas, who previously worked with Johnny Galecki at his production company, recently ...
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Abby Dalton, Star of ‘Falcon Crest’ and ‘Joey Bishop Show,’ Dies at 88

Abby Dalton, Star of ‘Falcon Crest’ and ‘Joey Bishop Show,’ Dies at 88
Abby Dalton, the soap opera star known for her roles on the primetime shows “Falcon Crest” and “The Joey Bishop Show,” died at her home in Los Angeles. She was 88 years old.

The specific cause of Dalton’s death is not confirmed.

“Emmy-nominated actress Abby Dalton passed away this past week,” representatives said in a statement. “Described as beautiful, generous and glamorous, Abby was terrific at off-the-cuff humor. She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Jack D. Smith and their three children, Matthew, Kathleen and John. She is also survived by her grandchildren Mac, Jack, Ayden Grace and the newest member of the family, her great grandson, Mathias.”

Born Gladys Marlene Wasden in Las Vegas, Dalton’s career in television began in 1957 and spanned over 50 years. She was best known for her role as winery heiress Julia Cumson in the ’80s drama “Falcon Crest.” In that role, Dalton played opposite actress Jane Wyman,
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‘The Undoing’ Killer Reveal Lands HBO’s Largest Audience Since ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale

‘The Undoing’ Killer Reveal Lands HBO’s Largest Audience Since ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale
The finale of HBO’s limited series “The Undoing” drew 3 million viewers across all platforms, including HBO Max, on Sunday night. That was the biggest audience for an original series since last year’s “Big Little Lies” finale.

HBO Max, the six-month old streaming service, did not exist last year. Both of these shows were written and produced by David E. Kelley, so this guy may have a future in TV.

The Undoing” was a six-episode miniseries that starred Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant and was based on the 2014 novel “You Should Have Known.” HBO says it was the network’s first original series to grow its audience each week. Total viewing increased 43% from last week and more than doubled its Oct. 25 premiere night numbers. On the linear HBO channel, viewership was was up 42% from last week and up 168% from the series premiere.

On HBO Max specifically, viewership for “The Undoing
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David Prowse, ‘Star Wars’ Actor Behind Darth Vader’s Mask, Dies at 85

David Prowse, ‘Star Wars’ Actor Behind Darth Vader’s Mask, Dies at 85
David Prowse, the British bodybuilder-turned-actor best known for embodying Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died at age 85.

“It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client Dave Prowse M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85,” his management team at Bowington Management announced on Sunday. Prowse had undergone treatment for prostate cancer two years ago, according to CNN.

Prowse was best known for his role in the “Star Wars” series, in which he embodied the villainous Sith lord Darth Vader — while American actor James Earl Jones’ voice was dubbed in to replace Prowse’s thick West Country accent.

The 6-foot-6-inch actor first rose to fame as a bodybuilder who competed for Great Britain in the Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s.

He landed his first film role, as Frankenstein’s monster,
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Rosario Dawson Responds to ‘Mandalorian’ Casting Backlash Over Anti-Trans Lawsuit

Rosario Dawson Responds to ‘Mandalorian’ Casting Backlash Over Anti-Trans Lawsuit
Gina Carano isn’t the only cast member on “The Mandalorian” at the center of a casting controversy. Rosario Dawson made her series debut over the weekend in “The Jedi,” the fifth episode of Season 2, playing “Star Wars” fan favorite Ahsoka Tano, but her “Mandalorian” debut arrived just over a year after the actress and her family were sued over an alleged transphobic assault. Rosario Dawson previously called the accusations “baseless,” but she opened up more on the matter in a new interview with Vanity Fair following her big “Mandalorian” introduction.

“Well, firstly, I just want to say I understand…why people were concerned, and are concerned. I would be, too, if I heard some of those claims,” Dawson said. “But I mean, as we’re seeing right now in these past months, and just recently actually, the truth is coming out. Every single claim of discrimination has been dismissed
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‘The Undoing’ Makes Bigger Debut Than ‘Game of Thrones’ for Sky Atlantic

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‘The Undoing’ Makes Bigger Debut Than ‘Game of Thrones’ for Sky Atlantic
HBO series “The Undoing,” starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, has proven to be a success for Comcast’s U.K. pay TV operation Sky Atlantic, with the opening episode reaching a cumulative 28-day audience of over 2.78 million viewers, marking a bigger launch than “Game of Thrones” in 2011.

The first three episodes have recorded audiences of more than 2.5 million viewers. Once the six-parter is complete, “The Undoing” is on track to become the biggest U.S. series to ever launch on Sky Atlantic, having overtaken “Watchmen,” “True Detective” and ”Big Little Lies.”

The psychological drama, written and produced by David E. Kelley, and directed by Susanne Bier, follows a woman as she is forced to question her entire life in the aftermath of a violent death, a missing husband and a suspicious affair. The cast also includes Donald Sutherland, Edgar Ramirez and Lily Rabe.

Managing director of content at Sky,
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‘Croods: A New Age’ Edges ‘Tenet’ 3-Day Opening With $9.7 Million Thanksgiving Start

‘Croods: A New Age’ Edges ‘Tenet’ 3-Day Opening With $9.7 Million Thanksgiving Start
While the pandemic is continuing to sap the box office of its strength, Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods: A New Age” is showing opening weekend numbers similar to what “Tenet” showed nearly three months ago, earning a three-day opening weekend of $9.7 million and an extended 5-day Thanksgiving opening of $14.2 million from 2,211 screens.

By comparison, industry estimates found that “Tenet” grossed $9.35 million on its first period of Friday through Sunday and went on to earn a $20.2 million extended opening on Labor Day weekend, though that figure included additional days of preview screenings. If the numbers for “Croods 2” hold, the film will have earned the highest Fss weekend total since the $39.1 million opening of “Onward” back in March just before the pandemic forced theaters to close.

Along with the U.S. totals, “Croods 2” earned a $19.2 million opening from approximately 10,000 screens in China. Combined with $1.6 million from other overseas markets,
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Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman Blast SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts

Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman Blast SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts
Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg and Morgan Freeman and a dozen other high-profile SAG-AFTRA members are blasting upcoming benefit cuts to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan in a pointed video.

Amy Schumer, Clancy Brown, Shirley Jones, Carol Kane, Martin Sheen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lea Thompson, Matthew Modine, Lesley Ann Warren, Jodi Long and Elliott Gould also appeared in a two-minute “What Would You Do?” video released by the Sos Health Plan, formed in August following the disclosure of the upcoming cuts, which go into effect in January. The footage was released Tuesday after Ed Asner and nine other health plan participants sued the
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Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman Blast SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts

Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman Blast SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts
Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg and Morgan Freeman and a dozen other high-profile SAG-AFTRA members are blasting upcoming benefit cuts to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan in a pointed video.

Amy Schumer, Clancy Brown, Shirley Jones, Carol Kane, Martin Sheen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lea Thompson, Matthew Modine, Lesley Ann Warren, Jodi Long and Elliott Gould also appeared in a two-minute “What Would You Do?” video released by the Sos Health Plan, formed in August following the disclosure of the upcoming cuts, which go into effect in January. The footage was released Tuesday after Ed Asner and nine other health plan participants sued the plan and trustees for alleged age discrimination in taking coverage away from 11,750 of 32,000 participants, including 8,200 senior performers.

“They can’t get away with this,” said Asner, a former president of SAG. “This is criminal.”

The lawsuit was filed three months after it was announced in an email to members that
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BTS Can Put Off Mandatory Military Service After South Korea Changes the Law for Pop Stars

BTS Can Put Off Mandatory Military Service After South Korea Changes the Law for Pop Stars
K-Pop superstars BTS aren’t just a crew of incredible entertainers, they’re also a crew of young South Koreans whose ages range from 23 to 27. Which could have posed a problem very soon, since that means they’re all subject to the country’s mandatory military service, which according to South Korean law must begin by a person’s 28th birthday.

But luckily for fans of the “Dynamite” hitmakers, the South Korean National Assembly passed a new law on Tuesday allowing people to put off compulsory military service until age 30. And all you have to do to qualify is be an internationally recognized pop music powerhouse. No, seriously.

South Koreans are required to spend at least 21 months in the military — which can take aspiring artists out of their craft during crucial years of development. But people who achieve distinction in certain sport or artistic fields are allowed to skip military service altogether,
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Variety Relaunches ‘Just for Variety’ Column, Handing Pen to Marc Malkin

Variety Relaunches ‘Just for Variety’ Column, Handing Pen to Marc Malkin
“Just for Variety” is back.

Variety’s signature column, which first appeared in Daily Variety 75 years ago and ran until 2005, is returning as a weekly print and digital franchise starting on Dec. 2. Written by senior culture editor Marc Malkin, the column will focus on industry dish from both behind and in front of the camera, industry personalities, social and philanthropic activities and trends in the creative community.

Launched in October 1945, the daily column became synonymous with the legendary Army Archerd, who took it over in 1953. Archerd penned “Just for Variety” for more than 50 years before his retirement in 2005.

“I am so excited for my next chapter at Variety,” Malkin said. “I am honored to continue the tradition of ‘Just for Variety’ while also introducing the column to a new generation of Hollywood insiders and Variety readers. This is one reboot I’m hopeful everyone will get behind.”

In addition to penning “Just for Variety,
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Variety Relaunches ‘Just for Variety’ Column, Handing Pen to Marc Malkin

Variety Relaunches ‘Just for Variety’ Column, Handing Pen to Marc Malkin
“Just for Variety” is back.

Variety’s signature column, which first appeared in Daily Variety 75 years ago and ran until 2005, is returning as a weekly print and digital franchise starting on Dec. 2. Written by senior culture editor Marc Malkin, the column will focus on industry dish from both behind and in front of the camera, industry personalities, social and philanthropic activities and trends in the creative community.

Launched in October 1945, the daily column became synonymous with the legendary Army Archerd, who took it over in 1953. Archerd penned “Just for Variety” for more than 50 years before his retirement in 2005.

“I am
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Phoebe Bridgers on Pal Phoebe Waller-Bridge Directing a ‘Very David Lynchian’ Music Video for ‘Savior Complex’

Phoebe Bridgers on Pal Phoebe Waller-Bridge Directing a ‘Very David Lynchian’ Music Video for ‘Savior Complex’
An artistic marriage between singer Phoebe Bridgers and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge sounds like something straight out of a modern pop-culture version of “The Name Game,” but there’s a lot more to their relationship than celebrity assonance. The two Phoebes teamed up for a new music video, “Savior Complex,” based on one of the songs from Bridgers’ “Punisher” album, with Waller-Bridge, of “Fleabag” fame, moving into the director’s chair for a clip that bridges (sorry) both the Atlantic and some shared sensibilities.

A few hours after the surprise release of “Savior Complex” Tuesday, Bridgers got on the phone with
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Morgan Freeman, Amy Schumer and Other A-Listers Slam New SAG-AFTRA Health Plan (Video)

Morgan Freeman, Amy Schumer and Other A-Listers Slam New SAG-AFTRA Health Plan (Video)
Opposition to recent changes made to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan reached a new level on Tuesday, as multiple Hollywood stars released a new video slamming the actors guild just as a class action lawsuit was filed against the Health Plan’s trustees.

The video was released by Sos Health Plan, a group of SAG-AFTRA members opposed to the Health Plan changes and led by key members of the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles local board, which has spoken out against national guild leadership repeatedly in recent months. The actors featured in the video include Morgan Freeman, Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Schumer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sheen, and Ed Asner, who served as SAG President from 1981-1985 and is listed as a plaintiff in the new lawsuit.

From @SOSHealthPlan:

The entire duty of unions is to protect the most vulnerable members.

95% of #Sagaftra members earn <25K/yr.

They're stand-ins. Stunts. Vo. Background.

12K
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How to Produce a Feature on a Budget: Lessons From First-Time Filmmakers (Guest Blog)

How to Produce a Feature on a Budget: Lessons From First-Time Filmmakers (Guest Blog)
When Covid-19 first arrived in the United States, small business owners were hit hard. Two of them were Artem Koker and Nathan Cushing, co-founders of Arazo Media. After losing over 90% of their business in a matter of months, Koker and Cushing decided to pivot instead of losing hope. Where there is chaos, there is opportunity; for their small team, that opportunity was to document the pandemic that has swept the world and rapidly changed so many aspects of it. Without a real budget, they knew taking on a full documentary would prove to be extremely difficult, but innovation and perseverance saved the day and they managed to complete “Affected: The Story of US.”

Koker and Cushing began by working backwards. The goal would be to shoot a documentary that would be evergreen; something that people can not only enjoy now but also five to 10 years from now. Since the facts
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‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: JoJo Fletcher Hosts and Some of Tayshia Adams’ Men Share Their Emotional Pasts

‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: JoJo Fletcher Hosts and Some of Tayshia Adams’ Men Share Their Emotional Pasts
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched the Dec. 1 episode of “The Bachelorette.”

A familiar face arrived to help Bachelorette Tayshia Adams on her search for love: former Bachelorette and franchise success story, JoJo Fletcher. JoJo, who stepped in for host Chris Harrison as he took a break from filming to take his son to college, set the week up for the dates.

Zac Clark’s one-on-one was first, where he and Tayshia dressed up in wedding wear and did a faux-wedding photo shoot. Tayshia started the date visibly anxious, as being in a wedding dress
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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Talk Bonding Over Motorcycles, Finding ‘Bill and Ted’ Themed Groceries Early in the Morning

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Talk Bonding Over Motorcycles, Finding ‘Bill and Ted’ Themed Groceries Early in the Morning
To celebrate the release of Bill and Ted Face the Music on BluRay and on-demand, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves dropped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday night to share memories of early auditions and what it was like to learn musical instruments for the new movie.

Noting that the characters was first introduced to audiences 30 years ago with Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Fallon acknowledged that people have been waiting for this movie for so long (there was a sequel in 1991). Asking the actors where this one picks up, Reeves laughed that Bill and Ted “haven’t written the song ...
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