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Sony’s Rom-Com ‘Happiest Season’ Skips U.S. Theaters for Hulu Debut

Hulu is decking the halls for “Happiest Season,” a rare mainstream holiday comedy centered on two women in love. The streamer has picked up domestic distribution rights to the Clea DuVall-directed film. Original distributor and co-financier Sony Pictures will retain rights in Canada and the rest of the world. The move is unsurprising as the […]

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New ‘Power Rangers’ Film, TV Projects in the Works With Entertainment One

Entertainment One is bringing back Hasbro’s Power Rangers brand for film and television adaptations. The company has tapped Jonathan Entwistle, creator of the Netflix series “I Am Not Okay With This” and “It’s the End of the F—ing World,”  to shepherd the projects. eOne will develop and produce the projects with Entwistle set to direct across […]

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‘Wicked’ Director Stephen Daldry Exits Movie Adaptation

The “Wicked” movie, Universal’s long-awaited adaptation of the smash Broadway musical, has hit another roadblock. Director Stephen Daldry has departed the movie due to scheduling conflicts. “Wicked” has been in development for over a decade and was recently taken off Universal’s release schedule amid the pandemic. Cast members have not been announced. Universal originally slated […]

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20 Years Later, Actors Wrestle With Legacy of Divisive Six-Month Commercials Strike

There are two big factions among the 160,000 members of SAG-AFTRA, and they have rarely, if ever, gotten along, even in the eight years since SAG and AFTRA merged into a single union. No event exemplifies the deep divide within SAG-AFTRA like the 2000 commercials strike, which lasted six months and ended 20 years ago […]

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Opal Tometi on How Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Fruitvale Station’ Inspired the Black Lives Matter Movement (EXCLUSIVE)

Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi is experiencing a “full circle moment.” “I had actually just watched the film ‘Fruitvale Station,’ when I first heard that George Zimmerman was being acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin,” Tometi tells Variety, recalling the birth of the movement. “Between watching the film and sitting in that moment […]

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‘One Night in Miami’ Star Kingsley Ben-Adir on Portraying a ‘Vulnerable and Broken’ Malcolm X

Kingsley Ben-Adir’s version of Malcolm X in “One Night in Miami” is a different take than Denzel Washington’s portrayal of the civil rights leader in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic, the actor said. “The more I investigated the script, it became pretty clear quite early on that it was a completely different Malcolm and an opportunity […]

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‘Tenet’ Stands Tall in Struggling U.K., Ireland Box Office

Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” ruled the U.K. box office for the eighth weekend in a row, collecting £187,275 ($242,900), according to final numbers from Comscore. The Warner Bros. title now has a running total of £16,877,908 ($21,892,508). CinemaLive’s concert film “Michael Ball & Alfie Boe – Back Together” bowed in second place with £175,778 ($228,028). The […]

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Aaron Sorkin, Chloe Zhao to Be Honored at San Francisco Film Awards

San Francisco Film has selected filmmakers Aaron Sorkin and Chloe Zhao for honors at its annual San Francisco Film Awards ceremonies, due to be livestreamed on Dec. 9. Sorkin, whose “Trial of the Chicago 7” is streaming on Netflix, will receive the Kanbar award for storytelling. Zhao, the director of awards contender “Nomadland,” will receive […]

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