The May sweeps is turning into a night-by-night battle, with networks continuing to tweak their skeds for maximum ratings advantage.
Markets & Festivals
Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange and Luke Wilson will star opposite Bob Dylan in Intermedia Films' "Masked & Anonymous," with Jeff Bridges also in negotiations to join the cast.
Jeff Davidson has been appointed senior VP of Gale Anne Hurd's production shingle, Valhalla Motion Pictures.
Herb Alpert may soon be stuffing that "Tijuana Taxi" with Jean-Marie Messier's cash. Vivendi Universal may have to pay some $250 million to the famed trumpeter and his biz partner Jerry Moss due to…
Army Archerd: Just for Variety
Spanish indie sales agent Kevin Williams Associates has added two films to its sales slate in the runup to the Cannes Film Festival: Brazilian femme pic "Avassaladoras!" (Manhunters!) and recent…
Alexander Sokurov's "Taurus," about the last days of Soviet communist leader Vladimir Lenin, scooped seven gongs, including director and film, at Russia's 15th annual Nika film awards, held Saturday.
Vancouver-based CGI animation house Mainframe Entertainment has inked with Honest Entertainment to produce half-hour series "Family Values."
Oscar winner Halle Berry has signed to star in and produce two more pics for MGM -- a remake of the 1974 "Foxy Brown," and character study "Brown-Eyed Girl" -- extending her stay in the Lion's pride…
As if SAG prexy Melissa Gilbert didn't have enough headaches, she now has to contend with a controversy over her appointment of board member Aki Aleong as chair of the guild's key minority committee.
Ad-supported cable networks romped to the best April ratings in their collective history, a banner month highlighted by the double-digit primetime increases for 11 of the top-15-rated cable webs and…