Woodstock 50 Applies for New Site, With Smaller Capacity

Woodstock 50 has applied for a new site for its troubled anniversary music festival, which is scheduled to take place the weekend of Aug. 16-18 — although it will be much smaller than originally planned. Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson told the Poughkeepsie Journal that festival organizers ha... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 15:12:10

First Media Names Chris Athanassopoulos CFO, Jocelyn Johnson as SVP of Brand

First Media, the media company focused on millennial women audiences whose brands include BabyFirst TV, announced two new members of its executive team as it eyes expansion in 2019. Chris Athanassopoulos, previously Twentieth Century Fox’s VP finance for worldwide TV distribution, has joined F... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 14:30:26

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘For Sama’ Win Top Awards at Nantucket Film Festival

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and Syria documentary “For Sama” emerged as the top winners at the 24th annual Nantucket Film Festival. The festival, which concludes today, as ever put the emphasis on screenwriters and emerging talents. Dir... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 14:11:18

New Study Shows Decline in LGBTQ Acceptance Among Young Americans

A new study from GLAAD shows a significant decline in LGBTQ acceptance among young Americans aged 18-34. In a national survey among U.S. adults called the Accelerating Acceptance Index, the percentage of young Americans reporting being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LG... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 14:09:44

Apple’s Beats by Dre Taps Chris Thorne as Chief Marketing Officer

Beats by Dr. Dre, Apple’s audio-products subsidiary, announced Chris Thorne — whose past gigs have included stints at EA and Jessica Alba’s The Honest Co. — as its chief marketing officer. Thorne takes on the CMO role after the departure earlier this year of Jason White, form... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 14:01:00

Conecta Fiction: Disney’s Leonardo Aranguibel Talks ‘Monzón’

PAMPLONA, Spain — Disney’s Leonardo Aranguibel, producer of “Until I Met You” and “Selena’s Secret,” may have another winner on its hands. Produced by the Buena Vista Production Group, “Monzón,” a chronicle of the Argentine’s boxing legend’s arrest and trial, accused of murdering wife Alicia M... # #disney

Variety | 24.6.2019 13:51:17

Bill Murray to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Wes Anderson at Rome Festival

The Rome Film Festival will celebrate Bill Murray with its lifetime achievement award, which will be presented to him by Wes Anderson. Anderson, who has directed Murray in some of his most iconic roles, most notably in “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and in several other films such as “The... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 13:31:11

Yammer Founder David Sacks Seeks $22.5 Million for Silicon Valley Estate

A lavish compound on one of the best streets in Atherton — arguably the most desirable neighborhood in all of Silicon Valley — has popped up for sale with a hefty $22.5 million ask. Owned by angel investor David Sacks and his longtime wife Jacqueline Tortorice, the one-acre property feat... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 13:26:08

‘Toy Story 4’: 5 Takeaways From Opening Weekend

Despite arriving below expectations, “Toy Story 4” did huge business this weekend with ticket sales surpassing $118 million in North America. As sequels hailing from beloved franchises continue to flounder at the box office, Disney and Pixar’s cartooned fourquel is a much-needed wi... # #toy-story

Variety | 24.6.2019 13:19:37

Ari Emanuel Was Vetted for Trump Administration Role

Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel was vetted for an unidentified role in the Trump Administration in November 2016, Axios reported on Sunday. Axios received a leak of nearly 100 internal vetting documents from the Trump transition, including reports on Rex Tillerson, Betsy DeVos, Gary Cohn and James Mattis. ... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 13:12:16

Sebastian Cordero, Arturo Yepez Set ‘Floresta’ as Touché Films Targets Premium TV (EXCLUSIVE)

PAMPLONA, Spain — Ecuador’s Sebastián Cordero, director of the Guillermo del Toro-produced “Rage” and acclaimed low budget sci-fi thriller “Europa Report,” is teaming with his longtime producer Arturo Yépez to make “Floresta,” a 10 half-hour dramedy which marks Cordero’s move into TV series. T... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 13:11:50

Prince’s ‘Batman’ at 30: How the Film Saved His Career From ‘Horrible’ Financial Straits

As the movie that ushered in both the modern-day superhero genre and a new peak in the art of saturation marketing, Tim Burton’s “Batman” has a legacy that’s hard to overstate. Virtually everything associated with the 1989 comic-book adaptation became a cultural phenomenon, from Burton’s mischievous... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 12:55:10

Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel Named Venice Jury President

Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel has been named the president of the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the event’s 76th edition. Venice chief Alberto Barbera praised Martel as “Latin America’s most important female director and one of the top female directors worldwide,” addi... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 12:37:20

Viacom Partners With Tyler Perry for BET Plus Streaming Service

Viacom’s BET Networks has teamed with Tyler Perry to create a subscription streaming service that combines the prolific auteur’s library of movies and TV shows with BET’s programming vault. The service dubbed BET Plus will bow in the fall with a handful of original series and produ... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 12:21:18

Chinese Drama ‘Better Days,’ Yanked From Berlin Lineup, Has Its China Release Canceled

Better days may be a long way off yet for the embattled Chinese drama “Better Days,” which has canceled its mainland China release just three days before the film was to hit theaters. The movie was also pulled at the last minute from the Berlin Film festival lineup in February amid tight... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 11:42:16

China Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Beaten by Old Animated Film ‘Spirited Away’

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” has debuted to record-breaking opening weekends all over the world – but not in China, where it was soundly beaten by a nearly 20-year-old Japanese anime classic, Ghibli Studios’ “Spirited Away.” While “Toy Story 4” made film history in territories around the w... # #toy-story

Variety | 24.6.2019 10:05:50

Keeley Hawes to Star in and Produce Honor-Killing Drama for ITV

Keeley Hawes will star as a detective attempting to bring a group of killers to justice in the wake of a so-called honor-killing in “Honour.” The two-part drama is based on the real-life case of Banaz Mahmod, a young Londoner murdered by her own family for falling in love with the wrong man. It is [... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 9:24:23

Love Nature Teams with Arte, BBC, Smithsonian on Natural History Series ‘Stormborn’

Love Nature has greenlit “Stormborn,” a wildlife series about animals living in the wildlands of countries on the edge of the North Atlantic. The three-parter will bow on Love Nature’s 4K linear channel and streaming service and then play on Arte in France and Germany, BBC Scotland and Smithsonian C... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 8:56:56

Barcroft Studios Hires John Farrar as Creative Director, Ups Two Execs (EXCLUSIVE)

John Farrar, whose credits include “The Imposter,” has joined U.K. producer and digital content specialist Barcroft Studios. The company has also upped two senior staffers, with Alex Morris elevated to chief creative officer and Caspar Norman to chief operating officer. The new recruit joins Barcrof... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 8:00:48

Rihanna Presents Mary J. Blige With BET Lifetime Achievement Award

Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage on June 23 to present Mary J. Blige with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing the legendary singer for her style and sound, Rihanna also made mention of Blige’s history-making two Oscar nominations in the same year, for best actress and original ... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 3:03:04

BET Awards’ Carpet Colored Blue in Honor of Late Nipsey Hussle

The 2019 edition of the BET Awards doubled as a celebration of late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in March outside of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. In honor of the man affectionately known as “Nip,” the carpet was colored blue. “The marathon continues” wa... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 1:18:12

BET Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List

The 2019 BET Awards kicked off with a performance by Cardi B, who came into the night leading with 7 nominations and, not surprisingly, picked up the award for album of the year for her “Invasion of Privacy.” Other top nominees included Drake with 5, and Beyonce, Travis Scott and J. Cole... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 0:34:56

Mubi Streaming Service Launches in Southeast Asia (EXCLUSIVE)

Film specialist streaming platform Mubi is to launch in Southeast Asia. The service kicks off with operation in Malaysia, and has plans to quickly launch in another half-dozen territories in the fast-developing region. Mubi will retain its highly curated approach of offering one new film title per d... #

Variety | 24.6.2019 0:00:37

Quality Control’s Coach K Says Abortion Ban Has Already Impacted Business in Atlanta

A who’s who of black entertainment and tech filled the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom on June 22 for the 4th annual Culture Creators Innovators and Leaders Awards brunch. Honorees included Byron Allen, who received the Icon Award; actress and executive producer Marsai Martin, who was named Innovator ... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 23:55:57

CBS Plots July Debut for ‘Evening News’ With Norah O’Donnell

In less than a month, Norah O’Donnell will start delivering the headlines at “CBS Evening News” – and, most likely, start generating a few of her own. CBS News plans to launch a re-tooled “CBS Evening News” anchored by O’Donnell on July 15th, part of the net... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 23:35:36

Shanghai Film Review: ‘The Wolf Hour’

Run a finger along any of the surfaces in Alistair Banks Griffin’s sophomore feature “The Wolf Hour,” and it will come up slicked with sweat, grime and the residual soot of the city. It is the summer of 1977, and it’s hotter than hell. June Leigh (Naomi Watts) perches on the ... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 23:16:09

‘The Christmas Gift,’ ‘Guaxuma,’ ‘King Wah’ Win Top Awards at Palm Springs ShortFest

The Palm Springs International ShortFest wrapped Sunday with top prizes going to “The Christmas Gift,” directed by Bogdan Muresanu, for best of the festival, Nara Normande’s “Guaxuma” for best international short and Horatio Baltz’s “King Wah (I Think I Love... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 22:26:05

Judith Krantz, Best-Selling Author and Columnist, Dies at 91

Judith Krantz, a best-selling author known for her novels “Scruples” and “Princess Daisy,” died Saturday from natural causes, surrounded by family, friends and her four dogs at her Bel Air, California home, her publicist John Tellem confirmed. She was 91. Krantz began her car... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 21:45:06

The Dirty Secret of Franchise Fatigue: It Only Lasts Until the Next Bad Sequel Becomes a Hit

I recently came down with an acute case of movie-world-itis — call it “franchise fatigue” fatigue. The symptoms are as follows. It’s blockbuster movie season (otherwise known as: any given week of the year), and a handful of sequels, reboots, and tentpole-smash wannabes have all come out... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 21:19:47

Juice WRLD Talks Next Album, Streaming Award at Private BET Weekend Dinner

On the Saturday evening of BET Weekend, Juice WRLD held an exclusive private dinner and celebration for his Best New Artist nomination at Sunday’s 2019 BET Awards. Presented by Audiomack and BMG, select friends and top executives from Interscope, BMG and GradeA Productions conjoined at BOA Steakhous... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 21:06:46

Roseanne Barr, Andrew Dice Clay Announce ‘Mr. and Mrs. America’ Comedy Tour

Roseanne Barr and Andrew Dice Clay announced a new comedy tour Sunday called “Mr. And Mrs. America.” In preparation for the show, Clay told Fox News that the pair was inspired by the current national obsession with political discourse in addition to the alleged policing of comedians̵... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 20:50:03

Shanghai Film Review: ‘Vortex’

Official statistics imply that violent crime is close to an all-time low across China today, but you would hardly guess as much from the glut of commercial-leaning crime and gangster movies that the Middle Kingdom is producing and, as often as not, given the accessibility of the genre and the histor... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 20:15:59

Raconteurs Salute Beatles With ‘Butcher Cover’ Parody Hidden Within New LP Sleeve

Raconteurs fans who thought they heard a hint of the Beatles embedded within the group’s new album, “Help Us Stranger,” may have been more intuitive than they realized. There’s a more blatant homage to the Fab Four in the LP that was sent out to Third Man Vault subscribers, but it’s not in the groov... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 19:43:43

Dave Bartholomew, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dies at 100

Dave Bartholomew, a New Orleans music pioneer best known for his songs with R&B legend Fat Domino, has died. He was 100. Bartholomew, who co-wrote and produced such hits as “Ain’t That a Shame,” ”I’m Walkin’” and “Let the Four Winds Blow,” died Sunday in a New Orleans hospital, his eldest son Da... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 19:39:46

Dog the Bounty Hunter’s Wife Beth Chapman in Medically Induced Coma

Reality star Beth Chapman is in a medically induced coma, Duane Chapman has confirmed on Twitter. Duane Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, shared the news Sunday by linking to a Hawaii news article, which shared the details of Beth Chapman’s hospital admittance. According to the art... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 17:12:34

Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Launches Overseas With $120 Million, ‘Aladdin’ Clears $800 Million

Disney’s summer box office slate continues to dominate over other studios as “Toy Story 4” launches overseas with a solid $120 million and “Aladdin” crosses $800 million in ticket sales. Disney and Pixar’s latest “Toy Story” entry led international box... # #toy-story

Variety | 23.6.2019 17:09:36

Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Dominates With $118 Million Debut

Disney’s domination over the box office only seemed to strengthen this weekend as “Toy Story 4” easily topped box office charts. The fourth entry in Pixar’s animated series collected $118 million in ticket sales when it debuted in 4,575 North American theaters. While that hau... # #toy-story

Variety | 23.6.2019 15:22:30

Mumford and Sons, Sting, Ciara, Bebe Rexha Light Up Cannes Lions

There was no shortage of excellent music at the 2019 edition of Cannes Lion. The international gathering of creatives drew top music brands – among them: Spotify, Live Nation, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM/Pandora, VEVO and Universal Music Group – and a slew of well-known acts to stages across the Croissett... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 15:05:22

Iran’s ‘Castle of Dreams’ Sweeps Shanghai Golden Goblet Award Ceremony

China’s top film festival showered its highest three honors on the Iranian film “Castle of Dreams,” hours after American President Donald Trump said the U.S. would on Monday impose “major additional sanctions” on Tehran. The drama about family, separation and keeping one’s promises, collected a trio... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 13:54:23

Thomas Schlamme Re-Elected President of Directors Guild

Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term. Schlamme was selected by the acclamation of 155 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles. DGA presidents typically serve for two two-year t... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 2:02:40

Album Review: Fruit Bats’ ‘Gold Past Life’

Who says nostalgia ain’t what it used to be? It’s back and better than ever, as they say, in Fruit Bats’ terrific eighth album, “Gold Past Life,” which, as the title would suggest, has a lot to say about the bittersweet pull of memories of simpler and easier times. Nearly every song is its own... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 0:54:53

Taiwan’s Gay Romance ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’ Reflects Changing Times

The recent decision to legalize gay marriage in Taiwan – the first place in Asia to do so – caused a stampede of people to rush to registry offices across the island. It may open the way to more LGBT films as well. One movie that clearly acknowledges the historic moment is “Your Name Engraved [̷... #

Variety | 23.6.2019 0:37:59

How the ShanghaiPRIDE Festival Is Coming Out of SIFF’s Shadow

Many attendees of the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival likely know little about the ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival, the other event in town every June. Unlike the government-sponsored fest, ShanghaiPRIDE operates in a legal gray zone because of its celebration of LGBTQ content, which is frowned upon by Chi... #

Variety | 22.6.2019 23:25:10

Shanghai Juror Wang Jingchun on Craft, Quotas and Prospects for Arthouse Cinema

Coming off his best actor win at the Berlin Film Festival for the Wang Xiaoshuai-directed “So Long, My Son,” Wang Jingchun is jury member for the main competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival, which concludes Sunday. He was last a juror for the shorts selection at the festival five ye... #

Variety | 22.6.2019 23:11:11