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Sol Trujillo and Latinpointe Execs Launch Event Firm Ingenuity

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Sol Trujillo and Latinpointe’s David and Sarah Chavez have united to launch a “people-connecting” event firm entitled Ingenuity, the founders announced Thursday. Trujillo is named as the company’s investor with David and Sarah Chavez as CEO and president, respectively. “Ingenuity is a growth-building agency for entities looking to connect with diverse audiences from influencers to… Read more »

‘Doctor Strange’ Eyes ‘Hannibal’ Star Mads Mikkelsen to Play Villain (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Hannibal” star Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to play one of the villains in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, Variety has learned exclusively. While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected shortly. Marvel had no comment on Mikkelsen’s involvement. Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are on board to co-star. Scott Derrickson… Read more »

Tracy Morgan Gets Married, Nabs Lavish New Jersey Mansion

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BUYER: Tracy Morgan LOCATION: Alpine, N.J. PRICE: $13.9 million SIZE: 7 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 half bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Tracy Morgan is on the mend and moving on after a Wal-Mart delivery truck plowed into his limo last year and severely wounded him and took the life of another passenger, comedian James McNair. The… Read more »

Watch: Malala Yousafzai Tells Her Story in ‘He Named Me Malala’ Trailer

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The trailer for Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala” depicting Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai’s battle for equal rights has just debuted online. “I tell my story not because it is unique,” Yousafzai says in the trailer. “It is the story of many girls.” Yousafzai, named after the Afghan warrior who died in… Read more »

Hulu Hires NBCU’s Philip Matthys to Head Business Affairs for Original Series

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Philip Matthys, who previously led deal negotiations for NBCUniversal’s cable unit, has joined Hulu as head of business affairs for original series. In his new role, Matthys will be responsible for negotiating all development and production pacts for Hulu’s slate of original series with partners including Warner Bros., Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate…. Read more »

‘Insurgent,’ ‘Home’ Swap Spots Atop Disc Charts

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In a slow week for new releases, Lionsgate’s “Insurgent” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” remained in the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Aug. 23, although they swapped places. “Home,” distributed on disc by 20th Century Fox, moved up to No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan overall disc… Read more »

‘Ixcanul (Volcano)’ Chosen as Guatemala’s First Ever Academy Awards Entry

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MADRID — It’s official: For the first time ever, Guatemala is submitting a film to bid for a spot in the Oscars’ foreign-language film category — and it’s one of the most talked-up first features this year from Latin America at that: Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul” (Volcano). A Guatemala-France drama-thriller sold by Film Factory, which jumped… Read more »

‘Homeland’ Season 5 Trailer Shows You Can Take Her Out of the CIA …

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In the new trailer for season five of Showtime’s “Homeland,” Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison states the obvious. “Maybe I knew someday that the past would catch up with me,” she says in a promo that includes kidnappings, bombings, a cyber-attack and a deeply unhinged Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) who seems to be responsible for some… Read more »

TBS Renews ‘American Dad’ Through 2018

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TBS can’t get enough of “American Dad,” renewing the animated comedy hit about the Stan Smith clan for two more seasons. The announcement means that the comedy, which aired its first nine seasons on Fox before moving over to the Turner cable network in October 2014, will have a home on the network through 2018…. Read more »

North Hollywood’s Garland Hotel Spiffs Up With New Patio Restaurant

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The 43-year old North Hollywood hotel built for “My Three Sons” and “7th Heaven” actress Beverly Garland has been redubbed the Garland, and continues to be owned by her son James Crank. A recent remodel included 257 guest rooms, including 14 suites, decorated in a sophisticated bohemian style — think mid-century furnishings, macrame wall hangings… Read more »