Adam B. Vary
Adam B. Vary
Adam B. Vary is a senior entertainment writer covering the business of genre storytelling and fandom across movies, television and streaming platforms. He joined Variety in 2019, after seven years at BuzzFeed News and six years at Entertainment Weekly.Source
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'Game of Thrones' Showrunner David Benioff Explains Why Pedro Pascal Was the Perfect Red Viper

'Game of Thrones' Showrunner David Benioff Explains Why Pedro Pascal Was the Perfect Red Viper

If you’re a fan of — the star of the Disney Plus series “The Mandalorian,” and — odds are high the first time you learned about the actor was during his run on Season 4 of HBO’s “.”Pascal played Oberyn Martell, the cunning and charismatic prince of Dorne who blew into King’s Landing harboring a lethal grudge against the Lannister family, who he blamed for the rape and murder of his sister and her children. He was, quite simply, a badass — renowned both as a warrior, which had earned him the nickname the Red Viper, and as an unabashed lover to women and men alike.Oberyn was also — SPOILER...

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Pedro Pascal on Fame and 'The Mandalorian': 'Can We Cut the S--- and Talk About the Child?'

Pedro Pascal on Fame and 'The Mandalorian': 'Can We Cut the S--- and Talk About the Child?'

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'The Batman' Resumes Production After Shutdown Over Robert Pattinson's Positive COVID-19 Test

'The Batman' Resumes Production After Shutdown Over Robert Pattinson's Positive COVID-19 Test

“The Batman” is going back to work. Robert Pattinson has been cleared to don on the cape and cowl again after his positive COVID-19 test brought production on the comic book movie to a standstill. The studio has never confirmed the identity of the person with the positive test and did not reveal any information about Pattinson’s condition or if anyone else on the production tested positive. Representatives for Pattinson also never acknowledged that he had contracted the virus, though Variety confirmed an initial report in Vanity Fair that the actor had COVID-19. Filming at Leavesden...

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'The Batman' Resumes Production After Shutdown Over Positive COVID-19 Test

'The Batman' Resumes Production After Shutdown Over Positive COVID-19 Test

“” is going back to work.has been cleared to don on the cape and cowl again after brought production on the comic book movie to a standstill. The studio has never confirmed the identity of the person with the positive test and did not reveal any information about Pattinson’s condition or if anyone else on the production tested positive. Representatives for Pattinson also never acknowledged that he had contracted the virus, though Variety confirmed an initial report in Vanity Fair that the actor had COVID-19.Filming at Leavesden Studios outside of London was halted on Sept. 3 while Pattinson...

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Neve Campbell Returning to 'Scream' Franchise as Sidney Prescott

Neve Campbell Returning to 'Scream' Franchise as Sidney Prescott

will reprise her role as the perpetually traumatized Sidney Prescott in a new “” movie, Spyglass and Paramount Pictures announced on Thursday.Campbell played the lead role of Sidney in the previous four “Scream” movies directed by the late Wes Craven, starting with the original in 1996. The new “Scream” film, which Spyglass and Paramount are characterizing as a “relaunch” of the meta-horror series, is being masterminded by the horror filmmaking group (“Ready or Not,” “V/H/S”), with directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac,” “Murder...

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Why Comic-Con 'At Home' Was a Bust

Why Comic-Con 'At Home' Was a Bust

If a fan convention is held on the internet and no one’s there to talk about it, does it make any noise?That was the overwhelming experience with @Home, the virtual fan convention that ran from July 22-26. It was meant to replace San Diego Comic-Con, the massive annual fan gathering that was forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite A-list panels for “,” the Star Trek Universe, and two Keanu Reeves movies, Comic-Con@Home cast a pale shadow in comparison to Comic-Con of recent years — perhaps the starkest example yet of what we lose when we lose the live experience.According to...

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Could Joel Schumacher's Darker, Longer 'Batman Forever' Cut Ever Get Released?

Could Joel Schumacher's Darker, Longer 'Batman Forever' Cut Ever Get Released?

Holy cinematic mystery, Batman!Last week, writer Marc Bernardin (“Castle Rock,” “Star Trek: Picard”) that he’d heard from “VERY good authority” that a 170-minute cut of the 1995 superhero blockbuster “” from the late director exists, but that Warner Bros. was “unsure if there’s any hunger for what was described to me as a ‘much darker, more serious’ version of the film.”Variety has confirmed with a source close to the movie that Schumacher did assemble a longer cut of “Batman Forever” that was indeed much darker in nature. This version opens with a sequence involving the villain Two-Face...

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Ray Fisher Accuses Joss Whedon of 'Abusive, Unprofessional' Behavior on 'Justice League' Set

Ray Fisher Accuses Joss Whedon of 'Abusive, Unprofessional' Behavior on 'Justice League' Set

Actor accused director of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of the 2017 film “,” in a that quickly went viral on Wednesday.Fisher also claimed in his tweet on Wednesday that former Warner Bros. co-president of production Jon Berg, and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns, both “enabled” Whedon’s alleged behavior on “Justice League.” Berg and Johns also served as producers on “Justice League,” and the film’s poor performance was a factor in both executives exiting their positions leading the DC Films unit at...

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What J.K. Rowling’s Anti-Trans Views Could Mean for 'Fantastic Beasts' Franchise — and 'Harry Potter' Fans

What J.K. Rowling’s Anti-Trans Views Could Mean for 'Fantastic Beasts' Franchise — and 'Harry Potter' Fans

posted on June 6 to her 14.5 million followers that made clear the author of the global bestselling “” book series does not believe that transgender women are women or transgender men are men.“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” Rowling tweeted. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”The fallout — for Rowling, for her creative universe known as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and for...

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Daniel Radcliffe Responds to J.K. Rowling's Anti-Trans Tweets: 'Transgender Women Are Women'

Daniel Radcliffe Responds to J.K. Rowling's Anti-Trans Tweets: 'Transgender Women Are Women'

“” star posted a lengthy response on Monday to posted by author J.K. Rowling on June 6.“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote in an essay , a non-profit dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ people. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”The 30-year-old actor cited that 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth have reported they’ve been discriminated against due to...

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Taika Waititi to Direct New 'Star Wars' Film

Taika Waititi to Direct New 'Star Wars' Film

will direct a new “” movie for theatrical release, which he’s co-writing with “1917” scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Disney and Lucasfilm announced on Monday.The studio also confirmed that a new untitled “Star Wars” TV series is in the works at Disney Plus from “Russian Doll” creator Leslye Headland, which last month.The film news affirms reports that Waititi was developing a “Star Wars” movie, on the heels of his well-received work directing the season finale of the hit Disney Plus “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian.”It’s unclear if Waititi’s film is one of Disney’s three untitled “Star...

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WonderCon Postponed Due to Coronavirus, Comic-Con Still Set to Take Place

WonderCon Postponed Due to Coronavirus, Comic-Con Still Set to Take Place

, the major fan convention based in Anaheim, California, has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, Variety has confirmed.The event, administered by International, was due to run from April 10–12, but in a statement organizers cited California Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 11 directive that gatherings of 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled.In the same statement, organizers say that San Diego — the largest fan convention in the country and one of the major events for genre entertainment of the year — is still set to take place from July 23–26.“We continue to work closely...

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Steven Spielberg Won't Direct 'Indiana Jones 5,' James Mangold in Talks to Replace (EXCLUSIVE)

Steven Spielberg Won't Direct 'Indiana Jones 5,' James Mangold in Talks to Replace (EXCLUSIVE)

After a long development process, is handing the directing reins on “ 5” to another filmmaker for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, Variety has learned.Sources say, while a deal hasn’t closed, “Ford v Ferrari” director is in talks to take the job. Mangold has been put in this situation before when he took over the “Wolverine” franchise; 2017’s “Logan” was a blockbuster, grossing $619 million globally, and earning Mangold an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay.Spielberg will remain as a hands-on producer on “Indy 5.” According to a source close to the filmmaker, the...

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Robert Pattinson's 'Batman' Suit Revealed by Director Matt Reeves

Robert Pattinson's 'Batman' Suit Revealed by Director Matt Reeves

Director revealed the first look at as Batman in his upcoming “.”In the new footage, set to an ominous score by composer Michael Giacchino, Pattinson steps into a dark frame saturated in red light, as his sleek and angular Batman suit slowly comes into focus.Last September, that he grew up as a massive fan of director Tim Burton’s 1989 and 1992 “Batman” movies. Once he heard that Reeves was rebooting the Caped Crusader series for Warner Bros., he actively pursued the part.“I’d had Batman in my mind for a while,” Pattinson said. “It’s such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do...

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Robert Pattinson's 'Batman' suit revealed for upcoming film

Robert Pattinson's 'Batman' suit revealed for upcoming film

Director Matt Reeves revealed the first look at Robert Pattinson as Batman in his upcoming “The Batman.” In the new footage, set to an ominous score by composer Michael Giacchino, Pattinson steps into a dark frame saturated in red light, as his sleek and angular Batman suit slowly comes into focus. Last September, Pattinson told Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh that he grew up as a massive fan of director Tim Burton’s 1989 and 1992 “Batman” movies. Once he heard that Reeves was rebooting the Caped Crusader series for Warner Bros., he actively pursued the part. “I’d had Batman in my mind for a...

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