Ramin Setoodeh
Ramin Setoodeh
Executive Editor, @Variety. EP, “Actors on Actors” on @PBSSoCal. Author, @nytimes best seller “Ladies Who Punch.” Email: ramin.setoodeh@variety.comSource
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And Just Like That, Kim Cattrall Found Power in Saying No

And Just Like That, Kim Cattrall Found Power in Saying No

Samantha Jones seemed to have it all — except a happy ending. For six seasons and two movies, Kim Cattrall put the “sex” in “Sex and the City,” while adding a dose of glamour and surprising relatability to boot. Samantha came complete with her own company, trendy apartment, runway wardrobe and movie-star boyfriend, but it was Cattrall who gave the character desire and soul. That’s why some fans were so disappointed to see her vanish from the franchise after being ill-used in 2010’s “Sex and the City 2.” After exiting the series of her own accord, Cattrall says she had no advance warning...

May 4
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Magic Johnson’s Next Shot: The NBA Legend on Changing Lakers History, HIV Activism and His Revealing Apple Docuseries

Magic Johnson’s Next Shot: The NBA Legend on Changing Lakers History, HIV Activism and His Revealing Apple Docuseries

One of the most influential players in the history of professional basketball is ready to walk — make that dribble — down memory lane. On a recent afternoon in Los Angeles, Magic Johnson, sometimes on the verge of tears, reminisces about his last conversation with his mentor, L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss, in a hospital room hours before his 2013 death. He recalls telling the world that he was HIV positive at a press conference in 1991, and stepping away from his towering career as a Laker. And he talks about building his company, Magic Johnson Enterprises, which is estimated to be worth $1...

Apr 5
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Ben Affleck and Sacha Baron Cohen Bro Down About 'Borat,' 'Chicago 7' and 'The Way Back'

Ben Affleck and Sacha Baron Cohen Bro Down About 'Borat,' 'Chicago 7' and 'The Way Back'

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January 22, 2021
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Tom Holland Broke His Computer When He Found Out He Was Cast as Spider-Man

Tom Holland Broke His Computer When He Found Out He Was Cast as Spider-Man

Courtesy of Marvelis best known for his role as Spider-Man in the Marvel comic superhero movies. But it turns out, getting the role wasn’t an easy process for the 24-year-old British actor. Holland spent months agonizing about whether or not he’d be cast as Spider-Man, and he even worried about getting fired after his first few weeks on the job.In an interview for Variety’s , Holland and spoke over about their latest roles — in, respectively, “Cherry” (about a war veteran who suffers from PTSD and opioid addiction) and “Judas and the Black Messiah” (a drama about Black Panther civil rights...

January 20, 2021
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Halle Berry Recalls Fights With Bryan Singer on 'X-Men' Movies

Halle Berry Recalls Fights With Bryan Singer on 'X-Men' Movies

played Storm in four “” movies, starting with the 2000 action film that launched the comic-book franchise for 20th Century Fox, but she didn’t always get along with the franchise’s director, .In a cover story interview with Variety, Berry — who is unveiling “Bruised,” her feature directorial debut, at the Toronto Film Festival this week — revealed that she clashed with Singer before retiring the character in 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” (Through his publicist, Singer declined to comment.)“Bryan’s not the easiest dude to work with,” Berry says. “I mean, everybody’s heard the stories...

September 9, 2020
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Anthony Mackie Says 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Is Like a Six-Hour Marvel Movie

Anthony Mackie Says 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Is Like a Six-Hour Marvel Movie

says the upcoming Disney Plus series “” will feel similar to movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there has been one major difference in making the show — the budget.The mini-series is supposed to cost $150 million, which is a massive sum for a TV show. But that’s still less than half the $350 million price tag — not including advertising — of “Avengers: Endgame.”In an interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue, Mackie talked to Daveed Diggs about the project, where he reprises his role as the Falcon opposite Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier. Shooting on the series, which is...

June 28, 2020
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Anthony Mackie Says Marvel Movies Need to Do Better About Diversity

Anthony Mackie Says Marvel Movies Need to Do Better About Diversity

has played Falcon seven times in the , starting with 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” In an interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue, Mackie talked to Daveed Diggs about the need for more diversity in Disney’s Marvel movies.The conversation started out with both actors talking about their most recent projects on TV. Diggs is the star of the TNT drama “Snowpiercer.” Mackie appeared in two Netflix TV shows in the last year: The second season of the sci-fi series “Altered Carbon” and in a stand-alone episode of “Black Mirror,” called “Striking Vipers.”“What are the ways that...

June 28, 2020
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What Tom Cruise Taught Henry Cavill About Doing His Own Stunts

What Tom Cruise Taught Henry Cavill About Doing His Own Stunts

Courtesy of NetflixOn “,” tries to attempt most of his own stunts as Geralt of Rivia, the hero of the Netflix fantasy series based on author Andrzej Sapkowski’s books.In a conversation for Cavill told Patrick Stewart why it was important for him to do that.“For me, when it comes to stunts, I’ve always enjoyed doing the physical stuff,” Cavill said. “Working with [on “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”] really helped — or maybe, in the eyes of the producers, made worse my enjoyment for stunts. I really want to do them now, and I think it’s an essential piece to the character. If an audience is...

June 24, 2020
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Antonio Sabato Jr. on How Supporting Donald Trump Ended His Acting Career

Antonio Sabato Jr. on How Supporting Donald Trump Ended His Acting Career

Antonio Sabato Jr. was one of the few actors who publicly supported in the 2016 election. His candidate won, but his career in Hollywood ended.“I had to sell everything,” Sabato reveals in a phone interview with Variety from his new home in Florida. “I had to pay all my debts. I was blacklisted. All my representatives left me, from agents to managers to commercial agents. I literally had to move, find a new job to survive and take care of my kids. It’s been terrible. It’s mind-blowing. It’s a disgrace. It’s tough, because if you’re in that environment in Hollywood and you have something to...

March 7, 2020
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Kevin Smith Says Harvey Weinstein Refused to Pay Him Royalties for ‘Clerks’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Kevin Smith Says Harvey Weinstein Refused to Pay Him Royalties for ‘Clerks’ (EXCLUSIVE)

sold his first movie, “,” to out of the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.Weinstein, who ran Miramax at the time, shelled out $227,000 for the black-and-white movie set in a video store. But their agreement allowed for Smith to receive a backend if the movie became profitable.That fall, “Clerks” grossed $3.2 million in North American theaters. And it generated tens of millions more on VHS, as it became a cult hit.Now, in a recent interview with Variety, Smith reveals that it took Weinstein seven years to pay him back some of the royalties that he was owed. And even then, Weinstein deployed...

April 11, 2020
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