• Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:54 +0000
    Three major cinematographers – Janusz Kaminski (“Lincoln”), Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”) and Wally Pfister (“The Dark Knight Rises”) – have teamed to present Advanced Filmmaking, a series of online instructional videos for aspiring filmmakers. In addition to extensive interviews with the three d.p.’s, the course offers more than 12 hours of chats with their collaborators, including... Read more »
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:44:21 +0000
    John Bailey, Gale Anne Hurd, John Knoll and Michael Tronick have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the council’s membership to 25 for 2014-2015. Bailey is a cinematographer with more than four decades behind the camera.  He joined the Academy in 1981... Read more »
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:27:04 +0000
    Suzanne Kolb is exiting her post as president of E! Entertainment as NBCUniversal preps a larger management overhaul for E!  and other lifestyle and reality cablers. The exec confirmed her long-rumored departure in a note to staffers on Tuesday. More changes are expected from the NBCUniversal Cable group later today. Here’s the note Kolb sent... Read more »
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:11:58 +0000
    ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” which was a big hit in same-night ratings when it bowed last week, has padded its premiere totals with a DVR-playback record 6 million viewers — pushing its three-day total above the 20-million mark. This is the second straight year that a rookie drama has set the DVR... Read more »
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:07:11 +0000
    There will be one less Murdoch in the 21st Century Fox fold after the company completes its joint venture with Apollo Global Management to combine Shine Group with Apollo’s Endemol and Core Media Group. Sources confirm that Murdoch will step down after the rollup is complete. At present she is chairman of Shine Group, the... Read more »
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:55 +0000
    The author of “Gone Girl,” who also adapted the script, talked to Variety about her new movie and other projects. 1. Flynn said she didn’t imagine an actress playing Amy when she wrote the book. “It can get distracting. I had pictured vaguely a Hitchcock blonde.” 2. She fought to write the script for “Gone... Read more »
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:54 +0000
    Part of the Mill Valley Film Festival’s charms is how it reflects both the local community’s roots and its forward-thinking spirit. Situated just beyond Sausalito as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge northbound from San Francisco, Mill Valley is many things to many people: part dot-com millionaire bedroom community, post-hippie enclave, Arcadia for Bay Area rock royalty and bucolic getaway in the midst of the redwoods.
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:48 +0000
    The power of NFL games to rake in advertising coin for TV networks may be nearing its upper limit. The addition of a second night of NFL football to broadcast TV’s fall primetime schedule appears to have put downward pressure on the networks’ ability to carve out annual pricing gains for America’s most-watched sport, according... Read more »
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:48 +0000
    There’s never been a better time to be Latino in Hollywood. Just ask Sofia Vergara, who is laughing all the way to the bank as the highest paid actress on television — and the one with the most enviable, not to mention, bilingual, endorsement portfolio. Though she’s the most obvious example of brands targeting a Latino... Read more »
  • Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:37 +0000
    Random House has acquired a new biography of musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim, to be written by Variety‘s London theater critic David Benedict. Benedict will wrap up his eight-year tenure at Variety later this week to work full-time on the book, “How Did It Happen: The Life and Career of Stephen Sondheim.” Though not technically an... Read more »
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