Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

The 10 Most Ridiculous Things TV Network Presidents Said in 2014

December 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

We've spent a lot of time talking about the best that 2014 had to offer, but what about everything that lies on the other end of the year's quality spectrum? The network presidents spent much of 2014 bragging about, and defending, their various programming and scheduling decisions, no matter how foolish some of them turned out. But some of those proclamations were so outrageous that they deserve revisiting. (I wanted to call this the network presidents' "10 Biggest Lies of 2014," but in fairness they actually believed at least some of these things to be true at the time they said them.) And if you think Kevin Reilly, who stepped down as Fox entertainment chairman on May 29, is going to figure prominently on this list ... you would be correct. 10. Gotham isn't going to have a 22-episode season

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‘Annie,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Get On Up’ Grab Music Supervisor Noms

December 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

For its fifth annual awards, taking place Jan. 21 at Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood, the Guild of Music Supervisors made ample display of its practitioners’ range in announcing its nominations. The field encompasses supervisors behind hit Broadway musicals freshly adapted for the big screen (“Annie” and “Into the Woods”) to jukebox biopics of pop... Read more

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Korea Box Office: Local Documentary Tops Weekend Chart

December 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SEOUL – An independently-produced Korean documentary beat Hollywood and local blockbusters alike to grab the top spot at Korea’s box office over the weekend (Fri-Sun). “My Love, Don’t Cross That River,” about an elderly couple facing death, took $4.66 million (KRW 5.13 billion) last weekend, overtaking “Interstellar,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and newcomer “The Theory of Everything.”    “My Love” opened on Nov.... Read more

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My First Time in Variety: Tippi Hedren

December 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s a story that’s become Hollywood legend: Model Tippi Hedren’s life was forever changed when she was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” But Variety columnist Army Archerd first reported the news in his column rather banally back in 1962: “Mort Sahl’s gal friend also in the company.” How did you get cast in the... Read more

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Why ‘Serial’ Won’t Do Much for Podcasting or Hollywood

November 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Given how much ink has been spilled about solving the whodunit featured in the new podcast “Serial,” let’s tackle an equally confounding mystery: how on earth did a podcast become such a pop-culture sensation? Episodic digital audio programs like “Serial” have been around for nearly a decade, but have remained something of a fringe attraction... Read more

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Hollywood Fights Against Ferguson Decision with ‘Blackout Friday’

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood leaders are supporting a nationwide protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, under the social media hashtag #BlackoutFriday and organized through the collective Blackout for Human Rights. “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler, “Selma” helmer Ava DuVernay, “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams, Russell... Read more

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‘Angels in America’ Cinematographer on Working With Mike Nichols

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning achievement of his career — spoke to Variety at the Camerimage Film Festival on Friday about his friend, who died Wednesday. Goldblatt has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading... Read more

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Amy Berg on Her Hollywood Sex Abuse Expose: ‘We Get One Screening’

November 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Thank you for telling this story!” an audience member cried out just before the first — and possibly final — screening of Amy Berg’s Hollywood sex abuse documentary “An Open Secret.” The film premiered Nov. 14 as part of the DOC NYC festival, playing to a supportive crowd that looked like it filled Manhattan’s 475-seat... Read more

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Johnny Depp, Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford & More Bring Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’ to Concert

November 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At the Montalban in Hollywood on Thursday night, patrons were treated to the first, and by some accounts the only, live performance of songs from the T Bone Burnett-produced “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes,” released Nov. 10 on Harvest Records. All the principals featured on that album were there on stage: Jim... Read more

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Woman Sprays Man with Mace During AFI Screening

November 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The AFI Film Festival screening of “Mr. Turner” had theatergoers scratching their heads (and eyes) on Monday night in Hollywood when one audience member maced another in the face for asking her to turn off her cell phone. It happened during Mike Leigh’s historical drama “Mr. Turner,” starring Timothy Spall, at the Chinese 6 theater.... Read more

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