Wide Rolls Out Jean-Luc Godard Classics, Takes ‘Versus,’ ‘La Mala Noche’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jean-Luc Godard, the subject of a film showcase at this year’s Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon that includes his latest film, “The Image Work,” remains a hot commodity for Paris-based sales group Wide. The company, which is attending the fest’s International Classic Film Market with a strong heritage ...

Variety | 20.10.2018 5:30:33

Film Review: ‘Hunter Killer’

It’s no trick for even the most ham-fisted global action thriller to achieve a ripped-from-the-headlines “topicality.” Just throw in a terrorist from the right enemy nation, or an American president with the right haircut. So it’s a weird and musty Twilight Zone indeed that one enters to...

Variety | 20.10.2018 3:52:05

‘Luke Cage’ Canceled by Netflix

Netflix has canceled “Luke Cage.” News of the cancellation comes four months after the superhero action drama from Marvel Television debuted its second season on the streaming service — and just days after Netflix pulled the plug on another Marvel show, “Iron Fist.” “Unfortun... #netflix

Variety | 20.10.2018 2:28:55

Bruce Dern Hospitalized With Possible Hip Fracture

UPDATE – Bruce Dern has suffered a possible fractured hip after collapsing while jogging in Los Angeles and has been released after being hospitalized. The news was first reported late Friday afternoon by TMZ, which reported that the incident took place at 3:45 p.m. The site posted a photo tak...

Variety | 20.10.2018 1:36:26

DGA Accused of Bias Against Female Directing Teams by ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Director

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer-producer Audrey Wauchope has accused the Directors Guild of America of bias against female directing teams. Wauchope leveled the assertions Friday in the wake of longtime partner Rachel Specter not receiving directing credit for co-directing Friday’s segment with W...

Variety | 20.10.2018 0:42:01

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ DP Newton Thomas Sigel’s Work Spans ‘X-Men,’ Indie Films and Documentaries

On Nov. 2, when “Bohemian Rhapsody” — the biopic of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of British rock group Queen — debuts on U.S. screens, it will mark latest in a long string of highly diverse films lensed by cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel. The DP’s work, which goes back to the early ’80s, has enc...

Variety | 19.10.2018 23:17:00

Britney Spears’ Strange Vegas Residency Rollout Belies a Big Raise

It’s a good thing Britney Spears isn’t getting paid by the word. Her big reveal in Las Vegas Thursday night, at the end of a breathlessly narrated half-hour live stream on Ellen DeGeneres’ YouTube channel, was… the sight of Spears finally appearing amid some pyrotechnics, and then walking down to he...

Variety | 19.10.2018 23:16:17

Zayn Malik Shuffles International Property Portfolio

Zayn Malik, who rocketed to international superstardom almost a decade ago as the archetypal, tatted-up teenage “bad boy” of the preposterously popular British boy band One Direction and nowadays promotes himself professionally as just ZAYN, has spent much of 2018 releasing a second single from his ...

Variety | 19.10.2018 23:04:52

Charlie Collier Named Fox Entertainment CEO; Gary Newman Exits

Gary Newman will exit his role at Fox Television Group as longtime AMC exec Charlie Collier prepares to take over as head of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting. Collier has been named CEO of entertainment for Fox, Fox chief executive Lachlan Murdoch announced Friday in a company-wide memo. The surpr...

Variety | 19.10.2018 23:00:32

TV News Roundup: Showtime Drops Official Trailer for ‘Black Monday’

In today’s TV News roundup, Showtime dropped a new trailer for its upcoming comedy “Black Monday” and Facebook Watch released a new clip from the second season of “Red Table Talk.” DATES Netflix will release“Motown Magic”onNov. 20. The children’s serie... #trailer

Variety | 19.10.2018 22:31:10

In Wake of Overtime Debate, Rockstar Tells Employees OT Not Mandatory

At least one of the studios under the Rockstar Games umbrella held a meeting Friday to tell its employees that overtime work is not mandatory, Rockstar Games told Variety. While overtime at Rockstar Lincoln was not mandatory, it was requested and scheduled, Rockstar’s Jennifer Kolbe said. R...

Variety | 19.10.2018 22:24:17

Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Chicuarotes’ Picked up by Cinepolis Distribution

Cinepolis Distribution, the distribution arm of Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis, has picked up all Latin American rights to “Chicuarotes,” the second feature helmed by award-winningmulti hyphenateGael Garcia Bernal. The film, described as a dark comedy, is produced by Garcia Bernal via his new sh...

Variety | 19.10.2018 22:00:53

‘God Friended Me,’ ‘The Neighborhood,’ ‘Magnum P.I.’ Land Full-Season Orders From CBS

CBS has picked up “God Friended Me,” “The Neighborhood,” “Magnum P.I.” for full seasons. “God Friended Me” is averaging more than 10 million viewers per episode. The single-camera comedy stars Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia ...

Variety | 19.10.2018 22:00:21

Film Review: ‘Galveston’

Let’s say you come across gritty desperadoes-on-the-run thriller “Galveston,” maybe flipping channels or because you decided to take a gamble and buy the Ben Foster-Elle Fanning drama on-demand. Watching the tough, Gulf of Mexico road movie unfold — burning slow and even from Louisiana to its title ...

Variety | 19.10.2018 21:19:28

Experience the Cyclopean Architecture, Haunting Horror of Cthulhu

If tentacled-horror and exestential dread are your brands of Halloween scares, than Cyanide Studios official adaptation of the “Call of Cthulhu” pen-and-paper role-playing game, may be just what the mysterious doctor ordered. The Preview to Madness trailer celebrates that the upcoming ga...

Variety | 19.10.2018 21:16:19

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative Deal on Sound Recordings Contract

SAG-AFTRA and the major record labels reached a tentative three-year agreement on a successor contract to the SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings. The deal was reached late Thursday after two days of bargaining in New Orleans. Negotiations began in April — three month...

Variety | 19.10.2018 20:13:51

‘Halloween’ to Make a Killing With Opening Weekend in Mid-$70 Millions

Jamie Lee Curtis’ “Halloween” is looking to slice up an opening weekend of as high as $75 million at 3,928 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday. Universal’s R-rated slasher film is on its way to posting the second-highest October launch of all time, bested only by the ...

Variety | 19.10.2018 20:06:46

‘The Talk’ Co-Host Eve Says Julie Chen’s Exit Was ‘Extremely Hard’

Following the ousting of CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves over sexual misconduct allegations, his wife Julie Chen announced her exit as co-host from the network’s daytime show “The Talk” in September. Her former co-host, rapper Eve, toldVarietythat it has been “extremely hard&...

Variety | 19.10.2018 20:03:12

Atari Releasing Wood Veneered Portable 2600

Iconic gaming brand Atari is returning with two new products in time for the holidays. The Atari Retro Handheld and Atari Plug & Play Joystick offer a selection of classic Atari games for play at home or on the go. The handheld, priced at L34.99, takes 50 classic titles and packs the into a port...

Variety | 19.10.2018 20:00:57

NBC Announces Date for 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Though fall has only just set in, NBC is already anticipating springtime with the announcement of The 2019 Billboard Music Awards. The network announced Friday that the awards will air live on Wednesday, May 1 on NBC. The three hour telecast will begin at 8 p.m. EST, with a delayed broadcast airing ...

Variety | 19.10.2018 19:43:21

Amazon Names James Farrell Head of International Originals

Amazon Studios has named James Farrell head of international originals. Previously head of content, international expansion for the e-commerce giant’s entertainment arm, Farrell will, in his new role, lead the international original teams in Japan, India, Europe, Mexico and Brazil as well as f... #amazon

Variety | 19.10.2018 19:30:56

Animation Is Film Review: ‘Seder-Masochism’

Animator Nina Paley’s wit and imagination provide such unique delights that it seems almost churlish to complain that her second feature feels more like a tray of hors d’oeuvres than a full meal — even if it’s inspired by the traditional ritual feast of Passover Seder. But “Seder-Masochism” plays as...

Variety | 19.10.2018 19:00:52

‘Battlefield V’ Pre-Release Player Gift Includes Headgear and Emblem

EA DICE revealed a special gift to “Battlefield V” fans ahead of the game’s long-awaited release. In a personal video posted to Twitter, EA DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson announced a special item set available for fans as a thank you for supporting the upcoming game despite its delay. Th...

Variety | 19.10.2018 19:00:03

Turner Shuts Down Super Deluxe, Citing Duplication With Other WarnerMedia Units

AT&T’s pruning of WarnerMedia continues: Turner announced that it is killing off Super Deluxe, its digital studio division. “Turner is proud of the unique brand Super Deluxe has built over the past three years, and the cutting-edge content and innovations this incredible group of very tale...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:51:22

Veteran Showrunner Marti Noxon Renovates and Lists Studio City Contemporary (EXCLUSIVE)

In addition to being an accomplished, Emmy-nominated television writer and producer, veteran showrunner Marti Noxon seems to be dipping her toe in the high-end house flipping business, listing a freshly rehabbed mid-century ranch house in the hills above Studio City, Calif., for $2.399 million. Perc...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:25:04

‘Station 19’ Nabs Full Season Order at ABC

  ABC has ordered a full season of sophomore firehouse drama “Station 19.” The series, which comes from Shondaland and is a spinoff of medical drama staple “Grey’s Anatomy,” stars Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Boris Kodjoe, Grey Damon, Barrett Doss, Alberto Frezza...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:15:30

Sony Classics Buys Water Documentary ‘Aquarela’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa, and India from Participant Media to Victor Kossakosvky’s water-themed documentary “Aquarela.” The film had its world premiere at the Venice International Fil...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:14:02

Lil Peep’s Mother Gets Deep About Opioid Crisis, Posthumous Albums at Intense Listening Event

NEW YORK — It’s hard to know how to experience an album by a talented, 21-year-old dead person, let alone market it. The pleasure and elation that one can feel from music is weighted down by melancholy, whether you knew the artist or not, and the traditional methods of getting people excited about a...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:05:30

Oculus to Stream NBA Games for Free in VR, Starting With Sunday’s Warriors vs. Nuggets

Basketball fans just got another option to watch this season’s games for free, with a little help from Facebook’s Oculus: virtual reality live-streaming startup NextVR is going to stream a number of NBA games in Oculus Venues without the need for an NBA League Pass subscription. Oculus V...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:03:08

‘Dance Til Dawn’ at 30: The Team Reflects on ‘Unusual Casting Process,’ #MeToo Relevance and DJ Dick

The spring and summer of 1988 were consumed with a writers’ strike within the film and television industry, but one project that launched in the fall came out of it unscathed: “Dance ‘Til Dawn,” an original television movie about Hoover High’s senior prom first aired on...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:00:54

Splash Damage Ends Development on Online Shooter ‘Dirty Bomb’

Splash Damage is no longer actively developing or updating its free-to-play online shooter “Dirty Bomb,” it announced on the game’s official website Thursday. “After regaining publishing rights for ‘DB’ nearly two years ago, we staffed up a load of developers and ...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:00:36

Geena Davis, Joan Chen Join Jessica Chastain’s Action Movie ‘Eve’

Academy Award winner Geena Davis and Joan Chen have joined Jessica Chastain’s action-drama “Eve” from Voltage Pictures and Freckle Films. Tate Taylor is directing with production underway in Boston. Colin Farrell, Common, John Malkovich, and Diana Silvers are also starring. Voltage...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:00:29

‘The Cool Kids’ Lands Full-Season Order From Fox

Fox has given a full-season order to “The Cool Kids.” The multi-camera comedy has been picked up for an additional nine episodes, bringing its season-one order to a total of 22 episodes. “Charlie Day has given us a show that delivers the goods — hilarious stories and impeccable tim...

Variety | 19.10.2018 18:00:27

Listen: Nathan Fillion on His New Show ‘The Rookie,’ Plus Taye Diggs Talks ‘All American’

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast fromVarietyfeaturing the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In this week’s episode,Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with Nathan Fillion, star of the new ABC drama “The Rookie.” Listen ...

Variety | 19.10.2018 17:59:51

Jane Fonda Wows Lumiere Festival, Embraces Militancy, Recalls 1968 Paris

LYON, France — Jane Fonda wowed a packed house at Lyon’s majestic Théâtre des Célestins on Friday, delivering a masterclass at the Lumiere Film Festival, in French no less, that was in turns humorous, emotional and downright militant, at one point even expressing gratitude to Donald Trump for ...

Variety | 19.10.2018 17:54:53

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Release ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ Music Video

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have released the official music video for “I’ll Never Love Again,” the heartbreaking final track on the “A Star is Born” soundtrack. Gaga teased the video on her Twitter Friday after it was released exclusively on Apple Music. Watch the mus...

Variety | 19.10.2018 17:51:38

Katy Perry Chides Los Angeles Mayor Over ‘Those F—ing Bird Scooters’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti may have been on hand to present Katy Perry with a Courage Award on Thursday night at amfAR Gala Los Angeles, but that didn’t keep the “Firework” singer from bringing up some municipal issues with him. After Garcetti gushed over Perry, she chided the mayor about parki...

Variety | 19.10.2018 17:41:21

Watch the First Trailer for Shawn Garry’s ‘After Elena’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Chile’s Storyboard Media, a leader in production and distribution in that country, have givenVarietyexclusive access to the heartwarming first trailer for the sophomore feature from director Shawn Garry, “After Elena.” The film tells the story of Roberto, a man in his 70s who has just lost the love ... #trailer

Variety | 19.10.2018 17:26:01