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Must Attend: Variety’s Calendar of Events

Check out Variety’s Must Attend calendar of events.May 11, WednesdayEugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving, Max Greenfield and Betsy Brandt premiere their comedy “The Valet.”The Montalbán, HollywoodKathy Hilton and Rebecca Hessel Cohen host an afternoon tea party to celebrate the launch of LoveShackFancy’s home collection.Private residence, Los AngelesMay 12, Thursday“Dear White People” star Logan Browning hosts the […]

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The Scad Savannah Film Festival presents Wonder Women: Producers

A perennial highlight at the Scad Savannah Film Festival (October 23-30), this year’s back-to-in-person (and virtually for pass-holders) Wonder Women: Producers panel was jam-packed with industry insights from a refreshing range of female perspectives. Engagingly moderated by SAGindie executive director Darrien Gipson, the event took place at the cozy Gutstein Gallery late on a Friday […]

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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos Says ‘I Screwed Up’ but Doubles Down on Dave Chappelle Defense

Netflix has been a lightning rod for controversy in the weeks since Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special premiered on the platform, but Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos is standing by the project, which has been criticized for Chappelle’s jokes about the transgender community.Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview on Tuesday evening that though Chappelle’s […]

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Danny DeVito Joins Lakeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson in ‘Haunted Mansion’

Danny DeVito has joined the luminous cast of Haunted Mansion, Disney’s ghostly family adventure based on one of the company’s signature theme park rides.DeVito, whose last big-screen studio appearance was in 2019’s Jumanji: The Next Level, boards a project that already has Lakeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson and Rosario Dawson on the call sheet.Justin […]

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Tiffany Haddish, Lakeith Stanfield in Talks for Disney’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ Remake

Tiffany Haddish and Lakeith Stanfield may be in for a scare.The two actors are in talks to star in Disney’s upcoming remake of “The Haunted Mansion,” directed by Justin Simien, who previously helmed “Dear White People” and the horror film “Bad Hair.”“The Haunted Mansion” takes its roots from the spooky theme park ride, which first […]

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‘Dear White People’ Filmmaker Justin Simien to Direct Disney’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ Remake

Justin Simien, the director of “Dear White People” and “Bad Hair,” has been tapped to direct Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion” remake.Though taking inspiration from the spooky theme park ride, plot details have been kept under wraps for the upcoming live-action movie. The Haunted Mansion theme park ride, which first opened in 1969, takes guests through […]

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‘Bad Hair’ Director Justin Simien on Queer Acceptance: ‘We Still Have a Ways to Go’

Justin Simien, writer and director of television’s “Dear White People” and the recent horror feature “Bad Hair,” spoke about the difficulties experienced by queer students during the Virtual Point Honors Los Angeles Gala on Saturday.“I’m not that far out from my college years at Chapman University, but I have been around long enough to know […]

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‘The Empty Man’ Opens at Empty Theaters as Weekend Box Office Grosses Less Than $10 Million

This week has been one of the year’s strongest for new film releases. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon) is the most talked-about movie in months. “On the Rocks” (Apple) reunites the director and star of “Lost in Translation.” The director of “Cast Away” and the “Back To the Future” franchise adapted Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” (HBO […]

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‘Dear White People’ Creator Has Mixed Feelings About Show’s Newfound Popularity

Netflix’s “Dear White People” has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last month amid the ongoing nationwide protests that began in late May, but series creator Justin Simien has decidedly mixed feelings about his show’s renewed popularity.Simien spoke to The Playlist about the reported increase in viewership of his Netflix show and a handful […]

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