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Justin Lin is boarding the USS Enterprise and will direct the third installment of Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise. The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig. Orci had been hired for the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to… Read more »
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea,” starring Chris Hemsworth as the first mate of the besieged New England whaling ship Essex. The trailer focuses on the 1819 attack on the Essex by a mammoth whale, which inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” It also shows the… Read more »
Star-driven vehicles and some long-running musicals helped boost the Broadway box office to very strong numbers last week in advance of its typically robust holiday frames. According to The Broadway League estimates, total box office for the week of Dec. 15-21 surged to $31,278,712 for 36 shows — up about $1.2 million from the previous… Read more »
Producers of branded entertainment usually struggle with two things: not making their projects seem too much like marketing, and wanting audiences to discover the content on their own. Effectively exploiting social-media platforms helped address the latter. But what worked especially well for brands this year was loosening up the corporate pitch and letting popular culture… Read more »
Stars talk about who they would cast in their life stories at the Variety Studio.
Portraits of the year’s top actors from Variety’s Actors-on-Actors Studio.
Opponents of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger are prepping for the next round of verbal brawling on Tuesday, the FCC’s deadline for more comments regarding the pros and cons of the $45 billion deal. Separately, the FCC on Monday implemented another delay of the time clock governing the schedule of its review. The commission said… Read more »
The Human Rights Campaign will honor the cast and filmmakers of “The Imitation Game” at the organization’s upcoming New York Gala Dinner on Jan. 31 at the Waldorf Astoria. “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, has become an awards season frontrunner along with films like “Birdman” and “Boyhood.” “We are proud to… Read more »
Netflix said co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings’ baseline salary would be $1 million in 2015 — down from $3 million this year — in a regulatory filing. At the same time, Hastings had an annual stock-option allowance worth up to $13.7 million of shares, per Netflix’s filing. Also in the 8-K filing, Netflix said CFO David Wells… Read more »