May 19 ‘Fleabag’: Season 2’s Top 10 Breaks From Reality, Ranked (Column)
The searing first season of “Fleabag” felt like a complete story in and of itself. As adapted from Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show, the series expanded on the world of a woman wild with lust and grief with such expert ease that by the time i...
May 19 Richard Madden Says the ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Deserves a Medal
Richard Madden is thankful for his time on “Game of Thrones,” but is also happy to have been able to move on when he did. The “Bodyguard” star sat down with “Sharper Objects'” Amy Adams for Variety’s Actor...
May 19 Submissions Now Welcome for Third ‘Meet the Press’ Film Festival
Chuck Todd’s quest to bring “Meet the Press” to the movies continues. The third annual Meet the Press Film Festival, held in collaboration with the American Film Institute, will take place on October 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C., and remains a have...
May 19 'Game of Thrones' Stars Say They're 'Conflicted' About Finale: 'Not...
The night is dark and full of very strong feelings about the 'GoT' series finale. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 19 Peabody Winners Talk Empowered Women and Social Justice Challenges ...
The theme on the red carpet at the 78th annual Peabody Awards? Empowering women. On Saturday, Peabody winners gathered at Cipriani Wall Street, and one of the hot topics on everyone’s mind was the wave of female empowerment spreading across ...
May 19 Cannes: Challenges Still Keep Content From Traveling to and From China
Challenges still remain when it comes to buying, distributing and producing content that can travel between China and the West, attendees of a panel organized by the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival on the sidelines of Cannes said. Cai Gongming, presi...
May 19 Cannes Film Review: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in ‘The Light...
“The Lighthouse,” the second feature directed by Robert Eggers (“The Witch”), is a gripping and turbulent drama that draws on a number of influences, though it merges them into its own fluky gothic historical ominoso art-th...
May 19 Diao Yinan on Cannes Pic ‘Wild Goose Lake’: ‘I Try to Portray the O...
In competition in Cannes with “Wild Goose Lake,” director Diao Yinan explained Sunday why he’s fascinated by dark crime thrillers – and why his new film features dialogue in China’s Wuhan dialect. “Such thrillers are not only an ...
May 19 Robert Pattinson, Shailene Woodley Attend Starry Vanity Fair Party ...
It’s true what they say about Batman being a loner. On Saturday night, Robert Pattinson made his first public appearance since being cast as the new Dark Knight at this year’s Vanity Fair Party in celebration of the Cannes Film Festival. But while...
May 19 Cannes: Robert Pattinson, Shailene Woodley Attend Starry Vanity Fai...
It’s true what they say about Batman being a loner. On Saturday night, Robert Pattinson made his first public appearance since being cast as the new Dark Knight at this year’s Vanity Fair Party at the Cannes Film Festival. But while all the other ...
May 19 Robert Pattinson: ‘The Lighthouse’ Rehearsal Was a ‘Pressure Cooker’
Rehearsal for director Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse” wasn’t as long as Robert Pattinson remembers. “I’ve never rehearsed like I rehearsed with Robert before,” Pattinson said at the first screening of the period thriller on Sunday mor...
May 19 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share Never-Before-Seen Photos From ...
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 19 FilmSharks Scores Intl. Sales-Remake Rights for Fernando Spiner’s ‘...
Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks International has acquired global sales and remake rights to renowned Latin American genre director Fernando Spiner’s latest feature “Immortal,” which participated in this year’s Blood Window Showcase at t...
May 19 Dimitri Vegas Talks ‘Rambo V: Last Blood’ Role, Working With Sylves...
Dimitri Thivaios, better known as dance music’s Dimitri Vegas, is taking his skills beyond the DJ booth, picking up a major film role in the forthcoming “Rambo V: Last Blood.” The Belgium-born Thivaios, who headlines massive EDM ...
May 19 'SNL': Leslie Jones Rails Against Anti-Abortion Laws in Powerful, F...
The comic got real in her passionate speech calling out senators who voted to pass the controversial legislation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 19 Japan’s Toei Animation Teams With Saudi’s Manga Productions on ‘The...
In an industry-building effort for Saudi Arabia, new Saudi animation studio Manga Productions has teamed up with Japan’s Toei Animation on a $10 million to $15 million animation feature titled “The Journey,” an epic based on Saudi folklore to be d...
May 19 Cannes Film Review: ‘Joan of Arc’
You have to hand it to Bruno Dumont, France’s dark prince of dour auteurism: He never makes the same film twice, even when he does, to all intents and purposes, make the same film twice. Two years ago, he offered his own singular contributio...
May 19 DJ Khaled’s Got Clout, Recruits Giants of Hip-Hop and R&B for ‘SNL’...
DJ Khaled proved his clout by recruiting nearly a dozen giants of hip-hop for his two-song performance on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live.” The rapper-producer-DJ released his latest album, “Father of Asahd,” on M...
May 19 DJ Khaled Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle With 'Saturday Night Live' ...
The producer was joined by John Legend, SZA, Meek Mill, Lil' Wayne and more for the touching memorial. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 19 'SNL': Donald Trump and His Cohorts Sing Twisted Cover of Queen's '...
Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro joined the 'SNL' cast for a big performance in the Oval Office for the final cold open of the year. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 19 Rosie Day, Harriet Sanson Harris, Natalia Tena Set For Juanma Bajo ...
CANNES– Rosie Day (“Outlander”), Harriet Sanson Harris (“Phantom Thread”) and Natalia Tena (“Game of Thrones”) will star in Spaniard Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s psychological thriller “Baby,” Variety has learned exclusively. The project will be pitched on...
May 19 New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes With Five Films in Progress
CANNES  —  Buoyed by a wave of international successes, including Pawel Pawlikowski’s 2019 foreign-language Oscar nominee “Cold War,” Polish cinema will get a fitting showcase Sunday morning with the presentation of five new projects at New ...
May 19 Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
Madonna’s controversial performance may have grabbed the headlines, but Duncan Laurence won the nearly four-hour-long 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song “Arcade,” which he cowrote with Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy. ...
May 19 ‘SNL’ Cold Open Has Alec Baldwin’s Trump Rocking Out to Queen
The cold open for the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” saw the Trump administration taking some liberties with a rock classic. Alec Baldwin returned as President Donald Trump, letting America know that he is going to be taking it...
May 19 Coala to Pitch ‘Bob Spit: We Do Not Like People’ at Cannes, Annecy ...
São Paulo-based Coala Filmes impressed in the series competition at last year’s Annecy Intl. Film Festival with an episode of their popular stop-motion series “Angeli the Killer,” based on the famous comics of the Brazilian comic-book writer of th...
May 19 Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich’s $100 Million Film Fund Launches
CANNES  —  Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s $100 million private film fund Kinoprime is ready for business, the fund’s CEO, Anton Malyshev, said in Cannes this week. Financed to the tune of $100 million over the next three years, the fund...
May 19 Russia’s Fedor Bondarchuk Unveils Four New Films in Cannes
CANNES  —  Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk introduced four new productions from his Art Pictures Studio Saturday in Cannes, including “Attraction 2,” the sequel to his 2017 sci-fi blockbuster. The invitation-only showcase at the Gray d’Alb...
May 19 Ariana Grande Wears Astronaut Suit at NASA Space Center While Liste...
The singer thanked the space station for giving her and her friends a tour. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 19 Cannes Film Review: ‘The Whistlers’
With all due respect to Lauren Bacall, there’s always been a bit more to whistling than putting your lips together and blowing. Certainly for Cristi (Vlad Ivanov), the corrupt Bucharest policeman embroiled in a comically complex plot to get ...
May 19 Cannes Film Review: ‘Vivarium’
Ah, the suburbs. The rec rooms and Formica kitchens and manicured lawns. The cozy suffocating middle-class conformity. The way they once stood for everything that was worth rebelling against. For decades, the suburbs have been the ultimate cheap-s...
May 18 Britney Spears and Boyfriend Sam Asghari Enjoy Shopping Trip As She...
The singer was all smiles as her and her beau were photographed. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 18 Cannes Film Review: ‘The Wild Goose Lake’
In any film noir, there is The Moment It All Goes Wrong. But it is unlikely you will soon see that moment, or any of the genre’s other staple plot points, staged and executed with quite the slick, dark dazzle of Diao Yinan’s “The...
May 18 Peabody Awards: Live Coverage of the Ceremony in New York
The 78th annual Peabody Awards are being presented tonight in a ceremony hosted by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow. Follow Variety‘s live coverage from Cipriani Wall Street as “Pose,” “The Americans,” “Killi...
May 18 Peabody Awards: Rita Moreno, Hasan Minhaj, Dolores Huerta, Janet Mo...
Rita Moreno, Hasan Minhaj, Michael Schur, Janet Mock and Dolores Huerta were among the honorees at the 78th annual Peabody Awards who spoke movingly about the power of the medium to change lives and drive social change. The list of 30-plus Peabody...
May 18 Tati Westbrook Tells James Charles to 'Not Twist My Words' After He...
Jeffree Star also tweeted following Charles' new video titled 'No More Lies.' [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 18 Sammy Shore, Comedy Store Co-Founder and Comedian, Dead at 92
The comedian died of natural causes and was surrounded by his wife, Suzanne, and family. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
May 18 Madonna at Eurovision in Tel Aviv: ‘Never Underestimate the Power o...
Madonna took the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (May 18). The appearance comes ahead of the release of her forthcoming album “Madame X,” due out on June 14. Following performances from Israeli singer...
May 18 On the Scene at Pollstar’s Impact 50 Party With Agents for Billy Jo...
Oak View Group co-founders Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff were among the luminaries on hand to mark Pollstar’s inaugural Impact 50 list recognizing the executives shaping the present and future of the live concert industry. Live Nation preside...
May 18 Cannes: 1091 Media Takes North American Rights to Creationism Doc (...
1091 Media, formerly known as The Orchard, has taken North American rights to “We Believe in Dinosaurs,” a documentary about creationism and America’s troubled relationship with science. The film from Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross...
May 18 Great Point Invests in U.K. Indie Producer Seven Seas (EXCLUSIVE)
U.K.-based Great Point has bought into Seven Seas Films, the British indie producer that recently teamed with BBC Studios for a drama series about the final months of Marilyn Monroe. Great Point has a new “enterprise investment scheme”...
May 18 Concert Review: Janet Jackson Dances Back in Top Form in Las Vegas ...
Here is something you’d place a bet on after seeing Janet Jackson’s new Las Vegas residency: She has been putting in a lot of hours on the treadmill. Not that we get to see how well-toned she is or isn’t, since she’s practically overdressed ...
May 18 Concert Review: Janet Jackson Dances Back in Top Form at Vegas Resi...
Here is something you’d place a bet on after seeing Janet Jackson’s new Las Vegas residency: She has been putting in a lot of hours on the treadmill. Not that we get to see how well-toned she is or isn’t, since she’s practically overdressed ...
May 18 Alcatraz Films to Produce Poland’s ‘Other People’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Alcatraz Films, the Paris-based production company behind such features as Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” has come on board to co-produce “Other People,” Polish director Aleksandra Terpinska’s feature debut, p...
May 18 MK2’s Nathanel Karmitz, Juliette Schrameck on the New Wave of Globa...
Launched just over 50 years ago by Marin Karmitz and now headed by his sons, Nathanael and Elisha, Paris-based MK2 films accomplished a double deed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Not only does it have five movies playing in competition...
May 18 Italian Horror Auteur Pupi Avati’s ’Il Signor Diavolo’ Selling From...
CANNES  —  Loic Magneron’s Paris-based Wide, a production-distribution boutique, has acquired international sales rights to “Il Signor Diavalo,” the latest -and 40th – feature from Italian horror icon Papi Avati, Avati is best known fo...
May 18 Spanish ‘Big Bad Wolves’ Remake Set From Santiago Segura and Gustav...
Santiago Segura and Maria Luisa Gutierrez’s production labels, Madrid-based Bowfinger and Amiguetes, are joining Uruguay’s Mother Superior, headed by Gustavo Hernandez and Ignacio Cucovich, to produce a Spanish remake of Aharon Keshales and Navot ...
May 18 U.S. Companies Haven’t Given Up on Foreign Films
Tom Quinn, the founder of the indie studio Neon, thought that Netflix was making a big mistake. After seeing “Okja,” Bong Joon-ho’s eccentric creature feature, he believed passionately that the the offbeat visuals and ambitious s...
May 18 Jessica Hausner on Her Cannes Title ‘Little Joe’: ‘It’s Not a Comfo...
Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s “Little Joe” had its premiere in competition at Cannes on Friday, with Variety describing the film as an “artfully unnerving horror movie” that’s an “‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers...
May 18 Cannes Film Business is Buoyant — If Films Are Made for a Price
“The dead don’t die,” Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz joked on Thursday afternoon on Cannes’ Grand Hotel terrace, one of the Cannes Film Festival’s favorite industry haunts. Moszkowicz wasn’t just quoting the title of Jim Jarmusch’s Festiva...
May 18 Cannes Film Business Is Buoyant — If Films Are Made for a Price
“The dead don’t die,” Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz joked on Thursday afternoon on Cannes’ Grand Hotel terrace, one of the Cannes Film Festival’s favorite industry haunts. Moszkowicz wasn’t just quoting the title of Jim Jarmusch’s Festiva...
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