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Actors on Actors: Josh Brolin and J.K. Simmons

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“Inherent Vice” actor Josh Brolin talks about his early days of acting with “Whiplash” star J.K. Simmons at the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors presented by Samsung Galaxy. Stay tuned for the full Brolin-Simmons video as well as more Actors on Actors conversations, which air next January on PBS.

‘Imitation Game’ Writer Graham Moore: ‘Things Are Very Surreal’

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“The Imitation Game,” which bows Friday, marks the first produced screenplay by Graham Moore. The project came together relatively quickly, he was involved in every major decision, nobody else was brought in for rewrites, and the awards buzz has been steady since Telluride. “It still sort of stuns me,” Moore told Variety with a laugh. “Things are… Read more »

Jorge Olguin Preps Lofty Chilean Version of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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MAR DEL PLATA — Chile’s pioneering horror maestro Jorge Olguin is developing an ambitious English-language $2 million plus, modern Chilean version of the classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” with Peter Carlisle co-penning the screenplay. “I really think it’s what will catapult [Olguin] to the next level,” said Chris Sablan of Original Artists who is… Read more »

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser to Hit iTunes on Friday

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The teaser for the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” won’t just be in 30 select theaters on Black Friday — it will hit the Web, too. Disney announced on Wednesday that the teaser for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars” movie will debut on iTunes on Friday. The Force is with you on #BlackFriday when #TheForceAwakens… Read more »

Seth Rogen to Get Stoned with Colorado Audience Before Screening

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Seth Rogen is taking his stoner persona to an even higher level next month for a Colorado screening of his new movie, “The Interview.” The actor, currently promoting the Sony film on the West Coast, apparently tweeted that he would “get baked” with the entire audience in Denver, Co. before watching the action-comedy together. We… Read more »

Joe Bastianich to Exit Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ Franchise After Upcoming Season

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Joe Bastianich is poised to exit the “MasterChef” franchise after the upcoming third season of Fox’s “MasterChef Junior.” The restaurateur and foodie entrepreneur is known for his blunt, often sharp-tongued assessments in his role as a “MasterChef” judge. He’s also a featured player on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup,” which begins its second season in January. Shine… Read more »

Watch: Jennifer Aniston Pranks Reporter in Painfully Awkward Interview

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Jennifer Aniston sat down with BBC Radio 1’s Chris Stark to promote her new film, “Horrible Bosses 2,” with more than the usual PR agenda. Stark’s colleague, Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, convinced Aniston to play a prank on the interviewer by making the sit-down as uncomfortable as possible. What begins as a normal interview devolves into… Read more »

Digital Tracking: ‘Penguins’ to Lead Funny Business Over Holiday Weekend

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Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in… Read more »

One Direction Makes History on U.S. Album Chart, Toppling Taylor Swift

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U.K. pop quintet One Direction’s “Four” dislodged Taylor Swift’s “1989” from the peak of the U.S. album chart last week, making history in the process. The group’s Columbia collection toppled Swift with sales of 387,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Nov. 23. All four of the act’s releases to date… Read more »