Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus Is Certified Diamond

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) declared on Tuesday that Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus is diamond certified. Not only is “Old Town Road” the first song of 2019 to gain the recognition, it is the first in the RIAA’s ... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 14:04:00

London Theater Review: ‘Lungs’ Starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith

What, to ask the perennial theatergoer’s question, is Duncan Macmillan’s “Lungs” about? It’s about climate change, isn’t it? No, it’s a play about deciding whether to have a baby. Actually, like his earlier success “People, Places, Things,” in which Macmillan balanced a personal story with a depicti... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 13:16:47

Disney Plus Land Grab: Analysts Up Subscriber Forecasts With Verizon Free-Giveaway Pact

Disney Plus is going to go bigger out of the gate than Wall Street expected, with the Mouse House’s huge deal with Verizon expected to bring in millions more subscribers to the service. On Tuesday, Disney and Verizon announced that the telco will give Disney Plus free to new and existing wirel... # #disney #

Variety | 23.10.2019 12:42:07

Edward Norton, Director and Star of ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ to Receive Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

The Camerimage International Festival, set to take place in Torun, Poland, on Nov. 9 – 16, will honor filmmaker Edward Norton with its top filmmaker trophy, the Krzysztof Kieślowski Award, named after the late Polish filmmaker. Norton, known as a performer in such films as “Birdman or (The Unexpecte... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 6:58:29

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Terminator: Dark Fate.” Ads placed for the sci-fi action film had an estimated media value of $6.81 mi... # #terminator #

Variety | 23.10.2019 6:29:16

Selena Gomez Lets the World In on a Rough Romance With ‘Lose You to Love Me’ (Watch)

Ever since she released “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” which served as a half-humbled, half-defiant apologia about her relationship with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez has managed to otherwise successfully avoid the subject, at least in song, of the troubled coupling that fascinated so mu... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 5:54:09

Ronan Farrow Inks Podcast Series Deal for ‘Catch and Kill’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Ronan Farrow is launching a podcast offshoot of his best-selling book “Catch and Kill.” Slated to premiere in November, “The Catch and Kill Podcast With Ronan Farrow” will feature new audio material and interviews with people Farrow interviewed about allegations involving sexual miscondu... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 4:01:19

Damon Herriman Stands Out as ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘Lambs of God’ Lead AACTA Nominations

Dark thriller, “The Nightingale” and miniseries “Lambs of God” lead the pack at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. In nominations announced on Wednesday, they picked up 15 and 18 nods, respectively. Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale” was one of six films nominated in the bes... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 3:19:39

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Scores Best First-Day Atom Ticket Sales for a ‘Star Wars’ Film

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker”has racked up the best first day of advance ticket sales for a “Star Wars” movie ticketed by Atom. Sales launched during the half time of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Atom’s overall firs... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 3:06:07

Off Broadway Review: Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Bella Bella’

Harvey Fierstein is one busy guy. A Broadway institution with four Tony Awards for acting (“Torch Song Trilogy,” “Hairspray”) and playwriting (“Torch Song Trilogy,” “La Cage aux Folles”), he has also written everything from teleplays (“The Wiz Live!”, “Hairspray Live!”) to an award-winning children’... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 2:00:48

Milo Ventimiglia on Helming ‘This Is Us’: ‘I Had To Approach Being a Director as a Guest’

SPOILER ALERT:Do not read if you have not yet watched “Storybook Love,” the fifth episode of the fourth season of “This Is Us.” “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia is a veteran producer and director, having launched a production company (Divide Pictures) more than ... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 2:00:14

Cardi B Joins Vin Diesel in ‘Fast & Furious 9’

Cardi B has joined the cast of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9” in an undisclosed role. It’s the rapper’s first movie part since her role as the stripper Diamond in STX’s drama “Hustlers.” Vin Diesel disclosed the casting Tuesday in a post on his Ins... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 1:49:59

Al Burton, ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Producer, Dies at 91

Television producer and executive Al Burton, known for his work on “The Jeffersons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Tuesday at his home in San Mateo, California.He was 91. Burton leaves behind a six-decade legacy of hit television shows that also included “One Day at a Ti... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 1:09:29

Film News Roundup: James Wan’s Horror Thriller ‘Malignant’ Gets August Release

In today’s film news roundup, James Wan’s “Malignant” gets a late-summer release, a Rita Hayworth documentary is shooting and Women in Animation have announced diversity awards winners. RELEASE DATE Warner Bros. has set an Aug. 14 release date for James Wan’s horror thr... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 1:00:45

‘You Must Remember This’ Host Talks ‘Song of the South,’ the Disney Movie That Won’t Be Released on Disney Plus

In recent years, corporate entities with long histories like the Walt Disney Company have had to come to terms with the fact that some aspects of their classic content are no longer acceptable to audiences. In some cases, especially ones pertaining to the upcoming launch of Disney Plus, the Walt Dis... # #disney #

Variety | 23.10.2019 0:52:02

How Martin Scorsese Saved ‘Current War’ From Harvey Weinstein

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon finally gets to release his version of his long-in-the-making “The Current War.” The film, about the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, was originally set to be distributed by the Weinstein Company after Harvey Weinstein recut it, much... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 0:33:12

Law Roach, Kiki Layne Highlight the Serious Side of Fashion at InStyle Awards

“I’m not supposed to be here,” stylist of the year honoree Law Roach told the well-heeled guests assembled Monday night for the 5th annual InStyle Awards. “Where I’m from, no one makes it to these rooms…and I stand here for two reasons right? One, that someone tol... # #

Variety | 23.10.2019 0:05:37

Dwyane Wade Sets Multi-Year Development Deal at WarnerMedia

Dwayne Wade is bouncing his way into WarnerMedia’s court. The retired NBA All Star has signed a multi-faceted, multi-year deal with the company, including a development deal via his 59th & Prairie Entertainment production banner. Part of the deal sees Wade sign on as a commentator at Turne... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 23:47:29

42West Co-CEO Allan Mayer Hospitalized After Car Accident

42West Co-CEO Allan Mayer is in the hospital due to injuries from an Oct. 17 car accident, Varietyhas confirmed. The public relations firm described the crash as “serious” and said that he had surgery on Oct. 20 to help repair multiple broken bones. “Allan and his family thank ever... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 23:12:01

Katie Couric Steamrolls Sheryl Sandberg in Roving Vanity Fair Summit Interview

Sending a jolt through a luxurious and excessively polite afternoon in Beverly Hills, veteran journalist Katie Couric delivered a relentless series of hardball questions to Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg on Tuesday. Speaking in conversation at the sixth annual Vanity Fair New Estab... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 23:10:00

Directors vs. Marvel: A Breakdown of the Criticism

Despite being the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not been getting any love from critically renowned auteurs, like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. The Marvel pile-on started at the beginning of October and has impassioned many supporters and d... # #marvel #

Variety | 22.10.2019 23:09:17

CBS Renews ‘Evil,’ Orders Full Seasons of Four Other Freshman Shows

CBS is doubling down on all its new shows. The network has renewed “Evil” for a second season, and handed out full-season orders to its other four freshman series, namely “All Rise,” “Carol’s Second Act,” “The Unicorn,” and “Bob Hearts Abis... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 23:00:43

Film Review: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Back in 1984, seven years before “The Terminator” spawned a sequel that was big, sprawling, and James Cameron-y enough to elevate the franchise into what felt like the dystopian Marvel spectacle of its day, it’s worth noting that Cameron’s original film was a ruthlessly efficient post-ap... # #terminator #

Variety | 22.10.2019 23:00:06

Hedge Funder Slashes Price of Showbiz Pedigreed Estate by $4.5 Million

Whether a sign of significant softening in the high-end marketplace or, perhaps, a reflection of a too-bullish seller getting serious about selling, a sumptuous, showbiz-pedigreed Beverly Hills, Calif., estate once owned by Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston is now listed at $44.5 million, $4.5 million ... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:56:42

Film Review: Neil Young’s ‘Mountaintop’

If you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall at a Neil Young recording session, his new film “Mountaintop” may put that desire to the test. Or at least it’ll severely try the patience of any unsuspecting dates who get dragged along by Young fanatics to the movie’s one night in North […] # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:36:13

Jamie Lee Curtis to Produce Military Drama With Put Pilot Order at Fox

Jamie Lee Curtis is teaming up with April Fitzsimmons and Berlanti Productions for a drama project that has received a put pilot order at Fox. Titled “Chain of Command,” the one-hour project follows a young Air Force investigator with radical crime-solving methodology who returns to her ... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:30:22

China’s ‘Steel Princess’ Lists $30 Million Beverly Park Estate

Though she bought the place only seven months ago, Hong Kong-based billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist“Diana” Chen Ningning — the so-called Steel Princess of China — has flipped her extraordinarily luxurious and celebrity-pedigreed 90210 compound back onto the market... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:18:11

TV News Roundup: Michael Mann to Direct and Executive Produce HBO Max’s ‘Tokyo Vice’

In today’s TV news roundup, HBO Max names MIchael Mann as a director and executive producer of “Tokyo Vice” and Chip and Joanna Gaines announce the first original series coming to the couple’s Magnolia Network. DATES Netflix announced a six-episode docuseries centered on Nast... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:14:21

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Chicago’s Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago, which is seeking to recoup investigative costs from former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Judge Virginia M. Kendall rejected Smollett’s contention that he should not be made to pay $130,000 in po... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:11:15

Listen: Jeanine Tesori and the ‘Soft Power’ of Musicals to Change Minds

The title of “Soft Power,” the new play-cum-musical by playwright David Henry Hwang and composer Jeanine Tesori, refers to cultural influence — in this case the cultural influence of America on China, and of China on the U.S. According to Tesori, the term might also describe the fo... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:08:28

Parker Posey Stars in ‘Haunted,’ First Podcast From Dick Wolf and Endeavor Audio (EXCLUSIVE)

Parker Posey will star in prison-break thriller “Hunted,” the first podcast from Endeavor Audio and Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment. Posey (“Dazed and Confused,” “Scream 3,” “Superman Returns”) will star in the scripted podcast series alongside Br... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:00:24

‘Big Bang Theory’ Duo to Develop eSports Comedy at NBC

A former “Big Bang Theory” star and one of the show’s writers are developing a multi-camera comedy about eSports at NBC,Variety has learned. Titled “The Squad,” the project hails from executive producer Johnny Galecki and writer and executive producer Anthony Del Brocco... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 22:00:18

Universal Screens ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ Releases Franz Waxman Score for First Time

Halloween is only days away, and what better way to celebrate than with a classic monster movie that’s been fully restored and whose original score has, 84 years later, finally been issued as a soundtrack album? Universal screened its 1935 “Bride of Frankenstein” Monday night to an... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 21:20:14

Neil Patrick Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Tiffany Haddish Collide at God’s Love We Deliver’s Golden Heart Awards

Normally, one would guess that when Neil Patrick Harris attends a party, it’s the former Doogie Howser and “How I Met Your Mother” star who is crowded by guests looking for a selfie, a handshake, an autograph or a card trick. But at the God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards on Monday night at [&... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 21:15:10

Watch Lizzo Dance With ‘Home Alone’ Star Macaulay Culkin at L.A. Concert

Macaulay Culkin (“Home Alone”) is a serious Lizzo fan, and he’s not afraid to demonstrate his love for the fast-rising singer in front of a packed audience, even if it requires busting a move. Culkin showed up to Lizzo’s Los Angeles concert Monday night, inspiring the audienc... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 21:06:49

Adam Driver in Talks to Join Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘Last Duel’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Adam Driver is in early talks to co-star opposite Matt Damon in Disney-Fox’s “The Last Duel,” a period drama from director Ridley Scott. Sources tell Variety that Ben Affleck, who originally eyed what would be Driver’s leading role, will now appear in a supporting part along ... # #

Variety | 22.10.2019 21:00:41