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07 Mar
Kiran Deol - Talent
NBC’s comedy pilot Sunnyside (formerly Untitled Kal Penn/Matt Murray) has cast the seven co-leads opposite Kal Penn. Kiran Deol, Moses Storm,Diana Maria Riva, Samba Schutte, Poppy Liu, Joel Kim Booster and Tudor Petrut will co-star in the single-
25 Feb
Nosipho Dumisa - Director
Netflix is continuing its aggressive move into African originals with its latest commission: teen series Blood & Water. The series, which will be directed by Nommer 37 director Nosipho Dumisa, follows a local teen uncovering her family’s secret
25 Feb
Boots Riley - Writer, Director, Nina Yang Bongiovi – Producer; Michael Y. Chow, Michael K. Shen – Executive Producers; Significant Productions, MNM Creative – Financiers
Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley did not hold back in his politically aware acceptance speech for best first feature at Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards. The alternate reality tale, based on Riley's own working experiences, follows
25 Feb
Ryan Coogler - Producer
Here’s a hot one. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King’s MACRO (Mudbound) are producing movie Jesus Was My Homeboy, about iconic Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton, for Warner Bros. Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya is in talks to
25 Feb
Guy Nattiv – Writer, Director; Jaime Newman – Producer
With their first Oscars in hand tonight for Skin, their live-action short, director Guy Nattiv and producer Jaime Ray Newman are already looking forward to the release of the feature version, which hits theaters on July 26. “We have a baby Skin, and
25 Feb
Ryan Coogler - Director
Black Panther is a history-making film in so many ways. In addition to featuring the first black superhero in mainstream comics and breaking box office records in the process, Black Panther also made history at the Academy Awards. Ruth E. Carter’s
21 Feb
Fabula - Producer
Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín’s Fabula, the company behind the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman, has inked a first-look deal with Fremantle to develop a slate of original English and Spanish-language dramas. Fremantle will distribute the projects
12 Feb
Stephen Kijak - Director; Laura Rister & Nick Manganiello - Producers
London-based sales agent WestEnd Films has released the first-look image for The Smiths-infused comedy-drama “Shoplifters of the World,” which Variety is publishing exclusively. WestEnd is screening footage to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market
08 Feb
Guy Nattiv – Writer, Director; Jaime Newman – Producer
Guy Nattiv’s Oscar-nominated short film Skin has been acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The acquisition was announced today by Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula and EVP, Global Acquisition & Co-Prod, TCF
08 Feb
Cybill Lui - Producer
Annabelle Wallis will star alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in The Silencing, a thriller that will now be helmed by The Ardennes director Robin Pront. Production will begin in the spring in Canada, and the news comes as XYZ Films and Endeavor Content