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UK blues legend John Mayall dies at 90

LOS ANGELES — John Mayall, the British blues pioneer whose 1960s music collective the Bluesbreakers helped usher in a fertile period of rock and brought guitarists like Eric Clapton to prominence, has died at 90, his family said Tuesday, July 23. Mayall, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who was dubbed “the godfather of British blues,” and whose open-door arrangement saw some of the greats in the genre hone their craft with him and his band,...


Kehlani announces Crash concert tour: How to get tickets

R&B star Kehlani is gearing up to embark on her Crash world tour, which is set to kick off in September. Check out the dates and how to get tickets.


The Bill and EastEnders star Roberta Taylor dies aged 76

The Bill and EastEnders star Roberta Taylor dies aged 76 - The actress was also known for appearances in Luther, Casualty and Inspector Morse, as well as the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.


Mel Brooks Documentary Co-Directed by Judd Apatow Set at HBO

Mel Brooks’ life and career will be chronicled in a two-part documentary set up at HBO Documentary Films, with Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The project is already in production. Per the official logline, the project will offer “an expansive yet intimate look at one of comedy's most hilarious and influential minds, whose work has […]


Lisa Kudrow Leads a Merry Band of ‘Time Bandits' in Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's Giddy Reboot: TV Review

If one were tasked with naming a modern successor to Monty Python, the crew of New Zealand comedians informally captained by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi would be a strong candidate. (As a bit, the Ministry of Silly Walks wouldn't be out of place on the duo's mockumentary-turned-FX-series "What We Do in the Shadows," give […]


Alex James to chronicle ‘mayhem’ of Blur reunion in new book

Alex James to chronicle ‘mayhem’ of Blur reunion in new book - The Britpop group had not played a major UK show for eight years before Wembley.


‘They Call Me Jeeg' Writing Team Talks New Project ‘Piranhas in Rome' and Why It Isn't Another ‘Under Paris' (EXCLUSIVE)

Continuing its push into the genre space, Italy's Indiana Production has announced it is set to produce action chiller “Piranhas in Rome – The Great Horror Beauty," from a screenplay by ace Rome-based writing duo Nicola Guaglianone and Menotti, who penned hit superhero movie "They Call Me Jeeg." While its director is still being decided, the “Piranhas […]


'The Kardashians' Season 5 finale: Date, time, where to watch, streaming info

The season focused on Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall, and Kylie navigate sister dynamics under the watchful eye of their mother Kris Jenner.


Lauren Alaina cancels 3 shows following dad's death: 'I really have no words'

Lauren Alaina canceled three upcoming performances following the death of her dad on July 23.


Amanda Abbington reveals death and rape threats over Strictly claims in shocking new interview

Amanda Abbington reveals death and rape threats over Strictly claims in shocking new interview - Sherlock actress and her family the victim of ‘brutal, relentless and unforgiving’ threats from fans of the BBC show


Variety, Rolling Stone to Award Journalist E. Jean Carroll Truth Seeker Award at Truth Seekers Summit

Variety and Rolling Stone will honor journalist and author E. Jean Carroll with the Truth Seeker Award at this year's Truth Seekers Summit presented by Paramount+. Carroll is an esteemed journalist whose popular "Ask E. Jean" column, published from 1993 to 2019, was one of the longest-running columns ever. Over her career, Carroll has been nominated […]


When do Sabrina Carpenter London O2 tickets go on sale?

When do Sabrina Carpenter London O2 tickets go on sale? - Fans have complained about the extortionate cost of going to see the American singer on her Short n' Sweet tour


Hannah Gadsby Is Bringing Stand-Up Show ‘Woof!' to NYC

Hannah Gadsby is bringing their stand-up show, WOOF!, to New York City this fall following its run in Australia and across the United States. The Australian comedian, who rose to fame with their 2018 Netflix special Nanette which earned them an Emmy Award, is said to be sharing it all - “their worries, their wisdom, […]


The incredible female directors who changed cinema

It's no secret that filmmaking has been a male-dominated, often sexist, industry for most of its history. Thankfully, that's been changing in recent years, with systemic changes being made that are making the industry more transparent, more inclusive, and safer. There is still a long way to go, but as incredible filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and directors like Greta Gerwig, Sofia Coppola, and Chloé Zhao continue to receive the power and attention they deserve, the future is beginning to look bright. Of course, women have a long history in film, and although the due credit was rarely given at the time, women have nearly always been on the cutting edge of the art form. Some of the greatest pioneers in filmmaking have been women, and knowing their stories and bodies of work doesn't shed light on just the history of women in film, but the history of film in general. Read on to learn about some of the most influential and wonderful women to have ever gotten behind the camera.


Adam Lambert, Auli'i Cravalho to Take Over Lead Roles in ‘Cabaret' on Broadway

Adam Lambert and Auli'i Cravalho will take over the lead roles in Cabaret this fall from Eddie Redmayne and Gayle Rankin. The two will begin performances, as the Emcee and Sally Bowles, respectively, at the August Wilson Theatre starting Sept. 16 for a run through March 30, 2025. This will mark the Broadway debuts for […]


Watch Taylor Swift bring back cut song to Eras Tour acoustic set in Hamburg, Germany

The singer had a marvelous time bringing back the cut track.


Tessa Thompson to Star in Netflix Limited Series ‘His & Hers' Based on Alice Feeney Novel

Netflix has ordered the psychological thriller limited series “His & Hers” with Tessa Thompson set for the lead role, Variety has learned. The streamer has given the series a six-episode order. It is based on the Alice Feeney novel of the same name. William Oldroyd and “Ozark” co-creator Bill Dubuque serve as writers and executive […]


Timothée Chalamet Sings as Bob Dylan in First Teaser for ‘A Complete Unknown' | THR News Video

Timothée Chalamet is channeling Bob Dylan in the first trailer for James Mangold's upcoming biopic A Complete Unknown. The Dune actor stars in the film as the iconic folk singer-songwriter of the 1960s. Chalamet has also said he does his own singing for the role - just like his Dune Part 2 co-star Austin Butler did for his role in Elvis - building on his musical work following […]


Will Smith Signs to New Independent Record Label SLANG (Exclusive)

Will Smith is ready to get jiggy with music (again) - he's signed a new record deal. On the heels of his performance at last month's BET Awards, the Grammy-winning rapper and Oscar-winning actor has signed to the new independent frontline label SLANG, led by music executive Rene McLean, the partner and founding advisor of […]


Famous songs that were written for movies

It's easy to forget that many of the hit songs that have remained popular for generations were first written for movies. Whether the musician in question starred in the movie or simply created a song for the soundtrack, their songs lived on in public memory long after the credits rolled. How many of these tunes were you already aware were specifically created for the movies? Click on and test your knowledge!


5 Burning Questions Ahead of Comic-Con: Superhero Fatigue, Superman's Absence and Marvel's Big Moment

Last year's Hollywood strikes didn't shut down San Diego Comic-Con entirely like it did the majority of film and television productions, but the 2023 event was a dramatic change of pace as studios -- with a few exceptions -- either severely reduced their presence or stayed away entirely, effectively sending the annual gathering back to it roots. Not so this year. Hollywood -- with one notable exception -- is returning in force for SDCC 2024. But...


Widows’ War: Basil and his anger issues (Episode 18)

Aired (July 24, 2024): Sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon ay si Jerico (Royce Cabrera) ang napagbuntungan ni Basil (Benjamin Alves) ng kanyang galit. #GMANetwork #GMADrama #KapusoThe newest murdery-mystery drama series on Philippine TV is here. Catch the latest episode of ‘Widows War’ on GMA Network 8:50 PM. Starring prominent Kapuso actresses Carla Abellana as George and Bea Alonzo as Sam. Also included in the cast are Tonton Gutierrez, Jeric Gonzales, Juancho Trivino, Jackie Lou Blanco, Lito Pimentel, Rita Daniela, Royce Cabrera, Lovely Rivero, James Graham, and Jean Garcia, with special appearances by Benjamin Alves and Rafael Rocell.


Blair Underwood Rejected First ‘Sex and the City' Offer: ‘It Was About How Samantha Was Fascinated by a Black Man' and ‘Rumors About Our Anatomy'

Blair Underwood participated in a career retrospective interview with the AV Club and remembered turning down the first offer he got to join HBO’s “Sex and the City.” Underwood would go on to play Dr. Robert Leeds, a brief romantic love interest for Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), during the show’s sixth and final season. However, that […]


PBS and GBH's ‘Frontline' Hires Brian Eule As Its New Managing Director (EXCLUSIVE)

Brian Eule has been named the new managing director of “Frontline,” the award-winning PBS documentary series produced by Boston public broadcaster GBH. He replaces Janice Hui, who exited her post as managing director for “Frontline” to serve as COO of ITVS. At “Frontline,” Eule will oversee business operations and strategic planning and report to “Frontline” […]


Eminem’s new album featuring Fil-Am rapper Ez Mil soars to No. 1

It seems renowned global rapper and producer Eminem has infused his latest album, “The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce),” with a touch of Filipino charm. Featuring Filipino American rapper Ez Mil, the album has surged to the top of the Billboard 200, ending Taylor Swift’s impressive 12-week reign with “The Tortured Poets Department,” which has now dropped to No. 4. One of the album’s highlights is the collaboration with Ez Mil on the track...


Def Leppard, Journey and Steve Miller romp through five hours of rock sing-alongs

The trifecta of Def Leppard, Journey and Steve Miller Band is enticing for a reason - there aren't many stalwart rockers left. Go see them now.


Jon Lucas credits co-stars for his engaging portrayal as villain

MANILA, Philippines — After airing more than 170 episodes, the GMA Prime full action series, “Black Rider,” will have its finale episode on Friday night at 8. It is among today’s Top 10 most-watched programs. The show has also featured more than 200 talents. One of them is Jon Lucas, who has established himself as a supporting actor. Looking back on his convincing performance as villain Calvin Magallanes, Jon attributes it to the creative...


Pepe Aguilar on Maintaining the Aguilar Dynasty, Selling His Catalog and New ‘Que Llueva Tequila' Album: ‘Not a Family Affair – This Is Business'

Mexican actor and singer Antonio Aguilar was already performing in Hollywood when, in 1960, he forged one of the greatest unions of Southern California entertainment families by marrying singer and actress Flor Silvestre. Aguilar, with credits in American western films like "The Undefeated" starring John Wayne, and Silvestre, a leading star of the "golden age" […]


Sir Mick Jagger says John Mayall helped to ‘usher in a new era for the Stones’

Sir Mick Jagger says John Mayall helped to ‘usher in a new era for the Stones’ - Sir Mick said Mayall recommended Mick Taylor to the band following the death of Brian Jones.


Jamie Lee Curtis to Receive Honorary Doctorate From American Film Institute

Dr. Curtis at your service. Academy Award winner Jamie Lee Curtis, who just snagged an Emmy nomination for her critically-acclaimed turn on The Bear, is poised to receive another accolade. The American Film Institute announced today that it will present a doctorate of fine arts degree honoris causa to Curtis in honor of “contributions of […]


Stephen Curry Makes His Scripted TV Debut with “Mr. Throwback” — Watch the Trailer

The new Peacock comedy follows Curry as a "version" of himself who reunites with a childhood friend


The greatest female rock stars of all time

The following women shaped the history of rock 'n' roll, recording some of the greatest hits in the genre. Their music has had a lasting impact on many generations. Click through the gallery to get to know the best female rock stars of all time.


'Deadpool & Wolverine' Will Set Box Office Records, But By How Much?

It's finally here. After being delayed by the SAG-AFTRA strike and leaving the box office to suffer through a miserable May, Marvel Studios' "Deadpool & Wolverine" is here to deliver the biggest opening weekend the film industry has ever seen from an R-rated movie. How big it will be is still difficult to determine. Projections for the film have stayed firm at a spectacular $170 million for the past couple of weeks. Not only would that break the...


‘The Batman' Spinoff Shows on Gotham PD and Arkham Got Dropped After HBO Execs Wanted to ‘Lean Harder into Marquee Characters,' Says Matt Reeves

“The Batman” director Matt Reeves recently told Entertainment Weekly that series centered on the Gotham police department and Arkham Asylum were dropped after HBO executives suggested to focus more on “marquee characters” from the Batman universe. Reeves is expanding the universe he launched in “The Batman” into television starting with this fall’s “The Penguin,” in […]


“Breaking Bad”'s Krysten Ritter Explores 'Dark Side' of a Con Artist's Mind in New Thriller Novel (Exclusive)

‘Retreat,’ written with Lindsay Jamieson, will be published in 2025


Leo Chaloukian, Emmy-Winning Sound Designer, Dies at 97

Leo Chaloukian, the Emmy- and Oscar-winning sound designer and former chair of the Television Academy, has died. He was 97. The Television Academy said Chaloukian passed away on July 18 after working in sound design well into his 80s. He first worked at Ryder Sound Service in 1954, becoming an award-winning re-recording mixer and eventually […]


Nicole Kidman makes rare comment about Tom Cruise marriage over two decades after divorce

Nicole Kidman makes rare comment about Tom Cruise marriage over two decades after divorce - The movie stars were married for more than a decade between 1990 to 2001


Conductor John Eliot Gardiner quits the choir and orchestra he founded after musician assault claim

LONDON (AP) — Renowned British conductor John Eliot Gardiner said Wednesday he is quitting the orchestra he has led for six decades, almost a year after he allegedly hit a singer backstage after a concert. Gardiner said he was stepping down as leader and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra “with a heavy heart.” Gardiner, 81, allegedly hit William Thomas after the bass singer left the podium on the wrong side following a...


‘The Fabulous Four' Review: An Incoherent Girls-Trip Comedy in the Vein of '80 For Brady'

A huge misfortune befalls “The Fabulous Four” right out of the gate: its resemblance to the delightful and far superior “80 For Brady,” the 2023 comedy in which four aging women reclaim their youth and friendship on a Super Bowl misadventure. “The Fabulous Four” is by no means a knock-off - both films had been […]


Every way dancer Kameron Saunders has said 'like ever' on Taylor Swift's Eras Tour

Dancer Kameron Saunders has a speaking line during Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and he's delivered it in many languages.


Vince Vaughn Fast Talks His Way Through Florida Murder Case in First Trailer for Apple TV+ Series ‘Bad Monkey'

Apple TV+ has dropped the first trailer for the comedy series “Bad Monkey” starring Vince Vaughn. The series is based on Carl Hiaasen's bestselling book of the same name. Vaughn stars as Andrew Yancy, “who has been bounced from the Miami Police Department and is now a health inspector in the Keys,” per the official […]


fromis_9 to drop 3rd single album ‘Supersonic’ on Aug. 12

K-pop girl group fromis_9 is set to drop their third single album “Supersonic” on Aug. 12, which marks 14 months since their last release. The eight-member girl group’s new album was confirmed by their label Pledis Entertainment in a press statement, where the record hopes to “claim the Summer Queen title.” Following the confirmation, fromis_9’s social media platforms shared a glimpse of “Supersonic’s” concept, showing a moving poster of a...


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Blow Into L.A. With Powerful ‘Weathervanes' Songs at the Hollywood Bowl: Concert Review

If you could think of albums as like magazines, Jason Isbell might offer the most reliable subscription in the music business. Every three years (formerly two, but who’s counting), he issues a record almost exactly as world-class as the last, to the point that it almost feels predictable to pile on accolades, for either the […]


‘Morning Show' Season 4 Casts William Jackson Harper

William Jackson Harper has joined the cast of “The Morning Show” Season 4 at Apple TV+, Variety has learned. Harper will appear alongside series leads Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and fellow new cast members Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, and. Aaron Pierre. Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Nestor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Greta Lee, Jon Hamm, and […]


Dick Asher, Veteran Music Executive Who Fought Radio Payola, Dies

Dick Asher, a veteran music-business executive who was president of PolyGram and Columbia Records and worked with artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi to Bob Dylan, has died, his family confirms to Variety. His age and cause of death were unconfirmed at the time of this article's publication. Renowned for his […]


Latin Grammys Predictions: Shakira Gunning for Multiple Nominations, Mon Laferte and Peso Pluma Among Frontrunners

It's fitting that Shakira's Grammy-contending album is called "Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran" ("Women Don't Cry Anymore"). The defiant statement rings true in Shakira's first project after a seven-year hiatus., marking her return to the limelight after a tumultuous year with her personal life splattered on the tabloids, and stylistically it spans from Afrobeats and […]


Paul Feig to Direct 'Worst Roommate Ever' Movie for Blumhouse

Paul Feig is set to direct a narrative feature for Blumhouse based on the same New York Magazine article by William Brennan that inspired the unscripted Netflix series "Worst Roommate Ever." Blumhouse EVP Production and Development Bea Sequeira brought in the original article, and the film marks the first time Blumhouse has produced a movie and TV show based on the same source material. Feig will produce with his producing partner Laura Fischer....


Chloe Sevigny's ‘Bonjour Tristesse,' Kaniehtiio Horn's ‘Seeds' Join Toronto Film Fest Lineup

The Chloe Sevigny-starring adaptation of Françoise Sagan's classic novel Bonjour Tristesse from director Durga Chew-Bose is set to open the 2024 Toronto Film Festival's Discovery program with a world premiere, organizers said Wednesday. Claes Bang, Lily McInerny and French actress Nailia Harzoune also star in the English-language contemporary take by the Canadian writer-turned-director. TIFF's Discovery program, which […]


‘Skibidi Toilet' Film and TV Franchise in the Works From Michael Bay, Adam Goodman - Listen to the Exclusive Interview

As if it wasn’t ubiquitous enough as digital video shorts or games, “Skibidi Toilet” may be headed for a future as long-form content, too. The controversial animated internet sensation is being developed for TV and film treatment by director Michael Bay and former Paramount Pictures president Adam Goodman, who sat last week for an exclusive […]


Every Marvel superhero movie, ranked (including new 'Deadpool & Wolverine')

We're 34 films deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How does the new "Deadpool & Wolverine" rank compared to "Ant-Man" or "Avengers: Endgame"?