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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Variety Honors Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin and Daniel Kaluuya With Creative Impact Awards by Jenelle Riley

Every year, Variety hosts an intimate brunch where it honors 10 Directors to Watch and the recipients of the Creative Impact Awards the morning following the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scene Stealer: Beanie Feldstein Is the Best Friend We All Want In ‘Lady Bird’ by Jenelle Riley

While Saoirse Ronan soars as the title character in “Lady Bird,” she would be nowhere without her best friend Julie, played by Beanie Feldstein. The 24-year-old actress is also currently…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jeff Dunham’s Growing Empire Looks Forward by Jenelle Riley

Jeff Dunham has always maintained full control over the world of characters that he’s created, and over the years has built various companies (On a Stick Prods., Red Wire Blue Wire — “…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Monday, August 14, 2017

Tituss Burgess Talks ‘Kimmy Schmidt,’ Previews ‘Preacher’s Wife’ Musical by Jenelle Riley

Though it was billed as an evening with “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess on Saturday night at the Sayers Club, there was cause for double celebration when moderato…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:53PM
Thursday, June 15, 2017

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Co-Creator Aline Brosh McKenna on Season 3, Biggest Challenges by Jenelle Riley

Aline Brosh McKenna, the co-creator (with star Rachel Bloom) of the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” is hard at work on the third season of the musical comedy, after the season-two finale s…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New Album to Include Tony Nominated Shows by Jenelle Riley

The hidebound tradition of the Broadway cast recording gets a shake-up this year, as the Tonys team with music label Broadway Records for an album that’s not songs from just one show – i…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cannes Facetime: Imogen Poots on Albee, ‘Mobile Homes’ and Roosters by Jenelle Riley

The British actress Imogen Poots recently seen in “Green Room” and “Roadies” will wrap her theater debut playing Honey in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” before heading to Ca…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00AM
Monday, April 17, 2017

Walk of Fame Honoree Gary Sinise Reflects on Steppenwolf Theatre Memories by Jenelle Riley

Asked to pick his favorite memories at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Gary Sinise can only muster: “Oh, geez.” It’s a tall order, for sure, and one on which Sinise could spend hou…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Monday, April 10, 2017

Richard Gere on the Desperate but Optimistic ‘Norman’ and the Original Ending of ‘Pretty Woman’ by Jenelle Riley

It’s been 27 years since Richard Gere and Julia Roberts charmed their way through “Pretty Woman” and today Gere is seated in a room at the Beverly Wilshire, the very hotel where they s…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:10PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spirit Awards Hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney on Friendship, Indie Films and Day Drinking by Jenelle Riley

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are best friends who genuinely love working together; it’s not difficult to imagine them doing this for the next 40 years — particularly since the pair ar…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:05PM
Monday, February 20, 2017

Behind the Scenes Video of Ryan Gosling Playing Piano in ‘La La Land’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Jenelle Riley

For his Oscar-nominated role in “La La Land,” Ryan Gosling spent three months learning to play the piano — so it’s somewhat of a compliment that many people ask if th…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:23PM
Friday, February 17, 2017

Behind the Song: The Journey of ‘La La Land’s’ ‘City of Stars’ by Jenelle Riley

Even before “La La Land” unspooled at festivals and in theaters, people were humming the tune “City of Stars” thanks to early teasers. The melancholy theme appears twice in the film …

SOURCE: Variety at 04:31PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

‘La La Land’: Why Exuberance Matters by Jenelle Riley

A few weeks ago, my father became gravely ill. After spending a few days with him in another state, I had to get back to Los Angeles. Before I left, I put in the screener of “La La Land”…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:11AM
Friday, January 13, 2017

‘La La Land’ Launches in Imax With New Poster by Jenelle Riley

As of today, Golden Globes-record-breaking film festival and box office sensation “La La Land” will be appearing on IMAX screens in the United States in a digitally re-mastered format. I…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:42PM
Sunday, January 8, 2017

‘La La Land’ Stars, Director React to Record-Breaking Golden Globes Sweep by Jenelle Riley

Many were predicting a good night for “La La Land” at the Golden Globes, but even the musical’s biggest fans might have been surprised at just how well the evening went. In a r…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:49PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Producer Marc Webb on Cable v. Network TV and Being Jealous of ‘La La Land’ by Jenelle Riley

Marc Webb isn’t just an executive producer on the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” He is, by his own admission, “a total fanboy.” Best known for helming films like &#…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:33PM
Monday, December 12, 2016

Golden Globes Recognize Actual Comedies and Musicals with Nominations by Jenelle Riley

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is always full of surprises, but there was at least one pleasant one this morning: when it came to the comedy/musical category for the Golden Globes, …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:05AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

‘La La Land’: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone on Dancing Through Their Third Onscreen Romance by Jenelle Riley

Ryan Gosling is worried about Emma Stone’s Red Bull intake. “I get one per day!” Stone protests. “You’ve already had one,” Gosling counters. “Trust me, this affects all of us.�…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Saturday, June 4, 2016

L.A. Theater Review: ‘The Little Mermaid in Concert’ at the Hollywood Bowl by Jenelle Riley

The sea has been brought to life at the Hollywood (Fish)Bowl thanks to a game cast and classic movie. The Hollywood Bowl has had success bringing stripped-down versions of Broadway shows to…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:06PM
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fresh Faces Like Rachel Bloom, Ellie Kemper Could Populate Emmy Comedy Actress Nominations by Jenelle Riley

Dying is easy, comedy is hard,” goes the old adage. But that doesn’t take into account the added burden of being a comedic actress these days, let alone a newcomer trying to find some Em…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:30PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Inside ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Boss Aline Brosh McKenna’s Office by Jenelle Riley

Tucked away in an unsuspecting neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley are the offices and stages of the CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” The freshman musical-comedy was co-created by st…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:49PM
Saturday, May 28, 2016

‘Frozen’ Live Show Opens at Disneyland to Excited Crowds by Jenelle Riley

With the wild success — over $1 billion globally — of the Oscar-winning animated film “Frozen,” a stage production was inevitable. While a Broadway show is in the works, Dis…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:11AM
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Banks on Paying Tribute to Powerful Women in ‘Suffragette,’ ‘Love & Mercy’ (VIDEO) by Jenelle Riley

Elizabeth Banks and Carey Mulligan are earning buzz for their portraits of strong women: Banks won some of the best notices of her career playing Melinda Ledbetter, the wife of Beach Boys si…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:40AM
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mamie Gummer on Making ‘Ricki and the Flash’ With Her Mother Meryl Streep by Jenelle Riley

Mamie Gummer stars in “Ricki and the Flash” — in theaters Aug. 7 — as the daughter of a rock star played by Meryl Streep. Which makes perfect sense, as in real life, Gummer is Streep…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:55PM

Emmy Guest Star Nominees Allison Janney, Christine Baranski Pull Double Duty by Jenelle Riley

If, as the cliché goes, it’s an honor just to be nominated, how does it feel to be part of a very elite Emmy group — actors who’ve scored double nominations in the guest star and seri…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:55PM
Thursday, June 4, 2015

How Elisabeth Moss, Lisa Kudrow Keep Long-Running TV Roles Fresh by Jenelle Riley

Playing copywriter Peggy Olson on AMC’s “Mad Men” has been as much about Elisabeth Moss’ own life as it has been about following a character’s arc. Although Moss says show creator …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Monday, May 25, 2015

The 'A' List by Jenelle Riley

Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci share more in common than critical accolades and impressive resumes. (Check out our exclusive photo gallery with these terrific actors!)

SOURCE: Backstage at 05:58PM

The Horror, The Horror by Jenelle Riley

Roles in scary movies are offering new opportunities to actors—including Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell of 'The Last Exorcism."

SOURCE: Backstage at 05:58PM

Critics, Critics Everywhere by Jenelle Riley

For some reason, practically every critic's group decided this was the weekend to announce their winners.

SOURCE: Backstage at 05:58PM

Celebrating Aaron Sorkin by Jenelle Riley

There are very few locks when it comes to the Oscars, and things still have time to shift and change.  One of them is Aaron Sorkin winning Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Social Netwo…

SOURCE: Backstage at 05:58PM

A Look At Natalie Portman in 'The Other Woman' by Jenelle Riley

"The Other Woman" premiered at Sundance earlier this year to generally positive reviews. But there were a few things I couldn't help thinking while watching the trailer.

SOURCE: Backstage at 05:58PM

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