Hollywood assistants in the movie and TV industries have started a movement called #PayUpHollywood to demand better wages and working conditions. Assistants in everything from writers’ rooms to wardrobe departments began sharing stories on Twitter about how they’re underpaid and undervalued in their high-stress jobs.
Some showrunners and execs have voiced their support for #PayUpHollywood and the assistants. Marc Guggenheim, former showrunner of “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” says he’s advocated for higher support-staff wages and lets his assistants try penning a script for the series they’re working on.
Variety’s senior TV writer Elaine Low and news anchor Audrey Yap discuss the recent movement and the effects it’s had in the industry in the Daily Variety analysis.
The 2020 Grammy Award nominations were announced Wednesday morning, and Variety’s video anchor Audrey Yap is joined by executive music editor Shirley Halperin and lead music critic Chris Willman to break down the list of honorees. Lizzo leads the pack with eight nods, while Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X tie for second with six [...]
Variety’s Peter Debruge calls “Waves,” which opens this weekend in limited release, one of the year’s best films. Sterling K. Brown anchors the Trey Edward Shults drama, which is about a family trying to stay together through tragedy and hardship.
On Friday, Warner Bros.’ “Joker” will become the first R-rated movie in history to earn more than $1 billion at the global box office. “This film, as envisioned by Todd Phillips and performed by Joaquin Phoenix is an incredibly dark, hard R-rated adventure that does not attract a wide audience, so I think you’re looking [...]
The real reason behind Forky’s odd name choice.
Mindy Kaling and Constance Wu both starred in woman-directed films this year; Kaling in Nisha Ganatra’s “Late Night” and Wu in Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers.” In their “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” conversation, the two shared stories about working with female directors and how playing women who are ambitious used to be portrayed as a negative […]
Alfre Woodard and Cynthia Erivo both star in movies helmed by black female directors this year; Woodard in Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency” and Erivo in Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet.” In their “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” conversation, the two talked about their new films and the social messages in them. They also touched on when they knew […]