It’ll Take a ‘Village’ to Salute the Kinks at Tribute Show Saturday

The Kinks’ classic 1968 album “The Village Green Preservation Society” has always needed some fervent champions to keep its reputation alive, or even to keep it in print, in the 50 years since it first came out and proved to be a massive flop. You could give a name to the fervent cult that’s made [&...

Variety | 23.2.2019 4:21:30

How the ‘Rich Eisen Show’ Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. ...

Variety | 23.2.2019 3:06:24

Bioware Maps Out The Next Three Months of ‘Anthem’ following Launch

BioWare has detailed the next 90 days of content updates and events scheduled to be introduced to the recently launched “Anthem”. The roadmap is broken down by months, starting with the February launch of “Anthem” which will see the addition of three freeplay events – O...

Variety | 23.2.2019 2:54:56

TV Review: ‘Whiskey Cavalier’

The crux of “Whiskey Cavalier” can be found right in its protagonist’s name. “Will Chase” is a purposefully ridiculous wink of a name that tries to be both debonair and very silly all at once, just like the FBI agent (played by Scott Foley) to which it belongs. This isn...

Variety | 23.2.2019 2:30:29

R. Kelly Turns Himself in to Chicago Police

R. Kelly, who was indicted Friday afternoon on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, turned himself in to a Chicago police station on Friday night. He is set to appear for a bond hearing on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/7k9VvbTPjg — Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) February...

Variety | 23.2.2019 2:23:40

Film News Roundup: ‘The Favourite’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos Boards Crime Drama

In today’s film news roundup, Yorgos Lanthimos has set up a crime drama, “Here Lies Daniel Tate” is being adapted, and Donna Langley becomes a member of the USC film school board. DIRECTOR HIRED “The Favourite” producer-director Yorgos Lanthimos has signed on to write a...

Variety | 23.2.2019 2:00:44

Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48

Prominent Los Angeles comedian Brody Stevens died Friday in Los Angeles, Variety has confirmed. He was 48. “Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community,” Stevens’ reps said in a statement. “He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for hi...

Variety | 23.2.2019 1:43:31

Malik Yoba to Reprise Role in ‘New York Undercover’ Reboot at ABC

Malik Yoba, who starred as Detective J.C. Williams in the 90s show “New York Undercover,” is set to reprise the role in the ABC reboot, sources tell Variety. Picking up 20 years after the end of the original series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and...

Variety | 23.2.2019 1:06:38

Album Review: Gary Clark Jr.’s ‘This Land’

Not that many years ago, people were talking about Gary Clark Jr. in terms of his ability to revive a fairly commercially moribund genre: the blues. But his third full-length studio album, “This Land,” makes good on his potential to make a record that fits quite nicely within the larger realm of mai...

Variety | 23.2.2019 0:43:00

Hollywood Agents Blast Writers Guild Over New Proposals

The war between the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood agents has escalated as the two sides battle over the rules on how writers are represented. The latest volley emerged Friday from Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agents, who accused WGA leaders of misleading its...

Variety | 23.2.2019 0:34:59

EA Australia Studio Firemonkeys Suffers Layoffs, Takes Over ‘Sims Mobile’

Electronic Arts Australia developer Firemonkeys has been hit by layoffs following a decision by the publisher to reorganize staff to focus on live services, an EA spokesperson tells Variety. Firemonkeys will now be taking over the development of “The Sims Mobile” from the Maxis Mobile te...

Variety | 22.2.2019 23:34:46

Cesar Awards: Xavier Legrand’s ‘Custody’ Wins Best Film

Xavier Legrand’s feature debut “Custody,” a tense portrait of a family torn by domestic violence, won best film, actress (for Lea Drucker), and original screenplay at the 44th Cesar Awards, which took place at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. The awards are France’s highest film honors. ...

Variety | 22.2.2019 23:18:54

KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous’ Cause of Death Released

An investigative report on KTLA anchor Chris Burrous has determined that his cause of death was attributed to methamphetamine toxicity, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Burrous, 43, was found unconscious at a motel in Glendale, Calif on December 27, and later died at the h...

Variety | 22.2.2019 23:01:48

Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Steps Down From Company’s Board

Twitter co-founder Evan “Ev” Williams is stepping down from the company’s board, Twitter announced in a SEC filing Friday afternoon. Williams will depart from the board at the end of this month, according to the filing. “It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what...

Variety | 22.2.2019 23:01:24

‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Win Publicity Campaign Awards

Hollywood publicists have selected “Crazy Rich Asians” as the top movie publicity campaign for 2018 and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” as the best television campaign. Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” topped the campaigns for Disney’s “Bla...

Variety | 22.2.2019 22:55:34

Live+3 Ratings for Week of Feb. 11: ‘Masked Singer’ Easily Tops Competition

Fox’s “The Masked Singer” was the highest-rated broadcast show of the week in both Live+Same Day and Live+3. For the week of Feb. 11, the unscripted singing competition series went from a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 to a 3.4, a rise of 42%. In total viewers, the show went from 7.8 m...

Variety | 22.2.2019 22:52:03

How the ‘Rich Eisen Show’ Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. ...

Variety | 22.2.2019 22:37:29

Josh Cooke Joins Katey Sagal in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Nana’

Josh Cooke has been cast in a lead role in the ABC hybrid comedy pilot “Nana” opposite Katey Sagal, Variety has learned. Cooke will play Alex, a fire chief in Indianapolis who is a newly widowed single father of two girls. It’s clear that he is in over his head with the girls, but he [&#...

Variety | 22.2.2019 22:30:12

Maggie Lawson to Star in Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Geniuses’

Maggie Lawson has been cast in one of the lead roles of the Fox multi-camera comedy pilot “Geniuses,”Variety has learned. The pilot follows a blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and raise four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses. Lon Zimmet will write...

Variety | 22.2.2019 22:15:09

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha to Star in ‘Sylvie’

Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha are set to star in the feature film “Sylvie.” Eugene Ashe has written the screenplay and will direct with production currently underway. The film is described as a love storyset in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s. Sylv...

Variety | 22.2.2019 22:00:57

R. Kelly Is ‘Going Down Hard,’ Criminal-Defense Attorney Predicts

When R. Kelly was arrested on child-pornography charges in 2002, after a videotape emerged that purported to show him having sex with an underage girl, he managed to have the case dismissed through a combination of skillful lawyering, repeated delays (the verdict did not come down for six years), an...

Variety | 22.2.2019 21:57:51

Google Reportedly Unveiling Project Yeti Streaming Hardware At GDC 2019

Google is hosting a keynote at the upcoming Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 19, and rumors are swirling around what it could entail. 9to5Google reports that, according to a source familiar with the event, it could very well feature Google’s upcoming Project Stream service ...

Variety | 22.2.2019 21:48:14

‘Batwoman’ Pilot Adds Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane

The CW’s “Batwoman” pilot has cast Elizabeth Anweis,Variety has learned. Anweis will play Catherine Hamilton-Kane, the stepmother of Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman. Catherine made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position Catherine as one of...

Variety | 22.2.2019 21:30:22

Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Soaring to $50 Million-Plus Launch

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is soaring toward a $53 million launch weekend at 4,259 North American locations, early estimates showed on Friday. That estimate is well above Universal’s forecast in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — and ahead of its predece...

Variety | 22.2.2019 21:23:39

Dreaming of a Hollywood Ending for Actors With Disabilities (Guest Column)

Picture a world in which an actor with a disability wins an Academy Award. Sadly, that storyline remains no more than a Hollywood fantasy. In recent years, the #OscarsSoWhite trending hashtag campaign has shed light on the lack of diversity in the movie industry. Yet ahead of this year’s Oscars on F...

Variety | 22.2.2019 21:17:12

Robert Mueller’s Team Denies Roger Stone’s Claim That It Tipped Off CNN to His Arrest

WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors denied that they prematurely released a draft of the indictment of Roger Stone and said claims that CNN was tipped off to his arrest are “without merit.” Stone was arrested on Jan. 25 on charges of giving misleadin...

Variety | 22.2.2019 21:04:41

Kamala Harris ‘Frustrated and Disappointed’ by Jussie Smollett Allegedly Staging Attack

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has spoken out against Jussie Smollett after the “Empire” actor was charged by police for allegedly filing a false police report. “Like most of you, I’ve seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I’m sad, frustrated, and disappointed,R...

Variety | 22.2.2019 20:59:57

Carrie Underwood Lists Former Mansion Outside Nashville (EXCLUSIVE)

Pop country music queen Carrie Underwood has listed her lavishly appointed mansion in a guard-gated golf course development in the affluent suburban community of Brentwood, Tenn., about 20 miles south of downtown Nashville, for $1.45 million. The seven-time Grammy winning fourth season “American Ido...

Variety | 22.2.2019 20:30:02

Clark Gable’s Grandson, Who Hosted ‘Cheaters,’ Found Dead at 30

Clark Gable’s grandson, Clark Gable III, died on Friday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Variety confirmedwith the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was 30. “It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark,̶...

Variety | 22.2.2019 20:25:59

Film Independent’s Spirit Awards Fly the Flag for Indie Film

As the 2018 awards season marches slowly into its final days, only a handful of honors remain undistributed after some of the most volatile and contentious campaigns in years. Front-runners have come and gone in one major category after the next, as each guild and critics group announced different w...

Variety | 22.2.2019 20:10:45

ATX Television Festival Adds ‘Greek’ Reunion, ‘Atypical,’ ‘Perpetual Grace Ltd’ to Lineup

The eighth annual ATX Television Festival has added a “Greek” reunion and panels for Netflix’s “Atypical” and Epix’s “Perpetual Grace, Ltd” to its lineup. The former ABC Family dramedy “Greek” ran from 2007-2011 centering on a college fresh...

Variety | 22.2.2019 20:00:43

Microsoft Prepping Game Pass for Nintendo Switch (Report)

Microsoft and Nintendo are working together to bring Xbox titles the Nintendo Switch, according to Direct-Feed Games via Game Informer. The arguably most exciting rumor is that Microsoft-exclusive “Ori and the Blind Forest” will be published on the Nintendo Switch, though there are more ...

Variety | 22.2.2019 20:00:19

Jaime Camil to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot From Alex Herschlag, Jennie Snyder Urman

CBS has made a late pilot pickup, ordering a multi-camera comedy with “Jane the Virgin’s” Jaime Camil attached to star. The untitled project hails from writer and executive producer Alex Herschlag with “Jane the Virgin” creator Jennie Snyder Urman set to executive produ...

Variety | 22.2.2019 20:00:02

Listen: Charley Pride on PBS Doc, Baseball and Becoming Country Music’s Biggest African-American Star

Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Charley Pride, the subject of the new “American Masters” documentary, “Charley Pride: I Am Just Me,” which premieres Feb. 22 on PBS. Pride...

Variety | 22.2.2019 19:54:12

Here’s How Much Money 10 Artists Are Owed by PledgeMusic

For eight years, PledgeMusic was a success story: A direct-to-fan platform where artists worked directly with their audiences to fund their albums, tours and all stripes of merchandise, with fans able to purchase everything from custom guitar picks to private concerts. Yet last June, Variety broke t...

Variety | 22.2.2019 19:37:21

John Krasinski Returning to Direct ‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel

John Krasinski is returning to direct the untitled sequel to Paramount’s horror hit “A Quiet Place.” Krasinski revealed the news Friday via an Instagram post that said “…time to go back.#PartII 5-15-20”; the post showed the red lights that became synonymous with the alien threats i...

Variety | 22.2.2019 19:32:17

‘L.A.’s Finest’ Showrunners Hospitalized After On-Set Accident

Co-showrunners and EPs Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier have beentaken to hospital after an accident on the set of “L.A.’s Finest,” Variety has confirmed with sources. The accident occurred Thursday afternoon at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro where the show was shooting. ...

Variety | 22.2.2019 19:25:45

Jennifer Carpenter on Treating ‘The Enemy Within’ Character as ‘Life After Death’

After spending eight seasons on a premium cable drama (Showtime’s “Dexter”) and one on a broadcast procedural (CBS’ “Limitless”), Jennifer Carpenter is placing her bets back on broadcast. She stars as former CIA agent Erica Shepherd, who gave up classified informa...

Variety | 22.2.2019 19:00:33

Five Tips to a Perfect Bow Tie on Oscar Night

Warren Alfie Baker is always on the hunt for just the right bow tie. He’s a Hollywood stylist who helps keep such clients as Lucas Hedges, Norman Reedus and Harry Shum Jr. looking sharp. “It seems like the easiest thing to sort out, but so many mistakes can be made,” Baker tells Variety. And the [&#...

Variety | 22.2.2019 19:00:23

R. Kelly Charged With Multiple Counts of Sexual Abuse

The Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said in a press release on Friday that she will be announcing charges against R. Kelly this afternoon. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the singer will be charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims (at least th...

Variety | 22.2.2019 18:59:25

EA Denies That It Demanded Takedown of Negative ‘Anthem’ Review

YouTuber Gggmanlives says Electronic Arts paid him to review “Anthem” and subsequently “blacklisted” him for the negative review, which the company denied in a statement to Variety on Friday. EA denies that the takedown request was due to the negative review, but says it was ...

Variety | 22.2.2019 18:55:55

Congress Orders FCC Review of TV Content Ratings

WASHINGTON — The FCC is being directed to review the 22-year-old TV content ratings system to gauge its accuracy. The review was part of the recently passed spending bill that funds the government through Sept. 30. It requires that the FCC report back to the House and Senate appropriations com...

Variety | 22.2.2019 18:45:51

Francois Ozon’s ‘By The Grace Of God’ Delivers Strong B.O. Opening in France

Rolling off its triumph at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear, François Ozon’s Catholic church sexual abuse drama By “The Grace Of God” had a strong theatrical bow in France where it sold nearly 50,000 tickets on 290 screens on Feb. 20, its first day out One of the bes...

Variety | 22.2.2019 18:41:17