Brent Lang
Brent Lang
Brent Lang is the Executive Editor, Film & Media, covering the major Hollywood studios, as well as their corporate parents. He joined Variety in 2014. He was previously a senior reporter at TheWrap. Other stops include CBSNews.com, The Patriot-Ledger, and Forbes. Lang is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University School of Journalism.Source
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Netflix Buys 'Knives Out' Sequels for $450 Million

Netflix Buys 'Knives Out' Sequels for $450 Million

LionsgateNetflix is plunking down an astounding $450 million for the rights to “ 2” and “Knives Out 3,” the next two follow-ups to the 2019 murder mystery, sources tell Variety. The films will reunite director Rian Johnson and star , who teamed up so memorably on the first detective story.The first “Knives Out” was produced by Media Rights Capital. It was distributed by Lionsgate, going on to earn $311.4 million on a $40 million budget. Johnson was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. MRC had a single-picture deal to produce “Knives Out,” negotiated by CAA on behalf of...

March 31, 2021
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L.A. Movie Theaters Can Reopen Next Week at 25% Capacity

L.A. Movie Theaters Can Reopen Next Week at 25% Capacity

in Los Angeles will be able to reopen early next week, public health officials said Thursday. The announcement punctuates nearly a year without cinemas in the film capital of the world, and is welcome news to the exhibition industry, which has struggled over the past twelve months since COVID-19 upended daily life.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Thursday that theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity sometime between Monday and Wednesday of next week.Last week, movie theaters in New York City were allowed to reopen at reduced capacity.In Los Angeles,...

March 11, 2021
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'Mank' Leads 2021 Oscar Nominations, Women Directors Make History

'Mank' Leads 2021 Oscar Nominations, Women Directors Make History

“,” an ode to Hollywood’s golden age that was produced and released by Netflix, one of the companies reshaping the movie business, led the nominations for the 93th Academy Awards. The behind-the-scenes drama about the making of “Citizen Kane” scored 10 nominations on Monday, including nods for best picture, as well as for its stars Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried and its director David Fincher.Six films earned six nominations — a group that includes “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “,” “Nomadland,” “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” All of these films were...

March 15, 2021
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'Raya and the Last Dragon' Tops Sluggish Box Office With $8.6 Million

'Raya and the Last Dragon' Tops Sluggish Box Office With $8.6 Million

New York City movie theaters welcomed back customers for the first time in nearly a year this weekend. And yet some high profile new releases still struggled to sell tickets, a sign that a box office revival may not be in the cards for a few months.Disney’s “,” a computer-animated fantasy adventure, opened to $8.6 million from 2,045 screens. That failed to match the impressive () debut of “Tom & Jerry,” which earned $14.1 million last weekend, providing a ray of hope to the long-suffering exhibition sector. “Raya and the Last Dragon” was also made available to Disney Plus subscribers for a...

March 7, 2021
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Chadwick Boseman's Wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, Tearfully Accepts His Posthumous Golden Globe

Chadwick Boseman's Wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, Tearfully Accepts His Posthumous Golden Globe

picked up the best actor in a motion picture-drama prize for his performance as a talented jazz musician in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, becoming only the second posthumous winner in the category’s history. His wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, gave an emotional acceptance speech on the late actor’s behalf.of cancer at the age of 43. His death at such a young age shocked Hollywood, coming as the actor had summited the A-list with his performance in the Marvel box office smash “Black Panther.”“He would thank God. He would thank his parents. He would thank his...

March 1, 2021
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AMC Chief Adam Aron Gets $3.75 Million Bonus

AMC Chief Adam Aron Gets $3.75 Million Bonus

Entertainment CEO received a $3.75 million bonus at a time when many of the company’s employees have been laid off and several of its theaters are closed due to COVID-19, .It’s been a grueling period for the world’s largest theater chain, one that has seen its cinemas shuttered indefinitely or operating at reduced capacity for much of the last 12 months as the coronavirus pandemic raged. AMC Entertainment, which was heavily leveraged heading into the pandemic, was believed to be on the verge of bankruptcy. However, Aron and his team were able to renegotiate the company’s substantial debt at...

February 27, 2021
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Frank Grillo Has 8 Movies in 2021 and No Plans to Slow Down

Frank Grillo Has 8 Movies in 2021 and No Plans to Slow Down

has an insatiable appetite for flexing his movie muscles.The actor is superhumanly prolific, practically cornering the market on macho roles as he veers from facing off with Captain America in “The Winter Soldier” to entering the ring with Nick Jonas in “.” Since 2014, the 55-year-old Grillo has starred or had a supporting turn in 30 films or television shows, eight of which are scheduled to debut in 2021 alone. But he insists that he’ll hang up his spurs the second he stops feeling a thrill when he sees his name in lights or his face on a billboard.“The day that isn’t cool is the day you...

February 10, 2021
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Disney Earnings Beat Expectations Thanks to Streaming Growth

Disney Earnings Beat Expectations Thanks to Streaming Growth

Coronavirus took a chunk out of the Walt Company’s profits during its most recent quarterly results, but the popularity of Disney Plus helped cushion the blow of the pandemic. It also enabled the company to easily exceed Wall Street’s diminished expectations, an achievement that bolstered Disney’s shares.The family entertainment giant reported adjusted earnings per share of 32 cents for the period ending on January 2, down from $1.53 from the year-ago period. That’s a significant decline, but not the losses that the investment community had expected to see. Revenues at the conglomerate...

February 11, 2021
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Netflix Adapting 'Redwall' Books Into Animated Movies, TV Series

Netflix Adapting 'Redwall' Books Into Animated Movies, TV Series

Brian Jacques’ beloved “” books are being adapted into a feature film and TV series thanks to a new rights deal between and Penguin Random House Children. The fantasy novels have sold 30 million copies globally and have attracted an avid following with their tales of heroism, villainy and derring do all played out by mice, moles, hares and badgers. Think J.R.R. Tolkien with cuddlier protagonists.Netflix announced it has enlisted Patrick McHale, creator of Cartoon Network’s “Over the Garden Wall,” to write the feature film. That film will be based on Jacques’ first book in the series,...

February 10, 2021
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Paul Thomas Anderson on ‘Licorice Pizza’ and Moviemaking: ‘Anyone Who’s Done This Knows That Confidence Is an Illusion’

Paul Thomas Anderson on ‘Licorice Pizza’ and Moviemaking: ‘Anyone Who’s Done This Knows That Confidence Is an Illusion’

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