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Spotify To Sell $100 In-Auto Voice Controlled Player, May Launch In India 1/31

Spotify is planning its first push into hardware with a long rumored voice controlled in-auto music player. It's not clear who will buy the $100 device, since the streamer is already accessible via voice control using Alexa, Google Play and its own in-house Spotify Voice. Apple's Siri voice control does not play well with Spotify, and the streamer's move into hardware seems designed to provide an alternative eco-system that it fully  controls. Spotify's new hardware will be built by F...
Tags: Spotify, Music, India, Siri, Streaming, Financial Times, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Variety, Alexa Google, Spotify Voice Apple, Spotify Voice Launch In India, Terms Service

Leonard Klady, Veteran Film Journalist, Dies at 67

Leonard “Len” Klady, a former Variety reporter and critic who most recently worked for Movie City News and Screen International, has died. His wife, Beverly Walker, said he had been diagnosed with cancer in November.  Klady was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from the University of Manitoba. He was a founding member of the […]
Tags: Obituaries, Variety, Winnipeg Manitoba, Beverly Walker, Len Klady, Leonard Klady, Leonard Len Klady, Movie City News and Screen International, Klady, University of Manitoba He

'I Got Death Threats For Writing a Bad Review of Aquaman'

The Huffington Post recently published a post by one of the 300 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association -- and a contributing writer to Variety. I saw "Aquaman" on a brisk Monday morning in December. Though I appreciated that star Jason Momoa didn't take himself too seriously while playing an underwater superhero, the glut of CGI effects distracted me from the story. Which was hollow and nonsensical anyway. As with every movie I watch -- up to four a week, hundreds a year -- I expresse...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, Jason Momoa, Huffington Post, Variety, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Bcoz

China’s ‘Three Adventures of Brooke’ to Hit French Theaters (EXCLUSIVE)

Midnight Blur Films has signed a deal with French distributor Les Acacias to release Chinese arthouse drama “Three Adventures of Brooke” in France this year, the Chinese production company told Variety on Saturday. A release date has yet to be set for the film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and stars Chinese newcomer Xu Fangyi […]
Tags: Asia, News, France, China, Global, Variety, Brooke, Les Acacias, Midnight Blur Films, Three Adventures of Brooke, Xu Fangyi

TV Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Drops First Look at Nicole Maines as TV’s First Trans Superhero

In today’s TV News Roundup, The CW releases a first look at Nicole Maines on “Supergirl” and Variety unveils an exclusive look at Gabriel Iglesias’ new comedy special.  FIRST LOOKS truTV has released the first trailer for season 2 of Emmy-nominated series “At Home with Amy Sedaris.” The variety sketch comedy returns Tuesday, Feb. 19 at […]
Tags: News, Cw, Supergirl, Variety, Gabriel Iglesias, Nicole Maines

Listen: Curt Menefee on ‘Fox NFL Sunday,’ Colin Kaepernick and Rising Football Ratings

Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety‘s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Curt Menefee, host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” the long-running pre-game show being inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in April. Menefee has a pretty packed week. Mondays are his weekend, he says, discussing the […]
Tags: News, Podcasts, Colin Kaepernick, Black Monday, Variety, NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Fox NFL, Daniel Holloway, Curt Menefee, Menefee, The Other Two, TV Take

Gladys Knight speaks out about Colin Kaepernick and why she's singing at the Super Bowl

Gladys Knight issued a statement to Variety about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick ahead of her Super Bowl LIII National Anthem performance.            [Author: Detroit Free Press]
Tags: News, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Gladys Knight, Variety, Detroit Free Press

Watch Foo Fighters As Terrible Football Players In A Promo For Their Super Bowl Weekend Concert

Super Bowl LIII goes down in Atlanta on 2/3. Maroon 5 will play the halftime show, and they will be joined by Big Boi and Travis Scott. Earlier this week, Variety reported that Scott spoke to Colin Kaepernick about his decision to perform at the sporting event, and that the two "emerged from the conversation … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Foo Fighters, Colin Kaepernick, Atlanta, Super Bowl, Big Boi, Travis Scott, Scott, Variety

How To Take Advantage Of Memes, Memes, Memes, Memes...

As the realities of content and distribution continue to transform in the contemporary media economy, many artists and distributors have been forced to rethink their marketing strategy entirely. Here we look at memes have and could potentially be tapped as an effective marketing platform. ________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media As content and distribution rules shift in the new media ecosphere, brands – whether they're radio, TV, streaming, personalities, a...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Music, Taylor Swift, NFL, Chicago, Netflix, Guest Post, Sandra Bullock, North America, Wrigley, Richard Dawkins, Hyde Park, Music Business, Brian May, Variety

Live Nation Investigation of Heather Parry Also Targets Leakers (EXCLUSIVE)

Over the past two weeks, the law firm of Paul Hastings LLP has been probing allegations reported by Variety last month that Heather Parry, the head of Live Nation Productions, had verbally abused employees and used offensive language in the workplace. But the lead investigator, Elena Baca, seems to be just as interested in uncovering […]
Tags: News, Variety, Heather Parry, Paul Hastings LLP, Live Nation Entertainment, Live Nation Productions, Elena Baca

Colin Kaepernick NOT OK With Travis Scott Super Bowl Gig

After rapper Travis Scott was announced as a guest performer with Maroon 5 during the halftime show for the Super Bowl month, he revealed that as a condition of his performance, the NFL had agreed to join him in making a $500,000 donation to a social justice organization. At the time, Scott also suggested that he had “consulted” with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick before accepting the high profile NFL gig, seeming to imply that Kaepernick was on board with the performance. As ...
Tags: Music, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, Jay, Music Business, Live & Touring, Big Boi, Major Labels, Travis Scott, Bruce Houghton, Scott, Variety, Kaepernick, Nessa, Kap

EA ‘Fully Committed’ To Making More ‘Star Wars’ Games

Publisher Electronic Arts tells Variety that it’s still fully committed to making more “Star Wars” games following a report that its studios are no longer working on an open world game set in the “Star Wars” universe, but rather a smaller game with a faster development turnaround. Three anonymous sources told Kotaku on Tuesday that EA […]
Tags: Star Wars, News, EA, Variety, Kotaku, Electronic Arts, Publisher Electronic Arts

M. Night Shyamalan Has Been Self-Financing His Recent Films

Want to know how M. Night Shyamalan got back on top after falling from grace? He paid his way. The filmmaker, who has Glass hitting theaters this week, has been self-financing his recent films – The Visit, Split and now Glass. Shyamalan puts up the money for the movies himself, enabling him to maintain creative control. It’s a gamble, and so far, it’s paid off, and helped him reclaim box office (if not always critical) glory. Glass, which hits theaters this week, is likely headed towards a $...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Glass, Pennsylvania, Sequels, Split, Forbes, The Visit, Variety, Shyamalan, M.-Night-Shyamalan, Business and Industry News, Shyamalan Shyamalan, Glass Shyamalan

R&B Artist MAJOR. Lands Recurring Role on Fox’s ‘Star’ (EXCLUSIVE)

R&B artist MAJOR. is on “cloud three million” right now. His track “Honest” scored a 2019 Grammy nomination for best traditional R&B performance, and, as he tells Variety exclusively, he recently landed a recurring role on Fox’s “Star.” The singer-songwriter, born Major Johnson Finley, is currently shooting the musical drama in Atlanta, and will make his […]
Tags: News, Atlanta, Star, Fox, Grammy Awards, Variety, Major, Johnson Finley

Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie

Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman. Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise. Reitman has also co-written a […]
Tags: News, Sony Pictures, Jason Reitman, Ivan, Variety, Reitman, Ivan Reitman, Ghosbuter

Tickets for ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Early Screenings Go on Sale Today

Fandango is inviting How to Train Your Dragon fans to its hidden world three weeks early. The ticketing company is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to offer How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World early screenings on February 2, nearly a month before the film is set to hit theaters, with tickets going on sale today. Tickets for the limited engagement How to Train Your Dragon The Hidden World early screenings go on sale today on Fandango. The first screening, will be held on February 2...
Tags: Movies, Events, Earth, Animation, Sequels, Dreamworks, Dreamworks Animation, Viking, Fandango, Variety, Berk, Action/Adventure, Release Dates, Paul Yanover, How-to-Train-Your-Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

CBS’ Armando Nunez to Receive Variety International Achievement in TV Award

CBS Corp. veteran Armando Nuñez will be honored in April with Variety‘s International Achievement in TV Award at the MipTV conference in Cannes. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in the international television marketplace. Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group and CBS’ Chief Content Licensing Officer, has spent more than […]
Tags: News, Cbs, Cannes, CBS Corp, Variety, MIPTV, Nunez, Armando Nunez, CBS Global Distribution Group, Receive Variety International Achievement

NAACP Slams CBS News’ 2020 Team’s Lack of Black Representation (EXCLUSIVE)

The NAACP has slammed CBS News for not including any African-American journalists on its 2020 election coverage team. CBS News came under fire over the weekend after an associate producer tweeted out an image of the news outlet’s 2020 team. In a statement obtained exclusively by Variety, a spokesperson for the NAACP said CBS News’ lineup “proves the voting […]
Tags: News, Cbs News, Naacp, Variety

Listen: Viacom CEO Bob Bakish Reveals His M&A Strategy

Don’t expect Bob Bakish to blindly follow the rest of Big Media into its consolidation craze. Viacom’s CEO made clear his company can go it alone even as competing conglomerates seem engaged in a race for scale. “Viacom doesn’t really require a transformational deal,” he said during a keynote Q&A last week at Variety’s CES […]
Tags: News, Viacom, Don, Variety, BOB BAKISH, Strictly Business

John Lasseter Fields Questions on Sexual Harassment From Concerned Skydance Employees

Outcry exploded following John Lasseter‘s hiring at Skydance Animation a year after the animation magnate stepped down from his roles at Disney and Pixar in the wake of unspecified sexual harassment allegations. Lasseter stepped into the role of chief at Skydance Animation merely nine days after his contract expired with Disney, which many in the industry saw as too little time for Lasseter to be held accountable for his actions. Lasseter and Skydance CEO David Ellison turned to a town hall to ...
Tags: Movies, Time, Disney, Animation, Pixar, Sexual Harassment, Paramount, John-Lasseter, Variety, Skydance, Ellis, Hollywood Reporter, Soria, Lasseter, Walt Disney Animation, David Ellison

NBCUniversal Chief on Megyn Kelly, Andy Lack and Future of NBC News

The Megyn Kelly debacle at NBC News has raised the question of whether NBC News chief Andy Lack will face repercussions for the costly experiment. But NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke told Variety on Monday that he is “100% behind Andy” and accepts some blame for the decision recruit Kelly from Fox News in early 2017. […]
Tags: News, Nbc News, Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Andy, Kelly, Variety, Steve Burke, Andy Lack

Into the Spider-Verse Directors Tease Sequel’s Possible Time Jump

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Into the Spider-Verse directors tease sequel’s possible time jump It’s been known that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be branching out into sequels, spinoffs, and possibly even TV shows in the near future. Last night at the red carpet before the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, the film’s three directors were on hand to talk about what’s in store for Miles Morales’ next big screen adventure. “We’re gonna start with Miles, we’re gonna cut to two years later, obv...
Tags: Movies, Brooklyn, Phil Lord, Liev Schreiber, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Miles, Variety, Peter Parker, Christopher Miller, Miles Morales, John Mulaney, Rodney Rothman, Movie News, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey

Billy Zane to Play Marlon Brando in Biopic ‘Waltzing With Brando’

If you uploaded Billy Zane‘s face into one of those apps that compare faces to other celebrities’ faces, you’d probably get Marlon Brando. And it seems like Zane himself realized that, because he is set to play the legendary actor himself in Waltzing with Brando, a biopic based on a memoir by Brando’s architect, Bernard Judge. Zane is set to produce and play the lead in Waltzing With Brando, the biopic about Marlon Brando based on a memoir of the same name by Judge, according to Variety. The...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Casting, Los Angeles, Paris, Marlon-Brando, True Story, Variety, Bernard, Brando, Zane, Billy Zane, Waltzing With Brando, Bernard Judge, Waltzing, Bernard Judge Zane

Taylor Sheridan to Rewrite Script for Without Remorse

Taylor Sheridan to rewrite script for Without Remorse According to Variety, writer-actor Taylor Sheridan has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for Paramount Pictures‘ film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse. This project will reunite Sheridan with director Stefano Sollima, who he worked with on Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is set to lead the film and a planned sequel, an adaptation of Rainbow Six. PB = PB || {}...
Tags: TV, Movies, Ben Affleck, Cia, Harrison Ford, Kremlin, Chris Pratt, Paramount Pictures, Liev Schreiber, Paramount, Michael B Jordan, Tom Clancy, Navy SEAL, Variety, Clark, Sheridan

Jazz Today: Take 6 at 30—Still in Sweet Harmony

None The members of Take 6 come down the stairs at New York's Blue Note jazz club in November of 2018, wireless microphones in hand and creating a complete orchestra of funk with their voices as they walk. They're having fun. Alvin Chea's resonant bass thumps and leaps as vocal percussion clips and whooshes. They slide through a narrow aisle, brushing the backs of fans sitting at tables as they smile and then ease up onto a stage set with six stools and, almost an afterthought, a couple of keyb...
Tags: Feature, Music, New York, Washington, Alabama, Los Angeles, Paul Mccartney, Smithsonian, Manhattan, Jazz, Madonna, Brian, Miles Davis, Jordan, Iconic, Michael Jackson

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Sound Mixer Gregg Rudloff Dies at 63

Gregg Rudloff, who won Academy Awards for sound mixing “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Matrix,” and “Glory” and was nominated four other times, died in Los Angeles on Jan. 6. He was 63. A representative for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office told Variety that the office is treating his death as a possible suicide […]
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Obituaries, Mad Max: Fury Road, Variety, Gregg Rudloff, Los Angeles County Coroner

Facebook Exec: ‘Buffy,’ ‘Angel’ and ‘Firefly’ Streams Meant to Get People Talking

Facebook’s head of content strategy and planning Matthew Henick told the audience of Variety’s CES Summit in Las Vegas Wednesday that the company licensed Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Firefly” for Facebook Watch as a way to literally get people to talk – preferably while they watch the shows together through Facebook’s […]
Tags: Facebook, News, Las Vegas, Buffy, Joss Whedon, Variety, Facebook Watch, Matthew Henick, CES 2019

Steve Harvey Suggests He Might End NBCU Deal for Daytime Talk Show

Steve Harvey, TV personality and mutlihyphenate entertainer/entrepreneur, said that his deal with NBCUniversal for daytime talk show “Steve” might end — after he was surprised when NBC announced a show Kelly Clarkson. Harvey, a headline speaker at Variety Entertainment Summit at CES, was asked by interviewer Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein whether he going to stay […]
Tags: News, Nbc, Steve, Steve Harvey, Variety, Andrew Wallenstein, CES 2019, Kelly Clarkson Harvey

Steve Harvey on The Fate of His Daytime Talk Show As NBCU Deal Ends

Steve Harvey, TV personality and multi-hyphenate entertainer/entrepreneur, admitted that he was surprised when NBC announced that a new show hosted by Kelly Clarkson would take over his timeslot on its owned-and-operated stations. Harvey, a headline speaker at Variety Entertainment Summit at CES, was asked by interviewer Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein whether he going to stay […]
Tags: News, Nbc, Kelly Clarkson, Steve Harvey, Variety, Andrew Wallenstein, Harvey, CES 2019

Twitch Bans ‘Smash’ Player After Over Imbibing On Stream

Joseph “Mango” Marquez is in the midst of a seven day ban from Twitch after allegedly drinking too much and then passing out during his stream, according to a tweet from Marquez. In response to Variety’s request for comment, a Twitch representative stated that “Out of respect for the privacy of our users, we do […]
Tags: News, Twitch, Joseph, Variety, Marquez, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Twitch Streamers