10 Facts About ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ Film as the Book Turns 20

It’s been nearly 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s magical novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit U.S. bookshelves on Sept. 1, 1998, and since then, Rowling’s story of the boy who lived has inspired a film fra…

It’s been nearly 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s magical novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit U.S. bookshelves on Sept. 1, 1998, and since then, Rowling’s story of the boy who lived has inspired a film franchise, touring exhibits, concerts, and amusement parks. But the first reimagining of the Wizarding World came in the […]

‘Support the Girls’ Director Doesn’t Want People to Pirate His Movie, But…

The Regina Hall-starrer “Support the Girls” may be targeted toward working-class women in the ‘Hooters’-esque ‘breastaurant’ industry, but today’s rapidly increasing ticket prices could very well be keeping the…

The Regina Hall-starrer “Support the Girls” may be targeted toward working-class women in the ‘Hooters’-esque ‘breastaurant’ industry, but today’s rapidly increasing ticket prices could very well be keeping them out of theaters. “As much as in my idealistic dream world, everybody would still go to the movie theaters, I understand that the culture’s moved on, […]

‘Searching’ Director on Asian-American Representation: ‘It’s Quantity That Ends Up Solving These Issues’

Buzzy Asian-American-led films like Warner Bros. “Crazy Rich Asians” and Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” are causing fans worldwide to celebrate what Hollywood is calling #AsianAugust. Next up to bat: A…

Buzzy Asian-American-led films like Warner Bros. “Crazy Rich Asians” and Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” are causing fans worldwide to celebrate what Hollywood is calling #AsianAugust. Next up to bat: Aneesh Chaganty’s “Searching,” a thriller starring John Cho as the father of a missing teenager. “Searching” tells the story of 16-year-old Margot’s […]

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star, Director Buy Out Theaters for ‘Searching’

#GoldOpens for everyone! Supporters around the world banded together to buy out screenings of “Crazy Rich Asians” as part of the #GoldOpen campaign on social media, and now the rom-com blockbuster’s director, Jon M. Chu, and star, Hen…

#GoldOpens for everyone! Supporters around the world banded together to buy out screenings of “Crazy Rich Asians” as part of the #GoldOpen campaign on social media, and now the rom-com blockbuster’s director, Jon M. Chu, and star, Henry Golding, are returning the favor for another upcoming film spotlighting Asian-Americans. Chu and Golding showed their support […]

Behind the Scenes of Annie Leibovitz’ ‘This is Us’ Photo Shoot

An all-day photo shoot may not sound like the most exciting way to spend a summer day — unless, of course, it’s with renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz and the cast of “This Is Us.” Leibovitz joined the NBC family dr…

An all-day photo shoot may not sound like the most exciting way to spend a summer day — unless, of course, it’s with renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz and the cast of “This Is Us.” Leibovitz joined the NBC family drama’s stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi […]

LL Cool J Wants a ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Aretha Franklin Tribute

“Lip Sync Battle” host and producer LL Cool J wants to dedicate an episode to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died last week at age 76. The series, which pits celebrities against each to lip sync popular songs, has done multiple tri…

“Lip Sync Battle” host and producer LL Cool J wants to dedicate an episode to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died last week at age 76. The series, which pits celebrities against each to lip sync popular songs, has done multiple tribute episodes in the past for artists like Michael Jackson and Christina […]

TV News Roundup: BBC Announces ‘Doctor Who’ Season 11 Writers, Directors

In today’s roundup, BBC America announced writers and directors for the 11th season of “Doctor Who,” and HBO released a trailer for the documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” ACQUISITIONS Scripps has paid $55 million to ac…

In today’s roundup, BBC America announced writers and directors for the 11th season of “Doctor Who,” and HBO released a trailer for the documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” ACQUISITIONS Scripps has paid $55 million to acquire ABC-affiliated TV stations — KXXV and KRHD — under Raycom Media. The Texas and Florida news stations mark the […]

‘Sorry to Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Criticizes Spike Lee’s ‘Fabricated’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’

“Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley slammed Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” in a lengthy essay posted to Twitter on Friday, which accused the film of skewing facts to falsely paint law enforcement as heroes. “Bla…

“Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley slammed Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” in a lengthy essay posted to Twitter on Friday, which accused the film of skewing facts to falsely paint law enforcement as heroes. “BlacKkKlansmen” and “Sorry to Bother You” are two summer films that have been revered for their progressive story lines spotlighting the […]

Fall Movie Preview 2018: ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Halloween’

With a Harry Potter follow-up, a Spider-Man spinoff, and a new take on “Mary Poppins” among the bounty of movies opening in theaters, the rest of 2018 has plenty to offer filmgoers. “A Simple Favor” Release Date: Sept. 14 Stars:…

With a Harry Potter follow-up, a Spider-Man spinoff, and a new take on “Mary Poppins” among the bounty of movies opening in theaters, the rest of 2018 has plenty to offer filmgoers. “A Simple Favor” Release Date: Sept. 14 Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding Why we want to see it: The gossip girl […]

Aretha Franklin Funeral, Public Viewing Plans Announced

Aretha Franklin’s rep today announced memorial plans for the late singer, which will take place over three separate days and two different locations. Viewing will begin on Aug. 28 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Det…

Aretha Franklin’s rep today announced memorial plans for the late singer, which will take place over three separate days and two different locations. Viewing will begin on Aug. 28 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Mich. The public is welcome to attend starting at 9 a.m. and ending at […]

MTV VMAs: The New Set Design and Moon Person’s Statue of Liberty Inspiration (EXCLUSIVE)

One iconic venue, 1,500 square feet, two stages, and 10 performances. These are the numbers that comprise the set design for the 2018 VMAs, as crafted by Julio Himede and his team. The massive square footage is the largest amount of space ever tackled …

One iconic venue, 1,500 square feet, two stages, and 10 performances. These are the numbers that comprise the set design for the 2018 VMAs, as crafted by Julio Himede and his team. The massive square footage is the largest amount of space ever tackled for a production at Radio City Music Hall, where the VMAs […]

TV News Roundup: Netflix VP Cindy Holland Among Three to Join TV Academy Board of Directors

In today’s roundup, the TV Academy welcomed three new members to its board of directors, and “Killing Eve” announced Season 2 cast additions. CASTING BBC America‘s “Killing Eve,” has welcomed three new cast members f…

In today’s roundup, the TV Academy welcomed three new members to its board of directors, and “Killing Eve” announced Season 2 cast additions. CASTING BBC America‘s “Killing Eve,” has welcomed three new cast members for its sophomore season. Newcomers Nina Sosanya, Edward Bluemel, and Julian Barratt will join returning cast members Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, […]

Listen: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’s’ Yvonne Strahovski on Serena as Victim or Villain

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In this week’s episode, Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with “The Handmaid&#821…

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In this week’s episode, Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with “The Handmaid’s Tale” star Yvonne Strahovski. The conversation with the actress, who received a 2018 supporting actress Emmy nomination […]

TV News Roundup: Netflix Renews ‘Fastest Car,’ Greenlights Two New Automotive Shows

In today’s roundup, Netflix greenlit two original automobile-centric series, “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” and “Hyperdrive,” while Viacom appointed Brandon Yam as its new VP and GM of Viacom Digital Studios International. …

In today’s roundup, Netflix greenlit two original automobile-centric series, “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” and “Hyperdrive,” while Viacom appointed Brandon Yam as its new VP and GM of Viacom Digital Studios International. GREENLIGHTS Netflix has approved two new original series about cars, titled “Car Masters: Rust to Riches” and “Hyperdrive,” to premiere on the streaming service […]

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Narrative, Documentary Feature Selections

The 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival has selected its first wave of films in the narrative feature and documentary feature categories. The 18 chosen movies will screen from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11. Narrative pics include “Grace,” directed by Devin …

The 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival has selected its first wave of films in the narrative feature and documentary feature categories. The 18 chosen movies will screen from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11. Narrative pics include “Grace,” directed by Devin Adair and starring Katie Cassidy, Tate Donovan, Matthew Lillard, Mircea Monroe, Debby Ryan, and Missi […]

‘This Is Us’ Creator Calls Emmy Acting Snubs ‘Disappointing’

FYC events are supposed to be a platform for TV teams to promote their respective series during awards season — but that didn’t stop “This is Us” creator Dan Fogelman from expressing his dismay at the lack of 2018 Emmy nominations for Mandy Moore, Chri…

FYC events are supposed to be a platform for TV teams to promote their respective series during awards season — but that didn’t stop “This is Us” creator Dan Fogelman from expressing his dismay at the lack of 2018 Emmy nominations for Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley. Many TV reporters and critics, including Variety’s […]

Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester to Debut Podcast ‘The Indignities of Being a Woman’ (EXCLUSIVE)

A new comedy podcast about feminism from the minds and mouths of Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester is coming to Audible, Variety has learned exclusively. Available for preorder on Aug. 14, the audio series, titled “The Indignities of Being a Woman…

A new comedy podcast about feminism from the minds and mouths of Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester is coming to Audible, Variety has learned exclusively. Available for preorder on Aug. 14, the audio series, titled “The Indignities of Being a Woman” will launch on the site Sept 18. In the Audible Original, Markoe and Koester will discuss […]

‘Black Panther’s’ Sterling K. Brown on Popular Film Oscars Category: ‘I Go Back and Forth’

“Black Panther” actor Sterling K. Brown is torn about the Academy Awards’ new popular film category. At an FYC event for “This Is Us” at Paramount Studios, Brown, who played N’Jobu in the Marvel blockbuster, told Var…

“Black Panther” actor Sterling K. Brown is torn about the Academy Awards’ new popular film category. At an FYC event for “This Is Us” at Paramount Studios, Brown, who played N’Jobu in the Marvel blockbuster, told Variety his stance on the category — particularly as it relates to “Black Panther,” which is eligible for 2018 nominations — goes […]

Photographer Accuses Bill Murray of Harassing Him in Martha’s Vineyard

Peter Simon, photographer and brother of singer Carly Simon, has accused Bill Murray of harassing him at Lola restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., last Wednesday night. According to a police report obtained by Variety, Murray said that Simon w…

Peter Simon, photographer and brother of singer Carly Simon, has accused Bill Murray of harassing him at Lola restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., last Wednesday night. According to a police report obtained by Variety, Murray said that Simon was “taking pictures of him and harassing him while he was quietly minding his business.” In the […]

More Than 300 Wounded After Pier Collapse at Spanish Music Festival

Nine people have been hospitalized, with five in serious condition, following an accident at a seaside music festival in Vigo, Spain, on Sunday night. The boardwalk caved during the event’s closing ceremonies and fell into the sea, taking down se…

Nine people have been hospitalized, with five in serious condition, following an accident at a seaside music festival in Vigo, Spain, on Sunday night. The boardwalk caved during the event’s closing ceremonies and fell into the sea, taking down several concertgoers into the water below, the New York Times reports. The mayor of Vigo has […]

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Star Wars,’ Kendrick Lamar Nab World Soundtrack Awards Noms

The World Soundtrack Academy has released early nominees for the 2018 World Soundtrack Awards, celebrating 2017-18 films and series for their musical soundtracks and scores. Contenders include award veterans John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, and Carter…

The World Soundtrack Academy has released early nominees for the 2018 World Soundtrack Awards, celebrating 2017-18 films and series for their musical soundtracks and scores. Contenders include award veterans John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, and Carter Burwell in the film composer of the year category, recognizing a large body of film scores from Williams’ “Star Wars: […]