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Jessica Chastain on Her 'Zookeeper's Wife' Character: 'Femininity Does Not Equate Weakness'

Gathering on a particularly windy Monday evening in Los Angeles at the ArcLight Hollywood, the cast of “The Zookeeper's Wife” — which includes Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh — discussed the film's distinctive role as a feminine, an optimistic take on one of the most ...

Barclays Sets Up $125M Fund for Shows on Streaming Platforms

British bank Barclays has launched a £100 million fund to help TV production companies compete for orders from video-streaming platforms, like Netflix and Amazon. The rise in popularity of subscription video-on-demand services prompted Barclays to consider how it could improve the types of funding ...

'California Typewriter': Documentary Featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer Gets Late Summer Release

Gravitas Ventures has bought U.S. rights to the documentary “California Typewriter,” which will open the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival on Wednesday. “California Typewriter,” which premiered at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival, will open theatrically in Los ...

Nichole Bloom to Star in 'Lazer Team 2' Sci-Fi Comedy Film on YouTube Red

Nichole Bloom, whose credits include NBC's “Superstore” and Showtime's “Shameless,” will star in “Lazer Team 2,” the sequel to Rooster Teeth's sci-fi comedy set to hit the YouTube Red service later this year. Bloom will play a new lead character — a scientist ...

Spider-Man and Iron Man Save a Sinking Ship in New 'Homecoming' Trailer

Peter Parker gets some tough love from Tony Stark in the new trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” released Tuesday morning. “So, to become an Avenger, are there like trials or an interview?” Tom Holland's Spider-Man asks Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. “Do me a favor ...

Imax, Warner Bros. Making 'Justice League,' 'Aquaman' Virtual Reality Experiences

If virtual reality is truly the new frontier that the entertainment industry hopes it will be, then Warner Bros. and Imax want to be among the pioneers. The two companies have signed a co-financing and production agreement that will create three interactive VR experiences based on upcoming Warner ...

Twitter Brings Pre-Roll Ads to Periscope Streams

Taking another step to monetize live video, Twitter introduced pre-roll ads for Periscope streams Tuesday. These ads work very much like the ones you've seen play before regular videos on Twitter, but appear ahead of Periscope live streams and archived Periscope broadcasts. Periscope pre-roll ads ...

Female Smurf Erased From Billboard in Religious Israeli City

A billboard for the newest Smurfs film in a religious Israeli city has left many commentators in the Jewish state feeling blue. Promotional posters for Smurfs: The Lost Village' were unveiled across Israel on Sunday, but in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox enclave just outside of Tel Aviv, the usual ...

'Planet Earth II,' 'The Crown' Rule Over BAFTA TV Craft Nominations

BBC wildlife show Planet Earth II' ruled the factual roost after nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Television Craft Awards were revealed Tuesday, while Netflix's royal saga The Crown' courted the most nominations among drama series. Planet Earth II' nabbed nine ...

Facebook Keeps Copying Snapchat: Adds Camera Filters, 24-Hour Stories, Direct Messages

Facebook is launching three new features — each popularized by rival Snapchat. Facebook is enhancing its camera app with dozens of filters and effects, including selfie “masks” from six major Hollywood studios to promote current or upcoming releases, a la Snapchat. It's also ...

Haut et Court TV, 'False Flag' Co-Creator Team on 'Fertile Crescent'

Haut et Court TV, the French outfit behind “The Young Pope,””The Last Panthers” and the original “The Returned,” is teaming with Eitan Mansuri's Israel-Based Spiro Films and “False Flag”'s co-creator Maria Feldman on Fertile Crescent,' a ...

MipTV: Filmax Develops Pau Freixas Dramedy 'Welcome To The Family'

BARCELONA- Julio Fernández's Barcelona-based Filmax Ent. is developing its next big TV play, the 13-hour TV series Welcome to the Family,' which will be presented at next week's MipTV to potential buyers and co-production partners. Negotiations with a Spanish broadcaster to co-produce Welcome to ...

Jan Mojto's Beta Film Gears Up Pan-European Production Operation

In a first - and eye-catching - joint move between the building blocks of Beta Films' new pan-European production operation, Dramacorp, the Stockholm-based company Jan Mojto's Beta set up last year with high-flying TV exec Patrick Nebout is teaming with Paris-based Isolani Pictures, Beta Film's ...

Joanne Froggatt Thriller 'Liar' Picked Up by France's TF1

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has picked up Liar,' a thriller series from the creators of BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated The Missing.' The show stars Downton Abbey's' Joanne Froggatt. TF1 also acquired contemporary drama series Innocent.' The pre-sales were inked by All3Media Intl. Liar,' which has ...

MipTV: Millimages Picks Up International Rights to G&G's 'Kemy'

In the run-up to Mip-TV, Paris-based animation producer-distributor Millimages has picked-up international rights to Kemy Expedition,' produced by G&G, an animation company based in Seoul, and with offices in Japan, known by its anime productions such as Kaleido Star,' co-produced with Japanese ...

'Berlin Station' Extends Reach to Nordic Region, Spain, Italy

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content's contemporary spy drama Berlin Station' has been sold to several additional European countries, Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing and Distribution revealed Tuesday. The show has been picked up by on-demand platform TIM for Italy; HBO Nordic for ...

'Sincronia,' 'PSI,' 'Cockfighter,' 'Guerra de Idolos,' Featured At MipDrama Latam Screenings

Televisa's Sincronía,' HBO Latin America's PSI,' Telefe's The Cockfighter' and Telemundo's Guerra de Idolos' feature at The Wit's first MipDrama Latam Screenings, a 90-minute showcase focus that parts the veil on the new face of Latin American fiction. The aim of these Screenings is to show the new ...

NBC's Robert Greenblatt Joins Center Theater Group Board of Directors

Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment Chairman who has made live broadcasts of classic musicals an annual event on his network, has joined the board of directors at Center Theater Group, the 50-year-old L.A. theater company that is now laying the groundwork for its next 50 years. The addition is ...

'Humans' Renewed for Season 3 at AMC, Channel 4

“Humans” has been renewed for Season 3 at AMC and Channel 4, Variety has learned. The series will return with eight new episodes in 2018. Production will begin in this fall with key cast members set to return. Set in a parallel present, the series explores what happens when the line ...

'Dark Tower' Footage References Overlook Hotel From 'The Shining'

“The Dark Tower” is widely considered to be Stephen King's masterpiece, but its mind-bending plot and intricate special effects have delayed its transition to the big screen. Sony is banking that fans of the series of adventure novels will turn out in force this summer, helping the dark ...

'Spider-Man' Footage at CinemaCon Features Deeper Look at Michael Keaton's Vulture

Sony and Marvel didn't hold back at Monday's CinemaCon presentation of footage for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” particularly in offering a far deeper look at Michael Keaton's villainous Vulture. Sony showed footage from the second trailer, scheduled to be released Tuesday. The footage ...

Tom Holland on 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' Spinoffs, and Planning for Bathroom Breaks

Spider-Man has become the Hamlet for comic book movie stars. Every actor under the age of 30 wants to put their stamp on the role. Now it's Tom Holland's turn to pull on Spider-Man's tight-fitting trunks, following in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. After a showy supporting turn ...

'Blade Runner 2049': Sony Debuts New Footage at CinemaCon

Sony Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman has one message for those who think fans won't be rushing to the theaters to see “Blade Runner 2049”: “Netflix, my ass.” The studio chief dropped the zinger while debuting new footage of the “Blade Runner” sequel to ...

Robert Downey Jr.'s Doctor Dolittle Movie to Hit Theaters in May 2019

Universal's new untitled Doctor Dolittle movie, starring Robert Downey Jr., will be opening on May 24, 2019, the studio announced on Monday night. Stephen Gaghan directs the new take on Dolittle, which will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films , along ...

'Bates Motel' Recap: Did Rihanna Survive Her Visit?

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you've watched episode 6 of season 5 of “Bates Motel,” titled “Marion.” That famous shower. The soaring music. The water swirling down the drain. And then…. “Screw this s-t.” With those three words, Rihanna's Marion Crane ...

Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Moves Up Nearly Two Months to June

Edgar Wright's “Baby Driver” will hit theaters nearly two months earlier than originally planned, moving to June 28 from Aug. 11. Sony announced the news at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday. The new release date puts Wright's latest smack dab in the middle of the July 4 frame, going up ...

Off Broadway Review: John Leguizamo's 'Latin History for Morons'

It's never too late to be educated, especially when it's as entertaining and personal as John Leguizamo's class in culture, comedy and parenting in his latest solo show at The Public, following a run last year at Berkeley Repertory Theater. In Latin History for Morons,' an older and more mature ...

Noreen Fraser, TV Producer, Crusader in Fight Against Cancer, Dies at 63

Noreen Fraser, a producer of television shows including Entertainment Tonight,' ABC's Home Show,' and The Richard Simmons Show' who devoted her life to raising money for cancer research, died on Monday in her Brentwood, California, home, surrounded by family, after a 16-year battle with stage IV ...

George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' Gets Award Season Release

Paramount  has given an awards season release date of Nov. 3 to the comedy-drama Suburbicon,' starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julianne Moore with Clooney directing. Joel and Ethan Coen have written the script for Suburbicon.  Producers are Joel Silver under his Silver Pictures banner ...

WWE Bringing WrestleMania to China Live for First Time via Online Streaming

This year's WrestleMania grapple-fest will be available live in China for the first time, under a deal between WWE and Chinese online-streaming service PPTV. WrestleMania 33 will be available on PPTV Sports via pay-per-view at 7 a.m. Beijing time on Monday, April 3, for a one-time payment of RMB 30 ...

Josh Earnest, Former Obama Press Secretary, Joins NBC News, MSNBC as Analyst

Josh Earnest, who served as White House Press Secretary in the latter part of President Barack Obama's tenure, will join NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst, according to a Monday announcement. “With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of ...

Fathom Events Launching Bollywood Film Series

Fathom Events is bringing the Best of Bollywood' to U.S. movie theaters beginning in July. Fathom announced Monday , the opening day of CinemaCon , that it plans to screen at least two Bollywood films this year and as many as six next year as part of what it's touting as the first-ever Bollywood ...

CinemaCon: 3 Major Issues Facing the Movie Business

Hollywood is taking the party to Sin City, hoping that theater owners will feel like there's a lot to celebrate. CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show, kicks off on Monday at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Over four days, in between trips to the slot machines and blackjack tables, ...

Japan Box Office: 'Sing' Still Solid in Second Session

Illumination Entertainment's animated feature, Sing' soloed for the second straight weekend atop the Japanese box office. For the March 25-26 frame the film earned $4.1 million on 351,000 admissions. In the ten days since its release by Toho-Towa, it has driven its cumulative total to $16.3. ...

'American Horror Story': Sarah Paulson Wants to Reprise Her 'Coven' Character

PaleyFest LA wrapped its week of TV panels with FX's American Horror Story: Roanoke.' Executive producer Brad Falchuk revisited his original interest in the concept of Roanoke' during a Q&A on Sunday at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. Even before the show, we were always fascinated by it. It's ...

Abner Benaim Prepares 13-part TV Series 'El Presidente'

Abner Benaim, one of Panama's leading helmers, whose 2014 doc Invasion,' about the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, was the country's 2016 Academy Award entry, is currently preparing a 13-part TV series El Presidente,' as well as new fiction feature Plaza Catedral', while completing his 90-minute music ...

Jeonju Festival Stands up for Freedom of Expression in Post-Park Era

Mis-President,' a film that picks at the myth of South Korea's recently impeached president Park Geun-hye, is a clear example of the independent editorial line being championed by the Jeonju International Film Festival. The film will play in the festival's Korea Cinemascape section, it was ...

CinemaCon: Fandango Unveils Global Brand Strategy for Latin America

Fandango, the biggest online ticketing business in the U.S., is consolidating its presence in Latin America, unveiling a new brand identity and digital destinations as it expands its exhibition efforts in a fast-growing market. We're beginning an exciting new chapter for Fandango in Latin America,' ...

CinemaCon: Fandango Unveils Global Brand Strategy For Latin America

Fandango, the biggest online ticketing business in the U.S., is consolidating its presence in Latin America, unveiling a new brand identity and digital destinations as it expands its exhibition presence in a fast-growing market. We're beginning an exciting new chapter for Fandango in Latin America,' ...

Starz Play Arabia, Middle East Telco Ooredoo Team Up on TV App

ROME - Expanding Qatar-based telco Ooredoo and Starz Play Arabia have forged a partnership to launch Ooredoo TV Go, an on-demand streaming service to which Starz Play will provide more than 6,000 hours of mostly Hollywood shows in eight markets across the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast ...

Robert Stromberg's VRC Announces Animated VR Series 'Raising a Ruckus'

Los Angeles-based Virtual Reality Company announced a new animated virtual reality series Monday that will be distributed both across headsets as well as in theaters. The first episode of Raising a Ruckus' will premiere in theaters in Canada this spring, and get wider distribution across North ...

Len Blavatnik, Danny Cohen's Access Ent. Backs Bad Wolf

Access Entertainment, led by former director of BBC Television Danny Cohen and owned by billionaire industrialist Len Blavatnik, has taken a 24.9% stake in Bad Wolf, the production company behind the forthcoming TV adaptation of Philip Pullman's epic His Dark Materials.' Bad Wolf was launched in ...

'Romans in L.A.,' 'Dead Meet,' 'Alert' at Series Mania's Co-Production Forum

Shine Endemol Italy's “Romans in L.A.,” the Six Feet Under'-ish “Dead Meet” and whistleblower-themed “Alert” are among 16 TV dramas to be unveiled at pitching sessions at mid-April's Series Mania's Co-Production Forum, the Paris-based festival's centerpiece ...

China's Huayi Wants to Continue, Possibly Expand Relations With STX

Huayi Brothers Media, one of China's leading film studios, says it wants to renew and expand its relationship with Hollywood's STX Entertainment. The stance was expressed by Huayi co-chief James Wang at the Boao conference in Hainan and was reported by Bloomberg. We'd like to renew and deepen our ...

Korea Box Office: 'Beauty' Remains on Top in Second Weekend

Disney's Beauty and the Beast' remained on top of the South Korean box office for the second week. The fantasy romance earned $7.81 million from 1.03 million admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $23.3 million from 3.1 million admissions after two weekends. Showing on some ...

China's Huayi to Continue, Expand Relations With STX

Huayi Brothers Media, one of China's leading film studios, says it will renew and expand its relationship with Hollywood's STX Entertainment. The stance was expressed by Huayi co-chief James Wang at the Boao conference in Hainan and was reported by Bloomberg. We'd like to renew and deepen our ...

'Homeland' Recap: Carrie Learns to Say No in Episode 10, 'The Flag House'

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not seen the March 26 episode of Homeland.' Carrie Mathison learns an important lesson in The Flag House,' as Season 6 of Homeland' heads into its final two hours. Peter Quinn, Dar Adal, and President-elect Elizabeth Keane have flashier moments in the 10th ...

'Walking Dead' Recap: Everyone's Allegiances Are Tested in 'Something They Need'

Spoiler alert: Do not read until you've watched the penultimate episode of season 7 of The Walking Dead,' titled Something They Need.' If there's one place where The Walking Dead' consistently delivers, it's raids. Rick and co. are so damn good at running up into other settlements and taking what ...

Broadway Review: Lynn Nottage's Timely Drama 'Sweat'

Following an Off Broadway run at the Public Theater last fall, “Sweat” opened on Broadway March 26. The cast was largely the same, with the exception of new addition Alison Wright taking the place of Miriam Shor. Printed below is an edited version of Marilyn Stasio's review of the Off ...

China Box Office: 'Kong' Roars to $70 Million Opening Weekend Win

Kong: Skull Island' enjoyed a massive win over its opening weekend in China. It is poised to overtake second placed Beauty And The Beast' in just four days. Kong' scored $68.5 million according to local data service Ent Group. Overseas distributor, Warner Bros. reported the figure as $72.1 ...