Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein have partnered with Robert Kravis and Karl Herrmann of Pioneer Pictures on “Champion,” an action-thriller in the world of Thai prison fighting. Tyler Mitchell, who developed the project while working with Cooper at Landscape Entertainment, will also produce. Gary Scott Thompson, whose credits include the original “The Fast… Read more »
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The Monkees, the made-for TV group that produced a stream of hits in the ’60s and ended up selling more than 75 million records worldwide, are reuniting for a tour, as originally reported by Rolling Stone.
Italian helmer Gabriele Muccino is in talks to direct the erotic thriller “Laughter in the Dark,” based on the Vladimir Nabokov novel. Muccino, whose credits include “Playing for Keeps,” “Seven Pounds” and “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will direct from a script by newcomers Bradley McManus and Justin Parker. Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone… Read more »
Po the Panda will rule the U.S. box office again with Fox’s “Kung Fu Panda 3″ nabbing at least $20 million at 3,955 theaters this weekend, early estimates showed Friday. The animated comedy will leave a trio of new entries in the dust during a typically subdued Super Bowl weekend, led by Universal’s George Clooney… Read more »
“White Girl” director Elizabeth Wood, Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc and Justin Bartha stopped by the Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers to discuss their Sundance drama, which Bartha described as “current and irreverent.” “It has something for everyone,” Wood said. “The kids love the sex and violence. The adults like the important messages of race… Read more »
Austin’s annual ATX Television Festival has unveiled more events from its fan-friendly lineup, including another “Friday Night Lights” reunion, and the reassembly of “The O.C.” writers’ room, featuring creator Josh Schwartz, writer/executive producer Stephanie Savage (“The Astronaut Wives Club”), and writer Leila Gerstein (“Hart of Dixie”), with other participants to be announced. In addition to… Read more »
NBC has picked up a second season of Jennifer Lopez’s cop drama “Shades of Blue,” Variety has learned. Though the early renewal comes right after the show’s lowest ratings came in for its fifth episode last night, the pickup comes as no surprise, given Lopez’s star power and “Shades of Blue” still-strong performance as one of NBC’s biggest debuts… Read more »
Bruno Mars confirmed that he will indeed join Coldplay and Beyonce on the Super Bowl 50 halftime stage this Sunday. The “Uptown Funk” crooner made the announcement on his Instagram account Friday afternoon. “It ain’t a party if Mr $how Up & $how out doesn’t show up.#Confirmed #SB50 #Halftime #Coldplay#Beyonce #TheBrunz #Shwaaaggg,” he captioned a… Read more »
Enticing people out of the house to watch movies is a lot easier when there’s also a chef-driven restaurant and full bar involved. Launched in mid-January by former location scout Tim Chung, Syndicated will program a wide variety of titles from recent indies to classics of every genre. Located in a former warehouse in Brooklyn’s… Read more »
Steven L. Canepa, general manager of global media and entertainment industry at IBM, spoke to Variety Co-Editor-In-Chief Andrew Wallenstein about the state of the industry at CES 2016.
“The Last Man on Earth” gets a return date and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” casts Ben Vereen, plus more from the world of TV in Friday’s news roundup… Premiere Dates Will Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth” has set its midseason premiere date for March 6, replacing animated comedy “Bordertown” in the 9:30 p.m. Sunday timeslot. The Fox comedy will… Read more »