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Hollywood Reacts to Trump's Transgender Military Ban: 'This Must Be Challenged'

Several members of Hollywood expressed outrage on social media, following President Trump's announcement Wednesday morning that the U.S. government will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people's service in the military. “Our military must be focused on decisive and ...

Gregg Allman's 'My Only True Friend,' First Track From His Final Studio Album, Released

Gregg Allman, who passed away May 27 due to complications from liver cancer, spent the final months of his life at work on an album that he knew would be his final statement the world. And while the album, “Southern Blood,” due Sept. 8 on Rounder Records, is at times a haunting listen, ...

Trump Announces Ban on Transgender Service in Military

WASHINGTON , President Donald Trump has banned transgender individuals from serving in the military, reversing a policy put in place by his predecessor's administration. “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not ...

Peter Frampton Comes Alive With Anger During Minnesota Concert

What set him off? A fan holding up a vinyl copy of "Frampton Comes Alive" projected on the video screens.

Imagine Sets $100 Million TV Financing Venture With Hong Kong's TVB

Imagine Entertainment has set a $100 million television production financing venture with a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Television Broadcasts Limited. The joint venture promises to expand Imagine's TV operations on a global scale and allow the company to retain ownership of its content for the ...

Imagine Sets $100 Million TV Financing Venture With China's TVB

Imagine Entertainment has set a $100 million television production financing venture with a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Television Broadcasts Limited. The joint venture promises to expand Imagine's TV operations on a global scale and allow the company to retain ownership of its content for the ...

Roku Leads U.S. Connected-TV Market, Apple TV Expected to Lag Rivals

Roku is currently the No. 1 connected-TV device brand in the U.S., topping Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV in terms of total users, according to a new study from research firm eMarketer. In 2017, 38.9 million Americans will use a Roku at least once per month, up 19% over last year, ...

China's Linking Star Picture to Develop Superhero Projects From Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment

Newly established Chinese company Linking Star Picture is to develop five superhero figures and associated projects from Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment as well as Chinese superhero movies, with Bob Sabouni, the the former vice president of Marvel, acting as art consultant for Linking Star. The new ...

Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Be Honored by Locarno Film Festival

ROME - Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, known for his vivid color palette and his work with Pedro Almodovar and other influential directors, will be recognized by the Locarno Film Festival with its Vision Award honoring technical achievements and advancements in film. Besides working on ...

ITV Revenues Down 3% Amid Drop in Profit for ITV Studios

ITV recorded a 3% drop in revenues of £1.5 billion and an 8% fall in adjusted EBITA profit of £403 million in the first half of 2017, weighed down in part by a decline in profits at its production and distribution arm, ITV Studios. Britain's biggest commercial broadcaster blamed the decline at ...

Shonduras Shares Branded Content Secrets at Elevate Conference

Shaun McBride, a popular creator on Snapchat and other digital platforms who is better known by his online handle Shonduras, had a message for marketers Tuesday at the Elevate Conference: trust influencers like himself to know how to move audiences. “As a creator, we know how to do the ...

'Wonder Woman 2' Gets 2019 Release Date

Warner Bros. has set Gal Gadot's “Wonder Woman 2” for release on Dec. 13, 2019. The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening. “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, has been an outsize hit for the studio with $389 million in domestic grosses after 53 days, ...

Indie Entertainment, Butcher Brothers, Orama Teaming on 'Star Light'

Horror veterans Jeffrey Allard of Indie Entertainment, Mitchell Altieri of the Butcher Brothers, and Orama Filmworks are teaming to develop and produce a feature slate, starting with “Star Light,” Variety has learned exclusively. The independent film slate will be financed by private ...

Will Packer Crafts Content Production Pact for 'All Screens'

Will Packer wasn't satisfied with his options for setting up a new TV production pact. So he tackled the problem like an entrepreneur, setting up an unusual partnership with Discovery Communications, OWN, and Universal Pictures that gives him much more flexibility to tackle film, TV, and digital ...

Poll: What's Your Favorite Stephen King Adaptation?

For the past several decades, Stephen King has remained prolific, churning out hit novel after hit novel , and Hollywood can thank him for that. More than 50 projects have been made based on King's work, and there's still plenty more to come. In fact, just in 2017, the author has three projects ...

State Attorneys General Appear in Anti-Piracy PSA Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. , A group of 15 state attorneys general have launched a public service campaign to warn consumers about the risk of malware from visiting piracy sites. The PSAs are running on TV, radio, and social media in 15 states during July and August, and were organized by the group Digital ...

Lionsgate, 'John Wick' Producer Team on Female-Driven Action Movie 'Ballerina'

Lionsgate has picked up Shay Hatten's action script “Ballerina” and set up the project with “John Wick” franchise producer Basil Iwanyk through his Thunder Road company. Lionsgate won an auction for “Ballerina,” with Warner Bros. and Universal also expressing ...

GLAS Animation Program Focuses on Sensuality in Shorts by Women Filmmakers

GLAS Animation will host a selection of short films all made by women dealing with some aspect of sexuality on Thursday, July 27, at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. The GLAS Animation Festival, which debuted just two years ago in Berkeley, Calif., ...

Hollywood Reacts to Senate Health Care Vote: 'Shameful Day'

The United States Senate voted Tuesday morning to hear debate about the American Health Care Act , the controversial bill that could repeal the Affordable Care Act , also known as Obamacare , and Hollywood didn't hesitate to express its disgust via social media. Mark Ruffalo, an active ...

Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie 'My War Gone By, I Miss It So'

Tom Hardy will produce and star in the Bosnian War movie “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” Variety has learned exclusively. The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O'Connor is attached to direct and produce, ...

Wang Jianlin Says Dalian Wanda Will Concentrate on Investing in China

In perhaps the clearest sign yet of Dalian Wanda's chastened ambitions, group chairman Wang Jianlin has pledged to focus on investing locally in response to the Chinese government's call for economic caution and its concerns over capital flight. Wang said that Wanda, which has aggressively pursued ...

Mexico's Piano Bows Foreign Film Distribution

Having carved out a reputation for its distribution of edgier Mexican fare, Piano Distribution, the auteur art pic distribution operation of Julio Chavezmontes' production house Piano, has moved into international acquisitions, picking up Mexican rights to two high-profile Cannes titles: Ruben ...

Johnny Depp's 'Richard Says Goodbye' Releases First Look Photo, Rounds Out Cast

Danny Huston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Devon Terrell and Odessa Young have joined Johnny Depp's comedy-drama “Richard Says Goodbye” with principal photography started on location in Vancouver. Variety reported on July 20 that Before I Fall' star Zoey Deutch had been set to co-star with Depp. ...

ABC News Pacts With Digital Startup ATTN: for Video Co-Production Deal

ABC News is teaming with digital-media startup ATTN: in a deal to co-produce at least 10 original video segments within the next six months. It's a familiar-looking tie-up between traditional and new media players, which the broadcast news org hopes will broaden its reach among millennials. The ...

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst Remembers 'Courageous and Humble' Friend Chester Bennington

The last time I saw Chester Bennington was in October 2016, when he played at a benefit for Road To Recovery alongside his longtime friend Fred Durst. I love Fred,' Bennington told me when we spoke about the night. The feeling was very much mutual. Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit have had a deep ...

Comic-Con 2017: What Popped and What Flopped

Comic-Con 2017 has come and gone, with well over 100,000 attendees flooding into San Diego for the annual event. Amid a sea of costumes, comics and merchandise, the TV and film industry trotted out its biggest stars and action-packed previews for upcoming projects with the hope of winning over a ...

'Queer as Folk,' 'Doctor Who' Showrunner to Receive Edinburgh Achievement Award

British screenwriter Russell T. Davies, famed for his groundbreaking gay series “Queer as Folk” and the successful reboot of “Doctor Who,” will receive the Edinburgh TV Festival's Outstanding Achievement Award next month. The festival announced Tuesday that Davies will pick ...

AEG-MSG Turf War Intensifies, With Concert Trade Pollstar in the Middle

The live-entertainment business is a large but traditionally close-knit community, with relationships going back decades. Yet Oak View Group's recent acquisition of Pollstar, the long-running trade publication covering the concert and ticketing industries, strikes many — most notably giant ...

Nielsen Weaves Views from Hulu, YouTube TV Into Traditional Ratings

A not-so-simple question has plagued the TV and advertising industries for years: What is the value of TV programming that is no longer being watched on TV? A partial answer has arrived.  Nielsen said Tuesday it is now counting views of certain types of programming on Hulu's live service and ...

Charter Strikes Partnership With Analytics Firm 605

Charter Communications said it struck a new partnership with 605, a data and analytics company that is controlled by Dolan Family Ventures. As part of the pact, Charter will appoint two members to the smaller company's board of directors. Under the terms of the deal,  Charter will  provide 605 ...

Venice Days: Works by Chloe Sevigny, Canada's Kim Nguyen, China's Pengfei in Lineup

ROME - The Venice Film Festival's independently run Venice Days section, modeled on Cannes Directors' Fortnight, has unveiled a promising lineup mixing known auteurs and potential discoveries, with 11 of 12 competition titles slated for world premieres. New works from China's Pengfei; Canada's ...

Korea Box Office: 'Dunkirk' Beats 'Spider-Man'

Foreign releases remained in the lead at the South Korean box office, with Dunkirk' topping the chart after opening last Thursday. The Warner Bros. World War II drama earned $10.44 million from 1.35 million admissions over its opening five days. Showing on 1,245 screens nationwide, it accounted ...

Inside Sinclair: CEO Nixes Fox News Rival Rumors, Talks Tribune & Big Ambition for Broadcast Biz

Of the many challenges Fox News Channel is facing amid a turbulent year, there's one threat Rupert Murdoch can cross off the list: Sinclair Broadcast Group has no plans to launch a rival conservative-friendly TV network. Chris Ripley, CEO of the Hunt Valley, Md.-based TV-station giant, is ready to ...

Russia's Amedia, HBO Renew Pact, Including 'Game of Thrones' and 'Westworld'

Amedia will remain the home of HBO content in Russia after the pair struck a new deal. Amedia is one of Russia's largest producers and channels operators and first inked an output deal with HBO in 2013. The agreement means that all HBO content, spanning series, documentaries and specials, will ...

Princess Diana Documentary With William and Harry Scores International Buyers

A host of international broadcasters have bought Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,' the documentary that features Princes Harry and William talking about the life of their mother, Princess Diana. The 90-minute program aired Monday evening on ITV in Britain and on HBO in the U.S., a month ahead ...

Russia's Amedia and HBO Renew Pact, Deal Includes 'Game of Thrones,' and 'Westworld'

AMedia will remain the home of HBO content in Russia after the pair struck a new deal. Amedia is one of Russia's largest producers and channels operators and first inked an output deal with HBO in 2013. The agreement means that all HBO content, spanning series, documentaries and specials, will ...

Scooter Braun Apologizes to Justin Bieber Fans Over Cancellation of 'Purpose' Shows

Following Justin Bieber's decision to bow out of the remaining dates of his “Purpose” world tour, his music manager Scooter Braun took to Instagram to apologize to the pop star's fans. “To Justin who gave it his all night after night thank you. And to those that won't be able to ...

Princess Diana Film With Princes Harry and William Finds International Buyers

A host of international broadcasters have bought Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,' the documentary film that features Princes Harry and William talking about the life of their mother, Princess Diana. The show went out on ITV in the U.K. last night, Monday, as well as on HBO in the US, after ...

Tears for Fears Postpone Last Dates of Tour With Hall and Oates Due to Family Emergency

Due to a Tears for Fears family emergency, the remaining dates of the group's tour with Hall and Oates —including Tuesday in San Jose, CA, and Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles — have been postponed. Additionally, a Tears for Fears headlining date scheduled for Wednesday at the Santa Barbara ...

Film Review: 'Santoalla'

One morning in 1997 after a two-year-long sojourn around Europe in a camper van, Dutch couple Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool woke up on a hillside in Galicia, in northern Spain and decided they'd found home. The village , little more than a collection of abandoned tumbledown structures clinging to ...

Anne Hathaway in Talks to Replace Amy Schumer as 'Barbie'

After losing Amy Schumer due to scheduling conflicts, Sony looks to have found its replacement for the upcoming live-action “Barbie” pic, with Anne Hathaway in talks for the lead role. Australian “Fun Mom Dinner” director Alethea Jones is in talks to helm the comedy. Studio ...

TV Review: 'People of Earth' Season 2 on TBS

There's nothing large about the satisfying and humane “People of Earth,” except the distance its alien characters have traveled to this planet full of mixed-up humans. It's not a show that traffics in big moves or over-the-top jokes, but it's all the more enjoyable for its devotion to ...

Fox, Chernin Acquire Movie Rights to Michelle Richmond's 'The Marriage Pact'

20th Century Fox has acquired the feature film rights to Michelle Richmond's upcoming psychological suspense novel “The Marriage Pact.” Justin Haythe will adapt the screenplay for the film, which will be produced by Chernin Entertainment. “The Marriage Pact” will be ...

James Cromwell Arrested During SeaWorld Protest

Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell was arrested at SeaWorld in San Diego during a PETA protest against treatment of orca whales on Monday, the animal rights organization said. Cromwell and fellow protesters were handcuffed and taken into custody after the animal rights advocates crashed SeaWorld's ...

TV News Roundup: Al Gore to Host Climate Change Town Hall on MTV

In today's roundup, Al Gore is hosting a climate change town hall on MTV, and George Lopez announces premiere date of his new stand up special.  SPECIALS Former Vice President Al Gore is hosting “An Inconvenient Special” town hall forum on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. on MTV. The ...

BiFan Film Review: 'Jailbreak'

Cambodian commercial cinema takes a big stride forward with Jailbreak,' an exciting, all-out action extravaganza about elite cops trapped in a prison during a mass breakout. Stylishly directed by Italian expat Jimmy Henderson and starring Cambodian martial arts wizards including female dynamo ...

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Performs Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' with Roger Waters: Watch

Fans at Chicago's United Center were treated to a surprise when Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined Roger Waters for a performance of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb' on Sunday night . Vedder emerged unannounced from behind the stage just after the first chorus to join in and sing the parts ...

TV Review: 'Midnight, Texas' on NBC

The best thing that can be said about Midnight, Texas' is that its badness is at least amiable. This is not a case of an ambitious show going awry and causing frustration as it falls well short of its lofty goals. All Midnight, Texas' clearly wants to do is be a bargain-basement copy of True...

Jacqueline Bisset Joins Sarah Jessica Parker's 'Best Day of My Life'

Jacqueline Bisset has joined Sarah Jessica Parker's romantic drama “Best Day of My Life” and will portray the mother of Parker's character, Variety has learned exclusively. Renee Zellweger, Common, Isabella Rossellini, Simon Baker, Taylor Kinney, and Gus Birney are also starring. Andrea ...

Linkin Park Write Heartfelt Tribute to Chester Bennington

On Monday morning, Linkin Park issued a heartfelt tribute to their singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on Thursday. The statement follows in full: Dear Chester,   Our hearts are broken.   The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with ...