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Netflix Losing Disney and Pixar Movies

Will Netflix suffer a significant subscriber exodus once Disney movies roll off the service in 2019? According to one Wall Street firm’s analysis: probably not. Disney announced last week that it would not renew the movie-output deal with Netflix for first-run Disney...
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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Tops Studios’ TV Spending

Ads placed for the action comedy film had an estimated media value of $5.75 million through Sunday for 1,199 national ad airings across 34 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Aug. 7-13. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as...
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How Has Netflix Affected Hollywood

For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines he’s generated over the last week alone with a succession of game-changing deals. The chief content officer for Netflix stole Shonda Rhimes from ABC, lured retiree David...
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8 Actors, Directors, And Comedians On Their Love For Netflix!

Jason Bateman Having had the chance to work with Netflix on two TV shows, “Arrested Development” and “Ozark,” it seems clear that their decisions are based entirely on the merits. Yes, they’ve got the data, but you get the strong sense they would much rather have...
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‘Bonnie and Clyde’ 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago today, American movies were born again. That was the day “Bonnie and Clyde,” the lethally disruptive and exciting gangster saga that brought on the implosion of Hollywood — and the reinvention of Hollywood — was released in theaters. The gun-on-the-run...
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Netflix Losing Disney and Pixar Movies

Will Netflix suffer a significant subscriber exodus once Disney movies roll off the service in...
Read More

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Tops Studios’ TV Spending

Ads placed for the action comedy film had an estimated media value of $5.75 million through Sunday...
Read More

How Has Netflix Affected Hollywood

For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines...
Read More

8 Actors, Directors, And Comedians On Their Love For Netflix!

Jason Bateman Having had the chance to work with Netflix on two TV shows, “Arrested Development”...
Read More

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago today, American movies were born again. That was the day “Bonnie and Clyde,” the...
Read More

Netflix Losing Disney and Pixar Movies

Will Netflix suffer a significant subscriber exodus once Disney movies roll off the service in 2019? According to one Wall Street firm’s analysis: probably not. Disney announced last week that it would not renew the movie-output deal with Netflix for first-run Disney...

How Has Netflix Affected Hollywood

For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines he’s generated over the last week alone with a succession of game-changing deals. The chief content officer for Netflix stole Shonda Rhimes from ABC, lured retiree David...

8 Actors, Directors, And Comedians On Their Love For Netflix!

Jason Bateman Having had the chance to work with Netflix on two TV shows, “Arrested Development” and “Ozark,” it seems clear that their decisions are based entirely on the merits. Yes, they’ve got the data, but you get the strong sense they would much rather have...

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago today, American movies were born again. That was the day “Bonnie and Clyde,” the lethally disruptive and exciting gangster saga that brought on the implosion of Hollywood — and the reinvention of Hollywood — was released in theaters. The gun-on-the-run...

‘Deadpool 2’ Stunt Driver Passes Away On Set

A stunt person was killed on the set of “Deadpool 2” Monday morning after a trick involving a motorcycle went wrong. The stuntwoman was identified by several outlets as Joi “SJ” Harris, the first female African-American road racer. The sequel to “Deadpool” is filming...

‘Deadpool 2’ Cable

Ryan Reynolds continues to tease “Deadpool 2” photos on social media. On Monday, the actor tweeted out the first official look of Josh Brolin as Cable in the upcoming film. While Brolin teased his makeover in June, this is the first glimpse of his complete...

Watch Jennifer Lawrence In ‘Mother!’

Jennifer Lawrence’s new film “Mother!,” directed by Darren Aronofsky, finally has a full-length trailer. In the trailer, which seems to depart from the tropes of a traditional horror film, Lawrence appears obsessed with a brick wall, which is at one point dripping...

‘The Nut Job 2,’ ‘The Dark Tower’ Top TV Ad Spending

Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $6.46 million through Sunday for 2,329 national ad airings across 39 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 31 through Aug. 6. Estimates may be updated after the chart is...

Stephen King On What Scares Him

Stephen King will turn 70 in September, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, he has “The Dark Tower” in theaters and “The Mist” on TV. September will see the film adaptation of “It” and a book co-written with his son, Owen King, called “Sleeping Beauties.”...

‘Thor: Ragnorak’ Tops Social Media For Second Week

Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” dominated social media buzz for the second week in a row with 72,000 new conversations last week, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The activity stemmed from star Tessa Thompson revealing plot details...

‘Deadpool 2’ Domino

Ryan Reynolds tweeted a first look photo on Monday of “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as Domino in “Deadpool 2.” “Some people just know how to work a red carpet,” Reynolds captioned the photo of Domino sprawled over Deadpool in front of a fire. The photo recreates one...

‘The Dark Tower’ Journey To The Big Screen

With millions of loyal readers and a fantastical setting, Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” book series has tantalized Hollywood. The movie business is always on the prowl for the next “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter.” King’s novels, about a mysterious gunslinger...

The Changing View Of Police In Films And TV

Even for a journalist like Wesley Lowery, who’s chronicled the real-life killings and raw trauma that police shootings across America have left in their wake, the unyielding depiction in Kathryn Bigelow’s new film “Detroit” of the terror inflicted by three white...

‘Super Size Me 2’ Among The Films At TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival will premiere James Franco’s comedy-drama “The Disaster Artist” as part of its Midnight Madness section of genre titles. “The Disaster Artist” screened in March as a work in progress at South by Southwest, where it received a...

New James Bond Set For 2019

James Bond will be back in action in 2019, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions said Monday. The 25th film about the legendary super-spy will hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2019. There’s no word yet on whether or not Daniel Craig will be asking for his martinis shaken,...

Toronto Film Festival Lineup

Films by Joe Wright, Angelina Jolie, Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, and Alexander Payne will hit the Toronto International Film Festival, hoping to build buzz as they head into a crowded awards season. Jolie will be on hand with “First They Killed My Father,” a...

‘The Emoji Movie’ Goes Past TV Ad Spending

Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.8 million through Sunday for 1,497 national ad airings across 37 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 17-23. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new...

Wonder Woman 2 Has 2019 Release Date

Warner Bros. has set Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 2” for release on Dec. 13, 2019. The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening. “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, has been an outsize hit for the studio with $389 million in domestic grosses after 53...

COMIC-CON 2017: WHO WON AND WHO LOST

By Peter Borovilos  Chief Brand innovation strategist  After four dizzying days of film and TV panels and activations, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is officially in the books. As cosplayers put their Rey and Jon Snow costumes back into storage, fanboys everywhere begin to...

Charlize Theron On Going Bisexual!

To make “Atomic Blonde,” Charlize Theron tried to break the rules for a female-led action movie. Her British super agent Lorraine bruises badly — which is a taboo when it comes to women in high-octane blockbusters — and she doesn’t fall for her horn-dog male colleague...

Charlize Theron Got Ripped, Bruised (and Naked!)

Playing an ass-kicking international spy can’t be easy, but Charlize Theron really suffered for her craft in “Atomic Blonde.” She twisted her knee, bruised her ribs and had to undergo extensive dental surgery, because she clenched down so hard on her jaw she cracked...

‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works

The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand. New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production...

Review: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

Like the apes it depicts, the technology behind the 'Planet of the Apes' prequels has evolved to act more human than the human characters. In the original “Planet of the Apes” movies, Caesar and his simian co-stars were buried beneath layers of prosthetic makeup,...

‘xXx’ Sequel Gets Backing From H Collective

The H Collective is launching as a production-financing entity that’s backing half a dozen projects including the sequel to “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and Aaron Paul’s thriller “The Parts You Lose.” The Los Angeles-based H Collective has signed production deals with...

World War II Horror Movie ‘Overlord’ Set To Release Fall 2018

Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot have set a release date for World War II horror movie “Overlord,” starring  “Fences” actor Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell. The movie is scheduled for Oct. 26, 2018, The film is directed by Julius Avery (“Son of a Gun”), and...

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Takes Over Social Media

Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” dominated social media buzz with nearly 93,000 new conversations last week, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service. Sony released an international poster on June 12, announced an arcade game at...

‘The Graduate’ Made Mike Nichols Film A Classic!

June is graduation month, which means a long parade of commencement ceremonies and family parties celebrating the new graduate. And at many of those parties, someone will make a joke about Mrs. Robinson or the word “plastics,” because the 50-year-old film “The...

Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’

Woody Allen’s next film will hit theaters this December, Variety has learned. “Wonder Wheel,” a drama set in Coney Island during the 1950s, will debut in limited release on Dec. 1, 2017. That pits it against “The Disaster Artist,” a comedy with James Franco about the...

Ice Cube Talks Hollywood Star On The Walk Of Fame

When he was a teenager back in the mid-1980s, O’Shea Jackson split his time between playing football for William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, and writing his earliest rhymes as a South L.A. rapper named Ice Cube. He didn’t yet have a car, and his bus...

O’Shea Jackson Jr. to Star as Baseball Player

O’Shea Jackson Jr. has been set to star in an untitled movie about the life of the late Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis. “Hacksaw Ridge” producer David Permut, Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube are producing from a script by Joey Poach. Jackson is the son of Ice...

‘Black Panther’ Climbs to Top of Social Media!

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” dominated social media buzz last week in the wake of its first trailer with 466,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The trailer for the film debuted during Game 4 of the NBA Finals...

‘Cannonball Run’ Reboot

Warner Bros. is negotiating with “Central Intelligence” director Rawson Thurber to helm a reboot of the “Cannonball Run” franchise. “Reno 911” stars Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant are also in talks to write the script. Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer are producing...

Former Marvel Entertainment President, Dies at 92

James E. Galton, the former president and CEO of Marvel Entertainment Group, has died. He was 92. He died Monday at his home in Naples, Fla., while surrounded by his family, Variety has confirmed. Galton spent 16 years at Marvel between 1975  and 1991. He is credited...

Cars 3: A Film In Review

Lightning McQueen, now facing the perils of being past his prime, returns in a touching sequel that gets the series back on track. “Cars,” back in 2006, was the first Pixar movie that was far more beloved by audiences than critics. That meant something, since Pixar...

Channing Tatum In Logan Lucky’ Trailer (Watch)

Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with a gaggle of wacky characters in the first trailer for “Logan Lucky.” That includes Channing Tatum who is reuniting with the director after working with him on “Haywire,” “Side Effects,” and “Magic Mike.” The movie...

Cannes Awards: ‘The Square’ Wins Palme d’Or

CANNES — The 70th anniversary Cannes Film Festival has wrapped, culminating with an unconventional awards ceremony in which Pedro Almodóvar and his jury bestowed a couple unexpected bonus prizes, including a tie for screenplay and a special award to Nicole Kidman, who...

Paddington Sequel’s First Trailer (Watch)

Paddington is back with his usual slapstick as a less-than-successful window washer in the first teaser trailer for the sequel. The well-intentioned bear faces the task of getting a heavy bucket of water up a ladder, but winds up with the bucket on his head. “You’re...

‘Wonder Woman’ A Film In Review

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot breathe some fresh air into the DC film universe. It may have taken four films to get there, but the DC Extended Universe has finally produced a good old-fashioned superhero. Sure, previous entries in the Warner Bros. assembly line have...

Robert Downey Jr. Buys $10.5M Windmill Conversion

  Actor Robert Downey Jr. is the proud owner of a unique property in the Hamptons. The gifted performer purchased the shingle-style with a difference for an undisclosed sum, but the property had been listed prior to the sale for about $11 million. Known as the...

‘World’s Loneliest Dog’ Lands Role in ‘Transformers’

If you want any insight into the mind of Michael Bay, just look to his canine companions. “If you understand how he feels about his dogs, you’ve got it,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “He’s nuts about them, they’re like his kids.” Currently, Bay is father to three...

Comedy ‘Good Catholic’ Set For September Release

Pigasus Pictures and Broad Green Pictures have set a Sept. 8 release date for romantic comedy “The Good Catholic” in theaters and VOD. Paul Shoulberg directed from his own script with Zachary Spicer, Wrenn Schmidt (“Outcast”), John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”), and Danny...

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Review

When Disney first announced plans to build a feature film out of its venerable Pirates of the Caribbean ride, there was little reason to expect anything more than a grab for quick cash and a few Disneyland cross-promotional opportunities. To just about everyone’s...

Roger Moore Remembered

Tributes to the late Roger Moore flooded social media Tuesday following the announcement that the James Bond actor had died at the age of 89 in Switzerland. Singer Boy George hailed Moore as “the king of cool” while Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe tweeted...

James Bond Star, Roger Moore Has Passed Away At 89

Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — and as Simon Templar on “The Saint” TV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89. His family issued an announcement on...

Zac Efron to Star as Serial Killer Ted Bundy

Zac Efron has come on board to star as serial killer Ted Bundy in the independent drama “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Voltage Pictures and Michael Costigan’s Cota Films are producing with Joe Berlinger directing. Michael Werwie wrote the original...

‘Baywatch’ Boasts Best Social Media Buzz

Paramount’s action-comedy “Baywatch” generated the most social media buzz last week with nearly 45,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The studio released a new red band trailer on May 10 and held its red carpet...

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Final Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxjPjPzQ1iU Apes and humans face off with plenty of violence and bloodshed in the final trailer for Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” — the eighth film in the franchise. “I did not start this war,” intones Andy Serkis’ ape leader...

Poll: Should Jimmy Kimmel Return to Host the Oscars in 2018?

Jimmy Kimmel said in his Oscars monologue Sunday night, “I’ve never been to the Oscars before. It’s my first time here. And the way you people go through hosts, it’s probably my last time here.” However, that may not be true. Kimmel’s hosting gig drew a largely...

The Five Key Years That Changed Cannes Forever

Every Cannes Film Festival is important, but only a handful of the editions have been game-changers. As the festival celebrates its 70th birthday, here are five events that altered the DNA of Cannes, shaping the fest into the global powerhouse that it is today. The...

Andy Weir’s New Book ‘Artemis’ to Be Adapted by Fox

Fox and New Regency have picked up movie rights to Andy Weir’s near-future thriller “Artemis.” Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are producing for Fox-based Genre Films. Weir is the author of “The Martian,” which served as the basis for the Matt Damon movie of the same...

‘Dunkirk’ Tops Social Media Buzz

Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” generated the most social media buzz last week with 52,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. Warner Bros. unveiled a gritty new trailer on Friday, following a trailer...

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets Another Sound Track Hit!

The mixtape-as-movie concept has proven a hitmaker for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which vaulted to the top of the box office with a $145 million domestic weekend haul based largely on the power of classic rock. The plot hinges on a Walkman-wearing intergalactic...

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Full Trailer Debuts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCcx85zbxz4 2049 is inching closer — Warner Bros. released the official, full-length trailer for the “Blade Runner” sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” on Monday morning at a live trailer debut event with stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford,...

‘Alien: Covenant’ Film Review

Ridley Scott's official return to the 'Alien' franchise is essentially a 'Prometheus' sequel with Aliens in it. Forty years ago, two movies rewrote the rules for science fiction. The first, of course, was 1977’s “Star Wars,” which made every child dream of space,...

‘The Dark Tower’ Gets A Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwfqXTebIY   “THE MAN IN black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” This is Stephen King’s best opening line. It’s one of the best opening lines in literature. However, it is not the opening line in the trailer...

Shark Attack Movie ‘47 Meters Down’ Gets NewTrailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIjL7Pn8grU   Mandy Moore dives into shark-infested waters in this summer’s open ocean survival horror, “47 Meters Down.” There have been trailers for Johannes Roberts’ take on the classic deep-sea scenario floating around, but a...

Christina Aguilera Jones Join Sci-Fi Romance ‘Zoe’

Christina Aguilera, Theo James, Rashida Jones, and Miranda Otto have joined Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux in Scott Free’s sci-fi romance “Zoe,” which begins shooting in Montreal on May 8. Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy”) is directing the futuristic love story from a...

‘Alien: Covenant’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

Ads placed for the sci-fi horror film had an estimated media value of $5.47 million through Sunday for 1,291 national ad airings across 44 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from April 24-30. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as...

Johnny Depp Suffers From ‘Compulsive Spending Disorder’

Johnny Depp may need to be medically examined for a “compulsive spending disorder,” according to the latest court claims from his former management company. The documents, filed by Joel and Robert Mandel of the Mandel Company on Monday, claimed that Depp’s...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Trailer

The trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” the sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” has debuted, with new cast members Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Elton John joining returning stars Taron Egerton and Colin Firth. Matthew Vaughn the...

Cannes: Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury

Actors Will Smith and Fan Bingbing and directors Paolo Sorrentino and Maren Ade will serve on the 70th Cannes Film Festival’s jury, whose full lineup was unveiled by festival organizers Tuesday. Smith, Fan, Ade and Oscar-winner Sorrentino join previously announced...

Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’

If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu DV-selfie version of the swirling-camera POV dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and...

‘Blonde Ambition’ in the Works at Universal For Madonna Biopic

Universal is developing Madonna biopic “Blonde Ambition,” picking up rights to Elyse Hollander’s “Blonde Ambition” screenplay about Madonna’s first album. “Blonde Ambition” led the 2016 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays...

Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

The word “Marvel,” as in comic books or movie studios, has become a foundational term of our culture. Yet you could sit through almost every one of today’s comic-book movies and not find a whole lot to marvel at. That’s where “Guardians of the Galaxy” came in. In an...

Amy Schumer to Star in ‘I Feel Pretty’

Amy Schumer has found her next film. Wonderland Sound & Vision and Voltage Pictures have tapped Schumer to star in their upcoming comedy, “I Feel Pretty,” from a script written and to be directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The movie, set to shoot this...

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in ‘A Star Is Born’

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are about to go where Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand have gone before. Filming began Monday on “A Star Is Born,” the latest remake of the the oft-made story of two celebrities who meet when one’s star is on the rise and the other’s is...

Ron Howard to Direct, Produce ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Movie

Ron Howard will direct and produce the contemporary economic drama “Hillbilly Elegy,” based on J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir. Howard will produce with Imagine Entertainment chairman Brian Grazer and the company’s president, Erica Huggins. Julie Oh will oversee...

‘Fate of The Furious’ Tops TV Ad Spending!

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “The Fate of the Furious.” Ads placed for the eighth...

‘Fate Of The Furious’ Has social media buzzing!

Universal’s action tentpole “The Fate of the Furious” dominated social media chatter last week with more than 80,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The studio held a a fan Q&A in New York with stars Scott...

‘Justice League’ Takes Over Social Media With New Trailer!

Warner Bros. mega-tentpole “Justice League” dominated social media chatter last week with more than 201,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The studio released teaser videos and posters on March 23-24, kicked off...

Aubrey Plaza Loses Her Mind!

Aubrey Plaza goes insane in a raucous teaser trailer for the dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” which shows her crashing a wedding and pepper-spraying the bride, played by Meredith Hagner, for not inviting her. The trailer depicts Plaza’s character Ingrid Thornberg...

Ridley Scott To Direct “Battle of Britian”

Ridley Scott is in early development at Fox to direct and produce a “Battle of Britain” World War II movie with Matthew Orton writing the script. Fox bought the project as a pitch last year and set the project up with Scott’s Fox-based Scott Free production company...

‘Dark Tower’ Footage References ‘The Shining’

“The Dark Tower” is widely considered to be Stephen King’s masterpiece, but its mind-bending plot and intricate special effects have delayed its transition to the big screen. Sony is banking that fans of the series of adventure novels will turn out in force this...

‘Tomb Raider’: Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

Attention all “Tomb Raider” enthusiasts — Warner Bros. and MGM have revealed the first look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. In newly-released photos, first published in Vanity Fair, Vikander is shown taking on the role first commandeered by Angelina Jolie in the...

HollyWood Hits An Incredible $38 Billion In 2016

Movie-going hit record levels in 2016, setting a new high-water mark for the film industry, but only reaching the new pinnacle by a hair. Global box office revenue was essentially flat, rising a percentage point to end the year with $38.6 billion in revenues,...