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Jim Gianopulos’ Paramount Ouster Is Another Sign of the Streaming

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The changing of the legacy guard in Hollywood continues in a business focused on prioritizing content for streaming customers. Last week, we learned that seasoned studio chief Jim Gianopulos, who for decades has been shepherding big, successful theatrical movies, was being pushed out after four years as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures in favor…

‘Shang-Chi’ May Be Banned From China for Perceived ‘Insults,’ Even

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As the days stretch on without any word of a China release for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” there are increasingly slim odds that residents of the world’s largest film market will get to see Marvel’s first Asian superhero on the big screen. Those odds have grown slimmer still after jingoistic social…

Norm Macdonald’s Best-Selling ‘Memoir’ is a Heartwarming and Hilarious Ode

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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. Norm Macdonald, the comedian known for his dry delivery, died this week after a long battle with cancer.…

Emmy Producers Reveal Telecast Plans; TV Academy CEO Confirms Re-Election

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When Frank Scherma was elected as chairman and CEO of the Television Academy three years ago, he came to office with grand plans to reform the organization. What he didn’t plan on was a global pandemic interrupting that focus. That’s why, as Scherma confirmed to Variety on Wednesday morning, he plans to run for re-election…

Apple Is Releasing Two Brand New iPads and They’re Already

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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. Apple announced two brand new iPads during a virtual summit on Tuesday, both of which will release on…

Screen Queensland Agrees Fan Development of Two Wattpad Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

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Regional Australian funding body Screen Queensland has set up two projects, one a feature film, one a TV series, emanating from its relationship with fan-driven literary platform Wattpad Webtoon. Both will enjoy further input from super-fans before heading into production. Writer Dominic Morris and producer Nadine Bates from Brisbane production company Like A Photon Creative have been chosen to adapt “The…

Claudia Sulewski on Making the Transition From YouTube to Film:

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Since launching her YouTube channel in 2009, Claudia Sulewski has taken the digital world by storm. At 18, the then-beauty vlogger was named the host of Teen Vogue’s official YouTube channel in 2015. Since then, she’s transitioned into acting. Sulewski recently landed her biggest acting role to date, playing Becca in writer-director James Morosini’s “I…

‘Eyes of Tammy Faye’ Star Jessica Chastain Joined by Gaggle

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In 1985, after thousands of gay men had died of AIDS in the U.S., Tammy Faye Bakker interviewed an openly gay pastor with HIV/AIDS named Steve Pieters on a national Christian television program. “How sad that we as Christians, who are supposed to love everyone, are so afraid of an AIDS patient that we will…

Stacey Snider Talks Sister Launch and Finding the Industry’s New

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Stacey Snider has run major movie studios and a very well-heeled independent production company over her long career in Hollywood. Now for the first time, she’s working for herself as a partner with Elisabeth Murdoch and producer Jane Featherstone in Sister. The executive, who has steered Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox is now…

Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton Outline Strategy for HiddenLight Productions,

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Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton have outlined the strategy behind their nascent film and TV company HiddenLight Productions, revealing that they have optioned a number of books, including Jacqueline Winspear’s “Maisie Dobbs” series. Speaking at the Royal Television Society conference in Cambridge on Wednesday, the Clintons appeared via a virtual live-link, in conversation with British…