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David Bowie ‘75’ Pop-Up Stores Open in New York and London

In the five years since his death from cancer in January 2016, David Bowie’s estate has kept fans captivated with an extensive, tastefully curated series of reissues that have presented a vast amount of material in a non-overwhelming manner. Happily, that same approach is evident in the “Bowie 75” pop-up stores (so named for his […]

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Lashes Out at ‘Coordinated Effort’ by Media to Depict ‘False Picture’ of Company

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg insisted that issues like misinformation and political polarization are not “primarily about social media” — and he complained about a raft of critical articles published in recent days based on internal documents leaked by ex-employees. Meanwhile, also on the social giant’s third-quarter earnings call, Zuckerberg said...

Unfilmable Books That Hollywood Should Tackle After ‘Dune’

All products and services featured by Variety are independently selected by Variety editors. However, Variety may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. The release of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” arriving so quickly on the heels of “Apple’s Foundation”...

Academy Museum to Host Vienna in Hollywood Film Series and Symposium

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced Vienna in Hollywood, a new six-week program launching on Dec. 10 that explores the history of the predominantly Jewish, Austrian-born community of filmmakers and professionals who helped shape the classical era of Hollywood. Jewish immigrants from Eastern and Central Europe including actor-director Erich...

Grammy Voters: First Voting Round Closes Nov. 5 — Here’s Everything You Need to Know

We at Variety usually reserve our get-out-the-vote efforts for things like presidential and congressional elections. But with the Grammy Awards’ dramatic changes to the voting process earlier this year — most notably the elimination of the “secret” nominating committees, which makes the Recording Academy membership’s individual votes more important...

Facebook Sales Miss Q3 Forecasts as Growth Slows on iPhone Privacy Change

Facebook’s torrid revenue growth was tempered by Apple’s new ad-tracking opt-in requirement in iOS 14.5 — but the social giant still raked in a ton of money and posted profits that topped Wall Street expectations. For the third quarter of 2021, Facebook reported $29.01 billion in revenue, up 35% year-over-year. Net profit rose 17%, to […]

Celeste O’Connor Joins Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Molly Shannon in Zach Braff’s ‘A Good Person’ at MGM (EXCLUSIVE)

After appearing in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “Freaky” and “Selah and the Spades,” Celeste O’Connor has boarded Zach Braff’s latest movie “A Good Person.” O’Connor joins a troupe of major Hollywood players in the film, led by Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Molly Shannon and Zoe Lister-Jones. The film, written and directed by Braff, follows Allison (Pugh),...

Facebook Warns Production Company Behind TV Adaptation of ‘An Ugly Truth’ With Firm Legal Letter

A buzzy TV series based on the book “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination” is currently in the works — but the social media giant is now warning the production company behind the project for “recklessly” proceeding with development of a “false and defamatory” adaptation. In a legal letter sent on Monday, high-powered […]

Dave Chappelle Willing to Discuss ‘The Closer’ With Trans Netflix Employees, but Says ‘I’m Not Bending to Anybody’s Demands’

Dave Chappelle has spoken out about the controversy over his Netflix special “The Closer” in a new standup video, saying that he is willing to meet with the transgender employees of the streamer or other members of the trans community, but won’t bend “to anybody’s demands.” In the video, Chappelle remained unapologetic about the special, […]

Brendan Fraser to Play Villain in ‘Batgirl’ Movie

Brendan Fraser has been cast in DC’s upcoming “Batgirl” movie. He will play the villainous Firefly, a sociopath with a passion for pyrotechnics, opposite star Leslie Grace. Specific plot details for “Batgirl” have been kept under wraps, though it centers on Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon. J.K. Simmons is returning...

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