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Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Holiday Dance Party

Songs for Screens' is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency MAC Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well ...

SGIFF: Movie Legend Waheeda Rehman Lauds Contemporary Indian Cinema

Waheeda Rehman, the 79-year-old grande dame of Indian cinema who has worked with most of the legendary filmmakers of her country during her 62-year career is very complimentary about the kind of films being made today. All kinds of stories are being today,' Rehman said. Back in the day, films used ...

Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby in 'Dynasty'

Hakeem Kae-Kazim will be in The CW's new Dynasty' series playing a patriarch of the wealthy Colby clan. He will play Cesil Colby in the show, a modern-day take on the 1980s classic. Cesil is the father of Jeff Colby, played by Sam Adegoke . Like the original, the new Dynasty' follows the

HBO's Black Friday Buy: A Snapchat Story Telling You to Stream Instead of Shop

HBO is urging Snapchatters to stay inside on Black Friday and stream “Game of Thrones” and other original series instead of hitting the malls, in the first Snapchat Story sold as an ad. The HBO ad unit runs Friday, Nov. 24, in the Stories section of the Snapchat app with the headline, ...

ITV Studios Global Ent. To Handle Movistar+ Original 'Felix'

Confirming the large interest of Europe's foremost TV sales houses in handling original series produced by Telefonica's Movistar+, ITV Studios Global Ent. has acquired international distribution rights to Cesc Gay's drama Felix.' Starring Argentina's Leonardo Sbaraglia, Felix' forms part of ...

Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Is Finally Completed - 38 Years Later

Doctor Who' fans will finally be able to enjoy a newly completed classic episode of the sci-fi show after producers and former series star Tom Baker filled in the blanks of an unfinished 1979 installment titled Shada.' The episode had remained incomplete for decades after an engineering strike ...

Ventana Sur: Media Luna Picks Up Puenzo's 'The Unseen,' Quintero's 'Angela'

In the run up to Buenos Aires' Ventana Sur, Cologne-based Media Luna New Films has picked up international sales rights to two features by up- and-coming directors: Nicolás Puenzo's Los últimos' and Agamenon Quintero's Angela.' Social issue thriller The Unseen' tells the story of a couple, a ...

CBS, Dish Resolve Carriage Dispute

CBS Corp. and Dish announced they reached a new carriage agreement late Thursday, ending a blackout that kept the satcaster's subscribers from watching NFL action on Thanksgiving. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the new multi-year agreement covers not only broadcast network CBS, but other ...

'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' Renewed for Season 2 At Netflix

We've got movie sign! “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” has officially been renewed for a new season at Netflix, Variety has learned. The announcement, which can be seen above, came at the conclusion of the annual Thanksgiving marathon of the show that runs on YouTube. While ...

Tommy Keene, Power-Pop Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 59

Tommy Keene, a veteran singer-songwriter of the new wave and power-pop eras best known for his 1984 alternative-radio hit Places That Are Gone,' died Wednesday, according to a post on his website. The post gives no cause of death and simply states: Tommy Keene 6/30/58 – 11/22/17. Tommy passed ...

Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite Singapore Media Festival

Virtual Reality is the buzz phrase these days at film festivals, big and small. They are keen to explore alternate means of entertainment that might just possibly the future. The Singapore Media Festival is no different and has set up a one-day event – the VR X SMF Ignite Conference – that will ...

Singapore: 'Scorpions' Director Readies Third Film With Irrfan Khan  

Top Indian director, Anup Singh is poised to reunite with star Irrfan Khan on Lasya – The Gentle Dance.' Singh's The Song of Scorpions,', starring Khan, Golshifteh Farahani and Indian cinema legend Waheeda Rehman, is playing as a special presentation at the Singapore International Film Festival, ...

Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti's 'Hippocrate' Medical Series

French helmer Thomas Lilti will be making his TV debut with “Hippocrate,” a medical drama series inspired by his 2014 film, which world premiered at Cannes' Critics' Week. The contemporary series, comprising eight one-hour episodes, has been commissioned by French TV channel Canal Plus. ...

Luca Guadagnino Relied on a Pair of Longtime Friends for 'Call Me by Your Name' Decor, Costumes

Two longtime friends of director Luca Guadagnino added their personal touch to Call Me by Your Name,' his sensual summer romance from Sony Pictures Classics that's set in northern Italy in 1983. An interior decorator by trade, first-time set decorator Violante Visconti dressed the 17th-century villa ...

Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise , Demián Rugna

MAR DEL PLATA , Is there any way of stopping this?' police commissioner Funes asks paranormal expert Albreck as the body count and unearthly beings proliferate at three common-or-garden Argentine suburban chalets in Demián Rugna's Aterrados' . No,' answers Albreck, a venerable bluestocking, just ...

'Star Wars' Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy

With the excitement already building for the year-end release of the latest Star Wars' film, the new video game Star Wars: Battlefront II' was poised to capitalize on all the excitement for the vaunted Disney franchise. Unfortunately for Electronic Arts, the video game studio behind Battlefront II,' ...

Roland Emmerich's Centropolis, Flimmer Team Up on Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

Roland Emmerich's Centropolis Entertainment is teaming up with Berlin-based Flimmer to co-produce a modern-day screen adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute.” The film follows 15-year-old Tim Walker, who is sent from London to the Austrian Alps to attend the renowned Mozart ...

Jean Reno Boards Pablo AragĂĽĂ©s' Fantasy Thriller '1,200 Souls'

One of France's best known actors, Jean Reno , is attached to star in 1.200 Almas' ,' a fantasy thriller from the Zaragoza-based producer-director tandem of Marta Cabrera and Pablo AragĂĽĂ©s whose Novatos' proved a Netflix worldwide distribution pick-up. L.A.-based Outsider Pictures Paul Hudson is ...

Endemol Shine Surprises With Plan to Shrink Southeast Asia Operation

Multinational TV production group Endemol Shine is to shrink its regional office in Singapore, which had been overseeing original production in Southeast Asia. The downsized operation will continue to handle format licensing and sales of finished programming. The surprise move was announced on the ...

Netflix, Deutsche Telekom Ink Global Partnership

Deutsche Telekom has signed a global partnership with Netflix which will allow the German telco group to distribute exclusive content from Netflix to its subscribers. Under the deal, Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands have already gained access to Netflix content. We ...

'Sweet Country,' 'Newton' Share Top Honors at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Sweet Country,' a Western set in the Australian Outback, was named best film at the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards on Thursday. The film, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice festival earlier this year, is the second feature by cinematographer-turned-director Warwick Thornton. His first film, ...

'Sweet Country,' 'Newton' Share Top Honors at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Australian Outback Western, Sweet Country' was named best film at the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, on Thursday. The film, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice festival earlier this year, is the second feature by cinematographer turned director Warwick Thornton. His first film Samson and ...

AMC Networks International Picks Up Canal Plus Show 'Ouro' for Spain, Portugal

AMC Networks International Iberia has acquired “Ouro,” the adventure-thriller series created by Fabien Nury for French pay-TV channel Canal Plus. Sold by Newen Distribution, “Ouro” was directed by Kim Chapiron and Philippe Triboit and produced by Mascaret Films. Set in the ...

IDFA Forum: 'Documentary Makers Want To Go Behind The News'

AMSTERDAM , The world's geopolitical landscape may be changing on a daily and depressing basis, but a visit to this year's Forum suggests it's not all doom and gloom in the world of documentary. Sunken Eldorado', from France, offers a tale of modern-day piracy in the hunt for the Spanish Armada's ...

'The Other Side of Everything' Leads Winners From a Politically Charged IDFA Lineup

In a world presently riven with political conflict and polarized discord, you wouldn't expect the world's leading documentary festival to skimp on the tough issues, and so it proved at IDFA this year. The Amsterdam showcase's 2017 lineup was a strong one, peppered with challenging perspectives and ...

Ventana Sur: A Breakdown of This Year's Blood Window Work in Progress Section

Ventana Sur's Blood Window has become one of Latin America's most important launchpads for fantasy genre films. For the four days of the market, producers, distributors, sales agents and directors will come together for panels, debates, co-production meetings and pitching sessions. This year's works ...

IDFA's Shifting Perspectives Program – 'It's About Ownership Of Images'

AMSTERDAM – Every day, we are bombarded by images of the Arab world: bombings, shooting, hunger and hatred…' It is this one-sided representation' that IDFA programmers Laura Van Halsema and Isabel Arrate Fernandez, together with Syrian producer and filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia, sought to challenge ...

IDFA Film Review: 'Of Fathers and Sons'

The family that prays together stays together, with entirely chilling consequences, in “Of Fathers and Sons,” an intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki. Delivering on the auspicious promise of his 2013 debut, ...

'Hogar,' 'Tiburones,' 'Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes' at Montevideo's Puentes

Maura Delpero's Hogar,” LucĂ­a Garibaldi's Tiburones' and JosĂ© Luis Torres Leiva's “Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes” will be honed at the second 2017 Puentes meet, the most prominent of Europe-Latin American co-production workshops. Co-organized by Uruguay's Mutante Cine ...

Argentina on the Rise – Manuel Abramovich

Cinematographer turned director Manuel Abramovich is a week away from his thirtieth birthday, but has a C.V. that would be the envy of many filmmakers. His 2013 short took him to festival nominations and wins around the world from Los Angeles to Karlovy Vary. The next year he was nominated for best ...

Ventana Sur: Meikincine Acquires World Sales on 'Al Desierto'

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina , Lucia and Julia's Meik's Buenos Aires-based Meikincine, a boutique sales company, has acquired world sales rights to Al Desierto' , one of the only three Argentine movies in International Competition at this year's Mar del Plata Festival, which opened Nov. 17. Cinetren ...

Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million

In today's film news roundup, Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million, “Happy Death Day” tops $100 million in box office, and the comedy “Future '38” gets sold. PROPERTY DEAL Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation ...

Oscar Myth of 'Pure' Movies: Why Netflix, Amazon Should Be Recognized

Some voters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences are worried about new delivery systems such as Netflix and Amazon; as Oscar voters, they don't want to support a method that they believe endangers traditional moviegoing. I hate to say this, but the major studios put an end to traditional ...

IMAX Opens First Virtual Reality Center in Europe

IMAX and Odeon Cinemas have opened a virtual reality entertainment hub in Manchester, England, the first of its kind in Europe. There are five IMAX VR Centers around the world offering virtual reality movies, games, and experiences. The British one is located inside the Odeon at the intu Trafford ...

Why 'Diamond Dogs' Had to Premiere in Singapore

Singaporean filmmaker Gavin Lim is delighted to have the world premiere of his debut feature Diamond Dogs' at home at the 28th Singapore International Film Festival. The SGIFF, which kicks off Thursday, is part of the Singapore Media Festival. It's important for my first film to premiere in SGIFF, ...

TV News Roundup: '89 Blocks' Set to Kick Off Fox Sports Films 'Magnify' Series

In today's roundup, Fox Sports announces a LeBron James-produced documentary for its new 'Magnify' series, ABC sets an all-athletes edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” and more. FIRST LOOKS The first film in Fox Sports' new “Magnify” series of feature-length documentaries ...

'Entourage' Extra Claims Jeremy Piven Assaulted Her in New Allegation

“Entourage” extra Anastasia Taneie has accused the show's star Jeremy Piven, who was previously accused of groping by Arianne Bellamar, of similar behavior, which allegedly took place in 2009. According to a report from Buzzfeed News, Taneie said that Piven grabbed her breasts and ...

Film Review: 'A Murder in Mansfield'

The words “true crime” have never lost their dime-store tabloid allure. Yet most of us realize that when a story of extreme and shocking violence taps our voyeuristic curiosity, that doesn't necessarily make it “low.” Ambitious documentary filmmakers have long understood ...

New L.A. Restaurants, Bars and Updated Favorites for Fall 2017

Each week Variety's Devour section adds a new spot to check out, or finds something fresh at an old favorite. Italian Seafood is Always in Season at Cal Mare Holiday shopping at the remodeled Beverly Center just got more delicious with the arrival of Cal Mare, from Michael Mina's restaurant group. ...

IDFA Film Review: 'Over the Limit'

Nina Sayers, the tortured heroine of Darren Aronofsky's prima ballerina psychodrama “Black Swan,” might just thank her lucky stars if she saw “Over the Limit,” another relentless portrait of young female performers mentally and physically savaged in the name of perfection. ...

All the Thanksgiving TV Marathons You Can Binge This Weekend

The Thanksgiving holiday is finally here, and besides the family reunions, turkey dinners, and fall football games, this means the return of holiday TV marathons. Discovery Channel will run a marathon of Mike Rowe's show “Dirty Jobs” on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to hopefully ...

France Sees VOD Subscriptions Surge by 40%, Driven by Netflix

Subscriptions to VOD services have surged 40% in France this year, driven mainly by Netflix. In 2017, as much as 21% of internet users subscribed to a VOD service, compared to 15% in 2016, according to a report compiled Mediametrie. The upward trend has been bolstered by Netflix, followed by two ...

Three CBS Employees Say Charlie Rose Sexually Harassed Them

Gayle King meant it on Tuesday when she said her then-“CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose “doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room.” King and company reported on Wednesday that three more women have accused the veteran anchor of sexual harassment. “Now in the ...

Apple Confirms Chinese Students Illegally Worked Overtime at iPhone X Factory

High-school students hired to assemble iPhone X devices by Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn , rushing to meet holiday demand for the new smartphone , illegally worked overtime hours at a plant in China, Apple has acknowledged. According to a report Tuesday by the Financial Times, at least six ...

Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Tracking for Stellar $200 Million Opening Weekend

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is heading for a massive launch in the $200 million range during its Dec. 15-17 opening weekend in North America, according to first estimates released by tracking services on Wednesday. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015's “Star ...

Singapore Media Festival: Project Market Proposes Eclectic SE Asian Line-Up

ScreenSingapore, the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association and Ties That Bind have announced the 15 shortlisted projects for the Southeast Asian Film Financing project market. In keeping with the Singapore Media Festival's 2017 focus on Indonesia, there are five projects from the country, ...

Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter Accused of Rape

Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has been accused of rape by Melissa Schuman, a member of the 2000s girl group Dream. Schuman claimed in a blog post that Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment during an off day from shooting “The Hollow” in 2002. Carter's reps have not responded ...

Breaking 'Redbone': The Campaign Behind Childish Gambino's Unlikely Hit

Childish Gambino's Redbone' is an irresistible slice of sweaty, sultry, vintage R&B — but it's also a song that's difficult to imagine on the radio alongside Post Malone, Despacito' or The Chainsmokers. Add to that, Childish Gambino is the stage name of actor Donald Glover, who, owing to a stacked ...

Dominique Farrugia Exits EuropaCorp, Joins StudioCanal

Dominique Farrugia, a popular French comedian-turned-filmmaker, has joined StudioCanal as co-managing director of productions. A long-time collaborator of Luc Besson, Farrugia joins StudioCanal from Besson's EuropaCorp, where he spearheaded the development and production of French movies, notably ...

Film Review: 'Virus Tropical'

The name of the L.A.-based festival that celebrated its inaugural edition in October is declarative: Animation Is Film. But that manifesto is only partially upheld by Santiago Caicedo's black-and-white feature “Virus Tropical,” which is closely adapted from the graphic novel of the same ...