Variety Honors ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, 10 Animators to Watch

The animation industry turned up to celebrate two biz vets and a new class of budding talent at Variety‘s second annual 10 Animators to Watch event Tuesday night at Quixote Studios in West Hollywood. DreamWorks Animations’ Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who most recently directed “Kung Fu Panda 3,” was presented with Variety‘s creative impact in animation award by “Kung Fu… Read more »

Russell Crowe in Talks to Join Tom Cruise in ‘The Mummy’ Reboot

Universal looks to have found the next A-lister to join its monster movie universe. Russell Crowe is in early talks to play Dr. Jekyll type role, with the character first making an appearance in “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise, sources tell Variety. While other actors — like Johnny Depp in “The Invisible Man” — will first… Read more »

Russell Crowe Joining Tom Cruise In ‘The Mummy’

EXCLUSIVE: Russell Crowe is poised to join the growing legion of big stars taking part in Universal Pictures’ classic monsters universe. I’m told that Crowe is in early talks to play a Jekyll-like role opposite Tom Cruise in The Mummy. It is unclear whether this could lead to a future spinoff; right now the discussion is this film. Alex Kurtzman is directing…


Josh Boone Teases Possible Characters in ‘X-Men: The New Mutants’

It’s becoming increasingly popular to release little breadcrumbs of upcoming projects on social media. Josh Boone jumped on that bandwagon recently and posted a set of illustrations, created by famed Marvel illustrator Bill Sienkiewicz, that may be giving fans a sneak peek at the characters in “X-Men: The New Mutants,” using the hashtag #newmutants. Movie-goers are already familiar… Read more »

GLAAD Presenting TV Tropes Panel at ATX Television Festival

The fifth annual ATX Television Festival has rounded out its fest programming with the addition of more panels, screenings and discussions, including a “Bury Your Tropes” panel, presented by GLAAD, which will cover the recent discussion surrounding stereotypical portrayals of LGBTQ characters on television. “Bury Your Tropes” will take on the recent uproar over television… Read more »

Simon West to Direct Fantasy-Action Movie ‘War Wolf’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Veteran action director Simon West has been set to helm “War Wolf,” with shooting set for Italy in November, Variety has learned. Producers are Ileen Maisel, Lawrence Elman and Jib Polhemus. West will direct from a script by Andy Briggs and Paul Finch. Fortitude International will launch international sales in Cannes. “War Wolf” is the… Read more »

Billy Ray Cyrus and Waffle House? CMT Boosts New Comedy With Unorthodox Alliance

It’s a good bet that Billy Ray Cyrus doesn’t stay in shape by eating waffles. And yet, the crisp batter confection is likely to play a significant role in his life – at least for a few episodes. Cyrus, the actor and musician best known for his 1992 hit single “Achy Breaky Heart” and his… Read more »

YouTube Aims to Launch Live TV Service by 2017

Google-owned YouTube wants to get in on the skinny bundle game: YouTube is in conversations with programmers to launch some kind of live TV subscription service by next year, Variety was able to confirm Wednesday after talking to a source familiar with these efforts. Bloomberg first reported on YouTube’s plans earlier Wednesday; a YouTube spokesperson declined… Read more »

Juliana Barwick’s new album Will is out this week via Dead Oceans
Also – since Julianna Barwick is dropping her new LP ‘Will’ this week on May 6 and and as the world prepares for Form Fest 2016 taking place in desert where the alien landscape of Arizona’s high desert sits the micro city of Arcosanti, it was here that Julianna Barwick spent hours in the pop up Moog Sound Lab, a cozy studio in the desert jammed wall to wall with swanky Moog gear and crafted a masterful cover version of her single “Look Into Your Own Mind”…

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