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HBO Sees Smaller App-Revenue Drop After 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Finale

HBO has relied on “Game of Thrones,” its most popular series ever, to drive up subscriber numbers. But while Westeros giveth, it also taketh away: The premium network has experienced notable sub declines after the fantasy epic goes off the air. This year, however, after the conclusion of ...

Inside the Secrets, Scandals and Legacy of 'Full House' From Creator Jeff Franklin

September 22, 1987. Thirty years ago. Ronald Reagan was president, and “Full House” debuted on ABC's worst night at 8 p.m. Friday, considered to be not a time slot, but rather a “death slot.” We barely made the Top 75. The reviews of the show were terrible , cheesy, ...

Five Key Takeaways From Emmys 2017

Emmy season is more than just a horse race. It's curation. In a world of more than 1,200 scripted and unscripted entertainment television programs, being narrowed into a group of the five to seven best in a category gives a show a much-needed spotlight to help it stand out from the throng. Thus the ...

Film Review: 'The Lego Ninjago Movie'

Before delving into the merits of The Lego Ninjago Movie,' it's worth pausing to reflect on just how remarkable it is that the third film in a cinematic franchise based on plastic children's construction toys comes with high expectations attached. Before Lego launched its own film empire, other toy ...

Sean Penn to Star in Beau Willimon's Mars Series 'The First' at Hulu

Sean Penn has signed on to star in Beau Willimon's upcoming Hulu series “The First,” Variety has learned. The First' is set in the near future and follows the first human mission to Mars. The series explores the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. ...

How the Russo Brothers Plan to Embrace Disruption in the Movie Business

Joe and Anthony Russo want to capitalize on the disruption in the movie business. The brothers behind the Avengers' films, who recently entered into a sprawling co-financing and distribution deal with Fox for their fledgling production company, say they're already developing projects that will, in ...

Alicia Vikander Is Lara Croft in First Trailer for 'Tomb Raider'

Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in the new trailer for “Tomb Raider.” “Your father's gone. You can pick up where he left off,” Croft is told in the first official trailer. “I see so much of him in you.” Following a shipwreck, Croft ends up in enemy territory. ...

Beyonce-Zex 'Lemonade' Vinyl Mis-Pressings Listed on Auction Sites for Hundreds of Dollars

It was only a matter of time. As news spread Monday about the snafu at a German pressing plant that resulted in an undisclosed number of vinyl copies of Beyonce's Lemonade' accidentally containing music by Canadian punk band Zex, people began checking their copies . And sure enough, just hours ...

Fox, Locksmith Animation Ink Multi-Year Production, Development Deal

20th Century Fox and Locksmith Animation have entered into a long-term co-production and development deal, Variety has learned. It comes as Fox is ramping up the number of family films it makes. Stacey Snider, who took over as the sole head of the studio a year ago, wants Fox to release an animated ...

Stacey Snider Reflects on Her First Year Topping 20th Century Fox in Wide-Ranging Q&A

It's easy to find Stacey Snider on any given Sunday. The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox closes out her weekend with a trek to the AMC theater at Century City's Westfield mall to catch the latest big-screen releases. I get the same seat, G13, where I can put my feet over the railing,'...

BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film

Judi Dench is the most prolific working female actor in British film today. Michael Caine is the most prolific male actor. Queen Victoria, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond are, in that order, the characters who have appeared most in British film, while war is the subject covered most. Such are the ...

Walter Presents Buys U.K., U.S. Rights to Israel's 'Mama's Angel' From Wild Bunch

Walter Presents has acquired first-window rights in the U.K. and U.S. to Keren Weissman's Israeli thriller series “Mama's Angel” from Wild Bunch TV. Produced by Black Sheep Film Productions for YES TV, “Mama's Angel” explores the underbelly of life in an affluent Tel Aviv ...

All3Media Gives a Lift to New U.K. Producer Hitchhiker Television

All3Media is backing Hitchhiker Television, a new U.K. TV production company being launched by former Endemol Shine execs Anna Blue and Will Spokes. The new venture will be part of All3's Objective Media Group. Based in London's iconic County Hall, Hitchhiker will focus on talent-led projects, and ...

Busan: European Industry, Talent Delegations Head for Korean Festival

Europe's film makers and businesses will make their presence felt at next month's Busan International Film Festival. Some 34 film sales firms will take up position in Busan's Asian Film Market, and 15 actors and directors are expected to make presentations. Both delegations are part of the Europe! ...

SundanceTV Global Buys 'Romper Stomper' Series Based on Russell Crowe Movie

SundanceTV Global has picked up Romper Stomper,' the TV adaptation of the 1992 movie of the same name, about Australian far-right skinheads and their anti-fascist counterparts. Sundance has snagged a raft of international rights to the series. It will play it on its SundanceTV Global channel in ...

Sony Buys Into Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Stolen Picture Production Company

Sony Pictures Television has taken a stake in Stolen Picture, the recently minted film and TV production company set up by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Sony has taken a minority stake and will distribute Stolen Picture's TV projects. Miles Ketley has been named CEO of the company. He joins from Jane ...

Toronto Film Review: 'Journey's End'

Dibbs' movie is more realistic in gritty presentation than earlier incarnations, but otherwise no attempt has been made to "modernize" the material with harsher language or gore.

Hillary Clinton, in Colbert Appearance, Slams Trump's UN Speech as 'Very Dark, Dangerous'

Hillary Clinton returned to late night TV for the first time since the election on Tuesday, telling “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations was “very dark” and “dangerous.” “Not the kind of message that the ...

Jimmy Kimmel Says Senator 'Lied Right to My Face' Over Healthcare Bill

Jimmy Kimmel railed against a new Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, this time calling one senator a liar for claiming that he supported a healthcare bill that guaranteed coverage for all families. The senator, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, has been saying that any type of healthcare plan ...

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Again Tops Studios' TV Ad Spending

In this week's edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with Kingsman: The Golden Circle.' Ads placed for the action comedy had an estimated ...

Jimmy Kimmel Revives Healthcare Debate and Criticizes Louisiana Senator Cassidy

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is mixing more and more serious stuff in with his comedy. Kimmel took to the stage of his ABC late-night program and, for the second time in five months, urged viewers to push back against Republican lawmakers seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  And, in a rare ...

Trump Says He Was 'Saddened' By 'Worst Ever' Emmy Ratings

WASHINGTON , President Donald Trump has weighed in on the Emmys, which were heavy on humor and swipes at his expense. “I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night - the worst ever. Smartest people of them all are the 'DEPLORABLES,'” he wrote on Twitter on ...

'American Horror Story' Recap: Almost Everyone Turns on Ally in 'Neighbors From Hell'

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you've seen Season 7, episode 3 of “American Horror Story,” titled “Neighbors From Hell,” which aired on Sept. 19. The isolation of Ally is in full swing. After she shot and killed her former employee Pedro at the end of the last episode, ...

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Awards $20 Million in Environmental Grants

Leonardo DiCaprio announced Tuesday that his foundation will give $20 million in grants to more than 100 environmentally focused organizations. The new grants, ranging from wildlife and habit conservation and combating climate change to the defense of indigenous rights, increase the ...

Beau Willimon Says He'll Push Diversity Initiatives, Organizing Efforts as WGA East Leader

Beau Willimon has an ambitious new drama series launching next year on Hulu, and he has a Broadway play opening in late November. But a busy schedule has not deterred him from taking the reins of the WGA East at a tumultuous time for the film and TV biz. In assuming the presidency of the...

Hulu's Craig Erwich on What 'Handmaid's Tale' Emmys Mean for Streaming Service

With a win for “The Handmaid's Tale” Sunday night, Hulu became the first streaming service to win a best drama series Emmy — beating to the punch larger competitors Netflix and Amazon. “Handmaid's,” based on the feminist dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, dominated the ...

Lady Gaga Opens Up About 'Fear, Body Pain, Anxiety' in Trailer for Netflix Documentary

Lady Gaga is vulnerable and reflective in the trailer for her Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two.” “When producers wanted me to be sexy, I always put some absurd spin on it that made me feel like I was still in control,” she says in the trailer, as images flash of the ...

BidSlate Teams With Premiere Digital on Delivery Platform

Year-old global content rights specialist BidSlate has launched a partnership with leading distributor Premiere Digital, Variety has learned exclusively. The companies are touting the partnership as an alternative method for filmmakers who rely on film markets and sales agents to sell content. The ...

Fox TV Ad-Sales Veteran Toby Byrne Joins Zefr as President

Toby Byrne, who spent two decades at Fox TV in ad sales, has been named president of Zefr, which provides YouTube ad-targeting technology solutions. In the new role, Byrne will head Zefr's marketing and sales organizations. He's also tasked with forging relationships with ad-agency holding companies ...

Scripps Networks Launches 'Genius Kitchen' Online Food Network, Folding Food.com Recipes Into the Mix

Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of Food Network and Cooking Channel, needed a new way to reach hungry millennials , many of whom have tuned out cable TV. So the company built Genius Kitchen: a multiplatform digital-media brand aimed at young adults who are passionate about food, cooking and ...

John Stamos, Finn Wolfhard, Weird Al to Star in 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory In Concert'

The Warner Bros. classic film, Broadway adaptation, and Roald Dahl novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will get the live-in-concert treatment this Nov. 3 and 4 with “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: A Live-to-Film Celebration.” ...

France Sends Robin Campillo's 'BPM ' to Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Robin Campillo's sprawling AIDS activist drama “BPM ” has been chosen to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar category. “BPM” world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it earned widespread critical acclaim and won the Grand Prize from the jury headed by ...

Rob Reiner Helps Launch Committee to Investigate Russia

WASHINGTON , Director Rob Reiner is joining a new group called the Committee to Investigate Russia, to highlight what is known about the Russian threat to interfere with American elections and other institutions. The committee was scheduled to go live with a website on Tuesday at ...

Fox News Seeks to Dismiss Controversial Rod Wheeler Suit

Fox News on Tuesday moved to dismiss a controversial lawsuit levying the wild allegation that employees of the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news network fabricated quotes in a now-retracted article about a murdered Democratic National Committee operative and helped spark a furious round of ...

Paramount Channel Latin America Snags Exclusive Latinamerican Rights to Multi-Emmy Winner 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Eight Primetime Emmy Award-winner The Handmaid's Tale' will soon be available in Latin America, thanks to Paramount Channel Latin America, which grabbed the exclusive Pay TV and VOD rights for the show in the region. Set to bow in early 2018 across Latin America, the 10-part series is based on ...

HBO Nordic Moves Into Originals With Comedy Drama 'Gosta'

HBO Europe is moving into originals in the Nordics with Gosta,' a comedy drama about a child psychologist who moves from the city to small-town rural Sweden. He sets out to be the kindest person in the world, with both good and bad consequences. I want 'Gosta' to be a mix of comedy and Dostoevsky: ...

Rob Reiner, David Frum Help Launch Committee to Investigate Russia

WASHINGTON , Director Rob Reiner and Atlantic senior editor David Frum are among the advisory board members helping to launch the Committee to Investigate Russia, formed to highlight what is known about the Russian threat to interfere with American elections and other institutions. The committee was ...

Toronto Film Review: 'Razzia'

If political courage were a measure of artistic merit, Moroccan director Nabil Arouch's Razzia,' a kaleidoscopic drama about intolerance and social tumult in Casablanca, would be a formidable achievement. As it stands, Arouch's decision to keep courting controversy after his last film, Much Loved,' ...

Toronto Film Review: 'Jane'

The rediscovered 16mm material is shaped to re-tell a remarkable life story in terms greatly benefitting from the trust the cameraman had achieved with his subjects--chimps as well as spouse.

CBS Wins Bid For Australia's Ten Network, Defeats Lachlan Murdoch

Shareholders at Australia's Ten Network on Tuesday voted to accept a revised takeover offer from the U.S.'s CBS Corporation. The decision is a defeat for a counter-proposal from Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. It follows a court decision on Monday that rejected a plea from Murdoch and Gordon to ...

Inside Emmy Parties With Nicole Kidman, Donald Glover, Elisabeth Moss and More

TV's top talent and executives celebrated this year's Emmy nominees far after the ceremony ended. Emmy darling Sterling K. Brown was caught dashing from party to party with wife and “This Is Us” co-star Ryan Michelle Bathe on his arm. Another popular guy about town was none other ...

Film Review: 'Under the Tree'

It has the escalating, claustrophobic structure of the darkest farce, but humor doesn't pile up in "Under the Tree" so much as it bleeds out.

Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions

PARIS - Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni. Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any ...

CBS Wins Bid For Australia's Ten Network, Defeats Lachlan Murdoch

Shareholders at Australia's Ten Network on Tuesday voted to accept a revised takeover offer from the U.S.'s CBS Corporation. The decision is a defeat for a counter proposal from Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. It follows a court decision on Monday that also rejected a plea from Murdoch and Gordon ...

Laos Selects 'Dearest Sister' as First Foreign-Language Oscar Submission

Horror-thriller, Dearest Sister' has been selected by Laos as its first submission of a film in the Academy Awards foreign-language category. The film is directed by Mattie Do, regarded as one of Asia's hottest new film-making talents. The story follows an in impoverished young woman who moves to ...

Craig Ferguson's New TV Series is Also a Modern-Day Commercial

Craig Ferguson is taking over the helm of a new talk show that has an intriguing feature – no commercial breaks. That's because the series is a commercial itself. U.S. TV viewers will likely recall Ferguson from his tenure on CBS' Late Late Show,' where he set himself apart from the pack with a ...

John August Tops Voting in Writers Guild West Election, Incumbents Dominate

Writers Guild of America West members have given screenwriter John August the most votes for a two-year board seat and re-elected incumbents Andrea Berloff, Luvh Rakhe, Meredith Stiehm, and Zak Penn. Nicole Yorkin, Angelina Burnett, and Michele Mulroney were also elected to board seats and incumbent ...

Off Broadway Review: 'Charm,' A Heartwarmer About LGBTQ Youth

Question: What amenity does an urban center for homeless LGBTQ youth need more than anything? Answer: Why, an Emily Post charm class, of course – so long as it's like the one in Philip Dawkins' funny, heart-warming play, Charm.' This bona-fide charmer, now playing at Off Broadway's MCC Theater, ...

Tucker Carlson Slams Issa Rae for Saying 'I'm Rooting for Everybody Black' at Emmys

Diversity may have scored several big wins at Sunday night's Emmys, but Issa Rae's comment ahead of the show that she's “rooting for everybody black” is raising some eyebrows , at least, those of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Rae made the comment to Variety on the red carpet Sunday ...

Netflix Hip-Hop Movie 'The After Party,' Starring Kyle, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Begins Production

Def Pictures has teamed with Live Nation Productions, WorldStar Hip Hop, and Hunting Lane Films for the Netflix comedy “The After Party.” Principal photography has begun on the coming-of-age film, which is written and directed by Ian Edelman . It is Live Nation's first scripted ...