NBC’s California O&Os to Launch ‘California Live’ Daily Daytime Series

NBC’s three California O&Os are set to launch a live daily lifestyle series dubbed “California Live.” The series will air at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday across KNBC-TV Los Angeles, KNTV-TV San Francisco and KNSD San Diego. The show will have some modular segments that will...

Variety | 13.12.2018 1:08:23

Film News Roundup: ‘Aquaman’ Sets Pre-Sales Record

In today’s film news roundup, “Aquaman” sets a pre-sales record, “Bohemian Rhapsody” hits a milestone, and SAG-AFTRA promotes four executives. PRE-SALES RECORD “Aquaman” has set a pre-sales record for Atom Tickets, topping “Deadpool 2,” “Av... #aquaman

Variety | 13.12.2018 0:54:30

TV News Roundup: Steven Yeun Joins ‘Twilight Zone’ at CBS All Access

In Wednesday’s roundup, Netflix reveals the premiere date for “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and Steven Yeun joins Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot. FIRST LOOKS Varietyhas an exclusive behind-the-scenes first look at Season 2 ofShowtime’s“SMILF,&#...

Variety | 12.12.2018 23:38:07

Department of Justice Indicts Five in International Piracy Ring

Five men were indicted Wednesday on charges that they hacked into the servers of production companies, and stole hundreds of films and TV shows, including “50 Shades of Grey” and “The Walking Dead.” The men are based in four countries — the United Kingdom, the United Ar...

Variety | 12.12.2018 23:13:38

Endeavor Sued Over Idaho Country Music Festival

A former county official in rural Idaho sued Endeavor on Wednesday, alleging she is owed more than $190,000 in unpaid loans arising from a troubled country music festival. According to her complaint, Bonnie Layton was the economic development director for Elmore County, Idaho, when she came in conta...

Variety | 12.12.2018 22:27:57

CBS News Settles Suit Alleging Harassment by Charlie Rose

CBS News settled a lawsuit filed by three women who alleged they were harassed by former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose, and claimed CBS did not act despite being aware of the situation. The amount awarded to the women was not disclosed at their request, according to a CBS New...

Variety | 12.12.2018 22:21:29

Former Legendary Entertainment EVP Joins Gaming Company Wonder

Former Legendary Entertainment EVP Matthieu Coppet has joined gaming startup Wonder as its new Chief Strategy Officer. Coppet previously spent 10 years as the Global Media Strategist at UBS working on forward-looking trends and strategies for the entertainment industry in general. “I remember ...

Variety | 12.12.2018 22:00:43

Ventana Sur: ‘La Liga’ Kicks Off at Buenos Aires’ Animation!

Spain’s Quirino Awards, Argentina’s Animation! and Mexico’s Pixelatl Festival, three key events in Ibero-American animation, will join forces to create La Liga (The League), as announced Wednesday at an Animation! round table hosted by the Quirino Awards, titled “Iberoamerica...

Variety | 12.12.2018 21:58:35

Film Review: ‘The Quake’

Roar Uthaug’s 2015 “The Wave” revived the pleasures of the 1970s disaster-movie cycle in a form that seemed purer than the never-quite-dead genre’s recent Stateside incarnations — most of which seem to involve Dwayne Johnson in a generic pileup of CGI perils. “The Wave” wasn’t high art, but it was e...

Variety | 12.12.2018 21:45:19

Don’t Expect ‘The Defenders’ on Disney Streaming Service Any Time Soon (EXCLUSIVE)

Fans of the Marvel Television series recently canceled by Netflix who hope to see the shows revived on Disney+ may be out of luck. Sources tellVarietythat the deal for the original four Marvel shows includes a clause that prevents the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for a... #disney

Variety | 12.12.2018 21:45:12

Reggie Fils-Aime: Nintendo Switch Games Performing at ‘Historic Levels’

Software sales for the Nintendo Switch are performing at “historic levels” with the release of the company’s fall lineup, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime told Forbes, citing “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!,” “Let’s Go, Eevee!” and “Super ...

Variety | 12.12.2018 21:30:45

‘Sharp Objects’ Creator Marti Noxon Flips Mid-Century Ranch House in Studio City

It would seem television powerhouse Marti Noxon needs a side-hustle about as much as an elephant needs a SCUBA suit. The busy as a beaver creator of the thrice Emmy-nominated 2018 limited series “Sharp Objects,” starring Emmy nominees Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson, already co-owns an artisanal gra...

Variety | 12.12.2018 21:21:42

‘One Dollar’ Canceled by CBS All Access After One Season

“One Dollar” has the ignominious distinction of being the first CBS All Access original series to be canceled. Variety has confirmed that the streaming service will not be bringing the drama series back for a second season. The series was set in a small rust belt town in post-recession A...

Variety | 12.12.2018 21:16:09

Awkwafina and Laverne Cox Talk Diversity: ‘It’s Not Something That’s Hot This Year and Goes Away’

“’Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘Black Panther’ are the two biggest movies of the year,” says Laverne Cox. “This is also the year of ‘Pose.’” Cox believes Hollywood is doing a better job at supporting and promoting diversity, but the “Orange Is the New Black” star also says, “We can alway...

Variety | 12.12.2018 21:06:04

Film Review: Clint Eastwood in ‘The Mule’

From Dirty Harry to … dirty grandpa, Clint Eastwood certainly has a type of character that he plays best, and “The Mule” finds him squarely in his comfort zone, appearing as a surly old horticulturalist who, at age 90, has become perhaps the most reliable drug runner for the Sinaloa cartel, evading ...

Variety | 12.12.2018 21:00:19

PlayStation Store Kicks Off Five Weeks of Savings Sale

The PlayStation Store’s Holiday Sale is hosting five weeks of special deals on PlayStation titles running through the new year. PlayStation owners can now peruse a lengthy lineup of games going on sale for the holidays, like “Hitman 2,” the “Spyro + Crash Remastered Game Bund...

Variety | 12.12.2018 20:52:54

Ventana Sur: 244 Animation Productions from Latin America To Compete at 2nd Quirino Awards

244 animated works coming from Ibero-American countries will compete at the 2nd edition of the Quirino Awards –as was announced Wednesday at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, in an event hosted by Animation! and the Quirino Awards. The event will take place on April 5 and 6, in Tenerife, the ca...

Variety | 12.12.2018 20:52:48

‘The Realm,’ ‘Champions,’ Cruz and Bardem Among Spanish Academy Goya Nominations

MADRID — Spain’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the nominees for the 33rdedition of the Goya Awards, to be held at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in Sevilla on Feb. 2, 2019. Leading the pack with 13 nominations is Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ultra-current politica...

Variety | 12.12.2018 20:46:29

How NPR Aims to Bring Transparency to Podcast Metrics

NPR unveiled a new open source podcast measurement project Wednesday that aims to bring more transparency and granularity to podcast metrics. The project, dubbed Remote Audio Data (RAD), has been developed in partnership with a number of podcast app developers, ad tech companies as well as tech and ...

Variety | 12.12.2018 20:20:11

John Cena on WWE’s Acceptance by Hollywood and the Professional Sports World

John Cena says the WWE is finally getting the attention it deserves by Hollywood and the professional sports world. “I’m just glad that no longer are we looked down upon, not only by the sport industry, but by the performing arts industry,” Cena told Varietyon Tuesday night in Beverly Hills at Sport...

Variety | 12.12.2018 20:12:52

‘The Mandalorian’ Adds Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Carl Weathers to Cast

“The Mandalorian” cast has taken shape. The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” streaming series has revealed that the cast now includesGiancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog. They join previously announced cast members Pedro Pascal, Nic...

Variety | 12.12.2018 20:05:24

Sony Pictures to Release Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Pain & Glory’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In a break from his Spanish distributor of past years, Warner Bros., Pedro Almodovar has opted to release his latest film “Pain & Glory” in Spain via Sony Pictures Releasing International on March 22, 2019. “We are delighted and excited that we are releasing“Pain & Glory”in Spain with a whol...

Variety | 12.12.2018 20:02:07

Dallas Fuel to Host Overwatch League’s First Home Games

The Dallas Fuel will be the first Overwatch League team to host home games during the 2019 season, the Overwatch League announced on Wednesday. It will be the first time in the esports organization’s history that regular season matches will be played anywhere other than the Blizzard Arena in L...

Variety | 12.12.2018 20:00:22

Chuck Lorre Gets Personal as Kudos Pile Up for ‘The Kominsky Method’

With three SAG Award noms adding to the momentum of kudos recognition for Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” the show has quickly become the most well-received series in Chuck Lorre’s long career in television. It’s also among the most personal. “I wanted to write about getting older and all thatthat ...

Variety | 12.12.2018 19:59:48

Megan Mullally to Host 2019 SAG Awards

“Will & Grace” actress Megan Mullally has been selected as the host the 25th edition of the SAG Awards on Jan. 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Kristen Bell performed the emcee duties this year as the first-ever host of the ceremonies. Mullally won two Primetime Emmy Award...

Variety | 12.12.2018 19:38:51

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ Put on Hold (EXCLUSIVE)

After getting close to pushing the long-in-development project into production, Amblin Entertainment is shutting down pre-production on Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” sources tell Variety. Sources say Sorkin is focusing on his play “To Kill a Mockingbird,”...

Variety | 12.12.2018 19:37:14

Epic Games Giving Away ‘Fortnite’s’ Cross-Platform Services to Devs

Epic Games is launching a large set of cross-platform game services throughout 2019 for other developers to use for free, it announced in a blog post on Wednesday. It originally built the services for its popular battle royale title “Fortnite,” which has over 200 million players across s...

Variety | 12.12.2018 19:36:24

National Enquirer Parent Admits to Making Karen McDougal Payments to Help Trump in 2016 Election

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors said National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, admitted that it made a $150,000 payment to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal “to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations” about Donald Trump in advance of the 2016 pr...

Variety | 12.12.2018 19:26:42

TV Shows We Quit in 2018

With approximately 500 scripted series premiering new seasons in 2018, sometimes it feels like the television landscape is like a bubble. If it keeps getting inflated larger and larger, eventually something will have to give and it will pop, right? Well, maybe not for the platforms on which these sh...

Variety | 12.12.2018 19:15:28

Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer to Voice Pixar’s ‘Onward’

Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer are leading the voice cast for “Onward,” Pixar’s next original movie. Pixar had previously referred to the film as an untitled suburban fantasy. Dan Scanlon, who helmed 2013’s “Monsters University”...

Variety | 12.12.2018 19:06:30

FCC to Launch Review of Media Ownership Rules, Including Ban on Broadcast Network Mergers

WASHINGTON — The FCC will review whether to modify or even eliminate a series of media ownership proposals, including a current ban on mergers among the four major broadcast networks. The review, mandated by Congress every four years, includes no specific policy proposals, but will take public...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:50:22

Steve Carell on New Film ‘Welcome to Marwen’ and Reprising His ‘Anchorman’ Character

In 2000, Mark Hogancamp was nearly beaten to death by five men outside of a bar. Left with brain damage and little money to afford therapy, Hogancamp began creating miniature doll versions of himself, his friends, and his attackers as a way to cope. This true story inspired the 2010 documentary “Mar...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:41:00

Emma Stone, Darren Criss and More React to SAG Award Nominations

The nominations for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were revealed on Wednesday morning, and “A Star Is Born” commanded the list with four noms alongside TV series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark.” The awards recognize acting and ensemble performa...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:36:41

Golden Globes 2019: TV Categories Broken Down With Projected Winners

Big name nominees dominate an increasingly competitive small screen landscape, and Variety analyzes what to expect when winners’ names are read at the Golden Globes Jan. 6. Drama Series In complete contrast to last year, all but one of the nominees in this category are newcomers. Up for its si...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:31:20

Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety. Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:30:21

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She’s ‘Feeling Just Fine’ After Falling Last Month

WASHINGTON — As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg watched Focus Features and Participant Media’s “On the Basis of Sex” for the first time at a National Archives screening in Washington, D.C., she got big applause for how she described her wellbeing after suffering a fall last month...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:25:21

Ryan Coogler on How ‘Black Panther’ Broke Barriers Below-the-Line, Too

With more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, “Black Panther” was one of the year’s biggest hits. Though some people expected just another superhero film, the project turned out to be much deeper and more complex than that. Many called it a social turning point because it was the first block...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:15:52

The Biggest Box Office Hits and Flops of 2018

It was the revival nobody saw coming. After a dismal 2017, in which the North American box office tumbled to a three-year low, moviegoing rebounded in a big way. And it wasn’t just superhero tentpoles and animated adventures raking in the green. With all due respect to “Avengers: Infinity War” and “...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:00:40

Joel McHale Cast as Starman in DC Universe’s ‘Stargirl’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Joel McHale has been cast as Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman on the upcoming DC Universe series “Stargirl,”Variety has learned exclusively. The role is being described as “Golden Age Starman” and will be a recurring one for McHale. A courageous and confident superhero, Starma...

Variety | 12.12.2018 18:00:07

2019 Predictions: What’s in Store for Film, TV and Music Next Year?

It would be hard to top the drama of 2018. From media mega-mergers to the rise of Time’s Up, it was a year that had more than its fair share of twists and turns. Leslie Moonves resigned in disgrace, AT&T snapped up Time Warner, Disney inched closer to subsuming Fox and “Black Panther” shattered ...

Variety | 12.12.2018 17:45:55

Christophe Honore’s ‘Sorry Angel’ Wins France’s Louis Delluc Prize

Christophe Honoré’s drama “Sorry Angel,” which world premiered in competition at Cannes Film Festival, won France’s prestigious Louis Delluc Prize. Kicking off France’s award season, the Louis Delluc prize is chosen by French critics and has been described as the film equival...

Variety | 12.12.2018 17:45:52

Apple Looking to Launch Magazine Subscriptions in Early 2019 (Report)

Apple is preparing to relaunch Texture, a news subscription app it acquired in March, as a premium tier of Apple News early next year, according to a Bloomberg report. To prepare for the launch, Apple has been trying to get prominent newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journa...

Variety | 12.12.2018 17:38:35

‘Kominsky Method,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘Atlanta’ Crash SAG Awards’ TV Party

“Barry” and “The Kominsky Method” went all the way on their first SAG Awards ballot while “The Americans” joined the party at long last for its final season. SAG Awards voters cemented Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” as a kudos season contender w...

Variety | 12.12.2018 17:34:42

Sony Pictures Casting Executive Tamara Hunter Moves to Apple

Tamara Hunter, the vice president of casting at Sony Pictures Entertainment, is departing the studio to become the head of casting at Apple. In her new role, she will report to the co-heads of Apple’s original programming efforts,Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, who are themselves the former...

Variety | 12.12.2018 17:30:57

Screen Actors Guild Props Up Popular Players in Film, Ignores Critical Darlings

Something noteworthy in the world of awards watching happened last year: For the first time ever, the winner of the Motion Picture Academy’s best picture prize, “The Shape of Water,” was a film not nominated for the Screen Actors Guild’s ensemble award. It was a bit of trivia...

Variety | 12.12.2018 17:16:16

Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of charges, including a campaign finance violation in which he implicated President Trump. In an appearance in a New York federal court before his sentencing, Cohen said that he was sorry for his crimes, and expla...

Variety | 12.12.2018 17:16:00