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No Zoom for Oscars 2021, as Academy Says ‘In-Person Telecast Will Happen’ (Exclusive)

No Zoom for Oscars 2021, as Academy Says ‘In-Person Telecast Will Happen’ (Exclusive) There will be no “virtual” Oscars. “The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” a rep from the Academy and ABC tells Variety exclusively. This year, the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences moved ...

‘Umbrella Academy’ Cast, GLAAD And More Voice Support For Elliot Page

‘Umbrella Academy’ Cast, GLAAD And More Voice Support For Elliot Page Various celebrities and entertainment entities took to social media Tuesday to voice their support for Elliot Page, an actor known for his work on “The Umbrella Academy,” after he came out as ...

Jada Pinkett Smith to Star in ‘Redd Zone’ for Netflix (Exclusive)

Jada Pinkett Smith to Star in ‘Redd Zone’ for Netflix (Exclusive) Jada Pinkett Smith will star in “Redd Zone,” an upcoming drama that will be released by Netflix and produced by Westbrook Studios. The film is based on the true story of Tia Magee (played by Pinkett ...

Charlize Theron Inks First-Look TV Deal With HBO, HBO Max (Exclusive)

Charlize Theron Inks First-Look TV Deal With HBO, HBO Max (Exclusive) Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah banner is putting down its TV roots. The production company has inked a two-year, first-look TV deal with HBO and HBO Max. Under the pact, Theron and her Denver & ...

Abby Dalton, Star of ‘Falcon Crest’ and ‘Joey Bishop Show,’ Dies at 88

Abby Dalton, Star of ‘Falcon Crest’ and ‘Joey Bishop Show,’ Dies at 88 Abby Dalton, the soap opera star known for her roles on the primetime shows “Falcon Crest” and “The Joey Bishop Show,” died at her home in Los Angeles. She was 88 years old. The specific cause of ...

‘The Undoing’ Killer Reveal Lands HBO’s Largest Audience Since ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale

‘The Undoing’ Killer Reveal Lands HBO’s Largest Audience Since ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale The finale of HBO’s limited series “The Undoing” drew 3 million viewers across all platforms, including HBO Max, on Sunday night. That was the biggest audience for an original series since last year’s ...

David Prowse, ‘Star Wars’ Actor Behind Darth Vader’s Mask, Dies at 85

David Prowse, ‘Star Wars’ Actor Behind Darth Vader’s Mask, Dies at 85 David Prowse, the British bodybuilder-turned-actor best known for embodying Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died at age 85. “It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness ...

Rosario Dawson Responds to ‘Mandalorian’ Casting Backlash Over Anti-Trans Lawsuit

Rosario Dawson Responds to ‘Mandalorian’ Casting Backlash Over Anti-Trans Lawsuit Gina Carano isn’t the only cast member on “The Mandalorian” at the center of a casting controversy. Rosario Dawson made her series debut over the weekend in “The Jedi,” the fifth episode of Season 2, ...

‘The Undoing’ Makes Bigger Debut Than ‘Game of Thrones’ for Sky Atlantic

‘The Undoing’ Makes Bigger Debut Than ‘Game of Thrones’ for Sky Atlantic HBO series “The Undoing,” starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, has proven to be a success for Comcast’s U.K. pay TV operation Sky Atlantic, with the opening episode reaching a cumulative 28-day ...

‘Croods: A New Age’ Edges ‘Tenet’ 3-Day Opening With $9.7 Million Thanksgiving Start

‘Croods: A New Age’ Edges ‘Tenet’ 3-Day Opening With $9.7 Million Thanksgiving Start While the pandemic is continuing to sap the box office of its strength, Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods: A New Age” is showing opening weekend numbers similar to what “Tenet” showed ...

‘German Doctor’s’ Natalia Oreiro, ‘El Marginal’s’ Juan Minujin Set for ‘Bypass, Almost Dead’ (Exclusive)

‘German Doctor’s’ Natalia Oreiro, ‘El Marginal’s’ Juan Minujin Set for ‘Bypass, Almost Dead’ (Exclusive) Natalia Oreiro (“The German Doctor”) and Juan Minujín are set to star in “Bypass: Almost Dead” (“Bypass: Casi Muerta”). Adapting the original Basque film “Bypass,” the first feature of Aitor Mazo and ...

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo’ Scores Very Belated China Theatrical Release

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo’ Scores Very Belated China Theatrical Release Chinese cinema-goers found out Tuesday they will have the option to swim into 2021 with Miyazaki Hayao’s 2008 animated fantasy film “Ponyo,” which is now to release on Dec. 31, a whole 12 years after ...

The Open Reel Closes Brace of Sales on ‘Boy Meets Boy,’ ‘Guardian Angel’ (Exclusive)

The Open Reel Closes Brace of Sales on ‘Boy Meets Boy,’ ‘Guardian Angel’ (Exclusive) Italy’s The Open Reel has closed several international theatrical and VOD rights deals, an increasingly popular combination as questions of theatrical exhibition linger during Covid-19, for a raft of ...

Ventana Sur: Spain’s Killer Development Projects Span Full Realm of the Fantastic

Ventana Sur: Spain’s Killer Development Projects Span Full Realm of the Fantastic From a twisty cabin-in-the-woods to a brutal Basque fairytale and a musical combining flamenco and vampires, Ventana Sur’s “Window Within the Blood Window” has unveiled a broad church of genre ...

Uruguay Boosts Rebates for International Shoots, Co-Productions

Uruguay Boosts Rebates for International Shoots, Co-Productions Uruguay’s government has announced new and ambitious film-tv legislation aimed at converting the small Latin American nation into a far larger film-tv hub via a new series of cash rebates for ...

‘The Wandering Earth’ Sequel Sets Chinese New Year 2023 Release Date

‘The Wandering Earth’ Sequel Sets Chinese New Year 2023 Release Date Director Frant Gwo has announced that the sequel to his sci-fi hit “The Wandering Earth,” China’s third highest grossing film of all time, will release over the 2023 Lunar New Year holiday, ...

Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman Blast SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts

Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman Blast SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg and Morgan Freeman and a dozen other high-profile SAG-AFTRA members are blasting upcoming benefit cuts to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan in a pointed video. Amy Schumer, ...

Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman Blast SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts

Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman Blast SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts Mark Hamill, Whoopi Goldberg and Morgan Freeman and a dozen other high-profile SAG-AFTRA members are blasting upcoming benefit cuts to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan in a pointed video. Amy Schumer, ...

U.K. Authorizes Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use

U.K. Authorizes Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use Pfizer and BioNTech say they’ve won permission Wednesday for emergency use of their Covid-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science — and a major step ...

BTS Can Put Off Mandatory Military Service After South Korea Changes the Law for Pop Stars

BTS Can Put Off Mandatory Military Service After South Korea Changes the Law for Pop Stars K-Pop superstars BTS aren’t just a crew of incredible entertainers, they’re also a crew of young South Koreans whose ages range from 23 to 27. Which could have posed a problem very soon, since that ...

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