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Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson Team for Warner Bros. Gangster Drama ‘Wise Guys’ (Exclusive)

Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson Team for Warner Bros. Gangster Drama ‘Wise Guys’ (Exclusive)
Warners’ first original feature of the Warner Bros. Discovery era is here … and it’s a period mobster drama fronted by two Hollywood veterans.

Returning to the genre that made him a household name, Robert De Niro will star in Wise Guys, a feature intended for theatrical distribution that will be directed by Barry Levinson, the filmmaker known for 1980s classic Rain Man and movies such as Wag the Dog.

Nicholas Pileggi, who coincidentally authored Wiseguy, the 1985 book that was the basis for the 1990 De Niro-Martin Scorsese crime classic, Goodfellas, wrote the script. Irwin Winkler, best known for producing the Rocky movies as well as being a producer on Goodfellas, is a producer.

The project is centered on Vito Genovese and Frank Costello, two Italian-American crime bosses that ran their respective families in the middle of the 20th century. In 1957, Genovese
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Wolfgang Petersen, Director of ‘Das Boot’ and ‘Air Force One,’ Dies at 81

Wolfgang Petersen, Director of ‘Das Boot’ and ‘Air Force One,’ Dies at 81
Wolfgang Petersen, whose German-language film “Das Boot” launched a successful Hollywood filmmaking career that included star-studded films like “Air Force One” and “The Perfect Storm,” has died, a representative told TheWrap. He was 81.

Petersen died Friday with his wife Maria Antoinette by his side after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Petersen’s film “Das Boot” or “The Boat” (1981) launched his career in Hollywood after the close-quarters WWII submarine drama received six Academy Award nominations. The film starred Jürgen Prochnow as the German U-boat Captain, and was made into an English-language miniseries by the BBC.

His first Hollywood venture was the live-action fantasy “The NeverEnding Story” (1984), which he co-wrote. The now-cult classic follows a young boy named Bastian (Barret Oliver) who stumbles upon a fantastical world accused via a magical book. The world merges with his own when
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Coming to Digital in August, 4K Blu-ray in November With 110 Minutes of Bonus Features

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Coming to Digital in August, 4K Blu-ray in November With 110 Minutes of Bonus Features
Top Gun: Maverick” is the year’s biggest movie by a considerable margin, both in terms of box office and in the way it captured the cultural zeitgeist, and it now finally has a home video release date and bonus features details.

The long-awaited sequel, made more than three decades after the original, was #2 at the domestic box office just this weekend and it was originally released in theaters back in late May. It has truly been unstoppable. But if you somehow haven’t seen the movie yet (or want to watch it again), you’ll have your chance soon enough – Paramount has announced a digital release date of Aug. 23, with the film hitting 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 1.

As part of the PVOD and Blu-ray/4K HD Blu-ray release, there are 110 minutes of bonus features, including music videos for the soundtrack cuts by Lady Gaga and OneRepublic
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CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman to Exit in September

CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman to Exit in September
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Mark Hoffman, the TV executive who has led the business news channel CNBC since 2005, will step down from the company in September, he told employees in a memo Tuesday morning.

Kc Sullivan, who previously led CNBC’s international businesses and most recently served as a senior international d sales executive for the company, will succeed Hoffman as CNBC’s president. Sullivan will report to NBCU News group chairman Cesar Conde.

Hoffman has served as chairman of CNBC since 2015, after being named its president in 2005.

“Over the last 17 years as President and then Chairman, Mark has overseen the steady continued growth of CNBC as the world’s #1 business and money news brand,” Conde wrote in his own memo to staff Tuesday. “No business news organization comes close to the reach and influence of CNBC, a true testament to Mark’s leadership.”

The TV news business is a volatile one,
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‘Ponniyin Selvan’ to Become First Tamil Film to Release in IMAX

‘Ponniyin Selvan’ to Become First Tamil Film to Release in IMAX
Mani Ratnam’s hugely anticipated epic “Ponniyin Selvan: I” will become the first Tamil-language film to release in the IMAX format.

IMAX Corporation and Lyca Productions have set a partnership to bring the film to IMAX screens in India and worldwide on Sept. 30. It will also release in non-imax screens on that date in the Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages.

Based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s classic Tamil-language novel, the film, set in the 10th century, revolves around the early life of Chola Prince Arunmozhi Varman who was latterly known as the great Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola and was the most powerful king in South India at the time. He is known for reinstating the Chola empire’s hegemony and ensuring its supremacy in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.

The film boasts a powerhouse cast including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha Krishnan, Aishwarya Lekshmi,
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New ‘Saw’ Movie Set for October 2023

New ‘Saw’ Movie Set for October 2023
A new movie in the “Saw” horror franchise will begin production soon and is slated to be released by Lionsgate on Oct. 27, 2023.

Kevin Greutert, who directed “Saw IV” and “Saw: The Final Chapter,” is directing the new, still-untitled film from Twisted Pictures. Greutert has been attached to the franchise from the very beginning as an editor on the first five films and “Jigsaw” in 2017.

The plot for the feature is being kept under wraps, but producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules are promising plenty of bloody and ingenious traps and a new mystery to solve.

“We have been listening to what the fans have been asking for and are hard at work planning a movie that ‘Saw’ aficionados and horror fans alike will love,” Burg and Koules said in a joint statement. “Part of that is giving the reins to Kevin Greutert, director of ‘Saw VI,’ which is still one
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Anne Heche Taken Off Life Support; ‘Another World,’ ‘Donnie Brasco’ Actor Was 53

Anne Heche Taken Off Life Support; ‘Another World,’ ‘Donnie Brasco’ Actor Was 53
Anne Heche, the versatile yet troubled performer who appeared in TV shows including “Another World” and “Men in Trees” and in films such as “Donnie Brasco,” “Psycho” and “Wag the Dog,” was taken off of life support on Sunday after being involved in a car crash in Los Angeles on Aug. 5, her rep confirmed. She was 53.

Heche crashed after speeding through the Mar Vista neighborhood of West Los Angeles, where she first hit a garage and then continued until colliding with a house, where her car caught fire. She was severely burned before being pulled from the car.

Heche was declared legally dead in the state of California on Friday, but she remained on life support until she was determined as a match for organ donation.

Heche had a string of significant movie roles in the 1990s and then starred in several TV series, including “Everwood,” “Hung,” “Save Me,” “Aftermath,
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‘Wednesday’ Showrunners Say Netflix Series Isn’t an ‘Addams Family’ Reboot, Is More Like “Eight-Hour Tim Burton Movie”

‘Wednesday’ Showrunners Say Netflix Series Isn’t an ‘Addams Family’ Reboot, Is More Like “Eight-Hour Tim Burton Movie”
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Wednesday showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough say the Tim Burton-directed live-action Addams Family series is its “own thing” that hopefully watches more like a long movie in the famed filmmaker’s catalog.

Speaking to Vanity Fair as part of a first-look interview at the upcoming Netflix show, slated to drop in late 2022, Millar and Gough discussed how the series fits into the Addams Family universe and how they were able to bring Burton onboard as both director and executive producer.

Millar noted that when it comes to the story, it was important that the show “didn’t feel like a remake or a reboot.” Instead, their ambition “was to make it an eight-hour Tim Burton movie.”

“It’s something that lives within the Venn diagram of what happened before, but it’s its own thing,” he continues. “It’s not trying
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‘House of the Dragon’ Hunk Fabien Frankel on Emilia Clarke’s Birthday Party and Matt Smith’s Rehearsal Injury: ‘I Take No Responsibility’

‘House of the Dragon’ Hunk Fabien Frankel on Emilia Clarke’s Birthday Party and Matt Smith’s Rehearsal Injury: ‘I Take No Responsibility’
Ask Fabien Frankel about his favorite “Game of Thrones” character, and the actor drops his head seemingly in agony.

“Where to begin?” he says with a groan. “Oberyn Martell. Tormund. Jon Snow. Mance Rayder. Brienne of Tarth. Arya Stark. Oh mate, I love them all.”

Soon enough, Frankel could join their ranks, as Ser Criston Cole, the dashing, Dornish hottie who turns multiple heads in HBO’s impending “Thrones” prequel series, “House of the Dragon.” The series — which traces how the Targaryen dynasty rips itself apart roughly two centuries before the events of “Game of Thrones” — boasts a starry ensemble,
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‘She-Hulk’ Star Tatiana Maslany Reveals How Late Musician Sophie Inspired the Superhero Role

‘She-Hulk’ Star Tatiana Maslany Reveals How Late Musician Sophie Inspired the Superhero Role
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” star Tatiana Maslany says late experimental pop musician Sophie inspired her work as the green-skinned superhero.

“Musically, Sophie just lives in this place that I always want to live in, but there’s a poppiness and femininity combined with these clashing industrial sounds,” Maslany tells Variety about the parallels between Sophie’s music and playing the dual role of Jennifer Walters and She-Hulk. “Her music video ‘Faceshopping’ was all about skin, commodification of body and being separated into different parts, and that all felt thematically and spiritually connected.”

The Grammy-nominated producer and musician died at 34 years
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‘Rings of Power’ Star Morfydd Clark Fainted When She Was Cast in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series

‘Rings of Power’ Star Morfydd Clark Fainted When She Was Cast in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series
Morfydd Clark was at the Toronto Film Festival promoting “The Personal History of David Copperfield” when she was told she was cast as Galadriel in the upcoming Amazon series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”

“I found out and then I went to a screening and Q&a for ‘David Copperfield,” Clark told me Monday night at the “Rings of Power” premiere at Culver Studios. “I suddenly realized what a big deal it was for me, and I passed out during the Q&a. I was caught by a lovely security guard.”

Set thousands of years before
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‘Rings of Power’ Star Morfydd Clark Fainted When She Was Cast in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series

‘Rings of Power’ Star Morfydd Clark Fainted When She Was Cast in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series
Morfydd Clark was at the Toronto Film Festival promoting “The Personal History of David Copperfield” when she was told she was cast as Galadriel in the upcoming Amazon series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”

“I found out and then I went to a screening and Q&a for ‘David Copperfield,” Clark told me Monday night at the “Rings of Power” premiere at Culver Studios. “I suddenly realized what a big deal it was for me, and I passed out during the Q&a. I was caught by a lovely security guard.”

Set thousands of years before the “Lord of the Rings” films, Clark plays the same character portrayed by Cate Blanchett on the big screen.

“I knew I was auditioning for an elf but I didn’t know which one,” Clark recalled. “So me and my sister went mad trying to figure it out. I never dreamed it would be Galadriel.
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Critics’ Conversation: Was ‘Better Call Saul’ Better Than ‘Breaking Bad’?

Critics’ Conversation: Was ‘Better Call Saul’ Better Than ‘Breaking Bad’?
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[This conversation contains spoilers for the full run of AMC’s Better Call Saul, including the series finale, “Saul Gone.”]

Daniel Fienberg: So we’ve taken some time to let the Better Call Saul finale marinate in our brains (and for readers to watch and process), so let’s start, naturally enough, at the end of things.

Finale writer-director Peter Gould and the Better Call Saul team left Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in a prison, and not the cushy one where he initially wanted to do seven years taking golf lessons. Instead, he’s got 86 years, which sounds very bad, except when you compare his fate to Walter White in the Breaking Bad finale or to Patrick Fabian’s Howard or Michael Mando’s Nacho. Saul has a cushy kitchen job making bread — those Gene Takovic skills from Cinnabon coming in handy — and, more importantly, he has reclaimed his identity as Jimmy McGill.
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‘Big Thunder Mountain’ Movie in the Works from Disney and ‘Hawkeye’ Duo Bert & Bertie

‘Big Thunder Mountain’ Movie in the Works from Disney and ‘Hawkeye’ Duo Bert & Bertie
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Hawkeye directors Bert & Bertie are staying in the Disney family. The duo, who helmed three episodes of the Marvel/Disney+ series, have signed on to direct a feature for Disney based on the theme park attraction Big Thunder Mountain.

Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free will produce, with Bert & Bertie directing from a script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the married screenwriting pair whose credits include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and the 2017 Power Rangers reboot.

Big Thunder Mountain, which is at multiple Disney parks, takes place in a mining town amid the gold rush of the 1800s. Disaster inevitably strikes the attraction, which is hit by either an earthquake (California, Paris), tsunami (Tokyo) or flash flood (Florida).

A decade ago, Disney-owned network ABC developed a western pilot based on the attraction from writer Ice Age: Continental Drift
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Why Disney Shouldn’t Celebrate Beating Netflix’s Global Subscribers Just Yet | Charts

After Disney+ reported its third-quarter results, it became clear that Disney had achieved something big: Its 221.1 million total number of subscribers across all Disney services globally (Disney+, Disney+ Hotstar, Hulu and ESPN+) pulled ahead of Netflix’s total global subscriber count of 220.7 million for the first time. But it may be too premature to celebrate. While the realization that Disney has beat out Netflix in terms of global subscribers may sound surprising, it really shouldn’t be. Disney has been the leader for a long time in terms of the total demand for shows that fall under its corporate ownership, according to Parrot Analytics‘ data, which takes into account consumer research, streaming, downloads and social media, among other engagement. Last quarter’s result is a good indicator that Disney is finally translating their lead in total demand at the corporate level to an advantage in the battle for streaming subscribers.
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‘The View’ Tops Daytime Talk Show Ratings for 2021-2022 Season (Exclusive)

‘The View’ Tops Daytime Talk Show Ratings for 2021-2022 Season (Exclusive)
For the second year in a row, “The View” is the most-watched daytime talk show across both network and syndication, Variety has learned.

The ABC series ranked No. 1 in both households and total viewers for the 2021-2022 television season. Its 1.7 rating topped all other network and syndicated daytime talk shows, tying with “Dr. Phil” in households and netting an average of 2.411 million total viewers for the season, per Nielsen.

In total viewers for the full season, “The View” came ahead of “Dr. Phil” — which ranked in second place, averaging 2.405 million total viewers — “Live With Kelly and Ryan” with 2.357 million total
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Guest Column: ‘The Survivor’ Looks to History to Grasp Our Complicated Present

Guest Column: ‘The Survivor’ Looks to History to Grasp Our Complicated Present
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When producer Matti Leshem first brought me the script for The Survivor, I had a visceral reaction and knew I had to make the film. In part it was because I had known members of my own family who had survived the Holocaust, and I had seen its effects on their lives. But more so because I have always had an interest in telling the stories of the great immigrant experience that made this country what it is: a true melting pot that benefited from real diversity, not just of ethnicity but of thought. The Survivor is not a Holocaust film as much as a post-Holocaust film.

The true story of Harry Haft’s survival in the camps by fighting repeated gladiatorial death matches is harrowing, but it is the effects of that life as he emerges from the trauma on which the film focuses.
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Zoe Kravitz on Her Reaction to Will Smith’s Oscars Slap: “I Wish I Had Handled That Differently”

Zoe Kravitz on Her Reaction to Will Smith’s Oscars Slap: “I Wish I Had Handled That Differently”
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Zoë Kravitz is reflecting on her messages that followed Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars ceremony, saying she wishes she had “handled that differently.”

During an interview with WSJ. Magazine that published online Tuesday, the actress addressed her Instagram posts that seemingly referenced Smith confronting Rock onstage at the March 27 event and yelling at him from his seat following a joke about the King Richard star’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The posts, which did not name anyone directly, were the subject of criticism from Smith’s supporters and later deleted.

“It’s a scary time to have an opinion or to say the wrong thing or to make controversial art or statements or thoughts or anything,” Kravitz told the publication. “It’s mostly scary because art is about conversation. That should, in my opinion, always be the point. The internet is the opposite of conversation.
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‘Better Call Saul’ Team Talks Finding Closure With Series Finale

‘Better Call Saul’ Team Talks Finding Closure With Series Finale
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[This story contains spoilers for the series finale of Better Call Saul.]

“Face the music. You walk in with your head held high, you’ll be the John Dillinger of the Metropolitan Detention Center. How bad is that?”

That was the parting advice that Saul Goodman gave Walter White in Breaking Bad’s “Granite State,” and nearly nine years later, the con artist formerly known as Jimmy McGill has taken his own counsel in Better Call Saul’s series finale, “Saul Gone.” Saul Co-creator Peter Gould wrote and directed both of the aforementioned episodes, and quite fittingly, he made sure that Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) took a roundabout way towards accepting responsibility and permanently shedding the Saul Goodman persona.

Up until the eleventh hour, Saul was on the verge of finagling a generous deal that would’ve put him behind bars for seven years in a country club prison, but he ultimately came
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‘Euphoria’ Composer Labrinth on How Fans Influence the Show’s Music: ‘It’s Not My Score, It Became Theirs’

‘Euphoria’ Composer Labrinth on How Fans Influence the Show’s Music: ‘It’s Not My Score, It Became Theirs’
On YouTube, the Emmy-nominated song from HBO’s “Euphoria” by the show’s star and producer Zendaya and composer Labrinth “I’m Tired” has amassed over 17 million views. On Spotify, its streaming tally sits at 81 million, and on TikTok, scores of covers live on the platform. It’s a testament to the impact of the show’s music, and when it came time to score and soundtrack its second season, Labrinth looked to the fans and asked what they wanted to hear. He and Emmy-nominated music supervisor Adam Leber talked to Variety about the show’s musical journey.

How did
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