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Box Office: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Dominates Friday With $10.8 Million

Jordan Peele's “Get Out” continued its strong box office opening run on Friday, earning $10.8 million at 2,781 locations. Its weekend total is now estimated at $28.5 million, and it should easily win the weekend. The same, however, can not be said for Lionsgate Premiere's ...

Syrian Cinematographer Barred from Entering U.S. to Attend Oscars

A 21-year-old cinematographer from Syria has been denied entry to the U.S. for Sunday's Academy Awards. Khaled Khateeb, the cinematographer behind Netflix's The White Helmets,” which is nominated for the documentary short award, is said to have been blocked from entering the country by the ...

Film Review: '2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation'

This year, there's a switcheroo afoot in Oscar's two animation categories: Michaël Dudok de Wit's gorgeous desert-island fable The Red Turtle' is a rare, snowflake-singular work of art, made possible after producers at Japan's celebrated Studio Ghibli fell in love with the director's 2001 ...

Syrian Cinematographer Barred from Entering U.S. to Attend Oscars

A 21 year-old cinematographer from Syria has been denied entry to the U.S. for Sunday's Academy Awards. Khaled Khateeb, the cinematographer behind Netflix's The White Helmets,” which is nominated for the documentary short award, is said to have been blocked from entering the country by the ...

Chelsea Handler Doesn't Want to Host the Oscars

Some awards hosts must wait forever for the offer, like this year's Oscars headliner Jimmy Kimmel. But other comedians have a different problem: how to just say no. In an interview with Variety last December, Chelsea Handler revealed she was offered the gig to emcee the Film Independent Spirits ...

Publicist and Actress Patty Freedman Dies at 64

Patty Freedman, an actress who became a publicist, died in her New York home on Feb. 17. The 64-year-old had been battling breast cancer. Born in Detroit but raised in Southfield, Mich., Freedman started performing early at Cass Tech, Detroit's performing arts high school, before attending ...

Actress Claims Conservative Site Stole Her Photo to Create 'Fake News' Persona

If 2016 was the year of “fake news,” then 2017 is going to be a year of “fake news” litigation. Laura Hunter, a model and commercial actress, filed suit this week in Las Vegas, accusing a conservative site of stealing her name and image to create a fake online persona. Hunter ...

'Get Out' Star Daniel Kaluuya Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen Heist Movie 'Widows'

Daniel Kaluuya, the star of Jordan Peele's “Get Out,” has joined the cast of Steve McQueen's heist movie “Widows,” opposite Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo. McQueen is directing from a script he's co-writing with “Gone Girl” ...

Film Review: '2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action'

Immigration troubles and romance bubbles mix in this year's international crop of live-action Oscar shorts.

Jodie Foster Leads Anti-Trump UTA Rally: 'It's Time to Resist'

UPDATED: Jodie Foster was among the “United Voices” that spoke up against Donald Trump at UTA's rally outside its Beverly Hills offices on Friday. According to the Beverly Hills Police Department, more than 1,500 people, including agents, clients, and supporters, gathered in the plaza to ...

'Doubt' Pulled From CBS Schedule

CBS has pulled Katherine Heigl-starring freshman drama “Doubt” from its schedule after just two episodes. The network will air a rerun of “Bull” at 10 p.m. Wednesday in place of “Doubt.” The following week, the second season of “Criminal Minds: Beyond ...

Remote Controlled: 'Bates Motel' Star Freddie Highmore, EP Kerry Ehrin Preview 'Heartbreaking' Final Season

Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety's podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. This week's episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and editor-at-large Michael Schneider in conversation with “Bates ...

TV News Roundup: Ron Perlman Joins Season 2 of Crackle's 'StartUp'

In today's TV news roundup, Ron Perlman joins Season 2 of Crackle's original scripted drama “StartUp,” and more.  CASTING  Ron Perlman has been cast in the second season of Crackle's original scripted drama “StartUp,” joining previously announced cast members Adam ...

'Top Gear' Hosts Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Chris Harris on New Season

BBC car-show Top Gear,' which airs in more than 200 territories and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is shifting gear yet again, with the latest season hosted by Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris, the latter two having been elevated from supporting roles following the departure of ...

Box Office: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Scares Up $1.8 Million on Thursday

Jordan Peele's horror-thriller “Get Out” has opened with an impressive $1.8 million at 2,240 sites in Thursday night preview screenings starting at 7 p.m. Universal-Blumhouse's thriller about a young African-American man's visit to his white girlfriend's estate is coming into the ...

Caitlyn Jenner: Trump's Withdrawal of Transgender Guidelines Is a 'Disaster'

Caitlyn Jenner is speaking out against the Trump administration's decision to revoke Obama-era guidelines on transgender use of bathrooms in public schools. “I have a message for President Trump, from one Republican to another: This is a disaster,” Jenner said in a video she posted to ...

Apple Probing Report of iPhone 7 Spontaneously Catching Fire

Apple is investigating a report by an Arizona teen that her iPhone 7 Plus “blew up” as it was charging and began spewing smoke. Apple said it's looking into the incident. “We are in touch with the customer and looking into it,” a rep told Mashable, which first reported the ...

Karla Souza Breaks Down Finale Shocker on 'How to Get Away With Murder'

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the two-hour How to Get Away With Murder' Season 3 finale, which aired on Thursday, Feb. 23. The Season 3 finale of “How to Get Away With Murder” ended on a cliffhanger that no one saw coming: Laurel's father was the...

Martin Scorsese to Receive John Ford Award From Ireland's President

Martin Scorsese, whose upcoming mob movie The Irishman' is the subject of a dispute regarding its international rights, will receive the John Ford Award from Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, at a special Irish Film and Television Academy event in Dublin on Saturday. The ceremony will follow ...

Top Vivendi Execs Under Investigation in Connection With Mediaset Stock Purchases

ROME - Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré and managing director Arnaud De Puyfontaine are under investigation by Milan prosecutors for alleged stock market manipulation in connection with the French media conglomerate's recent rapid stake-building in Italian TV group Mediaset. Under Italian law, ...

Series Mania, Conecta Fiction Link on Industry Panels

MADRID , Paris-based Series Mania, the fast-expanding TV festival-industry forum, and Spain's Conecta Fiction, a new TV co-production and networking initiative, have forged a collaboration that is set to see their exchanging conference panel events at their 2017 editions. Now entering its 8th ...

Asghar Farhadi to Be Represented at Oscars by First Female Space Tourist and Former NASA Scientist

ROME - Two prominent Iranian Americans - engineer Anousheh Ansari, known as the first female space tourist, and Firouz Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA - will represent Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi and his film “The Salesman” at the upcoming Oscars ...

Asghar Farhadi to be Represented by First Female Space Tourist and Nasa Executive at Oscars

ROME , Two prominent Iranian Americans, engineer Anousheh Ansari, known as the first female space tourist, and Dr. Firouz Naderi, director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA, will represent Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi and his film “The Salesman” at the upcoming Oscars ceremony, ...

Berlin Film Review: 'The Erlprince'

Started before Czekaj's even wilder Venice and SXSW entry Baby Bump' but completed afterwards, "The Erlprince," too, gives an unorthodox spin to archetypes and confirms the helmer as a talent to watch.

Wide Management Boards 'Negative Numbers'

Marking its first international co-production, Loic Magneron's Paris-based Wide Management has boarded the Georgian prison-rugby drama Negative Numbers,' signing on to co-produce with Brett Walker and Miguel Govea of Tbilisi-based Alief LLC and David Isakadze at Tbilisi's Magnet Studio. Wide will ...

Berlin Film Review: 'The Erlprince'

Started before Czekaj's even wilder Venice and SxSW entry Baby Bump' but completed afterwards, "The Erlprince," too, gives an unorthodox spin to archetypes and confirms the helmer as a talent to watch.

Film Review: 'Rock Dog'

For a film in which a Tibetan mastiff with big musical dreams stalks a jaded feline rock star while honing his supernatural martial arts powers and dodging kidnapping attempts from a gang of lupine Mafiosi who run a pro wrestling business on the side, Rock Dog' is surprisingly uneventful. Based on a ...

'How to Get Away With Murder' Season 3 Finale: Who Killed Wes?

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the two-hour “How to Get Away With Murder” Season 3 finale, which aired on Thursday, Feb. 23. After a full season of whodunnit, “How to Get Away With Murder” finally revealed #WhoKilledWes? And trust us, you'll never ...

Connie Britton Reacts to 'Nashville' Shocker: 'I'm Forever Grateful'

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead, if you have not watched “Nashville” Season 5, episode 9, titled “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which aired on CMT on Thursday, Feb. 23. Connie Britton's character, Rayna, was killed off of “Nashville” on Thursday night's emotional ...

'Nashville': What Rayna's Fate Means for Connie Britton

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Nashville” Season 5, episode 9, titled “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which aired on CMT on Thursday, Feb. 23. Last week's shocking episode put Rayna through the ringer. The country star barely survived a scary attack ...

Alaska Reality Show Star Says BBC Put Her Life at Risk to Get Better Footage

A few years ago, Susan Aikens was running a small wilderness camp in a remote part of Alaska when she was discovered by BBC producers who were interested in turning her life into a reality series. Aikens agreed, and is now well known throughout the state as the star of “Life Below Zero,” ...

STX Weighing Legal Action Over Netflix Deal for Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

Martin Scorsese's upcoming mob movie The Irishman' looks to be running into trouble as distributor STX is weighing legal action over Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich's pending deal with Netflix. STX bought all non-U.S. distribution rights to the Robert De Niro starring movie last year in a ...

How 'Ultimate Beastmaster' Creator Mashed Up 'Super Mario Bros.' and the Olympics for Netflix's First Reality Show

David Broome was stuck in traffic on the 101 freeway when idea for Ultimate Beastmaster' first came to him. I thought, What if I could basically take 'Mario Bros.' and bring it to life?” Broome said. “That would be the ultimate obstacle course.” The Beast is quite the obstacle ...

Sports Anchor Suspended Over Trump Tweet

Chicago's WLS-Channel 7 has reprimanded a sports anchor after he tweeted that President Trump was a “cartoon lunatic” elected by a “country of simpletons.” The station told the Chicago Sun-Times that Mark Giangreco's comments are “not in line with ABC 7 Chicago's ...

Jackie Chan's 'Five Against a Bullet' Draws Jeffrey Nachmanoff to Direct

Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed on to direct Jackie Chan's upcoming action-thriller “Five Against a Bullet” for Sony. The attachment of Nachmanoff , whose credits include Don Cheadle's “Traitor” and Keanu Reeves' “Replicas” , comes two months after Chan was attached ...

TV Review: 'The Blacklist: Redemption'

The most lasting impression from the premiere of “The Blacklist: Redemption,” NBC's new spinoff of its successful drama “The Blacklist,” is that Tom Keen sure seems to be attracted to his mom. At least, we're supposed to think she's his mom. Tom , who had a baby with Liz in ...

Fox News Veteran Alan Colmes Dies at 66

Alan Colmes, a host and commentator who had been mainstay of Fox News since its inception, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 66. Colmes was the liberal co-host counterpart to conservative Sean Hannity on the long-running “Hannity and Colmes” program that bowed in 1996, the same ...

TV Review: 'Feud'

Feud,' which tells the story of clashing screen titans Joan Crawford and Bette Davis around the production of their 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,' is a series designed for a knowing audience, a basket of Easter eggs. The mythos of the film's production — which cast the two rivals ...

'How to Get Away With Murder': Did Connor Kill Wes?

All will be solved on tonight's two-hour Season 3 finale of “How to Get Away With Murder,” but leading into the double-header episodes, Connor looks like a viable suspect. Last week's episode revealed that Connor was at Annalise's house on the night that Wes died, and the flashback scene ...

Damon Wayans Jr. Joins Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's FX Comedy Pilot

“Happy Endings” star Damon Wayans Jr. has been tapped as one of the leads in FX's comedy pilot “Singularity,” Variety has confirmed. “Singularity,” which hails from “Silicon Valley” and “The Real O'Neals” scribe Sonny Lee and executive ...

Apple TV Adds Urban Movie Channel Subscription Service

RLJ Entertainment's Urban Movie Channel is now available on fourth-generation Apple TV devices , which the company hopes will spur signups for the $6.99 monthly service. UMC had 20,000 subs as the end of 2016, after two years in the market. That's just a fraction of the 430,000-plus subscribers ...

Some Oscars Ads Might Strike a Political Chord

When Hyatt returns to advertising on primetime TV this Sunday night after many years, it will do so during ABC's Oscars telecast and it will offer a message that might prove soothing to a viewership still polarized by a contentious political election: What the world needs now is love, sweet love. ...

New York Times Seeks New Headlines With Oscars Ad

A year after a movie about a pack of intrepid investigative reporters at a Boston newspaper won the Oscar for “Best Picture,”  The New York Times will seek a spotlight of its own during the annual film awards. New York Times Co. will take what is perhaps its most significant step into ...

Pay TV Helps Drive Telefonica Growth in Core Market Spain

MADRID - Telefonica, a test case for telecom diversification into TV, has consolidated growth in 2016, posting operating profits of €15.118 billion , up 14.3% on 2015. Part of that growth, moreover, has come from TV as Telefonica's quad-play Fusion offer of fixed telephony, TV, mobile and Internet ...

AMC Networks Earnings Beat Wall Street Estimates for FY 2016 Results

AMC Networks beat Wall Street's earnings estimates Thursday morning when it released its full year and fourth quarter results. The media company responsible for “The Walking Dead” posted net revenue of $2.756 billion for 2016 on the whole, slightly above analyst expectations, and an ...

Scorsese Talks Passion and Preservation at British Film Institute

LONDON – The joy of creating a film has to be in making something, even in the worst circumstances. It's about the passion,' Martin Scorsese told a packed audience at a special event celebrating the director's career at London's BFI Southbank on Wednesday night. To retain that passion is the key.' ...

India Bans Female Empowerment Movie 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'

UPDATED WITH DOCUMENT: India's film censor has denied a theatrical release to Alankrita Shrivastava's woman empowerment drama Lipstick Under My Burkha.' In 2016 the film won the Spirit of Asia award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam award for best film on gender equality at the ...

German Media Giant ProSiebenSat.1 Sees 17% Rise in Revenue

German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 reported Thursday a 17% annual revenue hike to a record 3.8 billion euros . Recurring EBITDA rose by 10% to 1.02 billion euros . Thomas Ebeling, the company's CEO, said: “ProSiebenSat.1 is the first media group to systematically combine television, in-house ...

India Bans Female Empowerment Movie 'Lipstick Under My Burkha'

India's film censor has denied a theatrical release to Alankrita Shrivastava's woman empowerment drama Lipstick Under My Burkha.' In 2016 the film won the Spirit of Asia award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Oxfam award for best film on gender equality at the Mumbai Film Festival. ...

Sony and Japan's Mitsui Launch Animation Joint Venture

Sony Pictures Entertainment is looking to take anime to a global audience in partnership with Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co. The two firms have created joint venture AK Holdings Corporation, in which Sony has a majority. AK will operate the two companies' existing Japanese animation ...