Film Review: ‘Kalank’

Events leading to the 1947 Partition of India serve as the forebodingly serious backdrop for the exhaustingly overextended razzmatazz of “Kalank,” writer-director Abhishek Varman’s lavish but ponderous Bollywood extravaganza, which opened in the U.S. on more than 300 screens the same day as its Indi... #

Variety | 19.4.2019 1:54:12

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Is Totally Up for Booking Phish For His Inauguration

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign seems to be going Phish-ing… in the best possible sense. (Unless you just hate the band Phish so much there is no best possible sense.) The Democratic presidential candidate has previously indicated his love for the group, and when a reporter suggested Phi... #

Variety | 19.4.2019 1:41:21

WGA: 92 Percent of Writers Who Signed Statement of Support Have Fired Agents

The Writers Guild of America estimated that over 92 percent of their members who support a new code of conduct for talent agencies have fired those representatives. Letters announcing formal termination will be delivered on Monday, the guild said in a late-hitting memo on Thursday, as most agencies ... #

Variety | 19.4.2019 0:28:34

NBC Swaps Timeslots of Freshman Drama ‘The Village,’ ‘The Voice’ on Tuesdays

NBC is changing the timeslots of Tuesday shows “The Voice” and “The Village.” Up to this point, freshman scripted drama “The Village” has aired at 9 p.m. ET Tuesdays immediately after “The Voice” at 8 p.m. Beginning April 23, “The Village” ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 23:45:18

Broadway Review: Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in ‘Hillary and Clinton’

If anyone could play Hillary Clinton, it’s Laurie Metcalf – and here she is, in Lucas Hnath’s “Hillary and Clinton,” giving a performance that feels painfully honest and true. And if anyone could capture Bill Clinton’s feckless but irresistible charm, that would be John Lithgow – and here he is, too... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 23:35:50

Hudson Media CEO James Cohen Purchases the National Enquirer

Hudson Media’s CEO James Cohen announced Thursday that he will purchase the National Enquirer as well as American Media’s other tabloids, the Globe and the National Examiner. With the purchase of the National Enquirer, which Cohen reportedly bought for $100 million, he plans to strengthen thei... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 23:15:40

ATA Warns Managers and Lawyers of Legal Threat for Procuring Writer Jobs Amid WGA Battle

The Association of Talent Agencies is asking its members to drop a dime on managers and lawyers who help writers find jobs while the battle between the ATA and WGA rages on. ATA executive director Karen Stuart decried what she called “unlawful conduct” on the part of the WGA. On Monday, ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 22:33:16

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge’s ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Heads to Broadway this Summer

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge head to Broadway this summer in a limited run of “Sea Wall/A Life.” The show, comprised of two solo monologues, will begin its performances at the Hudson Theatre on July 26 and host its opening night on Aug. 8. It will run through Sept. 29. Each actor... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 22:29:37

Amazon Music’s Free Tier Is More Advertising Play Than Spotify Killer, Analysts Say

When news began to spread last week that Amazon Music’s long-anticipated free streaming tier was imminent, headlines emerged about its threat to Spotify and Apple Music, with some stories saying that Spotify’s stock price dropped in response to the news. But not only was today’s launch of the free t... #amazon #

Variety | 18.4.2019 22:20:34

TV News Roundup: Netflix Drops Trailer for Tiffany Haddish-Ali Wong Series ‘Tuca & Bertie’ (Watch)

In today’s roundup, “Cobra Kai” moves up its second season premiere on April 24 and Netflix releases the trailer for “Tuca & Bertie,” starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong. FIRST LOOKS Netflix has released the trailer for its new animated comedy series “Tuca & B... #trailer #netflix #

Variety | 18.4.2019 22:13:30

‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Star Jimmie Fails Signs With CAA

Jimmie Fails, co-writer and star of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” has signed with CAA for representation. The drama, inspired by Fails’ own life, had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In his review for Variety, chief film critic Peter Debruge ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 22:09:23

Film Review: ‘Stuck’

A stalled New York City subway carriage serves as a toe-tapping musical Petri dish for six socioeconomically diverse souls in the unique stage-to-screen musical adaptation “Stuck.” Sharing a stylistic template with its 2016 left-coast cousin “La La Land” (which it predated Off-Broadway by a good fou... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 21:35:20

Why Airbnb Produced Documentary ‘Gay Chorus Deep South,’ Its First-Ever Film (EXCLUSIVE)

The latest player to hit the film-festival circuit may be a bit unexpected: Airbnb, the travel-accommodations booking marketplace, developed, financed and produced documentary film “Gay Chorus Deep South,” set to premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on April 29. It’s the comp... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 20:40:04

‘CSI’ Creator Anthony Zuiker Sells Large House at Small Loss in Lake Arrowhead (EXCLUSIVE)

Anthony Zuiker was so eager to get rid of his former getaway in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., the three-time Emmy-nominated creator of the ubiquitously syndicated “CSI” megahit franchise sold it for $2.075 million, more than $400,000 under its too-rosy $2.5 million asking price and, even more noteworthy, ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 20:32:21

Gina Rodriguez on Directing, Diversity and Convincing Famous Friends to Be in Her New Movie

What Gina Rodriguez really wants to do is direct. “I want to tell the stories that haven’t been told, I want to tell them with people you haven’t seen yet, and I want to open hearts and minds to more tolerance,” she told Variety at Wednesday night’s premiere of her new Netflix movie, “Someone Great.... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 20:31:08

Clint Eastwood May Direct ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’

Clint Eastwood may direct “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” a look at a security guard whose life gets turned upside down after media reports identified him as a possible suspect in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. The film is currently set up at Disney/Fox and could reunite Eastwood wit... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 20:13:07

Nicki Minaj Parts Ways With Longtime Managers (EXCLUSIVE)

Nicki Minaj has parted ways with Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant and Blueprint/ Maverick Management, a source close to the situation confirms to Variety. She had worked with the pair for the majority of her career. The source says the decision was mutual and amicable, and there was no specific reason... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 20:05:27

Classic Cel-Shaded Shooter ‘XIII’ Being Revived With 2019 Remake

Microids and PlayMagic LTD are bringing a remake of the cult classic cel-shaded shooter “XIII” to consoles and PC this November. The game’s first teaser trailer debuted on Thursday (April 18), showing off a small tidbit of what players can expect from the revitalized series. The ga... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 20:00:35

Fashion Designer Jen Kao Snags Jodie Foster’s Beverly Hills Estate

Legendary actress Jodie Foster made short work of divesting her Beverly Hills home of seven years, sealing the deal just two months after listing the spacious property. As previously reported, records show the transaction closed for $14,900,000, considerably more than the $11,750,000 she paid back i... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 19:18:34

Film Review: ‘Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse’

If “The Witch” had been directed by the early-career Werner Herzog of “Aguirre,” “Heart of Glass,” and “Even Dwarfs Started Small,” the result might have been something in the spirit of “Hagazussa,” Lukas Feigelfeld’s wholly arresting feature debut. Given the extended U.S. title “A Heathen’s Curse” ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 19:17:01

HBO Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Game of Thrones’-Inspired ‘No Collusion’ Tweet

HBO is firing back at President Donald Trump after he sent another “Game of Thrones”-inspired tweet in response to the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation. “Though we can understand the enthusiasm for ‘Game of Thrones’ now ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 19:02:21

Alex Ross Perry to Write and Direct Stephen King’s ‘Rest Stop’ for Legendary

Alex Ross Perry will write and direct Legendary’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “Rest Stop.” King’s short, first published in Esquire magazine in 2003, won the national magazine award for fiction in 2004, and was later included in King’s 2008 colle... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 19:00:38

Joel Edgerton Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘Underground Railroad’ Amazon Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Joel Edgerton has signed on for a role in the Barry Jenkins’ Amazon series “The Underground Railroad,” Varietyhas learned exclusively. Edgerton will play the part of Ridgeway, a slavecatcher. He joins previously announced cast members Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, and Aaron Pierre.... #amazon #

Variety | 18.4.2019 19:00:18

‘EVE Online’ Developer Investigating Ban of Real-World Politician

“EVE Online” developer CCP Games is investigating its own ban of a real-world politician from the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, it revealed in a statement on its website Wednesday. “Last week, on Apr. 8, 2019, we announced the permanent banning of Brisc Rubal and ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 19:00:09

Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (for Now)

Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, in which U.S. customers of its Alexa voice assistant will have access to top Amazon Music playlists and thousands of stations, at no cost. The limited access that the new free service provides — it’s only available through Alexa, an... #amazon #

Variety | 18.4.2019 19:00:01

Concert Review: Blackpink Brings Back Girl-Group Glee in Tour Kickoff at L.A.’s Forum

It hasn’t come up in all the political talk about imports and exports, but America is suffering a serious trade imbalance in one area in particular: boy bands and girl groups. It appears as if we’ve ceded the manufacturing in that area to East Asia, and it’s… well, to our benefit, really, since the ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 18:56:51

‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed at Fox

“Last Man Standing” has been renewed at Fox, Variety has learned. This is the second season of the family multicamera comedy that will air on Fox, but the eighth season overall. (Its first six years were on ABC before the Alphabet canceled the series. Fox picked it up a year later.) R... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 18:00:30

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Seek Sale of Elegant Beverly Hills Mansion

Though they’ve occupied the stately spread for only about a New York minute, itchy-footed mansion hoppers Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have slapped a eye-grabbing $47.5 million price tag on the swanky Beverly Hills, Calif., estate they bought just over a year ago for a smidgen more than $33.9 mil... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 18:00:30

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ New Trailer Touts More High-Intensity Fights

A new “Hobbs & Shaw” trailer packs in the international action with fast cars and high-intensity fight scenes. When the first trailer dropped in February, viewers were introduced to the genetically-enhanced villain Brixton, played by Idris Elba, as well as a newly cordial relationship between ol... #trailer #

Variety | 18.4.2019 17:51:07

Donald Glover and Adidas Launch Partnership With New Shoes and Short Films (Watch)

Donald Glover and Adidas Originals today announced Donald Glover Presents, a creative partnership that unveiled a new line of shoes and a series of brief — and very funny — films to accompany them. (Watch them below.) Donald Glover Presents reimagines threeAadidas styles, the Nizza, the Continental ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 17:46:09

Freeform Taps Lauren Corrao to Replace Karey Burke as Original Programming Head

Lauren Corrao has been named executive vice president of original programming and development for Freeform. Corrao takes over the role from Karey Burke, who was named the head of ABC Entertainment in November following the departure of Channing Dungey. Corrao will report directly to Freeform preside... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 17:45:38

Pinterest Shares Up 26% on IPO Day

Shares of the social pinning service Pinterest traded around 26% above their IPO price on the company’s first day at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday as investors were looking to get in on the latest tech listing. Pinterest’s shares opened at $23.75, 25% above the IPO pricing of $19 ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 17:20:03

Netflix to Open Production Hub in New York City Encompassing 100,000 Square Feet

Netflix plans to open a new production and office facility in Manhattan — which will provide up to $100 million in investments to New York City and result in hundreds of new jobs, according to New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Netflix’s new corporate offices in the Big Apple will take... #netflix #

Variety | 18.4.2019 17:17:20

‘Fortnite’ Dominates Twitch Again as ‘Apex Legends’ Viewing Wanes

“Fortnite” is back on top in Twitch viewership, yet Ninja didn’t hold the title of most watched streamer in the past few months, according to a report released Thursday from StreamElements. The State of the Stream report from StreamElements detailed the first quarter of 2019 in Twi... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 17:00:43

For Cypress Hill, Stoned Is the Way of the Walk of Fame

The skunky smell is a familiar one. Inside the Cypress Hill tour bus, a thick cloud of smoke billows in the air. It’s the Los Angeles hip-hop group’s 30th year and they’re being rewarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6201 Hollywood Blvd.). They’ll probably refer to it as their Hollyw... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 17:00:15

BBC’s ‘Les Miserables’ Recreates the Dark World of Victor Hugo’s Novel

Director Tom Shanklanddidn’t want his “Les Miserables” to be anything like the stage-musical version of Victor Hugo’s sweeping historical novel, nor like the 2012 Tom Hooper feature-film musical. For the BBC limited series — a drama starring Olivia Colman, Lily Collins, David Oyelowo and Dominic Wes... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 17:00:05

Ralph Fiennes Examines Rudolf Nureyev’s Complicated Life in ‘The White Crow’

The story of “The White Crow,” Ralph Fiennes’ latest directorial effort, is as topical as anything currently sitting on the desk of a studio head. It tells of a rebellious artist grappling with his sexuality during turbulent political times rife with tensions between the United States and an agitate... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 16:45:47

‘Fortnite’ Season Eight, Week Eight Challenges Guide

Season eight’s week-six challenges are live in “Fortnite,” and that means new ways to earn Battle Stars and experience. By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier, up to a season maximum of 100, players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. (Collecting 10 Batt... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 16:21:33

Kodak Black Arrested at Border on Gun and Drug Charges

Rapper Kodak Black and three other people were arrested after they allegedly attempted to cross the U.S.-Canada border with guns and marijuana, officials told NBC News on Thursday. The 21-year-old rapper missed concerts at the House of Blues in Boston on Wednesday night after he was stopped at the L... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 16:15:01

MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% of Its Subscribers in Less Than a Year (Report)

MoviePass users apparently hit the exits en masse after it scaled back the number of movies users could see each month: The flailing cinema-subscription provider has seen its subscriber rolls plunge from a peak of more than 3 million to just 225,000 in under a year, according to a new report. The nu... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 16:04:40

‘The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series’ Is Available For Pre-Order

“The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series,” a comprehensive bundle featuring all four seasons of the narratively-driven zombie game, is now available to pre-order for Skybound Insiders on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, developer Skybound Games announced Thursday. Pre-orders wil... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 16:00:55

Sundance Award Winner ‘Midnight Family’ Sells Domestic Rights to 1091 (EXCLUSIVE)

“Midnight Family,” an award winning documentary about the struggles of a family in Mexico City, has sold its North American distribution rights to 1091. The indie studio was previously known as the Orchard, but received a new moniker after it was sold by Sony Music Entertainment to a new... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 16:00:41

SXSW Comedy Thriller ‘Villains’ Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, MoviePass for U.S. Release

Dark comedy thriller “Villains,” which premiered last month at the SXSW Film Festival, has been acquired for U.S. release by Gunpowder & Sky in association with MoviePass’ film division. G&S and MoviePass Films plans to give “Villains” a theatrical release this ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 16:00:00

Portugal. The Man to Perform at ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo

Portugal. The Man will perform at the 2019 ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, joining a line-up that includes Questlove, Wyclef Jean, Lee Ann Womack, Victoria Monét, “Shallow” co-writer Anthony Rossomando and Matthew Koma among other music creators. The Expo takes place May 2-4 at ... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 15:55:26

Nashville City Council Sides With Songwriters Against Streamers’ CRB Appeal

Nashville city leaders have sided against the streaming services Amazon, Spotify, Google and SiriusXM/Pandora in the appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision that would give songwriters a pay raise. The Nashville Metro Council adopted the resolution as part of its consent agenda earlier this... #

Variety | 18.4.2019 15:45:06