‘Containment’ Star Joins Natalie Portman in ‘Annihilation’ (EXCLUSIVE)

David Gyasi has joined Natalie Portman in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” at Paramount Pictures. “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac will also star with Garland directing and adapting the script based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel. The story follows a biologist, to be played by Portman, as she… Read more »

Beyonce’s new album ‘Lemonade’ is vital, and maybe her best yet

If you’re still thinking Beyonce is too pop or not authentic due to working with songwriters, you’re boring and you’re missing out on one of the most vital artists around. She made the jump from Singles Artist to Album Artist with 2011’s retro-soul-inspired 4, she blew that album away and turned “alternative R&B” into “mainstream R&B” with 2013’s self-titled LP, and it’s quite possible that the newly-released Lemonade blows its predecessor away as well…

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The Orchard Promotes Paul Davidson To Exec VP

Distribution company The Orchard has just promoted Paul Davidson to Exec VP of film and TV, reporting to CEO Brad Navin. Davidson has been at the company for two years overseeing acquisition, distribution, marketing and strategy.
During his tenure, Davidson has overseen the acquisition and release of hundreds of films, including Academy Award-nominated Best Documentary feature Cartel Land, Sundance fave The Overnight, Dior & I and What We Do in the Shadows. At Sundance…

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Home Entertainment Spending Fell 9% In Q1 Not Including Streaming Services

Depending on how you look at it, home entertainment spending was either stable — or seriously declined — in Q1 based on data out today from the Digital Entertainment Group.
The industry organization says that consumers spent $4.55 billion in the period, down just 1.8% from early 2015. In addition to being “in line with the same period 2015,” DEG lauds the number for “outpacing the box office value on video release by nearly 10 percentage points.”
But that folds in…

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Endemol Shine Co-CEO Cris Abrego, Eva Longoria Advocate for Latinos in Hollywood

Endemol Shine North America Co-CEO Cris Abrego’s book launch party brought out the who’s who of reality television Thursday night at CAA. It was even offhandedly dubbed the “prom of reality TV” by CAA’s Christy Haubegger. “What would be a reality get together without a lot of booze?!” Abrego quipped during the launch party of his new book,… Read more »

Patrick Stewart Plays ‘F—, Mary, Kill’ with Thomas Middleditch Using Star Trek Characters (VIDEO)

Thomas Middleditch and Patrick Stewart engaged in a friendly game of “Star Trek”-themed “F—, Marry, Kill” at Variety‘s fourth edition of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” “Who would you want to have sexual intercourse with, who would you want to marry, and then who would you want to kill out of the following three: Will… Read more »

Original ‘Ghostbusters’ to Return to Theaters

As if the quadruple threat of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, plus a side dish of Chris Hemsworth, wasn’t enough to get you excited for the new “Ghostbusters,” Sony Pictures is reviving the original film to get fans revved up for the reboot. Fathom Events, which is shared by AMC, Regal and… Read more »