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Scott Rudin Fallout Intensifies With Sutton Foster Statement, Emotional Video From Late Assistant’s Twin

The outrage surrounding producer Scott Rudin intensified over the weekend, with Broadway star Sutton Foster speaking out while the twin brother of a late former Rudin assistant posted an emotional video message alleging that his brother was traumatized by his experience with the producer. Both statements follow Rudin’s announcement on Saturday that...

Luke Bryan Will Return to ‘American Idol’ Tonight After Fast COVID Recovery

Luke Bryan will return to “American Idol” for a live broadcast tonight, sources tell Variety, after being sidelined from last week’s first live episode of the season — and also tonight’s Academy of Country Music Awards — as a result of contracting COVID-19. Shortly after this story was first published, Bryan tweeted (and the “Idol” account […]

Dave Grohl’s Rockers ‘n’ Moms Show to Feature Mothers of Geddy Lee, Pharrell Williams, Brandi Carlile and More

The Dave Grohl-directed series about musicians and their mothers has been given a start date, with a May 16 premiere for a Paramount Plus show that will feature artists from Geddy Lee to Miranda Lambert interacting with their moms. Grohl himself will be one of the musicians showing off his mother, as Virginia Hanlon Grohl […]

Taylor Swift Logs Third No. 1 Album in Less Than a Year With ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’

Taylor Swift’s “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” has put her back at the top of the album charts — for the third time in a little over eight months. The re-recorded version of her second album — which became her first No. 1 record back in 2008 — debuted at No. 1 this week on Billboard’s Top […]

Academy of Country Music Awards 2021: The Complete List of Winners

The Academy of Country Music Awards show is airing Sunday night. Come back here for a complete list of winners as the telecast proceeds. The first award of the evening went to Old Dominion, for group of the year, followed by recognition for Maren Morris as singer and co-writer of the song of the year, […]

How Disney Will Use ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and More to Promote This Year’s Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)

With just a week until the 93rd Oscars ceremony on April 25, Disney is kicking the synergy machine into high gear in order to support the telecast on ABC. The challenge is steep: As Variety recently noted, ratings for all major awards telecasts this year have been down between 50% to 60%, making a similar […]

Mickey Guyton on Co-Hosting the ACMs: ‘The Country Music Community Is Inclusive, and It’s Time Awards Shows Show That’

Mickey Guyton will be there to represent as she co-hosts Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards show — not least of all, represent her own long-deserving career reach the next level on the big stage, but also to front what she promises will be a more conscientiously diverse lineup than some viewers might expect. […]

‘Mank’ Wins Top Honor at ASC Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers handed out its top prize in feature film visual storytelling to Erik Messerschmidt, ASC for “Mank.” Other winners included “The Crown,” “The Mandalorian,” “The Truffle Hunters,” “Two of Us,” “Motherland: Fort Salem” and “The Queen’s Gambit.” Turner Classics Movies host Ben Mankiewicz served as the emcee for the...

Visions du Réel 2021: Profiles of 9 Works in Progress

In its biggest single showcase, Visions du Réel staged a three-hour showcase on Saturday where directors and producers delivered online presentations of nine doc features in post. Some will undoubtedly hit major festivals in the months to come. Following, bare bones profiles of the nine WIP titles: “About Everything There Is to Know,” dir: Sofía Velázquez...

‘Lord of the Rings’ Dominated by ‘Detective Conan’ in China Opening Weekend

Japanese animation “Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet” led both “Godzilla vs. Kong” and the debut of the 4K remastered “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” this weekend at the China box office. Although the “Fellowship” re-release should have been a headlining event, the film’s roll-out was bungled when Chinese authorities left just […]

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