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Jim Gaffigan, Olivia Thirlby Join Jason Clarke’s Ted Kennedy Drama ‘Chappaquiddick’

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Jim Gaffigan and Olivia Thirlby have rounded out the cast of “Chappaquiddick” starring Jason Clarke as Sen. Ted Kennedy. Kate Mara, Ed Helms, and Bruce Dern also star in the film directed by John Curran. Sierra/Affinity has come on board to oversee international sales of the project. Apex Entertainment’s Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes are producing… Read more »

‘Mr. Robot’ Recap: Orange Is the New Elliot

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Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “eps2.7_init_5.fve,” the ninth episode of the second season of “Mr. Robot.” One thing is clear about the second season of “Mr. Robot”: It’s determined to hack the usual components of a TV season and rearrange them into a set-up that is more to its liking. And that’s not necessarily… Read more »

Sony’s ‘Peter Rabbit’ to Shoot in Australia

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Sony’s “Peter Rabbit” adaptation will shoot in Sydney, Australia, with James Corden and Rose Byrne providing key casting. The move was confirmed following an injection of regional government finance from New South Wales’ ‘Made in NSW’ fund. Announcement of the location and the funding was made Thursday by Troy Grant, NSW’s deputy premier and minister for… Read more »

PMK-BNC Publicists Hit With Day-Long Email Outage

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Employees at PMK-BNC have been hit with a server outage that’s prevented them from receiving or responding to emails all day on Wednesday, Variety has learned. “I need the industry to know there has been a global server problem,” Cindi Berger, the CEO and chairman of PMK-BNC told Variety. “It’s been an epic headache for… Read more »

Naomi Watts Sees Nightmares Become Reality in ‘Shut In’ Trailer

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Naomi Watts is seeing her nightmares blur with reality in the suspenseful first trailer for EuropaCorp’s upcoming psychological thriller “Shut In.” The trailer presents more questions than it answers. It paints Watts as a widowed psychologist who’s living an isolated existence in rural New England, where she takes on a new client, played by Jacob Tremblay… Read more »

Inside the Oscars Deal: What it Means for ABC and the Academy

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When Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science officials approached Walt Disney Corp. CEO Bob Iger last year seeking a long-term extension of ABC’s deal to broadcast the Academy Awards, the response within Disney-ABC was enthusiastic. ABC is the lone broadcast network without a professional football contract. It hosts no Super Bowls, no Thursday or… Read more »

Judge Judy Developing Scripted Series at CBS Based on Her Life (EXCLUSIVE)

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Judy Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, is entering the scripted court. The famed television judge is developing “Her Honor,” a drama series at CBS, which is inspired by her own life, Variety has learned exclusively. “Law & Order” vet and “Chicago Justice” showrunner Michael Chernuchin is penning the pilot, alongside Sheindlin who is billed as story… Read more »

Kim Ki-duk Denied Visa to Shoot ‘Who Is God’ in China (EXCLUSIVE)

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South Korean director Kim Ki-duk has been denied a visa to shoot his magnum opus movie “Who Is God” in China. Kim and the film look to be high profile victims of the ongoing geopolitical dispute between South Korea and China over missiles. “Kim Ki-duk has been only granted a tourist visa for one month, while we applied for a… Read more »

UTA Launches Downtown L.A. Artist Space With Larry Clark Show

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United Talent Agency has launched the UTA Artist Space, a new multidisciplinary exhibition setting that opens Sept. 17. Located in Boyle Heights near downtown Los Angeles, the 4,500-square foot space will serve UTA’s roster of artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers and more. In addition, the venue will host a wide range of programming, including readings, performances, screenings, and large-scale exhibitions. The… Read more »

‘Pretty Little Liars’: Brant Daugherty Breaks Down Shocking Death Scene

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SPOILER ALERT: This post includes spoilers from the “Pretty Little Liars” Season 7 summer finale, which aired on Aug. 30.  Brant Daugherty came back to Rosewood for the seventh season of “Pretty Little Liars” — and he left just as quickly as he returned. The actor, who plays Noel Kahn on the hit Freeform series, saw… Read more »