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Thu 18:37  Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti’s ‘Hippocrate’ Medical Series
French helmer Thomas Lilti will be making his TV debut with “Hippocrate,” a medical drama series inspired by his 2014 film, which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. The contemporary series, comprising eight one-hour episodes, has been commissioned by French TV channel Canal Plus. Lilti created the series with Anais Carpita (“Call My Agent!”), Claude […]
Thu 18:15  Luca Guadagnino Relied on a Pair of Longtime Friends for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Decor, Costumes
Two longtime friends of director Luca Guadagnino added their personal touch to “Call Me by Your Name,” his sensual summer romance from Sony Pictures Classics that’s set in northern Italy in 1983. An interior decorator by trade, first-time set decorator Violante Visconti (Luchino Visconti’s grandniece) dressed the 17th-century villa where young Elio (Timothée Chalamet) lives […]
Thu 18:15  Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise — Demián Rugna
MAR DEL PLATA — “Is there any way of stopping this?” police commissioner Funes asks paranormal expert Albreck as the body count and unearthly beings proliferate at three common-or-garden Argentine suburban chalets in Demián Rugna’s “Aterrados” (Terrified). “No,” answers Albreck, a venerable bluestocking, just before a twig-lick arm snaps out of a crack in a […]
Thu 18:00  ‘Star Wars’ Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy
With the excitement already building for the year-end release of the latest “Star Wars” film, the new video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II” was poised to capitalize on all the excitement for the vaunted Disney franchise. Unfortunately for Electronic Arts, the video game studio behind “Battlefront II,” controversy and fan anger over the game’s microtransactions […]
Thu 18:00  ‘Teen Titans Go’: Animation for All Ages Celebrates Major Milestone Ahead of Feature Film
Warner Bros. Animation may be best known for a legacy library of titles that range from “Scooby Doo” to “Tom and Jerry” to Bugs Bunny and Batman, but “Teen Titans Go!” is quickly inching up on the list of important players for the studio. Just in time for Cartoon Network’s 25th anniversary, the animated youth […]
Thu 18:00  Philanthropy at the Core of Scooter Braun’s Business
Scooter Braun helps steer the careers of some of today’s top stars as manager to Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Tori Kelly and more, but despite the glamour his celebrity clientele carries, philanthropy is a cornerstone of his company SB Projects’ philosophy: “One of our core values is doing well by doing good,” the […]
Thu 17:45  Duffer Brothers on ‘Stranger Things’ 2 and What Scares Them
The Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, got their start as writer-producers on the 2015 Fox series “Wayward Pines.” Their Netflix show, “Stranger Things,” about supernatural events in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., saw the brothers nominated for Emmy Awards as writers, directors and producers. Season two of the show dropped Oct. 27. How would […]
Thu 16:57  ‘Coco’ Stuffing ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Box Office
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” is heading for a clear victory over “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving holiday box office, estimates showed Thursday morning. “Coco” should finish above $70 million at 3,958 North American locations in its first five days while “Justice League” will wind up around $60 million at 4,051 sites. “Coco” is performing significantly above pre-release […]
Thu 16:31  Playback: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on ‘Lady Bird’ and Coming of Age
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. This week, on a special Thanksgiving episode, we have “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig and star Saoirse Ronan. It’s an apt day for the conversation, which you’ll gather if you’ve seen the film. “Lady Bird” marks […]
Thu 16:00  Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani Riff on Their Parents’ Expectations and Name Mispronunciations
Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” which airs Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE. Kumail Nanjiani: So how did you end up playing “Wonder Woman”? How did that happen? Gal Gadot: It’s kind of one thing led […]
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