MADRID — Paris-based Series Mania, the fast-expanding TV festival-industry forum, and Spain’s Conecta Fiction, a new TV co-production and networking initiative, have forged a collaboration that is set to see their exchanging conference panel events at their 2017 editions.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the two-hour “How to Get Away With Murder” Season 3 finale, which aired on Thursday, Feb. 23. The Season 3 finale of “How to Get Away With Murder” ended on a cliffhanger that no one saw coming: Laurel’s (Karla Souza) father (Esai Morales) was the...
ROME — Two prominent Iranian Americans, engineer Anousheh Ansari, known as the first female space tourist, and Dr. Firouz Naderi, director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA, will represent Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi and his film “The Salesman” at the upcoming Oscars ceremony, Farhadi’s publicist has announced.
For a film in which a Tibetan mastiff with big musical dreams stalks a jaded feline rock star while honing his supernatural martial arts powers and dodging kidnapping attempts from a gang of lupine Mafiosi who run a pro wrestling business on the side, “Rock Dog” is surprisingly uneventful.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead, if you have not watched “Nashville” Season 5, episode 9, titled “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which aired on CMT on Thursday, Feb. 23. Connie Britton’s character, Rayna, was killed off of “Nashville” on Thursday night’s emotional episode.
Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment has appointed former Jim Henson Company exec Peter Schube to replace Natalie Fischer as chief operating officer. Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — also announced Thursday that it’s appointed Scott Broock as exec VP of digital strategy and innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as...
Millions will be tuning in Sunday to not only see who wins what, but who wore what. The Academy Awards have been the backdrop for some of the most memorable fashion moments over the last nine decades, and judging by this awards season, the 89th Oscars won’t disappoint.
Chicago’s WLS-Channel 7 has reprimanded a sports anchor after he tweeted that President Trump was a “cartoon lunatic” elected by a “country of simpletons.” The station told the Chicago Sun-Times that Mark Giangreco’s comments are “not in line with ABC 7 Chicago’s non-partisan editorial standards” and that management is “taking the appropriate action.” That action,...
The cost of content for Chinese video streaming platform iQIYI more than doubled in 2016, parent company Baidu has revealed. The figures highlight the growing commitment to the entertainment business on the part of one of China’s Internet giants, as well as the costly competitive landscape.
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Martin Scorsese, whose upcoming mob movie “The Irishman” is the subject of a dispute regarding its international rights, will receive the John Ford Award from Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, at a special Irish Film and Television Academy event in Dublin on Saturday.
Apple is investigating a report by an Arizona teen that her iPhone 7 Plus “blew up” as it was charging and began spewing smoke. Apple said it’s looking into the incident.
Marking its first international co-production, Loic Magneron’s Paris-based Wide Management has boarded the Georgian prison-rugby drama “Negative Numbers,” signing on to co-produce with Brett Walker and Miguel Govea of Tbilisi-based Alief LLC and David Isakadze at Tbilisi’s Magnet Studio.
A few years ago, Susan Aikens was running a small wilderness camp in a remote part of Alaska when she was discovered by BBC producers who were interested in turning her life into a reality series.
In a year of highs and lows, IMAX China suffered a drop in profits, but booked a record number of orders for new screens. The company, which is controlled by IMAX Corp.
Lea Michele has signed onto star in another broadcast series. The “Glee” alum has joined ABC’s comedy pilot that hails from “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs, Variety has learned. The Untitled City Mayor pilot is about an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, then surprising everyone, including himself, when he has...
Jeffrey Nachmanoff has signed on to direct Jackie Chan’s upcoming action-thriller “Five Against a Bullet” for Sony. The attachment of Nachmanoff — whose credits include Don Cheadle’s “Traitor” and Keanu Reeves’ “Replicas” — comes two months after Chan was attached to the project.
David Broome was stuck in traffic on the 101 freeway when idea for “Ultimate Beastmaster” first came to him. “I thought, What if I could basically take ‘Mario Bros.’ and bring it to life?” Broome said.
RealD has acquired the remaining assets of MasterImage, the technology company is successfully sued for patent infringement. The 3D manufacturer acquired all of MasterImage’s intellectual property, technology, inventory, and accounts receivable.
For this Sunday’s Academy Awards, ABC is bringing back newly renamed “The Oscars: All Access,” a free live-streaming companion show with red-carpet highlights, backstage footage and live look-ins of the main event.
ROME — Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré and managing director Arnaud De Puyfontaine are under investigation by Milan prosecutors for alleged stock market manipulation in connection with the French media conglomerate’s recent rapid stake building in Italian TV group Mediaset.
Caitlyn Jenner is speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to revoke Obama-era guidelines on transgender use of bathrooms in public schools. “I have a message for President Trump, from one Republican to another: This is a disaster,” Jenner said in a video she posted to Twitter.
Started before Czekaj’s even wilder Venice and SxSW entry “Baby Bump” (2015) but completed afterwards, "The Erlprince," too, gives an unorthodox spin to archetypes and confirms the helmer as a talent to watch.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Nashville” Season 5, episode 9, titled “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which aired on CMT on Thursday, Feb. 23. Last week’s shocking episode put Rayna (Connie Britton) through the ringer.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the two-hour “How to Get Away With Murder” Season 3 finale, which aired on Thursday, Feb. 23. After a full season of whodunnit, “How to Get Away With Murder” finally revealed #WhoKilledWes?
A concert staging at City Center last fall of Stephen Sondheim’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Sunday in the Park With George” went swimmingly, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the titular role of Georges Seurat, raising hopes for an extended engagement.
The most lasting impression from the premiere of “The Blacklist: Redemption,” NBC’s new spinoff of its successful drama “The Blacklist,” is that Tom Keen sure seems to be attracted to his mom.
Martin Scorsese’s upcoming mob movie “The Irishman” looks to be running into trouble as distributor STX is pursuing legal action over Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich’s pending deal with Netflix. STX bought all non-U.S.
PARIS — Vivendi, the media conglom helmed by French billionaire Vincent Bollore, had a tough year in 2016. Due to losses at Canal Plus’ channels in France, Vivendi’s core operating profits fell to 724 million Euros ($766 million), a 23 percent year-on drop.
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are starring in the comedy “Flarsky”with “50/50” director Jonathan Levine helming. Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — who was his childhood crush and babysitter and now happens to be one of the most powerful and...