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‘Archive’: Film Review

In “Archive,” an isolated scientist methodically pursues an artificial-intelligence ideal, developing a sequence of human-android beings and recycling their various parts until the ultimate prototype is achieved. In his handsome debut feature, writer-director Gavin Rothery follows a similarly nifty process of assembly and reassembly, repurposing elements...

Listen: Sara Gilbert on Her Dream Guest Star on ‘The Conners’ and Missing ‘The Talk’

Sara Gilbert admits she misses “The Talk,” the show she created in 2010 and co-hosted for nine years before leaving in August. She’s fine no longer broadcasting her opinions and views to millions of people each day, but on Thursday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket” she said, “I loved seeing […]

Sony Invests $250 Million in ‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games

Sony is making a strategic investment of $250 million in Epic Games, the maker of massive hit game “Fortnite,” to acquire a minority interest in the gaming company. The companies said the investment “allows Sony and Epic to aim to broaden their collaboration across Sony’s leading portfolio of entertainment assets and technology,” as well as […]

‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ With Freida Pinto, Constance Wu Sells to Bleecker Street (EXCLUSIVE)

Bleecker Street has secured U.S. rights to “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” a Regency era romantic comedy that is set to star Freida Pinto, Constance Wu, Sope Dirisu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Sam Heughan. The film, an adaptation of a novel of the same name written by Suzanne Allain, will star production next spring in Ireland. A theatrical […]

Listen: ‘Westworld’ Star Evan Rachel Wood on Her Future on the Show

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Crisis Theory,” the finale of “Westworld” Season 3. Dolores may have been killed off — or erased — on “Westworld,” but that doesn’t mean the actor who portrayed her, Evan Rachel Wood, is necessarily done with the show. “I want to come back,” Wood, who […]

Natasha Bedingfield Rolls Out of Hollywood Hills Home

It looks like English songwriter and pop star Natasha Bedingfield, who released her fourth, 18-track Linda Perry produced studio album (“Roll With Me”) last year, is rolling out of L.A.’s Hollywood Hills, putting an almost $2.25 million price tag on a canyon- and city-view Mediterranean villa on a high ridge above L.A.’s Beachwood Canyon and […]

Michelle Williams, Oscar Isaac to Star in ‘Scenes From a Marriage’ Limited Series at HBO

Oscar Isaac and Michelle Williams are attached to star in an HBO limited series adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From a Marriage,” Variety has learned. Bergman’s version aired on Swedish television in 1973, consisting of six episodes. Bergman directed the series with Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson starring. The new version is said to re-examine...

Viola Davis, Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions Expands Amazon First-Look Deal to Include TV

JuVee Productions, the production company of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, has set an expanded first-look deal with Amazon. The deal will now include television in addition to extending their film deal. JuVee previously had a TV overall deal at ABC Studios. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Amazon Studios, bringing our TV […]

Johnny Depp Painted Messages on Mirror Using His Own Blood, Court Hears at Libel Trial

Johnny Depp used the blood from the severed tip of his finger to paint messages on a mirror, a court heard Thursday, the third day of his libel trial against the publisher of The Sun newspaper in London. Depp is suing Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers and journalist Dan Wootton for an article on The […]

Lucy Liu to Star in Shana Goldberg-Meehan’s Multi-Cam Comedy Pilot at ABC

Lucy Liu has been cast in the lead role of Shana Goldberg-Meehan’s multi-camera workplace comedy pilot at ABC formerly known as “Bossy” and “Kids Matter Now.” Liu will play Devin, described as the fierce and powerful head of Shelter, a large and successful modern furniture company. She is a force and is unfamiliar with failure. But […]

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