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Fox Stage Prods. Shores Up Executive Suite as Studios Storm Stage

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Isaac Robert Hurwitz, the longtime New York theater impresario who co-founded the New York Musical Theater Festival, is now officially a Hollywood executive, signing on as a senior vice president of Fox Stage Prods., the studio arm where he’s served as a consultant since 2013. The new post for Hurwitz, who’ll report to division head… Read more »

Chelsea Handler on Her Move to Netflix: ‘I Had to Get My Brain Working Again’

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Chelsea Handler was on hand at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday to promote her upcoming Netflix documentaries and talkshow, and praised the streaming service for enabling her to create what she says is the best work of her career. “Netflix, they’re very well known for letting talent drive its own car,” she said… Read more »

Jonathan Pollard Spy Movie in the Works

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Gail Berman’s the Jackal Group is developing a feature film based on the case of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Attorneys for the former U.S. intelligence analyst announced Tuesday that Pollard will be paroled in November after spending nearly three decades in prison for passing top secret information to the Israeli government. The project is based… Read more »

‘Bachelor’ Host Chris Harrison Slams Lifetime’s ‘UnREAL': ‘It’s Really Terrible’

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Monday’s “Bachelorette” finale closed with Kaitlyn Bristowe’s happy ending, but host Chris Harrison doesn’t see a fairytale in Lifetime’s “UnReal,” the scripted series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a reality TV show modeled after “The Bachelor” franchise. “Really, the main difference that I’ve seen is that people watch ‘The Bachelor,’” Harrison told Variety when asked what… Read more »

‘Nosferatu’ Remake in the Works With ‘The Witch’ Director

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Studio 8 has brought on Robert Eggers to write and direct a remake of the horror classic “Nosferatu.” The film is currently untitled and will be based on F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film, which followed the vampire Count Orlok as he expressed interest in a new residence and a real estate agent’s wife. Jay Van… Read more »

Watch: Michael Moore Explains New Documentary ‘Where to Invade Next’

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The Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled its 2015 lineup, which will include the latest project from political filmmaker Michael Moore. “Where to Invade Next,” Moore’s first new film in six years, has been kept tightly under wraps. In a Periscope video posted on Twitter, Moore said, “It’s a film of epic nature.” Here's… Read more »

Matthew Broderick Joins Broadway Comedy ‘Sylvia’

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Matthew Broderick, the two-time Tony winner who appeared in last season’s hit “It’s Only a Play,” will round out the cast of “Sylvia,” the new production of the A.R. Gurney comedy that opens in the October. Broderick, who’ll play a dog owner in the middle of a mid-life crisis in the play, joins a project that’s… Read more »

Verizon to Resell HBO Now, Will Add Network’s Content to Mobile-Video Service

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HBO and Verizon Communications reached a deal under which the telco will sell the $15-per-month HBO Now standalone streaming service to its broadband subscribers, and Verizon also will add promotional content from the premium cabler to its forthcoming mobile-video service, Go90. The agreement covers Verizon’s FiOS and DSL wireline broadband customers, as well as the more… Read more »

Christina Applegate on New ‘Vacation': ‘A Distant Dirty Cousin to the Others’

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Monday night’s premiere of New Line’s “Vacation” at the Regency Village in Westwood left no doubt that the comedy had easily earned its R rating. “I get to say the F word a lot,” admitted 11-year-old Steele Stebbins on the red carpet. “I got used to swearing.” Christina Applegate, who plays Debbie Griswold, the spouse… Read more »

Watch: Seth Rogen Ruins Christmas in ‘The Night Before’ Redband Trailer

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Sony Pictures is celebrating Christmas in July, releasing a redband trailer for holiday comedy “The Night Before,” starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie. The film, which opens Nov. 25, centers on three longtime friends deciding to party one last time on Christmas Eve to mark the conclusion of their 14-year-old holiday tradition —… Read more »