Saturday, March 6, 2021

These New Yorkers Don’t Care What’s Playing in Theaters. They’re Just Happy to be Back at the Movies by Rebecca Rubin

For New York City residents Marina Thomas and Brandt Kempin, going to the movies carries near spiritual significance. “It’s a version of church,” Kempin says. The couple returned to th…

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Leslie Odom Jr. on How His Theme Song for ‘One Night in Miami’ Echoes Sam Cooke for the Era of George Floyd by Chris Willman

When Leslie Odom Jr. signed up to play Sam Cooke in “One Night in Miami,” he knew that he had a non-acting task awaiting him after shooting: director Regina King had already made it clea…

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How Craft Services Adapted to Serve Film Crews During the Pandemic by Terry Flores

COVID protocols have affected everyone in the production business, but perhaps none more so than the craft services members of IATSE Local 80, the only department to see the entire cast and …

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Variety Rolls Out Digital Voters’ Guide ‘Awards Circuit Down to the Wire’ by Variety Staff

Timed to coincide with the beginning of the Academy Awards Phase One voting, Variety is rolling out a digital Voters’ Guide on March 4, called “Awards Circuit Down to the Wire.” Coming…

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Ann Reinking Scholarship Created for Young Dancers Moving to New York City by Marc Malkin

The late Ann Reinking is being honored with a scholarship in her name. The $5,000 grant from Off the Lane will be awarded annually to a young dancer moving to New York City to help them in t…

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Nickelodeon Set to Expand ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ With ‘Patrick Star’ Series by Brian Steinberg

Brian Robbins walked into a meeting where executives were deciding whether kids-media giant Nickelodeon should pick up “SpongeBob SquarePants” for a twelfth cycle, and asked what he thou…

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Oscars Predictions: Best Actress – Could Andra Rule the ‘Day’ With ‘Billie Holiday’? by Clayton Davis

Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars from Film Awards Editor Clayton Davis. Following Academy Awards history, buzz, news, reviews and sources,…

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

SAG Awards Producers Reveal Hour-Long Special Will Be Pre-Taped (EXCLUSIVE) by Varietyschneider

This year’s SAG Awards are keeping it short and sweet in recognition of this socially distanced age of COVID-19. Executive producers Todd Milliner, Sean Hayes and Kathy Connell have reveal…

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The Case for a New Federal Theater Project by Gordon Cox

The $15 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant — the federal program formerly known as Save Our Stages — isn’t exactly a new Federal Theater Project. But according to Nataki Garrett, …

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Sister Signs Lynn Nottage and Tony Gerber’s Market Road to First-Look Deal by Matt Donnelly

Sister, the upstart studio from Elisabeth Murdoch, Jane Featherstone and Stacey Snider, has signed esteemed production company Market Road Films to a first-look film and TV deal. Comprised o…

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‘Tenet’ to Open in New York City Theaters on Friday by Antonio Ferme

Nearly six months after “Tenet” was released in the United States, Warner Bros. announced that the Christopher Nolan sci-fi spectacle will open in five New York City movie theater locati…

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Theatrical Viewing Adds Tangible Benefits to Awards Hopefuls by Tim Gray

Hollywood has always adapted to world changes, and Oscar campaigning this year has effectively adjusted to COVID. But one part of the awards season is missed more than the others: seeing a c…

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Where Are They Now? The Golden Globes Winners’ Statues After Zoom Ceremony by Clayton Davis

Sacha Baron Cohen, Lee Isaac Chung, Chloé Zhao and many others virtually won Golden Globes on a night filled with technical hiccups and awkward Zoom moments. One of the notable things missi…

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Jake Gyllenhaal Has Always Been a Theater Kid by Gordon Cox

Jake Gyllenhaal is nominated for three Tony Awards, one as an actor in the play “Sea Wall/A Life” and two as a producer (with his company Nine Stories) of “Sea Wall/A Life” and “Sl…

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BBC Three, Home to ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Normal People,’ to Return as Broadcast Channel in January 2022 by Manori Ravindran

BBC Three, the U.K. public broadcaster’s youth-skewing brand and the home of shows like “Fleabag” and “Normal People,” is returning as a broadcast channel. The BBC on Tuesday confi…

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Disney Spotlights Ad Tech in Bid to Court Madison Avenue by Brian Steinberg

The company that usually talks to advertisers about properties like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Get Up!”  and Goofy spent some time last week chatting with them about technologies that wil…

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Roku to Acquire Nielsen’s Addressable TV Advertising Business by Todd Spangler

Roku will add a fat stack of ad tech to its streaming platform under a deal to buy Nielsen’s Advanced Video Advertising business, putting Roku in position to offer a fully addressable adve…

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Golden Globes: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises by Danielle Turchiano

After a week that exposed the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s own lack of diversity within its membership, the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony took place from both coasts on Feb. …

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Golden Globes Review: An Unmoored Evening Pushes Zoom Fatigue to the Limit by Danvariety

The Golden Globes are facing down a scandal that has felt, in moments over the past week, practically existential, with Los Angeles Times reporting indicating both a systemic and corrupt sel…

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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Addresses Absence of Black Members During Golden Globes Broadcast by Angelique Jackson

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) addressed their controversial diversity issue, namely the fact that the organization currently has no Black members, during Sunday night’s br…

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Leah Daniels Butler on the Black Casting Directors Who Paved the Way (Guest Column) by Jazz Tangcay

Being in the entertainment industry is challenging but comes with rewards, so when I was asked to talk about what Black history meant to me, I couldn’t start the conversation without menti…

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Box Office: ‘Tom and Jerry’ Opens to Surprisingly Strong $13.7 Million, Giving Movie Theaters Hope by Rebecca Rubin

Warner Bros.’ animated family film “Tom and Jerry” debuted to $13.7 million at the domestic box office, one of the biggest opening weekend hauls of the coronavirus era and a signal tha…

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Review: The First All-CGI Spongebob Adventure Has His Skewed Spirit of Fun by Owen Gleiberman

Here’s a vintage Spongebob moment, the kind that makes some of us who are years past the demo feel like we can’t get enough of him. In “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” our h…

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Friday, February 26, 2021

AMC Chief Adam Aron Gets $3.75 Million Bonus by Brent Lang

AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron received a $3.75 million bonus at a time when many of the company’s employees have been laid off and several of its theaters are closed due to COVID-19, acc…

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Recording Andra Day as Billie Holiday Was an Exercise in ‘Surround’ Sound by Jazz Tangcay

Capturing the right musical ambiance for Billie Holiday in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” was the product of a year-and-a-half of research and planning, even before shooting bega…

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Netflix to Invest $100 Million to Improve Diversity in TV Shows, Films by Angelique Jackson

Netflix unveiled its first comprehensive study of diversity and inclusion in its film and series programming, from Dr. Stacy Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative research team. M…

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Live Nation CEO Says U.S. Music Festivals Could Reopen by ‘Mid-Summer’ by Jem Aswad

Live Nation has taken a timeline provided by the British government as an all-clear for the summer festival season, selling some 170,000 tickets this week to three major U.K. summer festival…

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Disney TV Execs and Producers Talk Building a More Inclusive Talent Pool by Mónica Marie Zorrilla

Disney Television Studios mounted a panel Thursday at the TCA press tour entitled “Inclusion is Not A Spectator Sport” — a panel on which five of the participants were white and two we…

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Despite Huge Drop in Revenue, Live Nation 2020 Earnings Report Shows Optimism for Concerts’ Return by Jem Aswad

In its earnings reports for the last quarter and full year of 2020, the year of the pandemic, Live Nation shows remarkable optimism for the projected return of live entertainment. Despite a …

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Twitter Previews ‘Super Follows,’ Which Will Let Users Charge for Exclusive Content by Todd Spangler

Ahead of its analyst day presentation, Twitter outlined an ambitious plan to double annual revenue by 2023. Most of that will continue to come from advertising — but the social network als…

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Kwame Kwei-Armah, Actor, Director and Playwright, Signs With CAA and Redefine Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

The British playwright, director and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah has signed with CAA and Redefine Entertainment. He currently serves as the artistic director for the Young Vic in London and was p…

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