‘Obvious Child’ Producer Votiv Films Hires New Development Head
EXCLUSIVE: Votiv Films has hired producer Justin Lothrop on as the company’s new Head Of Development. He had been at Buffalo 8 Productions, and recently served as a producer on the Sundance 2016 title As You Are starring Stranger Things‘ Charlie Heaton and Amandla Stenberg.
In his new role, Lothrop will work with Votiv founder Brent Stiefel to evaluate, develop and produce new projects.
Steifel is at Sundance now with The New Radical, which is having its world premiere in… Read
Video: Ben Vereen’s Wrenching ‘Wonderful World’ – “It Ain’t Over!” – At Broadway’s ‘Concert For America’ Alt-Inaugural Ball
Second Update, 9 A.M.: Here’s Ben Vereen’s emotion-packed performance of “What A Wonderful World” at yesterday’s Concert For America at new York’s Town Hall.
UPDATE Saturday morning: The organizers of Friday’s sold-out Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! said this morning that the event, at which all the performers donated their talents, had raised more than $100K. The concert was the first in a planned monthly seriesw.
EARLIER: The Broadway stars came out to shine… Read
Sundance: Women’s March Gets Bad Weather, Lower Turnout But High Hopes
With a smaller turnout that expected and battling snowfall and traffic snarls, today's Women's March On Main still drew thousands to Park City this morning.
Led by Chelsea Handler, the two-hour event down the main drag of the Sundance Film Festival's home base was full of A-listers with Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Underground EP and Oscar winner John Legend, Nashville's Connie Britton and more Hollywooders taking their protest against Donald Trump to the somewhat… Read
Women’s March: “Day 1 In Our United Movement,” Says America Ferrera
Update, 8:55 a.m. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren rallied a massive crowd in Boston, saying from the speakers podium, “I can’t believe I have to say this in 2017, but we believe in equal pay and a woman’s right to decisions over her own body.” Marchers packed Boston Common to hear the kick-off speech. “We believe that equal means equal, and that is true in the workplace, in marriage, it’s true every place,” Warren said. “You know I could do this all day, but we… Read
Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Inaugural Address Positively Lincolnish
UPDATED with video: “Like Lincoln huffing paint thinner, this stirring orator invoked an inspiring picture of the country he now leads,” Late Show host Stephen Colbert said hours after President Donald Trump delivered his Inaugural Address. Among Trump’s zippier turns of phrase:
America's infrastructure has fall into disrepair and decay…
Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities…
Rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape…
Our you… Read
Jill Soloway On Today’s Women’s March, ‘I Love Dick’ At Sundance & ‘Transparent’
“This is a rallying cry that women, people of color, queer people, and their allies are all one big movement,” says Jill Soloway of the Women’s Marches that are set for Washington D.C, Park City and all over the country today after Friday’s Inauguration of Donald Trump. “The enemy is now clear and the enemy is now named,” the Transparent creator and multiple Emmy winner added.
A Sundance alum and the winner of the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award with her 2013 film Afternoon… Read
Trevor Noah Sings To President Donald Trump On His First Day In Office
“Did anyone have ‘carnage,’ ‘blood,’ and ‘decay’ on their Inauguration Speech Bingo card?” Trevor Noah asked at the top of The Daily Show hours after Donald Trump delivered his dystopic inaugural address which, the late night host noted, former First Lady Michelle Obama seemed to be having none of.
Then, about 6:50 into his show, in a bit of a surprise, Noah broke into song:
No more excuses,
no more excuses.
It’s time to take your red cap off
and really do shit.
Cause if y… Read
Uni/Blumhouse’s ‘Split’ Is A Hit With $33M To $34M; ‘Xander Cage’ Falls Down – Saturday AM Update
Saturday, AM Write-thru of Friday 10:39PM update: Split, the M. Night Shyamalan psychological horror film that stars an unrecognizeable James McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities, has busted through all early estimates with a mid-$30M take to surpass the return of Vin Diesel in xXx Return of Xander Cage with a high-teen three-day take. Split also more than doubled xXx’s Friday night take (see below chart).
“That’s something I thought I would never hear: M… Read
Joy Reid To Trevor Noah: Media Must Study Vladimir Putin’s Authoritarian Regime To Cover President Trump
UPDATED with video: President Donald Trump’s post-truth world has to change the way the press does its job, Joy Reid told The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.
“Journalists are accustomed to, when the president says something…you just report it. But now, something Donald Trump tweets is not a headline you can just translate right into your magazine, or your newspaper or on television,” she continued. “Because it might be true – and more times than not it isn’t true, it’s a… Read
French Women’s Groups To Protest César Awards Over Roman Polanski Presidency
French women's groups have called for protests of the César Awards ceremony next month over the Académie des Arts et Techniques' decision to name Roman Polanski President of the proceedings. A largely honorary title — the president’s main role is to declare the event officially open — it was bestowed upon the Polish filmmaker earlier this week. France's version of the Oscars will be held February 24, nominations are this coming Wednesday.
But feminists' org Osez Le… Read
South Korean Cultural Minister Arrested Over Artists Blacklist
South Korea’s ongoing political crisis continues as Cho Yoon-sun, the country’s cultural minister, was arrested by prosecutors due to suspected abuse of power. Among the other accusations brought against the minister, Cho is accused of drawing up a blacklist against artists and entertainers who criticized Park Geun-hye, the suspended current president facing impeachment over charges of corruption.
Cho is the first sitting minister in the country’s history to be arrested… Read
Jimmy Kimmel Vows To Mine Donald Trump Presidency For Laughs
Finally, a completely honest late-night comic. Jimmy Kimmel tonight revealed how happy he is to have a Donald Trump presidency to mine for comedy after eight years of the Obamas:
“Let me tell you something, I have not had it easy” Kimmel said on his Inauguration Day edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live. “For the last eight years I have been forced to make jokes about the First Lady's vegetable garden. You think I'm not going to grab this pumpkin by the guts and shake it until… Read