Month: January 2021

The International Documentary Association has announced the winners of the 36th annual IDA Documentary Awards, with “Crip Camp” taking home the top prize. The ceremony was hosted by actor Willie Garson, with musical entertainment from Ruby Ibarra, who performed the theme from “A Thousand Cuts.” Directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, “Crip Camp” received
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Dr. Dre is back at home after reportedly being hospitalized for a brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for Dre, confirmed the news to Variety on Saturday. On Friday, rapper Ice-T tweeted that Dre had been released from the hospital. “Update: Just FaceTimed with @DrDre,” Ice-T wrote on Twitter. “He just made it home. Safe
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As new musical genres gain popularity, they are often acknowledged with their own genre-specific Billboard charts. Over the years, disco and reggae are among the musical genres awarded their own tallies. An old musical genre is going viral on TikTok, starting with Scotland’s Nathan Evans’ posting of the 19th century shanty “Wellerman” during the last
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Far-right social media personality Tim Gionet, also known as “Baked Alaska,” has been arrested by the FBI following his involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, according to the Associated Press. Gionet was arrested in Houston, Texas on Saturday for “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority”
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James Murdoch, the son of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, has spoken out against “media property owners” that spread disinformation leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. In an interview with the Financial Times on Friday, Murdoch said that the attack on the Capitol is a consequence of the election disinformation championed by
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On Jan. 20, stars and musicians are coming together to celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. These virtual events, featuring Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen, among others, will kick off this weekend and wrap on the evening of Inauguration Day. Check out upcoming events below. “America United:
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Chris “CM” Murphy, the longtime manager of Australian band INXS (from 1979 until 1995 and again in the 2000s), has died in Sydney following a battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. He was 66. A representative for Murphy Petrol Group shared the news in the early morning hours of Saturday (Jan. 16): “It is with great
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NBCUniversal’s newest sitcom series “Mr. Mayor,” a comedic, skeptical take on city government co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, opened to solid numbers in its Thursday night debut on Jan. 7. One week after the premiere, and ratings in the key, adults ages 18-49 demographic haven’t just undergone a substantial increase— they’ve quadrupled, from
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Tom MacDougall has been promoted to president of Walt Disney Music. The longtime studio vet will report to Disney Studios Content Chairman Alan Bergman. Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox and the studio’s recent content and distribution reorganization, Disney Studios Content is consolidating music production for live-action and animated films across Disney, Disney Animation, Pixar, Blue
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The cast and director of “The Mauritanian,” based on a true story of the torture and trial of a suspected 9/11 terrorist, want audiences to take away lessons of empathy, love and justice from the film. Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald, along with stars Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley and Tahar Rahim joined Variety
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Kate Winslet has been an undeniable talent for over 25 years, dating back to her breakout turn in 1994’s “Heavenly Creatures” from Peter Jackson. This year, she teamed with Francis Lee for his relationship drama “Ammonite” from Neon. Playing Mary Anning, an English fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist, the Oscar-winner displays new colors of her
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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the second episode of Season 1 of Disney Plus’ “WandaVision.” Toy helicopters, bee swarms and sudden pregnancies, oh my!? The warped sitcom-styled world of “WandaVision” is getting less Lucille Ball cutesy and more David Lynch disturbing as the Marvel Studios show plays on — and,
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This ain’t your grandparents’ Avengers. In the new Disney Plus show, “WandaVision,” each episode finds Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living in different comedy sitcom-inspired worlds, including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Bewitiched,” “The Brady Bunch” and more. “There’s a moment in the second episode where we’re trying to sneak away and we’re
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The Oscars have made some adjustments for the best international feature category. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has provided many challenges, both in viewing the films up for awards and voting. To ensure that the process’ integrity remains intact, the international feature film preliminary committee will vote via a secret ballot that will produce a shortlist
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Elizabeth Olsen’s big-screen portrayal of Marvel’s Scarlett Witch led the franchise’s foray onto Disney Plus with the actor’s starring role for the small-screen series “WandaVision.” The spinoff sees Olsen reprising her character alongside Paul Bettany’s Vision, as the duo is seemingly stuck inside various classic sitcoms, seemingly unaware as to how they got there or
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The Disney Plus “Doogie Howser” reboot, “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.,” has cast Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman in a series regular role, Variety has learned exclusively. Bowyer-Chapman joins previously announced cast members Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Kathleen Rose Perkins. The rebooted series will focus on Lahela “Doogie” Kameāloha (Lee), a mixed race 16-year-old girl who works as a doctor in
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The National Rifle Association has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and intends to relocate from New York to Texas, the organization announced Friday. Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre made the announcement on the NRA’s website, saying the group is “dumping” New York and moving to Texas to be “free from the toxic political environment of
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