Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci Romantic Drama ‘Supernova’ Unveils Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star as a couple traveling through England in an old RV visiting friends and places from their past in “Supernova.” Check out the trailer for the film above, shared exclusively with Variety. Written and directed … Read more…

Exclusive interview with Anna Mastro, director of ‘Secret Society of Second Born Royals’

Spotlight Report were lucky enough to interview the talented director Anna Mastro. Mastro is the director of the upcoming Disney+ feature ‘The Secret Society of Second Born Royals’, premiering on Disney+ 25th September! The film is about a group of second … Read more…

U.K.’s National Film & TV School Returns to Production With COVID-Safe Shoots (EXCLUSIVE)

The U.K.’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) has successfully returned to production with some 60 films of varying lengths and genres, including graduation films, being shot since courses resumed in June. The first test project to shoot trialling the … Read more…

‘Las Niñas’’ Valerie Delpierre, Pilar Palomero, BTeam Re-Team for ‘La Maternal’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Valérie Delpierre and Pilar Palomero, producer and director of “Las Niñas,” one of the banner titles of a new – and often women-driven – Catalan cinema, are re-teaming with Madrid-based BTeam Pictures to produce Palomero’s second feature, “La Maternal.” Delpierre, … Read more…

Venice Competition Film ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ Sells Into U.K., Italy, Germany (EXCLUSIVE)

Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert’s “Never Gonna Snow Again,” one of the buzziest titles out of the Venice Film Festival, has found distribution in the U.K., Italy and Germany. Following what’s understood to have been a competitive process with wide … Read more…

Greta Thunberg Hulu Doc Gets European, North American Theatrical Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Greta Thunberg documentary “I Am Greta” will get the big-screen treatment in cinemas across Europe, North America and Australia this fall. U.K. sales agent Dogwoof has secured a raft of sales and global territory releases for the Nathan Grossman-directed film … Read more…

Beta Nordic Studios Acquires Stake In Icelandic Banner Sagafilm (EXCLUSIVE)

Beta Nordic Studios, a subsidiary of Jan Mojto’s Munich-based sales powerhouse Beta Film, has acquired a 25% stake in Sagafilm, the thriving Icelandic production banner behind the Cineflix-repped series “The Minister.” Sagafilm will now be part of Beta Nordic Studios, … Read more…

Joe Budden Walking Away from Podcast Exclusive Deal, Claims Company Is ‘Pillaging’ His Audience

Joe Budden, known as one of Spotify’s biggest exclusive podcasters, has announced that he’s pulling his show from the platform on September 23. “September 23rd, I cannot tell you where this podcast will be,”  he informed fans on the latest … Read more…

‘The Society’ Creator on Netflix’s ‘Extremely Upsetting’ Cancellation of the Show (EXCLUSIVE)

Christopher Keyser, who created “The Society,” found out Thursday that Netflix was suddenly pulling the plug on his show. The streamer, which also canceled “I Am Not Okay With This,” released a statement Friday saying, “We’re disappointed to have to … Read more…

Connie Nielsen, Christopher Eccleston Set for ‘Close to Me’ Series From NENT Studios U.K. (EXCLUSIVE)

“Wonder Woman 1984” star Connie Nielsen and “Doctor Who’s” Christopher Eccleston are set to star in psychological drama “Close to Me,” the first English-language drama to originate from Nordic Entertainment Group’s (NENT) fledgling U.K. operation. NENT Studios U.K. is adapting … Read more…

Watch an Exclusive Clip From a New Documentary About Maria Ressa’s Fight for Press Freedom in the Philippines

“First they came for the journalists. We don’t know what happened after that,” says journalist Maria Ressa, quoting a solemn line from a Philippine newspaper, inspired by Martin Niemöller’s postwar poem “First They Came.” The striking quote comes during a … Read more…

Exclusive: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott Calls for Release of Black Death Row Inmate Julius Jones

“As a black man in this country right now,” Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott writes in a letter to Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, “I experience injustices firsthand day in and day out, even … Read more…

Several CAA Offices to Remain Closed Through January 2021 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (EXCLUSIVE)

Creative Artists Agency is shuttering multiple domestic locations through the end of the year, as coronavirus cases explode in the United States, Variety has learned. A late-hitting internal memo to staff informed agents and others that the CAA headquarters in … Read more…

U.K.’s Espresso Media Takes Festival Darling Indian Doc ‘Shut Up Sona’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Boutique U.K. sales agent Espresso Media International has acquired rights for Deepti Gupta’s feminist documentary “Shut Up Sona,” featuring popular Indian singing star Sona Mohapatra. Produced between 2016 and 2019, the documentary chronicles Mohapatra’s life between sold-out concerts as she … Read more…

‘Corpus Christi’ Director Jan Komasa to Helm Drama ‘Anniversary’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Polish filmmaker Jan Komasa, who scored a best international Oscar nomination earlier this year for “Corpus Christi,” will direct “Anniversary,” a drama of social apocalypse. “Anniversary” will be produced by Nick Wechsler and Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula … Read more…

Exclusive: John Bolton says Trump’s White House was ‘like living inside a pinball machine’

When John Bolton posed for a USA TODAY photo, he held aloft his new memoir with a grin, mimicking Trump’s photo op with a Bible at St. John’s Church.        GANNETT Syndication Service SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request … Read more…

Cannes Market: Kelsey Grammer, Jason Flemyng, Sebastien Foucan Starring in ‘Edge of Justice’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Kelsey Grammer, Jason Flemyng, and Sebastien Foucan will star in the crime film “Edge of Justice,” with worldwide rights on sale through Archstone Entertainment at the upcoming Cannes Virtual Market. “Edge of Justice,” directed by Jake L. Reid, follows an African … Read more…

Kim Kardashian West Inks Exclusive Spotify Deal for Criminal-Justice Reform Podcast

Spotify continues to bulk up its podcast roster, signing a deal with Kim Kardashian West for an exclusive series looking at a case involving criminal-justice reform. A Spotify spokesman confirmed the company’s deal with Kardashian West and TV producer Lori … Read more…

Disney to Release 4K Version of ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ to Boost U.K. Cinemas (EXCLUSIVE)

The Force is with U.K. cinemas this July as they plan to reopen doors with a remastered 4K edition of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” Variety can reveal. It’s understood the planned screenings mark the first time a “Star … Read more…

Xilam’s ‘Lucy Lost’ Taps Bafta-Winning Writer Helen Blakeman (EXCLUSIVE)

Driving to develop animated features and series that reach out to more sophisticated global families and 18-34 young adults after the milestone success of the Academy Award-nominated “I Lost My Body,” Marc du Pontavice’s French animation studio Xilam Animation has … Read more…

‘Vanderpump Rules’ Star Stassi Schroeder Dropped by Publicist, Agency Following Racist Actions Against Co-Star Faith Stowers (EXCLUSIVE)

“Vanderpump Rules” star Stassi Schroeder has been dropped by her agency and publicist, after it was revealed that she had called the police on her former co-star Faith Stowers for a crime Stowers had nothing to do with, Variety has learned … Read more…

‘The Normal Heart’ Star Ellen Barkin Pays Tribute to Larry Kramer (EXCLUSIVE)

“Larry Kramer changed my core,”  Ellen Barkin says as she fondly remembers the late AIDS activist and writer. Barkin made her Broadway debut playing Dr. Emma Brookner, a wheelchair-bound doctor-turned-crusader in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New … Read more…

Matt Bomer Calls Larry Kramer ‘One of the Most Courageous People I’ve Ever Known’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Matt Bomer’s career took a major upswing in 2015 when he won a Golden Globe for his performance as Felix in Ryan Murphy’s HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart.” “Larry Kramer, thank you for your anger and your … Read more…

Netflix Film Publicity Vice President Julie Fontaine Stepping Down (EXCLUSIVE)

Veteran Hollywood communications executive Julie Fontaine is exiting her post at Netflix, insiders told Variety. Fontaine joined the streamer in 2017 as vice president of film publicity, where she worked closely with a group of executives including motion picture head … Read more…

Exclusive: We Caught Up With Keith And Kristine From Season 8 Of MAFS And Found Out Who’s Doing The Cooking And Cleaning Now

Source: Lifetime / lifetime It’s been nearly two years since Keith Dewar and Kristine Killingsworth met at the altar and said “I do.” The couple were part of Season 8 of Married at First Sight in Philadelphia. They seemed to … Read more…

Exclusive: We Caught Up With Keith And Kristine From Season 8 Of MAFS And Found Out Who’s Doing The Cooking And Cleaning Now

Source: Lifetime / lifetime It’s been nearly two years since Keith Dewar and Kristine Killingsworth met at the altar and said “I do.” The couple were part of Season 8 of Married at First Sight in Philadelphia. They seemed to … Read more…

Exclusive: Jasmine Jordan On What It Was Like Growing Up As Michael’s Daughter, Dodging Opportunistic Men, And The Last Dance

Source: Taken by Ariel Perry/Courtesy of Jasmine Jordan If you’ve missed sports as much as millions of other people feeling the effects of quarantine have, then chances are, ever since ESPN’s 10-part epic The Last Dance premiered, you’ve been consuming it … Read more…

NENT Group Reteams With ‘Love Me’ Creator on Social Distancing Drama ‘Orca’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), Scandinavia’s leading streaming company, has come on board “Orca” (working title), a Swedish drama dealing with social distancing created, written and directed by Josephine Bornebusch (“Love Me”) . The series, which started to film this … Read more…