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Apple Original Content for the Vision Pro Is Absolutely Stunning – And Casually Terrifying - variety.com - city Culver City
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26.03.2024

Apple Original Content for the Vision Pro Is Absolutely Stunning – And Casually Terrifying

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer I’m balancing on a tightrope, 3,000 feet above the Nordic fjords. As I glance down into the watery abyss, my stomach churns. Then, with a few flicks of my index finger, I’ve ditched Scandinavia for Pangea, where I’m frolicking with velociraptors who come within centimeters of my face to sniff and size me up.

Yorgos Lanthimos to Reunite With Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons for Alien Conspiracy Drama ‘Bugonia’ at Focus Features - variety.com - Britain - North Korea
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18.05.2024

Yorgos Lanthimos to Reunite With Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons for Alien Conspiracy Drama ‘Bugonia’ at Focus Features

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Yorgos Lanthimos can’t stop (won’t stop!) working with Oscar winner Emma Stone, casting the actress once again as leading lady for his next project “Bugonia.” The drama will also star Jesse Plemons who, along with Stone, appears in Lanthimos’ forthcoming “Kinds of Kindness.” That three-chapter feature just premiered on Friday at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. “Bugonia” follows two conspiracy-obsessed young men who kidnap the high-powered CEO of a major company, convinced that she is an alien intent on destroying planet Earth. The script is from heat-seeking “Succession” and “The Menu” writer Will Tracy.

Paul Schrader to Shoot Noir Film About ‘Sexual Obsession,’ Titled ‘Non Compos Mentis,’ This Fall - variety.com - Canada
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18.05.2024

Paul Schrader to Shoot Noir Film About ‘Sexual Obsession,’ Titled ‘Non Compos Mentis,’ This Fall

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer The unstoppable Paul Schrader, the 77-year-old auteur who just brought his latest movie “Oh, Canada” to Cannes, has announced his next project. The director revealed he intends to start production this fall on “Non Compos Mentis,” a noir film he is currently writing.

NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley Thanks Kering Women In Motion Award For Sparking Career Reflection: ‘I Am Driven To See What’s Next’ - variety.com - Britain - Paris - London - Malaysia - county Isle Of Wight
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17.05.2024

NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley Thanks Kering Women In Motion Award For Sparking Career Reflection: ‘I Am Driven To See What’s Next’

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer It’s something out of a movie, the way a young Donna Langley first discovered the magic of film. The chairman of NBCU studio group and chief content officer was in her late teens, broadening her horizons in Paris away from her upbringing on the tiny Isle of Wight off the English Channel. It was there she saw films like Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “Diva,” Luc Besson’s “Le Grand Bleu” and retrospectives on the works of auteurs like Jean-Luc Godard.

Glen Powell Ushers in Blue Angels Foundation Trailer Ahead of Imax Original Documentary - variety.com - county San Diego - city Powell
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16.05.2024

Glen Powell Ushers in Blue Angels Foundation Trailer Ahead of Imax Original Documentary

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Glen Powell, Bad Robot and Imax have released a theatrical trailer in support of The Blue Angels Foundation, a non-profit created by former Blue Angels pilots that funds critical services for wounded veterans and their families. The trailer will run nationwide in anticipation of the Imax original documentary “The Blue Angels,” which starts its Imax exclusive run May 17. Opening with an introduction from Powell, the trailer goes inside the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station 1 in San Diego, Calif., a housing and support facility for those receiving care from The Blue Angels Foundation.

Keira Knightley to Star in ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ Film Adaptation at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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15.05.2024

Keira Knightley to Star in ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ Film Adaptation at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Bust out the Dramamine and brace for PTSD. Keira Knightley is on board to lead a film adaption of Ruth Ware’s bestselling novel “The Woman in Cabin 10” at Netflix. In what marks one of Dan Lin’s first green lights as the new film chief at the streamer, “The Woman in Cabin 10” follows a travel journalist (Knightley) assigned to cover the launch of a luxury yacht.

Malcolm McDowell, Jacob Ward to Lead Vietnam Draft Drama ‘Summerhouse,’ Magenta Light Studios Launching Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - county Queens - Vietnam - state Connecticut - county Ray - county Ward - county Mcdowell
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15.05.2024

Malcolm McDowell, Jacob Ward to Lead Vietnam Draft Drama ‘Summerhouse,’ Magenta Light Studios Launching Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Bob Yari’s startup mini-major Magenta Light Studios has found its first in-house film production in “Summerhouse,” a period drama set against the anxiety of the Vietnam War. “Bombshell” and “Halloween” star Malcolm McDowell will lead the project with Jacob Ward, an up-and-comer who made his debut in Ray Romano’s 2022 film “Somewhere in Queens.” Ed Kaplan (“2 Graves in the Desert”) will write the script and direct, with Shelly Jonson (“Greyhound,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) as director of photography. Production will begin in Connecticut this month.

Julia Ducournau’s New Film ‘Alpha’ Nabbed by Neon for North America - variety.com - New York - USA - Hollywood - Florida - Las Vegas - county Stone - Mauritania
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14.05.2024

Julia Ducournau’s New Film ‘Alpha’ Nabbed by Neon for North America

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Neon, the Oscar-winning distributor of “Parasite,” is getting back in business with “Titane” director Julia Ducournau. In one of the first big rights deals of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the studio announced it has acquired North American territories for Ducournau’s “Alpha.” Plot details were not immediately disclosed, except that the film will be “genre-defying.” Neon previously released Ducournau’s acclaimed “Titane,” which won Cannes’ highest honor, the Palme d’Or, in 2021. She is only the second woman director to do so, following Jane Campion for “The Piano.” “Alpha” will star Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Paterson”) and Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian,” “A Prophet”).

The Buzziest Films and Packages for Sale at Cannes 2024: ‘The Apprentice,’ Pamela Anderson’s ‘Last Showgirl’ and ‘Emilia Perez’ Starring Selena Gomez - variety.com
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14.05.2024

The Buzziest Films and Packages for Sale at Cannes 2024: ‘The Apprentice,’ Pamela Anderson’s ‘Last Showgirl’ and ‘Emilia Perez’ Starring Selena Gomez

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Are we headed for a bon marché? A new class of finished films and packages (unmade movies with big stars and a director attached) will travel to Cannes this week in search of cash and homes with the studios, streamers and global indie players. The 2024 Cannes market comes equipped with some interesting contradictions. Stateside, the content buying machine is fraught.

Tom Brady Roast Producer on Getting Bill Belichick, Kim Kardashian vs. Drunk Hecklers and ‘Unprecedented’ Live Arena Setting - variety.com - Los Angeles - USA
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08.05.2024

Tom Brady Roast Producer on Getting Bill Belichick, Kim Kardashian vs. Drunk Hecklers and ‘Unprecedented’ Live Arena Setting

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer 17,000 fans. The reunion of an American football dynasty and the coach no one expected to show. Televised live around the world while the reputation of a man considered “the greatest of all time” sits in the hands of savage comedians and one-time foes.

As Participant Closes, 60 Stars and Directors Sign Open Letter for Hollywood to Keep ‘Harnessing the Power of Art to Change the World’ - variety.com
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07.05.2024

As Participant Closes, 60 Stars and Directors Sign Open Letter for Hollywood to Keep ‘Harnessing the Power of Art to Change the World’

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Dozens of top Hollywood creatives and activists have signed an open letter in response to the shuttering of production company Participant — imploring the industry to continue to effect change through film and television as the defunct company once did. George Clooney, Aflonso Cuarón, Ava DuVernay, Jane Fonda, Regina King, Viola Davis, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, Color of Change president Rashad Robinson and more are signators, in addition to groups like GLAAD and Human Rights Watch.

Contest Seeking Short Stories for Film and TV Adaptation Launched by Roadmap Writers, Barry Josephson - variety.com - Los Angeles
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07.05.2024

Contest Seeking Short Stories for Film and TV Adaptation Launched by Roadmap Writers, Barry Josephson

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Roadmap Writers, a screenwriting education and training platform based in Los Angeles, is partnering with Hollywood producer Barry Josephson to identify short stories fit for film and television adaptation. The competition, open now and running through June 14, seeks commercial-leaning work and carries a cash prize of $7,000. The top three stories will be published on Roadmap Writers.

Celebrity-Backed Nonprofits I Am a Voter, HeadCount Merge Ahead of 2024 Election - variety.com
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02.05.2024

Celebrity-Backed Nonprofits I Am a Voter, HeadCount Merge Ahead of 2024 Election

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer As the 2024 presidential election inches closer, two nonprofit groups favored by pop icons and Hollywood stars are merging to get out the vote. I Am a Voter has been absorbed by HeadCount.

Emerson Collective Podcast ‘Technically Optimistic’ Wants to Save Your Digital Soul - variety.com - Hollywood - Washington
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01.05.2024

Emerson Collective Podcast ‘Technically Optimistic’ Wants to Save Your Digital Soul

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer As consumers turn apathetic toward information collecting online — and Washington cracks down on foreign-owned apps like TikTok — the urgency of data privacy and protection seems increasingly unavoidable in daily life. “Technically Optimistic,” a podcast from Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, seeks to address that in ways that don’t make the average listener’s eyes glaze over. “I’m trying to break this information down in a way that my mother-in-law would find interesting,” said Raffi Krikorian, host of the series which began a Season 2 rollout in April.

Carla Gugino to Play ‘Gone With the Wind’ Star Vivien Leigh in Biopic ‘The Florist’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - city Philadelphia
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01.05.2024

Carla Gugino to Play ‘Gone With the Wind’ Star Vivien Leigh in Biopic ‘The Florist’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Carla Gugino has been tapped to play Hollywood screen legend Vivien Leigh in the forthcoming biopic “The Florist.” The film is directed by Nick Sandow (star of “Orange is the New Black”) and will explore Leigh’s struggle with bipolar disorder in the 1960s, as she prepares to lead the Broadway production of John Gielgud’s Chekhov adaptation of “Ivanov.” Screenwriter Jayce Bartok (“The Cake Eaters”) put the script together based on a box of love letters. Leigh earned her place in cinema history as Scarlett O’Hara, the central character in 1939’s “Gone With the Wind,” opposite Clark Gable.

Paramount Global Set to Unveil New Leadership Structure; Anxiety Runs High On Earnings Eve - variety.com
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29.04.2024

Paramount Global Set to Unveil New Leadership Structure; Anxiety Runs High On Earnings Eve

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer As turmoil continues to surround the future of Paramount Global, details surrounding interim leadership and its proposed Skydance deal are coming to light, multiple sources told Variety. Sunday was a consequential day in Shari Redstone’s ongoing exclusive bargaining window with David Ellison‘s Skydance, one that would see the Hollywood scion take majority ownership of Paramount Global and its owner National Amusements Inc. Skydance offered its “best and final” offer to Redstone on Sunday, sources added.

AFI Life Achievement Award Honors Nicole Kidman’s Career: From ‘Expats’ to Those AMC Ads? - variety.com - USA - Hollywood
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27.04.2024

AFI Life Achievement Award Honors Nicole Kidman’s Career: From ‘Expats’ to Those AMC Ads?

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Nicole Kidman has been an international treasure going on four decades. Whether you’re tracking her many wigs (“The Undoing” is our favorite), admiring her textured and committed performances, or just standing up and saluting before every AMC Theatres showing, you’re probably honoring her in some way.

Hollywood Exorcist Rachel Stavis Developing a Body Horror Feature and TV Adaptation of Her Memoir ‘Sister of Darkness’ - variety.com
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25.04.2024

Hollywood Exorcist Rachel Stavis Developing a Body Horror Feature and TV Adaptation of Her Memoir ‘Sister of Darkness’

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Rachel Stavis, billed as the “Hollywood Exorcist,” is channeling her creativity for a number of upcoming scripted projects.Stavis is an author and filmmaker whose day job — as a “non-denominational exorcist on a mission to create global change by eradicating darkness from one person or place at a time,” per her bio – has put her in the employ of studio chiefs, movie stars and global political figures.Stavis’ work ranges from the personal and therapeutic to paranormal investigations, and content makers are taking notice. Stavis is currently in the casting phase for her feature directorial debut “Da Wee Do Wa,” for which she also wrote the script.

Hollywood Mourns Participant, the Oscar-Winning Studio that Wanted to Save the World - variety.com
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19.04.2024

Hollywood Mourns Participant, the Oscar-Winning Studio that Wanted to Save the World

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer End of an era, end of a business model, end of a gravy train, end of the world. There were plenty of mixed emotions this week in response to the closure of Oscar-winning production company Participant, and at the very least the industry has agreed something has come to an end.

Sundance Film Festival Courting New Host City for 2027 and Beyond - variety.com - USA - Utah - city Salt Lake City - Beyond
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17.04.2024

Sundance Film Festival Courting New Host City for 2027 and Beyond

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer The Sundance Film Festival may kick the snow off its boots once and for all. The annual celebration of independent film announced on Wednesday that it is open for pitches from cities across the United States on becoming the new permanent home of the festival starting in 2027. Sundance has taken place in the luxury mountain haven of Park City, Utah since 1981 (except for two virtual years during the pandemic).

Participant Shutting Down Operations After 20 Years: Film Studio Was Behind Oscar Winners ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Green Book’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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16.04.2024

Participant Shutting Down Operations After 20 Years: Film Studio Was Behind Oscar Winners ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Green Book’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Participant, the 20-year-old film and television production company whose mission was to inspire social justice and humanitarian action, is shutting down. Founder Jeff Skoll broke the news to a staff of roughly 100 on Tuesday.

‘Deadpool and Wolverine’ Rocks CinemaCon With 9-Minute Clip Featuring Hugh Jackman’s Debut and Jokes About Cocaine and Strippers - variety.com - Las Vegas
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12.04.2024

‘Deadpool and Wolverine’ Rocks CinemaCon With 9-Minute Clip Featuring Hugh Jackman’s Debut and Jokes About Cocaine and Strippers

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Ryan Reynolds’ potty-mouthed superhero Deadpool made a Las Vegas convention hall blush on Thursday, unveiling nine minutes of vulgar and hilarious footage from the upcoming sequel “Deadpool and Wolverine” at CinemaCon. Stacked with meta jokes about Disney’s Marvel Studios finally making an R-rated film – and just how unprepared the company’s executives are for this kind of release – the annual gathering of global movie theater owners ate up all the raunch. They also cheered for the briefest look at Hugh Jackman‘s return as Wolverine, the X-Men character he’s played on and off for years.

‘Alien: Romulus’ Scares CinemaCon with Bloody, Bone-Cracking Footage of Creatures Shredding Human Chests - variety.com - Las Vegas - city Sofia
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12.04.2024

‘Alien: Romulus’ Scares CinemaCon with Bloody, Bone-Cracking Footage of Creatures Shredding Human Chests

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer The venerable “Alien” franchise has nearly 10 films under its belt and, somehow, every time a space crew member’s chest bursts open and a horrifying little creature crawls out we’re still terrified. Such was the case on Thursday at CinemaCon, the annual convention of movie theater owners in Las Vegas, where Disney showed off an extended look at its latest entry “Alien: Romulus.” Directed by Fede Álvarez (“Don’t Breathe,” “Evil Dead”), the movie follows a group of solar explorers who stumble on an abandoned space station. Guess what’s on board? Cailee Spaeny leads a next-gen cast of unfortunate souls that must contend with creatures with fun names like facehuggers and Xenomorphs.

‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Rocks CinemaCon With Lupita Nyong’o, Deafening Action Footage and Apocalyptic New York City - variety.com - New York - Las Vegas
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11.04.2024

‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Rocks CinemaCon With Lupita Nyong’o, Deafening Action Footage and Apocalyptic New York City

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer For a film in the “Quiet Place” universe, the decibel level was near deafening at the film’s CinemaCon presentation on Thursday in Las Vegas. John Krasinski’s horror franchise is now in its third outing, the latest being a prequel of sorts starring Lupita Nyong’o and titled “A Quiet Place: Day One.” The film takes viewers back to the inciting incident, when faceless alien beasts invaded the planet and revealed an extreme sensitivity to sound — using it to track and find terrified humans and, well, kill them. Nyong’o and costar Joseph Quinn (breakout star of the last season of “Stranger Things”) teed up an extended version of a “Day One” trailer released earlier this year.

Paramount Film Chief Brian Robbins Addresses Corporate M&A Saga at CinemaCon, Jokes About Launching Kickstarter to Buy Studio - variety.com - Las Vegas - county Glenn - city Powell, county Glenn
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11.04.2024

Paramount Film Chief Brian Robbins Addresses Corporate M&A Saga at CinemaCon, Jokes About Launching Kickstarter to Buy Studio

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Paramount Pictures CEO Brian Robbins got cheeky about the sales talks surrounding his corporate parent Paramount Global. In a presentation to worldwide theater owners at the annual Las Vegas convention CinemaCon, Robbins got right to the point in his opening remarks about what’s next for his team.

‘Twisters’ Blows CinemaCon Away With Epic Footage of Tornado Storm and Glen Powell in a Wet T-Shirt - variety.com - county Jones - county Powell - county Edgar - county Glenn - city Powell, county Glenn
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11.04.2024

‘Twisters’ Blows CinemaCon Away With Epic Footage of Tornado Storm and Glen Powell in a Wet T-Shirt

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Glenn Powell and Daisy Edgar-Jones have somehow found a way to make relentless natural destruction sexy. The leads of “Twisters,” along with costar Anthony Ramos, showed at the annual movie theater owners convention CinemaCon to show case a first look at the sequel to 1996 adventure film “Twister,” starring Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton.

‘Megalopolis’: After Wild Speculation, What Exactly Is So ‘Bats—’ About Francis Ford Coppola’s Opus? - variety.com
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10.04.2024

‘Megalopolis’: After Wild Speculation, What Exactly Is So ‘Bats—’ About Francis Ford Coppola’s Opus?

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for “Megalopolis“ Francis Ford Coppola has made quite the return to directing. Industry chatter about his new film “Megalopolis,” a passion project more than 20 years in the making, has been churning since a late March screening for prospective buyers.

‘Furiosa’ Footage Wows CinemaCon With Demented, Action-Packed Look at Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth in ‘Fury Road’ Prequel - variety.com - Las Vegas
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10.04.2024

‘Furiosa’ Footage Wows CinemaCon With Demented, Action-Packed Look at Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth in ‘Fury Road’ Prequel

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Many in show business share a feeling that “Furiosa” will be big — but at Warner Bros.’ presentation to global movie theater owners on Tuesday, attendees got a taste of just how colossal the “Mad Max” entry might be. Director George Miller and his stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth made the trek to Las Vegas’ CinemaCon to show an extended look at the new film.

Netflix Acquires Horror-Thriller ‘Don’t Move’ Produced by Sam Raimi (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Poland - city Fargo
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09.04.2024

Netflix Acquires Horror-Thriller ‘Don’t Move’ Produced by Sam Raimi (EXCLUSIVE)

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Netflix has taken worldwide rights on the horror-thriller “Don’t Move,” a new genre entry from producer Sam Raimi (“The Evil Dead,” “Drag Me to Hell”). The project is led by Kelsey Asbille, breakout on the FX anthology series “Fargo” and “Yellowstone,” alongside frequent Ryan Murphy player and “The Big Short’ star Finn Wittrock. It follows a seasoned serial killer who injects a grieving woman with a paralytic agent while the two of them are isolated deep in the forest.

Jennifer Lopez Documentarian Jason Bergh Talks ‘Greatest Love Story Never Told,’ New York Pride and Scripted Ambitions: ‘You Got One Shot’ - variety.com - New York - New York - Las Vegas
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05.04.2024

Jennifer Lopez Documentarian Jason Bergh Talks ‘Greatest Love Story Never Told,’ New York Pride and Scripted Ambitions: ‘You Got One Shot’

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer Not many would consider it hard labor to stand in the shadow of Jennifer Lopez. Few, perhaps, could stand as still and as long as documentary filmmaker Jason Bergh. For nearly a decade, Bergh has recorded the multi-hyphenate star behind the scenes as she has charted new paths as a content producer and beauty mogul, and danced her way onto America’s biggest stage — the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

‘Drew Barrymore Show’ Targeted in Hacking, ID Fraud Scam by Imposter Who Posed as Producer and More (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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05.04.2024

‘Drew Barrymore Show’ Targeted in Hacking, ID Fraud Scam by Imposter Who Posed as Producer and More (EXCLUSIVE)

Matt Donnelly Senior Film Writer One or more individuals have been fraudulently posing as officials from “The Drew Barrymore Show” in attempts to scam talent and other guests involved with the star’s talk show, Variety can report exclusively. The ruse, which did not originate from the syndicated series or its producer CBS Media Ventures and Paramount Global, has been flaunting “paid opportunities” for prospective guests and attempting to arrange social media efforts like Facebook broadcasts.

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