Alibaba Delays Hong Kong Share Listing (Report)

Against a background of political tension in Hong Kong, Chinese tech and entertainment giant Alibaba is reported to have delayed its planned share listing in the Asian financial capital. Reuters cited two unnamed sources in a report Wednesday on the decision to postpone. One said that the delay was ... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 8:03:25

Film Review: ‘Angel Has Fallen’

“Angel Has Fallen” marks the third time that Gerard Butler, as the Secret Service agent and scowling samurai cowboy Mike Banning, has had to rescue the President of the United States from an international conspiracy so cuckoo bananas that the movie barely expects you to believe it. (Actu... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 6:59:36

Ninja Thyberg’s Female POV Porn Industry Portrait Seduces Buyers (EXCLUSIVE)

HAUGESUND, Norway — Paris-based Versatile has announced a raft of pre-sales on Ninja Thyberg’s debut feature “Jessica,” set in the adult entertianment industry in L.A. World distributors that have pre-bought the Swedish drama take in Weltkino for Germany/Austria, Xenix for Switzerland, MK2/Mil... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 5:41:40

Kirsten Dunst Talks ‘Little Women,’ ‘Interview With a Vampire’ Reboots

Kirsten Dunst was just 11 years old when she skyrocketed into stardom as Claudia in “Interview with a Vampire,” but now Dunst says her age is the only thing keeping her from reprising the role in a hypothetical reboot. “I mean I’m too old, right?,” she toldVariety at th... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 5:27:50

Sony ‘Disappointed’ by Disney’s Divorce on ‘Spider-Man’ Projects

Sony Pictures has gone public over its divorce with Disney on future “Spider-Man” projects. In a rare public rebuke to Disney, Sony announced Tuesday night that it was “disappointed” over the decision, highlighting Disney’s refusal to allow Marvel President Kevin Feige ... # #disney #spider-man

Variety | 21.8.2019 4:28:53

Stan Australian Streamer Inks Content Deal With Paramount

Stan, the Australian streaming video firm owned by Nine Entertainment, has signed a content supply deal with Paramount Pictures. The multi-year agreement adds to Stan’s line up of arrangements with Hollywood suppliers that already includes MGM, Disney, and Lionsgate. Subscription video has taken off... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 4:03:19

‘Good Boys’ Again 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, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Good Boys.” Ads placed for the comedy had an estimated media value of $4.... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 4:01:03

Asian Streamer Viu Adds Wattpad Development Deal

Multi-territory Asian video streaming service Viu has struck an original content deal with tech-driven story firm Wattpad. Together they aim to develop film and TV series under the Viu Original label. Canada-based Wattpad hosts a vast library of user-generated stories, with a claimed user base of 80... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 4:00:42

Demi Lovato Joins Netflix Comedy ‘Eurovision’

Demi Lovato has joined the upcomingNetflix comedy film “Eurovision.” Will Ferrell, who co-wrote the film with Andrew Steele, announced the news Tuesday with an Instagram post, in which he wished Lovato a happy birthday with a “homemade” cake. Following the announcement, Lovat... #netflix #

Variety | 21.8.2019 3:40:18

Film News Roundup: Rob Schneider Wins SAG-AFTRA National Board Seat

In today’s film news roundup, Rob Schneider wins a SAG-AFTRA board seat; “Badland,” “Sorry We Missed You” and “Extracurricular” find homes; and “The Shawshank Redemption” gets a re-release. SAG-AFTRA Rob Schneider has won a SAG-AFTRA national boa... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 0:51:48

How the Queen + Adam Lambert Tour Brought the Opera to Arenas

Just as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, wowed moviegoers last year, stage design firm Stufish Entertainment Architects has helped Queen + Adam Lambert’s current U.S. tour deliver a screen spectacular of its own. The tour, which plays New Orleans on Aug. 20 and... #

Variety | 21.8.2019 0:13:00

Variety to Forgo Annual Emmy Party for Donation to Planned Parenthood

Variety has decided to make a donation to Planned Parenthood in lieu of hosting this year’s annual Emmy Awards nominees party in partnership with Women In Film. The decision comes in response to Planned Parenthood’s Aug. 19 announcement that it will drop funding over the current administration’s “un... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 23:55:21

Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook

Early Oculus staffer Max Cohen, who at one point led mobile product for the VR unit, has left Facebook this week, Variety has learned. Cohen’s departure is just the latest staff defection for Facebook’s VR team, which recently also lost its head of VR product, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell. A Face... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 23:24:32

Taking a Cue From Black Counterparts, Asian American Women Writers Brunch and Bond

It’s a Sunday morning in July. The doors to the dining room of a private home in West Los Angeles are swung wide open so that the 30 or so women sitting at folding banquet tables and on couches can take in some fresh air. Some crowd around the kitchen, where open boxes of donuts […] # #bond

Variety | 20.8.2019 23:18:10

TV News Roundup: Rebel Wilson to Host First Australian Amazon Original Series

In today’s TV news roundup, the NFL and Pluto TV announce the launch of a new channel, and Rebel Wilson is named as the host of the first Amazon original series to come out of Australia. CASTING Rebel Wilson is set to host and executive produce the Australian Amazonoriginal series “LOL: ... #amazon #

Variety | 20.8.2019 23:12:44

David Oyelowo Joins George Clooney in ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

David Oyelowo is in final negotiations to join George Clooney in Netflix’s untitled adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel “Good Morning, Midnight,” sources tell Variety. Felicity Jones and Kyle Chandler are also on board, with Clooney set to helm the pic — his first f... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 22:51:20

U.K.’s Channel 4 Takes British Family to Africa in New Reality Show

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has greenlit new factual entertainment format “The British Tribe Next Door,” which will see a Britishfamily spend four weeks witha remote tribe in Namibia. The twist in this format is that, unlike most adventurers, the participants don’t say goodbye to the comf... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 22:50:52

YouTube Reportedly to Stop Targeting Ads in Videos for Children

YouTube is finalizing a plan under which it would no longer serve targeted ads in videos that are popular with kids, Bloomberg reported, citing anonymous sources. The move is intended to appease U.S. regulators that have been investigating whether YouTube violated privacy laws that prohibit online s... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 22:05:55

Disney Delays ‘Cruella,’ ‘Woman in the Window’

Disney is shaking up its release calendar, delaying its live action “Cruella” until Memorial Day 2021 and pushing Fox 2000 drama “The Woman in the Window” to 2020. “Cruella,” starring Emma Stone, is based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil. The... # #disney

Variety | 20.8.2019 21:33:27

‘Ready or Not’ Directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin on Creating an ‘Uplifting’ Film After Trump’s Election

The forthcoming dark comedy “Ready or Not” is purposely unrealistic and chalk full of over-the-top gore after newlywed Grace (Samara Weaving) visits her wealthy in-laws at their luxurious estate, only to find out that a long-running family tradition might end in her death. But after coincidentally p... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 21:21:44

Spider-Man Could Leave MCU if Disney, Sony Can’t Reach Financing Deal

Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have hit an impasse on new financing terms for upcoming Spider-Man movies, sources have told Variety. If a deal cannot be reached, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will not produce future Spider-Man films, effectively removing Tom Holland’s S... # #disney #spider-man

Variety | 20.8.2019 21:20:36

Nas, Mass Appeal and Universal Music Launch Hip-Hop Label in India, Sign Divine

MassAppeal andUniversal Music Group today announced the launch ofMassAppealIndia– a new label dedicated to amplifying India’s burgeoning hip-hop culture on a global scale. The new label’s operations will be based Universal Music India’s headquarters in Mumbai and will function as a multi-channel par... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 21:00:21

Phish Concert Camp Out Canceled Due to Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs

The plague, or Black Death, decimated the European population in medieval times and has returned to ruin Phish concert-goers’ camping plans. The band announced Tuesday that camping and vending will be canceled for their Labor Day weekend performance at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Comme... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 20:39:52

‘Walking Dead’ Star Christian Serratos in Talks for Selena Series at Netflix

Christian Serratos is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Netflix series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla, Variety has confirmed with sources. The series was announced back in December and is described as a coming of age story following Selena (Serratos) as her dreams co... #netflix #

Variety | 20.8.2019 20:24:25

‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski (EXCLUSIVE)

Get ready to re-enter the Matrix. Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally dis... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 20:09:07

Weinstein’s Attorneys Seek to Move Trial to Long Island or Albany

Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys want his rape trial moved to Long Island or Albany, citing the “circus-like atmosphere” surrounding the courthouse in Manhattan. Weinstein is set to go on trial on Sept. 9 on five charges of rape and sexual assault. The disgraced producer faces a potent... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 20:02:00

Australia Makes Progress on Gender Equality in Film and TV

Screen Australia, Australia’s federal film and TV funding body, has made sufficient progress in furthering gender equality that it has set more ambitious targets. The organization has exceeded its long-term Gender Matters key performance indicator, with 56% of projects receiving production funding h... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 20:01:27

Hedge Funder Thomas Laffont Scores $13 Million Malibu Ranch

Less than a year after being ravaged by 2018’s Woolsey Fire, Malibu’s star-studded Point Dume neighborhood has seemingly made a full real estate market comeback. Witness this inconspicuous ranch-style home on one of the area’s best streets, tucked discreetly away behind gates and h... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 19:58:02

Songs for Screens: ‘American Horror Story’ Makes ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ Sizzle Again

FX Network’s “American Horror Story” returns for a ninth season next month, and promos for the next chapter of the anticipated series, dubbed ‘AHS 1984,’ have been airing frequently across cable television throughout August. In the short yet effective spot (see below), the Motels’ melancholic, moody... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 19:36:43

Pawel Pawlikowski on the Power of Making Movies With ‘Barbarians at the Gate’

Academy Award winner Pawel Pawlikowski says he’s watching “with horror” as political developments increasingly divide countries across the globe, and admits that he’s reluctant to take a stab at documenting modern life after the success of his two critically acclaimed period dramas, foreign-language... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 19:19:11

Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o Spy Thriller ‘355’ Gets 2021 Release Date

Universal Pictures has dated its spy thriller “355,” starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger and Fan Bingbing, for a Jan. 15, 2021, release. Simon Kinberg is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck. The movie follows a group of spies from interna... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 19:15:40

Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps to Star in Multi-Camera Comedy Series for Netflix

Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps are headed to Netflix. The streamer has ordered a multi-camera comedy series starring the two comedians titled “The Upshaws.” The series centers on a working-class Africian American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the bluep... #netflix #

Variety | 20.8.2019 19:00:20

‘Open Door’ Helmer on Road Movies, Ancient Traditions, Social Pretensions

Albanian director Florenc Papas, an alumnus of the Sarajevo Talents program, is in competition at the Sarajevo Film Festival with his feature film debut, “Open Door.” The road movie follows two sisters, Rudina and the pregnant and unmarried Elma, who embarks on a journey to visit their strict and tr... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:52:56

Vader Streams Shut Down by Hollywood Studios

A coalition of Hollywood studios and streaming companies announced on Tuesday that they have shut down Vader Streams, which was once a popular source of pirated TV content. The service went offline in early May under mysterious circumstances, leading to speculation that the operator had either absco... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:47:08

Justin Roiland Scores Sherman Oaks Estate

An estate in Los Angeles’San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Sherman Oaks, sold by high-powered music executive Zach Katz, was snapped up by a mysterious trust for a bit more than $3.7 million — and an always-in-the-know real estate snitch swears the new owner is 2018 Emmy winning “Rick and Morty” c... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:19:57

‘Queen of Hearts,’ ‘White, White Day’ Among Nordic Council Film Prize Contenders

HAUGESUND, Norway — Iceland’s “A White, White Day,” Denmark’s “Queen of Hearts” and Norway’s “Blind Spot” are among the five films that will compete for this year’s Nordic Council Film Prize, a prestigious film award aimed at promoting Nordic co-operation an... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:16:14

Netflix Teams With ‘The Killing’ Creator for Crime Thriller ‘The Chestnut Man’

HAUGESUND, Norway — Further expanding its Scandinavian footprint, Netflix has announced its second Danish original series, “The Chestnut Man,” a police thriller based on “The Killing” creator Soren Sveistrup’s popular novel. The streaming giant will team with Sveistrup’s SAM Productions, minor... #netflix #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:14:59

ICM Blasts Writers Guild Over Withdrawal of State Lawsuit

ICM Partners has slammed the leaders of the Writers Guild of America over its decision to withdraw from its state court lawsuit in favor of refiling the action in federal court. The agency, which was sued in April by the guild and eight WGA members over charging allegedly illegal packaging fees, iss... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:08:19

Claire Forlani Seeks Hollywood Hills Tenant

English film and television actress Claire Forlani, who co-stars with husband Dougray Scott on the 2019 Canadian-British conspiracy series “Departure,” seeks a deep-pocketed temporary tenant who can shell out $16,500 per month for a fully furnished home above Laurel Canyon in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills.... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:06:18

‘Succession’ Renewed for Season 3 at HBO

“Succession” has scored an early Season 3 renewal at HBO. The news comes as the critically-acclaimed drama series is just two episodes into its second season. Season 1 of the series was recently nominated for five Emmy Awards, including for best drama series. “We are elated that &#... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:00:03

Kaley Cuoco HBO Max Series ‘The Flight Attendant’ Sets Creative Team

The creative team set to bring Kaley Cuoco’s dark comedy series “The Flight Attendant” to HBO Max has taken shape. The series, which tells the terrifying story of a flight attendant (Cuoco) who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 18:00:01

New York’s PlayStation Theater to Close (EXCLUSIVE)

New York’s PlayStation Theater, a 2,100-capacity venue located in Times Square and operated by Bowery Presents, will close at the end of 2019, a source close to the situation tells Variety. The venue will close with a New Year’s series of shows from the Disco Biscuits. The theater, which is located ... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 17:58:28

Mayim Bialik Signs Warner Bros. TV Production, Talent Holding Deal

“The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik is expanding her relationship with the production studio behind the long-running CBS comedy. Bialik and her newly launched Sad Clown Productions banner have signed an exclusive multi-year production deal with the studio, coupled with a talent holdi... #

Variety | 20.8.2019 17:53:26