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Neon Names Jason Wald as Vice President of Production, Acquisitions

Jason Wald has joined indie film studio Neon as vice president of acquisitions and production.Wald joins the Oscar-winning shop from Searchlight Pictures. He will report to Jeff Deutchman, executive vice president of acquisitions and production. The company, behind hits like “Parasite” and “I, Tonya,” is seeking to ramp up original production in addition to curating […]

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Michaela Coel and Andra Day to Be Honored at Outfest Fusion Qtbipoc Film Festival

NAACP Image Award winner Michaela Coel and Academy Award nominee Andra Day will be honored at the five-day 2021 Outfest Fusion Qtbipoc Film Festival next week.Coel, known best for creating and starring in “Chewing Gum” and “I May Destroy You,” will be acknowledged with the Fusion Achievement Award; Day, the star of Lee Daniels’ biopic […]

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Streaming Movies Ruled by ‘Croods 2,’ HBO Max’s ‘Tom & Jerry,’ and Netflix’s ‘Bigfoot Family’

This week, it’s all about awards and animation. Wherever you look — VOD charts (“The Croods: A New Age”), Netflix (“Bigfoot Family”), theaters (“Tom & Jerry”), and HBO Max (“Tom & Jerry”), cartoons are king. This weekend, Disney ups the ante with “Raya and the Last Dragon” on Disney+ and in theaters. Meanwhile, “Minari” was […]

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Sundance: How Zendaya, Halle Berry, Andra Day, Robin Wright, and Sia Broke Barriers

At Sundance’s third annual Women Breaking Barriers panel, singer-turned-actress Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”), pop-star-turned-director Sia (“Music”), actress-turned-producer Zendaya (“Malcolm & Marie”), and two actress-directors who star in their own movies, Robin Wright (“Land”) and Halle Berry (“Bruised”), admitted that jumping those hurdles wasn’t always easy, even when making a transition from […]

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Paramount Turned Down Offers from Streamers to Buy ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Paramount Pictures has spent much of the pandemic selling off its major titles to the big streamers, including Amazon Studios and Netflix. In 2020 alone, Paramount sold films including Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar contender “The Trial of the Chicago 7” to Netflix, as well as Michael Showalter’s action comedy “The Lovebirds.” Meanwhile, Paramount sold the rights […]

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Andra Day and Leslie Odom Jr. Share Memories About Playing Billie Holiday and Sam Cooke

Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”) sat down for a virtual chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios. For more, click here.The pop and soul singer Andra Day transformed her body and her sound to take on the role of a late-career […]

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Andra Day Lost 39 Pounds and Infused Her Voice With Pain to Play Billie Holiday

Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day had never starred in a movie before she channeled Billie Holiday in a new biopic directed by Lee Daniels.In “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday,” which will be released by Hulu on Feb. 26, Day plays the iconic jazz singer as she’s being targeted by a government investigation in the final […]

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Paramount Moves ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ From Theaters to Hulu, Sets Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’ For December

Paramount has officially removed Lee Daniels‘ The United States vs. Billie Holiday from its theatrical calendar and dated Damien Chazelle‘s Babylon for a December 2021 limited release. The move comes after The United States vs. Billie Holiday was reported to be heading to Hulu. Deadline reports that Paramount is shuffling its awards season releases — […]

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‘Scream’ Reboot Scheduled for 2022 Release by Paramount

Paramount Pictures has decided to release its untitled ‘Scream” reboot on Jan. 14, 2022, at the start of the MLK holiday weekend while pushing back three other titles by a year.Courteney Cox will reprise her role as news reporter Gale Weathers in the reboot along with David Arquette returning to play Sheriff Dewey Riley. Spyglass […]

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