Maestro

In the 20-plus years since “Shrek” burned up the box office, the fairytale with a postmodern twist has become such a standardized genre, one wonders whether kids might be slightly thrown by one that plays out completely in earnest. They aren’t about to be tested in that regard by “The…

London and Singapore-based studio 108 Media is set to acquire a majority stake in U.K. film and TV financing firm Piccadilly Pictures, Variety can reveal. Through its latest acquisition, 108 Media will also launch Piccadilly Pictures APAC. Serving the Asia Pacific region, the Singapore-headquartered content investment fund will focus on…

Variety is pleased to announce the honorees for its sixth annual Hitmakers celebration. The Nov. 30 issue and accompanying event looks back at the year in music and recognizes the writers, producers, publishers, managers and executives who helped make — and break — the 25 most-consumed songs of the year,…

Blumhouse founder Jason Blum and his fellow horror maestro James Wan (the vision behind Atomic Monster) were the talk of the town on Wednesday when news broke that they were in advance talks to merge their production companies. So when the duo had a quick run-in on the red carpet…

The 23rd annual Latin Grammy Awards have officially wrapped following a stacked three-hour telecast on Nov. 17 that saw several historic wins, along with a few surprising turnouts. Although Bad Bunny topped the list with 10 nominations, the Puerto Rican phenom (who was absent) with the most wins was Uruguayan…

Direct, precise and no filler — that’s a good way to describe Ron Carter, the tall, eloquent elder statesman of jazz. For many musicologists, he’s considered one of the great virtuosos – if not the GOAT — of the upright acoustic bass. He is the most recorded bassist in the…

From Billy Eichner’s “Bros” to David O. Russell’s star-studded “Amsterdam,” October 2022 has been a notable month for high-profile box office bombs. Not that bad box office ever reflects a movie’s quality. Martin Scorsese recently went viral for railing against the industry’s obsession with box office numbers and judging films…

Disbelief colors Kim Petras’ voice when asked about her reaction to the global success of “Unholy.” After searching for the right words, she lands on “fever dream.” While the reality of having the biggest song in the world might not have sunk in yet, the numbers don’t lie. In addition…

In the new trailer for “M3GAN,” an AI, childlike robot doll has a murderous taste for blood. The film comes from the esteemed horror production company Blumhouse, in close collaboration with horror maestro James Wan, who was notably behind the “Saw,” “Insidious” and “Conjuring” franchises. “M3GAN” stars Allison Williams as…

The actress is astounding as a world-famous symphony conductor with skeletons in her closet.

The annual L.A. Phil Gala saluted composer John Williams on his 90th birthday Tuesday with the maestro conducting the orchestra on his “Violin Concerto No. 5.” Anne-Sophie Mutter made the violin sing as she performed on the premiere of his new piece. In his opening remarks on stage for the…