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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'Shazam! Fury of the Gods' Casts Lucy Liu as Villain

'Shazam! Fury of the Gods' Casts Lucy Liu as Villain

is officially a god.The “Elementary” and “Why Women Kill” star has joined the DC Comics adaptation “” as the villain Kalypso, the sister of Hespera.Along with Liu and Mirren, the core filmmaking team from 2019’s “Shazam!” is returning for the sequel, including Zachary Levi as the eponymous superhero Shazam!, and Asher Angel as his teenage alter ego Billy Batson. David F. Sandberg is returning to direct the film, from a screenplay by Henry Gayden. Peter Safran is producing with his shingle the Safran Company.Like Mirren’s character Hespera, Liu’s Kalypso does not have an obvious counterpart...

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Apr 12
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San Diego Comic-Con Goes Virtual in July 2021, Plans November In-Person Event

San Diego Comic-Con Goes Virtual in July 2021, Plans November In-Person Event

San Diego , the largest fan convention in North America, will not be held in person in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced on Monday. Instead, the event will be held virtually over three days, from July 23-25.In addition, Comic-Con International, the organization behind SDCC, is planning an in-person convention in San Diego to be held in November 2021.“While we are buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con,”...

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Mar 1
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Sundance 2021 Winners: 'CODA' Sweeps With Four Prizes, Questlove's Documentary 'Summer Of Soul' Earns Two

Sundance 2021 Winners: 'CODA' Sweeps With Four Prizes, Questlove's Documentary 'Summer Of Soul' Earns Two

Courtesy of Sundance InstituteThe 2021 Film Festival concluded Tuesday night with a virtual awards ceremony, honoring “CODA” — a family drama centered on a high school student who is the child of deaf adults (hence the title) — with four prizes in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category: the grand jury prize, the directing prize, the audience award and a special jury prize for best ensemble.It is the first film in Sundance history to win all three top prizes in the U.S. Dramatic category.“I hope that this opens the door to people getting that audiences want to see these kinds of stories,”...

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Feb 3
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Ali Larter Responds to Leonard Roberts' Accusations: 'I Am Truly Sorry'

Ali Larter Responds to Leonard Roberts' Accusations: 'I Am Truly Sorry'

Actor responded on Wednesday to the account by her “” co-star — who, in published earlier in the day, said Larter mistreated him while working on the first season of the hit NBC series, eventually leading to his dismissal from the show. Roberts believes the fact he’s Black affected that decision.In a statement to Variety‘s sibling publication , Larter said: “I am deeply saddened to hear about Leonard Roberts’ experience on Heroes and I am heartbroken reading his perception of our relationship, which absolutely doesn’t match my memory nor experience on the show. I respect Leonard as an...

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Dec 17
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Johnny Depp: Why Warner Bros. Finally Cut Ties With the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Star

Johnny Depp: Why Warner Bros. Finally Cut Ties With the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Star

Three letters: AT&T.On Dec. 7, 2017, J.K. Rowling posted a lengthy statement to her website , the actor cast to play the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the “” movie franchise, part of Rowling’s “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” media fiefdom. For over a year, Depp had been dogged by headlines surrounding his disintegrated marriage to actor , who Depp had repeatedly physically and verbally abused her. Even before the #MeToo movement exploded in late 2017, many of Rowling’s fans had how upset they were that, after briefly appearing in 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find...

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Will 'Wonder Woman 1984' Open on Christmas? 'I Don't Think Anybody Can Be Confident,' Says Patty Jenkins

Will 'Wonder Woman 1984' Open on Christmas? 'I Don't Think Anybody Can Be Confident,' Says Patty Jenkins

When Warner Bros. announced last month that “” would open , it was no less than the for the movie, and the third since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the film industry to play a losing game of hopscotch with the theatrical release calendar. Once expected to be the biggest movie of the summer, “Wonder Woman 1984” has been pushed this year from June 5 to , then again to , and now to Christmas as practically the only major theatrical release left in the calendar year.Asked about the ever-shifting release dates for the project for , “Wonder Woman 1984” costar — who plays the villain Max Lord...

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Oct 16
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A 'Mandalorian' Movie? Pedro Pascal and Jon Favreau on the Future of the Newest 'Star Wars' Franchise

A 'Mandalorian' Movie? Pedro Pascal and Jon Favreau on the Future of the Newest 'Star Wars' Franchise

Courtesy of LucasfilmLess than a week after wrapped production on Season 2 of “,” the entire entertainment industry — and much of the world — effectively shut down in the wake of the growing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the new season of the mega-hit “” series now set to premiere on Disney Plus on Oct. 30, it appears that Pascal’s titular bounty hunter once again narrowly escaped a Death Star–sized disaster.It did not quite feel like it at the time.“I didn’t really stop to consider [the pandemic], because, unfortunately, the news has for me been causing alarm in so many different...

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Oct 15
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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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Marvel Finally Confirms Oscar Isaac as 'Moon Knight' Star

Marvel Finally Confirms Oscar Isaac as 'Moon Knight' Star

is officially returning to the Marvel fold.Seven months after Variety first broke the news that Isaac to star in ’ upcoming series “,” Marvel has finally confirmed that the 42-year-old actor will headline the project.Naturally, Marvel did so via a tweet that reads, “‘WE ARE MOONKNIGHT’ – Oscar Isaac” — a sly tip of the hat to the fact that Isaac’s character — elite soldier and mercenary Marc Spector — has multiple, distinctive personalities, which he develops after he becomes the embodiment of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon."WE ARE MOONKNIGHT" – Oscar Isaac— Marvel Studios...

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