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UK-Ireland box office preview: ‘DC League Of Super-Pets’ is widest animated release ever

Festival favourites ‘Fire Of Love’, ‘Hit The Road’ also out.Warner Bros’ DC League Of Super-Pets receives the widest release ever in the UK and Ireland for a fully-animated title this weekend, opening in 725 locations.It is the joint-eighth widest release of all-time in the territory, alongside Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi from 2017.Among animated […]

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’: Can a Sequel Be Too Late?

In the noisy circus of CinemaCon, two presentations cut through the static: Disney debuted the trailer for James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water,” while attendees got their first look at Paramount’s long-long-long-awaited Tom Cruise sequel “

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Admits Movie Musicals Are Really Weird, But Knows How To Make It Work [Exclusive]

Lin-Manuel Miranda has no good reason to be nervous about writing songs for a Disney movie, but he is. For starters, this isn’t his first go-round with the House of Mouse — the actor-playwright previously penned songs for the Polynesian-focused tale “Moana” in 2016, earning him a best original song Oscar nomination for “How Far […]

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Emily Blunt: Horror Performances Deserve Awards Love, Including ‘Quiet Place’ Star Millicent Simmonds

No one was more surprised by Emily Blunt’s 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award win than the actress herself. Blunt was in the running in two categories: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her charming turn in “Mary Poppins Returns” and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role […]

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Oscars: Kendrick Lamar and Sza Will Not Perform ‘Black Panther’ Song (Exclusive)

Despite the Academy’s efforts to secure Kendrick Lamar and Sza for a performance of the Oscar-nominated song “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” on the upcoming Oscars telecast, the duo will not be a part of the show, Variety has learned. The reason, according to a source close to the situation, is logistics and timing. […]

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Westworld’ Among Costume Designers Guild Winners

“Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24.“The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins Returns” […]

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Queen and Adam Lambert to perform on the 2019 Oscars; Kacey Musgraves, Serena Williams added as presenters

Queen will rock the Oscars this Sunday night. The classic rock band featured in the blockbuster film “Bohemian Rhapsody” is presumed to be the opening act for the 91st annual Academy Awards slated for this Sunday, February 24, on ABC. Original members Brian May and Roger Taylor along with front-man Adam Lambert will take to […]

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Bette Midler Will Perform ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Nominated Song On Oscars

The Academy revealed today that two-time Oscar-nominee Bette Midler will perform on the 91st Academy Awards. The Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner will step in for Emily Blunt to sing the nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns.” Midler revealed the news on twitter this afternoon after it was leaked […]

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Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars (Exclusive)

Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Oscar ceremonies on Feb. 24, Variety has learned.Midler, a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, will sing the song originally performed by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The song, by Shaiman and his lyricist partner Scott Wittman, is one of five nominees […]

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Disney’s Brittany Grooms Joins Columbia Pictures as Vice President of Casting (Exclusive)

Brittany Grooms has been named vice president of casting at Columbia Pictures.Grooms joins the team from Walt Disney Pictures, where she spent six years casting live-action features like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” Prior to joining Disney, Grooms worked in casting for scripted and unscripted television, including reality […]

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