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Netflix Expands Anime Supply Through Quartet of Deals in Japan and Korea

Netflix Expands Anime Supply Through Quartet of Deals in Japan and Korea

Global streaming giant has expanded its roster of studio suppliers. It has signed content deals with three Japanese animation houses and one from Korea, lifting its total to nine.It said Friday that it had struck “production line partnerships” with Anima & Company (owner of NAZ), Science Saru and Mappa from Japan, and with Studio Mir based in Korea “to explore new stories and formats to entertain anime fans around the world.”Netflix previously hatched non-exclusive production line partnerships with other Japanese production houses Production I.G and Bones in 2018. In 2019 it added deals...

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James Bond Film 'No Time to Die' Explored $600 Million Sale to Streaming Services

James Bond Film 'No Time to Die' Explored $600 Million Sale to Streaming Services

Apple, Netflix and other streaming services explored the possibility of acquiring “,” the upcoming movie that was originally slated to debut last April. The film’s release has been postponed multiple times, with the Daniel Craig vehicle moving back to November before being pushed into 2021 as the number of coronavirus cases exploded.MGM, the studio behind the film, reportedly lost between $30 million to $50 million due to the delays, insiders said. Bloomberg first reported the discussions, which have been the topic du jour in Hollywood this week. Other studios, such as Paramount and Sony,...

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'Ghostbusters' Sequel Moves to Summer 2021

'Ghostbusters' Sequel Moves to Summer 2021

“,” a sequel to the blockbuster comedy, will hit theaters next summer. The movie is now expected to debut on June 11, 2021 — exactly 37 years after the original.Like nearly every film slated for 2020, Sony has hopscotched the release date for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” multiple times during the pandemic. It was originally scheduled to open in July before it was pushed to March 5, 2021. Given the unpredictability of coronavirus and audiences’ apprehension to go to the movies amid a global health crisis, there’s no telling if the latest summer release date will stick.Sony also announced “Don’t...

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Matthew McConaughey Reveals He Was Sexually Abused as a Teen in New Memoir

Matthew McConaughey Reveals He Was Sexually Abused as a Teen in New Memoir

In his new memoir, “,” “Dallas Buyers Club” star revealed that he was a victim of sexual abuse several times during his teenage years.Released on Tuesday, the memoir tells the story of 50-year-old McConaughey’s life through moments he identifies as green, yellow or red lights — events that caused him to advance, pause or stop. The Oscar-winning actor then details how each moment taught him a lesson and how he has moved forward.In the beginning of the book, McConaughey shares several facts about himself to set the scene for the rest of the book, which include his personal experience with...

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Quibi Confirms It's Shutting Down: 'The World Has Changed Dramatically,' Jeffrey Katzenberg Says

Quibi Confirms It's Shutting Down: 'The World Has Changed Dramatically,' Jeffrey Katzenberg Says

It’s officially the end of the road for — a quick end for the quick-bite video startup. The company, led by founder and CEO, confirmed that it intends “to wind down its business operations and initiate a process to sell its assets.” The shutdown comes just a little over six months after Quibi launched in April, at the front end of the COVID pandemic’s sweep across the U.S.Quibi determined that due to “the changed industry landscape and ongoing challenges, it was clear that the business would not be able to continue operating for the long-term on a standalone basis,” according to its...

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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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Rudy Giuliani's Compromising Appearance in New 'Borat' Film Raises Questions Ahead of Election

Rudy Giuliani's Compromising Appearance in New 'Borat' Film Raises Questions Ahead of Election

Giuliani tweeted Wednesday that he was tucking in his shirt and that the video is “a complete fabrication.”(1) The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment.At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) Josh Gad responded to the controversial scene via Twitter, saying it is “worse than you think.” “Well, looks like the cat’s out of the pants. Having seen   I can now safely tell you is over in a very...

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WarnerMedia to Halt HBO and WB Linear TV Channels in South Asia

WarnerMedia to Halt HBO and WB Linear TV Channels in South Asia

is pulling the plug on linear channel in and Pakistan. It will also terminate the WB movie channel in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives from Dec. 15.“After 20 years of successes for the HBO linear movie channel in South Asia and more than a decade with the WB linear movie channel, this was a difficult decision to make,” Siddharth Jain, SVP and MD, Warner Media South Asia, said. “The pay-TV industry landscape and the market dynamics have shifted dramatically, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for further change.”“We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation...

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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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Britney Spears Wins Right to Expand Legal Team in Conservatorship Case

Britney Spears Wins Right to Expand Legal Team in Conservatorship Case

won a minor victory Wednesday in her conservatorship battle against her father, Jamie Spears: The singer will be allowed to expand her legal team, after a petition request was granted.Britney, 38, is seeking to have Jamie removed from her conservatorship, which has been in effect for 12 years. She was not present for the latest hearing, although though her mother, Lynne Spears, Jamie and her attorney, Samuel Ingham were.Jamie had opposed Britney’s petition, citing the cost of adding more lawyers.Jamie Spears has been Britney’s co-conservator since 2008 when she suffered a very public...

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Michael B. Jordan to Produce 'Static Shock' Movie

Michael B. Jordan to Produce 'Static Shock' Movie

will produce “,” a movie adaptation of the comic book, unveiled by Reginald Hudlin during .Jordan revealed on Friday that he will produce the pic through his Warner Bros.-based Outlier Society banner.Static, aka Virgil Hawkins, was created by Milestone Media and DC Comics in the 1990s. The character is a teen who transforms into a superhero with electromagnetic powers. A “Static Shock” animated series aired on Kids’ WB in the early 2000s and was one of the few superhero series starring a Black character.“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around Black superheroes;...

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First Look at 'John Wick,' 'Now You See Me' Roller Coasters, Opening Next Year

First Look at 'John Wick,' 'Now You See Me' Roller Coasters, Opening Next Year

is turning its hit “” film franchise into a 10-story roller coaster ride at the Motiongate theme park in .The “John Wick” ride, and another coaster based on the “” film series, are expected to open at Motiongate early next year. Variety has the exclusive first look at renderings of what the attractions will look like, below:The “John Wick: Open Contract” coaster will offer riders a choice as they board: They can help John Wick — the assassin played by Keanu Reeves in the 2014 movie and its two (so far) sequels — or they can hunt him.“You’ll get two different experiences depending on which...

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How HBO’s 'Lovecraft Country' Marketing Campaign Spotlighted the Blerd Community

How HBO’s 'Lovecraft Country' Marketing Campaign Spotlighted the Blerd Community

Courtesy of Elizabeth Morris/HBOWhen ’s marketing teams began crafting the influencer marketing campaign for their sci-fi thriller “,” they made sure to keep the blerd community in mind.“It is cool to be a blerd now,” WarnerMedia’s senior VP of multicultural marketing Jackie Gagne tells Variety. “It is a very passionate group and we knew that there would be a lot of love for ‘Lovecraft Country’ and that those would be voices that would really help us drive awareness for the series.”Over the last few years, the slang term for “Black nerd” has grown in both popular awareness and esteem, with...

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Brian Wilson Disavows Trump's Beach Boys Benefit in California (EXCLUSIVE)

Brian Wilson Disavows Trump's Beach Boys Benefit in California (EXCLUSIVE)

A chagrined Wilson and Al Jardine tell Variety they knew nothing of the high-priced Trump fundraiser being headlined by Mike Love's touring Beach Boys until reading morning news reports.It will be fun, fun, fun under the California sun for many well-heeled attendees at today’s fundraiser in Newport Beach — but not for and , who are chagrined that the touring version of the group currently headed up by will be headlining the campaign benefit.“We have absolutely nothing to do with the Trump benefit today in Newport Beach. Zero,” Wilson and Jardine said to Variety through a spokesperson. “We...

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Beastie Boys License a Song for an Ad for First Time Ever, for Joe Biden Spot Focused on Live Music Shutdown

Beastie Boys License a Song for an Ad for First Time Ever, for Joe Biden Spot Focused on Live Music Shutdown

The had never before licensed any of their songs for an advertisement, but that commercial blackout came to an end during Sunday’s Steelers/Browns game, when the sounds of “Sabotage” accompanied a spot for the presidential campaign.It wasn’t just any campaign spot, but one that focuses on how the COVID-19 shutdowns have decimated the live music industry. The ad focuses on a club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Blind Pig, that remains shuttered this year after a 50-year run as a pillar of the community, which the owner blames on what he considers ’s shortsighted response to the coronavirus...

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The Best Movies on Netflix

The Best Movies on Netflix

As theaters remain mostly shuttered, there’s no better time to explore streaming platforms for old favorites and new discoveries. Netflix’s catalog of older releases and its growing volume of original programming both provide reliable sources of entertainment during these times. With new blockbusters continuing to shift their release dates, Netflix offers the chance to experience some of the peaks of the form, with all four entries of Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones” franchise, the massively successful musical classic “West Side Story,” the hysterically violent “Total Recall” and...

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Andrew Cuomo Says Movie Theaters Outside of New York City Can Open Oct. 23

Andrew Cuomo Says Movie Theaters Outside of New York City Can Open Oct. 23

New York Gov. has announced that outside of New York City will be allowed to open beginning Oct. 23.During a press briefing on Saturday morning, Cuomo said that movie theaters not located in the city can open at 25% capacity with a limit of 50 people per screening if they meet state safety regulations.Only counties that have an average COVID-19 infection rate lower than 2% over 14 days and no cluster zones will be allowed to open their theaters. Masks, assigned and socially distant seating and additional staff to enforce the new rules will be required, in addition to air filtration,...

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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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TV Ratings: Biden Leads Town Hall Duel With Trump in Early Numbers

TV Ratings: Biden Leads Town Hall Duel With Trump in Early Numbers

Presidential candidates and appeared in on Thursday night, after the President dropped out of the second debate.Trump’s hourlong appearance on , which drew and even an angry letter from top talent and showrunners who work with NBCU, appears to be trailing Biden’s 90-minute session with in the ratings, at least according to early numbers.Biden drew 12.7 million total viewers on the Disney-owned network, while Trump drew 10.4 million in the same 9-10 p.m. time slot on NBC. Across the entire runtime, the Biden town hall averaged 12.3 million viewers. In terms of the fast national 18-49...

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Google Now Lets You Hum, Whistle or Sing a Song to Search For It

Google Now Lets You Hum, Whistle or Sing a Song to Search For It

Can’t remember the name of a song, but you can hum a few bars? has felt your pain — and now has a solution to this particular first-world problem.The company today announced “hum to search,” which lets users hum, whistle or sing a melody to the Google app, which then tries to track down the song you had in mind.To use the feature, users of the Google app (or Google Search widget) on a mobile device can tap the mic icon and say “What’s this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Then they start humming or singing the tune for 10-15 seconds.After you’re finished humming or singing,...

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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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'Dexter' Limited Series Revival Ordered at Showtime

'Dexter' Limited Series Revival Ordered at Showtime

Sharpen your knives, “” fans. has ordered a limited series revival of the beloved serial killer drama with set to return.The premium cabler has ordered 10 episodes, with production set to begin in 2021 for a fall debut. Former series showrunner is also set to return. Much like Dexter’s many victims, plot details for the series are being kept under wraps.“’Dexter’ is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” said Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment for Showtime. “We would only...

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New Batman, Wonder Woman Audio Stories Coming to Serial Box (EXCLUSIVE)

New Batman, Wonder Woman Audio Stories Coming to Serial Box (EXCLUSIVE)

Two of DC’s most iconic superheroes, and , are getting new serialized audio and e-book stories.Under a licensing pact with Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment, is creating original scripted shows based on the two characters. In “Batman: The Blind Cut,” the Caped Crusader grapples with the fact that he is actually part of the 1%. “Wonder Woman: Heartless” centers on Diana Prince dealing with the consequences of a politically divided public responding to a series of high-profile murders — and finding her belief in the justice system challenged in the process.Serial Box said the new Batman and...

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Herbert Kretzmer, 'Les Miserables' Lyricist and 'She' Songwriter, Dies at 95

Herbert Kretzmer, 'Les Miserables' Lyricist and 'She' Songwriter, Dies at 95

, best known as the lyricist on the English version of the musical “Les Misérables,” and writer of songs such as “Goodness Gracious Me” and ’s hit “She,” has died at 95.Tributes came in Wednesday from some of the leading lights of the British stage world. “Les Misérables” producer Cameron Mackintosh said: “It is terribly sad to hear that the great Herbert Kretzmer passed away last night after a period of illness. His wonderful words for ‘Misérables’ will live on in his memory forever more and the Christmas season at the Sondheim will be all the more poignant for all of us as we hear the...

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Jared Harris Relives Moment When He Heard He Was Leaving 'Mad Men'

Jared Harris Relives Moment When He Heard He Was Leaving 'Mad Men'

Put into your television series, and it rockets your chances of having a hit show. The British actor talked through some of his career highlights – playing advertising exec Lane Pryce in AMC’s “Mad Men,” King George VI in Netflix’s “The Crown” and Soviet inorganic chemist Valery Legasov in HBO’s “Chernobyl” – in a 90-minute masterclass during Canneseries Live.Harris recalled how Emmy award-winning “Mad Men” showrunner called him into his office after the read-through of episode 10. “As soon as Matt is offering you a huge slab of whiskey in the middle of the day, I knew something was wrong,”...

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